Ashburton District, Ashburton

63 days ago

Nominate your Kind Neighbour and win!

AMI Insurance

Do you know a kind neighbour? A caring person that goes out of their way to spread a little kindness in their community, or has shown kindness during lockdown? Head over to the AMI Kind Neighbour page to nominate them now and you could both receive a $50 Prezzy® card! Nominate now

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64 days ago

Paint a school desk

The Team from Resene ColorShop Ashburton

Turn an old school desk into a stylish side table or hallway feature with a touch of Resene colour and Resene Aquaclear.

Upcycled industrial items like this work really well alongside modern furnishings to give your home an eclectic style. A piece like this is also a … View more
Turn an old school desk into a stylish side table or hallway feature with a touch of Resene colour and Resene Aquaclear.

Upcycled industrial items like this work really well alongside modern furnishings to give your home an eclectic style. A piece like this is also a great way to introduce pops of colour that you might not be brave enough to attempt on a larger scale.

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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64 days ago

Getting married in New Zealand?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

Coronavirus has us celebrating our local businesses, does that extend to your Big Day? We've spoken to wedding venues who are hopeful people will commit to a local wedding in the future. The Sunday Star-Times is keen to speak to a couple who have new plans to keep their wedding in New Zealand.… View moreCoronavirus has us celebrating our local businesses, does that extend to your Big Day? We've spoken to wedding venues who are hopeful people will commit to a local wedding in the future. The Sunday Star-Times is keen to speak to a couple who have new plans to keep their wedding in New Zealand. If you're willing to be interviewed and identified for a story, please email kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz.

64 days ago

Plea to spend locally as Canterbury leaders unveil plan to reboot economy

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Hundreds of jobs across Christchurch could be saved if each household with the means could spend just a little extra each month, economists believe.

The importance of buying locally was underscored as city leaders unveiled the kernels of a major plan to help businesses survive, save jobs and drive… View more
Hundreds of jobs across Christchurch could be saved if each household with the means could spend just a little extra each month, economists believe.

The importance of buying locally was underscored as city leaders unveiled the kernels of a major plan to help businesses survive, save jobs and drive Canterbury’s recovery from the coronavirus lockdown. Read more here.

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64 days ago

NZ Gardener's new issue is out now

Jo McCarroll - NZ Gardener editor Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

We are (very) excited to say that the May issue of NZ Gardener is on sale today, and absolutely packed with the good stuff! Lynda Hallinan reflects on 60 lessons for gardeners from the lockdown (with plenty of idea on what you can sow and grow in May); there's a bumper gardening quiz; we … View moreWe are (very) excited to say that the May issue of NZ Gardener is on sale today, and absolutely packed with the good stuff! Lynda Hallinan reflects on 60 lessons for gardeners from the lockdown (with plenty of idea on what you can sow and grow in May); there's a bumper gardening quiz; we suggest five herbs to reduce anxiety and promote calmness; and visit a Taupo sanctuary full of art and alive with native birds and a wild and wonderful garden in Glenorchy. And since we've been gardening in isolation, Jack Hobbs talks to gardeners on the Chatham Islands about how they keep things growing, 650km from the nearest garden centre. Normally our subscribers get their copy before it goes on sale, of course, but things aren't quite normal right now so if your copy hasn't arrived yet, it should be with you very soon! We are so pleased to have a new issue of your favourite magazine for you, and I cannot wait to hear what you think. NZ Gardener has been informing and inspiring New Zealand gardeners for more than 75 years and we're incredibly grateful to our readers, especially our subscribers, because we couldn't do it without you. And by the way subscribing is easy and a much cheaper way to get your magazine each month! And would an NZ Gardener sub make a great Mother's Day gift this Sunday, you ask? I think we all know the answer to that! Jo

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65 days ago

Poll: Have you had a courier parcel go missing?

Colleen Hawkes Reporter from Homed

Hi Neighbours,
If you have ordered a parcel to be delivered by courier during lockdown, Stuff/Homed would love you to take part in this short poll please. We would like to know if you have had problems with the theft of courier parcels (not just delays) from your letterbox or porch, or if this not… View more
Hi Neighbours,
If you have ordered a parcel to be delivered by courier during lockdown, Stuff/Homed would love you to take part in this short poll please. We would like to know if you have had problems with the theft of courier parcels (not just delays) from your letterbox or porch, or if this not been an issue. If you would like to add detail or comment, please email me. Thank you.

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Have you had a courier parcel go missing?
  • 16.1% Yes, parcel not found
    16.1% Complete
  • 83.9% No, all parcels accounted for
    83.9% Complete
1474 votes
66 days ago

A little look behind the scenes...

New World

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us all how quickly life can change. For many New Zealanders, this has meant job losses or significant pay cuts – and the family pantry suddenly empty.

For the past two months, there’s been a huge demand for food parcels from local charities around the … View more
The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us all how quickly life can change. For many New Zealanders, this has meant job losses or significant pay cuts – and the family pantry suddenly empty.

For the past two months, there’s been a huge demand for food parcels from local charities around the country. Find out what we’ve been doing behind the scenes to support these charities who are helping New Zealanders get back on their feet.

(PS – we want to say a special ‘thank you’ to all of you who have made a donation at your local store. Your generous support is helping keep New Zealanders fed.)
Take a look behind the scenes

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66 days ago

Know the signs of a stroke

Stroke Foundation

During this time of COVID-19, it’s important we remember the different signs of stroke and that stroke is always a medical emergency.

One New Zealander every hour experiences stroke. But if you think F.A.S.T. you could save someone’s life and give them the best chance of recovery.

F - … View more
During this time of COVID-19, it’s important we remember the different signs of stroke and that stroke is always a medical emergency.

One New Zealander every hour experiences stroke. But if you think F.A.S.T. you could save someone’s life and give them the best chance of recovery.

F - Face - Is it drooping on one side?
A - Arm - Is one arm weak?
S - Speech - Is it mixed up, slurred or lost?
T - Take Action - Call 111 immediately.

Think F.A.S.T., act fast, and keep looking out for each other.

Thank you, from the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand.
Learn more

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66 days ago

Send a Level 3 Love Letter to someone you miss

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

Hi Neighhours,

It's been a tough last few weeks, right? When life gets hard and the world gets scary, it's our loved ones we turn to for support.

But this extraordinary coronavirus pandemic is different. Many of us can't see our most special friends and whānau because we want to … View more
Hi Neighhours,

It's been a tough last few weeks, right? When life gets hard and the world gets scary, it's our loved ones we turn to for support.

But this extraordinary coronavirus pandemic is different. Many of us can't see our most special friends and whānau because we want to keep them safe, and we want to get through this as a nation by following social distancing and Covid-19 Alert Level 3 rules.

While thousands of people are returning to work, visiting friends and family outside of your bubble may still be off the cards for some time longer.

Do you have a message for someone you can't see in person? A shout out to a sibling or best friend? A much-loved and missed grandparent? A new baby you need to virtually cuddle?

Level 3 Love Letters is an opportunity to share a video message for a loved one on Stuff.

You can upload your video here so we can share it with them and New Zealand

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67 days ago

Celebrate a special mum and win!

Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village

Did your mum transform rainy days into hot chocolate and bad moods into giggles?
Show you care, whether she’s with you or far away.
Enter our Mother’s Day competition before 6 May 2020 for a chance to win!

Too many memories to choose from? Here’s our team with some inspiration.

Follow this … View more
Did your mum transform rainy days into hot chocolate and bad moods into giggles?
Show you care, whether she’s with you or far away.
Enter our Mother’s Day competition before 6 May 2020 for a chance to win!

Too many memories to choose from? Here’s our team with some inspiration.

Follow this link to enter our competition.

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67 days ago

Manufacturing can be the backbone the Covid-19 economic recovery

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The New Zealand Sock Company is making fewer socks in China and more in Ashburton after investing to bring manufacturing home.

The company installed high-tech Italian machinery in the run-up to the coronavirus lockdown, which as well as securing local manufacturing jobs, has paid unexpected … View more
The New Zealand Sock Company is making fewer socks in China and more in Ashburton after investing to bring manufacturing home.

The company installed high-tech Italian machinery in the run-up to the coronavirus lockdown, which as well as securing local manufacturing jobs, has paid unexpected benefits by allowing the company to start making washable merino face masks.

The Ashburton-based manufacturer is eagerly anticipating the country moving to level 2 and big stores like Kathmandu and Farmers reopening their doors to customers. Read more here.

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69 days ago

Join Healthy For Life - a new programme for over 65s

The Team from ACC New Zealand

Do you want to be healthy for life? Join us this Saturday 9am on TVNZ 1.

Hosted by Bernice Mene, Healthy for Life is designed to help over 65 year olds work on their strength and balance through an exercise programme called the Super7.

All done from the comfort of your bubble, this show … View more
Do you want to be healthy for life? Join us this Saturday 9am on TVNZ 1.

Hosted by Bernice Mene, Healthy for Life is designed to help over 65 year olds work on their strength and balance through an exercise programme called the Super7.

All done from the comfort of your bubble, this show provides great tips for staying safe in the home, keeping your brain active, how to keep up your social links and friendships and advice about healthy eating and sleep during this time.

Healthy for Life is available on TVNZ OnDemand, or screens this Saturday at 9AM on TVNZ 1.

Find out more at Live Stronger for Longer.
Exercise safely at home

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70 days ago

NEW! SuperSeniors Newsletter COVID-19 special edition

The Team from Office for Seniors

Hi Neighbours!

The new SuperSeniors e-Newsletter is available on our website NOW! This e-Newsletter includes the additional guidance for what seniors can do during Alert Level 3 and information from the Student Volunteer Army and Age Concern about the services they are offering.

It also has … View more
Hi Neighbours!

The new SuperSeniors e-Newsletter is available on our website NOW! This e-Newsletter includes the additional guidance for what seniors can do during Alert Level 3 and information from the Student Volunteer Army and Age Concern about the services they are offering.

It also has the details on the Winter Energy Payment that starts again today!

Click here to read: bit.ly...

To get our Newsletter emailed to you, if you receive the NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension, update your email in MyMSD here: my.msd.govt.nz...

If you do not receive either of these entitlements but you want to receive our Newsletter you can subscribe here: bit.ly...

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70 days ago

Job opportunities – essential fixed-term roles

AMI Ashburton

Need a new job during these uncertain times? At AMI we believe everyone has a unique point of view to share shaped by life experiences, cultures & passions.

We have essential fixed-term roles from entry level to specialists available to ensure our customers are looked after in this new New … View more
Need a new job during these uncertain times? At AMI we believe everyone has a unique point of view to share shaped by life experiences, cultures & passions.

We have essential fixed-term roles from entry level to specialists available to ensure our customers are looked after in this new New Zealand.

We offer training and support to set you up for success, office locations around NZ, flexible working options and a great team culture.
Apply today

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70 days ago

Find your new favourite artworks online

The Team from Resene ColorShop Ashburton

For the first time in its history, this year will see the Auckland Art Fair go online. From 11am NZST on Thursday 30 April until Sunday 17 May, Artfair.co.nz will be hosting a Virtual Art Fair where you will discover more than 30 galleries from New Zealand and Australia displaying works that would … View moreFor the first time in its history, this year will see the Auckland Art Fair go online. From 11am NZST on Thursday 30 April until Sunday 17 May, Artfair.co.nz will be hosting a Virtual Art Fair where you will discover more than 30 galleries from New Zealand and Australia displaying works that would have otherwise been seen at the 2020 Auckland Art Fair.

The Virtual Art Fair is in recognition of the artists who have already made special works for the Auckland Art Fair that couldn’t happen, and the galleries who have supported them in doing so.

“It comes at a time of global uncertainty, when the importance of art, community and culture are especially apparent,” their team said in a recent statement.

The Auckland Art Fair is designed to be “a celebration – as best we can – of the talent and diversity of art making by artists from our region; not only across New Zealand and Australia, but also around the wider Pacific-rim. We hope that, wherever possible, some of these artists and galleries will be supported by someone buying a work of art.”

Browse, look, enquire and consider as you get to know new galleries and artists in support of contemporary culture at a time when the artists and galleries really need it.

Find out more at www.artfair.co.nz.

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