Mayfair, Hastings

8 hours ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave … View more
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

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2 days 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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3 days 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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1 day ago

Tell us the story behind your bear

Katie Townshend Reporter from Hawke's Bay News

We're going on a bear hunt! People across the country are popping bears in their windows. But what's the story behind the fuzzy faces? Tell us about your bear - what's their name, where did you get it, how far have they travelled? Post a photo and tell us their story! (Please mark … View moreWe're going on a bear hunt! People across the country are popping bears in their windows. But what's the story behind the fuzzy faces? Tell us about your bear - what's their name, where did you get it, how far have they travelled? Post a photo and tell us their story! (Please mark any posts you don't want to see published NFP).

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7 hours ago

How about another question?

Grant from Raureka

In light of the latest info from Wellington - should the Government launch into testing the entire population to make sure there's no community spread of Covid-19. One expert believes it's the only way to get all the facts on the spread and the information that can give us a chance to … View moreIn light of the latest info from Wellington - should the Government launch into testing the entire population to make sure there's no community spread of Covid-19. One expert believes it's the only way to get all the facts on the spread and the information that can give us a chance to eradicate the disease. I know the first response will be -"it would cost too much" - but that's not the issue. We have the NZDF able to go street by street, house by house, if necessary as long as we have enough test kits. The result would be able to find those with minor symptoms or those who are just carriers - what do you all reckon?

3 days 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

COVID-19 Non-Compliance Report

The Team from Crimestoppers New Zealand

In support of the whole of government response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), Crimestoppers has developed a reporting process for both the 0800 555 111 and www.crimestoppers... portals.

The anonymous foundation for all our reports remains if required, and all reports that relate to … View more
In support of the whole of government response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), Crimestoppers has developed a reporting process for both the 0800 555 111 and www.crimestoppers... portals.

The anonymous foundation for all our reports remains if required, and all reports that relate to self-isolation breaches, illegal outdoor gatherings or similar, will be immediately forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

Report here: www.crimestoppers-nz.org...

Crimeline reports do not replace your option to ring police directly on 111 or 105 or your ability to advise the Ministry of Health through the NHCCselfisolation@health.govt.nz email address.

Keep safe.
Crimestoppers New Zealand

0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers...
#covid19 #nz #newzealand #uniteagainstcovid19 #crimestoppers

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1 day ago

Cabin fever results in lawyer's 80s dance moves

Georgia May Gilbertson Reporter from Hawke's Bay News

What happens when you're confined to your home and you hit play on your 80s playlist? An epic dance routine.

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2 days 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

1 day ago

Essential Services @ Taiwhenua

Shayne Jeffares from Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

We will continue to deliver Essential Services during the COVID19 Alert Four Status lock-down period.

The way that we deliver them however, will be a little different. We must do everything we can to ensure that personal interaction amongst staff and clients are minimised and that health, … View more
We will continue to deliver Essential Services during the COVID19 Alert Four Status lock-down period.

The way that we deliver them however, will be a little different. We must do everything we can to ensure that personal interaction amongst staff and clients are minimised and that health, hygiene and safety is prioritised.
This means our offices are closed until further notice and we have strict protocols in place at our entry gate.
For queries, call 0800 TAIWHENUA
Kia haumaru, e noho ki te kainga!

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4 days 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.

1 day 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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1 day 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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2 days 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!

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