37 days ago

Are you a single straight man? Auckland Museum wants you

Brittany Keogh Reporter from Central Leader

Hi neighbours, Auckland Museum is hosting a singles' night which it says is the antithesis of speed dating on March 10. So far the event has proven popular with women and LGBTQI people, but there is currently a shortage of straight men signed up.
However, the museum hopes the gender balance will improve with more publicity of the event during the next couple of weeks. Would you give the singles' night a go? What's your idea of a perfect first date?

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4 days ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

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.

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5 hours ago

Online Educational Resources

Denise Lee from Denise Lee MP

Hi local parents!

We've pooled together a great a list of online resources that will be useful to keep the kids occupied during the lockdown. They are all free to use and a lot of fun!

If you have any other suggestions feel free to comment below and share them.

1. First of all the Ministry of Education has released some advice to support the wellbeing of families learning from home, it’s available here:
education.govt.nz...

2. There are also two dedicated Government websites with resources and advice for different age-groups and these will have more added to them over time.

Learning from Home
learningfromhome.govt.nz...

Ki te Ao Marama
www.kauwhatareo.govt.nz...

3. Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home website with 20+ days of learning and other activities
classroommagazines.scholastic.com...

4. Khan Academy (Free)
www.khanacademy.org...

5. E-learning for kids
www.e-learningforkids.org...

6. Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with hundreds of famous museums and gallery’s from around the world to offer virtual exhibits
artsandculture.google.com...

7. Auckland Museum Virtual Exhibits, interactive learning, quizzes, and puzzles
www.aucklandmuseum.com...

8. Storyline Online – picture books read by celebrity narrators on Youtube
www.youtube.com...

9. Nanogirl Science experiments at home
nanogirlslab.com...

10. National Geographic Kids – filled with education resources, competitions, kids clubs, games
www.natgeokids.com...

11. Comedian David Walliams will be releasing a children’s audiobook every day for 30 days
www.worldofdavidwalliams.com...

12. Bestselling Children’s Author and Illustrator has started daily sessions on Youtube teaching kids to draw
www.youtube.com...

13. Duck Duck Moose is a free app with lots of great interactive educational games for pre-school/early primary
www.duckduckmoose.com...

14. Science for kids – a fun science and technology website for kids, including experiments to do at home
www.sciencekids.co.nz...

15. Unite for Literacy – Online E-Picture Books for children
www.uniteforliteracy.com...

16. Dr Seuss website
www.seussville.com...

17. An awesome list of websites that have online educational games for kids:

PBS Kids – Online Educational Videos ad Games
pbskids.org...

All in one Home School
allinonehomeschool.com...

Starfall
www.starfall.com...

ABCya!
www.abcya.com...

Fun Brain – Games, Reading, Videos, and Maths
www.funbrain.com...

Highlights Kids
www.highlightskids.com...

Coolmath4Kids
www.coolmath4kids.com...

Math Game Time
www.mathgametime.com...

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7 hours ago

Adult dorm dwellers in coronavirus lockdown with 23 flatmates

Caroline Williams Reporter from Central Leader

Hi neighbours. It sounds almost like a social experiment or an episode of Big Brother – 23 flatmates are locked in a house together for a month.
But the residents of The Coh in Eden Terrace say there's no better place to be during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Coh is a co-living development with 22 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a shared kitchen and living areas, including a cinema room.
The group is passing the time by playing board games, watching movies and having cooking competitions.
Fitness classes are being held in one of the living spaces at 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.
Is this a lockdown environment you'd like to be in?