Glen Eden, Auckland

21 minutes ago

NZ Bus, which is the principal bus company for Auckland, announced today that it had been advised by FIRST Union and the Tramways Union that its members proposed taking strike action between 4:30am on December 7 and 4am on December 24.

Brian from New Lynn

During this period, the roughly 800 drivers intend not to collect fares or work the electronic ticketing systems. The unions are calling for a fairer contract process, saying the current model is resulting in drivers having to take pay cuts and work in poor conditions. First Union and Tramway … View moreDuring this period, the roughly 800 drivers intend not to collect fares or work the electronic ticketing systems. The unions are calling for a fairer contract process, saying the current model is resulting in drivers having to take pay cuts and work in poor conditions. First Union and Tramway members who work for Go Bus - another bus company - last week committed to not collecting fares. But NZ Bus says it "cannot afford to operate while no fares are collected". "Unfortunately, this means that NZ Bus will need to suspend all services until this industrial action is resolved, which means that striking workers will be suspended for this period," a statement said. "NZ Bus is unable to pay driver wages for the sustained period of time indicated in the strike notices, while no fares are being collected." The company has a long-term contract with Auckland Transport with a 36 percent market share. "NZ Bus is contractually obliged to collect fares on behalf of Auckland Transport. If our drivers do not collect fares, then we cannot afford to operate the buses," said chief executive Barry Hinkley. He said that the company was open to finding a solution with the unions and wanted to meet with them on Monday. Hinkley said NZ Bus drivers are currently the highest paid of any urban bus drivers in Auckland. "We have a higher base rate and we also make sure that overtime is compensated for too. We value our team and we want them to be happy working for NZ Bus. "We are in communication with Auckland Transport to ensure that passengers understand the situation and we apologise to those affected by the disruption. We would like to see this situation fixed as quickly as possible." Auckland Transport released a statement confirming the suspension and said an offer from NZ Bus to the unions on Thursday had not been accepted. "NZ Bus operates some of Auckland Transport’s busiest routes along Dominion, Sandringham, Mt Eden and Manukau Roads, as well as other routes across the wider Auckland region and the LINK services." More information about what routes are affected can be found on Auckland Transport's social pages and website. Jared Abbott, FIRST Union secretary for Transport, Logistics, Operations and Manufacturing, said drivers had received massive support over the last week. "We've had constructive conversations with drivers and operators over the last week, as well as stakeholders like Auckland Transport, and we're hopeful that a resolution isn't too far away," he said. "We're hoping that negotiations over the coming weeks will be focused on lifting the standards for all Auckland bus drivers and fixing the broken system that put them in this position."
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38 minutes ago

Recipe: Apples, Courgettes and Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Garlic Aioli

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Looking for the perfect Summer recipe?
This vibrant crunchy salad makes for a perfect side or healthy light lunch.

Ingredients
50 g Almonds
1 splash Vegetable oil
½ tsp Flaky sea salt
½ tsp Sugar
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Looking for the perfect Summer recipe?
This vibrant crunchy salad makes for a perfect side or healthy light lunch.

Ingredients
50 g Almonds
1 splash Vegetable oil
½ tsp Flaky sea salt
½ tsp Sugar
200 g Green beans, tips removed
2 Courgettes
1 Granny Smith apple
1 Lemon
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
½ cup Mayonnaise
1 Spring onion, 2 if small

Read the full recipe on the link below.

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3 days ago

The Auckland CBD and public transport

Sue from New Lynn

Right now I am really over commuting around Dorkland(aka Auckland). The traffic congestion is just far too much.

I am going to give lower Albert Street a name change. Much along the lines of that movie Nightmare on Elm Street I am thinking much of Albert Street should be renamed Nightmare on… View more
Right now I am really over commuting around Dorkland(aka Auckland). The traffic congestion is just far too much.

I am going to give lower Albert Street a name change. Much along the lines of that movie Nightmare on Elm Street I am thinking much of Albert Street should be renamed Nightmare on Albert Street.

To have the NX1 and the other Shore buses converging on an area with ONLY ONE lane is ridiculous.

I use public transport in the evening to get from my place of work, on the Shore, back to New Lynn. Lower Albert Street especially from say the Shakespeare Tavern to Quay Street is pathetic now.

The awful thing is alot businesses and people using Albert Street are probably fed up to the back teeth with all the delays etc. It's like the so-called CRL is being dragged out too bloody long for many. And we have been told it could go on for another 5 bloody years. How many businesses along Albert Street in particular will go under whilst all that mess is going on????!!!!

 The mess that the Auckland CBD has become is off-putting to anyone who thinks a good outing for the day is to go into the Auckland CBD.

21 hours ago

Broken computers wanted

Dave from Te Atatu South

Just wondering if anyone has a broken computer (or some computers) they're keen to get rid of.

3 hours ago

NZ Bus Industrial Action from 7 December

Communications Team from Auckland Transport

Due to industrial action all services operated by NZ Bus will be cancelled from Saturday 7 December.

We understand that this will be frustrating for our customers and apologise for the inconvenience.

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4 hours ago

What type of wasp?

The Team from Wasp Wipeout

Hi everyone, today we are linking to two stories, one which explains the paper wasp which we find in abundance in urban areas, and the other which talks about the common and German wasp which dominates our forests and recreational areas. We'll also talk about how to deal with these nasty … View moreHi everyone, today we are linking to two stories, one which explains the paper wasp which we find in abundance in urban areas, and the other which talks about the common and German wasp which dominates our forests and recreational areas. We'll also talk about how to deal with these nasty predators. If you destroy a nest, take a pic and upload your image with the hastag #waspwipeout! But be careful! For paper wasps click here: bit.ly... For common and German wasps click here: bit.ly...

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5 hours ago

Abandoned chook

Ewa from Avondale

There is a hen wandering on my driveway from yesterday. She looks abandoned but in good health. If anyone wants to give her a good home/add to existing flock please let me know: 021 102 3002

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8 hours ago

Queen size mattress pickup Glen Eden

Shanton from Glen Eden

Selling used queen size mattress good condition .Pickup Glen Eden. $80
Price Negotiable.PM me if you are interested

Negotiable

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3 days ago

Hair Stylist

Isha from Te Atatu South

Hi,
I'm looking for a hair stylist who offers to colour hair using customer's hair dye at a reasonable price. Does anyone know of one. Please let know.
Thanks.

10 hours ago

A garden project with a difference

The Team from Resene ColorShop New Lynn

Add colour to any garden setting with a planter that boasts movement and extra visual interest.

Make the most of this weekend with this step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this project yourself.

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16 hours ago

Cash for cars - get your wreck off the road!

The Team from AAA Auto Parts

Do you have a vehicle that is taking up space and becoming an eyesore? At AAA Auto Parts we dismantle and wreck cars. We will pay top cash whether your car is dead or alive!

* $300 - $3000 for small cars
* $700 - $10,000 for 4x4 utes, vans, 4WD, trucks and buses
* Same day removal
* Free … View more
Do you have a vehicle that is taking up space and becoming an eyesore? At AAA Auto Parts we dismantle and wreck cars. We will pay top cash whether your car is dead or alive!

* $300 - $3000 for small cars
* $700 - $10,000 for 4x4 utes, vans, 4WD, trucks and buses
* Same day removal
* Free quotes over the phone

We will beat any prices in the market by 10%.

Support your local business.
Give us a call on ** 0800 50 00 01 ** and we will be happy to have a chat.
Enquire now

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16 hours ago

Lovers of Ancient Greek history and classics, put this date in your diary!

The Team from Auckland Museum

We're very excited to announce we are bringing the major international exhibition Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes exclusively to Auckland next July, from the British Museum. This is the first time these ancient relics, including one of the seven wonders of the world, have … View moreWe're very excited to announce we are bringing the major international exhibition Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes exclusively to Auckland next July, from the British Museum. This is the first time these ancient relics, including one of the seven wonders of the world, have travelled to New Zealand.

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes open: Friday 3 July to Sunday 18 October 2020. In partnership with the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and the Western Australian Museum and with support from ATEED.

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1 day ago

Looking for a microwave

Nasya from New Lynn

Hi all

Looking for a microwave in working condition please, if any one is selling one reasonably cheap or maybe looking at getting rid of one.

Thank you for reading :)

2 days ago

Poll: Do you include your pet on the gift shopping list?

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

For some, giving their furry friend a sneaky piece of ham under the table is enough, but for others, buying and wrapping a Christmas present for their pet is tradition. Whether it be some edible treats, a new comfy bed, or an awesome outdoor toy for summer - do you include your pet on the gift … View moreFor some, giving their furry friend a sneaky piece of ham under the table is enough, but for others, buying and wrapping a Christmas present for their pet is tradition. Whether it be some edible treats, a new comfy bed, or an awesome outdoor toy for summer - do you include your pet on the gift shopping list? Vote in the poll below.

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Do you include your pet on the gift shopping list?
  • 22% Absolutely - I spoil them rotten
    22% Complete
  • 40.4% I buy something small - I don’t go overboard
    40.4% Complete
  • 13.1% Nope - pressies are for the people
    13.1% Complete
  • 24.5% I don’t have a pet
    24.5% Complete
436 votes
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