61 days ago

Have you tried the virtual check-in while shopping?

Melanie Earley Reporter from Central Leader

Kia ora neighbours, Pak 'n Save in Royal Oak and New World in Kumeu are trialing a virtual check-in system to help customers safe during the lockdown. It allows customers to wait in their cars until it's their turn to enter the supermarket. Have you tried it out yet?

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9 days ago

The Story of Surfdale

The Team from Auckland Museum

Did you know that Surfdale in Waiheke Island received its name via a competition? The winner was awarded a section of land near the beach...

At 8 pence a day on top of a small deposit, a Surfdale section was also promoted as a sound investment – so close to downtown Auckland that “values must go up and up and up”.

Well, they weren't wrong there.

Today, Waiheke Island brings to mind sunny vineyards and beachy weekend getaways. The image of Waiheke as an “island paradise” has its origins in 1920s marketing, but the island has long been desirable even as its character has changed over the past centuries.

As we go into the long weekend and begin to venture further afield again, why not have a read of how Waiheke came to be the place it is today, in this blog about its recent history by our Project Curator, Jane Groufsky.

www.aucklandmuseum.com...

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7 days ago

Auckland's drought rings alarm bells - is anyone listening?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, It might be raining but the record dry which is depleting Auckland's water supply is not going away in a hurry. Is it "just a dought?": Read the story below:

1 day ago

Current Council Rates Survey Flawed - and Biased

Richard from Epsom

The current Council Rates Survey is Flawed and Biased. At a time of Covid, more jobless ratepayers, angst about Council salaries, general Council incompetence, money wasted on vanity and ego projects, it is an insult that Council wants more of your money.

The survey is at:

www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz...

The survey is seriously flawed in that it does not have an option of 'NO RATES INCREASES' and very biased (like so many other Council surveys) to direct ratepayers to a predertmined outcome that will allow Goff and his Councillors to proudly state that 'a majority support a rates increase'.

Here is the first question in the survey:
Which increase do you support?
-2.5 per cent average general rates increase
- 3.5 per cent average general rates increase
- I don't know

My advice - tick 'I don't know' - and then tell the Council in the supporting box that you DONT WANT A RATES INCREASE and why.

If you want - also go to the Council complaints and register the fact that the survey is Biased and Flawed.

www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz...