In conjunction with our friends at Auckland Museum, we are excited to launch the Old Auckland Neighbourly Group. Join your neighbours to explore Auckland of the yesteryear and share photos and memories of how Auckland used to be.
Join the Group now to find out what's so special about this incredible photo below - and have a guess at where it might be before Sunday 16 Feb and we'll put you in the draw to win a $100 Prezzy® card!
Hi everyone. There is a lot of confusion over where people can walk and exercise while we're at Alert Level 4. Especially as the rules and advice are a little vague and seem to change daily...
So I've spoken to senior police about how the rules are being enforced on the North Shore, and reviewed the latest info on the NZ COVID-19 website.
Here are some guidelines to staying as safe as possible and out of trouble:
* DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING
* Wear shoes at all times.
* Stay in your local, immediate area. Try to stay within your suburb.
* You can walk, scooter or cycle to a local park, beach or bushwalk for exercise only (not a picnic, playing, frisbee, etc), but stay 2m from everyone at all times. DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING! Don't touch letterboxes, bus shelters, playground equipment, exercise equipment, picnic tables, seats, signs, drinking fountains, little libraries, community pantries, etc. Don't let your children pick up sticks, stones, etc. Don't touch any dogs or other animals. Avoid parts of the park where you could get injured or lost.
* Dogs must be on leads everywhere and at all times, even in off-leash areas and dog exercise areas. Keep 2m from other dog owners.
* You may drive to a LOCAL park to exercise, but keep as local as possible (within your suburb). No, you can't drive to Takapuna Beach!
* You may cycle further, but still keep as local as possible and stay 2m from everyone at all times. Remember that the purpose is for exercise, so avoid areas where you could get injured or lost.
* Do not go into schools for any reason. All school grounds have been closed by the Ministry of Education.
* No swimming, boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing. Message from the Harbour Master: "Basically, unless it is essential to be on the water, you shouldn’t be out there. If someone is in a kayak or dinghy etc and needed help they are tying up resources or putting those who come to help at risk. Same with surfing and stand up paddle boarding."
* Wash your hands with soap when you get home.
NOTE: There is now an increased police presence 24/7 across the North Shore to help deal with COVID-19 matters and complaints. If you have any concerns about a gathering of people, you can contact Police via the website: 105.police.govt.nz
or the non-emergency phone number: 105
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.