Waikato Hospital, Hamilton

5 hours ago

Poll: Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

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With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

To read more, click here.

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Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 57.5% Yes, five days is not enough
    57.5% Complete
  • 13.4% No, I never use mine up anyway
    13.4% Complete
  • 29.1% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    29.1% Complete
859 votes
1 day ago

Generation Pandemic: How has Covid-19 affected your children?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

This week we're looking at how the pandemic will affect our children and their resilience. The Sunday Star-Times wants to hear from children about how they've been impacted by Covid-19 and lockdown. Perhaps they've learned more about hand washing and germs, or maybe they want to talk… View moreThis week we're looking at how the pandemic will affect our children and their resilience. The Sunday Star-Times wants to hear from children about how they've been impacted by Covid-19 and lockdown. Perhaps they've learned more about hand washing and germs, or maybe they want to talk about having mum or dad home more often, or learning from home. Kids can write a sentence or two to be included in print by emailing kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz, by Friday, July 10, at 5pm. Their first names and ages may be used in print. Parents, if you're happy for your children to be photographed please let us know.

6 hours ago

How to Keep Indoor Plants Alive

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Hamilton

Keeping an indoor plant alive — let alone thriving — can be a daunting task. Thankfully, we have five tips to help keep your plants alive.

1. Potting and repotting
When potting a plant, choose a pot that has good drainage and always use a good quality potting mix. If you do have a pot … View more
Keeping an indoor plant alive — let alone thriving — can be a daunting task. Thankfully, we have five tips to help keep your plants alive.

1. Potting and repotting
When potting a plant, choose a pot that has good drainage and always use a good quality potting mix. If you do have a pot without drainage, you can pot it in a smaller plastic pot and pop it inside.

When repotting, pick a pot that’s one size bigger than the one you have, place some firmly packed potting mix in the bottom and a small sprinkle of plant fertiliser. Give the plant a good water and gently tip the pot on its side and ease out the plant, place it in the new pot and gently fill with potting mix, press down soil and keep filling until you are about 2-4cm from the top of the pot.

2. Light
Most plants like bright indirect sunlight. Plants get their nourishment and energy from the sun so don’t be shy about placing them in bright sunlight. As the seasons change, watch the light levels and move plants closer or further away from windows. Some plants can survive in very dim light but give them a bright light holiday one day a week. Pale foliage is a sign that your plant might not be getting enough light and brown patches on leaves can mean the plant is getting singed.

3. Water
One of the most common reasons indoor plants die is overwatering. The majority of plants need to be watered once a week. Once a month place them in a sink or bucket and drench the soil and roots, then let the water drain out well before placing them back in their spots. There are a few plants that like more water, such as peace lilies, and some that like less, including ZZ plants and snake plants.

4. Humidity
Lots of indoor plants, and the majority of what we sell, originate from sub-tropical rainforest-type climates. They love a light misting daily or you can sit them in the bathroom while you take a shower.

5. Choosing plants
Pick the right plant for you and your lifestyle. If you are new to house plants, start with an easy-care plant such as a succulent or cactus, then you can graduate to other types. If you go away a lot choose a plant that can survive without attention. If you live in the city you might want to think about plants that have super air cleansing powers. The whole process of choosing plants and their weekly routine can be quite meditative. Enjoy the watering rituals you create — it’s a good chance to practise your mindfulness. Just remember once you start it’s hard to stop!

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14 hours ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

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1 day ago

Ask an expert: get answers to your DIY questions

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, have you had a DIY disaster you need to fix or are you keen to tackle some home improvements but don't know where to start? Well, help is at hand.

Send us your questions about your DIY or decorating dilemmas, including photos if you can, and we'll ask an expert for their… View more
Hey neighbours, have you had a DIY disaster you need to fix or are you keen to tackle some home improvements but don't know where to start? Well, help is at hand.

Send us your questions about your DIY or decorating dilemmas, including photos if you can, and we'll ask an expert for their advice on where to start with your project, any tips and tricks they can share to help you get a great finish - or how you can fix things up if they've already gone wrong! Click here to submit your questions, or email us at homed@stuff.co.nz.

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1 day ago

Finding the Tamahere Market plant person

Dianne from Hamilton East

Hi all. I wonder if anyone knows the whereabouts of the woman (and husband, I think) that sold plants (perennials mostly) on their stall which was ALWAYS located right where you walked in off Tamahere Drive at the entrance to the Market, on the right hand side. I am very keen to buy some plants … View moreHi all. I wonder if anyone knows the whereabouts of the woman (and husband, I think) that sold plants (perennials mostly) on their stall which was ALWAYS located right where you walked in off Tamahere Drive at the entrance to the Market, on the right hand side. I am very keen to buy some plants off her. Many thanks.

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2 days ago

Who Wins Here ?

Graeme from Frankton

In life , we need to pay our bills . I'll start from that point . Occassionally , stuff happens , and most people work through things .

I was saddened to read in the weekend ( on Stuff ) about a guy called Lloyd Green . I don't know this guy by the way .

He owned a company called Great… View more
In life , we need to pay our bills . I'll start from that point . Occassionally , stuff happens , and most people work through things .

I was saddened to read in the weekend ( on Stuff ) about a guy called Lloyd Green . I don't know this guy by the way .

He owned a company called Great Barrier Rental Cars . He had owned it for 20 years . He refused to pay a mechanic somewhere between $5000-7000 , disputing the quality of the work . He was advised the day before it went to court that this guy was taking him to court -- apparently the papers were sent to his old address , which was his ex-wifes house . We can only guess what happened .

Anyway , the next day it went to court , he wasn't fully prepared , the Judge believed the other guy , or this Lloyd guy didn't put up a strong case , or whatever , and he was ordered to pay about $10,000 including the other guys legal fees . He lost .

He didn't/couldn't pay -- presumably part out of spite , but to be fair it does sound like he was short of money , so the Court ordered his business be liquidated . He was then ( at 57 ) out of work , with no income .

He committed suicide .

The business was liquidated . All the assets ( cars ) were sold . All secured creditors were paid . The liquidator billed $119,000 , but only got paid $78,000 as there was no more money . Unsecured creditors were $50,000 ( presumably including the $10k court ordered debt ) , and the IRD $7000 . That may be GST on the sale of vehicles , or it may have been owing for months , it isn't clear .

So one guy ( a divorced/seperated Dad ) is dead . The unsecured creditors and IRD are $57k out of pocket . But you will have noticed that the liquidator got $78k . Which means every debt , without her involvement ( the liquidator was a female ) , would have been paid . It is fair to assume that as a trading company , the debts could have all been paid , and this Lloyd Green would have still been alive . It may have taken time , and I accept we don't know the full circumstances .

But I also fail to understand how a business with $57,000 in debts can be charged $119,000 by a liquidator to 'wind it up' . She may argue she did her job and was paid the allowed rate for the hours worked , and that her job was made more difficult by the fact the guy had died . But surely common sense would kick in somewhere ?

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1 day ago

Yoga Term 3

Jane from Hamilton East

Monday: 20th July - 14th September: $72
Thursday: 23rd July- 17th September: $72

Register online via the link:
docs.google.com...

Limited seat available.

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1 day ago

Holiday in NZ

EECA

Need a break? Live more with less energy. Explore our NZ paradise, and enjoy a low-carbon holiday. Find out more

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3 days ago

Have your say!

The Team from Hamilton City Council

Hamiltonians it's time to share your voice on our Back on Track COVID-19 Response Budget.

Have a read, tell us what you think and help shape your city!

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1 day ago

Masport 450 sprint B&S Lawn Mower for sale

Nigel from Hamilton East

SALE IS FOR MOWER ON THE LEFT

Masport 300/AL 18" Alloy body

Briggs and stratton 148 c.c engine


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SALE IS FOR MOWER ON THE LEFT

Masport 300/AL 18" Alloy body

Briggs and stratton 148 c.c engine



Brought new and installed;



Piston rings

Oil seals

Head gasket

Crank case gasket

Blade boss and key way

Spark plug

Air filter

Muffler

Axle mounts x4

Ball bearing wheels x4, 6 months old

Fresh oil

blades sharpened

Engine and head painted with High Heat paint.



These parts cost $270 alone. These are good solid mowers and should last you years with little maintenance.

3 month Warranty included.



Pick up is in Hamilton

Can deliver within waikato for a small charge

Price: $260

1 day ago

Rise and Shine Barber and Beauty

Abraham from Hillcrest

120 Silverdale Road
Opening hours
Monday: Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday: 9am - 4pm

Negotiable

9 days ago

House for rent?

Rod Neighbourly Lead from Melville

Hello all.
A colleague of mine is coming to live in Hamilton end of next month and he and his wife are looking for a place to rent. He is a draughtsman and she is a pharmacist. They are looking for a 3 bedrooms ideally, but may consider 2. If you are renting your property and got photos, address … View more
Hello all.
A colleague of mine is coming to live in Hamilton end of next month and he and his wife are looking for a place to rent. He is a draughtsman and she is a pharmacist. They are looking for a 3 bedrooms ideally, but may consider 2. If you are renting your property and got photos, address you can share with me, or a link, or any reference it would be very appreciated. Feel free to send me in Pvt if you prefer. Thanks in advance

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3 days ago

Wanting

Livy from Glenview

Hi everyone, I am looking for a queen bed frame or base. Currently sleeping on a mattress on the floor, please let me know if you have one. As cheap as possible, thank you 😁

2 days ago

How eco-friendly is your grocery shopping?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Most of us like to think we're doing what we can to lessen our impact on the environment, but how green is your weekly shop?

Beyond the eco-swaps you’ve probably already made, here are some of … View more
Most of us like to think we're doing what we can to lessen our impact on the environment, but how green is your weekly shop?

Beyond the eco-swaps you’ve probably already made, here are some of the least eco-friendly grocery store items to steer clear of next time you're loading up your trolley, with minimal disruption to your routine.

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3 days ago

Want to help New Zealand recover?

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It’s a time of unprecedented change with Covid-19 so we are looking for graduates from all degree backgrounds who truly want to make a difference to New … View more
Keen to support your community and whānau?

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It’s a time of unprecedented change with Covid-19 so we are looking for graduates from all degree backgrounds who truly want to make a difference to New Zealand and New Zealanders.

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