Westland District, Hokitika

131 days ago

Improve your computer skills for free

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Great news for all digital upskillers: you can gain computer skills for work, study and everyday life - for free and at your own pace - at Ara Connect!

We’ve got courses in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a Certificate in Computing, plus you can learn how to touch-type, use the internet, create a … View more
Great news for all digital upskillers: you can gain computer skills for work, study and everyday life - for free and at your own pace - at Ara Connect!

We’ve got courses in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a Certificate in Computing, plus you can learn how to touch-type, use the internet, create a website and lots more.

There are Ara Connect locations throughout Christchurch and in Rangiora, Timaru and Oamaru. We’re open Monday to Friday, and some locations are open Saturdays and weekends too, so you can fit your studies around work, family and other commitments.

To find out more, visit our website or call 0800 24 24 76.
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133 days ago

West Coast regional councillors given no choice over 41 per cent pay rise

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Christmas 2019 came early for West Coast regional councillors, in the form of a pay rise that raised eyebrows around the Coast.

Courtesy of the Remuneration Authority, the chairman's pay went up to $83,500 – a comfortable 3.5 per cent increase.

But the one that had ratepayers talking was … View more
Christmas 2019 came early for West Coast regional councillors, in the form of a pay rise that raised eyebrows around the Coast.

Courtesy of the Remuneration Authority, the chairman's pay went up to $83,500 – a comfortable 3.5 per cent increase.

But the one that had ratepayers talking was the pay rise for councillors, whose pay went from $36,000 to $51,000 a year.

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133 days ago

Beautify your workspaces

The Team from Resene ColorShop Timaru

Get organised with these handy storage ideas for the office or kids’ corner.

Create a colourful geometric-inspired space with your favourite Resene colours.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project… View more
Get organised with these handy storage ideas for the office or kids’ corner.

Create a colourful geometric-inspired space with your favourite Resene colours.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project yourself

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134 days ago

Poll: Teens' behaviour using the internet

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

Hi Neighbours, we are looking into teenagers' internet habits and keen to hear your experiences of your children's use of the interweb. We'd like to know, has your teenager skipped meals in order to spend time on the internet?

Teens' behaviour using the internet
  • 41.5% Yes
    41.5% Complete
  • 54.6% No
    54.6% Complete
  • 3.9% I'm not sure
    3.9% Complete
972 votes
135 days ago

Want to make your community safer, more resilient and better connected in 2020? Become a Neighbourhood Supporter today! 🏠🧡

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

When you join a Neighbourhood Support group you will:

• Have a great way to get to know the people that live around you.

• Receive emails and alerts that will keep you up-to-date with news from our community partners, including New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and NZ Civil Defence.

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When you join a Neighbourhood Support group you will:

• Have a great way to get to know the people that live around you.

• Receive emails and alerts that will keep you up-to-date with news from our community partners, including New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and NZ Civil Defence.

• Gain tips and resources to improve your household and neighbourhood safety.

• Learn how you can be better prepared for emergencies, and more.

Best of all - it’s FREE to join!

Click below to learn more and find your nearest group today...

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135 days ago

Have you won in the final giveaway?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Our SIX60 Summer Sounds competition is coming to an end next week. We’ll be selecting a winning neighbourhood to have a private gig from one of the supporting acts of the SIX60 tour. But today is the final draw for the exclusive SIX60 tickets we are giving away to our members! Check to see if … View moreOur SIX60 Summer Sounds competition is coming to an end next week. We’ll be selecting a winning neighbourhood to have a private gig from one of the supporting acts of the SIX60 tour. But today is the final draw for the exclusive SIX60 tickets we are giving away to our members! Check to see if you’ve been drawn as a winner.

Thank you to all of the entrants so far for being more neighbourly! It’s been great to see communities thriving. To be eligible for the private convert, make sure you are a verified Neighbourly member (need a hand verifying your address? Click here). We’ll also need to see you being more Neighbourly, whether it’s posting to your neighbourhood, replying to questions or inviting your neighbour to join the site (we’ve put together a few ideas here).
Have you won?

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136 days ago

Better Later Life Strategy

The Team from Office for Seniors

Our strategy, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, outlines five key areas for action to make New Zealand a great place to age.

To read the strategy and find out how we can make New Zealand a great place to age, click here ➡️ bit.ly...

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136 days ago

Are you building your own home or have you just finished? We're keen to hear from you

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star-Times is investigating the rising number of consents made for home builds.

Perhaps you're a first-time home owner who has opted to build, rather than buy pre-existing, or maybe you're seasoned home owners who have taken the first step to create your own dream home.

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The Sunday Star-Times is investigating the rising number of consents made for home builds.

Perhaps you're a first-time home owner who has opted to build, rather than buy pre-existing, or maybe you're seasoned home owners who have taken the first step to create your own dream home.

We'd love to hear from you about the challenges involved in building, and why you've opted to take that route. Any interviewees would need to be willing to be identified and photographed in a news story.

Please email kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz.

137 days ago

Be in to win with The Editors’ Escape - 2 DAYS TO GO!

The Team from The Editors' Escape

If you’re an avid reader of NZ House & Garden and NZ Gardener, you’ll love The Editors’ Escape! Join editors Naomi Larkin and Jo McCarroll on an unforgettable journey to the stunning Hawke’s Bay, experiencing the best of travel, tour and taste.

Unlike any other travel package, this … View more
If you’re an avid reader of NZ House & Garden and NZ Gardener, you’ll love The Editors’ Escape! Join editors Naomi Larkin and Jo McCarroll on an unforgettable journey to the stunning Hawke’s Bay, experiencing the best of travel, tour and taste.

Unlike any other travel package, this escorted tour gives you the opportunity to get to know the editors behind your much-loved magazines, hearing first hand about the upcoming season trends, interiors, and gardening tips.

Be in to win with The Editors' Escape! Our friends at NZ House & Garden are giving away tickets to their popular House Tours this season. Tell us your favourite New Zealand destination where you'd like to escape with us via this link and be in to win one of five double passes to a House Tour of your choice.

Visit www.editorsescape.co.nz... for more information and to secure your spot today.

Competition closes on 15th January 2020.

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138 days ago

Do more of what you love

Ryman Healthcare Limited

Ryman village living lets you worry less and play more. Experience our retirement villages.

0800 555 103 | rymanhealthcare.co.nz
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139 days ago

Greymouth CBD upgrade progressing, but lots more work to do

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Greymouth has suffered as the mining industry declines, but life is slowly being breathed back into the West Coast town's centre.

Once home to 47 hotels, today the West Coast town has only six. Those entering the town are greeted by the large, derelict Revingtons Hotel with its crumbling … View more
Greymouth has suffered as the mining industry declines, but life is slowly being breathed back into the West Coast town's centre.

Once home to 47 hotels, today the West Coast town has only six. Those entering the town are greeted by the large, derelict Revingtons Hotel with its crumbling facade on one side and a McDonald's restaurant on the other.

The town's centre contains multiple derelict buildings, many of which will not meet earthquake standards, according to its mayor. And some feel Greymouth is not tapping into the potential tourism market, with visitors driving through by the millions to stay in Hokitika or the glacier country further south.

But locals say it feels like the place is finally beginning to move forward, with some businesses thriving and new ones opening up.

139 days ago

Bringing generations together

AMI Insurance

Cambridge mum Rebecca Broadbent regularly takes groups of parents and preschool children to visit local rest homes. Not only is this a salve for loneliness, it sparks interaction, communication and mobility in residents, says Tracy Fairhall, activities coordinator for Raeburn Lifecare in Cambridge.… View moreCambridge mum Rebecca Broadbent regularly takes groups of parents and preschool children to visit local rest homes. Not only is this a salve for loneliness, it sparks interaction, communication and mobility in residents, says Tracy Fairhall, activities coordinator for Raeburn Lifecare in Cambridge.

For Rebecca, it is simply a joy to spread joy. She remembers the first rest home visit she arranged. “At one point I looked over at a lovely resident who was 100 and he was kind of shaking and I was worried. I got closer and saw that he was shaking with laughter because my boys were having a paper plane competition, throwing paper planes from one end of the lounge to the other. It was beautiful.”

read the full story here.
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139 days ago

Animal Evac NZ deployed to Australia

Animal Evac NZ

With the help of animal rights group SAFE, Animal Evac New Zealand has sent a specialist team of six trained disaster responders to New South Wales. They are supporting animals and communities impacted by the catastrophic bush fires.

The team has experience in animal disaster management, … View more
With the help of animal rights group SAFE, Animal Evac New Zealand has sent a specialist team of six trained disaster responders to New South Wales. They are supporting animals and communities impacted by the catastrophic bush fires.

The team has experience in animal disaster management, international humanitarian aid, veterinary medicine, disaster victim identification, paramedicine, incident management, animal control, wildland firefighting and technical animal rescue.

Animal Evac is asking for donations to support their work on the ground in Australia and in responding to future emergencies. They are extremely grateful to the organisations and individuals who have already supported this deployment and helped make it possible.

To learn more about Animal Evac’s work and to stay up to date with their Australian deployment, follow them on Facebook or visit our Website
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140 days ago

Pretty in pastel

The Team from Resene ColorShop Timaru

Painted glass bottles make a stylish display on their own or with the addition of dried foliage. The paint is on the inside so they still have that lovely glass sheen.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to create this quick and easy … View more
Painted glass bottles make a stylish display on their own or with the addition of dried foliage. The paint is on the inside so they still have that lovely glass sheen.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to create this quick and easy project yourself

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141 days ago

New police app

The Team from New Zealand Police

Introducing the new NZ Police app - available for free download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Alongside officers serving our communities 24/7, we’re committed to using technology to help ensure our services and information are available to you, anywhere, any time.

✅National … View more
Introducing the new NZ Police app - available for free download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Alongside officers serving our communities 24/7, we’re committed to using technology to help ensure our services and information are available to you, anywhere, any time.

✅National Police News
✅Local Police news
✅Alerts and safety advice
✅Notifications direct to your phone
✅Report incidents and issues
✅Frequently asked questions

The NZ Police app allows you to receive our national and local news and alerts and extends access to our online services. It’s one of the ways we’re working to make sure New Zealand is the safest country.

Download for Android here - play.google.com...

Download for iOS here - apps.apple.com...

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