44 days ago

Father and son graduate together


Another great story!
Southland father and son, Robert and Bobby Baird have recently received their forestry qualifications, proving you are never too old to learn.

While Robert has practical experience gained during four decades in the bush, he says vocational training like the qualification he has just done is helping keep people safe.

Competenz assessor Neville Muir worked with Bairds throughout their training programme.

“Bobby is very driven to succeed and very organised. He’s also very keen to continue upskilling his crew and there are a lot of different certificates still to do,” he says.

While Bobby is his boss at work, Robert turns back into ‘dad’ at the end of the day. “I give him a hand during the day when he’s got a lot of work on. We have a great relationship and it’s a magic thing to be able to do to work with your son.”

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7 hours ago

Calling all creative minds today


Entries are open for this year’s Sunday Star-Times short story awards.

The awards include open, emerging Māori and Pasifika writers, and under-25 years categories and will be judged by some of New Zealand’s best authors.

The winning story will be published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Stuff. Entries close Friday 22 October.
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1 day ago


Maria from Hurunui District

can anyone tell me how to contact Contact please. their ph line has a permanent message saying high load. it doesnt matter what day or time u call its the same message. their website wont let me log in to my account so cant get support. their facebook page , you cant post on. they overcharge me and im sick to death of them. Their service is utterly appallingly non existant. I could never recommend them to anybody. Any body know a power co with customer service please

16 hours ago

Rotary Club of Rangiora: Alex Murray Education Award

David from Rangiora

Rotary Club of Rangiora
Charitable Trust


The Rotary Club of Rangiora awards a grant each year in memory of a former member, Alex Murray, to assist a young person about to leave school to undertake further training at an education centre, polytechnic or university.

The grant, to a value of $5000, will be awarded to a young person living in either the Waimakariri or Hurunui Districts. The grant is to assist with course costs and/or study materials (excluding accommodation costs) over the first two years of tertiary study.

We are calling for applications for this grant for study to be commenced in 2022.

The application form may be obtained by emailing ayers.david@xtra.co.nz.

Applications will close on Thursday 18th November 2021.