253 days ago

South American flavor in Ellerslie!

Conference & Sales Manager from Novotel Auckland Ellerslie Hotel

Latin Golden Festival is proud to announce the 2nd year return to Auckland. Following the success of 2018 and after popular demand we bring you a huge line up of incredible international Latin dance artists. These super stars will be teaching workshops, performing and social dancing with all festival goers throughout the 3 day event.
This spectacular event will be hosted at the Novotel Auckland Ellerslie.
You can eat, sleep, dance, learn and party at the Golden Gala Ball under the same roof with your friends throughout the weekend.
International Artists from Canada, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand will be gracing our shores to teach Salsa, Mambo, Bachata Reggaeton, Samba, Urban Latin Fusion & Kizomba.
Most of the artists are World Champions, some conquering the title 9 times across the globe. If you love Latin dancing and you want to learn from the best then the Latin Golden Festival in Auckland, New Zealand 2019 will be the event for you!

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1 day ago


Adele from Onehunga

Exciting news! This weekend at PAK’nSAVE Royal Oak we’re trialling a new virtual ‘check-in’ to improve your comfort and safety. It’s really simple:
See the signs outside the store and text in our unique code to secure your place in line
We’ll confirm your place in line via text, so you can wait somewhere more comfortable, in your car or maybe somewhere else nearby.
Once it’s your turn to shop you’ll get another text from us, just be sure you get to store within 10 minutes so you don’t lose your spot!
Show your text confirmation to our staff on entrance and then start your shop.

Just be sure to remember your 2m physical distancing, use contactless payments where possible, and please #bekind.

4 days ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

8 hours ago

Online Educational Resources

Denise Lee from Denise Lee MP

Hi local parents!

We've pooled together a great a list of online resources that will be useful to keep the kids occupied during the lockdown. They are all free to use and a lot of fun!

If you have any other suggestions feel free to comment below and share them.

1. First of all the Ministry of Education has released some advice to support the wellbeing of families learning from home, it’s available here:

2. There are also two dedicated Government websites with resources and advice for different age-groups and these will have more added to them over time.

Learning from Home

Ki te Ao Marama

3. Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home website with 20+ days of learning and other activities

4. Khan Academy (Free)

5. E-learning for kids

6. Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with hundreds of famous museums and gallery’s from around the world to offer virtual exhibits

7. Auckland Museum Virtual Exhibits, interactive learning, quizzes, and puzzles

8. Storyline Online – picture books read by celebrity narrators on Youtube

9. Nanogirl Science experiments at home

10. National Geographic Kids – filled with education resources, competitions, kids clubs, games

11. Comedian David Walliams will be releasing a children’s audiobook every day for 30 days

12. Bestselling Children’s Author and Illustrator has started daily sessions on Youtube teaching kids to draw

13. Duck Duck Moose is a free app with lots of great interactive educational games for pre-school/early primary

14. Science for kids – a fun science and technology website for kids, including experiments to do at home

15. Unite for Literacy – Online E-Picture Books for children

16. Dr Seuss website

17. An awesome list of websites that have online educational games for kids:

PBS Kids – Online Educational Videos ad Games

All in one Home School



Fun Brain – Games, Reading, Videos, and Maths

Highlights Kids


Math Game Time