Onehunga, Auckland

36 days ago

Local Board meetings

Cathy McIntosh from Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board

At 10am today we held our April business meeting via Skype.
While we can't make these public, you can find the agenda here: bit.ly... and in a week you will be able to find a full record of the meeting here: bit.ly.... (see links below)
Until meetings return to normal, if you would like to … View more
At 10am today we held our April business meeting via Skype.
While we can't make these public, you can find the agenda here: bit.ly... and in a week you will be able to find a full record of the meeting here: bit.ly.... (see links below)
Until meetings return to normal, if you would like to present to the board, please contact us directly.
Take care.

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36 days ago

Fun engaging learning.

The Team from NumberWorks'nWords Royal Oak

NumberWorks'nWords remains online during lock down level 3. Our lessons are being delivered in the same fun, engaging way. Here is some feedback from one of our parents.

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36 days ago

Looking forward to your next copy of NZ Gardener?

Jo McCarroll - NZ Gardener editor Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

I am (very) pleased to tell you that now that the country is in Level Three, the May issue of NZ Gardener will be sent to our printers, and the magazine will be on sale from May 7. And believe me the May issue is packed with the good stuff, with ideas of what you can sow, plant, pick and preserve … View moreI am (very) pleased to tell you that now that the country is in Level Three, the May issue of NZ Gardener will be sent to our printers, and the magazine will be on sale from May 7. And believe me the May issue is packed with the good stuff, with ideas of what you can sow, plant, pick and preserve to make the most of your garden right now, plus Lynda Hallinan reflects on 60 lessons for gardeners from the lockdown, a bumper gardening quiz, and you can visit a spectacular Taupō garden alive with birds, a whimsical wonderland in Glenorchy in full bloom and meet the clever and resourceful gardeners of the Chatham Islands... all without leaving your bubble. And thanks so much to everyone who has been in touch to offer their support to the NZ Gardener team, especially those who have subscribed or renewed or purchased a subscription as a gift (an NZ Gardener subscription is a great Mother's Day idea, just sayin'!) We are so grateful to you all, and it's your support that allows us to keep inspiring and informing gardeners from all around New Zealand as we have been doing now for more than 75 years. Please share this message with your gardening groups on social too. We’re looking forward to the many more years of celebrating the amazing gardens and gardeners of New Zealand that lie ahead.

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37 days ago

Need advice on a DIY fail or reno dilemma?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, how's lockdown life treating you? If you've been trying to sort some long overdue DIY jobs around the home, with mixed results, help is at hand. 

Have you already had a DIY disaster you need to fix, or are you looking to do some home improvements but don't where … View more
Hey neighbours, how's lockdown life treating you? If you've been trying to sort some long overdue DIY jobs around the home, with mixed results, help is at hand. 

Have you already had a DIY disaster you need to fix, or are you looking to do some home improvements but don't where where to start? Email homed@stuff.co.nz to tell us all about it - including photos if you can - and we'll ask our experts for their advice on how you can fix things up, or where to start with your project. 

So whether you have a interiors design dilemma, a need for some home DIY know how, bigger plans for a reno you'd like an expert opinion on, or even a tough cleaning problem you want cleared up, we'll get you some answers. What are you waiting for? Email your questions and photos to homed@stuff.co.nz and we'll get back to you.

Please note: We are unable to recommend specific businesses or tradespeople to provide quotes etc.

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37 days ago

New Zealand is now at Alert Level 3

New Zealand Government

Alert Level 3 is a milestone in our struggle against COVID-19. We are all responsible for what happens next. Every contact we make is a chance for the virus to spread.

We could easily lose what we have gained. Our success, or failure, depends on the decisions that we’ll each make alone – … View more
Alert Level 3 is a milestone in our struggle against COVID-19. We are all responsible for what happens next. Every contact we make is a chance for the virus to spread.

We could easily lose what we have gained. Our success, or failure, depends on the decisions that we’ll each make alone – but which in turn – will affect all of us.

Two weeks then a review
• On 11 May, we will review our progress and decide if we can safely continue to step down restrictions, or if more measures are required to protect us all.
• So the decisions we each make now, matter. Because every interaction we have is an opportunity for the virus to spread.

Keeping safe at Alert Level 3
• At Alert Level 3, the best way to keep those around you safe, is by keeping your bubble small. Interact with as few people as possible. Less people equals less risk. And continue to stay at home whenever you can.
• We should each be making the minimal number of trips. Be sure to stay local, and only make necessary trips.
• And importantly, work and learn from home if you can.

Let’s do this
We’re a team of 5 million. Formidable. And we can do this.
So thank you New Zealand for making the right decisions, when it really counts.
Find out more

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37 days ago

Saying thank you to essential services with art

Dr Parmjeet Parmar MP

Art is always a great medium for children to express emotions, especially during this difficult time and at the same time to say thanks to those doing the hard yards to keep us safe and well.

I am inviting children to say thank you to those providing essential services by producing art … View more
Art is always a great medium for children to express emotions, especially during this difficult time and at the same time to say thanks to those doing the hard yards to keep us safe and well.

I am inviting children to say thank you to those providing essential services by producing art championing the work of our doctors, nurses, garbage collectors, supermarket and pharmacy workers and the many others in a way that is consistent and safe with the “stay home save lives” message.

The art is to be of anybody doing essential work, whether it be on the frontline in our hospitals, our caregivers at home, our emergency services or the cleaners, lab technicians, supermarket workers, truck drivers, port workers and farmers who are keeping us safe and well.

Please photograph your art and email to me at parmjeet.parmar@parliament.govt.nz.

Shortlisted art (ages 1 to 12) each week will be published on my website.

The competition is for the lockdown period.
Find out more

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37 days ago
38 days ago

Use of parks and playgrounds during lockdown

Lynnette from Epsom

Hi everyone.
I hope that you're all staying safe and well within your respective bubbles.
My son and I have been going out for walks during lockdown to get some exercise and fresh air, maintaining our 2m distance when passing by others. Sometimes we walk past a local park, and each time … View more
Hi everyone.
I hope that you're all staying safe and well within your respective bubbles.
My son and I have been going out for walks during lockdown to get some exercise and fresh air, maintaining our 2m distance when passing by others. Sometimes we walk past a local park, and each time I've been concerned by the number of people using the park for activities such as playing cricket, basketball, soccer throwing frisbees and even families having a picnic. Yesterday, Melville Park was a hive of activity, as was Auckland Normal Intermediate school grounds (despite a sign on the fields saying they were closed). There were also 2 groups of people playing tennis on the adjacent Mt Eden public tennis courts, and a group of teens playing basketball at Windmill Park. I was stunned at the number of people flouting lockdown and putting themselves and others around them at risk.
As a mum, I understand the temptation to just nip down to the local park, or playground and play some games with the kids, but this is not okay during lockdown. Please don't put your families and others at risk. Hopefully it's only another 2-3 weeks before we can all start using these facilities again, with confidence that we are not potentially spreading a deadly virus.
For those who are unsure of what exercise is okay and what's not, check out sportnz.org.nz...
Here's an excerpt:
"You might be tempted to use local outdoor exercise facilities, playgrounds, or community courts for tennis or basketball. Do not do this.".... "Playgrounds are unfortunately off limits as the virus can stay alive on surfaces and playgrounds are also places where people congregate."
Let's all stay safe together. We can beat this... but only if we play by the rules, and all do our part. Thanks so much.

37 days ago

Delivered Online: Certificate in NZ Wine

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Join us from ANYWHERE in NZ for for my online Certificate in New Zealand Wine and learn from your home.

These are interactive live sessions where we taste together and discover New Zealand wines in a way that will open your eyes to new flavours, producers and enhance your understanding of the … View more
Join us from ANYWHERE in NZ for for my online Certificate in New Zealand Wine and learn from your home.

These are interactive live sessions where we taste together and discover New Zealand wines in a way that will open your eyes to new flavours, producers and enhance your understanding of the different wine regions.

We have partnered with Glengarry Wines so you can purchase the wine to be tasted at each session and have your own private supply delivered to your home. Celia will lead you through the course.

Session 1
- Leading international grape varieties and their origins
- Sensory Evaluation - understand aromas and flavours
- Wine tasting techniques and term

Session 2
- Climate and leading white grapes
- Viticulture and the vineyard growing cycle
- Regional maps and important white wine regions

Session 3
- Wine making terms and basic process
- Leading red grapes
- Regional maps and important red wine regions

Session 4
- Short history of New Zealand wine leaders
- Sustainable winegrowing, organics
- Basic wine faults
- How to read a wine label

Delivered Online: Over 4 evening sessions from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12, 14 & 19, 21 May with an online written assessment.

This is an NZQA micro-credential and you will also gain unit standard 29926.

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43 days ago

Ramadan under lockdown poses new challenges for Muslim community

Melanie Earley Reporter from Central Leader

Hi neighbours, Ramadan is a month filled with communal prayer, eating and charity work for Muslims across the world, normally, mosques are brimming with people and large groups of family and friends gather for iftar, the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast at sunset - but in 2020 it will look a … View moreHi neighbours, Ramadan is a month filled with communal prayer, eating and charity work for Muslims across the world, normally, mosques are brimming with people and large groups of family and friends gather for iftar, the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast at sunset - but in 2020 it will look a little different.

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38 days ago

Cushion SALE

Director from The Italian Leather Company Ltd

Level 3 special ~ check out our sale on cushions.
We can despatch asap with the safety of contactless delivery.

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38 days ago

Cowhide Rug SALE

Director from The Italian Leather Company Ltd

Level 3 special ~ discounts on all our overstocked cowhide rugs.

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39 days ago

#LEST WE FORGET

Sue from Epsom

It was a blessing to stand behind my mail box this morning and hear a neighbor playing the last post on his bugle at 6am Ataahua

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