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1 day ago

Auckland architecture wows

Colleen Hawkes Reporter from Homed

Here are some highlights from the shortlist for the Auckland Architecture Awards 2020. We have a particular soft spot for the tiny Point Wells Cricket Club by Pac Studio! And this new build in Remuera, Auckland.

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4 days ago

Meet Fonzie, the Cockatoo who spent 20 hours upside-down

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, He's famous on Instagram, but Fonzie the Cockatoo has a new claim to fame, after getting such a fright he landed on a powerline, giving his owner a 20-hour ordeal while he hung upside down. Read the happy ending :

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1 day ago

ENHANCE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING AREA

Easiroll

Hi neighbors, I am Rodney from Easiroll Roofing Ltd. We are specialists in the supply of roofing materials for your outdoor areas like Pergolas etc.

We can offer advice and guidance on the right products for you to use for your projects.

Recently there is a growing demand for pergoals with … View more
Hi neighbors, I am Rodney from Easiroll Roofing Ltd. We are specialists in the supply of roofing materials for your outdoor areas like Pergolas etc.

We can offer advice and guidance on the right products for you to use for your projects.

Recently there is a growing demand for pergoals with a Flat Look like Glass but without the associated high cost. We have several options that fit the bill and look great.

One option is CUSTOM GLAZE. This is very cost effective, easy to install, comes in a range of colours and sizes.

Give us a call now for prices and details:
(09) 415 3647 / 0800 694 895
www.easiroll.co.nz
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7 days ago

Put your game face on

Evelyn Page Retirement Village

Playing games online isn’t just for the grandkids, we have a whole list of free game websites to keep you entertained; crosswords, jigsaw puzzles and sudoku to name a few.

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2 days ago

Drought: Auckland should have mandatory water restrictions now

Murray from Stanmore Bay

Auckland faces a water shortage with reservoirs below 52 per cent full, 25 per cent below normal and their lowest since Auckland's water crisis in 1992.
So come on Watercare, before its too late, put in water restrictions now. Don't be like the border controls for virus: too little, too … View more
Auckland faces a water shortage with reservoirs below 52 per cent full, 25 per cent below normal and their lowest since Auckland's water crisis in 1992.
So come on Watercare, before its too late, put in water restrictions now. Don't be like the border controls for virus: too little, too late. Act now and stop excess use.
www.stuff.co.nz...

3 days ago

Join us for lunch and some new ideas

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, it was great to see so many of you at our live lunch with NZ Home and Garden and NZ Gardener editors Naomi Larkin and Jo McCarroll. Thanks for stopping by :)

If you missed it, you can still drop in for a recap and see if Jo and Naomi answered your questions, here.

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2 days ago

25 years evolves into Remote Covid learning

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

We were lucky!

Over the weekend of 14/15 March, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary at NZSFW and 10 days later, New Zealand ground to a halt in the Covid19 Lockdown.

And while our day to day life has dramatically changed, looking at all these photos gives me a lot of pleasure and especially to be… View more
We were lucky!

Over the weekend of 14/15 March, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary at NZSFW and 10 days later, New Zealand ground to a halt in the Covid19 Lockdown.

And while our day to day life has dramatically changed, looking at all these photos gives me a lot of pleasure and especially to be able to share in the achievements of our current students and graduates. The highlight has to be the magnificent dinner; an inspired menu created by our gifted chef, Finn Gybel and prepared under his watchful eye by the cookery students.

Fortuitously, the lamb arrived fresh from Pigeon Bay via Harris Meats in North Canterbury and after a number of dramas leaving us worried that it would in time. Finn's dish, where he wrapped the lamb in crepinette, to hold it together while cooking, was certainly a new technique that we had not used in the past.

It was a thrill to have veteran broadcaster, Carol Hirschfeld as MC for the dinner and lend her distinctive and thoughtful commentary to our story. Carol asked me who she could "interview" during the dinner. Victoria Biddick, our first enrolled student from 1995, Oliver Hay and Joelle Thomson all shared their unique perspective on their association with the school.

There is certainly some irony in the fact that as we were celebrating these 25 years, another significant challenge was about to explode. Drawing on my earthquake experience, where we relocated our students to my second business at the Duvauchelle Store and Café, I knew that we had to find a way to keep going.

As the Covid19 crisis escalated, I discussed with our tutors how we could teach the programmes online and with the cookery students cooking in their own kitchens at home. Again, I was fortunate that my son Oliver, computer systems engineer, and recently returned from his super yacht chef sojourn, decided that he wanted to work full-time at NZSFW. Oli then set about finding the best platform for the tutors to stream their classes live and to administer the programmes. We have used Google Classroom and the Hangouts conferencing software to do this and it's working well.

By Friday 20 March, we had amended our cookery timetables to focus on baking, pasta and dishes that were easier to prepare at home. The students then went home with a 5kg bag of flour, 2 kg sugar, 1kg butter, 12 eggs and other ingredients. We trialled the video streaming from NZSFW while we could and then following the lockdown, the tutors now continue from their homes. The logistics are much easier for Franck with his hospitality students!

For the cookery students, the model is they watch the demonstrations at home and later upload photographs of their cooking. It's not ideal, as the tutor cannot taste their food and sometimes the livestream is pixellated or cuts out but it's better that doing nothing. Plus, everyone gets to chat and socialise from the safety of their bubble. And with supermarkets open, we can continue to buy supplies. View Foundation cooking shots here. And Advanced Cooking here.

Stay safe and have fun,
Celia Hay

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3 days ago

Let's chat about your garden today

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Hello neighbours, our editor Jo McCarroll is hosting another Live Lunch today (with colleague Naomi who edits NZ House & Garden), so jump online between 12.30 and 1pm to join them. You can ask questions in advance, so start firing through your gardening questions and pictures of your garden or … View moreHello neighbours, our editor Jo McCarroll is hosting another Live Lunch today (with colleague Naomi who edits NZ House & Garden), so jump online between 12.30 and 1pm to join them. You can ask questions in advance, so start firing through your gardening questions and pictures of your garden or the projects you've been tackling over lockdown anytime you like!

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2 days ago

Electrician available during lockdown

Liza & Adam from Gulf Harbour

If you need electrical work done during the lockdown, please note that I, Adam, am available for essential work only to assist with the safety, health and well-being of people. Please note that permitted works include:
- Installation of heating appliances or other health/well-being items.
- Repair … View more
If you need electrical work done during the lockdown, please note that I, Adam, am available for essential work only to assist with the safety, health and well-being of people. Please note that permitted works include:
- Installation of heating appliances or other health/well-being items.
- Repair of any installation which could be deemed as dangerous such as exposed wires or damaged outlets.
- Repair of oven or hob as necessary cooking appliance.
- Restoration of the supply of power to a property or to any sub circuit which powers essential needs (e.g. water pump).

Please get in touch with me, Adam Beach from AM Electrical Ltd, on service.am.electrical@gmail.com or 027 525 0584. For more info, please visit www.amelectrical.solutions...

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3 days ago

Watch out for Sneezing Kids

Ross from Silverdale

I was out for a run on the Te Ara Tahuna Estuary cycleway and walkway this morning about 10.30 - 10.45 and there were a couple of young boys coming towards me on scooters. They didn't keep a good distance (stayed in the centre of the path) and one of them sneezed without covering his mouth … View moreI was out for a run on the Te Ara Tahuna Estuary cycleway and walkway this morning about 10.30 - 10.45 and there were a couple of young boys coming towards me on scooters. They didn't keep a good distance (stayed in the centre of the path) and one of them sneezed without covering his mouth right as he passed me. He even sneezed in my direction. I didn't see any parents with them, but I urge all parents to teach their kids about the importance of social distancing and more importantly covering their mouths properly when sneezing. In fact this kid probably shouldn't have been out in public if he's sneezing. If you're the parent of a kid who was on the pathway on his scooter with a friend and was wearing a white sleevless t-shirt, please talk to him about this. We need to be more careful!

3 days ago

Phone lines run hot for welfare assistance

The Team from Auckland Council

We have set up a food distribution centre at Spark Arena at the request of the government to help people needing assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. Around 3000 requests for food parcels have been received by our call centre in the first week of its operation.

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3 days ago

Two weeks into lockdown - how's everyone feeling?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

How's everyone feeling at this stage of lockdown? Head over to the Reach Out page and let everyone know how you're coping and share any words of kindness that will help support each other during this time. Do you need help or can you help a neighbour in need? Perhaps you can offer a … View moreHow's everyone feeling at this stage of lockdown? Head over to the Reach Out page and let everyone know how you're coping and share any words of kindness that will help support each other during this time. Do you need help or can you help a neighbour in need? Perhaps you can offer a friendly phone call, have some great baking tips, ways to work from home or ideas to keep the kids entertained. Post on Reach Out and together we can all support each other and our communities during this time.

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3 days ago

Looking for inspiration?

Signature Homes

The team at Signature Homes North Shore & Rodney wants to keep you entertained while at home with a free digital copy of our latest home design magazine, full of real stories from Kiwi homeowners.

If you’re thinking of building new, or just looking for some inspiration, Signature Style is … View more
The team at Signature Homes North Shore & Rodney wants to keep you entertained while at home with a free digital copy of our latest home design magazine, full of real stories from Kiwi homeowners.

If you’re thinking of building new, or just looking for some inspiration, Signature Style is a must-read! We have a wide range of House & Land Packages and home designs to suit your taste, budget, section and lifestyle.

We look forward to reconnecting with the community very soon, in the meantime please click to get your free digital copy of our magazine.

Phillip Howe
Signature Homes North Shore & Rodney
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3 days ago

Don't miss your collection this Easter

The Team from Auckland Council

Hey Auckland, we will continue to collect your kerbside collections during the Easter holiday, but with some changes to collection dates.

Collections from Easter Friday will be a day later and return to normal Monday 20 April.

Remember all rubbish, recycling bins and bags and food scraps bins… View more
Hey Auckland, we will continue to collect your kerbside collections during the Easter holiday, but with some changes to collection dates.

Collections from Easter Friday will be a day later and return to normal Monday 20 April.

Remember all rubbish, recycling bins and bags and food scraps bins (if applicable) are to be placed out before 7am on your collection day.
Learn more

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