Matamata, Matamata

7 days ago

Keen for some music during lockdown?

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Matamata Chronicle

Hi neighbours,
Today is the beginning of our nationwide lockdown, so Operatunity is marking it with some music!
They plan to do it as often as they can through-out the four weeks, given they can't get out and about in the community.
They've rallied all the Operatunity artists to produce … View more
Hi neighbours,
Today is the beginning of our nationwide lockdown, so Operatunity is marking it with some music!
They plan to do it as often as they can through-out the four weeks, given they can't get out and about in the community.
They've rallied all the Operatunity artists to produce their own virtual concerts. Some footage is from their archives, some shot on phones and some was recorded before the lockdown.
There will be a variety of songs, singers and musicians over the next few weeks.
So if you want to check out today's one, head along to the link below.

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8 days ago

We’re now at Alert Level 4. Stay home. Save lives.

New Zealand Government

Dear concerned citizen,

We must now all stay home. Because that’s how we’ll stop the virus.

Level 4 measures will likely be in place for a number of weeks.

Don’t worry. During that time you will still be able to access all the essentials you need, including medicine, food, and other… View more
Dear concerned citizen,

We must now all stay home. Because that’s how we’ll stop the virus.

Level 4 measures will likely be in place for a number of weeks.

Don’t worry. During that time you will still be able to access all the essentials you need, including medicine, food, and other home supplies.

ALL THE TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS
It’s incredibly important that we all follow the Level 4 plan, all the time. No exceptions. Because doing so will save lives.

A CHALLENGE FOR EVERYONE
We realise these are big changes. But these are challenging times.
If we don't all stay home, the whole country will need Level 4 restrictions for longer.

SUPPORT OUR EMERGENCY SERVICE PEOPLE
We owe it to the essential services. Our nurses, doctors and everyone else on the frontline. They’re working tirelessly to save lives. We should all do everything in our power to help them do this.
Thank you to each and every person, for doing their bit.

While you’re staying at home:

STAY CONNECTED
• Don’t let physical distance stop you staying connected. Keep in touch with people using video calls, phone calls, chat and texting.
• If you know people who are living alone, vulnerable, or separated from their loved ones, regularly check-in with them.

STAY WELL
• Continue to practice good hygiene – wash your hands with soap. Then dry.
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
• Regularly clean surfaces in your home with disinfectant.
• Keep up regular physical exercise, and get some fresh air when possible. It’s good so long as this is solitary, or only with those you live with.

REACH OUT
If you need advice, support or help, try reaching out to friends, family, whānau or workmates.

WE'RE UPDATING INFORMATION CONSTANTLY
For all the latest advice, including answers to your health and financial questions, go to Covid19.govt.nz.

And remember: what you do now, will help protect all of us.
Find out more

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8 days ago

Here's how to help...

Heather Moore from Volunteering Waikato

Community organisations are working out how they will support their clients in the coming weeks, and beyond. Many of you have indicated that you would like to help, but are not sure how to go about it.
Volunteering Waikato’s website is listing opportunities to help out as they come up, and this … View more
Community organisations are working out how they will support their clients in the coming weeks, and beyond. Many of you have indicated that you would like to help, but are not sure how to go about it.
Volunteering Waikato’s website is listing opportunities to help out as they come up, and this list will be regularly updated. If you want to volunteer in the Corona-19 response – here’s a great place to start...

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8 days ago

Here's how to help...

Heather Moore from Volunteering Waikato

Community organisations are working out how they will support their clients in the coming weeks, and beyond. Many of you have indicated that you would like to help, but are not sure how to go about it.
Volunteering Waikato’s website is listing opportunities to help out as they come up, and this … View more
Community organisations are working out how they will support their clients in the coming weeks, and beyond. Many of you have indicated that you would like to help, but are not sure how to go about it.
Volunteering Waikato’s website is listing opportunities to help out as they come up, and this list will be regularly updated. If you want to volunteer in the Corona-19 response – here’s a great place to start...

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8 days ago

Level 4 lockdown begins tonight...

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

As of tonight at 11:59pm New Zealand will move to a Level 4 alert in response to the #COVID19 pandemic. It will put the entire country on lockdown for four weeks. Here’s what that will mean for us moving forward:

8 days ago

A message to our Adventurous Seniors

The Team from Readers Tours

There is a reason Readers Tours attract ‘Adventurous Seniors’.

Our itineraries are bold and colourful, so are our tour guides.
We drive scenic roads and coastal highway and have luxury accommodation waiting after a big day. We offer excursions such as Helicopter rides and guided walks and … View more
There is a reason Readers Tours attract ‘Adventurous Seniors’.

Our itineraries are bold and colourful, so are our tour guides.
We drive scenic roads and coastal highway and have luxury accommodation waiting after a big day. We offer excursions such as Helicopter rides and guided walks and have everything organised down to the last meal, with free newspapers for a spot of reading or challenging sudoku.

We are passionate about bringing like-minded individuals together to explore this beautiful landscape we call our backyard and are ready to go full steam ahead with our next tour the moment it is safe to do so.

For now, we will continue to bring you stunning photography, travel stories and helpful tips during these unprecedented times.

Our team remains dedicated to helping you, so please pick up the phone or fill out our contact form and we will be in touch. We look forward to you joining us and experiencing New Zealand like never before.

www.readerstours.co.nz... | 0800 0800 99

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8 days ago

What if you don't have WhatsApp?

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

"We are now entering a time where families are separated into individual household bubbles and unable to communicate and interact the way they normally do. Our neighbours are the ones who can step up and help."

9 days ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

View Hamilton Harcourts' latest interactive Blueprint.

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9 days ago

Ideas for connecting with your neighbours while self-isolating:

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

- Leave a note in the letterbox with your contact details
- Create a Facebook page for your street / building
- Start a WhatsApp or Viber group chat
- Give a wave from 2m away and ask how they're going
- Find and join a local Neighbourhood Support group here:

www.neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz...View more
- Leave a note in the letterbox with your contact details
- Create a Facebook page for your street / building
- Start a WhatsApp or Viber group chat
- Give a wave from 2m away and ask how they're going
- Find and join a local Neighbourhood Support group here:

www.neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz...

There are plenty of ways to keep in touch and support one another over the next several weeks. Just don't forget about those with limited internet or mobile phone access!

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11 days ago

Covid-19 CoronaVirus

Frans from Karapiro - Maungatautari

New Zealand wide lock down - If NZ is locked down for 14 days, which is highly likely if the Covid-19 Pandemic isn't brought under control before the School holidays, essential services will NOT be effected, and supermarkets won't close. People/Everybody will be ordered to self isolate … View moreNew Zealand wide lock down - If NZ is locked down for 14 days, which is highly likely if the Covid-19 Pandemic isn't brought under control before the School holidays, essential services will NOT be effected, and supermarkets won't close. People/Everybody will be ordered to self isolate for 14 days. I personally hope the NZ government does totally lock down NZ soon because that will be the only way they will bring covid-19 under control. The Country is hurting now. Lock down NZ for 14 days/2 weeks now instead of maybe having no option to order months of lock down later because covid-19 was killing people. I would rather suffer 14 days of self isolation than to possibly have a month or longer in isolation later. That's my opinion. What do you think?

10 days ago

Avoid food poisoning at home

Ministry for Primary Industries

It’s a great time to cook for family, and whether you’re dining in or grilling on the BBQ, good food will always be on the menu. But, did you know that half of all food poisoning occurs in the home?

Follow the three simple Cs – clean, cook, chill to avoid getting ill. We all want to keep … View more
It’s a great time to cook for family, and whether you’re dining in or grilling on the BBQ, good food will always be on the menu. But, did you know that half of all food poisoning occurs in the home?

Follow the three simple Cs – clean, cook, chill to avoid getting ill. We all want to keep our friends and families safe, and the 3Cs can help you avoid common foodborne illnesses.

Check out foodsafety.govt.nz/ccc for handy food safety tips.
Learn More

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10 days ago

We're in this together!

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Now is your chance to get organised and come up with a plan for supporting your neighbours and keeping in touch over the next several weeks. We've come up with this 'Our Neighbourhood Plan' template to help.

For additional advice and resources, visit our website at the below link:

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14 days ago

Stupid stockpiling of groceries

Deb from Cambridge

Just back from my usual weekly supermarket shop. The town has gone bonkers! To all those people frantically stockpiling groceries, do you not realise that it is you who will cause possible future shortages through this behaviour! The world is not ending tomorrow, supply lines are not in danger and … View moreJust back from my usual weekly supermarket shop. The town has gone bonkers! To all those people frantically stockpiling groceries, do you not realise that it is you who will cause possible future shortages through this behaviour! The world is not ending tomorrow, supply lines are not in danger and stock will continue to appear on the shelves - BUT NOT IF YOU CONTINUE WITH THIS RIDICULOUS PRACTICE.

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