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20 hours ago

How did the $1.2m supercar race leave Auckland?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, The V8 supercars race costs Auckland ratepayers $1.2m and is the city's most-publicly-sponsored major event. So how did it suddenly end up shifting from its Pukekohe home to Waikato's Hampton Downs? Read the story below:

3 hours ago

Keep safe this summer!

Ministry for Primary Industries

The summer months are the perfect time for entertaining friends and family, and whether it’s a dinner party or BBQ, good food will always be on the menu. But, did you know that half of all food poisoning occurs in the home? Follow the three simple Cs – clean, cook, chill to avoid getting ill … View moreThe summer months are the perfect time for entertaining friends and family, and whether it’s a dinner party or BBQ, good food will always be on the menu. But, did you know that half of all food poisoning occurs in the home? Follow the three simple Cs – clean, cook, chill to avoid getting ill this summer. We all want to keep our friends and families safe, so remember these easy steps while cooking.

Check out foodsafety.govt.nz/ccc for handy food safety tips.
Learn more

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1 day ago

A Pride panel discussion in our grand foyer

The Team from Auckland Museum

Celebrated journalist David Farrier will chair a panel discussion in our beautiful grand foyer this February during Pride Festival. The panel includes Louisa Wall, Welby Ings and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and will look at the milestones of inclusion and explore where to next for the LGBTQI+ communities.… View moreCelebrated journalist David Farrier will chair a panel discussion in our beautiful grand foyer this February during Pride Festival. The panel includes Louisa Wall, Welby Ings and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and will look at the milestones of inclusion and explore where to next for the LGBTQI+ communities.

Following the panel discussion will be a screening of Welby Ings’ award-winning short film Sparrow.

Book your seat today as spaces are limited!

6pm Monday 10 February, 6pm
Tickets - $25
Auckland Museum Grand Foyer
Book today

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1 day ago

Need funds to grow your business?

Prospa

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to worry about finances? What if your business had the funds on hand to support that next big step?

With Prospa, you can apply for a loan of up to $300K with funding possible in 24-48 hours. You then pay it back in fixed repayments tailored to your … View more
Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to worry about finances? What if your business had the funds on hand to support that next big step?

With Prospa, you can apply for a loan of up to $300K with funding possible in 24-48 hours. You then pay it back in fixed repayments tailored to your cash flow over a term of up to 24 months.

Find out more at prospa.co.nz or call 0800 005 797 to apply.
Apply now

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5 days ago

KEA Kids News: Unwrapping one of Auckland's new trains from Spain

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Auckland's new trains have started arriving from Spain - and they need to be unwrapped.

Harry Calder, 9, is at the train depot in Onehunga to pull the plastic off for a sneak peak of the trains before they hit the tracks, in this KEA Kids News video bulletin.

To read more, … View more
Hi neighbours,

Auckland's new trains have started arriving from Spain - and they need to be unwrapped.

Harry Calder, 9, is at the train depot in Onehunga to pull the plastic off for a sneak peak of the trains before they hit the tracks, in this KEA Kids News video bulletin.

To read more, click here.

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1 day ago

Volunteers Needed – just two hours makes a huge difference!

Service Centre Coordinator from Red Cross Auckland

New Zealand Red Cross are holding our Annual Street Appeal on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March 2020.

Please help raise money for our much-needed programmes and services here in Aotearoa.

This year, we are aiming to reach 4,000 hours of volunteer collection time. Any time that you can… View more
New Zealand Red Cross are holding our Annual Street Appeal on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March 2020.

Please help raise money for our much-needed programmes and services here in Aotearoa.

This year, we are aiming to reach 4,000 hours of volunteer collection time. Any time that you can give will help us reach our goal!

It couldn’t be easier to get involved, just click on this link to see where we’re collecting – and sign up!

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Or phone us on 0800 Red Cross

When amazing supporters like you help us fundraise, you help us do good!
You help us to deliver Meals on Wheels, NZ disaster preparedness and response work (inc. our Restoring Family Links tracing service) and our refugee resettlement programmes.

And please spread the word – get friends, family and colleagues involved too!

Or if you’re unable to collect with us, please help our volunteer recruitment drive by forwarding this sign-up link to anyone and everyone!

Thank you!

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6 days ago

Petition to widen SH16 between Brigham Creek Road and Waimauku closes on January 31

Lindsay from Huapai - Kumeu

My Petition to the government to widen the road between Brigham Creek Road and Waimauku closes on January 31 and we only have 550 signatures. Phil Goff does not even have this section of SH16 on his recently published wish list for Auckland Roads so if you haven't signed the petition yet … View moreMy Petition to the government to widen the road between Brigham Creek Road and Waimauku closes on January 31 and we only have 550 signatures. Phil Goff does not even have this section of SH16 on his recently published wish list for Auckland Roads so if you haven't signed the petition yet please do so ASAP, and spread the word to anyone else you think would be interested in signing it. You can sign the petition here www.parliament.nz...
Thank you
Lindsay Andrews

2 days ago

$ave the GST. Hurry - ends soon!

Resene

Buy Resene Premium Paints, Wood Stains, Primers, Sealers, Wallpaper, Decorating Accessories and Cleaning Products and get the GST value (15% off the full retail price) off the normal price. Plus if you are a Resene cardholder, get an extra 5% off!

If you don’t have your Resene card yet, … View more
Buy Resene Premium Paints, Wood Stains, Primers, Sealers, Wallpaper, Decorating Accessories and Cleaning Products and get the GST value (15% off the full retail price) off the normal price. Plus if you are a Resene cardholder, get an extra 5% off!

If you don’t have your Resene card yet, sign up free online, or when you’re in store.

Hurry sale ends soon! Happy decorating!

*Discounts off the normal retail price at your local Resene owned ColorShop and participating reseller until 29 January 2020. Paint offers are also available at Mitre 10 MEGA and selected Mitre 10 stores. Excludes WallPrint, decals, Crown, trade and industrial products, PaintWise levy and account sales.
Find out more

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2 days ago

We’re adjusting the electorate boundaries

Electoral Commission

We’re adjusting our electorate boundaries for the next two general elections.

By making sure each electorate has about the same number of people, we can give all New Zealanders equal representation in Parliament. It’s all balance.
If we move one of your electorate boundaries, you could … View more
We’re adjusting our electorate boundaries for the next two general elections.

By making sure each electorate has about the same number of people, we can give all New Zealanders equal representation in Parliament. It’s all balance.
If we move one of your electorate boundaries, you could end up in a different electorate to the one you’re in now – so we show you what we’re proposing before we make any changes and give you the opportunity to share your thoughts.

Have your say now at vote.nz
Learn more

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4 days ago

Sonographer strike expected to cause 'major disruption'

Hannah Martin Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Sonographers are going on strike for 12 weeks across Auckland's three district health boards from Saturday, potentially impacting patient wait times.

Have you been affected by the strike action?

Please write 'NFP' if your comments are not for print.

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4 days ago

Now's the time for a clean out

The Team from Auckland Council

Every area of Auckland is allocated a week each year for an on-property inorganic collection. One collection of up to 1m3 of inorganic material is included in your property’s rates.

You can book a collection:
• Online at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/inorganic
• Over the phone 09… View more
Every area of Auckland is allocated a week each year for an on-property inorganic collection. One collection of up to 1m3 of inorganic material is included in your property’s rates.

You can book a collection:
• Online at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/inorganic
• Over the phone 09 301 0101
• Or visit one of our service centres

Once you’ve made a booking, you’ll be given a timeframe for when collections will happen in your area. You can book as early as you like and cancel if you no longer need the service. Book your inorganic collection today and help reduce waste going to landfill.
Book now

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5 days ago

Recipe: Fried Garlic Prawns with Mayo

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Prawns are a fast and convenient choice of protein for the busy cook. Straight freezer, they can defrost quickly and be pan-seared to make a delicious dinner course.

Prawns can be confusing. Firstly, they are referred to as crustaceans and are also sold by size -shrimps are small and prawns are … View more
Prawns are a fast and convenient choice of protein for the busy cook. Straight freezer, they can defrost quickly and be pan-seared to make a delicious dinner course.

Prawns can be confusing. Firstly, they are referred to as crustaceans and are also sold by size -shrimps are small and prawns are larger. There are both freshwater and marine varieties. Most prawns are imported frozen into NZ although there is growing local supply. So when you see “fresh” prawns they have generally been defrosted. Fresh prawns in many cases appear green or grey and it is only when cooked, that the colour changes to what we recognise as “pink” prawns. If you buy prawns or scrimps that are pink, this means that they have been cooked.

Then, there are a series of questions to ask:
• Do you cook them in their shells or peel before cooking?
• Do you remove the head and just cook the tail?
• Do you remove the vein (intestinal tract) or black line that runs down the back?

You can use prawns for the same recipe whether they are peeled or deveined. Many people believe that cooking prawns with the shell will enhance the flavour of the broth and result in more succulent prawn meat. The downside is that they are a bit messier to eat. To peel the prawns, you just need to wriggle them a little and ease off the shell, piece by piece.

There is no big deal about cooking prawns with the head on – it is more a cultural thing about people not wanting to see the eyes! The head pulls off easily if you twist it. The tip of the tail can be removed in the same way.
The prawn is de-veined or has the intestinal tract removed as many consider it the prawn more attractive without the black line. It also removes the prawn's stomach waste so that you do not need to eat it! See below for the method.

Like all seafood, prawns should be eaten as soon as possible and not left in the refrigerator for days. If they smell off when you come to cook them, your only choice is to throw them out!

Fried in garlic and paired with home-made mayo showcases these crustaceans at their best.

Check out the full recipe on the link below.

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5 days ago

Beautify your workspaces

The Team from Resene ColorShop Henderson

Get organised with these handy storage ideas for the office or kids’ corner.

Create a colourful geometric-inspired space with your favourite Resene colours.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project… View more
Get organised with these handy storage ideas for the office or kids’ corner.

Create a colourful geometric-inspired space with your favourite Resene colours.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project yourself

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6 days ago

Poll: Teens' behaviour using the internet

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

Hi Neighbours, we are looking into teenagers' internet habits and keen to hear your experiences of your children's use of the interweb. We'd like to know, has your teenager skipped meals in order to spend time on the internet?

Teens' behaviour using the internet
  • 41% Yes
    41% Complete
  • 55.3% No
    55.3% Complete
  • 3.7% I'm not sure
    3.7% Complete
935 votes
6 days ago

What's On: Helping kids beat academic procrastination

Rebecca from Glen Eden

Are you at your wit's end? We can help. Dr Stafford explains simple, proven tools from behaviour science and psychology. For parents and teachers. Event details and tickets($25) @ www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/helping-kids-beat-academic-procrastination-tickets-89908927021
Helping kids beat academic procrastination
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