Hurworth, New Plymouth

5 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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7 hours ago

Use official news sources

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

The effect of misinformation, myths and gossip can be stopped in its tracks if we all use official news sources. Myths can often be difficult to spot, so we encourage you to only use official news sources at this time https://covid19.govt.nz/.

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7 days ago

Been Ripped off

Graeme from Whalers Gate

Letting people know about me being ripped off last week.Went to my Doctor in Waitara to get something to break Phlegm (Mucus) down. Got sent next door to the Unichem Chemist and the chemist grabbed a bottle of Robitussin off the shelf. $25, thanks very much. Ran out before the week was up. Got my … View moreLetting people know about me being ripped off last week.Went to my Doctor in Waitara to get something to break Phlegm (Mucus) down. Got sent next door to the Unichem Chemist and the chemist grabbed a bottle of Robitussin off the shelf. $25, thanks very much. Ran out before the week was up. Got my wife to buy me another bottle, today from the Supermarket, South Rd, New Plymouth. $15. How can a Chemist justify that sort of increase in price. Waitara people, you are being Ripped off as well

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8 days ago

Fejoas

Carol from Glen Avon - Waiwhakaiho

To all you amazing people with overload of fejoas this is the best ever easy fejoa cake recipe and fabulous dusted with icing sugar and served with a huge blob of cream or yoghurt. Happy baking and stay safe🤗💞🌹

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9 days ago

The Good Neighbour

Jane Matthews Reporter from Taranaki Daily News

Do you know anyone that's doing good like the Grays and Ridlands? We’re hoping to run a daily series of people offering a helping hand in the Taranaki community during the coronavirus lockdown.

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1 day ago

Air New Zealand turns 80 in April

Carole Garnham from Go4iT Travel - Carole Garnham

Air New Zealand will turn 80 years old this month. It was 30 April 1940 when they took their first flight to Sydney as TEAL. Here is a fun fact: Air NZ were the first airline in the world to boil hot water in the skies to be able to offer their customers tea and coffee.
Ahead of COVID-19, they … View more
Air New Zealand will turn 80 years old this month. It was 30 April 1940 when they took their first flight to Sydney as TEAL. Here is a fun fact: Air NZ were the first airline in the world to boil hot water in the skies to be able to offer their customers tea and coffee.
Ahead of COVID-19, they had plans underway to celebrate their 80th, which understandably have now been cancelled. However, they were already well down the path with a video that captures some great moments of nostalgia that they still want to share with you. The video generated a few tears in the office when Air New Zealanders first saw it.
I hope you enjoy watching the video and manage to get some quality time this weekend with family or friends, be that within your bubble or virtually.

1 day ago

What can I do to shop safely?

New Zealand Government

Dear concerned citizen,

It’s important that we all try and shop safely as we unite against COVID-19.

Here’s a few things we should all now do, that will help slow the spread of the virus:
• send one person from your household to do the whole shop
• be aware that stores will limit … View more
Dear concerned citizen,

It’s important that we all try and shop safely as we unite against COVID-19.

Here’s a few things we should all now do, that will help slow the spread of the virus:
• send one person from your household to do the whole shop
• be aware that stores will limit numbers to help you keep 2 metres away from others
• be kind to essential workers, and others you’re sharing the shop with
• come with a list so you can get in and out as quickly as possible
• only touch what you want to buy
• if you like, take a soapy towel in a small container to wipe down trolley or basket handles etc
• keep 2 metres away from others, including staff. They need to keep safe too!
• use payWave if you can, not cash
• bag groceries away from others if you can
• take out produce when you get home, and wash first in soapy water to protect against the virus, then rinse to remove any soap residue wipe down packaged goods with a soapy clean towel, then dry
• wash your hands before and after you shop.

Can I bring people in my household with me to buy essential supplies?
You should dedicate one person per household to be the shopper. This is the safest way to get essential supplies, as it reduces the number of people who are out, and helps stop the virus from spreading.

Leaving online shopping to those who need it most
• If you are healthy, or aged under 70, you should go to the supermarket to do your shopping. This leaves online delivery slots free for those that need them most.
• If you’re a parent on your own with children or over 70, move to online shopping if available. This is important for the safety of your children and others – especially essential service providers.
• If that’s not possible, reach out to nearby friends, family or neighbours who can assist you with the shopping and get it to your doorstep. Your local community may also be able to assist, or you can contact your local store – some are putting special systems in place to help.

Thank you
If we all do our bit we’ll get through this. Thank you for working together and staying home. We can, and must stick with it.

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1 day ago

Shop safe. Shop kind. Shop local.

Four Square

While your Four Square-ing, here’s four simple rules for shopping during Level 4.

1. Be prepared so you know what you need

2. Choose your household shopper who’ll pop into Four Square alone.

3. Stay a safe distance from your fellow Four Square-ers and … View more
While your Four Square-ing, here’s four simple rules for shopping during Level 4.

1. Be prepared so you know what you need

2. Choose your household shopper who’ll pop into Four Square alone.

3. Stay a safe distance from your fellow Four Square-ers and staff

4. Use contactless payment where possible
Find out more

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1 day ago

How considerate are your neighbours?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, are you seeing and hearing a lot more of your neighbours during the lockdown? Has it helped you get to know them better - from an acceptable social distance - or is the noise of everyone being home together all the time getting to you?

Now more than ever it's up to all of us … View more
Hey neighbours, are you seeing and hearing a lot more of your neighbours during the lockdown? Has it helped you get to know them better - from an acceptable social distance - or is the noise of everyone being home together all the time getting to you?

Now more than ever it's up to all of us to try not to annoy our neighbours, and to be more tolerant ourselves, so here are some easy ways to do just that.

And if you're wondering what makes a good neighbour and what makes a bad one, check out the 12 most annoying neighbour types. How many have you lived next to?

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1 day ago

April Challenge Month

NumberWorks'nWords New Plymouth

Hi everyone we are currently running an April challenge month. We have 3 puzzles a day junior, intermediate and senior. Here are our puzzles to date. Have a go as a family and see how you get on. The answers will be put up next week.

3 days ago

Bread alternative

Stefanie from Merrilands

If you can’t get flour or yeast try this bread.
I replaced the rolled oats with brown rice flour as I need gluten free. I left out the flax seeds as I didn’t have them .i used half a cup of ground almonds instead of whole almonds. It doesn’t rise, looks like a brick ,but tastes really … View more
If you can’t get flour or yeast try this bread.
I replaced the rolled oats with brown rice flour as I need gluten free. I left out the flax seeds as I didn’t have them .i used half a cup of ground almonds instead of whole almonds. It doesn’t rise, looks like a brick ,but tastes really scrumptious! Enjoy.

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2 days ago

Mini cold frame

The Team from Resene ColorShop New Plymouth

Grow seeds or cuttings during the cooler months with this easy-to-make cold frame painted in Resene Lustacryl.

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

Find out how to create your own.

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2 days ago

Spread facts, not fear

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.

During this uncertain time, … View more
With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.

During this uncertain time, it’s fine to feel a little overwhelmed. To keep up to date with the latest developments and how you can do your bit, visit https://covid19.govt.nz/.
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26 days ago

Where should the Halamoana statue go?

Blanton Smith Reporter from Taranaki Daily News

It has been gifted to the city and the Art in Public Places Trust is willing to pay for its relocation, but where should the statue go?

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3 days ago

Flour shortage

Kathy from Spotswood

I have just been reading anarticle on stuff as to why there is a flour shortage and it has to do with packaging. They have run out of the smaller bags. But they have lots of flour in 20kg bags.

OK - so you can only supply 20Kg bags and I would imagine a lot of people would not be able to … View more
I have just been reading anarticle on stuff as to why there is a flour shortage and it has to do with packaging. They have run out of the smaller bags. But they have lots of flour in 20kg bags.

OK - so you can only supply 20Kg bags and I would imagine a lot of people would not be able to afford this in one shop (let alone carry it to their cars or be able to store it at home). Due to the lockdown people are being expected to think outside the box and come up creative solutions to all sorts of life's little problems. So how about distributors and supermarkets do the same. If distributors can't find a way to plain pack their flour into smaller packages (maybe give up the branding during these times) then supermarkets, who are the masters of plastic packaging could break those large packs down into smaller packs - or allow customers to bring their own containers to be filled. Or maybe I should buy up all the 20kg bags and set up myself as an essential service - 0800buyflour and deliver it to your doorstep

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