Oratia, Auckland

9 days ago

Have you signed up to get free gardening advice?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we go undercover with tips and tools for glasshouses. It’s time to make your bird-friendly garden count, prune fruit trees, watch out for frosty weather, move seedlings under cover and pick celery before disease strikes.
Plus make your own hanging chandelier planter and … View more
In this week’s issue we go undercover with tips and tools for glasshouses. It’s time to make your bird-friendly garden count, prune fruit trees, watch out for frosty weather, move seedlings under cover and pick celery before disease strikes.
Plus make your own hanging chandelier planter and follow Jane Packer’s advice to decorate your kitchen and dining spaces with flowers. Be in to win Jane Packer Flowers and the NZ House & Garden July issue.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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9 days ago

We’re here!

Nido

Hello Westies!

After 19 months of construction, the big blue building, Nido is finally (half) open!

Our founder, Vinod Kumar has been a retailer in West Auckland for over 30 years.

Nido is so proud to have made its home in the West. Vinod has already seen and met so many of you in the … View more
Hello Westies!

After 19 months of construction, the big blue building, Nido is finally (half) open!

Our founder, Vinod Kumar has been a retailer in West Auckland for over 30 years.

Nido is so proud to have made its home in the West. Vinod has already seen and met so many of you in the store and we thank you for your support.

Nido is New Zealand’s largest retail store providing Kiwis all they need for their home.

Currently, only Stage 1 is open where you will find homewares, bedding, kitchenware, accessories and more. Stage 2 will boast 100 showrooms of furniture, a cafeteria and even a house!
Visit now

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9 days ago

Home sitter available

Karen from Oratia

Hi All, I'm returning to my beloved West Auckland on 24 July (having sold my house in the Bay of Islands), and am looking for a housesit short-ish term while looking for a house to buy... I do however have a 14 year old, rather serious, cat named Sylvester who must come with me. I am a house… View moreHi All, I'm returning to my beloved West Auckland on 24 July (having sold my house in the Bay of Islands), and am looking for a housesit short-ish term while looking for a house to buy... I do however have a 14 year old, rather serious, cat named Sylvester who must come with me. I am a house proud person, with excellent references... any takers???🙂 prefer oratia, titirangi or thereabouts...
Karen

9 days ago

Rear car seat caddies

Sharon from Te Atatu South

Rear car seat caddies x 2 with pockets:
www.trademe.co.nz...
Rear car seat caddies x 2 with velcro, net pockets:
www.trademe.co.nz...

Price: $25

12 days ago

Will Auckland's drought threaten your job?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, No respite is forecast for Auckland's worst drought, and new analysis suggests thousands of jobs could be affected if restrictions tighten on businesses. Read the story below:

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9 days ago
14 days ago

DISCIPLINE, Young essential education.

David from Glen Eden

New Zealand, just like most countries in the world has a youth problem. From where I sit it largely stems from poor parenting and inequality. Rising above all excuses we see a lack of discipline.
We can also bring in that racial argument as part of the equation.

The most useful solution might… View more
New Zealand, just like most countries in the world has a youth problem. From where I sit it largely stems from poor parenting and inequality. Rising above all excuses we see a lack of discipline.
We can also bring in that racial argument as part of the equation.

The most useful solution might be National Service. Say 18 months chosen from between age 17 to 21.

A good example is Switzerland, one of the happiest countries, with 4 official languages, they have NS.

Centre for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education found that youth national service programs in the USA cost a total of $1.7 billion annually but returned a value of $6.5 billion, creating a social benefit of 3.95 times more than the cost.

It is a social leveller, it brings together the rich and the poor, all colours and creeds. Self respect and respect for each other is learned and team work is practised.

Fundamental skills to enjoy a healthy lifestyle can be taught. Cleanliness, grooming, manners and self discipline are essentials. During that eighteen months these young people are out of the way of mischief. They don't need to steal or do drugs or join gangs. They learn there is a better life. They have time to think about useful careers having just left school possibly confused.

A huge benefit to society could be enjoyed if a well thought out course of concentrated study was evolved. Learning to drive safely, learning how to handle fire arms as required for military application, making sure all can swim, learning basic survival skills on the water, on land and in the jungle. These classes are interesting, the "pupils" are at a formative age, they can soak it up.
Money management could be included, even healthy eating, and physical fitness of course.

And whether rich or poor, black, brown or white, that 18 months of their lives could be the most valuable and formative they will ever experience. The value to society would be immeasurable.
I believe the pro's greatly outweighs the negatives. The records from the present voluntary short term "boot camps" are perhaps proof enough to support mandatory NS. Also see,
www.rnz.co.nz...

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9 days ago

What's On: Social Indoor Bowls

Pam from New Lynn

Every Friday Social Indoor Bowls, Western Hall, 38 Portage Road, New Lynn. 11am until 2.15pm approx. Beginners welcome. Phone Bill at 627 3113
Social Indoor Bowls
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9 days ago

What's On: Social Indoor Bowls

Pam from New Lynn

Every Friday Social Indoor Bowls 11am until 2.15pm approx, Western Hall, 38 Portage Road, New Lynn. Beginners welcome. Phone Bill at 627 3113
Social Indoor Bowls
  • Western Hall
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9 days ago

What's On: Indoor Bowls

Pam from New Lynn

Indoor Bowls every Thursday evening at Western Hall, 38 Portage Road, New Lynn. Starts 7.30pm until 9.30pm approx. Two free sessions. Ph Glenis at 827 4461
Indoor Bowls
  • Western Hall
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