Dinsdale, Hamilton

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4 days ago

Good Corporate Citizens ?

Graeme from Frankton

Most of you will know a bit about The Warehouse , and their actions lately . Even putting aside your feelings about their products or staff , when the lockdown was first announced , they decided they were an essential business . Seriously , they did . Because they sell big packs of toilet rolls , … View moreMost of you will know a bit about The Warehouse , and their actions lately . Even putting aside your feelings about their products or staff , when the lockdown was first announced , they decided they were an essential business . Seriously , they did . Because they sell big packs of toilet rolls , feminine personal products , and warm childrens clothing . That was ACTUALLY what they said ! So they wanted all their stores open , selling all sorts of , well , you know the kind of stuff they sell .
Basically , completely came across as greedy , manipulative , even putting their staff at risk and/or want to get work out of everyone they have to pay wages for . Widely ridiculed .
Then come the 'essential' products category that was actioned yesterday -- and yes , they had their website up and running , selling heaters and fridges and laptops and cellphones .
And seemingly straight away , they applied to open 'selected stores' for customers who wanted to pick up their products , and/or rural clients . Yes , still clutching at every excuse IMO .
Now comes news that Harvey Norman have emailed the owners of all their New Zealand stores saying they will NOT be paying leases whilst this lockdown is on . Obviously , this is almost certainly in breach of their lease agreements . Some small businesses have negotiated with their landlords . But this ( according to news reports ) was not negotiation -- it was simply a standard e-mail advising landlords -- no negotiation . Basically , bullying . Large purpose built premises that would be hard to re-lease . Suck it or we'll make you take us to court basically .
And Countdown too -- initially told any staff who objected to working ( on health grounds ) they wouldn't get paid . Cancelled specials . Seemingly put some prices up . After their competitor kept running specials AND offered staff a 10% 'bonus' , Countdown seems to have fallen into line , which is good ( eventually ) . I remember the boycott of them a few years ago though , over their bullying of suppliers -- 'we will only buy if we get extra discounts , we don't care if you lose money -- take it or leave it' .

Personally , I haven't gone to any of those 3 businesses much , so not much will change , but I do look at the overall image of a business . I don't have a heap of money , but again just me personally , I'd sooner support businesses that align more with my morals and ethics .

This piece may get deleted ( although I believe it is all factual ) but feel free to add any comments or other businesses you want to praise or point out what you don't like .

4 days ago

Help line set up

The Team from Hamilton City Council

0800 800 405 has been set up for those in our community struggling to get food, medication or other household items.

The service is available 7am-7pm daily and is for those facing hardship, at risk groups, people with disabilities and people without access to transport. Please pass this info on to… View more
0800 800 405 has been set up for those in our community struggling to get food, medication or other household items.

The service is available 7am-7pm daily and is for those facing hardship, at risk groups, people with disabilities and people without access to transport. Please pass this info on to anyone you think may benefit from this service.

Stay home, stay safe Hamilton!

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10 days ago

No recycling collection

The Team from Hamilton City Council

To keep everyone safe we're making changes to the kerbside collection service during COVID-19 Alert Level 4. Rubbish collections will continue as usual, but recycling collections will cease. Find out more below ⤵️

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4 days ago

Need a smile during lockdown?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

How about checking out Steve the Sheep?

The woolly Waikato celebrity is bringing some laughs to his flock of followers, and his own family, helping to break the coronavirus lockdown boredom around the world.

Steve the Sheep lives in the shearing capital of New Zealand, Te Kūiti, and was adopted … View more
How about checking out Steve the Sheep?

The woolly Waikato celebrity is bringing some laughs to his flock of followers, and his own family, helping to break the coronavirus lockdown boredom around the world.

Steve the Sheep lives in the shearing capital of New Zealand, Te Kūiti, and was adopted as a lamb to be a "lawn mower" for his family's back yard. Read more here.

4 days ago

Coronavirus: A breakdown of which shops are open during lockdown

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Hamilton Press

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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4 days ago

Coronavirus: A breakdown of which shops are open during lockdown

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Waikato Times

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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4 days 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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6 days ago

Hamilton Press cancelled during lockdown

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hi neighbours,
as some of you may have heard, the government last week advised that non-daily publications, such as community newspapers, are not considered essential services under the news and media designation during the Alert Level 4 lockdown. Unfortunately That means that we won’t be able to… View more
Hi neighbours,
as some of you may have heard, the government last week advised that non-daily publications, such as community newspapers, are not considered essential services under the news and media designation during the Alert Level 4 lockdown. Unfortunately That means that we won’t be able to print and deliver our your paper over the remaining period of the lockdown. However, we will be putting all important local news/updates on our Neighbourly page during the period.

4 days ago

0800 helpline set up for people struggling to get food

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Hamilton Press

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.

READ MORE BELOW

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4 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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4 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.
Visit us online

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5 days ago

Toastmasters online meetings

Melanie Coleman from Dinsdale Toastmasters

Hello all, Due to Covid-19. Toastmasters clubs are trialling online meetings through ZOOM. If you have thought about joining a toastmasters club, pop on to watch Dinsdale Toastmasters this Tuesday 31st March.
Official Start Time: 7.15pm
Join Zoom Meeting
us04web.zoom.us...
Meeting ID: 750 250… View more
Hello all, Due to Covid-19. Toastmasters clubs are trialling online meetings through ZOOM. If you have thought about joining a toastmasters club, pop on to watch Dinsdale Toastmasters this Tuesday 31st March.
Official Start Time: 7.15pm
Join Zoom Meeting
us04web.zoom.us...
Meeting ID: 750 250 257
Password: 257702

6 days ago

Feeling anxious about the coronavirus pandemic?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

Free counselling is available for Waikato people.

This is delivered through Male Support Services Waikato, but available to males and females of any age.

It's provided thanks to counsellors working at a reduced rate and funding from the Gallagher Group.

Find out how to access it here.

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