91 days ago

An 'Alternate' Easter Message

Phil from Eastbourne

‘Is it true?’ my children reported,
‘The bunny’s not coming’ the eldest retorted,
‘The world must have ended’ a second voice lended,
‘Are there no eggs?’ the third voice then blended,
‘What can we do?’ the chorus then added,
‘Has Easter vanished?’ The mood quickly saddened.

‘No!’ said their mother in a lightning reply,
‘We’re changing the rules, we’ll give it a try’,
‘This year we’re flipping the whole thing around’,
‘Are you in for a penny are you in for a pound?’
‘We’re painting some eggs and leaving them out,
for bunny to find and collect without doubt’.

‘For all those Easters he’s made us feel good,
with chocolate treats and similar food’,
‘Should we not say thanks in our own way,
to the Easter Bunny on this year’s Sunday’,
‘His bunny family is also locked down,
so let’s cheer up, there’s no need to frown’,

So to all the mums and dads on the globe,
It’s time to lay back in slippers and robe,
Let young clever minds take it from here,
yes they’ll break a few eggs and let it be clear,
it could get messy but you may want to cheer,
as you can save a few dollars at least till next year.
From the Easter Bear.

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1 day ago

Poll: Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

To read more, click here.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 59.4% Yes, five days is not enough
    59.4% Complete
  • 13.3% No, I never use mine up anyway
    13.3% Complete
  • 27.4% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    27.4% Complete
2539 votes
2 hours ago

Dunedin's coast: NZ's little slice of "Bali" is full of wildlife

Trupti Biradar Reporter from Stuff Travel

With sweeping beaches, hidden caves, seals, penguins and albatross - we think this must be the most underrated stretch of New Zealand. Have you been? Read more on the link below.

5 hours ago

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