Hillsborough, Christchurch

5 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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7 hours ago

Use official news sources

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

The effect of misinformation, myths and gossip can be stopped in its tracks if we all use official news sources. Myths can often be difficult to spot, so we encourage you to only use official news sources at this time https://covid19.govt.nz/.

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1 day ago

Christchurch recycling temporarily halted during Covid-19 crisis

Anna Williams Reporter from The Press

Mixed paper, plastic and glass from Christchurch and Banks Peninsula households will go to landfill, instead of being recycled. If people are struggling to fit all their general rubbish in their red wheelie bin during the lockdown, they can put excess in the yellow wheelie bin - temporarily.

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4 days ago

Mad Butcher/ Harvest market

Mary from Woolston

I find it hard to understand the logic in closing the Mad butcher/ Harvest market that sell fresh fruit and veg plus a lot of  essential items at a good price, and yet the dairies can stay open  and charge an arm and a leg for everything .Re opening the Butcher/harvest market would help take a … View moreI find it hard to understand the logic in closing the Mad butcher/ Harvest market that sell fresh fruit and veg plus a lot of  essential items at a good price, and yet the dairies can stay open  and charge an arm and a leg for everything .Re opening the Butcher/harvest market would help take a lot of strain off the supermarkets and help people on lower incomes. Please back this up thanks Mary

3 days ago

Worried about Cashing in your Investment Stamps, Coins and Gold??

Matt from The Stamp Exchange

Not everyone keeps their money tied up in Shares, or in the Bank, and the Government Understands this. Hence, we are covered as an Essential Service under the Financial Services Broker section of directives. I normally run The Stamp and Coin Exchange in Town, but am at home here in Mt Pleasant. I … View moreNot everyone keeps their money tied up in Shares, or in the Bank, and the Government Understands this. Hence, we are covered as an Essential Service under the Financial Services Broker section of directives. I normally run The Stamp and Coin Exchange in Town, but am at home here in Mt Pleasant. I have permission from the MBIE to provide this service to those who wish to sell their alternative assets in our area. Call me if you want to do so, or have any questions. We can do this completely safely. No contact, no cash and local. Call Matt Power on 0800 39 24 26 and Stay Safe!!

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21 hours ago

FLU TRACKING

John from Woolston

There is an initiative being run in Australia and New Zealand to track flue. The website is info@flutracking.net after signing up you are sent a weekly email asking a couple of questions that take about 10 seconds to answer. The purpose of this initiative is to have as many participants as … View moreThere is an initiative being run in Australia and New Zealand to track flue. The website is info@flutracking.net after signing up you are sent a weekly email asking a couple of questions that take about 10 seconds to answer. The purpose of this initiative is to have as many participants as possible so they are able to monitor frequent information of those who do or don't have symptoms, it also asks you initially if you have been vaccinated for flu this year which provides further useful information. The site is updated weekly to show where in New Zealand the symptoms are becoming a concern.
The reason this knowledge is so important for the country at this moment in time is that the health system doesn't want to be unnecessarily clogged up with people with flu so as to leave them free to deal with those that contract the Corona19 virus.
Please follow this up as this is for the good of all.

4 days ago

seeking ox liver for cat food while butchers are closed

Reece from Woolston

Hi everybody,
My cat is on a raw food diet which includes a small amount of ox liver. None of the butchers that I used to get it from are open. If anybody knows anybody that sells ox liver please let me know. Cheers.

1 day ago

Put your game face on

Essie Summers Retirement Village

Playing games online isn’t just for the grandkids, we have a whole list of free game websites to keep you entertained; crosswords, jigsaw puzzles and sudoku to name a few.

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1 day ago

What can I do to shop safely?

New Zealand Government

Dear concerned citizen,

It’s important that we all try and shop safely as we unite against COVID-19.

Here’s a few things we should all now do, that will help slow the spread of the virus:
• send one person from your household to do the whole shop
• be aware that stores will limit … View more
Dear concerned citizen,

It’s important that we all try and shop safely as we unite against COVID-19.

Here’s a few things we should all now do, that will help slow the spread of the virus:
• send one person from your household to do the whole shop
• be aware that stores will limit numbers to help you keep 2 metres away from others
• be kind to essential workers, and others you’re sharing the shop with
• come with a list so you can get in and out as quickly as possible
• only touch what you want to buy
• if you like, take a soapy towel in a small container to wipe down trolley or basket handles etc
• keep 2 metres away from others, including staff. They need to keep safe too!
• use payWave if you can, not cash
• bag groceries away from others if you can
• take out produce when you get home, and wash first in soapy water to protect against the virus, then rinse to remove any soap residue wipe down packaged goods with a soapy clean towel, then dry
• wash your hands before and after you shop.

Can I bring people in my household with me to buy essential supplies?
You should dedicate one person per household to be the shopper. This is the safest way to get essential supplies, as it reduces the number of people who are out, and helps stop the virus from spreading.

Leaving online shopping to those who need it most
• If you are healthy, or aged under 70, you should go to the supermarket to do your shopping. This leaves online delivery slots free for those that need them most.
• If you’re a parent on your own with children or over 70, move to online shopping if available. This is important for the safety of your children and others – especially essential service providers.
• If that’s not possible, reach out to nearby friends, family or neighbours who can assist you with the shopping and get it to your doorstep. Your local community may also be able to assist, or you can contact your local store – some are putting special systems in place to help.

Thank you
If we all do our bit we’ll get through this. Thank you for working together and staying home. We can, and must stick with it.

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1 day ago

Shop safe. Shop kind. Shop local.

Four Square

While your Four Square-ing, here’s four simple rules for shopping during Level 4.

1. Be prepared so you know what you need

2. Choose your household shopper who’ll pop into Four Square alone.

3. Stay a safe distance from your fellow Four Square-ers and … View more
While your Four Square-ing, here’s four simple rules for shopping during Level 4.

1. Be prepared so you know what you need

2. Choose your household shopper who’ll pop into Four Square alone.

3. Stay a safe distance from your fellow Four Square-ers and staff

4. Use contactless payment where possible
Find out more

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1 day ago

Emergency food & medicine 0800 call numbers

Rik Neighbourly Lead from Cashmere

Civil Defence Emergency Management, Group 0800 numbers for essential supplies
www.civildefence.govt.nz... Canterbury - 0800 24 24 11

Also, local story: "Queues, empty shelves, closed dairies: how to shop?" crestnz.wordpress.com...

1 day ago

How considerate are your neighbours?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, are you seeing and hearing a lot more of your neighbours during the lockdown? Has it helped you get to know them better - from an acceptable social distance - or is the noise of everyone being home together all the time getting to you?

Now more than ever it's up to all of us … View more
Hey neighbours, are you seeing and hearing a lot more of your neighbours during the lockdown? Has it helped you get to know them better - from an acceptable social distance - or is the noise of everyone being home together all the time getting to you?

Now more than ever it's up to all of us to try not to annoy our neighbours, and to be more tolerant ourselves, so here are some easy ways to do just that.

And if you're wondering what makes a good neighbour and what makes a bad one, check out the 12 most annoying neighbour types. How many have you lived next to?

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1 day ago

No Water?

Katrina from Woolston

I have been in contact with CCC and there has been a burst water pipe on one of the main roads that is affecting around 150 households in that we have no water. We live in Shetland Street. CCC was first notified around 2pm they estimate it may take up to 3 hours to resolve.

1 day ago

April Challenge Month

NumberWorks'nWords Cashmere

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.

1 day ago

Mini cold frame

The Team from Resene ColorShop Ferrymead

Grow seeds or cuttings during the cooler months with this easy-to-make cold frame painted in Resene Lustacryl.

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

Find out how to create your own.

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