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8 days ago

Supporting your local cafe during the lockdown

Samantha Gee Reporter from The Nelson Mail

Are you missing being able to have a coffee at your favourite cafe while we are stuck at home? A new website, SOS Cafe, enables people to buy a voucher online which can be used "when things return to normal" in a bid to support those in the hospitality industry. Jaks Island, Blackbird … View moreAre you missing being able to have a coffee at your favourite cafe while we are stuck at home? A new website, SOS Cafe, enables people to buy a voucher online which can be used "when things return to normal" in a bid to support those in the hospitality industry. Jaks Island, Blackbird Eatery and The Villa are just a few of the places you can buy vouchers for in Nelson. Let us know what your favourite cafe is and whether you would buy a voucher to support it!

7 days ago

Keep on keeping on

Barnaby Sharp Reporter from The Nelson Mail

Health leaders in the top of the south are grateful people are sticking to the rules in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

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7 days ago

New cases still travel linked

Sally Kidson Reporter from The Nelson Mail

Marlborough records its first new cases in more than a week, with two new cases recorded in Nelson.

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7 days ago

Dogs on Leads Please... in urban areas Please...

Heather from Brightwater

The TDC state that all dogs in urban areas must be kept on a leash. Dogs may run free in Dog Exercise Areas, but still be under effective control. Therefore: dogs should not be running through private residential sections... unattached... while being exercised...

7 days ago

Coping with the kids during lockdown

Stephanie Gray from Nelson Marlborough Health

Need some resources to help you cope with the kids during the lock down? Health Navigator has a nice care package to help you get through staying at home for a month. When you get a moment have a read of the Health Navigator tips.

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7 days ago

Dancing, yoga, boot camp and boxing: Exercising online through lockdown

Samantha from Toi Toi - Washington Valley

Looking for new ways to keep active while stuck inside? There are plenty of options online for those wanting to exercise and connect with others. Full Nelson Mail story at bit.ly...

7 days ago

April Challenge Month

NumberWorks'nWords Richmond

Hi everyone we are currently running an April challenge month. We have 3 puzzles a day junior, intermediate and senior. Here are our puzzles to date. Have a go as a family and see how you get on. The answers will be put up next week.

9 days ago

Gate security

Rod from Blenheim

Hi neighbours,
I take my dog for a run, I ride my bike, on the Taylor River track starting from near the new development off Taylor Pass Road. There is a spring loaded gate at the start of the narrow track leading to the river but some people are using a rock to hold the gate open, can’t imagine … View more
Hi neighbours,
I take my dog for a run, I ride my bike, on the Taylor River track starting from near the new development off Taylor Pass Road. There is a spring loaded gate at the start of the narrow track leading to the river but some people are using a rock to hold the gate open, can’t imagine why. However, once through the gate, which I close, I let my dog off the lead for his run but several times recently on our return the gate was wedged open which is dangerous for unleashed dogs as they could run straight through and on to the road. At the moment traffic is obviously very light but the point is the same.
So, whoever is wedging the gate, please don’t.
Thank you, Rod Lofthouse.

8 days ago

Two young adults making a difference in Marlborough!

Hannah Cunningham from Volunteer Marlborough

For Student Volunteer Week we're shining the spotlight on a few local young volunteers. Today we'd like you to meet Justin and Taylah who volunteer with Marlborough Youth Trust...

How old are you?
Taylah: 18
Justin: 20

What do you do when you volunteer?
We are both part of the … View more
For Student Volunteer Week we're shining the spotlight on a few local young volunteers. Today we'd like you to meet Justin and Taylah who volunteer with Marlborough Youth Trust...

How old are you?
Taylah: 18
Justin: 20

What do you do when you volunteer?
We are both part of the Marlborough Youth Trust Advisory Group (MYTAG). At MYTAG meetings, we do development courses and plan youth-focussed events like Spring Fest and Beach Fest. Planning events involves arranging a venue, entertainers, food vendors, transport, parking, advertising, and making sure it all fits within a budget. We also volunteer at the events, helping with set-up (e.g. staging) and pack-down, manning the front gate, and other miscellaneous tasks that make sure the event runs smoothly. Justin often runs the sausage sizzle.

What is your favourite part?
Taylah: Getting to see what happens behind the scenes and seeing everyone working together.
Justin: Seeing the event finally fall into place after months of planning and watching the youth attending the event having heaps of fun.

Why did you start volunteering?
Taylah: I have a passion for helping people and I was already involved with Marlborough Youth Trust so it felt natural to take the next step.
Justin: I joined the Youth in Emergency Services program in 2018 and, near the end of the course, Bex (Youth Worker at MYT) asked if wanted to continue my involvement with MYTAG and other MYT things. I’d really enjoyed the YES program so it was an easy yes!

How do you feel your volunteer work impacts the Marlborough community?
Taylah: Running youth-focussed events provides an opportunity for Marlborough’s young people to find and develop their passions.
Justin: Our youth-friendly events give young people an opportunity to hang out with people they might not meet otherwise, and it’s all in a safe environment.

Has volunteering given you an opportunity to learn anything or gain new skills?
Both: We have both been able to complete the Psychological First Aid course (taught us how to provide emotional and practical support to someone who has experienced a traumatic event) and the Strength Finders course (helped us discover our top five strengths so that we can work better in a team and pursue some personal development).

What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting volunteering?
Justin: “The skills you can learn while volunteering are definitely worth it; they look great on a CV. You also don’t know where these volunteer roles will lead to; you might find an industry you thought you’d never work in”
Taylah: “Volunteering can make you feel better in yourself, but it can also make other people feel better when they know you are putting all this time in for them.”

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8 days ago

Spread facts, not fear

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.

During this uncertain time, … View more
With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.

During this uncertain time, it’s fine to feel a little overwhelmed. To keep up to date with the latest developments and how you can do your bit, visit https://covid19.govt.nz/.
Reach out

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8 days ago

Encouraging story of 11-year-old volunteer

Hannah Cunningham from Volunteer Marlborough

This week is Student Volunteer Week so we're shining the spotlight on a few local young volunteers. First up is Koko, an invaluable member of the Volunteer Marlborough team. We've introduced Koko before but we wanted to ask a few more questions to give you a better idea of what she does … View moreThis week is Student Volunteer Week so we're shining the spotlight on a few local young volunteers. First up is Koko, an invaluable member of the Volunteer Marlborough team. We've introduced Koko before but we wanted to ask a few more questions to give you a better idea of what she does and why she does it...⁠

How old are you? 11 years old⁠

What do you do when you volunteer? So far for my volunteering, I have been a promotional assistant for Volunteer Marlborough. I have handed out flyers and also delivered posters to local businesses⁠

What is your favourite part? Getting outside and getting exercise while I do my job⁠

Why did you start volunteering? I started volunteering as it is a part of my MP (maximising potential) challenge at Bohally intermediate.⁠

How do you feel your volunteer work impacts the Marlborough community? I feel that my work informs the community about Volunteer Marlborough and the many ways that they can become volunteers.⁠

Has volunteering given you an opportunity to learn anything or gain new skills? I have learnt about volunteering and what it means. I have also become more confident when delivering the posters and talking to the public.⁠

What do you do when you’re not volunteering? When I am not volunteering, I am at school or doing sports and homework. I also love reading.⁠

What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting volunteering? I would say volunteering is great fun and it is very rewarding, and you can do anything you like!⁠

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