Titirangi, Auckland

14 hours ago

Poll: Will you be using trains to get to work this morning?

Caroline Williams Reporter from Stuff

Hi Aucklanders. Auckland Transport suffered a 30 minute train suspension across the network due to a KiwiRail signalling fault yesterday. It was the second time in a week that trains were non-operational, network wide. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said the delays were "not good enough". He … View moreHi Aucklanders. Auckland Transport suffered a 30 minute train suspension across the network due to a KiwiRail signalling fault yesterday. It was the second time in a week that trains were non-operational, network wide. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said the delays were "not good enough". He asked KiwiRail if its infrastructure was fit for purpose. KiwiRail has promised an independent review into the recent signal faults.
Keep up-to-date with all traffic and transport delays with our live blog www.stuff.co.nz...
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Will you be using trains to get to work this morning?
  • 24.6% No - The network is becoming unreliable
    24.6% Complete
  • 16.9% Yes - Trains are faster than being stuck in traffic even if they're unreliable
    16.9% Complete
  • 2% Undecided - Tell us in the comments
    2% Complete
  • 56.5% No - I don't use trains
    56.5% Complete
301 votes
11 hours ago

Great Arborist

Andra from New Lynn

We have just had a large silk tree and a hedge removed by arborist, Kim Carati. I want to recommend him to you, or anyone you know, for all aspects of professional tree work. He deals with all kinds of tree work. Difficult trees in confined areas are a specialty. He will come out for storm damage, … View moreWe have just had a large silk tree and a hedge removed by arborist, Kim Carati. I want to recommend him to you, or anyone you know, for all aspects of professional tree work. He deals with all kinds of tree work. Difficult trees in confined areas are a specialty. He will come out for storm damage, and he is fully insured. Kim is friendly, reliable, and a clean and careful worker. He took all the refuse away. And I’m happy to say his rates are reasonable.

His contact details are:

Kim Carati
TOTAL TREE CARE LTD
Home (09) 817 3805
Mobile 021 257 0480

1 day ago

John Tamihere talks mistakes, Trump and what he'd do as Auckland Mayor

Nick Truebridge Reporter from Western Leader

John Tamihere arrives nearly 30 minutes late for our interview at Stuff's Auckland newsroom.

There is no apology. Nor is there a handshake when he leaves the building.

But this is Tamihere's style – he's unapologetic, he calls things exactly how he sees them and, at times, he … View more
John Tamihere arrives nearly 30 minutes late for our interview at Stuff's Auckland newsroom.

There is no apology. Nor is there a handshake when he leaves the building.

But this is Tamihere's style – he's unapologetic, he calls things exactly how he sees them and, at times, he will offend you.


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stuff.co.nz/auckland/113526550/meet-the-candidates-imperfect-auckland-mayoral-hopeful-john-tamihere-on-his-fiery-campaign

6 hours ago

Take A Step Today For World Refugee Day 👟💛

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Around the world, communities, schools, businesses, groups and people from all walks of life are taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees. This World Refugee Day, we challenge everyone in New Zealand to join together and take a step to make a difference.

You can take part in the … View more
Around the world, communities, schools, businesses, groups and people from all walks of life are taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees. This World Refugee Day, we challenge everyone in New Zealand to join together and take a step to make a difference.

You can take part in the #StepWithRefugees campaign, where participants will collectively walk, run and cycle 1 billion miles - the distance refugees cover each year to reach safety, by adding your steps here: stepwithrefugees.org...

Another option is to volunteer with the New Zealand Red Cross as a Refugee Support Volunteer. Volunteers help families start again, while teaching them about New Zealand culture and connecting them with people from the community.

For anyone based in the Wairarapa, Masterton Neighbourhood Support has a programme called 'WeConnect' that matches new residents from diverse backgrounds including refugees to a local buddy. If you're interested in volunteering or supporting the programme in other ways you can email Masterton Neighbourhood Support Area Coordinator, Cathy Cameron, at: cathy@connectingcommunities.org.nz

un.org/en/events/refugeeday/

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5 days ago

♻️We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days♻️

Fiona from Henderson

So many of us can relate to everything this lady is talking about😊

While standing at the checkout at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologised to the … View more
So many of us can relate to everything this lady is talking about😊

While standing at the checkout at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologised to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young checkout operator responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain.

“Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household rubbish bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalise our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go a few streets away. But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of Auckland. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.

We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a water fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people shared a car ride or took a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $60,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing."

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 100 kilometres out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off … especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who is incapable of working out how much change to give without the cash register telling them how much!

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11 hours ago

Because we all feel at home in the garden

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

For some, gardening in New Zealand - literally putting down roots - is a journey of a thousand miles (or more).

stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/112860083/home-is-where-the-garden-is

1 day ago

We are on the hunt for ...

Fiona from Henderson

Sadly our microwave is about to takes its last breath after so many years.
It has been repaired once and now we know it's dying.
So we are on the hunt as to where to buy a new one and really need your help please.
We have Googled the obvious places but we aren't too happy with the … View more
Sadly our microwave is about to takes its last breath after so many years.
It has been repaired once and now we know it's dying.
So we are on the hunt as to where to buy a new one and really need your help please.
We have Googled the obvious places but we aren't too happy with the exorbitant prices nor the cheap (fall apart) brands like the Warehouse are offering - Living & Co.
Kmart have the brand ANKO, a very unfamiliar Korean brand
The Noel Lemming's clearance shop only have one on offer and it's a supplier seconds.
We currently have a Panasonic one and are looking for something similar - about 30L.
Any ideas?

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20 hours ago

Simple Buildings, Designed Well

The Groves

The Groves Homes is a collection of newly constructed Terraced Homes & Apartments located in Glendene, Auckland. The development was designed to be a small community and built on the original Palmers Plant Barn site, which had operated on the site since 1912. The Groves at 4155 Great North … View moreThe Groves Homes is a collection of newly constructed Terraced Homes & Apartments located in Glendene, Auckland. The development was designed to be a small community and built on the original Palmers Plant Barn site, which had operated on the site since 1912. The Groves at 4155 Great North Road, Glendene is a mixed-use development encompassing all you need at your doorstep whilst still providing the seclusion of a modern residential enclave. There is a 24hr Anytime Fitness, BestStart Childcare, food, café, & light retail also located on site.

The Development boasts 3 types of Homes - The Percy, The Jones & The Palmers which all vary in size and price, and will appeal to families, young professionals, investors and your lock up & leave residents. Move in date is expected in early November and requires a 10% Deposit which will secure your new home now. 1 Bedroom homes start from $399,000 & 2 bedroom from $549,000, and 3 bedroom from $689,000.

The show home & office is located on-site & open in the weekends from 1-3pm or by appointment if that doesn’t work for you. If you have any further questions or want further information, please get in touch below.

William Koreman
www.thegroves.co.nz
e. william@matvin.co.nz
p. 021 075 5656
Book an appointment

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20 hours ago

Want to give back to your community?

The Team from Hospice West Auckland

Hospice West Auckland are on the lookout for dedicated volunteers who want to make a difference and support their local community. We at Hospice provide end-of-life care at no cost to patients and their families across West Auckland.

Our volunteering opportunities are rich and diverse, … View more
Hospice West Auckland are on the lookout for dedicated volunteers who want to make a difference and support their local community. We at Hospice provide end-of-life care at no cost to patients and their families across West Auckland.

Our volunteering opportunities are rich and diverse, supporting many of our Hospice services. The gift of your time will ensure that we can keep providing care to those who need it.

Here are some ways in which you can get involved and make a difference:

- Retail sales assistants
- Patient and family home visitors
- Health care assistants
- Life story writers
- Fundraising volunteers (for specific appeals and events)
- Event assistants
- Drivers
- Writing, Art & Photography
- Floral Art & Crafts
- Cooks and Bakers
- Beauty Therapists and Hairdressers
- Shoppers and errand runners
- Entertainers and Performing Artists for our events
Apply now

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1 day ago

Inland Revenue (IRD) is contacting investors to correct their tax rate after an estimated $42 million was overpaid by around 950,000 New Zealanders in the 2019 tax year.

Brian from New Lynn

IRD said that 1.5 million New Zealand investors, including KiwiSavers, were on the incorrect prescribed tax rate (PIR). Around 550,000 of those have underpaid their investments, according to IR, with an average of $80-$90 owing in tax. However, almost double that number have overpaid by an average … View moreIRD said that 1.5 million New Zealand investors, including KiwiSavers, were on the incorrect prescribed tax rate (PIR). Around 550,000 of those have underpaid their investments, according to IR, with an average of $80-$90 owing in tax. However, almost double that number have overpaid by an average of $44 per person. Inland Revenue deputy commissioner Sharon Thompson said current legislation does not allow for a refund of overpayment. Ms Thompson said trying to go back over past years and determine incorrect payments based on wrong PIRs would have required significant work not just for Inland Revenue but for individual taxpayers and financial institutions. "For the 2019 tax year, an estimated $42 million was overpaid. Current estimates show between $45 and $50 million of investment tax was underpaid, and that will be recovered," she said. "But these figures are changing as IR's new system continues to receive information." Ms Thompson said IRD will be getting in contact with investors to correct the error. "From mid-July 2019, we'll begin proactively contacting customers who are on an incorrect PIR to let them know they need to change it to avoid paying too little or too much tax in the future. They can then contact their investment provider to change their rate."And in the future, we'll contact customers during the year if we identify they are using an incorrect PIR. This will be an on-going process to ensure that customers can get things right from the start."
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1 day ago

What's On: Collectors Toy & Model Fair

Margaret from Highland Park

Admission $6, school children free. Trains, planes, military memorabilia, diecast, dolls, teddy bears, scifi, toys, childrens books etc. Auckland Central Model Railway Club Phone Bob 09 5346702 Mob 021 2655753
Collectors Toy & Model Fair
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