Penrose, Auckland

3 hours ago

Humanely dealing with pests this winter.

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Have you ever had a pest problem? I used to have a pet rat. They are smart, affectionate, clever little things. I'd never want to cause one unnecessary pain or suffering, which is why we've chosen to manage pests in our home with traps. It's not ideal, but it's better - and … View moreHave you ever had a pest problem? I used to have a pet rat. They are smart, affectionate, clever little things. I'd never want to cause one unnecessary pain or suffering, which is why we've chosen to manage pests in our home with traps. It's not ideal, but it's better - and safer - than poison. I've done a little research on humane, effective vermin control during the wet months, when they like to come in from the cold. Take a look:

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2 days ago

Things that surprise Kiwis returning to NZ

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
I'm working on a travel story for Stuff about the things that have surprised returning Kiwis about New Zealand. If you have recently returned from overseas or know someone who has, it would be great to hear about the things that have stood out for you, for better or for worse. … View more
Hi everyone,
I'm working on a travel story for Stuff about the things that have surprised returning Kiwis about New Zealand. If you have recently returned from overseas or know someone who has, it would be great to hear about the things that have stood out for you, for better or for worse. Whether it's to do with the weather, the cost of things, the public transport, the food, the housing, the people or something else entirely, we'd be keen to hear about it. Please remember that your comment may be included in the article, unless you say you don't want it to be. Thank you.

1 hour ago

Celebrating Matariki

The Team from Auckland Museum

This week marks the rise of Matariki in the pre-dawn sky and signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. Here at Tāmaki Paenga Hira we've compiled a range of Matariki content for you to explore. Watch Amiria Puia-Taylor, Precious Clark and Pio Terei share their whakaaro (thoughts) on … View moreThis week marks the rise of Matariki in the pre-dawn sky and signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. Here at Tāmaki Paenga Hira we've compiled a range of Matariki content for you to explore. Watch Amiria Puia-Taylor, Precious Clark and Pio Terei share their whakaaro (thoughts) on Matariki and this winter season of gathering, remembering and renewing. Hear from Te Whai Smith about her mahi at Tāmaki Paenga Hira in te reo Māori, and view Sonia Snowden’s kete reminding us Matariki is a time to honour the plants used in weaving and be mindful of the resources Papatuanuku provides.

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7 hours ago

Goff confirms proposed 3.5 rates rise and 500+ job cuts

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, The likely shape of Auckland Council's Emergency Budget is clearer with the mayor releasing his proposal for Thursday's final debate. Has he got it right ? Read the story below.

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4 hours ago

Special and trying to help local business

Ranga from Mount Wellington

I am thinking that someone will get the benefit.

Free

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4 hours ago

What's On: Tree Pruning & Care Workshop

Adrian from Albany Heights

Learn all the basics in an interactive manner at this very popular 2hr workshop. Includes entry to Sculpture Gardens. $20 p/p pay on the day (very popular; booking advised 09-420-5655)
Tree Pruning & Care Workshop
  • Kaipara Coast Plant Centre & Sculpture Gardens
5 hours ago

Collective Nouns

The Team from NumberWorks'nWords Royal Oak

You've heard of a class of students, a pack of dogs, a herd of cows, and probably a school of fish. These are collective nouns -- a group of people, animals or things.

We would love to hear of others, comment below.

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7 hours ago

Your dog might be older (in human years) than you realise

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Think you know how old your dog is? Think again.

Multiplying by seven isn't accurate, a new study says. Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and other leading health institutions across the country have now debunked that common belief.

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Hi neighbours,

Think you know how old your dog is? Think again.

Multiplying by seven isn't accurate, a new study says. Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and other leading health institutions across the country have now debunked that common belief.

According to their findings, a one-year-old dog is similar to a 31-year-old human.

To read about the how to calculate our dog's age, click here

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6 hours ago

What's On: APO Friends Meet The Artist

Bryce from Auckland Central

Ingrid Bauer, Principal Harpist of the APO will give an audio visual presentation explaining the intricacies of the Harp and play for us. The morning concludes with a light lunch.
APO Friends Meet The Artist
  • Ellerslie War Memorial Community Centre
6 hours ago

What's On: APO Friends Meet The Artist

Bryce from Auckland Central

Ingrid Bauer, APO Principal Harpist will give an audio visual presentation to explain the intricacies of the Harp and play for us. The morning concludes with a light lunch.
APO Friends Meet The Artist
  • Ellerslie War Memorial Community Centre
6 hours ago

Do you know an amazing gardener?

Reporter NZ Gardener & Get Growing

NZ Gardener and Ryman Healthcare are on the hunt for the 2020 Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year! We're looking for green thumbs doing heroic work for their community.

Do you know someone sharing the veggies they've grown with their neighbours? Perhaps locals restoring a park in the… View more
NZ Gardener and Ryman Healthcare are on the hunt for the 2020 Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year! We're looking for green thumbs doing heroic work for their community.

Do you know someone sharing the veggies they've grown with their neighbours? Perhaps locals restoring a park in the area to bring back birds, or a group of neighbours doing a great job in their community garden. Nominate them today!

Click here and tell us why they deserve to be this year's Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year.

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6 days ago

How much should your council rates rise?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, With one week until Auckland Councillors decide this year's rates rise, and the size of the Covid-19 hit Emergency Budget, public feedback on rates is fairly evenly split. How much do you think your's should rise? Read the story below:

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2 days ago

⚒ Dovetail ⚒

Dovetail Restorations Ltd

A step-by-step of process of repairing this hare who lost it's head!

8 hours ago

Onehunga's Famous firsts

Cyril Skilton from Onehunga Fencible & Historical Society Inc.

FAMOUS FIRSTS IN ONEHUNGA
1. Dr. Logan Campbell carried out the first commercial transaction on the beach at Onehunga, just prior to the settlement of Auckland.

2. Mrs. Elizabeth Yates became the first woman in the British Empire to be elected mayor.

3. Onehunga was the first to produce iron … View more
FAMOUS FIRSTS IN ONEHUNGA
1. Dr. Logan Campbell carried out the first commercial transaction on the beach at Onehunga, just prior to the settlement of Auckland.

2. Mrs. Elizabeth Yates became the first woman in the British Empire to be elected mayor.

3. Onehunga was the first to produce iron from our own iron sand.

4. We had a fine big iron manufacturing factory alongside our rail¬way station, producing pig-iron, etc. until an attempted murder stopped the industry and closed it down.

5. Onehunga was the first in the flax fibre industry, with the world's first machine for stripping flax leaf for fibre. The principle of the machine was never altered, although improved upon for producing a larger output.

6. On the 12th December, 1840, the following advertisement was in¬serted in the "New Zealand Gazette";

a. “ A suitable reward will be paid to any person who may invent a machine to aid manual labour in preparing New Zealand flax or hemp, provided it complies with the following conditions;

b. The machine, if it is to be used by one person, must not cost more than five pounds, and in any case must be durable.

c. It must be so easily applied, that one week's instruction shall enable the most ignorant to work it.

d. I t must enable one person to render fit for shipment, not less than 50 lbs weight of flax daily.

e. It must be easily made and removed.

7. It would appear that Onehunga took up the challenge, because it produced four more world first patent machines for the flax industry;

a. The automatic flax catcher

b. The automatic flax washer

c. The automatic flax fibre scutcher, and,

d. The automatic tow cleaner and saver.

8. Another first for Onehunga was the patented machine that wiped out the reaper and binder. This Onehunga machine was patented and built in Onehunga by Mr. James McIntyre and sent to America.

9. 1847 Saw the establishment of the first Naval base in New Zealand in Onehunga. It was manned by volunteers who helped fight the Maori wars.

10. 1849 Miss Sophia Ann Bates became the first Post Mistress in New Zealand.

11. 1863 The first association of Women in New Zealand was formed when Elizabeth George arranged the first meeting of the Onehunga Ladies Benevolent Society. It is the oldest unbroken association of ladies in New Zealand.

12. 1873 The first Government-owned and operated railway in the North Island opened for the convenience of the public was the 8 mile section of line between Auckland and Onehunga.

13. The first railway trains were built in Onehunga by Messrs. Price and Co. now at Thames.

14. 1894 The first native born New Zealander to become mayor in New Zealand was Mr. D.A. Sutherland, Mayor of Onehunga from 1894-1897 and from 1901-1904.

15. Onehunga had one of the oldest houses in New Zealand, and one of the most travelled.

16. 1912 Boyd’s Zoo became the first zoo in Auckland. It was opened on the site just north of the site now occupied by Royal Oak Intermediate school.

17. The Senior Services Club (now Senior Citizens Club) was the first in New Zealand.

18. The first Steam ship in New Zealand was built by Captain Grundy's in the Manukau Harbour at Onehunga.

19. The Onehunga Primary School held the first Parent Teacher's Association meeting in Auckland.

20. The first Caesarian delivery in New Zealand took place in 1857 in Onehunga. It took place because the mother's death was inevitable in any circumstances. The operation was performed by a Dr. Weeks, assisted by Dr. Mc Gaurin and Dr. Curtis and in the presence of the Rev. Dr. Purchas, "who Kindly gave assistance." A "fine healthy female child was extracted. The mother, a Mrs. Filmer, was under Chloroform. The reason for the "inevitable death" was not given. Southern Cross Newspaper 7-11-1897 & from the book, “Save the Midwives." Joan Donelly.

21. St Johns Nurse’s Division operated first in Onehunga

22. Oranga Primary School was the first in New Zealand to receive an award for being a smoke free area.

23. Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries. Auckland. (Mrs D Calkin)

a. The Oriental fruit moth - Cydia molesta- was first recorded from Mangere and Hillsborough home gardens (close enough) in 1976

b. The cluster fly - Pollenia pseudorudis - was first dis¬covered in Onehunga in 1984.

c. These are the first New Zealand records for these species. D.H. Cooper (Miss) Entomology Technician.

2 days ago

Hot air ballooning in Queenstown

Trupti Biradar Reporter from Stuff Travel

One of the most scenic hot air balloon flights in the world - among the mountains in Queenstown - has slashed prices by a third to attract Kiwi travellers. Click the link below to read more.

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