88 days ago

Have you ever missed the last ferry from an island in the Hauraki Gulf?

Kendall Hutt Reporter from Rodney Times

Hi neighbours. Have you ever missed the last ferry from an island in the Hauraki Gulf? How did you get back to the mainland - did the ferry come back, did the police boat or Coastguard get you, or did you have to pay for a water taxi? Fullers has said it has made less than 10 unscheduled sailings in the last three years to Rangitoto. If you have a tale to tell, you can contact me at kendall.hutt@stuff.co.nz. Thanks.

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14 hours ago

Covid-19 Update: Covid case had contact with infected family during lockdown, PM says

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Auckland has moved back to level 3 lockdown.

The rest of the country has moved to alert level 2.

Here's the latest update from Georgia Forrester at Stuff:

* There was undisclosed contact between a family member of case M's and another family during alert level 3, PM Jacinda Ardern has confirmed on Monday.

* One new community case, already in quarantine, was announced on Sunday evening.

* The new confirmed case, Case O, is a household contact of cases I, J, K and L

* Huge queues built up at Auckland-Waikato border on Sunday evening.

* Auckland has moved to alert level 3 for at least seven days.

* The rest of the country has moved to alert level 2. A reminder of what the alert levels mean can be read here.

* Here are the locations of interest visited by infectious cases:


* Travel in and out Auckland is restricted.

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3 days ago

Who needs a plant doctor?

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

UPDATE: Thank you for all your questions. We're picking the best to send off to the houseplant doctor from Kings Plant Barn and the answers will be published in an article on Homed soon.

Are your houseplants looking worse for wear? The experts at Kings Plant Barn would love to help. Send us your houseplant questions and problems to homed@stuff.co.nz, or leave them in the comments, for the houseplant doctor to diagnose. Pictures are encouraged.

15 hours ago

Zero consequences for breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules ?

Sam Neighbourly Lead from Matakatia - Tindalls Beach

Drive 51km/h on a 50km/h road and you get fined $30.

Head to the gym when you've got COVID-19, don't self isolate when you're being tested or sick, risk the country's economy, peoples jobs, and possibly infecting and killing many others in a pandemic, and you get a slap on the wrist (actually no as physical violence is illegal, thus you get a free pass).

This also applies to the 30+ boats / catamarans / yachts & kayakers I keep seeing heading out and into Gulf Harbour marina on a Level 3 lockdown.

What's stopping you or I from ignoring the rules if we're sick or suspecting to be sick, and go out to have fun or do what we do, if there are no consequences at all? Lockdowns are NOT a deterrent for those who negligently break the rules. Or can we start using this excuse when we drive intoxicated?

If the PM will not answer the question (when she very well should), then maybe the Chief of Police should go live on TV and give us a proper answer as to what consequences, if any, there are for those who break a rule far serious than a 1km/h over-speed.