Hillcrest, Hamilton

6 hours ago

Coronavirus: Hamilton residents raise a glass to community spirit

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hi neighbours,
The coronavirus has given rise to a number of quirky phenomenon: the elbow bump, teddy bears in windows and, now, driveway drinkies.
In an effort to boost morale and keep connected, residents along Hamilton's Gillies Ave organised a get together, of sorts, on Friday afternoon.
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Hi neighbours,
The coronavirus has given rise to a number of quirky phenomenon: the elbow bump, teddy bears in windows and, now, driveway drinkies.
In an effort to boost morale and keep connected, residents along Hamilton's Gillies Ave organised a get together, of sorts, on Friday afternoon.
It was strictly BYO as neighbours chatted to each other from the safety of their own driveways or berms.
READ MORE in link below.
What have you been doing to stay connected during this time?

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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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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
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3 hours ago

Thoughtless and stupid woman risks the health of her neighbour

Lianne from Glenview

Stuff reported that a neighbour in a certain Hamilton street had organised a "community spirit" get together in driveways and on footpaths with drinks. One of them was a thoughtless and stupid woman who was quoted as saying; "Just now I threw a bag of raisins down another … View moreStuff reported that a neighbour in a certain Hamilton street had organised a "community spirit" get together in driveways and on footpaths with drinks. One of them was a thoughtless and stupid woman who was quoted as saying; "Just now I threw a bag of raisins down another neighbour's driveway because she needed raisins, so we just share." This woman ought to know by now that the Covid-19 virus can, and does, live on surfaces of everything it lands on for up to 72 hours!!! Throwing or passing anything to anyone else outside of your bubble risks the health of others. You could so easily be sharing a death sentence in my view.

22 hours ago

Police update on lockdown

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hello Neighbours

Senior Sergeant Kris Clarke in the Waikato DCC tells us police are getting a lot of calls from people concerned that others are flouting lockdown rules.

At this stage, police are informing people and encouraging them to comply - and meeting "very little resistance", … View more
Hello Neighbours

Senior Sergeant Kris Clarke in the Waikato DCC tells us police are getting a lot of calls from people concerned that others are flouting lockdown rules.

At this stage, police are informing people and encouraging them to comply - and meeting "very little resistance", Clarke said.

Overall, the streets are much quieter than usual, she said.

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9 hours ago

Siren

Natalie from Fairview Downs

Morning, we are new to Hamilton and can hear a siren going off. Can anyone tell me what it’s for?

6 hours ago

Coronavirus: Hamilton residents raise a glass to community spirit

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Waikato Times

Hi neighbours,
The coronavirus has given rise to a number of quirky phenomenon: the elbow bump, teddy bears in windows and, now, driveway drinkies.
In an effort to boost morale and keep connected, residents along Hamilton's Gillies Ave organised a get together, of sorts, on Friday afternoon.
View more
Hi neighbours,
The coronavirus has given rise to a number of quirky phenomenon: the elbow bump, teddy bears in windows and, now, driveway drinkies.
In an effort to boost morale and keep connected, residents along Hamilton's Gillies Ave organised a get together, of sorts, on Friday afternoon.
It was strictly BYO as neighbours chatted to each other from the safety of their own driveways or berms.
READ MORE in link below.
What have you been doing to stay connected during this time?

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1 day ago

Did you hear city council has announced a coronavirus relief package?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

Councillors met via video conference to decide on the $3.43 million package for businesses and ratepayers hit hardest by the lockdown.

It includes a welfare package for community organisations, and an extension of the council's rates rebate scheme to include those who have recently lost their… View more
Councillors met via video conference to decide on the $3.43 million package for businesses and ratepayers hit hardest by the lockdown.

It includes a welfare package for community organisations, and an extension of the council's rates rebate scheme to include those who have recently lost their jobs and don't have savings.

Read more about it - and how local projects could help the economy recover after lockdown - here.

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3 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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2 days ago

Lockdown excludes public from Waikato councils' decisions process

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Waikato Times

Hi neighbours,
Technology's a saving grace for many organisations amid New Zealand's coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown.
But the majority of Waikato district councils are grappling to catch up with many not having the technology to live stream meetings during Alert Level 4, many pressing … View more
Hi neighbours,
Technology's a saving grace for many organisations amid New Zealand's coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown.
But the majority of Waikato district councils are grappling to catch up with many not having the technology to live stream meetings during Alert Level 4, many pressing matters will now be discussed behind closed doors.
A move that has been slammed by the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union.
What do you think these councils should be doing?

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1 day ago

Addictive Eaters Anonymous

The Team from Addictive Eaters Anonymous - Hamilton

Due to current circumstances, all meetings are now temporarily on Zoom, please see the website for details on how to have a link sent to you, newcomers very welcome.

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2 days ago

covid 19 closures

Dennis from Enderley

hoping all shops that are supposed to be closed are unlike the one at five crossroads who thinks he is a supermarket and is not

1 day ago

You can still drive-through coronavirus testing centres

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

During lockdown, you can still drive through coronavirus testing centres around the region.

You should go if you have flu-like systems or have recently travelled, Waikato DHB says.

Firstly, phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453, for guidance on whether assessment and testing is needed. If you … View more
During lockdown, you can still drive through coronavirus testing centres around the region.

You should go if you have flu-like systems or have recently travelled, Waikato DHB says.

Firstly, phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453, for guidance on whether assessment and testing is needed. If you can't get through, phone your general practice/doctor.

Test results take "several days", the DHB said.

Current community-based assessment centres (CBAC) are at:
- Claudelands Event Centre
- Tokoroa Hospital
- Ngāruawāhia Panthers Rugby League Club
- Taumarunui Hospital campus
- Huntly War Memorial Hall
- Te Kūiti Hospital
- Silver Fern Event Centre, Te Aroha

Designated GPs offering COVID-19 assessments:
- Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Thames
- Tui Medical Centre

More details here.

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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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2 days ago

Need to use the bus? Here are some new rules.

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

Using the bus is now free, but you'll have to register your details first.

Making trips free removes the need for drivers and passengers to touch cash or Busit cards, a statement said.

People who need the bus - for work or to get to places like the pharmacy or supermarket - now have to … View more
Using the bus is now free, but you'll have to register your details first.

Making trips free removes the need for drivers and passengers to touch cash or Busit cards, a statement said.

People who need the bus - for work or to get to places like the pharmacy or supermarket - now have to register their journey online using this form. You can also ring 0800 205 305.

This means that, if someone who turns out to have coronavirus uses the bus, health authorities will be able to trace people they may have been in contact with.

Busit passengers are also asked to sit in rows away from each other to keep their distance and give the bus driver some space.

2 days ago

***Our centres are CLOSED in New Zealand***

NumberWorks'nWords Hamilton Central

We are temporarily suspending tuition for the remainder of Term 1.

We will not be away for long. During this time we will closely monitor all information and advice provided to us. At this stage, we will reopen on Tuesday 28th April for Term 2. We will be back in action providing your children … View more
We are temporarily suspending tuition for the remainder of Term 1.

We will not be away for long. During this time we will closely monitor all information and advice provided to us. At this stage, we will reopen on Tuesday 28th April for Term 2. We will be back in action providing your children with the tuition they need to ensure their continued success.

NumberWorks’nWords would like to thank all our loyal families and hard-working staff for your support. Thank you for your understanding and adapting with us during this time. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our best wishes to you and your family at this difficult time.

Keep an eye out for our April activities for you and your family.

Much love and kindness ❤️

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