Karapiro - Maungatautari, Cambridge

1 hour 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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2 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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6 days ago

At-Home Fire Safety Checklist

Fire and Emergency from Fire and Emergency New Zealand

With everyone staying home, it’s now more important than ever for everyone to be fire-safe. People can find information on our website - fireandemergency.nz...

We’re heading into winter, and with households self-isolating together, there’ll be more cooking at home, and more use of open … View more
With everyone staying home, it’s now more important than ever for everyone to be fire-safe. People can find information on our website - fireandemergency.nz...

We’re heading into winter, and with households self-isolating together, there’ll be more cooking at home, and more use of open fires, heaters, and dryers - all things which can increase fire risk.

New Zealanders can be confident that Fire and Emergency is well-prepared and ready to respond to emergencies as usual during the nationwide self- isolation period.

Please call 111 if you have a fire, we will ask you whether anyone at the address is self-isolating or has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Where this is the case, we already have necessary measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety including protective clothing, gloves, masks, safety glasses and mask.

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1 day ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

View Hamilton Harcourts' latest interactive Blueprint.

If you'd like to receive Blueprint in your inbox each week, subscribe here.
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1 day ago

Reach out to those who need help

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Panic buying of items won’t protect you against coronavirus. Doing this only puts unnecessary pressure on our supermarkets and on our most vulnerable who cannot afford to stockpile.

Be more Neighbourly and buy in moderation - New Zealand supermarkets have got strong supply chains.
Need … View more
Panic buying of items won’t protect you against coronavirus. Doing this only puts unnecessary pressure on our supermarkets and on our most vulnerable who cannot afford to stockpile.

Be more Neighbourly and buy in moderation - New Zealand supermarkets have got strong supply chains.
Need help or can you support someone in need?

Reach out to your Neighbours here now https://www.neighbourly.co.nz/reachout

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1 day ago

Waikato Times

The Team Reporter from Waikato Times

In these unprecedented times, news media is classified as an essential service which means you can trust our journalism will continue to be produced, published and delivered. Waikato Times provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain … View moreIn these unprecedented times, news media is classified as an essential service which means you can trust our journalism will continue to be produced, published and delivered. Waikato Times provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain informed as the situation evolves.

If you want to receive Waikato Times delivered to your home, you can visit Waikato Times.

You can also sign up for Stuff’s Covid-19 newsletter here, so you get a daily update on the latest developments delivered straight to your email address.

Tell our editorial team what’s going on in your community - please send an email to newstips@stuff.co.nz.
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1 day ago

COVID-19: Phone a friend who isn’t online

Lawrence Gullery Reporter from Cambridge Edition

Western Waikato Emergency Operating Centre controller David Simes says vulnerable people who are not online may be missing out on key information.
Many local newspapers have stopped publishing due to the new delivery restrictions for COVID-19 but information continues to be shared digitally, or via… View more
Western Waikato Emergency Operating Centre controller David Simes says vulnerable people who are not online may be missing out on key information.
Many local newspapers have stopped publishing due to the new delivery restrictions for COVID-19 but information continues to be shared digitally, or via radio and tv stations.
Residents in Waipa, Otorohanga and Te Kuiti who can access latest information are being asked to share this with people who may not be set up or able to get information online otherwise.
“Some of our most vulnerable people may be missing out on key information such as how to get help or who to call for household goods or services,” Simes said.
“With the close of local community newspapers, we’re asking people to please share the latest information with people you know may not be able to get it by otherwise.”
Accurate information sharing is also key with Simes noting people who are keeping other informed to ensure that the information sharing is accurate.
“Civil defence messages are shared through local council social media pages and websites so we encourage you to follow their pages if you can.”
“Before sharing, make sure you’ve verified the information first. Check out the www.covid19.govt.nz... or www.health.govt.nz... websites.”
A Waikato Welfare Call Centre was set up yesterday for people to gain assistance with household goods and services. The number to phone is 0800 800 405.
Callers will go through a needs assessment and will be referred to the person’s local emergency operating centre who will be in touch to coordinate assistance.
People sharing information should abide by COVID-19 guidelines for physical distancing and are encouraged to phone to relay information where possible.

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1 day ago

Growing an edible garden

Hilda Ross Retirement Village

Now is a great time to focus on your garden. Whether you have a large garden or a small balcony, growing vegetables is a great way to keep busy and enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labour.

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1 day ago

Coronavirus: A breakdown of which shops are open during lockdown

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Cambridge Edition

Hi neighbours,
All non-essential businesses were required to shut their doors once the coronavirus lockdown came into effect, with only supermarkets and pharmacies among the few still trading.

However, the government has made changes to the essential services list, allowing a number of retailers … View more
Hi neighbours,
All non-essential businesses were required to shut their doors once the coronavirus lockdown came into effect, with only supermarkets and pharmacies among the few still trading.

However, the government has made changes to the essential services list, allowing a number of retailers the opportunity to open their doors and sell select products they deemed essential to life in New Zealand. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced the changes on Tuesday.

Here's a link with an update of which shops will be open for the remainder of lockdown and what you can purchase from them.

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1 day ago

Zuru's initiative

Anne from Tamahere

I just saw on 7 Sharp last night that Zuru has initiated a call out to assist vulnerable people by offering to match $ for $ any donations people may wish to make. I understand it is facilitated through the Salvation Army and donations are used in the area they are gifted from. Apparently it went … View moreI just saw on 7 Sharp last night that Zuru has initiated a call out to assist vulnerable people by offering to match $ for $ any donations people may wish to make. I understand it is facilitated through the Salvation Army and donations are used in the area they are gifted from. Apparently it went live on Friday afternoon and last night was already up to $700,000. That is amazing and great that the idea came out of our backyard. Well done Zuru. You out there might know about it, but we didn't. I will track them down and donate now!

1 day ago

0800 helpline set up for people struggling to get food, necessities

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Cambridge Edition

Hi neighbours,
Waikato people struggling to get food and other necessities during lockdown now have a number to call.
Freephone 0800 800 405 was set up by the Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group for people struggling to get food, groceries, medication or other household goods and … View more
Hi neighbours,
Waikato people struggling to get food and other necessities during lockdown now have a number to call.
Freephone 0800 800 405 was set up by the Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group for people struggling to get food, groceries, medication or other household goods and services.
The group is not yet sure how big the need is, and say the 0800 number doesn't replace other Government helplines.
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2 days ago

Doing DIY while you're staying at home?

Resene

Resene has a FREE Ask a Technical Expert service available so you can ask all your paint, stain, prep and wallpaper questions. Simply visit www.resene.co.nz/techexpert.

And if you haven’t starting painting yet, but are starting to plan a future project, you can get free advice from a Resene… View more
Resene has a FREE Ask a Technical Expert service available so you can ask all your paint, stain, prep and wallpaper questions. Simply visit www.resene.co.nz/techexpert.

And if you haven’t starting painting yet, but are starting to plan a future project, you can get free advice from a Resene colour expert, using the Resene Ask a Colour Expert service. Simply visit www.resene.co.nz/colourexpert to ask your query.
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2 days ago

Use less energy, save more money

energyclubnz

There is a natural increase in energy usage in our homes during lockdown and as we approach shorter days and the colder months.

energyclubnz is always looking for ways to help you save on your energy bill. See our top 10 tips on how to use less energy and save more money.

We want to help … View more
There is a natural increase in energy usage in our homes during lockdown and as we approach shorter days and the colder months.

energyclubnz is always looking for ways to help you save on your energy bill. See our top 10 tips on how to use less energy and save more money.

We want to help you save money on your energy bill!
Use less energy

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2 days ago

DIY projects while under lockdown

Lawrence Gullery Reporter from Cambridge Edition

Hey neighbours, has anyone started any cool DIY projects at home during this current lockdown period? If so, we'd love to hear about them for a story. Please email: lawrence.gullery@stuff.co.nz with some details or post your photos to Neighbourly and share with us!

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