Titirangi, Auckland

9 hours ago

West Aucklanders get behind 'siren kings' in plea for battle space

Tori Tokalau Reporter from Western Leader

West Aucklanders are supporting the 'trouble makers' plea for a public space for their siren battles.

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17 days ago

Fuel tax, bed tax... now Aucklanders could face a TOILET TAX....really!!!!

Brian from New Lynn

The Auckland Council and the Government are considering a "toilet tax" to pay for a $1 billion sewer tunnel running deep below the city.The prospect of a new tax for Auckland comes days after the introduction of a regional petrol tax of 11.5 cent a litre and is seen alongside a sell-down …View moreThe Auckland Council and the Government are considering a "toilet tax" to pay for a $1 billion sewer tunnel running deep below the city.The prospect of a new tax for Auckland comes days after the introduction of a regional petrol tax of 11.5 cent a litre and is seen alongside a sell-down of assets by the council as a way of freeing up money for new infrastructure. Papers released under the Official Information Act outline a novel way of paying for the tunnel and previous scenarios for a partial sale of council-owned Watercare. "Using a SPV to deliver the central interceptor will be regarded by Aucklanders as (Auckland Mayor) Phil Goff and (Transport Minister) Phil Twyford inventing new ways to tax families to flush the toilet," said National MP Judith Collins. Both Collins and Manurewa-Papakura councillor Daniel Newman have called the new charge for the central interceptor a "toilet tax". In a letter sent to Goff and councillors, Newman said: "I fear the proposed SPV will likely be judged as a form of privatisation to repay debt holders that will not win public support.
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3 hours ago

Gutter repair and installation

Palana from New Lynn

Looking for recommendations for gutter repair and installation in New Lynn? Thanks.

7 days ago

138 Chinese tradespeople to arrive over next two months to work on luxury hotel

Brian from New Lynn

The Beijing-based developer behind the $200 million Park Hyatt on Wynyard Quarter copped criticism in February for saying it planned to bring in up to 200 workers due to skilled worker shortages. A spokesman for Fu Wah told the company had got approval from Immigration NZ to bring in 138 …View moreThe Beijing-based developer behind the $200 million Park Hyatt on Wynyard Quarter copped criticism in February for saying it planned to bring in up to 200 workers due to skilled worker shortages. A spokesman for Fu Wah told the company had got approval from Immigration NZ to bring in 138 tradespeople and did not think that number would be increased. The tradespeople will work alongside the 300-odd local workers already involved, from October through until February. The fit-out of the hotel is set to be completed by March next year, however, the spokesman says the final completion of the whole project will be later as the commissioning and pre-opening requirements cannot happen until after the fit-out. "We are grateful for the approval as the workforce shortages we were facing would have caused more delay. "Auckland is, as we know, in desperate need for more hotel rooms in the CBD, especially five star, so we will be bringing another 195 rooms into supply next year."
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5 days ago

BOWIE IS HOME

Kat from Glendene

Celebrations today Bowie has been reunited with her mum at the Manukau Auckland Council Animal Shelter. She had been stolen from New Lynn 3 months ago today. At that time the police had released video footage of the person responsible. Last night Auckland council received a call from a family whom …View moreCelebrations today Bowie has been reunited with her mum at the Manukau Auckland Council Animal Shelter. She had been stolen from New Lynn 3 months ago today. At that time the police had released video footage of the person responsible. Last night Auckland council received a call from a family whom Bowie had followed home in Manurewa. Due to her having a microchip the staff at the Manukau Shelter searched all databases with her number this morning. Bowie's mum Jo was contacted from this information she was elated and came straight to the shelter. There were lots of tears of joy and smiles from the staff. Again this proves that microchipping is critical for every dog to have, it helps reunite dogs with owners in all situations even when having been stolen. There are a number of databases containing the microchip numbers and Council Shelters have access to all of these which is why ANY dog found should be brought to one of them for some more “celebrations” to take place.

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8 hours ago

What's On: Psychic Surgery with Jeanette Wilson

Miriam from Tutukaka Coast

Mind blowing healings and fascinating teachings from the Entities of Light who perform psychic surgery on volunteers from the audience. Tickets $30 from www.jeanettewilson.com. You can also watch https://vimeo.com/260584497
Psychic Surgery with Jeanette Wilson
  • RSA Henderson
3 days ago

Lawn mow

Beryl from Henderson

Good morning neighbours its a nice sunny day out there today of anyone os wanting there lawns mowed today we are happy to do them for you we can mulch cut without catcher or cut with catcher we also offer weedeating aswell feel free to post a comment thank you have a awesome day

8 hours ago

What's On: Psychic Surgery with Jeanette Wilson

Miriam from Tutukaka Coast

Mind blowing healings and fascinating teachings from the Entities of Light who perform psychic surgery on volunteers from the audience. Tickets $30 from www.jeanettewilson.com. You can also watch https://vimeo.com/260584497
Psychic Surgery with Jeanette Wilson
  • War Memorial Hall
4 days ago

The intersection from "hell"

Debrin Foxcroft Reporter from Western Leader

The main intersection in Glen Eden has become a choke point for West Aucklanders. Into the chaos is coming a new petrol station. Do you think this is a good idea? Or have the city planners got it wrong? What can be done about this "nightmarish" intersection to ease the daily pain for …View moreThe main intersection in Glen Eden has become a choke point for West Aucklanders. Into the chaos is coming a new petrol station. Do you think this is a good idea? Or have the city planners got it wrong? What can be done about this "nightmarish" intersection to ease the daily pain for commuters? Click the link for more.

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stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/105594988/nightmarish-auckland-intersection-predicted-to-get-worse
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30 days ago
11 hours ago

Do we need a school holiday shake-up?

Brian from New Lynn

Thousands of school children head back to the classroom today after their mid-year break. In total there are 12 weeks of school holidays every year, and managing this can be a headache for parents. AUT Professor of Design Welby Ings told this time off could be distributed much better. "We …View moreThousands of school children head back to the classroom today after their mid-year break. In total there are 12 weeks of school holidays every year, and managing this can be a headache for parents. AUT Professor of Design Welby Ings told this time off could be distributed much better. "We inherited the summer holiday from the UK and held onto that. I think shorter holidays more often are a better way to go. "With the six-week holidays the kids are scratching at the doors by week four and parents have gone nuts. There are pressure points in the year that we could extend slightly. He says holidays should be reviewed because the makeup of families in the workforce has changed. "There are 12 weeks of school holidays. If a parent takes all their annual leave they're only able to cope with one third of that. If there are two working parents, and if they don't have any holidays together, they can maybe cope with two thirds. Mr Ings says school holiday programmes can often be too expensive for families, especially for those with more than one or two children.
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One alternative is a "community cluster" where two or three parents make up a roster and take a few days off each where they look after each other's children.
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Another option Mr Ings explained is coming out of Scandanavia, where companies brand themselves as 'family-friendly' and will create an environment in which children can come to work with their parents if other options are unrealistic.
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The third option Mr Ings offered was an anecdote he heard from a parent, who said to her children that she was 'not the director of their cruise liner' for the holidays. "She said 'we've got this much money, this much time, I can be with you for this much, we have to plan our holiday' and sat down with her kids and planned it out."
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The current education review should look at holidays when exploring the shifting needs of children, parents, and teachers.
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3 days ago

People with disabilities are being paid as little as 89 cents an hour to work in New Zealand, while hundreds are earning less than $5 an hour - and it's all legal.

Brian from New Lynn

In the last three years, 1500 minimum wage exemptions have been granted by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment for businesses that employ disabled people. We learned that more than two-thirds of those workers are paid less than $5 an hour for their work. Information obtained under …View moreIn the last three years, 1500 minimum wage exemptions have been granted by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment for businesses that employ disabled people. We learned that more than two-thirds of those workers are paid less than $5 an hour for their work. Information obtained under the Official Information Act shows five of the lowest paid employees with disabilities earn less than $1 an hour - the minimum wage in New Zealand is $16.50. One employee, who has Down syndrome and works in community service was being paid 89c.
A handful of others were earning 92c. The IHC's advocacy director, Trish Grant, says it's got to stop. "The minimum wage exemptions are a weird arrangement where people earn very little money for working hard and that's not fair and it's not right," Ms Grant says.
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Ms Grant says in some cases vulnerable people are being exploited by bad operators."People earning less than a dollar an hour, they don't have any idea about their employment conditions, they may have an employment agreement but they're not getting annual leave or sick leave those sorts of things.The IHC has been lobbying successive government to change the rules."The Social Development Ministry and MBIE need to immediately review all of the practice so any poor practice doesn't continue."Also there needs to be some incentives for those businesses that are supporting disabled workers well, by improving their skills and by ensuring they have got some pathway to the open market.The Government is looking to put an end to the minimum wage exemption for disabled workers.The Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni was blunt when asked what she made of it this week."It's not acceptable, actually we know that it's discriminatory, it runs against the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities."Ms Sepuloni is waiting to receive more advice on what action to take this month. At Southland Disability Enterprises in Invercargill, more than 80 staff with disabilities help to recycle the region's waste, as part of a special government contract. While many are paid less than the minimum wage they also receive a separate disability allowance from the Government.
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Cameron Frethey works there and specialises in dismantling computers and recycling wiring too. Mr Frethey told he loves going to work. "I make quite a lot of friends and it's also nice to help others." His boss, General Manager Hamish McMurdo, is worried that if the Government isn't careful operations like his could become economically un-viable and his team could just end up being at home. He says Southland Disability Enterprises puts enormous emphasis into social activities for their staff, and he says for them it's about more than money."We offer discos, dances, dinners out, get-togethers and really promote the social aspect of our family here really. Ms Sepuloni knows the Government will have to tread carefully."When we make any changes in this space we have to look at what the wider repercussions are. We have to make sure it's fair and that they're no worse off - in fact, they should be better off."
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5 days ago

A dog was mauled to death in front of its owner in Massey

Marika Hill Reporter from Western Leader

We can't imagine what this would have been like for the dog's owner.
The family, including children, watched in terror as their dog was killed in a "frenzied attack".
Massey resident Natalie O'Kane and her two daughters were walking their five-year-old dog Oscar, when …View more
We can't imagine what this would have been like for the dog's owner.
The family, including children, watched in terror as their dog was killed in a "frenzied attack".
Massey resident Natalie O'Kane and her two daughters were walking their five-year-old dog Oscar, when the incident happened on Tuesday morning.

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1 day ago

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1 day ago

Barnados Home based childcare

Hamsa from Sunnyvale

My name is Hamsa, and I’m a home-based educator through Barnardos. I have NZQA ECE Level 4 qualifications, and love teaching and caring for kids. I provide children a good learning environment for their development with lots of love and fun. I have recently moved to Sunnyvale and has a vacancy …View moreMy name is Hamsa, and I’m a home-based educator through Barnardos. I have NZQA ECE Level 4 qualifications, and love teaching and caring for kids. I provide children a good learning environment for their development with lots of love and fun. I have recently moved to Sunnyvale and has a vacancy for children from 0 – 5 years old, Monday to Friday. Please call me or pm me for further enquiry.

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