Merrilands, New Plymouth

8 hours ago

Read about how and why Roebuck Farm is so productive

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

The 2.8 hectares of land is a haven of productivity - and here's how they do it.

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2 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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1 hour 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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5 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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23 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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8 hours 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

5 days 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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17 hours ago

Always dreamed of going to the ballet?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Well now you can - live, in your living room.

The Neighbourly team is super grateful to our friends at Royal New Zealand Ballet for their support over the years - so we're excited to be telling our Neighbourly members about their very special event: Live in your Living Room.

This … View more
Well now you can - live, in your living room.

The Neighbourly team is super grateful to our friends at Royal New Zealand Ballet for their support over the years - so we're excited to be telling our Neighbourly members about their very special event: Live in your Living Room.

This weekend, grab a cuppa and some gingerbread and venture in to the dark, fantastical realm of Hansel & Gretel. Inspired by the old-fashioned magic of silent movies and music hall vaudeville, this ballet will transport you to a magical world with large-scale cinematic effects, world premiere choreography by Loughlan Prior and a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan.

Live in your Living Room. This curated series of productions from the RNZB archive will be broadcast weekly on Facebook Premiere.

Enjoy performances at Friday 3 April at 7.30pm; Saturday 4 April at 1.30pm and Sunday 5 April at 10.30am.

Find out more at rnzb.org.nz/live.
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17 hours ago

Reach out to those who need help

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Panic buying of items won’t protect you against coronavirus. Doing this only puts unnecessary pressure on our supermarkets and on our most vulnerable who cannot afford to stockpile.

Be more Neighbourly and buy in moderation - New Zealand supermarkets have got strong supply chains.
Need … View more
Panic buying of items won’t protect you against coronavirus. Doing this only puts unnecessary pressure on our supermarkets and on our most vulnerable who cannot afford to stockpile.

Be more Neighbourly and buy in moderation - New Zealand supermarkets have got strong supply chains.
Need help or can you support someone in need?

Reach out to your Neighbours here now https://www.neighbourly.co.nz/reachout

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17 hours ago

Taranaki Daily News

The Team Reporter from Taranaki Daily News

In these unprecedented times, news media is classified as an essential service which means you can trust our journalism will continue to be produced, published and delivered. Taranaki Daily News provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain … View moreIn these unprecedented times, news media is classified as an essential service which means you can trust our journalism will continue to be produced, published and delivered. Taranaki Daily News provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain informed as the situation evolves.

If you want to receive Taranaki Daily News delivered to your home, you can visit Taranaki Daily News

You can also sign up for Stuff’s Covid-19 newsletter here, so you get a daily update on the latest developments delivered straight to your email address.

Tell our editorial team what’s going on in your community - please send an email to newstips@stuff.co.nz.
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4 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

1 day ago

Growing an edible garden

Jean Sandel Retirement Village

Now is a great time to focus on your garden. Whether you have a large garden or a small balcony, growing vegetables is a great way to keep busy and enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labour.

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1 day ago

Use less energy, save more money

energyclubnz

There is a natural increase in energy usage in our homes during lockdown and as we approach shorter days and the colder months.

energyclubnz is always looking for ways to help you save on your energy bill. See our top 10 tips on how to use less energy and save more money.

We want to help … View more
There is a natural increase in energy usage in our homes during lockdown and as we approach shorter days and the colder months.

energyclubnz is always looking for ways to help you save on your energy bill. See our top 10 tips on how to use less energy and save more money.

We want to help you save money on your energy bill!
Use less energy

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1 day ago

Doing DIY while you're staying at home?

Resene

Resene has a FREE Ask a Technical Expert service available so you can ask all your paint, stain, prep and wallpaper questions. Simply visit www.resene.co.nz/techexpert.

And if you haven’t starting painting yet, but are starting to plan a future project, you can get free advice from a Resene… View more
Resene has a FREE Ask a Technical Expert service available so you can ask all your paint, stain, prep and wallpaper questions. Simply visit www.resene.co.nz/techexpert.

And if you haven’t starting painting yet, but are starting to plan a future project, you can get free advice from a Resene colour expert, using the Resene Ask a Colour Expert service. Simply visit www.resene.co.nz/colourexpert to ask your query.
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