Maunu, Whangarei

6 hours ago

Keep it up Aotearoa! 💕

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

It's been heartwarming to hear stories from across the North Island of people taking others into their home and sharing a cup of tea together or fixing them a meal.

For the latest official updates:

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2 days ago

Buying by tender: Did you write a letter?

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Hi folks,
My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people … View more
Hi folks,
My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people trying to make a personal connection with vendors to give their tender offers the edge. We've heard folks will include personal details about their family, why the love the house and what their plans for the property are.
Jo would love to talk to anyone who's written a letter like this to accompany a tender - perhaps it's you, perhaps a relative or friend - or from vendors who've received letters like this, accompanying a tender.
Perhaps you asked for such letters?
We'd love to hear more about that experience for you and how it shaped the way the sale went.
You can reach out to jo here (she'll be joining the Neighbourly neighbourhood soon!) or via our email: homed@stuff.co.nz.
Looking forward to hearing your stories.

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1 day ago

We Say/You Say: Bank Closures

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours,

How are you going to be impacted by changes in banking?

Mayors around the country have called on the government to intervene in bank closures around the country.

33 mayors around the country have signed an open letter to Jacinda Ardern asking her government to investigate … View more
Hi neighbours,

How are you going to be impacted by changes in banking?

Mayors around the country have called on the government to intervene in bank closures around the country.

33 mayors around the country have signed an open letter to Jacinda Ardern asking her government to investigate the closures. The mayors stated that access to ATMs would not address the social harm and depravities for provincial and farming communities.

Last week, Kiwibank announced that it would close seven of its branches, with BNZ confirming it would close 38 branches nationwide.

BNZ Chief Customer Officer, Paul Carter, said three-quarters of their customers are digitally active.
“The majority of our customers are banking online and our talented bankers are often waiting in empty branches for customers that simply do not arrive,” he said.

BNZ customer Jasmine Polglase was more concerned for her grandparents, who banked with the BNZ.
“They don’t have a computer, like many elderly. But unlike my grandparents, some here don’t have family to do banking for them and help them navigate that sort of thing.”

Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comments used in your local paper.

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11 hours ago

Civil Defence are?

Ralph Darcy from Central Whangarei

Makes you wonder what all the fuss is about when today we get siren warnings with a 8.0 earthquake near the Kermadec island Raoul and yesterday in the same area there was a 8.1 and no warning from Civil Defence? Can anyone explain why the difference response from CD.

10 hours ago

Check if you are in a safe zone

Tunney from Central Whangarei

Go to this website and enter your street, and click on the legend if you are concerned about whether or not you are in a safe area northlandcdem.maps.arcgis.com... Hopefully it works. Copy and paste into the address bar

11 hours ago

*** THIS IS THE THIRD EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING ***

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

A Tsunami Warning has been issued following the M8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.
People near coast from BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI including GREAT BARRIER ISLAND and from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to nearest high ground, out of all tsunami … View more
A Tsunami Warning has been issued following the M8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.
People near coast from BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI including GREAT BARRIER ISLAND and from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible. Evacuate these areas even if you did not feel the earthquake. DO NOT WAIT. A damaging tsunami is possible.

People in all other areas who felt a LONG or STRONG earthquake should MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground, out of tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible.

This evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements. Do not stay at home. MOVE IMMEDIATELY. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so.

People evacuating should walk, run or cycle if possible to reduce chance of getting stuck in traffic. Do not return until all-clear is given by Civil Defence.

Go to www.civildefence.govt.nz... for the most up to date information.

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO with friends, family, neighbours!

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11 hours ago

Distressed garden shelves

The Team from Resene ColorShop Whangarei

Create more space in your garden with these handy garden shelves. Try out an easy to create distressed paint effect using two Resene colours.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to create your own

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11 hours ago

Tsunami warning issued for areas across the North Island

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

UPDATE
March 5
3:50pm

Civil Defence has announced that the National Advisory issued following the earthquakes near the Kermadec Islands region is cancelled.
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UPDATE
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UPDATE
March 5
3:50pm

Civil Defence has announced that the National Advisory issued following the earthquakes near the Kermadec Islands region is cancelled.
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UPDATE
March 5
3:09pm

The tsunami threat to New Zealand has been further downgraded.

In a statement, Civil Defence announced that while there is no longer a tsunami threat to coastal areas, there are still areas under a beach and marine threat.

These include:
- The North Cape from Ahipara to the Bay of Islands
- Cape Runaway to Tolaga Bay
- Great Barrier Island
- The Chatham Islands
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UPDATE
March 5
1:38pm

The latest from Civil Defence:

"GNS Science has advised that the largest waves have now passed, and therefore the threat level is now downgraded to a Beach and Marine threat for all areas which were previously under Land and Marine threat.

All people who evacuated can now return.

The advice remains, for all areas under Beach and Marine threat, to stay off beach and shore areas."
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UPDATE
March 5
11:46am

Minister for Civil Defence Kiri Allan is giving an update to media at the Beehive. She is joined by Civil Defence Controller Roger Ball and GNS's scientist Bill Fry.

What you need to know:
- Allan thanked all people for following all the relevant advice from authorities.
- Those that have moved inland or to higher ground, must stay there until the official 'all clear' is given.
- The National Crisis Management Agency has been activated.
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UPDATE
March 5
10:49am

The Latest from Civil Defence:

Flooding of land areas is expected in the following areas:

The West Coast of the North Island from Cape Reinga to Ahipara.

The East Coast of the North Island from Cape Reinga to Whangarei, from Matata to Tolaga Bay including Whakatane and Opotiki.

And Great Barrier Island.
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UPDATE
March 5
09:52am

The Pacific Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre say the first waves could reach the top of the North Island by 10.20am.
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A magnitude 8.1 earthquake has struck off the coast of the Kermadec Islands.

What you need to know:
Civil Defence has issued a warning to all people near the coast in the following areas:
- The East Coast of the North Island from the Bay of Islands to Whangarei
- Matata to Tolaga Bay including Whakatane and Opotiki
- Great Barrier Island

Civil Defence says residents must move to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible.

The earthquake may not have been felt in some of these areas, but evacuation should be immediate as a damaging tsunami is possible.

Any direction given by Civil Defence officials overrides the current alert level rules and restrictions. Try to keep a physical distance of 2 metres from others.

To keep up to date with the latest, head to the Civil Defence Website.

Neighbourly will be updating this message as further information comes to hand

Photo credit: National Emergency Management Agency

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20 hours ago

Got a gem next door?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Think of a neighbour that's done wonders in your neighbourhood, who's helped you out without you even asking them or who's dropped some homegrown goodies to you just because they can.

You thought of one yet? Now craft that thought into a nomination that could earn your neighbour … View more
Think of a neighbour that's done wonders in your neighbourhood, who's helped you out without you even asking them or who's dropped some homegrown goodies to you just because they can.

You thought of one yet? Now craft that thought into a nomination that could earn your neighbour recognition in all of Stuff's community papers nationwide - you could even score a bit of cash from us!

It's simple - Click the button below and nominate them on our Nice Neighbour nomination page now
Nominate Now!

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1 day ago

All Welcome

Jesse from Kamo

See photo for details

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3 days ago

Consultation begins on the Long Term Plan

The Team from Whangarei District Council

We've just begun consultation on the Long Term Plan and anyone can help us choose what to do in the next 10 years - and how to fund it. What do you want to see happen by 2031? Do you have an opinion on any of our key issues?
Visit www.wdc.govt.nz... to learn more and take part.

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We've just begun consultation on the Long Term Plan and anyone can help us choose what to do in the next 10 years - and how to fund it. What do you want to see happen by 2031? Do you have an opinion on any of our key issues?
Visit www.wdc.govt.nz... to learn more and take part.

Video:
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2 days ago

Have you noticed extra Aucklanders in Whangārei?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Aucklanders who fled the city before this week’s Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions came into force are already putting pressure on health services in Northland. Northland should be "an island" due to the Auckland restrictions, but both pharmacies and community leaders have noticed an … View moreAucklanders who fled the city before this week’s Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions came into force are already putting pressure on health services in Northland. Northland should be "an island" due to the Auckland restrictions, but both pharmacies and community leaders have noticed an influx of Aucklanders. Have you noticed extra Aucklanders in your neighbourhood? And what do you think about them?

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4 days ago

WARNING from an Old Lady....

Alison Neighbourly Lead from Kamo

"An older lady gets pulled over for speeding"...
Older Woman: Is there a problem, officer?
Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.
Older Woman: Oh, I see.
Officer: Can I see your license please?
Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.
Officer: Don't have one?
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"An older lady gets pulled over for speeding"...
Older Woman: Is there a problem, officer?
Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.
Older Woman: Oh, I see.
Officer: Can I see your license please?
Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.
Officer: Don't have one?
Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving.
Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.
Older Woman: I can't do that.
Officer: Why not?
Older Woman: I stole this car.
Officer: Stole it?
Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.
Officer: You what?
Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see
The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.
Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please!
The woman steps out of her vehicle.
Older woman: Is there e a problem sir?
Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.
Older Woman: Murdered the owner?
Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.
The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.
Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?
Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.
The officer is quite stunned.
Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.
The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer.
The officer examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.
Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.
Older Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, too.

Don't Mess With Old Ladies

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2 days ago

What's On: Blessing Book author Richard Brunton

Liz from Kauri

Learn how to make a difference to your world through blessing others. Amazing stories from the author himself. Meeting subject to Covid 19 levels. We believe he will be here.
Blessing Book author Richard Brunton
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