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7 hours ago

Marlborough considers forming emergency committee

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

An emergency committee will be formed in Marlborough in case councillor numbers are crippled by coronavirus during the nationwide lockdown, with the chief executive given power in the worst case scenario.

A report will be presented to the full council on Thursday which, if approved, will hand over… View more
An emergency committee will be formed in Marlborough in case councillor numbers are crippled by coronavirus during the nationwide lockdown, with the chief executive given power in the worst case scenario.

A report will be presented to the full council on Thursday which, if approved, will hand over decision making to a three-person committee if the council did not have the minimum of seven councillors needed to make decisions, required under the Local Government Act.

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1 day 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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8 days ago

Poll: Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?

Prospa

Small businesses need our support more than ever right now. While it's uncertain times for all, we are still proud to be celebrating our 11 regional Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand … View more
Small businesses need our support more than ever right now. While it's uncertain times for all, we are still proud to be celebrating our 11 regional Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand Prospa Local Business Hero - our overall winner, as voted by Neighbourly members around the country!

This lucky business will walk away with $10,000 worth of prizes!

Please take a couple of minutes to read the nominations below - then vote for the business you'd like to see named 2020 Prospa Local Business Hero.
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NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
“A very humble man who has been sponsoring any and every cause that has been requested for well over 40 years. He sponsors so many causes in and outside of the neighborhood, goes out of his way to get the meal to the hungry animals, works through the night to fill orders, even on public holidays he steps in and runs the factory single handed to allow his staff time off. He is well past retirement but dedicated to keeping hungry animals supplied with food. No order is too big or too small for his fantastic team.”

AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
“Part of our lives for so many years. They offer a great business, post centre, the BEST fresh flowers and fruit & veg. I have NEVER known them to take a holiday. Kind and genuinely caring people who add so much to our community. You could not find a better Local Business Hero!”

WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
Te Aroha Veterinary Clinic provide a fantastic service from a team that are dedicated to I was devastated losing Blue (horse) I bred her 14 yrs ago and loved her dearly and now I had her orphan foal to care for. Without her dedication staying for hours trying to save Blue I honestly don't know how I would have coped. They are a true asset to our community they go above and beyond the call of duty helping to care for our all animals providing around the clock care and service.”

BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
“The owners, Tony & Julie, are great at communicating and continually ask their customers if they stock the products they want, and if they don’t, they then get it in. They have a very friendly manner and their Managers and Staff are all attentive. Thanks to Tony & Julie for choosing Pyes Pa, you have fitted in well.”

HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
“The staff are friendly and helpful.Also the owners will order in whatever is required,if it is not currently on their shelves.”

TARANAKI: Down to Earth
“As well as a range of healthy tasty foodstuffs and quality herbal supplements, they also provide a range of products to help with sustainable living. They have recently introduced a "bring-you-own-container" refill facility for dishwasher, shampoo and other cleaners. However the best thing about this store is the excellent service. I'm always greeted with a smile and friendly word, offers of help, etc. It is always a pleasure to shop here.”

MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
“Margaret and Veejay go out of their way to make sure customers get the freshest fruit and veggies in town and if they don't have what you want will ring around to source it for you. Despite being robbed and stabbed in daylight, they were open for business as usual the next day. They are held in high esteem locally.”

WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
“This man got out of Viet Nam by himself when he was13, sailed on a boat and spent time in camps before coming to NZ. He could not speak english. He purchased a local dairy and over the years has totally transformed and enlarged it providing employment to a number of locals. He is the ultimate friendly shopkeeper.”

NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
“They deliver my prescriptions to me as I’m often unable to get them. They always make sure nothing I'm prescribed interacts with anything and they always explain how to take my meds thoroughly to me, which is important as I've had a brain stem stroke and somedays my brain is scrambled. Cath is wonderful at dropping them off for me. They do a really important and medically serious job with kindness"

CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
“The Vege Shop on Stourbridge is just the best little local biz in town. Mark and his wife Des always have a smile and time for a yarn. We feel so fortunate to have them just around the corner. They are awesome!”

OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
“John is fantastic!!! He does everything from carpet repairs to chimney sweeping and pest control. I have him listed in my phone as John Everything! He has a brilliant attitude and has even come on public holidays at short notice.”

Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?
  • 11.7% NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
    11.7% Complete
  • 13.9% AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
    13.9% Complete
  • 7.6% WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
    7.6% Complete
  • 4.2% BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
    4.2% Complete
  • 6.4% HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
    6.4% Complete
  • 4.5% TARANAKI: Down to Earth
    4.5% Complete
  • 14.3% MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
    14.3% Complete
  • 18.8% WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
    18.8% Complete
  • 4.2% NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
    4.2% Complete
  • 11.6% CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
    11.6% Complete
  • 2.6% OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
    2.6% Complete
2778 votes
3 days ago

Poll: How did you spend your first day in lockdown?

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

Did you manage to stay occupied during your first day in lockdown? Vote in the poll and feel free to share more ideas in the comments section. Let's help each other out with some inspiration for activities over the next few weeks.

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How did you spend your first day in lockdown?
  • 8.8% Reading
    8.8% Complete
  • 3.5% Baking
    3.5% Complete
  • 24.6% Gardening
    24.6% Complete
  • 31.6% Worked from home
    31.6% Complete
  • 14% Went for a stroll
    14% Complete
  • 17.5% Add other activities in comments
    17.5% Complete
57 votes
1 day ago

Cancer Society closes but has help at the ready for those in need

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

The Marlborough Cancer Society has only been in its new premises for a short time before it was forced to close down as the Government enforces the four-week lockdown.

Since the Government has confirmed the "continued provision of cancer services is essential" these will be available but… View more
The Marlborough Cancer Society has only been in its new premises for a short time before it was forced to close down as the Government enforces the four-week lockdown.

Since the Government has confirmed the "continued provision of cancer services is essential" these will be available but will have to run differently.

Marlborough's Cancer Society's centre manager Felicity Spencer said the office is now closed but some staff are working remotely where possible.

"During this time we still have services available to support those people and their families affected by cancer," she said.

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1 day ago

How to spend our first weekend at Alert Level 4

New Zealand Government

This is a crucial time. You might be tempted to leave the house this weekend to enjoy your free time. But it’s incredibly important that you don’t revert back to ‘normal life’.

Remember why we are all taking these extreme measures. Stay home. Save lives. This breaks the chain and stops … View more
This is a crucial time. You might be tempted to leave the house this weekend to enjoy your free time. But it’s incredibly important that you don’t revert back to ‘normal life’.

Remember why we are all taking these extreme measures. Stay home. Save lives. This breaks the chain and stops the virus spreading.

How to break the chain, and protect us all:

STOP THE MOVEMENT
The virus is spread by us. It can’t move by itself. So we all need to avoid moving around as much as possible, eg:
● don't travel to and from baches or second homes
● avoid driving out of your neighbourhood
● don't travel across the country in campervans
● note that DOC has closed all of its campsites and huts.

KEEP EXERCISE LOCAL
There are very few exceptions to staying home, but exercise is one of them. Going for a walk, run or bike ride is good for your mental health. Just remember to:
● stay close to home. Enjoy your neighbourhood, but go no further
● keep it solitary, or only with those you live with
● keep a 2 metre distance from others.

DO SAFE ACTIVITIES ONLY
● Our emergency services need to be fully available to respond to COVID-19 cases. Any search and rescue operation reduces the ability of first responders to help others.
● Do your bit to help them by only undertaking safe activities, and avoiding going into areas where you could get lost or hurt and require their help. Avoid outdoor activities like swimming, surfing, tramping, or boating, hunting or hiking.

AVOID PUBLIC SPACES
● All bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries and playgrounds are closed.
● Avoid places like beaches where people commonly linger, or are unable to maintain a 2 metre distance.
● Don't touch surfaces others may have touched when outdoors, like park benches or playgrounds.

When you return home carefully wash your hands, and any items you took with you outdoors.
Find out more

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2 days ago

'Do not attempt to go boating' during lockdown

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

Boating authorities are urging people in Marlborough not to go out on the water or to their bach during the four-week long coronavirus lockdown.

The Government has said people can go outside for exercise while the level four restrictions are in place, but Port Marlborough and Marlborough's … View more
Boating authorities are urging people in Marlborough not to go out on the water or to their bach during the four-week long coronavirus lockdown.

The Government has said people can go outside for exercise while the level four restrictions are in place, but Port Marlborough and Marlborough's harbourmaster say people should not go boating.

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2 days ago

Taxi drivers continue their essential service during lockdown

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

Taxi drivers are urging passengers to respect social distancing as the mostly-older workforce continues their essential service during Coronavirus lockdown.

Drivers have reacted with surprise and concern after the New Zealand Taxi Federation advised taxis will keep operating as the country goes … View more
Taxi drivers are urging passengers to respect social distancing as the mostly-older workforce continues their essential service during Coronavirus lockdown.

Drivers have reacted with surprise and concern after the New Zealand Taxi Federation advised taxis will keep operating as the country goes into Alert Level 4 from Wednesday at 11.59pm.

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3 days ago

Spring cleaning not appropriate during lockdown, says waste boss

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

The right time to spring clean is not during a nationwide lockdown that aims to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a recycling boss says.

Marlborough District Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil says cleaning out a house during the four-week isolation period will only create more rubbish for … View more
The right time to spring clean is not during a nationwide lockdown that aims to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a recycling boss says.

Marlborough District Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil says cleaning out a house during the four-week isolation period will only create more rubbish for the region's collection team to sort through, and add pressure on staff, who were trying to practice social distancing.

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3 days ago

This Nelson - Marlbrorough business needs your support!

Prospa

A huge congratulations to Cath from Blenheim Life Pharmacy. This local legend is a finalist in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Now she needs your vote to give her a chance to take home a prize package worth $10,000!

Good on you, and good luck, Cath. Thanks for bringing joy to your … View more
A huge congratulations to Cath from Blenheim Life Pharmacy. This local legend is a finalist in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Now she needs your vote to give her a chance to take home a prize package worth $10,000!

Good on you, and good luck, Cath. Thanks for bringing joy to your community - especially in these uncertain times.

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Nominated by Leigh Maddison from Blenheim: "They deliver my prescriptions to me as I’m often unable to get them. They always make sure nothing I'm prescribed interacts with anything and they always explain how to take my meds thoroughly to me, which is important as I've had a brain stem stroke and somedays my brain is scrambled. Cath is wonderful at dropping them off for me. They do a really important and medically serious job with kindness"
Vote for Cath

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3 days ago

Let's look after each other

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Neighbourhoods can be a great source of support. Connect with each other through our Reach Out page, show kindness and compassion, and strengthen connections with your communities.

Reach out to your Neighbours here now.

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3 days ago

Upcoming Marlborough Farmers' Market cancelled

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

The popular Marlborough Farmers' Market has decided not to go ahead this weekend amid Coronavirus uncertainty, despite last week's "takeaway style" market proving a success.

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3 days ago

Your wellbeing is our priority

Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village

That's why we've created a whole new section on our website filled with great recipes, gardening tip and lists of helpful apps and entertainment sources - to name a few.

Our 'lifestyle and wellness' section will be updated regularly with great content to keep you entertained … View more
That's why we've created a whole new section on our website filled with great recipes, gardening tip and lists of helpful apps and entertainment sources - to name a few.

Our 'lifestyle and wellness' section will be updated regularly with great content to keep you entertained whilst we navigate these new times. Grab a cuppa and enjoy.

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