Grafton, Auckland

19 days ago

No more trips to the library, rec centres or council facilities for 14 days

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, Auckland Council will close most of its community facilities for 14 days to prevent any spread of Coronavirus. How will that affect you, and what could alternatives be? Read the story below:

18 days ago

Poll: Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?

Prospa

Small businesses need our support more than ever right now. While it's uncertain times for all, we are still proud to be celebrating our 11 regional Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand … View more
Small businesses need our support more than ever right now. While it's uncertain times for all, we are still proud to be celebrating our 11 regional Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand Prospa Local Business Hero - our overall winner, as voted by Neighbourly members around the country!

This lucky business will walk away with $10,000 worth of prizes!

Please take a couple of minutes to read the nominations below - then vote for the business you'd like to see named 2020 Prospa Local Business Hero.
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NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
“A very humble man who has been sponsoring any and every cause that has been requested for well over 40 years. He sponsors so many causes in and outside of the neighborhood, goes out of his way to get the meal to the hungry animals, works through the night to fill orders, even on public holidays he steps in and runs the factory single handed to allow his staff time off. He is well past retirement but dedicated to keeping hungry animals supplied with food. No order is too big or too small for his fantastic team.”

AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
“Part of our lives for so many years. They offer a great business, post centre, the BEST fresh flowers and fruit & veg. I have NEVER known them to take a holiday. Kind and genuinely caring people who add so much to our community. You could not find a better Local Business Hero!”

WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
Te Aroha Veterinary Clinic provide a fantastic service from a team that are dedicated to I was devastated losing Blue (horse) I bred her 14 yrs ago and loved her dearly and now I had her orphan foal to care for. Without her dedication staying for hours trying to save Blue I honestly don't know how I would have coped. They are a true asset to our community they go above and beyond the call of duty helping to care for our all animals providing around the clock care and service.”

BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
“The owners, Tony & Julie, are great at communicating and continually ask their customers if they stock the products they want, and if they don’t, they then get it in. They have a very friendly manner and their Managers and Staff are all attentive. Thanks to Tony & Julie for choosing Pyes Pa, you have fitted in well.”

HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
“The staff are friendly and helpful.Also the owners will order in whatever is required,if it is not currently on their shelves.”

TARANAKI: Down to Earth
“As well as a range of healthy tasty foodstuffs and quality herbal supplements, they also provide a range of products to help with sustainable living. They have recently introduced a "bring-you-own-container" refill facility for dishwasher, shampoo and other cleaners. However the best thing about this store is the excellent service. I'm always greeted with a smile and friendly word, offers of help, etc. It is always a pleasure to shop here.”

MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
“Margaret and Veejay go out of their way to make sure customers get the freshest fruit and veggies in town and if they don't have what you want will ring around to source it for you. Despite being robbed and stabbed in daylight, they were open for business as usual the next day. They are held in high esteem locally.”

WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
“This man got out of Viet Nam by himself when he was13, sailed on a boat and spent time in camps before coming to NZ. He could not speak english. He purchased a local dairy and over the years has totally transformed and enlarged it providing employment to a number of locals. He is the ultimate friendly shopkeeper.”

NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
“They deliver my prescriptions to me as I’m often unable to get them. They always make sure nothing I'm prescribed interacts with anything and they always explain how to take my meds thoroughly to me, which is important as I've had a brain stem stroke and somedays my brain is scrambled. Cath is wonderful at dropping them off for me. They do a really important and medically serious job with kindness"

CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
“The Vege Shop on Stourbridge is just the best little local biz in town. Mark and his wife Des always have a smile and time for a yarn. We feel so fortunate to have them just around the corner. They are awesome!”

OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
“John is fantastic!!! He does everything from carpet repairs to chimney sweeping and pest control. I have him listed in my phone as John Everything! He has a brilliant attitude and has even come on public holidays at short notice.”

Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?
  • 11.3% NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
    11.3% Complete
  • 14.8% AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
    14.8% Complete
  • 7.5% WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
    7.5% Complete
  • 4.3% BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
    4.3% Complete
  • 6.2% HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
    6.2% Complete
  • 5% TARANAKI: Down to Earth
    5% Complete
  • 14% MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
    14% Complete
  • 18.4% WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
    18.4% Complete
  • 4.1% NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
    4.1% Complete
  • 11.9% CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
    11.9% Complete
  • 2.5% OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
    2.5% Complete
3110 votes
10 days ago

Smiling Faces Always Find A Welcome

Andrea from TempDirect

That's why everyone should learn to smile
Remember after all, your troubles may be small
And that is just the reason why I say

When you're blue and kind of lonely too
A little smile can go a long, long way
When you're down, don't sit around and frown
A little smile will … View more
That's why everyone should learn to smile
Remember after all, your troubles may be small
And that is just the reason why I say

When you're blue and kind of lonely too
A little smile can go a long, long way
When you're down, don't sit around and frown
A little smile will go a long, long, way

Never grieve, just try and make believe
the sky is blue although you know it's gray
Never pine, it's just a waste of time
A little smile will go a long, long way.

Please community, stay positive and kind.

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11 days ago

BOOK SWAP BOXES ARE A C-19 RISK

Rose from Grey Lynn

Please, on your walk today, DO NOT USE the community book swap boxes. They are a Coronavirus transmission risk. Our local libraries are closed for the same reason. I contacted Akl Council who say they are not administered by them. I spoke to the Govt Healthline and I reached out the Police to see … View morePlease, on your walk today, DO NOT USE the community book swap boxes. They are a Coronavirus transmission risk. Our local libraries are closed for the same reason. I contacted Akl Council who say they are not administered by them. I spoke to the Govt Healthline and I reached out the Police to see if they could assist by locating and putting signs on these boxes. I'm not sure what will happen... it's all too hard right now I guess, as these agencies are so busy, but please be mindful... DON'T TOUCH THE BOXES OR THE BOOKS! Don't swap your own books - or anything else! - with your neighbours either. Take care.

This photo shows the one between Garnet Rd Cafe and Westmere Primary School.

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10 days ago

Auckland Council Update 29 March 2020

CCRG from Auckland City Centre Residents' Group - CCRG

Auckland Council has transformed the Our Auckland website 2 give us all we need to know in one place on council’s response to C-19 along w key updates on govt response.
Link below

The 29 March update is on our website - link below
and attached below
& includes:
Tree maintenance.
Mowing.… View more
Auckland Council has transformed the Our Auckland website 2 give us all we need to know in one place on council’s response to C-19 along w key updates on govt response.
Link below

The 29 March update is on our website - link below
and attached below
& includes:
Tree maintenance.
Mowing.
Parks.
The main points with parks are:
Our parks are open for people to enjoy for exercise and general mental well-being. 2 meter distances should be observed at all times.

Above all, you must stay local

Where you live near a park, you can walk, run or cycle through your local park but must not play on playgrounds or use exercise equipment

And follow Auckland Emergency Management on Facebook to follow the latest from this crucial agency. Link below

He Waka Eke Noa - We are all in this together

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AUCKLAND COUNCIL UPDATE COVID-19 update5 29.3.20.pdf Download View

23 days ago

Coronavirus: Ministry surveys schools to prepare for closures

Andrea Neighbourly Lead from Eden Terrace

The Ministry of Education is surveying schools to find out whether they could cope with teaching online if they have to close their buildings due to coronavirus.
A newsletter sent to principals today says ministry staff will ring all schools over the next two days to check their capacity to cope.
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The Ministry of Education is surveying schools to find out whether they could cope with teaching online if they have to close their buildings due to coronavirus.
A newsletter sent to principals today says ministry staff will ring all schools over the next two days to check their capacity to cope.
"One of the things we are working on is what will be needed to ensure students are able to continue learning should their school or kura be closed for a period of time due to Covid-19," it says.
www.nzherald.co.nz...

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12 days ago

ASB Events Centre Car Park

Debbie from Epsom

I just saw on Stuff about a large number of camper vans, for people isolating, parked at the ASB events centre carpark. Does anyone know more about this - are they people self isolating after returning from overseas ? Or are they people who were already on holiday in NZ with no where else to go? … View moreI just saw on Stuff about a large number of camper vans, for people isolating, parked at the ASB events centre carpark. Does anyone know more about this - are they people self isolating after returning from overseas ? Or are they people who were already on holiday in NZ with no where else to go? Thanks

11 days ago

The Story of Ella Cooke

The Team from Auckland Museum

In the winter of 1914, Ella Cooke was looking forward to a grand adventure. The Auckland-born nurse and her twin sister Lily had just departed New Zealand in a boat bound for Vancouver, New York and finally England. She was looking forward to seeing the sights, and eventually a working holiday in … View moreIn the winter of 1914, Ella Cooke was looking forward to a grand adventure. The Auckland-born nurse and her twin sister Lily had just departed New Zealand in a boat bound for Vancouver, New York and finally England. She was looking forward to seeing the sights, and eventually a working holiday in London, or maybe Paris.

The outbreak of war in July 1914 dashed all her plans. Rather than return home, Ella joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. The work was extremely difficult, and Ella described it in her letters as 'frightfully hard'.

The story of Ella Cooke, captured below in our Online Cenotaph, is one of ceaseless dedication to nursing the ill and ailing back to health. Her work is reflected in the remarkable efforts of New Zealand's doctors, nurses and healthcare staff, who are taking every measure to ensure the ongoing safety of New Zealanders. A huge thank you to these essential workers for the incredible job they do.

www.aucklandmuseum.com...

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11 days ago

Support Homeless during the C19 Crisis - how you can help

CCRG from Auckland City Centre Residents' Group - CCRG

Homeless People -some of the most vulnerable/worst affected by C19 crisis. Great work being done especially by Auckland City Mission, Lifewise & supported by Auckland Council eg 400 food packs being prepared daily.

What can we do as a community and as individuals?

Read about what City … View more
Homeless People -some of the most vulnerable/worst affected by C19 crisis. Great work being done especially by Auckland City Mission, Lifewise & supported by Auckland Council eg 400 food packs being prepared daily.

What can we do as a community and as individuals?

Read about what City Mission and others are doing to help, and what you can do. bit.ly...

The food packs are being prepared & packed in the Council commercial kitchen.
City Mission is an essential service & is working to get the homeless into housing as a matter of urgency & has facilities on site to help homeless & those in need who are experiencing health issues.

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12 days ago

How to spend our first weekend at Alert Level 4

New Zealand Government

This is a crucial time. You might be tempted to leave the house this weekend to enjoy your free time. But it’s incredibly important that you don’t revert back to ‘normal life’.

Remember why we are all taking these extreme measures. Stay home. Save lives. This breaks the chain and stops … View more
This is a crucial time. You might be tempted to leave the house this weekend to enjoy your free time. But it’s incredibly important that you don’t revert back to ‘normal life’.

Remember why we are all taking these extreme measures. Stay home. Save lives. This breaks the chain and stops the virus spreading.

How to break the chain, and protect us all:

STOP THE MOVEMENT
The virus is spread by us. It can’t move by itself. So we all need to avoid moving around as much as possible, eg:
● don't travel to and from baches or second homes
● avoid driving out of your neighbourhood
● don't travel across the country in campervans
● note that DOC has closed all of its campsites and huts.

KEEP EXERCISE LOCAL
There are very few exceptions to staying home, but exercise is one of them. Going for a walk, run or bike ride is good for your mental health. Just remember to:
● stay close to home. Enjoy your neighbourhood, but go no further
● keep it solitary, or only with those you live with
● keep a 2 metre distance from others.

DO SAFE ACTIVITIES ONLY
● Our emergency services need to be fully available to respond to COVID-19 cases. Any search and rescue operation reduces the ability of first responders to help others.
● Do your bit to help them by only undertaking safe activities, and avoiding going into areas where you could get lost or hurt and require their help. Avoid outdoor activities like swimming, surfing, tramping, or boating, hunting or hiking.

AVOID PUBLIC SPACES
● All bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries and playgrounds are closed.
● Avoid places like beaches where people commonly linger, or are unable to maintain a 2 metre distance.
● Don't touch surfaces others may have touched when outdoors, like park benches or playgrounds.

When you return home carefully wash your hands, and any items you took with you outdoors.
Find out more

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12 days ago

Auckland Council Update 26 March 2020

CCRG from Auckland City Centre Residents' Group - CCRG

The Latest AUCKLAND COUNCIL UPDATE COVID-19 Update4 26 March 2020
Lockdown enforcement
Services for rough sleepers
COVID-19 broadcast for Pacific communities
Libraries wi-fi access - switched OFF
General advice and information

He waka eke noa – we are all in this together
Full Document:
View more
The Latest AUCKLAND COUNCIL UPDATE COVID-19 Update4 26 March 2020
Lockdown enforcement
Services for rough sleepers
COVID-19 broadcast for Pacific communities
Libraries wi-fi access - switched OFF
General advice and information

He waka eke noa – we are all in this together
Full Document:
bit.ly...

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12 days ago

***Our centres are CLOSED in New Zealand***

NumberWorks'nWords Remuera

We are temporarily suspending tuition for the remainder of Term 1.

We will not be away for long. During this time we will closely monitor all information and advice provided to us. At this stage, we will reopen on Tuesday 28th April for Term 2. We will be back in action providing your children … View more
We are temporarily suspending tuition for the remainder of Term 1.

We will not be away for long. During this time we will closely monitor all information and advice provided to us. At this stage, we will reopen on Tuesday 28th April for Term 2. We will be back in action providing your children with the tuition they need to ensure their continued success.

NumberWorks’nWords would like to thank all our loyal families and hard-working staff for your support. Thank you for your understanding and adapting with us during this time. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our best wishes to you and your family at this difficult time.

Keep an eye out for our April activities for you and your family.

Much love and kindness ❤️

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12 days ago

Selected Beaurepaires Stores Open During Lockdown

Beaurepaires Newmarket

Unfortunately, your local Beaurepaires store is closed during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Lockdown.

To see which stores are open or to find out more information, please click the READ MORE button below.

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14 days ago

Waste collection services continue as usual

The Team from Auckland Council

Waste collection services update:
✅ Auckland’s kerbside rubbish, recycling and food scraps collections are considered essential services and will continue as usual.
🤧 Anyone with a food scraps bin should avoid placing tissues in them.
❌ From 6pm on 25 March, the transfer stations will … View more
Waste collection services update:
✅ Auckland’s kerbside rubbish, recycling and food scraps collections are considered essential services and will continue as usual.
🤧 Anyone with a food scraps bin should avoid placing tissues in them.
❌ From 6pm on 25 March, the transfer stations will be closed to the general public.
❌ Household on-property inorganics collections beginning 26 March onwards have been postponed for the lockdown period.
Learn more

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