Tararua District, Pahiatua

5 hours 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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3 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 day ago

How is your pet reacting to you being around all the time?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Coco follows her owner round the house all day, Buster has started barking at strangers, and Rover has already been walked by every member of the family today. Twice. Dogs are overjoyed to have humans home 24/7, but they're sensitive, and during times of human stress need special care. How are… View moreCoco follows her owner round the house all day, Buster has started barking at strangers, and Rover has already been walked by every member of the family today. Twice. Dogs are overjoyed to have humans home 24/7, but they're sensitive, and during times of human stress need special care. How are your pets coping?

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1 hour ago

Free - 3 Martini Cole hardback books

Carol from Hokowhitu

I've antibacterial wiped but we are well anyway. Just to keep somebody occupied during lockdown. Hokowhitu area can drop off if required. The betrayal one is new, never read.

Free

9 days ago

METLINK PUBLIC TRANSPORT FREE UNTIL JUNE

Community Engagement Advisor from Metlink: On Our Way

As part of the national response to COVID-19 alert level 4 Metlink will make all rail and bus services free until June.

Public transport will continue to be available for essential service workers, and to enable communities to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities.

For more … View more
As part of the national response to COVID-19 alert level 4 Metlink will make all rail and bus services free until June.

Public transport will continue to be available for essential service workers, and to enable communities to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities.

For more information about this and what services are running, please read the full update on our website below.

1 day ago

Watermelons for

Rachel Moore Reporter from Manawatū Standard

Tēnā koutou kiritata ,

Woodhaven Gardens has been dropping free watermelons in the armfuls on people's lawns in Levin after it had excess stock that wouldn't sell.

Have you heard of anyone else doing this?

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2 days ago

A lack of resources on the front line of home care

Maxine Jacobs Reporter from Manawatū Standard

Mōrena kiritata,

A Manawatū care worker, who didn't want to be named over fear of losing her job, said home care workers were not being provided masks and were being abused by patients for the lack of precautions.

She and her colleagues visited up to 20 vulnerable patients a day. They … View more
Mōrena kiritata,

A Manawatū care worker, who didn't want to be named over fear of losing her job, said home care workers were not being provided masks and were being abused by patients for the lack of precautions.

She and her colleagues visited up to 20 vulnerable patients a day. They were deeply afraid of spreading the virus.

Some patients told her they would have refused to let her in were they not so dependent on her help and some workers were refusing to work until they have the proper protective gear they need to keep themselves and their patients safe.

Home care workers are stuck between wanting to help and do their jobs and being afraid to spread the virus, should they buy their own equipment or be supplied? What are your thoughts?

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5 hours ago

Critical projects during Covid-19 response

The Team from Wellington Water

During the heightened response to Covid-19, we are still progressing with critical projects. Some of the work involved in these projects may include a short interruption to your water supply.

Usually we let our customers know about this with a letter a couple of days beforehand. But, to ensure the… View more
During the heightened response to Covid-19, we are still progressing with critical projects. Some of the work involved in these projects may include a short interruption to your water supply.

Usually we let our customers know about this with a letter a couple of days beforehand. But, to ensure the safety of our community and frontline essential staff, letter drops have stopped.

We’ll continue to do our absolute best to inform you about planned service interruptions using other methods such as:
• Loud speakers
• Signs up in the street
• Social media
• Website updates

Of course, during service failures like bursts the water can be interrupted without warning. In times like these we will respond by having water available on site and letting you know about it via social media.

Council contact centres are will have this information too – so please give them a call in the first instance.

1 day ago

Should there be more testing for Wairarapa?

Sharron Pardoe Reporter from News of Wairarapa

With the numbers of coronavirus cases flattening off in Wairarapa, leaders want testing ramped up to make sure community transmission hasn't taken hold.

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14 hours 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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14 hours ago

Our Pharmacies are still available to help you stay well

THINK Hauora

Our Community Pharmacies will be open for essential services only which means they will provide prescriptions, other medicines and advice but won’t be open for browsing and casual shopping.

Just like supermarkets, our Pharmacies will have limited entry. On top of that you will be asked basic … View more
Our Community Pharmacies will be open for essential services only which means they will provide prescriptions, other medicines and advice but won’t be open for browsing and casual shopping.

Just like supermarkets, our Pharmacies will have limited entry. On top of that you will be asked basic health questions before going in. If unwell, you could be asked to wait in your car or outside – better still ask a healthy person to pick up your prescription for you! They may need to bring ID and could be asked some questions by the pharmacy team.

For more info on how to connect with your community pharmacy, click here.
Stay connected

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2 days ago

Growing an edible garden

Julia Wallace 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

Essential services

Bill from Carterton District

Having had lots of rain and now warm sun the dried up lawns are going to sprout big time.
I went online to see if lawn mowing services are an essential service - looks like they are not.
I noticed that turf maintenance is also not an essential service, very bad for the golf clubs where the greens… View more
Having had lots of rain and now warm sun the dried up lawns are going to sprout big time.
I went online to see if lawn mowing services are an essential service - looks like they are not.
I noticed that turf maintenance is also not an essential service, very bad for the golf clubs where the greens could go to rack and ruin in four weeks.
I don't understand that ruling. I know of no more isolated occupation than green keeping. Maybe Lighthouse keeping.

4 days ago

Tell us the story behind your bear

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

We're going on a bear hunt! People across the country are popping bears in their windows. But what's the story behind the fuzzy faces? Tell us about your bear - what's their name, where did you get it, how far have they travelled? Post a photo and tell us their story! (Please mark … View moreWe're going on a bear hunt! People across the country are popping bears in their windows. But what's the story behind the fuzzy faces? Tell us about your bear - what's their name, where did you get it, how far have they travelled? Post a photo and tell us their story! (Please mark any posts you don't want to see published NFP).

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4 days ago

Chimney sweep

Mike from Carterton District

Are chimney sweeps an essential service? I need a second storey chimney swept. The birds have blocked the flue.

1 day ago

Would you like to be famous - for 15 minutes

Sharron Pardoe Reporter from Dominion Post

A famous artist of the 1960s, Andy Warhol, once predicted "everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes" . And this is your opportunity for your 15 minutes in the spotlight. The Dominion Post's popular 15 Minutes of Fame series is returning, and we're looking for … View moreA famous artist of the 1960s, Andy Warhol, once predicted "everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes" . And this is your opportunity for your 15 minutes in the spotlight. The Dominion Post's popular 15 Minutes of Fame series is returning, and we're looking for subjects. This much-loved special feature made a splash over summer with people from all over the region sharing their fears, frustrations, and fantastic achievements on the Capital Day page. Among all the coronavirus news, we want to bring you something lighthearted and fun to read, as well as to join in on. It's easy. We have a list of 100 questions.You pick 10 random numbers, and we'll send you the questions. All you need to do is email us your replies and a favourite picture. Nominate yourself or someone you know (with their consent) by emailing capitalday@dompost.co.nz.

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