Somerville, Auckland

20 hours ago

Poll: Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

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.

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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?

To read more, click here.

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Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 59.7% Yes, five days is not enough
    59.7% Complete
  • 13.5% No, I never use mine up anyway
    13.5% Complete
  • 26.8% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    26.8% Complete
1928 votes
5 hours ago

Study English, make Friends and access further study

DynaSpeak Auckland CBD

Studying English with DynaSpeak can be your passport to Kiwi life!

Make friends, access further study and upgrade your career. Flexible times, short courses, excellent teachers and great locations.

Not only is DynaSpeak a great place to learn English, it plays an important part in the social… View more
Studying English with DynaSpeak can be your passport to Kiwi life!

Make friends, access further study and upgrade your career. Flexible times, short courses, excellent teachers and great locations.

Not only is DynaSpeak a great place to learn English, it plays an important part in the social life of migrants to New Zealand. They can meet people who have similar experiences and situations while improving their communication skills.

The next course begins on July 27, 2020. It runs for 18 weeks and students who successfully complete the course will be awarded an NZQA approved New Zealand Certificates in English (NZCEL).

We are currently taking enrolments for students for all levels and campuses (Queen Street (CBD), Albany, Botany, Mangere, and New Lynn). Places are limited and are filling up fast.

For more information click on your language below, visit our website, email courses@dynaspeak.ac.nz or phone 0800 355 344.

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1 day 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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22 days ago

'Carless' apartments looking for tenants

Colleen Hawkes Reporter from Homed

This is the changing face of housing in our suburbs as determined by Auckland's Unitary Plan. But this pioneering project in Sandringham is for renters, not buyers.

15 days ago

Show us your winter snaps!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hi Auckland! The days are getting colder and the Neighbourly Snaps campaign is turning up the heat in your region. Show the rest of your neighbours the wintery scenes around your pad or your region. What's your idea of a wintery scene? Post your photo in the comments below ⬇️⬇️

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18 hours ago

What's On: Pakuranga Crystal Visions Holistic Market

Michelle from Beach Haven

*Nurturing Body, Mind & Spirit* Aucklands Weekly Wellbeing Event. SAT 18th July. 10am till 3pm Readers, Healers, Crystals, Jewellery, Candles, Craft, Product, Organic & more www.crystalvisions.co.nz
Pakuranga Crystal Visions Holistic Market
  • Pakuranga Community Hall
1 day ago

Generation Pandemic: How has Covid-19 affected your children?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

This week we're looking at how the pandemic will affect our children and their resilience. The Sunday Star-Times wants to hear from children about how they've been impacted by Covid-19 and lockdown. Perhaps they've learned more about hand washing and germs, or maybe they want to talk… View moreThis week we're looking at how the pandemic will affect our children and their resilience. The Sunday Star-Times wants to hear from children about how they've been impacted by Covid-19 and lockdown. Perhaps they've learned more about hand washing and germs, or maybe they want to talk about having mum or dad home more often, or learning from home. Kids can write a sentence or two to be included in print by emailing kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz, by Friday, July 10, at 5pm. Their first names and ages may be used in print. Parents, if you're happy for your children to be photographed please let us know.

1 day ago

Bathroom Makeover?

The Building Guys

Call us today! If you’re looking for a friendly family run business with over 35 years’ renovation experience then choose us.

We have a team of good qualified people – Jade (the Builder), Luke (plumber), (Ryan (electrician), Russell (tiler) to do every job right.

Our team follows … View more
Call us today! If you’re looking for a friendly family run business with over 35 years’ renovation experience then choose us.

We have a team of good qualified people – Jade (the Builder), Luke (plumber), (Ryan (electrician), Russell (tiler) to do every job right.

Our team follows industry guidelines on coronavirus safety procedures to keep your family protected.

Call Lucy on 021 022 55 388 for a chat about your amazing renovation plans.

Be safe!
Book online

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1 day ago

Ask an expert: get answers to your DIY questions

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, have you had a DIY disaster you need to fix or are you keen to tackle some home improvements but don't know where to start? Well, help is at hand.

Send us your questions about your DIY or decorating dilemmas, including photos if you can, and we'll ask an expert for their… View more
Hey neighbours, have you had a DIY disaster you need to fix or are you keen to tackle some home improvements but don't know where to start? Well, help is at hand.

Send us your questions about your DIY or decorating dilemmas, including photos if you can, and we'll ask an expert for their advice on where to start with your project, any tips and tricks they can share to help you get a great finish - or how you can fix things up if they've already gone wrong! Click here to submit your questions, or email us at homed@stuff.co.nz.

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2 days ago

Holiday in NZ

EECA

Need a break? Live more with less energy. Explore our NZ paradise, and enjoy a low-carbon holiday. Find out more

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2 days ago

Dave Dobbyn is Heading to Spark Arena

Brent Eccles Entertainment

Legendary NZ musician Dave Dobbyn is playing Live @ The Cauldron at Spark Arena on September 12!

Dave and a full band will take the stage to play a selection of homegrown anthems and rarities. Tickets from $49.90(+bf) go on sale 12pm Thursday 9 July from Ticketmaster.

The Cauldron mode at … View more
Legendary NZ musician Dave Dobbyn is playing Live @ The Cauldron at Spark Arena on September 12!

Dave and a full band will take the stage to play a selection of homegrown anthems and rarities. Tickets from $49.90(+bf) go on sale 12pm Thursday 9 July from Ticketmaster.

The Cauldron mode at Spark Arena offers something for everyone, with a party floor and intimate seated theatre experience with the GA standing floor giving access to three sides of the stage. For those who wish to sit, all seats in the bowl have a perfect vantage point of the stage.
Book now

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2 days ago

1/5 Arrathorne Place, Northpark - AUCTION

Lisa Parfitt from Team Parfitt Property

TEAM PARFITT PRESENT:

www.barfoot.co.nz...

* 4x bedrooms
* 2x bathrooms
* Botany Downs Secondary College, Point View School, Somerville Intermediate zoned
* Modern kitchen incorporating gas cooking, stone benchtop & contemporary glass splashback
* Level, landscaped gardens with wraparound … View more
TEAM PARFITT PRESENT:

www.barfoot.co.nz...

* 4x bedrooms
* 2x bathrooms
* Botany Downs Secondary College, Point View School, Somerville Intermediate zoned
* Modern kitchen incorporating gas cooking, stone benchtop & contemporary glass splashback
* Level, landscaped gardens with wraparound paved patio
* Impeccably presented & meticulously maintained
* Within walking distance to Botany Town Centre

Call Lisa Parfitt - 021 198 7277
Wayne Parfitt - 021 083 97277

Open Homes: Sat & Sun: 12.00pm - 12.30pm
Tuesdays: 5.00pm - 5.30pm

14 days ago

Musocoal. Draw a musician as you listen

Megan from MEGANZ School of Visual Arts

Hi there, I have a new idea for a drawing workshop and would really like a show of hands as to who may like to attend? I need a minimum of 18 people to cover costs and get it running.
I thought it would be nice to hire a musician (for a change) to be our life-model and while they play we can … View more
Hi there, I have a new idea for a drawing workshop and would really like a show of hands as to who may like to attend? I need a minimum of 18 people to cover costs and get it running.
I thought it would be nice to hire a musician (for a change) to be our life-model and while they play we can listen and draw them.
There won't be a tutor at all, just come along with your drawing tools and paper, and away you go! Great drawing practice for the artists and a great time for the musicians to have a very attentive audience in front of them.
I would hire a different person, and musical instrument for each workshop - Keyboard, Cello, Violin, and Guitar.
I have penciled in 4 afternoons, spanning every two weeks over Term 3. The first one will be on Saturday 25th July - 2.30 - 4.30 pm, at -Te Whare Ora, 37 Uxbridge Road, Howick.
The other dates are - 8th & 22nd August & 5th Sept.
The cost of each two-hour workshop will be $20.00
The name Musocoal is put together from Music or Muso and Charcoal.
Also if I do achieve the workshop numbers, I will be looking for competent musicians to play and model for us, so if you know of someone who plays any of those instruments mentioned above, I would like to hear from them. I would pay for your time.
I realize 2 hours is a long time to play but they wouldn't have to play all the time, they could just sit still at different times throughout it. We will have breaks as well. Probably softer music would be appropriate.
If you are interested in trying your hand at drawing a musician while they played please let me know and I will place your name on the list.
Cheers
Megan Murphy
MEGANZ School of Visual Arts

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