Hillcrest, Hamilton

7 days 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.
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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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9 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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8 days 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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8 days 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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8 days 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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9 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.

9 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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9 days ago

Selected Beaurepaires Stores Open During Lockdown

Anna Smith from Beaurepaires Hamilton Anglesea Street

Beaurepaires has selected stores open during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Lockdown.

We have implemented contactless servicing to ensure your safety if you do require out services.

To see which stores are open or to find out more information, please click the READ MORE button below.

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9 days ago

Colour pop tallboy

The Team from Resene ColorShop Hamilton Central

Renovate a bland old piece of furniture by giving it a spectacular colour block makeover!

Most homes have an old tallboy or set of drawers that need a little rejuvenation. Rather than put it in the too-hard basket, give your furniture a new lease on life with a fresh Resene paint finish that can … View more
Renovate a bland old piece of furniture by giving it a spectacular colour block makeover!

Most homes have an old tallboy or set of drawers that need a little rejuvenation. Rather than put it in the too-hard basket, give your furniture a new lease on life with a fresh Resene paint finish that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to makeover your furniture.

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9 days ago

Let's look after each other

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Neighbourhoods can be a great source of support. Connect with each other through our Reach Out page, show kindness and compassion, and strengthen connections with your communities.

Reach out to your Neighbours here now.

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9 days ago

Test your landlord knowledge!

Lodge City Rentals

Do you know what rental properties are exempt from the Healthy Homes Standards? Can you still claim insurance if you stop inspecting your rental property?

It’s not always easy staying up to speed with the latest changes in regulations for rentals!

Put your knowledge to the test, and if you … View more
Do you know what rental properties are exempt from the Healthy Homes Standards? Can you still claim insurance if you stop inspecting your rental property?

It’s not always easy staying up to speed with the latest changes in regulations for rentals!

Put your knowledge to the test, and if you find yourself stumped, give our property management team a call. When it comes to rentals, they’re experts.

Contact Robyn and put her to the test.
Mobile 021 824 422 | Email robyna@lodge.co.nz
Learn more

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9 days ago

This Waikato business needs your support!

Prospa

A huge congratulations to Te Aroha Vet Clinic. This local legend is a finalist in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Now they need your vote to give them a chance to take home a prize package worth $10,000!

Good on you, and good luck, Te Aroha Vet Clinic. Thanks for bringing joy to … View more
A huge congratulations to Te Aroha Vet Clinic. This local legend is a finalist in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Now they need your vote to give them a chance to take home a prize package worth $10,000!

Good on you, and good luck, Te Aroha Vet Clinic. Thanks for bringing joy to your community - especially in these uncertain times.

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Nominated by Valerie Walton from Te Aroha: "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.”
Vote for Te Aroha Vet Clinic

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10 days ago

Stranded French Travellers

Neil from Newstead

Greetings Neighbours, we have facilitated yesterday a French couple stranded in NZ but are still fielding calls from others to find accommodation in some way that is an improvement on eg sleeping in a modified HONDA odyssey. If you have or know of vacant accommodation, this link may provide some … View moreGreetings Neighbours, we have facilitated yesterday a French couple stranded in NZ but are still fielding calls from others to find accommodation in some way that is an improvement on eg sleeping in a modified HONDA odyssey. If you have or know of vacant accommodation, this link may provide some relief for those struggling to wait the month out or as in another case, until their planned departure on Tuesday. Sosuntoit@gmail.com

nz.ambafrance.org...

If you download GOOGLE TRANSLATE you can cut and paste text as in the attachment to get an accurate
translation of any foreign text.

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10 days ago

HRRA PLEADING FOR A RATES FREEZE

Rudi from Hamilton Lake

MAKING THE CASE FOR A RATES FREEZE IN HAMILTON

TIME FOR A RATES FREEZE.
The COVID-19 virus is having a significant impact on people’s lives globally and Hamilton citizens are not isolated from this global economic downturn.
The Hamilton Residents and Ratepayers Association is very concerned for … View more
MAKING THE CASE FOR A RATES FREEZE IN HAMILTON

TIME FOR A RATES FREEZE.
The COVID-19 virus is having a significant impact on people’s lives globally and Hamilton citizens are not isolated from this global economic downturn.
The Hamilton Residents and Ratepayers Association is very concerned for the citizens of Hamilton who will lose their jobs, have their income reduced, our seniors and those on marginal incomes.
The HRRA therefore calls for an immediate FREEZE on any rate increase in Hamilton and a re-focus on cost savings during these difficult and uncertain times.
Given the current economic crisis, we request that Hamilton City Council Elected members and Senior Management take a leadership position, tighten their belts, and ensure all operating expenses and large projects are revisited in terms of their cost/benefit for the community.
We just can’t waste money on worthless projects just for the sake of having these “nice to have projects”. Our city needs to focus on what is absolutely essential and other schemes and things just have to be moved to the back burner.
We can’t just spend money as if we have a blank cheque book. Our ratepayers are the ones who suffer. These are our people. They voted for you, the elected members, to show leadership and for you to stand firm and not waste our money.
The Hamilton Residents and Ratepayers Association speak on behalf of our folks in Hamilton and we should be recognised as such. We are a collective, voice of the people.
We want to acknowledge that the Waikato Regional Council have accepted a rates freeze during this crisis.
We are asking on behalf of the residents and ratepayers of Hamilton for a RATES FREEZE.

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10 days ago

Want to know how Hamilton looks during lockdown?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

Our photographers took a few shots of spots around city so you can have a look without breaking isolation.

See them here.

What's the view like from your place?

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