563 days ago

Single Malt Whisky Tasting

David Prescott from Wine and More Albany 2

It's been nearly a year since we had our last single malt tasting, which was a very popular evening. Still with so many different regions to choose from I thought it would be fun to taste some from just one region and as Speyside whiskies are so popular I thought we would start with that area.
We will taste:
Speyburn 10 years old -

GlenAllachie 12 years old -

Mortlach 'Gordon & MacPhail' 1999 / 2018 57.2%

Longmorn 'Old Particular' 2003 / 14 years old 48.4% -

Glenrothes 1988 -

Benromach Peat Smoke -

The presentation will be done by one of the team from Whisky Galore who are the largest independent Single Malt importer in New Zealand.


Platters of Dips, Cheese & Olives

Sticky Braised Beef Short Ribs

Spiced Rice Pilaf

Green Beans & Baby Broccoli with Roasted Garlic

Snow Pea, Capsicum & Hot Mint Salad with Chili Lime Dressing

Date: Wednesday October 10

Time:6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Cost:$75.00pp (which includes dinner and 6 whiskies)

Venue: Fairway Conference Centre 17A Silverfield, Wairau Valley (behind the North Shore events centre)
This event is R25- For bookings click the link. for more information email david@wineandmore.co.nz or ph 4153568

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Hey neighbours,

We want to celebrate the unsung heroes who are keeping our country going through lockdown.

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She's been so busy setting up testing centres around the Waikato. and helping them run smoothly that she's barely seen her two teenage daughters.

Do you know a coronavirus lockdown champion who deserves to be recognised? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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Should your rates be frozen because of Covid-19?
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Unjustified Dismissal and Covid 19

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I had a call the other day from an upset employee. He told me he had been dismissed by his employer using the 90-day trial period available to smaller employers. They are a small company and at time of his dismissal employed five people, so now they are down to four.
When he sent me his letter of dismissal it told him they had monitored his performance over the last couple of weeks and found it not to be up to the standard they would want, so he was dismissed per the 90-day trial clause. It also told him they had partly made the decision as a result of loss of work and revenue due to Covid 19. He was told as he was their highest paid employee this was also a factor.
When I was provided with his IEA it unfortunately makes no mention of a 90-day trail. We are all aware or should be that the 90 trial must be in writing. So, the employer in this case can’t rely on the trial period as an avenue for dismissal.
In addition, a search of the list of employers who have claimed the Covid wage subsidy show that this employer had claimed for all five full time employees sometime after he had been dismissed. Either this was an error or just plain fraud, by claiming for five employees when they only had four.
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Why do some employers insist on trying to flout the system is it genuine ignorance, or are they just trying to give it a go?
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