Hillcrest, Hamilton

28 days ago

Has the chlorine overdose at Waterworld affected you?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

An "excessive" amount of chlorine was somehow pumped into a Hamilton pool, forcing it to close.

An underwater hockey club which trains at Waterworld is one of the groups affected.

Read more here. Did you know about the closure, and has it affected you?

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29 days ago

Consumer's curtain investigation; how to keep warm this winter

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Hamilton

Keeping your home this winter doesn't have to put you in debt, but you will have to be creative.
Consumer have revealed the best curtains to invest in as temperatures begin to cool down to help stop nearly two-thirds of a home's heat from going out its windows.

Honeycomb blinds - … View more
Keeping your home this winter doesn't have to put you in debt, but you will have to be creative.
Consumer have revealed the best curtains to invest in as temperatures begin to cool down to help stop nearly two-thirds of a home's heat from going out its windows.

Honeycomb blinds - which have hexagonal shaped cells in its structure - were the standout performer of the five different blinds tested. Others involved were roman, roller and aluminium and wooden venetians. Both thermal and heavy-lined curtains were also tested.

Consumer head of testing Dr Paul Smith said the heat loss test was measured through an aluminium-framed single-glazed window with each curtain hung for at least three hours. He was pleased to find the honeycomb blinds topped the test having put them in his own home about nine years ago.
He said the hexagonal cells in the curtain, which when extended trap the air in the cells, "acting like a down jacket; trapping still air".

"It was good for me seeing this because anecdotally I thought 'oh these are doing a great job' because when you open the curtains in the morning you can see all the cold air fall out from behind the window."

In the test, the honeycomb blinds retained more than 60 per cent of the heat lost through a bare window.

Roman blinds were the second best performing blind, followed by roller blinds. As for wooden or aluminium venetians, wooden were proven the better insulator, he said. If curtains were preferred, people were urged to go "heavy" and long.

Heavy-lined curtains were ones which had two layers which again acted as an air trap. To get the best result, they needed to go down to the ground, no matter the size of the window, to keep the cold air out.

It was best to keep the gap between the curtain or blind and the frame of the window as small as possible.

Thermal curtains - a curtain which has a thermal layer stitched to the back - did not perform as well as the heavy-lined curtains, he said. However, Dr Smith had come up with a few cheap hacks for people not bothered about what there lounge or particular room looks like for a few cold nights over winter. One was hanging a blanket over the top of your curtains.

"It is less convenient because you've got to hang a blanket and take it down each time.

"We pinned it up where the railing was, so we just pinned it up above the window and just let it hang down and cover the whole window."

The other option was to roll up towels and sit them above your window railing which again prevented cold air circulating around the room.

"It stops the air being sucked in to the top. So when the hot air rises up to the ceiling. If the curtains aren't well-fitted, that warm air falls behind the window.

"They call it the reverse chimney so it's like the air coming down past the window and all the heat being lost, so if you put something across the top it stops that from happening."

TOP TIPS FOR HEAT RETENTION
• Mount curtains as close as possible to the window frame,
• Position nets as close to the window as possible,
• Use floor length curtains and ensure they touch the floor,
• Make curtains a generous width so they overlap the window frames at the sides,
• Using net curtains help with heat retention, especially on wooden frame windows,

• Using a fan "significantly" reduces heat loss.

www.nzherald.co.nz...



ENSURE YOUR CURTAINS ARE CLEAN THIS WINTER

Your health is ALWAYS important, but now more than ever we need to stay on top of it, especially in our environment. Check your curtains regularly for live mould and visible dirt. Curtain Clean can take care of any contamination and ensure your curtains return to you clean and sanitised!


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38 days ago

Ready, set, roll!

The Team from Hamilton City Council

The new kerbside rubbish and recycling service will now start from 31 August 2020. Starting this week, teams will be out and about delivering the new bins!

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29 days ago

Calling all craft-lovers

Alison Southby from Poppies Hamilton

We have an amazing selection of craft books in store now - crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, quilting and more, for all skill levels. Come in and get some inspiration for your winter projects!

32 days ago

Do you think SkyCity should have been allowed more pokie machines?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

A move to swap three blackjack tables for 60 gaming machines at Hamilton's SkyCity casino has been turned down.

The Gambling Commission wouldn't allow the swap, saying it would mean "an increase in oportunities for casino gambling".

Read more here. What do you think about the … View more
A move to swap three blackjack tables for 60 gaming machines at Hamilton's SkyCity casino has been turned down.

The Gambling Commission wouldn't allow the swap, saying it would mean "an increase in oportunities for casino gambling".

Read more here. What do you think about the decision?

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29 days ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

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30 days ago

Hamilton casts off coronavirus shackles

Matt Bowen Reporter from Waikato Times

Hi everyone,

The city is gearing up for what will be the first major public gathering since lockdown when the Chiefs face off against the Blues on June 20.

Hamilton City Council general manager of venues, tourism and events Sean Murray predicted about 20,000 people would flock to FMG Stadium … View more
Hi everyone,

The city is gearing up for what will be the first major public gathering since lockdown when the Chiefs face off against the Blues on June 20.

Hamilton City Council general manager of venues, tourism and events Sean Murray predicted about 20,000 people would flock to FMG Stadium Waikato for the match.

Restaurants, bars and cafes are also fizzing after physical distancing rules were relaxed.

How are you finding alert level 1? And will you be in the stands come June 20?

Read more about Hamilton's emergence from lockdown here.

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29 days ago

SOLD: 2 pairs men's Adidas slides

Dianne from Hillcrest

My son has two pairs of slides he no longer wears, as pictured - both Adidas. Black ones are size 8, lovely cushioned sole and top, suede self coloured stripes. Blue/white striped ones are size 10.
Both have minor wear but plenty of life left. They are clean but I will rewash them before sale.
$10… View more
My son has two pairs of slides he no longer wears, as pictured - both Adidas. Black ones are size 8, lovely cushioned sole and top, suede self coloured stripes. Blue/white striped ones are size 10.
Both have minor wear but plenty of life left. They are clean but I will rewash them before sale.
$10 for the blue/white striped ones
$18 for the black suede ones
Or $20 for both.
Txt to arrange pick up or I will post for a fee.
021496760

Price: $20

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30 days ago

Deceased cat

Olimpia from Tamahere

Sorry to post this... 😢😢
Deceased tabby cat on Silverdale Rd nearby the bakery shops at the moment sitting on mid lane😭

30 days ago

Vitapet

Nina from Hamilton East

$10 pick up

56 days ago

♻️Recycling update! ♻️

The Team from Hamilton City Council

We're working with our contractor Waste Management on having further recycling options available by the end of the month. Our contractor needs to be able to work safely under the Level 2 restrictions and are currently working on this to be able to provide the full recycling service.

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31 days ago

Covid Level 1

William from Hearing Health New Zealand Limited

Good News, we are now in Covid level 1

This is now the time for you to :
Book a hearing test
Get your hearing aids serviced
Upgrade to the latest automatic rechargeable hearing aids
Get your ears cleaned at a dewax appointment

Phone: 07 853 7874 or email: helpmehear@hotmail.com
to book your … View more
Good News, we are now in Covid level 1

This is now the time for you to :
Book a hearing test
Get your hearing aids serviced
Upgrade to the latest automatic rechargeable hearing aids
Get your ears cleaned at a dewax appointment

Phone: 07 853 7874 or email: helpmehear@hotmail.com
to book your appointment

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31 days ago

Our centres are fully operational.

NumberWorks'nWords Hamilton Central

It’s an exciting time for the kids re-entering the classroom, socialising with friends and getting reacquainted with the teachers.
If you’re a little unsure about how the isolation period may have affected your child’s learning journey, we are here to help.
Our tutoring program is well … View more
It’s an exciting time for the kids re-entering the classroom, socialising with friends and getting reacquainted with the teachers.
If you’re a little unsure about how the isolation period may have affected your child’s learning journey, we are here to help.
Our tutoring program is well positioned to meet the needs of your 5 - 16 year old one question at a time so it's not overwhelming.
We offer catch up, extension and exam prep programs.

Give us a call today to have a chat with one of our experts.

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31 days ago

Would you consider volunteering for a sports clubs after Covid-19?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

Concerns about coronavirus have left sport clubs without some senior volunteers.

Some were already struggling to get enough helpers before Covid-19 - so Sport Waikato and Volunteering Waikato are launching a campaign to help out.

"It might be that a club needs someone for two hours … View more
Concerns about coronavirus have left sport clubs without some senior volunteers.

Some were already struggling to get enough helpers before Covid-19 - so Sport Waikato and Volunteering Waikato are launching a campaign to help out.

"It might be that a club needs someone for two hours pre-season to sort the uniforms, or someone one hour a week to put a newsletter together," Sport Waikato boss Matthew Cooper said. Read more here. Do you volunteer, or would you?

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31 days ago

STRONG Nation Launch Week

Katy from Hillcrest

Are you tired of feeling unmotivated and struggling to exercise while losing enthusiasm on your own? I have the answer for you! Strong Nation is a fantastic group fitness class that combines body weight, plyometrics, some martial arts and cardio for an incredible workout. Think boot camp crossed … View moreAre you tired of feeling unmotivated and struggling to exercise while losing enthusiasm on your own? I have the answer for you! Strong Nation is a fantastic group fitness class that combines body weight, plyometrics, some martial arts and cardio for an incredible workout. Think boot camp crossed with HIIT class, but for beginners! I am starting up classes in the mornings so you can drop your kids to school and come and join me for a 45 minute class at 9.15am. This is designed for those who are keen to start their fitness journey and try something new. Over a number of weeks we will be slowly building up our fitness to push our limits and not only tone and strengthen our bodies, but gain confidence too. First week of classes is free if you sign up by texting me on 0276421333.

About Me: I am a Mum to 4 and I know how busy life can be. But making time to exercise is so important, especially the older you get! There is a creche with lots of toys for toddlers to play in if you want to bring them along and there are plenty of back rooms to put babies down to sleep in their prams. I want to make this easy for you! Come and join me and let me keep you accountable for exercising.

Free

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