Craigieburn Forest Park, Craigieburn Forest Park

12 days ago

Boy racers given the green light

Anna Williams Reporter from The Press

Christchurch authorities have come up with a plan to stop boy racers revving engines and racing off the line: Don't let them hit red lights.

Council will trial phasing the traffic lights on Bealey Ave so traffic gets a clear run down the length of the street, to reduce noise from things like… View more
Christchurch authorities have come up with a plan to stop boy racers revving engines and racing off the line: Don't let them hit red lights.

Council will trial phasing the traffic lights on Bealey Ave so traffic gets a clear run down the length of the street, to reduce noise from things like stopping and accelerating, revving and burn-outs.

Do you think this will stop boy racers from revving loudly? Tell us in the comments below (please write NFP if you don't want your comments published).

stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/108891170/plan-to-halt-christchurch-boy-racer-noise-dont-let-them-stop

Image
2 days ago

Summer safety checklist: Fall-proofing your home

The Team from ACC New Zealand

With warmer weather heading our way, gardening is a great way to stay fit and get regular doses of Vitamin D to help strengthen our bones.

The Home Safety checklist will give you practical tips on how to avoid falls, sprains and strains while pulling those stubborn weeds. For example, when … View more
With warmer weather heading our way, gardening is a great way to stay fit and get regular doses of Vitamin D to help strengthen our bones.

The Home Safety checklist will give you practical tips on how to avoid falls, sprains and strains while pulling those stubborn weeds. For example, when you’re gardening avoid heavy lifting and use long-handled tools so you’re not bending over for long periods. Steady yourself when bending and standing, no pesky weed is worth falling for!

A new movement called Live Stronger for Longer is helping to reduce the risk of falls by providing practical information and free resources. We want to help you stay on your feet, and living the life you want to live.

Take the home safety checklist with your friends and family and join the movement today.

Proudly brought to you by ACC, HQ&SC, MOH and your local community health providers.

Image
2 days ago

Give a gift for good this festive season

Jason Cowlam from New Zealand Red Cross

It’s not just the festive season. It’s also cyclone season. Cyclones are happening more often, they‘re getting more severe, destructive and deadly – and they’re even reaching us here in New Zealand. What would you do if you lost everything?

During this time of giving, … View more
It’s not just the festive season. It’s also cyclone season. Cyclones are happening more often, they‘re getting more severe, destructive and deadly – and they’re even reaching us here in New Zealand. What would you do if you lost everything?

During this time of giving, give a gift for good to help those who need it most. You can easily help them with warmth, water, meals, shelter, community outreach and welfare centre support.
Click here to help

Image
3 days ago

Givealittle’s Celebration with the Nation

Givealittle

We’re so grateful to all the generous sorts who’ve chipped in to get us here. So, let’s lose the gifts… and turn our big day into a celebration with the nation.

For every $10 donated from you, Spark Foundation will give $10 too – up to a grand total of $10,000 across all 10 charities.
Give here

Image
4 days ago

Are you catching a Christmas flight?

Georgia Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Are you planning of flying with Air New Zealand in the lead up towards Christmas? Some Air NZ staff are planning to strike four days out from Christmas – on the airline's busiest travel day of the year. To read more, click here.

Christmas is a hectic time of year in general … View more
Hi neighbours,

Are you planning of flying with Air New Zealand in the lead up towards Christmas? Some Air NZ staff are planning to strike four days out from Christmas – on the airline's busiest travel day of the year. To read more, click here.

Christmas is a hectic time of year in general for some families. Close to 42,000 customers booked to travel domestically and internationally on that date now face potential flight cancellations, the airline has said. Keep an eye on the story link above and we'll keep this post updated as more information comes out.

Image
7 days ago

New school to open in the centre of town

Anna Williams Reporter from The Press

Christchurch's original urban school Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery reopens in a $30 million building on the corner of Colombo and St Asaph streets in April.
But the school won't be like others, with no staffroom, offices, library, playground, or parking.
The school's director says … View more
Christchurch's original urban school Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery reopens in a $30 million building on the corner of Colombo and St Asaph streets in April.
But the school won't be like others, with no staffroom, offices, library, playground, or parking.
The school's director says they will use the city as their playground, library, and museum. What do you think of this concept - would you like your child to go to a school in the city centre?

stuff.co.nz/national/education/108736990/new-central-christchurch-school-unlimited-already-putting-pupils-on-ballot

Image
7 days ago

Sending Christmas cards a simple gesture to help lonely older people

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The simple gesture of sending a Christmas card could help tackle "the single biggest issue facing older people today".

It all started when Auckland woman Hannah Rodgers and her son, Jayden, committed to 100 days of kindness in the lead-up to Christmas last year.

"On day 65, Jayden … View more
The simple gesture of sending a Christmas card could help tackle "the single biggest issue facing older people today".

It all started when Auckland woman Hannah Rodgers and her son, Jayden, committed to 100 days of kindness in the lead-up to Christmas last year.

"On day 65, Jayden suggested we write a card for someone who might feel lonely at Christmas," Rodgers says.

Now Rodgers and her son want the campaign, Sending Love, to help 100,000 Kiwis of all ages as it returns for its second year.

Find out more about the initiative and how you can get involved by clicking the link below.

stuff.co.nz/life-style/christmas/109052303/sending-christmas-cards-a-simple-gesture-to-help-lonely-older-people

Image
6 days ago

*WIN* a Christmas book pack!

Simon & Schuster

Click LIKE or THANK to go into a draw to win a pack of five best-selling books!

The pack includes Cassandra Clare’s brand new blockbuster, Queen of Air and Darkness, the epic finale to The Dark Artifices series; the ever-popular Kate Furnivall returns with her deeply moving The Survivors; … View more
Click LIKE or THANK to go into a draw to win a pack of five best-selling books!

The pack includes Cassandra Clare’s brand new blockbuster, Queen of Air and Darkness, the epic finale to The Dark Artifices series; the ever-popular Kate Furnivall returns with her deeply moving The Survivors; In Pieces is actress Sally Field’s haunting and powerful memoir; Fear is the inside story of President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it; and finally, take a peek into Reese Witherspoon’s world with the beautiful Whiskey in a Teacup.

Simply click LIKE or THANK to enter! Goodluck!

T&Cs apply.
See more books!

Image
6 days ago

Our wins at the Reader’s Digest awards

The Team from AMI Insurance

We are so excited to have been given the big thumbs up from Kiwis looking to protect their homes and contents, with our high service standards being recognised in the annual Reader’s Digest New Zealand Quality Service Awards.

The 2019 awards recognise the best in quality service provided … View more
We are so excited to have been given the big thumbs up from Kiwis looking to protect their homes and contents, with our high service standards being recognised in the annual Reader’s Digest New Zealand Quality Service Awards.

The 2019 awards recognise the best in quality service provided across a range of categories, with AMI taking out gold in the Home and Contents Insurance category. It reflects the focus we have put on high service standards, with us winning silver in the same category for the past three years.

Thank you for your trust, New Zealand!
Find out more!

Image
7 days ago

The Vine Run — join in the fun

Pegasus Vine Run

Hi neighbours, join in the fun and run or walk amongst the picturesque hills, valleys and vineyards of Pegasus Bay to support the New Zealand Brain Research Institute.

The Vine Run starter’s gun from 10am at the Pegasus Bay Winery.

After the event, there will be some live music to enjoy … View more
Hi neighbours, join in the fun and run or walk amongst the picturesque hills, valleys and vineyards of Pegasus Bay to support the New Zealand Brain Research Institute.

The Vine Run starter’s gun from 10am at the Pegasus Bay Winery.

After the event, there will be some live music to enjoy during the afternoon so bring a picnic to enjoy on the Pegasus Bay lawns.

Please note:
It is not permitted to bring your own alcohol to this event. The bottle of wine included in the entry fee is to take away only and cannot be consumed on the premises.
Register here!

Image
7 days ago

Imagine making change for the better

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Creating sustainable ways of living is a defining challenge of our time and education is key to meeting that challenge. At Ara, our new postgraduate qualifications in sustainability are designed to bring together people from different areas of expertise to collaborate and find solutions.

If … View more
Creating sustainable ways of living is a defining challenge of our time and education is key to meeting that challenge. At Ara, our new postgraduate qualifications in sustainability are designed to bring together people from different areas of expertise to collaborate and find solutions.

If you’ve got a degree and an appetite for making significant environmental, social and cultural change, apply for our postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Master’s in Sustainable Practice (the first of its kind in Australasia) and learn how to solve challenges in your sector. You can even study part-time and/or remotely. Find out more here.
Find out more!

Image
8 days ago

New pool complex

Anna Williams Reporter from The Press

Christchurch's southwest will have to wait at least another four years before a $35.7 million pool, library and service centre is built.

Kyle Park, a contaminated former landfill site, is now being recommended by Christchurch City Council staff as the favoured location for the facility, after… View more
Christchurch's southwest will have to wait at least another four years before a $35.7 million pool, library and service centre is built.

Kyle Park, a contaminated former landfill site, is now being recommended by Christchurch City Council staff as the favoured location for the facility, after Denton Park was ruled out earlier this year following strong public opposition.

stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/109048165/christchurchs-kyle-park-considered-best-option-for-new-357m-pool-complex

Image
8 days ago

Poll: Do you support having a non-traditional Santa?

Georgia Reporter from Stuff

Nelson's bi-cultural Christmas parade has caused a stir and some confusion among Santa's young fans. The traditional white-bearded, jolly man was replaced in the parade by a Māori man representing Santa Claus. Read the full story here.

Although many people were for the idea, some … View more
Nelson's bi-cultural Christmas parade has caused a stir and some confusion among Santa's young fans. The traditional white-bearded, jolly man was replaced in the parade by a Māori man representing Santa Claus. Read the full story here.

Although many people were for the idea, some parents felt "blindsided" that they weren't forewarned that Hana Kōkō would be stepping in for Santa Claus. The parade's organisers have since apologised.

So we want to know your view on this topic. Are you in support of modernising Christmas, or do you prefer a traditional Santa? Take part in our poll below!

Image
Do you support having a non-traditional Santa?
  • 8.8% Yes, I'm all for it
    8.8% Complete
  • 80.9% No, I prefer the traditional Santa
    80.9% Complete
  • 10.3% I don't mind either way
    10.3% Complete
3233 votes
8 days ago

Who's ready for our December National Campaign?! 😁🎁

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This month, we want to challenge everyone to come together and help those in need this holiday season. With so much going on this time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about those having a difficult time.

From elderly neighbours with no one to celebrate with to … View more
This month, we want to challenge everyone to come together and help those in need this holiday season. With so much going on this time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about those having a difficult time.

From elderly neighbours with no one to celebrate with to homeless families and those with disabilities struggling to just get by, reach out to someone who could use a helping hand and remind them what the holiday spirit is all about!

Share your photos and experiences using the following hashtag so we can see what you got up to.

#NSNZhelpinghands

Image
8 days ago

Summer’s in our DNA

Westpac NZ

Every year, summer means an influx of Kiwis to beaches, rivers and campgrounds all over Aotearoa. Kiwis love summer – it’s in our DNA – but if we’re honest, we’re not always very good at it. Stay safe with a few tips from Westpac:

- Don’t turn your back to the waves.
- Always take … View more
Every year, summer means an influx of Kiwis to beaches, rivers and campgrounds all over Aotearoa. Kiwis love summer – it’s in our DNA – but if we’re honest, we’re not always very good at it. Stay safe with a few tips from Westpac:

- Don’t turn your back to the waves.
- Always take your lifejacket.
- Tell someone when you’ll be back.
- Don’t drive when you are tired.

And remember if you stray too far, the Choppers can help. In the last 12 months, Canterbury’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew 664 missions keeping Kiwis safe.

Stay safe in Chopper Country.

The Westpac NZ Team
Find out more

Image
Top