Raureka, Hastings

7 hours ago

Providing knitting wool is an essential service

Marty Sharpe Reporter from Hawke's Bay News

Maree Buscke knew knitting was essential, but she wasn't sure the government would.
It did, and she's delighted.

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2 days 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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3 hours ago

Free girls full suspension bike

Alex from Raureka

Having a good old clear out and my daughter has outgrown this bike so we would like to offer free to someone in need at this time

PM for contact

Free

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1 day ago

Something Positive we could all do

Susie Neighbourly Lead from Havelock North

We (not very far out of Havelock North), have noticed an increasing number of walkers on our roads, and lots with family (bubble) groups. Wouldn't it be great if, when you / we are all out walking, we took some form of receptacle and picked up all the rubbish on the sides of the roads.

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We (not very far out of Havelock North), have noticed an increasing number of walkers on our roads, and lots with family (bubble) groups. Wouldn't it be great if, when you / we are all out walking, we took some form of receptacle and picked up all the rubbish on the sides of the roads.

Wouldn't that be a great and good thing to do?

If you are worried about contamination, you could wear gloves or use tongs to place in the rubbish container you take.

How is that for a good idea peeps?

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5 hours ago

Keep in touch with us!

Shayne Jeffares from Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

We don't want you to feel isolated during self-isolation.

Taiwhenua will send regular email updates to let whānau know what we are doing and how we are doing things a little differently during COVID19 lock-down.
Click on the link below to register your email so we can keep in touch.
If … View more
We don't want you to feel isolated during self-isolation.

Taiwhenua will send regular email updates to let whānau know what we are doing and how we are doing things a little differently during COVID19 lock-down.
Click on the link below to register your email so we can keep in touch.
If you need to call us phone: 0800 TAIWHENUA
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Radio Kahungunu 765AM & 94.3FM Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc

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4 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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8 hours ago

Have you ever met the pink rose lady?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Annette Hildesheim opens her garden for a gold coin donation for a couple of weekends every November to raise money for the Cancer Society. Since 2012, she's raised $21,000 – the most any individual has raised for the organisation in your region. Take a look at her amazing garden in this … View moreAnnette Hildesheim opens her garden for a gold coin donation for a couple of weekends every November to raise money for the Cancer Society. Since 2012, she's raised $21,000 – the most any individual has raised for the organisation in your region. Take a look at her amazing garden in this story.

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5 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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16 hours ago

Always dreamed of going to the ballet?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Well now you can - live, in your living room.

The Neighbourly team is super grateful to our friends at Royal New Zealand Ballet for their support over the years - so we're excited to be telling our Neighbourly members about their very special event: Live in your Living Room.

This … View more
Well now you can - live, in your living room.

The Neighbourly team is super grateful to our friends at Royal New Zealand Ballet for their support over the years - so we're excited to be telling our Neighbourly members about their very special event: Live in your Living Room.

This weekend, grab a cuppa and some gingerbread and venture in to the dark, fantastical realm of Hansel & Gretel. Inspired by the old-fashioned magic of silent movies and music hall vaudeville, this ballet will transport you to a magical world with large-scale cinematic effects, world premiere choreography by Loughlan Prior and a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan.

Live in your Living Room. This curated series of productions from the RNZB archive will be broadcast weekly on Facebook Premiere.

Enjoy performances at Friday 3 April at 7.30pm; Saturday 4 April at 1.30pm and Sunday 5 April at 10.30am.

Find out more at rnzb.org.nz/live.
Find out more

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16 hours ago

Sunday Star-Times

The Team Reporter from Sunday Star Times

In these unprecedented times, news media is classified as an essential service which means you can trust our journalism will continue to be produced, published and delivered. Sunday Star Times provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain … View moreIn these unprecedented times, news media is classified as an essential service which means you can trust our journalism will continue to be produced, published and delivered. Sunday Star Times provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain informed as the situation evolves.

If you want to receive Sunday Star Times delivered to your home, you can visit Sunday Star-Times.

You can also sign up for Stuff’s Covid-19 newsletter here, so you get a daily update on the latest developments delivered straight to your email address.

Tell our editorial team what’s going on in your community - please send an email to newstips@stuff.co.nz.
Learn more

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16 hours ago

Reach out to those who need help

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Panic buying of items won’t protect you against coronavirus. Doing this only puts unnecessary pressure on our supermarkets and on our most vulnerable who cannot afford to stockpile.

Be more Neighbourly and buy in moderation - New Zealand supermarkets have got strong supply chains.
Need … View more
Panic buying of items won’t protect you against coronavirus. Doing this only puts unnecessary pressure on our supermarkets and on our most vulnerable who cannot afford to stockpile.

Be more Neighbourly and buy in moderation - New Zealand supermarkets have got strong supply chains.
Need help or can you support someone in need?

Reach out to your Neighbours here now https://www.neighbourly.co.nz/reachout

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21 hours ago

Would you like to be famous - for 15 minutes

Sharron Pardoe Reporter from Hawke's Bay News

A famous artist of the 1960s, Andy Warhol, once predicted "everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes" . And this is your opportunity for your 15 minutes in the spotlight. The Dominion Post's popular 15 Minutes of Fame series is returning, and we're looking for subjects.… View moreA famous artist of the 1960s, Andy Warhol, once predicted "everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes" . And this is your opportunity for your 15 minutes in the spotlight. The Dominion Post's popular 15 Minutes of Fame series is returning, and we're looking for subjects. This much-loved special feature made a splash over summer with people from all over the region sharing their fears, frustrations, and fantastic achievements on the Capital Day page. Among all the coronavirus news, we want to bring you something lighthearted and fun to read, as well as to join in on. It's easy. We have a list of 100 questions.You pick 10 random numbers, and we'll send you the questions. All you need to do is email us your replies and a favourite picture. Nominate yourself or someone you know (with their consent) by emailing capitalday@dompost.co.nz.

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1 day ago

Latest update from TToH

Shayne Jeffares from Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

Our latest update on essential services to our community at the link below.

mailchi.mp...

1 day ago

Fun Crafts During Lockdown

Clare from Saint Leonards

Here's a fun way to keep kids busy for a while, and also to make a display of family or friends at a stressful time.
You need:
1 large sheet of card
several sheets of paper
scissors
glue
crayons, felt pens, or paint (or a mixture!)

On the cardboard, draw the outline of a peacock's body … View more
Here's a fun way to keep kids busy for a while, and also to make a display of family or friends at a stressful time.
You need:
1 large sheet of card
several sheets of paper
scissors
glue
crayons, felt pens, or paint (or a mixture!)

On the cardboard, draw the outline of a peacock's body and legs - no tail. Keep it simple, and relatively small. You want most of the page for his tail.

On the sheets of paper, trace around hands - use as many family members and different size hands as possible. Left hands, right hands, big hands and little hands. You want as many hands as you want people on your 'tail', the more the better! Write the name of the person you want to remember on the hand, then colour it in. Be creative!

Cut out the hands, glue them to the sheet of cardboard to make the tail of the peacock.

Display it somewhere that you can all see and enjoy it :)

Post photos of your peacock on here so we can all see it :)

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1 day ago

Growing an edible garden

Princess Alexandra Retirement Village

Now is a great time to focus on your garden. Whether you have a large garden or a small balcony, growing vegetables is a great way to keep busy and enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labour.

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