Carterton District, Carterton

4 days ago

METLINK PUBLIC TRANSPORT FREE UNTIL JUNE

Community Engagement Advisor from Metlink: On Our Way

As part of the national response to COVID-19 alert level 4 Metlink will make all rail and bus services free until June.

Public transport will continue to be available for essential service workers, and to enable communities to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities.

For more … View more
As part of the national response to COVID-19 alert level 4 Metlink will make all rail and bus services free until June.

Public transport will continue to be available for essential service workers, and to enable communities to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities.

For more information about this and what services are running, please read the full update on our website below.

1 day 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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4 days ago

How are you keeping the 5-minute quiz workplace tradition going?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

As the lockdown takes force, we may be working from home, but one workplace tradition can live on - the 5-minute quiz. Many workplaces (including our journalists) have taken the quiz online, with a daily video chat. How are you doing the quiz? We'd love to see photos! Include caption details … View moreAs the lockdown takes force, we may be working from home, but one workplace tradition can live on - the 5-minute quiz. Many workplaces (including our journalists) have taken the quiz online, with a daily video chat. How are you doing the quiz? We'd love to see photos! Include caption details and you may even see it in the paper - or mark NFP (not for print) if you don't want it used.
Please note: due to copyright restrictions the quiz can not be shared online, by us or anybody else. It is available in the paper which is continuing to be delivered, or through an online subscription. Call 0800 339 000 or email subscribers@stuff.co.nz to subscribe.

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8 days ago

Poll: Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?

Prospa

Small businesses need our support more than ever right now. While it's uncertain times for all, we are still proud to be celebrating our 11 regional Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand … View more
Small businesses need our support more than ever right now. While it's uncertain times for all, we are still proud to be celebrating our 11 regional Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand Prospa Local Business Hero - our overall winner, as voted by Neighbourly members around the country!

This lucky business will walk away with $10,000 worth of prizes!

Please take a couple of minutes to read the nominations below - then vote for the business you'd like to see named 2020 Prospa Local Business Hero.
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NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
“A very humble man who has been sponsoring any and every cause that has been requested for well over 40 years. He sponsors so many causes in and outside of the neighborhood, goes out of his way to get the meal to the hungry animals, works through the night to fill orders, even on public holidays he steps in and runs the factory single handed to allow his staff time off. He is well past retirement but dedicated to keeping hungry animals supplied with food. No order is too big or too small for his fantastic team.”

AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
“Part of our lives for so many years. They offer a great business, post centre, the BEST fresh flowers and fruit & veg. I have NEVER known them to take a holiday. Kind and genuinely caring people who add so much to our community. You could not find a better Local Business Hero!”

WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
Te Aroha Veterinary Clinic provide a fantastic service from a team that are dedicated to I was devastated losing Blue (horse) I bred her 14 yrs ago and loved her dearly and now I had her orphan foal to care for. Without her dedication staying for hours trying to save Blue I honestly don't know how I would have coped. They are a true asset to our community they go above and beyond the call of duty helping to care for our all animals providing around the clock care and service.”

BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
“The owners, Tony & Julie, are great at communicating and continually ask their customers if they stock the products they want, and if they don’t, they then get it in. They have a very friendly manner and their Managers and Staff are all attentive. Thanks to Tony & Julie for choosing Pyes Pa, you have fitted in well.”

HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
“The staff are friendly and helpful.Also the owners will order in whatever is required,if it is not currently on their shelves.”

TARANAKI: Down to Earth
“As well as a range of healthy tasty foodstuffs and quality herbal supplements, they also provide a range of products to help with sustainable living. They have recently introduced a "bring-you-own-container" refill facility for dishwasher, shampoo and other cleaners. However the best thing about this store is the excellent service. I'm always greeted with a smile and friendly word, offers of help, etc. It is always a pleasure to shop here.”

MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
“Margaret and Veejay go out of their way to make sure customers get the freshest fruit and veggies in town and if they don't have what you want will ring around to source it for you. Despite being robbed and stabbed in daylight, they were open for business as usual the next day. They are held in high esteem locally.”

WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
“This man got out of Viet Nam by himself when he was13, sailed on a boat and spent time in camps before coming to NZ. He could not speak english. He purchased a local dairy and over the years has totally transformed and enlarged it providing employment to a number of locals. He is the ultimate friendly shopkeeper.”

NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
“They deliver my prescriptions to me as I’m often unable to get them. They always make sure nothing I'm prescribed interacts with anything and they always explain how to take my meds thoroughly to me, which is important as I've had a brain stem stroke and somedays my brain is scrambled. Cath is wonderful at dropping them off for me. They do a really important and medically serious job with kindness"

CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
“The Vege Shop on Stourbridge is just the best little local biz in town. Mark and his wife Des always have a smile and time for a yarn. We feel so fortunate to have them just around the corner. They are awesome!”

OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
“John is fantastic!!! He does everything from carpet repairs to chimney sweeping and pest control. I have him listed in my phone as John Everything! He has a brilliant attitude and has even come on public holidays at short notice.”

Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?
  • 11.7% NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
    11.7% Complete
  • 13.9% AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
    13.9% Complete
  • 7.6% WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
    7.6% Complete
  • 4.2% BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
    4.2% Complete
  • 6.4% HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
    6.4% Complete
  • 4.5% TARANAKI: Down to Earth
    4.5% Complete
  • 14.3% MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
    14.3% Complete
  • 18.8% WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
    18.8% Complete
  • 4.2% NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
    4.2% Complete
  • 11.6% CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
    11.6% Complete
  • 2.6% OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
    2.6% Complete
2778 votes
3 days ago

You're in lockdown and so is Mittens

Sharron Pardoe Reporter from Dominion Post

Wellington's most famous turkish angora is weathering the lockdown at home in a printer box.

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5 hours ago

Getting tested.

Tony from Masterton District

Hi Wairarapa on day 4 of lockdown. I know your all doing what Jacinda asked and staying home and we're all grateful. Wasn't it clever of her to organise a storm to keep us all inside.

I have a request on behalf of the Wairarapa medical centres to help us all out.

If any of you … View more
Hi Wairarapa on day 4 of lockdown. I know your all doing what Jacinda asked and staying home and we're all grateful. Wasn't it clever of her to organise a storm to keep us all inside.

I have a request on behalf of the Wairarapa medical centres to help us all out.

If any of you have unexpectedly developed the following symptoms:

fever,
dry cough,
shortness of breath
sore throat,
and fatigue, or
flu like symptoms or
loss of smell (without a blocked nose)

WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU.

A blocked nose and cough are not symptoms of Covid 19, but occur with a common cold. If you have this you'll be fine. Just take paracetamol and ride it out. The cold weather may also have stirred up some people's asthma. We also need to hear from you to make sure we keep you well during this pandemic, but you probably don't need a swab.


Can you pass this around friends and family and encourage people with these symptoms to discuss it with their doctor. I'm happy if people are clever on other social media eg Whatsapp, Instagram etc for this message to be copied and posted.

Thanks

5 hours ago

ALERT LEVEL 4: Rubbish and Recycling Update

Amy Wharram from South Wairarapa District Council

29 March 2020

On behalf of the three Wairarapa councils.

Below is information on changes during lockdown to rubbish and recycling collection for urban and rural residents throughout Wairarapa, by Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa district councils.

Key points:

• kerbside recycling … View more
29 March 2020

On behalf of the three Wairarapa councils.

Below is information on changes during lockdown to rubbish and recycling collection for urban and rural residents throughout Wairarapa, by Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa district councils.

Key points:

• kerbside recycling collection suspended for two weeks

• transfer stations closed to all but essential services.

Urban residents:

• Kerbside rubbish collection will continue as normal.

• Recycling collection will be suspended for the next two weeks while we ensure a safe protocol is in place for pick-up and processing - this includes Riversdale and Castlepoint.

• Don’t forget to pick up your Council rubbish bags when your nominated bubble member heads to the supermarket for essentials.

• Or, make sure they’re included when you place your online shopping order for delivery.

• Transfer stations are closed to all except those providing essential services (as listed here: covid19.govt.nz... )

• If you have rubbish collection through a private provider, check to see if their services are still running.

Essential services:

• If you’re providing an essential service, you can continue to take rubbish and recycling to Wairarapa transfer stations.

• Transfer station operators can readily identify those who are likely to be an essential service.

• You’ll need to show a drivers licence at the transfer station.

Rural residents:

• If you normally put your rubbish out for Council collection on the roadside, continue as normal. Recycling collection will be suspended for the next two weeks while we ensure a safe protocol for pick-up and processing.

• If you have rubbish collection through a private provider, check to see if their services are still running.

• If you normally take your rubbish and recycling to the transfer station, and you’re NOT registered as an essential service, we are asking you to find a dry place to keep your rubbish and recycling for the time being.

• We want everyone to stay at home to eliminate COVID-19. While it may be inconvenient, stockpiling rubbish and recycling for now will help save lives by stopping the spread of the virus.

• Still use the Council rubbish bags as you will be able to drop off when the transfer station reopens fully.

• We appreciate that having rubbish remain on your property is not ideal, but it’s all part of saving lives in the Wairarapa. Here are some tips to help:

o Now is the time, more than ever, to try and reduce and reuse wherever possible to minimize your stockpile.

o Wash all your recycling to stop it getting smelly

o If you don’t have compost for food waste, now’s a good time to start one

o Keep non-compostable food waste in a high location where animals and children can’t get to it (It’s best not bury it, this will attract vermin if it contains bones etc)

o Another option is to put meat bones into a deep freeze if you have space, or you can put carcasses in a fire (but not other household rubbish like plastic).

o More tips are available here: lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz...

For Wairarapa updates on COVID-19, go to: www.facebook.com...

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5 hours ago

Join the group - Greytown Coronavius support

Janette from Greytown

Hi everyone I've set up a group so we can connect online to support each other - this is intended to be a virtual group. And if you would like a chat we still have one of those old fashioned landlines! SO let me know. Janette

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8 hours ago

Please Be Careful Trying to Help Others.

Tony from Masterton District

Hi. Many of you may have seen the TV1 report of people putting flyers into letterboxes to try to connect with neighbours, or leaving cans of food outside their neighbours houses.

It's great to see people looking out for each other at a time of great stress, but please be very careful when… View more
Hi. Many of you may have seen the TV1 report of people putting flyers into letterboxes to try to connect with neighbours, or leaving cans of food outside their neighbours houses.

It's great to see people looking out for each other at a time of great stress, but please be very careful when you do this.

Coronavirus spreads on objects. This is what makes it hard to contain. It lives for at least 24 hours on paper and cardboard, it lives for 12 hours on metal (some studies have found it still alive 4 days later) and 4 days on plastic.

So swapping bits of paper across families is a great way to spread it. This is why businesses have stopped accepting cash.

Coronavirus on objects is a hard concept to get your head around. I've explained it to my grandson as "the person who touched that before you had snot on their hands. Do you want to pick that up."

So try to stay connected, but please avoid object sharing or if you need to - wipe clean anything you share.

3 days ago

Lockdown begins: Be kind. Be calm. Stay at home

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Kia Kaha everyone - we're all in this together, even though we're apart. News media is an essential service. So - whether it be four weeks or longer - our journalists will continue to deliver you trusted news, report on public health, and bring you other important, entertaining and useful… View moreKia Kaha everyone - we're all in this together, even though we're apart. News media is an essential service. So - whether it be four weeks or longer - our journalists will continue to deliver you trusted news, report on public health, and bring you other important, entertaining and useful information throughout these extraordinary times.

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6 hours ago

A Funny Tale-True Or False???

Pete from Carterton District

Back in the day, nearly 25 years ago, I lived opposite the Greytown Hotel ,AKA "The Top", Besides having some Legendary Publicans back then, it was a melting pot of Tradies, Rurals & Locals & you didnt lean on the "Millard Stand" bar leaner uninvited! One evening a Duck… View moreBack in the day, nearly 25 years ago, I lived opposite the Greytown Hotel ,AKA "The Top", Besides having some Legendary Publicans back then, it was a melting pot of Tradies, Rurals & Locals & you didnt lean on the "Millard Stand" bar leaner uninvited! One evening a Duck walked in, jumped up onto a stool & in a loud voice said to the Publican, -" Can I have a pint of Tui, a Toasted cheese sandwich & the newspaper please!" Mike, the Publican said- "Whoa - a talking Duck??? "- - "Very perceptive , I d like my pint please!" answered Duck. After the initial shock, & serving the duck- Mike asked what he was doing here! - Duck answered- "Im boarding locally, go home on weekends & Im a PLASTERER working on a huge project at Matahiwi for a film guy!".Duck eventually paid , left but came in the next three nights! On Friday night, no duck, but two likely lads came in wearing "Pearly King " clothes, earings in every orifice , ordered beer & started chatting to locals! Mike asked what they were doing here, turned out thet were from Ringling Bros Circus, at Clareville Showgrounds for the week! - "Have I got the act for you - a TALKING DUCK!" said Mike. After much laughter they left their card for Mike to give to the duck! Monday evening Ducks in for his tea & Mike gives him the card with great excitement!! The duck read it, thought for a minute & said-" A CIRCUS ? Isnt that a travelling show , with Animals, Clowns & Acrobats - all housed in a big CANVAS tent called The Big Top?". Publican replied-"Yes- thats right- exciting Eh!". The Duck thought for a minute & replied -" Not really - what would they want with a PLASTERER!".

1 day ago

Masterton and Martinborough i-SITE Vistor Centres remain operating

Masterton & Martinborough i-SITE Visitor Centres

Hi people. We're just working - like so many people - but in a different way. This page explains how to contact us and has useful links for visitors. Stay at home, stay safe. Be kind.

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1 day ago

wool and knitters

Shona from Gladstone

Hi everyone out there having a clean up during isolation. If you have any wool you no longer want, please think about giving it to CRAFTY VOLUNTEERS to knit up for our local charities. Contact Shona on 027 2404714 to arrange pick up when we can move around again. If you are a knitter maybe you … View moreHi everyone out there having a clean up during isolation. If you have any wool you no longer want, please think about giving it to CRAFTY VOLUNTEERS to knit up for our local charities. Contact Shona on 027 2404714 to arrange pick up when we can move around again. If you are a knitter maybe you could use your time to knit up something for 0 to 5 year olds or even just some peggy squares. (30sts 60 rows with double knit on size 4mm or old 8 needles.)
Every little bit helps our locals. Thankyou.

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1 day ago

How to spend our first weekend at Alert Level 4

New Zealand Government

This is a crucial time. You might be tempted to leave the house this weekend to enjoy your free time. But it’s incredibly important that you don’t revert back to ‘normal life’.

Remember why we are all taking these extreme measures. Stay home. Save lives. This breaks the chain and stops … View more
This is a crucial time. You might be tempted to leave the house this weekend to enjoy your free time. But it’s incredibly important that you don’t revert back to ‘normal life’.

Remember why we are all taking these extreme measures. Stay home. Save lives. This breaks the chain and stops the virus spreading.

How to break the chain, and protect us all:

STOP THE MOVEMENT
The virus is spread by us. It can’t move by itself. So we all need to avoid moving around as much as possible, eg:
● don't travel to and from baches or second homes
● avoid driving out of your neighbourhood
● don't travel across the country in campervans
● note that DOC has closed all of its campsites and huts.

KEEP EXERCISE LOCAL
There are very few exceptions to staying home, but exercise is one of them. Going for a walk, run or bike ride is good for your mental health. Just remember to:
● stay close to home. Enjoy your neighbourhood, but go no further
● keep it solitary, or only with those you live with
● keep a 2 metre distance from others.

DO SAFE ACTIVITIES ONLY
● Our emergency services need to be fully available to respond to COVID-19 cases. Any search and rescue operation reduces the ability of first responders to help others.
● Do your bit to help them by only undertaking safe activities, and avoiding going into areas where you could get lost or hurt and require their help. Avoid outdoor activities like swimming, surfing, tramping, or boating, hunting or hiking.

AVOID PUBLIC SPACES
● All bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries and playgrounds are closed.
● Avoid places like beaches where people commonly linger, or are unable to maintain a 2 metre distance.
● Don't touch surfaces others may have touched when outdoors, like park benches or playgrounds.

When you return home carefully wash your hands, and any items you took with you outdoors.
Find out more

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