Totara Heights, Auckland

8 hours ago

Join us for lunch and some new ideas

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, how are you finding life in lockdown? If you're looking for new ways to mix things up at home and in the garden, we can help!

Join us for a virtual lunch from 12.30 on Wednesday (8 April), when NZ House & Garden and NZ Gardener editors Naomi Larkin and Jo McCarroll will … View more
Hey neighbours, how are you finding life in lockdown? If you're looking for new ways to mix things up at home and in the garden, we can help!

Join us for a virtual lunch from 12.30 on Wednesday (8 April), when NZ House & Garden and NZ Gardener editors Naomi Larkin and Jo McCarroll will be live on Homed to answer your questions, share their expertise and chat about your latest projects.

From repurposing items you already have to create a stylish new interior, to getting a steer on what you can sow and grow in the garden right now, here's your chance to get help and advice from those in the know.

And if you've already finished some home and garden projects during lockdown, don't be shy... show us what you've done. We'd love to see them! Click here and get in early to submit your questions and join in the fun. You can also email photos of your projects to: homed@stuff.co.nz.

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1 hour ago

Don't miss your collection this Easter

The Team from Auckland Council

Hey Auckland, we will continue to collect your kerbside collections during the Easter holiday, but with some changes to collection dates.

Collections from Easter Friday will be a day later and return to normal Monday 20 April.

Remember all rubbish, recycling bins and bags and food scraps bins… View more
Hey Auckland, we will continue to collect your kerbside collections during the Easter holiday, but with some changes to collection dates.

Collections from Easter Friday will be a day later and return to normal Monday 20 April.

Remember all rubbish, recycling bins and bags and food scraps bins (if applicable) are to be placed out before 7am on your collection day.
Learn more

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1 day ago

Has your Tenancy Tribunal hearing been adjourned due to coronavirus?

Kendall Hutt Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours. Thousands of Tenancy Tribunal hearings have been adjourned due to coronavirus and the nationwide lockdown. The tribunal is restricted in what applications it can hear and is only able to hear ones which include issues such as substantial property damage or the property is … View moreHi neighbours. Thousands of Tenancy Tribunal hearings have been adjourned due to coronavirus and the nationwide lockdown. The tribunal is restricted in what applications it can hear and is only able to hear ones which include issues such as substantial property damage or the property is uninhabitable. Has your Tenancy Tribunal hearing been adjourned over Covid-19? Are you unhappy the hearing has not been able to go ahead? Feel free to get in touch with reporter Kendall Hutt at kendall.hutt@stuff.co.nz.

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1 day ago

Supermarket queues during lockdown

Donna-Lee Biddle Reporter from Manukau Courier

Some members of the community are feeling vulnerable having to join mass queues at the supermarket. What has been your supermarket experience?

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29 days ago

Replacing the private long-distance bus terminal would cost ratepayers

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, If the long-distance bus terminal moves out of Sky City's complex, ratepayers will probably foot the bill. Ngāti Whātua opposes AT's plan to put it on their land. See below what it would look like, but should it stay where it is ?

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7 days ago

C O R O N A V I R U S: Summery to avoid contagion

Bharat from Goodwood Heights

The information below clarified quite a few things for me: thought it may be a good info for the community as a whole too.

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Excellent summary from Johns Hopkins University, to avoid contagion.
(Contagion is the spreading of a particular disease by someone touching … View more
The information below clarified quite a few things for me: thought it may be a good info for the community as a whole too.

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Excellent summary from Johns Hopkins University, to avoid contagion.
(Contagion is the spreading of a particular disease by someone touching another person who is already affected by the disease.)

1.... The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

2.... Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

3.... The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

4.... HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

5.... Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

6.... Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

7.... Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

8.... NO BACTERIACIDE SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; they cannot kill what is not alive with anthobiotics, but quickly disintegrate its structure with everything said.

9.... NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous); 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic); and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates); 24 hours (cardboard); 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for UP TO 3 HOURS and can lodge in your nose.

10.... The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

11.... UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.

12.... The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

13.... Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

14.... NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

15.... LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.

16.... The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

17.... This is super said, but you have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.

18.... You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

19.... Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

12 hours ago

Join the team!

The Team from Counties Manukau Health

We need you! Come join our whaanau and make your mahi count as we work together to stamp out COVID-19. Your passion, experience and skills are needed; we are looking for both clinical and non-clinical workers to help out.

We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce helps us achieve the best … View more
We need you! Come join our whaanau and make your mahi count as we work together to stamp out COVID-19. Your passion, experience and skills are needed; we are looking for both clinical and non-clinical workers to help out.

We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce helps us achieve the best outcomes for our community.

If you would like to be part of our team, please register your details with us now on www.countieshealthjobs.com... job number CMH06067.

More information here: bit.ly...

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15 hours ago

Birthdays during lockdown

Donna-Lee Biddle Reporter from Manukau Courier

Kia ora neighbours!

Are you doing anything unique to celebrate a birthday during lockdown and wouldn't mind chatting to me about it? Or perhaps you're having a post-lockdown celebration? Feel free to message me if so, would love to hear about it.

Cheers, Donna-Lee

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1 day ago

Practice good health habits

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

● Wash your hands.
● Use cough and sneeze etiquette.
● Respect self-isolation.

These are only some of the ways that you can keep yourself and your Neighbours safe!

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1 day ago

COVID-19 Advice for our community

The Team from Counties Manukau Health

All Auckland Emergency Departments are open 24/7 for emergency care.

Our hospitals and emergency departments are essential services so wherever you live in Auckland City,

Waitemata or Counties Manukau, your Emergency Department is open throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period.

If you are … View more
All Auckland Emergency Departments are open 24/7 for emergency care.

Our hospitals and emergency departments are essential services so wherever you live in Auckland City,

Waitemata or Counties Manukau, your Emergency Department is open throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period.

If you are hurt or unwell please visit your local Emergency Department.

For minor illness or injury, please continue to call Healthline (0800 611 116) or call your family doctor and follow their advice.

For information please visit: www.counties manukau.health.nz
Learn more

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1 day ago

Meet Fonzie, the Cockatoo who spent 20 hours upside-down

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, He's famous on Instagram, but Fonzie the Cockatoo has a new claim to fame, after getting such a fright he landed on a powerline, giving his owner a 20-hour ordeal while he hung upside down. Read the happy ending :

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1 day ago

D.S.G. HART - Found New World Club Card

Carissa from Papatoetoe

Found NW Clubcard outside New World at 5.30pm tonight. I asked Security Guard to pick up. Check with front desk. In the meantime go online and freeze your card.

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1 day ago

How your household is part of Covid-19s economic hit

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, Everyone is being hit by the Level 4 lockdown, necessary to curb the spread of Coronvirus. For a simple look at how the economy is affected, I looked into our bubble's wallets. How is your household affected? Read the story below :

2 days ago

Meet our new (furry) friends - Pet Direct!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We are so happy to be welcoming an incredible new partner to Neighbourly - joining our long-term friends AMI, Resene and Ryman Healthcare.

Pet Direct are the new kids on the pet block and know the industry inside-out; they have over 350 dog years of animal experience within their team. Most … View more
We are so happy to be welcoming an incredible new partner to Neighbourly - joining our long-term friends AMI, Resene and Ryman Healthcare.

Pet Direct are the new kids on the pet block and know the industry inside-out; they have over 350 dog years of animal experience within their team. Most importantly right now, they're still delivering all your essential items during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Pet Direct team do things differently; firstly they ALL have pets of their own. They also personally hand-pick every product they stock; they have over 5,000 items that have been tried and tested (but mostly eaten). They ship daily, from their Auckland-based warehouse, straight to your doorstep (with free delivery over $29), and offer a best price guarantee.

Neighbours - our pets remain a constant source of love and comfort during unsettling times. So show them (and the team at Pet Direct) how special they are. To say thanks for the support (and for being a good neighbour during this tough time), they're offering you 10% off their already awesome prices. Just use the code NEIGHBOURLY10 at checkout.
Start shopping now

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7 days ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave… View more
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

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