Frimley, Hastings

5 hours ago

Finding our Alert Level 4 routine

New Zealand Government

This week sees us all getting used to living at Alert Level 4. For this to work, we must all stick to the plan.

Stay home. It WILL save lives.
Let’s all remember why we are taking such extreme measures.
Staying home won’t always be easy. But the evidence tells us this is the best way to… View more
This week sees us all getting used to living at Alert Level 4. For this to work, we must all stick to the plan.

Stay home. It WILL save lives.
Let’s all remember why we are taking such extreme measures.
Staying home won’t always be easy. But the evidence tells us this is the best way to save the lives of other New Zealanders.

Finding our routines
It will take some time to build up new daily routines. That’s to be expected. We all need to be gentle with ourselves, and accept that things could be difficult for a while as we learn to adjust.

Looking after ourselves and others
Don’t forget to take time to look after yourself, and also to check-in on others. Asking someone how they are feeling is a good way to connect and show that you care.

We all need to stick to the plan
For this to work, and the effort we are all making to be worth it, we all need to stick to the plan, all the time. No exceptions.

Don’t move around
The virus is spread by us. So we all need to avoid moving around as much as possible. If you do go out for exercise or to get essential supplies, stay local. This is incredibly important. Don’t move between different areas.

Thank you for doing your bit
A massive thank you to everyone for working so hard to slow the spread of COVID-19. Together, we can and will save lives.

GOT QUESTIONS?
If you need help knowing what to do, visit covid19.govt.nz.
Read more now

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5 hours ago

Reach Out to your communities in times of crisis

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Neighbourly is quickly becoming an essential way to connect with your neighbours and community during self-isolation. Check-in on the vulnerable around you, and if you have extra supplies or some essentials someone in your neighbourhood needs, you can drop it at their door.

Need help or can you… View more
Neighbourly is quickly becoming an essential way to connect with your neighbours and community during self-isolation. Check-in on the vulnerable around you, and if you have extra supplies or some essentials someone in your neighbourhood needs, you can drop it at their door.

Need help or can you support someone in need?

Reach out to your Neighbours here now.
Visit page

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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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10 hours ago

Some thing to do

Max from Flaxmere

So today I was bored so I got on the roof and started to count how many flying objects I could find in the air

MY answer is : None
Why : caused it is in lockdown

10 hours ago

Kiwi's in Aussie

Marie from Flaxmere

Before you start bagging out the dole bulging Kiwis in Aussie take time to learn the the facts! Since July 2001 any Kiwis arriving in Aussie are not entitled to Centrelink with the exception of Family Tax A & B and what was called the baby bonus….here’s a newsflash…. this is not coming … View moreBefore you start bagging out the dole bulging Kiwis in Aussie take time to learn the the facts! Since July 2001 any Kiwis arriving in Aussie are not entitled to Centrelink with the exception of Family Tax A & B and what was called the baby bonus….here’s a newsflash…. this is not coming out of your taxes. New Zealand government reimburses the Australia government for whatever is paid out, not your taxes! So Kiwis living here come with the intent to work, they have jobs!

Aussies allow Kiwis to care for their most venerable. Kiwis work in Aged Care, Child Care, Disability services, Nurses along with many other jobs. They are business owners, managers of business, street cleaner and truck drivers. We have stood beside Aussies in the past during War times, fires, floods and earthquakes. The Coronavirus sits besides all of these.

Kiwis are not entitled to additional assistance during this time. Whole families will be on the streets with no form of income. Kiwis pay taxes, give back to the community, they help your kids in sports and as teachers yet are not entitled to anything.

Kiwis are not dole bulgers people, they are your neighbours, your work mates, your friends.

Australia will have their own humanities crisis within their own country. I am ashamed of how the 600,000 Kiwis are going to be without any support. The PM of New Zealand pleaded with the Australia PM to assist in this time of crisis. The answer was NO. And yes everyone else that is in Australia is entitled to some form of financial assistance, refugees, people on other visa’s, yet not Kiwi’s.... regardless of the fact we pay taxes and support Australia.

Many Kiwis would love to apply for permanent residency however this is a minimum of $3700 per person

Lend a hand to your Kiwi mates!

3 days ago

Genesis Energy phoning for new business

Rosie from Parkvale

Have just had a phone call from a lady from Genesis wanting me to switch power companies. I asked about working in sales from a call centre during lockdown. She said that Genesis is an essential industry which it is. However its website says that it is open to serve its existing customers. So I … View moreHave just had a phone call from a lady from Genesis wanting me to switch power companies. I asked about working in sales from a call centre during lockdown. She said that Genesis is an essential industry which it is. However its website says that it is open to serve its existing customers. So I asked the caller if I agreed to switch companies would I need to wait till the lockdown is over. Oh no, she said. All Genesis staff are available to switch you over at any time. I am appalled that Genesis is doing sales during lockdown with all the implications for their staff having to keep working on business as usual.

1 day ago

Water bottles

Aroha from Flaxmere

Hi
Where are we able to fill our water bottles up? I went to the Hastings library and it was all blocked off.

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?
  • 11.6% NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
    11.6% Complete
  • 14.1% AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
    14.1% Complete
  • 7.6% WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
    7.6% Complete
  • 4.4% BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
    4.4% Complete
  • 6.5% HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
    6.5% Complete
  • 4.6% TARANAKI: Down to Earth
    4.6% Complete
  • 14.2% MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
    14.2% Complete
  • 18.8% WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
    18.8% Complete
  • 4.1% NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
    4.1% Complete
  • 11.8% CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
    11.8% Complete
  • 2.5% OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
    2.5% Complete
2848 votes
14 hours ago

Handy hints - feel free to reply with your own hints

Julie Neighbourly Lead from Havelock North

I’m trying to get a feed set up to post handy hints on. The wonderful Neighbourly team as flat out at the moment and suggested I post here.

So here’s a couple.

Baking powder mix:
2 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornflour
4 tbsp cream of tartar

It’s better (and cheaper) than the bought … View more
I’m trying to get a feed set up to post handy hints on. The wonderful Neighbourly team as flat out at the moment and suggested I post here.

So here’s a couple.

Baking powder mix:
2 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornflour
4 tbsp cream of tartar

It’s better (and cheaper) than the bought stuff. Use it the same as commercial baking powder.

Ciabatta
500g plain flour (about 3 1/2 Cups)
1/2 tsp white sugar
1 1/2 tsp dry yeast (check the back of your fridge for a forgotten jar. It lasts forever there)
1 1/2 tsp salt
450 ml warm water (tap is fine)
Olive oil

Mix your dry ingredients together (preferably in a bowl)

Mix in the water (don’t worry about being gentle)
Rub oil all over, around and under the dough with your hands (think wet play dough)

Cover the bowl with glad wrap or a tea towel and leave to double in size (takes about as long as a movie, so go watch one)

Preheat the oven to 200C

Pour the sticky mess into an oiled and floured tray (a big one), or into an oiled and floured loaf tin (or whatever oven proof dish you like.

Just remember, the wiser it is, the flatter it will be, the less time it will take to cook.

Cook for 30-40 minutes. If you want a softer crust, put a dish of warm water in the oven to steam the dough. I like it crusty.

To check if it’s ready, lift if out of the dish (don’t use your hands, unless they’re made of asbestos), knock on the bottom, and listen for a “hello possums!” (or a hollow sound).

Enjoy. It will go a little dry if kept out, but it toasts like crumpets. Yum yum.

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1 day ago

The Virus

Grant from Raureka

Here's another question for everybody - is it time to start heavily fining or arresting people who are breaking the rules (such as people driving for no proper reason, going to the beach to surf or play, etc etc ). My opinion for what it's worth - they are putting their own … View moreHere's another question for everybody - is it time to start heavily fining or arresting people who are breaking the rules (such as people driving for no proper reason, going to the beach to surf or play, etc etc ). My opinion for what it's worth - they are putting their own families/friends at risk and by extension the rest of us - so fine them heavily (Minimum $500) or arrest if serial offenders. Why should the rest of the population be placed at risk because some idiots feel it's their right to do whatever they want at this time. Comments??

1 day ago

Watch "Rude Dog Owner" on YouTube

Max from Flaxmere

For your the RUDE DOG OWNERS

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1 day ago

Rude dog owners

Abbie from Parkvale

Sorry got to grumble, I am a dog owner myself and fully understand that walking them is important at this unsettling time. I am only walking my dog very close to home to not be near others and their houses. We just walked around Queen's Square, we in one circuit came across 6 dog poos all … View moreSorry got to grumble, I am a dog owner myself and fully understand that walking them is important at this unsettling time. I am only walking my dog very close to home to not be near others and their houses. We just walked around Queen's Square, we in one circuit came across 6 dog poos all fairly fresh, now common dog owners please be responsible and pick that up. You should in my mind never leave the house with your dog without a bag or whatever you use (ours has a container of bags clipped to his lead) to be able to pick it up.

Please keep others who are also wanting to walk/run with or without a dog in mind.

1 day ago

New Zealand Play School Full Episode (1989)

Max from Flaxmere

Who remember this as I have not seen it for years


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1 day ago

State of Emergency

Les from Havelock North

Just heard Mototdrome Napier and Hastings advertising they are open over the lock down. I'm speechless!

5 days ago

Rubbish and Recycling

Les from Havelock North

As from today the Hastings District Council will only collect general house hold rubbish, (orange bags ) .All recycling has to be stored at home until further notice. Go to www.hdc... for further information.

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