Picton - Waikawa, Picton

5 hours ago

Ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers available online

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

From Marlborough District Council:

Marlborough District Libraries may be closed but there are thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and more for Marlburians to access online.

For those who aren’t already members, locals can now sign up for a digital only membership online.

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From Marlborough District Council:

Marlborough District Libraries may be closed but there are thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and more for Marlburians to access online.

For those who aren’t already members, locals can now sign up for a digital only membership online.

Council district libraries manager Glenn Webster said this new option came in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown and allowed new members to access library e-resources for one year, compared to the normal online registration which was limited to two weeks.

“We encourage everyone to sign up to this service by visiting: www.marlboroughlibraries.govt.nz... library/news?item=id:29h7s3at917q9smmi8w2.

“Reading or listening to e-books, magazines or newspapers is a great way to pass the time during this difficult lockdown period,” he said.

“People also have the opportunity to access ancestry.com from home during the lockdown period. This is an online resource that allows people to search their family history and genealogy. Library members can access this resource via the Marlborough District Libraries website, using their library ID and pin number.”

“During these uncertain times we’d like to reassure people that any items on their library account will be automatically extended while the lockdown is in place, so there is no need to worry about overdue items or fines,” Glenn said.

“Likewise, we ask that people disregard any notices they may have received regarding overdue books or fines from 23 March. Fines will not accrue while the library is closed.”

For more information about the Marlborough District Libraries please visit: www.marlboroughlibraries.govt.nz...

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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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2 hours ago

Encouraging story of 11-year-old volunteer

Hannah Cunningham from Volunteer Marlborough

This week is Student Volunteer Week so we're shining the spotlight on a few local young volunteers. First up is Koko, an invaluable member of the Volunteer Marlborough team. We've introduced Koko before but we wanted to ask a few more questions to give you a better idea of what she does … View moreThis week is Student Volunteer Week so we're shining the spotlight on a few local young volunteers. First up is Koko, an invaluable member of the Volunteer Marlborough team. We've introduced Koko before but we wanted to ask a few more questions to give you a better idea of what she does and why she does it...⁠

How old are you? 11 years old⁠

What do you do when you volunteer? So far for my volunteering, I have been a promotional assistant for Volunteer Marlborough. I have handed out flyers and also delivered posters to local businesses⁠

What is your favourite part? Getting outside and getting exercise while I do my job⁠

Why did you start volunteering? I started volunteering as it is a part of my MP (maximising potential) challenge at Bohally intermediate.⁠

How do you feel your volunteer work impacts the Marlborough community? I feel that my work informs the community about Volunteer Marlborough and the many ways that they can become volunteers.⁠

Has volunteering given you an opportunity to learn anything or gain new skills? I have learnt about volunteering and what it means. I have also become more confident when delivering the posters and talking to the public.⁠

What do you do when you’re not volunteering? When I am not volunteering, I am at school or doing sports and homework. I also love reading.⁠

What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting volunteering? I would say volunteering is great fun and it is very rewarding, and you can do anything you like!⁠

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1 day ago

Don’t flush your wet wipes

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney is urging people not to flush wet wipes down the toilet.

“Despite being advertised as ‘flushable’, wet wipes don’t break down like toilet paper. When they bind together they block our pumps that keep the sewage… View more
Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney is urging people not to flush wet wipes down the toilet.

“Despite being advertised as ‘flushable’, wet wipes don’t break down like toilet paper. When they bind together they block our pumps that keep the sewage moving through the pipes,” he said.

As a result, Council staff had to raise the underground pumps and manually clear them of clumps of wet wipes and other debris that had accumulated, he said.

“Given the current Covid-19 situation, more people are using wet wipes in an effort to keep up hygiene practices. Unfortunately the material wet wipes are made from is not kind to our pipes and they should be placed in the rubbish bin instead,” Rooney said.

“When it comes to what you can safely flush, people need to remember the three P's – pee, poo and paper, anything else should be put in the rubbish.”

Rooney asked that people consider the staff who had to respond when an alarm alerted them to a blocked sewage pump.

“It’s not the nicest job and it takes our staff away from essential work, so it would be good if people could wrap their rubbish and put it out in the council bag instead of blocking toilets, drains or the sewerage system.”

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2 days ago

Do you have any tips for surviving (and even thriving) in lockdown?

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

After a few days in lockdown, we're starting to get the hang of it. Does anyone have any tips around structuring your day? Are you sticking to a routine? What's working, what's not? How can we use this time in isolation effectively? Let's discuss in the comments.

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9 hours ago

Recycling

Jane from Blenheim

Kerbside recycling collections in Blenheim and Picton will continue as normal. To minimise the handling of recycling by the collection crews, these materials will now have to be sent to LANDFILL until further notice. Consider stockpiling in suitable containers until normal recycling resumes.

1 day ago

Gate security

Rod from Blenheim

Hi neighbours,
I take my dog for a run, I ride my bike, on the Taylor River track starting from near the new development off Taylor Pass Road. There is a spring loaded gate at the start of the narrow track leading to the river but some people are using a rock to hold the gate open, can’t imagine … View more
Hi neighbours,
I take my dog for a run, I ride my bike, on the Taylor River track starting from near the new development off Taylor Pass Road. There is a spring loaded gate at the start of the narrow track leading to the river but some people are using a rock to hold the gate open, can’t imagine why. However, once through the gate, which I close, I let my dog off the lead for his run but several times recently on our return the gate was wedged open which is dangerous for unleashed dogs as they could run straight through and on to the road. At the moment traffic is obviously very light but the point is the same.
So, whoever is wedging the gate, please don’t.
Thank you, Rod Lofthouse.

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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19 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.
Find out more

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19 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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19 hours ago

Marlborough Express

The Team Reporter from Marlborough Express

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. Marlborough Express 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. Marlborough Express 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 Marlborough Express delivered to your home, you can visit Marlborough Express.

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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1 day ago

Growing an edible garden

Ernest Rutherford 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

Five-bale teddy bear not hard to hunt

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

It might not be the hardest teddy bear to "hunt" down, but it's definitely a distraction.

A 3-metre hay bale teddy bear has popped up in Spring Creek, north of Blenheim, with one online commenter calling it "so awesome".

Marlborough couple Amy White and Jeremey Clarke … View more
It might not be the hardest teddy bear to "hunt" down, but it's definitely a distraction.

A 3-metre hay bale teddy bear has popped up in Spring Creek, north of Blenheim, with one online commenter calling it "so awesome".

Marlborough couple Amy White and Jeremey Clarke built the giant bear on the family farm on Saturday, after seeing the lockdown pastime - putting teddy bears in windows for children to spot while out walking - was becoming popular on social media.

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1 day ago

High risk of electrical fire during lockdown

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

Charging a number of devices on multiboards could be a fire risk, Marlborough fire bosses warn.

As families hunker down during the coronavirus lockdown the chilly start to autumn means more people at home juggling devices and charging them.

Fire and Emergency NZ Marlborough principal rural fire … View more
Charging a number of devices on multiboards could be a fire risk, Marlborough fire bosses warn.

As families hunker down during the coronavirus lockdown the chilly start to autumn means more people at home juggling devices and charging them.

Fire and Emergency NZ Marlborough principal rural fire officer John Foley said the chance of an electric fire stating at home was very high because many people were using the same multiplug for multiple devices.

"There is a higher chance now for an electrical type of fire to occur through over heating of multiboxes," Foley said.

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1 day ago

Missing cat.

Ruth from Blenheim

I have recently moved to Ruthken Cres, a lovely small crescent just off Coleman’s Road. Sadly, my Birman cat ‘Coco’ got out last night. I have tried to find him this morning but I can’t find him anywhere. He may be trying to make his way back to Taylor Pass Rd. If you see him can you please… View moreI have recently moved to Ruthken Cres, a lovely small crescent just off Coleman’s Road. Sadly, my Birman cat ‘Coco’ got out last night. I have tried to find him this morning but I can’t find him anywhere. He may be trying to make his way back to Taylor Pass Rd. If you see him can you please let me know ASAP. Many thanks.

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2 days ago

Becareful of a SCAM

Chris & Jayne from North Blenheim

To all rust power account holders, there is a scam going around in the form of this email
Dear Valued Customer,

Kindly find attached the Trust Power invoice for your internet subscription.

Total invoice amount to be paid before the 3rd of the month unless you have signed up for bank … View more
To all rust power account holders, there is a scam going around in the form of this email
Dear Valued Customer,

Kindly find attached the Trust Power invoice for your internet subscription.

Total invoice amount to be paid before the 3rd of the month unless you have signed up for bank withdrawal or paid in advance.

You can check your connection details by clicking on:
www.kinect.co.nz...

For any further inquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Billing customer care at:

Tel: 1282 Ext:2
Fax: 01560065 Ext:8068
Email: ccu@kinect.co.nz

Trust Power-
DataManagement SAL


I have been in contact with Trustpower and they have confirmed that it is a scam. If you receive a copy of this DONT reply just delete it. and DONT open the attachment or click on and hyperlinks.

Regards and stay safe
Chris & Jayne Pearson

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