Westown, New Plymouth

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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3 days ago

Poll: How are you going to keep fit during the lockdown

Matt Rilkoff Reporter from Taranaki Daily News

We've all got to do our bit and stay home for the next four weeks. How are you going to keep fit during the lockdown?

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How are you going to keep fit during the lockdown
  • 27% Early morning jogs when no one is around.
    27% Complete
  • 10.8% I've got my own gym set up at home.
    10.8% Complete
  • 5.4% Late night jogs when the streets are clear.
    5.4% Complete
  • 5.4% Push-ups in my lounge.
    5.4% Complete
  • 5.4% Star-jumps in my back yard.
    5.4% Complete
  • 16.2% I will follow some online exercise classes.
    16.2% Complete
  • 29.7% Lockdown is no time for exercise.
    29.7% Complete
37 votes
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
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2 days ago

Which information is correct.

Maree from Merrilands

The following was posted on Stuff Taranaki today:
People are allowed to drive only to access essential services and exercise around their neighbourhood, but they should not be going for joy rides to the beach, parks or walking away from where they live to "have a look around".

This … View more
The following was posted on Stuff Taranaki today:
People are allowed to drive only to access essential services and exercise around their neighbourhood, but they should not be going for joy rides to the beach, parks or walking away from where they live to "have a look around".

This was from Mark Mitchell MP:
The updated advice is that you are able to use a vehicle to access a local park or beach if you are unable to get there by foot or bicycle. It must be very local and not to be abused for across town type travel. Please remember to strictly apply the social distancing rules and use common sense.

Very mixed messages I think. Who do you believe???

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22 hours ago

Flour Available!

Diane from Merrilands

Hi Neighbours,
Flour available at Merrilands New World just now for anyone still looking for some :)

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1 day 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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1 day ago

Rubbish Collection - Council Action

Charles from Lynmouth - Moturoa

Good to see the Council has finally started advertising in Newspaper about new rubbish rules. If know somebody who does not get the newspaper please pass message on. Walking yesterday lots of people still ignorant so hopefully this will improve. We do not want rotting food being sprayed about our … View moreGood to see the Council has finally started advertising in Newspaper about new rubbish rules. If know somebody who does not get the newspaper please pass message on. Walking yesterday lots of people still ignorant so hopefully this will improve. We do not want rotting food being sprayed about our neighbourhoods when not collected.

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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3 days ago

make a face mask in 20 seconds

Jo from New Plymouth

Incase the video won't load : Fold a paper kitchen towel, concertinered like a fan. While still flat, fold each end through a rubber band and staple, so the rubber bands hang off the ends and can be hooked around your ears. A closer fan fold will make for a closer fit.

2 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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2 days ago

***Our centres are CLOSED in New Zealand***

NumberWorks'nWords New Plymouth

We are temporarily suspending tuition for the remainder of Term 1.

We will not be away for long. During this time we will closely monitor all information and advice provided to us. At this stage, we will reopen on Tuesday 28th April for Term 2. We will be back in action providing your children … View more
We are temporarily suspending tuition for the remainder of Term 1.

We will not be away for long. During this time we will closely monitor all information and advice provided to us. At this stage, we will reopen on Tuesday 28th April for Term 2. We will be back in action providing your children with the tuition they need to ensure their continued success.

NumberWorks’nWords would like to thank all our loyal families and hard-working staff for your support. Thank you for your understanding and adapting with us during this time. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our best wishes to you and your family at this difficult time.

Keep an eye out for our April activities for you and your family.

Much love and kindness ❤️

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2 days ago

Selected Beaurepaires Stores Open During Lockdown

Anna Smith from Beaurepaires New Plymouth

Unfortunately, your local Beaurepaires store is closed during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Lockdown.

To see which stores are open or to find out more information, please click the READ MORE button below.

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2 days ago

Suffering from cruise withdrawals?

Carole Garnham from Go4iT Travel - Carole Garnham

Anyone experiencing cruise withdrawals can add a touch of cruise life to their own home! Make your own towel animal. I have added in one link to get you started. Plenty of other links out there if you search you tube. Also great distraction for those with children who need something else to keep … View moreAnyone experiencing cruise withdrawals can add a touch of cruise life to their own home! Make your own towel animal. I have added in one link to get you started. Plenty of other links out there if you search you tube. Also great distraction for those with children who need something else to keep them amused and off their screens.

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2 days ago

Vapour blasted this gearbox

Didrik Stena from Vapor Blasting Taranaki

Well, I ended up getting one more job before close-down...
This is a gearbox for a Toyota Hilux 4x4 LN 106 Year 1991.
It is very important the seals and all other openings be taped off to avoid abrasives entering the seal and internal parts.
Due to that I had only this job today; I gave the … View more
Well, I ended up getting one more job before close-down...
This is a gearbox for a Toyota Hilux 4x4 LN 106 Year 1991.
It is very important the seals and all other openings be taped off to avoid abrasives entering the seal and internal parts.
Due to that I had only this job today; I gave the customer a "Corona-virus discount"
Frank and I are going home for the next foreseeable future.

2 days ago

Colour pop tallboy

The Team from Resene ColorShop New Plymouth

Renovate a bland old piece of furniture by giving it a spectacular colour block makeover!

Most homes have an old tallboy or set of drawers that need a little rejuvenation. Rather than put it in the too-hard basket, give your furniture a new lease on life with a fresh Resene paint finish that can … View more
Renovate a bland old piece of furniture by giving it a spectacular colour block makeover!

Most homes have an old tallboy or set of drawers that need a little rejuvenation. Rather than put it in the too-hard basket, give your furniture a new lease on life with a fresh Resene paint finish that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to makeover your furniture.

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