Hi neighbours, a large fire on Maungarei seen from across the city on Tuesday night was "very likely" caused by fireworks, Fire and Emergency NZ said, adding that a group of about eight people had been seen acting suspicious in the area prior to the fire. The Tūpuna Maunga Authority is now calling for a total ban on the private sale of fireworks, given it has only been six months since Guy Fawkes night fireworks caused fires on Maungarei and Maungawhau/Mt Eden.
"Only a national ban on the sale of fireworks will prevent them being in the hands of people who continue to put the public and our ancestral heritage at risk," authority chair Paul Majurey said.
With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?
Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.
New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.
Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
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60% Yes, five days is not enough60% Complete
13.9% No, I never use mine up anyway13.9% Complete
26.1% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis26.1% Complete
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:
Someone has left a substantial amount of clothing items at the revolving pantry. With the rain etc it will deteriorate I will pick up what is left tomorrow night and throw away or put anything usable in the wash before taking it up to the Dove shop.
Please this is not the place to leave such items, thanks
Unfortunately I was not in a position to get the clothes out of the elements tonight, but I will try tomorrow evening when I'm back in town. Hopefully they will still be able to be washed and passed on.
We have a revolving pantry outside Sylvia Park school The pantry is at approximately 19 Hamlin Rd, it's visual from the road. Take what you need give what you can.
Food donations greatly appreciated.
Please check the expiry dates, no partially used food or food that needs refrigerating.
Someone asked what is useful for meals? My pantry has salt, sugar, flour, rolled oats, rice or pasta, milk powder, dried beans, vegetables & fruit. Tinned tomatoes, veges, fruit, beans, sardines/tuna, tinned meat, soup. These are all basics that can quickly be turned into a low cost meal. I have a friend who brings in the sauce sachets from takeaway places those are alway helpful for flavour. I bake but that's not an option for a lot of families and whose kid doesn't love lunch box fillers. If you have that "but you liked it last week" purchase sitting unused in your pantry pass it on along with Fruit from your trees Washing powder, toilet paper and dish liquid are also useful additions to any household.