Westmere, Auckland

15 hours ago

Who do you miss most during lockdown?

Brittany Keogh Reporter from Central Leader

Hi neighbours, From grandparents to best friends, mums to grandchildren – Kiwis have opened up about who they miss the most two weeks into the coronavirus lockdown and shared messages for loved ones outside their bubbles in a touching video created by an Auckland-based production company.
Who do… View more
Hi neighbours, From grandparents to best friends, mums to grandchildren – Kiwis have opened up about who they miss the most two weeks into the coronavirus lockdown and shared messages for loved ones outside their bubbles in a touching video created by an Auckland-based production company.
Who do you miss most during lockdown? Warning: The video in this story may make your eyes leak.

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1 day ago

Poll: Should your rates be frozen because of Covid-19?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, It's a tough one for many, the prospect of rates rising 3.5 per cent, in these uncertain times. It is easy to say "Freeze!" but that's not as simple as it sounds. What do you think? Read the story here: www.stuff.co.nz...

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Should your rates be frozen because of Covid-19?
  • 6.7% Rates should rise 3.5 pc but with easy help for those in need
    6.7% Complete
  • 84.2% Rates should be frozen for all ratepayers
    84.2% Complete
  • 9.1% Rates should rise, but by less that 3.5 pc, with help for those who need it
    9.1% Complete
1406 votes
6 hours ago

Got the baking bug in your bubble?

The Team from Auckland Museum

We think you’ll love this New Zealand Hot Cross and Cold Cross Bun recipe from Aunt Daisy's Cookery Book of Approved Recipes, from our collection.

Maud Ruby Basham (30 August 1879 – 14 July 1963), professionally known as Aunt Daisy, was a well-loved New Zealand radio broadcaster. Her … View more
We think you’ll love this New Zealand Hot Cross and Cold Cross Bun recipe from Aunt Daisy's Cookery Book of Approved Recipes, from our collection.

Maud Ruby Basham (30 August 1879 – 14 July 1963), professionally known as Aunt Daisy, was a well-loved New Zealand radio broadcaster. Her 30-minute daily morning show ran from 1933 to 1963. Her role was primarily to promote household products and to boost morale during World War II. Try out this recipe and it might just boost your morale! Best served hot with lashings of butter…

Aunt Daisy’s full recipe and other activities for the Easter Weekend are over at our Auckland Museum at Home Hub!
Visit us online

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1 day ago

Maungarei/Mt Wellington fire caused by fireworks

Caroline Williams Reporter from Central Leader

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 … View moreHi 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.

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3 days ago

Where to find your favourite Hot Cross Buns in lockdown?

The Team Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Who loves Hot Cross Buns? Nothing beats the smell of a freshly toasted hot cross bun, but as Easter this year will be spent in coronavirus lockdown and your favourite bakery or cafe is closed, we've put together a list of some of the best spices buns you can find or if you're feeling … View moreWho loves Hot Cross Buns? Nothing beats the smell of a freshly toasted hot cross bun, but as Easter this year will be spent in coronavirus lockdown and your favourite bakery or cafe is closed, we've put together a list of some of the best spices buns you can find or if you're feeling adventurous why not make them.
My personal favourites are from Daily Bread. What's your favourite thing about Easter?

1 day ago

Tell us about the coronavirus lockdown champions in your community

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours,

We want to celebrate the unsung heroes who are keeping our country going through lockdown.

Frontline nurse Debra Larsen's life has turned into a "real whirlwind" since the coronavirus outbreak began.

She's been so busy setting up testing centres around the … View more
Hey neighbours,

We want to celebrate the unsung heroes who are keeping our country going through lockdown.

Frontline nurse Debra Larsen's life has turned into a "real whirlwind" since the coronavirus outbreak began.

She's been so busy setting up testing centres around the Waikato. and helping them run smoothly that she's barely seen her two teenage daughters.

Do you know a coronavirus lockdown champion who deserves to be recognised? Tell us about them in the comments below.

To read more about Debra's life on the frontline, click here.

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11 hours ago

Our furry friends

Lana from Ponsonby

Hi everybody out there, hoping we all are staying strong and true to our bubbles. Just wanted to be sure that everybody's pets are included in our personal space. Very unsafe to encourage other peoples pets to play and get fed at your place. If it is not your animal, very important to send … View moreHi everybody out there, hoping we all are staying strong and true to our bubbles. Just wanted to be sure that everybody's pets are included in our personal space. Very unsafe to encourage other peoples pets to play and get fed at your place. If it is not your animal, very important to send the wee darlings home. Their mums n dads will be worried about them, particularly the older more vulnerable people in the neighbourhood. Other peoples pets are not for entertainment. Stay safe everybody.

8 days ago

Have you been using Zoom during the lockdown? You'll want to read this

Brittany Keogh Reporter from Central Leader

Hi neighbours, Are you using Zoom or other video conferencing software during the lockdown? Unfortunately, there have been several hacking incidents reported where trolls have joined strangers' Zoom meetings and streamed porn to the group or created other havoc. Luckily, you can change your … View moreHi neighbours, Are you using Zoom or other video conferencing software during the lockdown? Unfortunately, there have been several hacking incidents reported where trolls have joined strangers' Zoom meetings and streamed porn to the group or created other havoc. Luckily, you can change your settings to prevent this from happening. Here's some more information about some of the risks of Zoom and other video calling software and a quick guide on how to change your settings to prevent hacks.

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4 days ago

Have you tried the virtual check-in while shopping?

Melanie Earley Reporter from Central Leader

Kia ora neighbours, Pak 'n Save in Royal Oak and New World in Kumeu are trialing a virtual check-in system to help customers safe during the lockdown. It allows customers to wait in their cars until it's their turn to enter the supermarket. Have you tried it out yet?

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19 hours ago

Sharpening

Michael from The Sharpening Guys

Are you’re knives being used more than ever?The Sharpening Guys are still sharpening.
If you live within our Sandringham radius you can still drop your knives off to us just follow the safety steps below:
1) Sanitise your items
2) Wrap them in a tea towel or similar
3) Leave your details with … View more
Are you’re knives being used more than ever?The Sharpening Guys are still sharpening.
If you live within our Sandringham radius you can still drop your knives off to us just follow the safety steps below:
1) Sanitise your items
2) Wrap them in a tea towel or similar
3) Leave your details with your items
4) Place them in our secure (frequently sanitised) drop box
5) wait to hear from us with pick up instructions

If the items do not fit in the drop box ring the door bell or call us.
then call me for the gate code.

#sharp #knives #sanitise #staysafe #letsworktogether #thesharpeningguys

1 day ago

Small businesses in your community need a hand!

SOS Business

Hi neighbours! SOS Business was set up to help local businesses in your community. It means you can buy gift cards from your favourite cafés, restaurants and service providers and then redeem them when they re-open after lockdown.

You can play a special part helping small businesses stay … View more
Hi neighbours! SOS Business was set up to help local businesses in your community. It means you can buy gift cards from your favourite cafés, restaurants and service providers and then redeem them when they re-open after lockdown.

You can play a special part helping small businesses stay afloat during this time. Spread the word to your friends and family so that we can help as many local businesses as we can.

Thanks for being a great neighbour by being a lifeline for businesses in your community.

PS - in case you were wondering, due to the success of SOS Café, and the number of other service businesses now on the Platform, the team have rebranded to SOS Business – Save Our Small Business!
Support a local business

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1 day ago

Look our for others

The Team from Auckland City District Police

We know some of you are facing threatening and potentially harmful times at home right now. Police will be there for you if you call us.

If you are in immediate danger and can’t call 111, leave your house and get out of harm’s way. Get to a safe distance and then ask a neighbour over a fence, … View more
We know some of you are facing threatening and potentially harmful times at home right now. Police will be there for you if you call us.

If you are in immediate danger and can’t call 111, leave your house and get out of harm’s way. Get to a safe distance and then ask a neighbour over a fence, or a passer-by, to call 111 for you. Your safety comes first.

It’s everybody’s responsibility to speak out and keep each other safe right now. If you think something is not ok with a friend, neighbour, or colleague, it’s okay to call Police on their behalf. The person you’re worried about may not be able to speak up for themselves. You could be saving a life.

For more information or support: www.police.govt.nz...

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3 days ago

Gutter boards

Ima from Grey Lynn

Does anyone have one of these ? Happy to buy if you. Or if you can knock one together seeings as we’re all home bound these days. Would love to show my 9 year old how to play this game. I remember I was pretty addicted to the game in primary and practiced at home on the one my dad knocked … View moreDoes anyone have one of these ? Happy to buy if you. Or if you can knock one together seeings as we’re all home bound these days. Would love to show my 9 year old how to play this game. I remember I was pretty addicted to the game in primary and practiced at home on the one my dad knocked together for me ! Priceless!!

1 day ago

Are you OK?

The Team from Auckland City District Police

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. It is normal to feel stressed or lonely when self-isolating, but there are some things you can do to feel better.

Even if you are not sick you may be feeling anxious about COVID-19. This is normal.

Reach out to your family and whānau, friends and… View more
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. It is normal to feel stressed or lonely when self-isolating, but there are some things you can do to feel better.

Even if you are not sick you may be feeling anxious about COVID-19. This is normal.

Reach out to your family and whānau, friends and workmates. Sharing how we feel and offering support to others is important.

We want to remind you that if you or someone you know is struggling right now, there is free help available.

See below a list of helplines throughout New Zealand ?

Kia Kaha Aotearoa.

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