60 days ago

Great Reading

Marie from Flaxmere

NZ has been at Alert 4 since Wednesday 25th March. We are currently on day #10 of a Nationwide Lock down.

We currently have 868 case of Covid 19 and 1 death.

Petrol price was $1.79

Schools are cancelled until at least 24th April 2020
Teachers have all taken up the task of teaching online, as well as music, dance, tutoring.

There is a world wide “Going on a Bear hunt” as you get some fresh air in your “bubble” you look for bears sitting in people’s windows, as you walk/bike with barely anyone around.

Self-distancing measures are strictly in place.
People must stay in their family "bubble" and not allow visitors, go visiting or be closer than 2m from other people.

Tape on the floors at grocery stores and others to help distance shoppers (2m) from each other.

Limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors.

Special early store hours for the elderly and immune/health compromised people, essential and emergency workers.

Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed.

Parks, trails, entire cities locked up.

Entire sports seasons cancelled.

Weddings, birthdays gatherings are cancelled.
Funerals can only happen with those in the bubble of the deceased.

Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events -
Family celebrations, holiday gatherings - cancelled.

No masses, all religious institutions are close, churches are having their services and kids programmes online.

No gatherings of 2 or more unless from the same household

Virtual doctors visits are now mandatory to limit exposure.

Healthcare professionals video conferencing families of patients on their death beds to say final goodbyes since visitation is not possible.

Children's outdoor playgrounds are closed, as are swimming pools and recreation centres.

Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.
Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill in countries all around the world, NZ is ok with these at the moment.

Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.

Government has closed the border to all international travel. Domestic travel only if necessary.

Press conferences daily from the Prime Minister, Police Commissioner and Health Officer.

Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.

Barely anyone on the roads.

People wearing masks and gloves outside.

Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.
Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families.

This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020.

Why, you ask, do I write this status?
One day it will show up in my memory feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted.
We have so much!
Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other - love one another - support everyone.
We are all in this together 🖤

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Show neighbours your photography snaps of Hawkes Bay!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Kia ora Hawkes Bay, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.

Go ahead, get snapping and illustrate what's beyond your backyard.

Post your photographs in the comments below ⬇

3 hours ago


Elma Pienaar from St Columba's Presbyterian Church

A heads up: if all goes to plan and we move To Level 1 soon, we will resume 'mainly music' on Thursday 18 June. Every family on the roll from the beginning of the year will receive email confirmation. Also, check out St Columba's Church Facebook page and website from 9 June for updates!

1 day ago


Sheryl from Parkvale

Hi folks.. where to go to get scissors sharpened?
any ideas?