Kelston, Auckland

18 days ago

Architectural Design and Draughting Services

ArchiPark Studio (NZ)

Hello,

I am an architectural designer, I hold a Bachelor Architectural Studies (BAS) degree from Auckland University and I have been working for numerous years for reputable architectural firms in Auckland.
I have done projects in Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Ponsonby, and Remuera.

Services offered:

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Hello,

I am an architectural designer, I hold a Bachelor Architectural Studies (BAS) degree from Auckland University and I have been working for numerous years for reputable architectural firms in Auckland.
I have done projects in Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Ponsonby, and Remuera.

Services offered:

1) Architectural design, drafting, resource consent, subdivision, planning report and building consent.
2) Measure up existing house, provide concept design, resource consent, and building consent.
3) Garage, addition/alteration, renovation, swimming pool, new houses, heritage, contemporary.

I take pride in what I do, I will look after your project and finish it asap.

Give me a call/text on 021 048 3310 for initial chat or send me an email.
I can come and visit to view and discuss about your project.

18 days ago

Time to decorate?

Resene

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You can purchase everything you need for your decorating projects from your local Resene ColorShop – simply shop online, or call or email your local Resene ColorShop. Click and collect or we can arrange contactless delivery direct to you.

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18 days ago

Enjoy Europe Day with a hamper of European goodies!

Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

9 May is Europe Day, a day that celebrates peace and unity in Europe. This new form of political cooperation made war unthinkable in Europe and became the European Union.

Across Europe and worldwide, Europe Day showcases what the European Union does.

This year, since we can't do … View more
9 May is Europe Day, a day that celebrates peace and unity in Europe. This new form of political cooperation made war unthinkable in Europe and became the European Union.

Across Europe and worldwide, Europe Day showcases what the European Union does.

This year, since we can't do anything in person, we wanted to bring Europe to you. Answer our quiz and be in to win a $75 hamper from our friends at Le Marche Francais.

To find out more about the European Union (and maybe even the answers!) find us on @EUinNZ.
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19 days ago

Air New Zealand announces its new domestic flight schedule for alert level 2

Brian from New Lynn

Air New Zealand will restart flights to the majority of the country's domestic airports when the Government says it's safe to enter alert level 2, the airline has revealed. However CEO Greg Foran admits it will operate at just 20 percent of its pre-COVID-19 domestic capacity - and warns… View moreAir New Zealand will restart flights to the majority of the country's domestic airports when the Government says it's safe to enter alert level 2, the airline has revealed. However CEO Greg Foran admits it will operate at just 20 percent of its pre-COVID-19 domestic capacity - and warns it'll be "a slow journey" to scale it back up. However several of New Zealanders' favourite destinations will be able to be flown to and from once alert level 3 restrictions lift.
The Air New Zealand routes operating at alert level 2
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***Auckland to/from: Christchurch, Gisborne, Kerikeri, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangarei and Queenstown.
****Christchurch to/from: Dunedin, Invercargill, Nelson, Palmerston North, Wellington and Queenstown.
****Wellington to/from: Blenheim, Gisborne, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Rotorua and Tauranga.
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Services to Taupo, Hokitika and Timaru will return as demand allows, Foran says. The new announcement comes just moments after Air New Zealand customers were told that flights scheduled for May and June were now cancelled. This followed a report on Thursday that said our national carrier would be culling 300 pilot jobs, with the remaining 900 pilots taking a 30 percent pay cut. Foran says Air New Zealand has been keen to start domestic services "as soon as practicably possible", in an effort to support New Zealand’s economic recovery and connect family, friends and businesses. But he admits that even when the country moves out of alert level 1, all of the airline's domestic destinations will see fewer flights and reduced frequencies. "This is the harsh reality of closed international borders and a depressed domestic economy, with more Kiwis in unemployment and people watching what they spend," he says. Foran also warns Air New Zealand's fares will jump well above pre-coronavirus levels, in order to recoup some of the fares lost as a result of the Government's physical distancing protocol. One-metre social distancing means we can only sell just under 50 percent of seats on a turboprop aircraft and just 65 percent on an A320," he said. "On that basis, to ensure we cover our operating costs, we won't be able to offer our lowest lead in fares until social-distancing measures are removed."
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19 days ago

Students call for Government's response to Covid-19 to be green

Brittany Keogh Reporter from Western Leader

An Auckland School Strike 4 Climate leader says the coronavirus pandemic is a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for action against climate change. The group has penned a letter to the Government urging it to prioritise green solutions in its response to Covid-19. Avondale College student … View moreAn Auckland School Strike 4 Climate leader says the coronavirus pandemic is a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for action against climate change. The group has penned a letter to the Government urging it to prioritise green solutions in its response to Covid-19. Avondale College student Coco Green-Lovatt, who is one of the leaders of the campaign, says the way New Zealanders has united and made sacrifices to fight coronavirus gives her hope for similar action against climate change.

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19 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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19 days ago

Paint a school desk

The Team from Resene ColorShop New Lynn

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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19 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.

20 days ago

Malls, barbers, bars to open under alert level 2; travel around NZ allowed

Brian from New Lynn

Kiwis can expand their bubbles to include friends and family and travel "safely" around the country, Ardern said. It comes as one new Covid-19 case was announced for the day. Public parks and recreational sports facilities will be open again, and professional sport can resume again such … View moreKiwis can expand their bubbles to include friends and family and travel "safely" around the country, Ardern said. It comes as one new Covid-19 case was announced for the day. Public parks and recreational sports facilities will be open again, and professional sport can resume again such as Super Rugby and the national netball league. Mass gathering rules will still apply so there will not be any crowds. Ardern said ECE centres and schools will open at level 2, and with so few cases in New Zealand, those will be safe environments for students and staff.
Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield said there will be a 2m physical distancing guideline for strangers and 1m for people you know, but a "careful hug" was okay for close friends and family. People at higher risk, such as people over 70 or with underlying health conditions, would have the same rules under level 2 as everyone else.
Weddings and concerts
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Ardern said indoor gatherings would be limited to up to 100 people under alert level 2, while outdoor gatherings will also be limited to 100. Weddings and concerts could happen, as long as there were fewer than 100 people. She said people would no longer have to stick to their bubble, and people can see family and friends again. Space, hygiene and contact tracing principles still applied. Have people over for dinner, she said, but keep numbers small and it was not the time for a large party.
Ardern said further guidance on things like dinner parties will be released in the coming days. But large gatherings and cramming people into a home was a "no-no".
Travel around NZ
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On domestic travel, which was previously restricted under the level 2 guidelines, Ardern said people will be allowed to move "safely" around the country. People should keep physical distance, for example, at airports. This will boost domestic tourism, she said, and people will be excited to get a haircut and have a holiday. Ardern said domestic travel for a large gathering was "not a safe purpose for travel".
Bars, cafes and barbers
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Hospitality, including cafes and bars, can open but that meant only businesses that can apply the thee Ss. The first is seated - capacity only for how many can be seated to prevent congestion, Ardern says.The second S is separation. There has to be space between people and tables, for example, and each table must have a single server (third S), and service at the table rather than the counter. Contact tracing will likely include QR codes, but manual or digital recording should be used in the meantime for customers. Customer contact outside venues, in queues for instance, will have to be controlled or businesses will risk losing their ability to stay open. Ardern said limiting contact with strangers will be challenging for hospitality, which had led to the three Ss. "Certain venues, nightclubs and so on, unless they adapt in that way, they won't be able to operate," she said. Ardern said indoor gatherings would be limited to up to 100 people, while outdoor gatherings will also be limited to 100. Service premises and office spaces can open, but "the fewer people the better" to make contact tracing easier and faster.
Staggered start times and working from home should still be a part of the mix, she said, and each business can work out their best practices.
Hairdressers and retail stores can open again, but surfaces must be cleaned and physical distance should be kept. Malls can open and be treated like supermarkets are now, including with appropriate PPE where needed. Bars, cafes and restaurants will not need to have contactless payments, she said. Eftpos terminals, door handles or high-contact surfaces will need to be cleaned regularly. Bloomfield said mask wearing for hairdressers and in beauty salons made sense at level 2, but at the moment there was no intention to make mask-wearing compulsory. Ardern said lives had been "quite different" for six weeks now. She said New Zealanders should be proud of the low number of cases, and Kiwis had been innovative in trying to operate safely under level 3. There was one new case announced today. Cabinet will consider the evidence about moving to level 2 on Monday, with the latest Covid-19 data.
Schools to re-open
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Distance learning will still be available for those unable to return to school, such as for people isolating because they have Covid-19, she said. A positive case in a school will mean that school will close for 72 hours to enable contact tracing, and possibly for 14 days if required.
Schools will open at the start of a week, whenever a decision is made about moving to level 2, she said. Kids should still stay at home if sick.
Schools will also have to keep attendance records for contact tracing purposes.
'Play it safe' - the rules for level 2
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"No one wants a second wave - no one," Ardern said. The PM said the virus had bounced back in other countries, and New Zealand needed to "stay in control". Level 3 had been about restricting contact as much as possible, and level 2 was still aimed at reducing close contact with strangers. "It is very unlikely that we have hunted down every single case of Covid-19. If stray cases start new chains of transmission, we might not find them for a month," Ardern said. She said level 2 was about keeping the economy back up and running, but "play it safe". The health principles were the same, including to stay home if you are even "slightly sick", being tested for even a runny nose or a sore throat, and washing hands often and properly all of the time. "Don't pass other people your phone," was one example the PM gave. The border will still be closed to non-New Zealanders. Test, contact trace and isolate would remain in place, she said. Keeping physical distance was also important, she said. If someone with a cough left their home, the safest distance from them is two metres. Level 2 meant more contact with more people in more places, so 2 metres should be kept from strangers, but less was allowed among people you know "because we can find you and we can find them" for contact tracing. Ardern repeated that contact with strangers will have to be limited. "When it comes time to move, we want to move with confidence." That meant the possibility of moving into level 2 in a phased way, Ardern said. "No decisions have been made yet. We wait for all of the data before we do that." Making several steps in level 2 rather than one big step might be what transpires, depending on the latest health advice on Monday, Ardern said. The Government will not have all the answers, and Ardern said businesses with questions should reach out to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. She said New Zealand should think about being halfway down Everest, and no one would want to climb back up, but it was pertinent to consider that the descent was the most dangerous.
One new case today
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Bloomfield announced one new Covid-19 case today. The new case is linked to the Matamata cluster. The Waikato DHB is calling for anyone in the area to seek advice if they want to be tested, he said.
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The total number of confirmed and probable Covid-19 cases is 1489, and 1332 people have recovered, or 89 per cent of all cases. There are two people in hospital. The death toll from Covid-19 in New Zealand remains at 21. Testing was higher than 7000 yesterday for the first time and Bloomfield said this was a good sign as DHBs were getting ready for surveillance testing.
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He said a review had been completed into the use of masks in the general public, and there were risks and benefits for wearing masks.
Bloomfield said over 500 people in the Marist College cluster had been tested, and there had only been one positive test, which was revealed yesterday. He said all the cases this week all linked to existing cases "which is exactly where we want to be."
Exemptions from lockdown rules
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He said the review of 32 exemptions had now been completed, and all the decisions had been processed correctly. However, some of the findings would have been different under the new criteria following the judicial review last week. One person had been allowed to leave managed isolation to visit a dying relative. Bloomfield told this morning the level 2 health principles were physical distancing, hand hygiene, getting tested early for any symptoms and staying home if sick. "Hugs and handshakes - if you don't know someone, be rigorous around physical distancing. But if it's close friends and family, you want to be careful of course, but it's starting to return to normal. "I would imagine it would still be elbow bumps and quick hugs." In higher-risk environments, such as public transport, Bloomfield said people may wish to wear a mask, but will not be compelled to. "We've just had another look at the evidence. People may wish to use a mask. If they know how to use it properly, that's fine, but at this point we won't be insisting on masking."
Some public health experts, including Otago University epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker, have been calling for mass masking to be considered. Bloomfield said it was common for people in Southeast Asia to wear masks in public, but that was because they had a cold and were trying to prevent germs from spreading. He said New Zealand's key public health principles were: "Don't go out if you've got a cold, don't go to work, don't send children to school if they have a respiratory infection".
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19 days ago

Thinking you could use an upgrade?

Refresh Renovations

From all the time being spent at home recently, have you noticed something that needs to be renovated in your house?

We have the expertise to ensure that your home renovation project looks fantastic - and is delivered on time and on budget .

We can work with you now to start the process of … View more
From all the time being spent at home recently, have you noticed something that needs to be renovated in your house?

We have the expertise to ensure that your home renovation project looks fantastic - and is delivered on time and on budget .

We can work with you now to start the process of creating the space you’ll enjoy.
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19 days ago

Cash for your wrecked car. Support your local business

The Team from AAA Auto Parts

AAA Auto parts are back in business and they continue to pick the cars under Level 3 with the health & safety precautions.

Maintaining a safe distance, single man towing, washing hands regularly in the yard, sanitizer in the towing truck, mask and gloves on at all times.

AAA Auto parts … View more
AAA Auto parts are back in business and they continue to pick the cars under Level 3 with the health & safety precautions.

Maintaining a safe distance, single man towing, washing hands regularly in the yard, sanitizer in the towing truck, mask and gloves on at all times.

AAA Auto parts are offering the best rates in the market to pick up the old cars for the next one month due to COVID19 situation.

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