Porirua City Centre, Porirua

8 days ago

How are you keeping the 5-minute quiz workplace tradition going?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

As the lockdown takes force, we may be working from home, but one workplace tradition can live on - the 5-minute quiz. Many workplaces (including our journalists) have taken the quiz online, with a daily video chat. How are you doing the quiz? We'd love to see photos! Include caption details … View moreAs the lockdown takes force, we may be working from home, but one workplace tradition can live on - the 5-minute quiz. Many workplaces (including our journalists) have taken the quiz online, with a daily video chat. How are you doing the quiz? We'd love to see photos! Include caption details and you may even see it in the paper - or mark NFP (not for print) if you don't want it used.
Please note: due to copyright restrictions the quiz can not be shared online, by us or anybody else. It is available in the paper which is continuing to be delivered, or through an online subscription. Call 0800 339 000 or email subscribers@stuff.co.nz to subscribe.

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7 days ago

Lockdown begins: Be kind. Be calm. Stay at home

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Kia Kaha everyone - we're all in this together, even though we're apart. News media is an essential service. So - whether it be four weeks or longer - our journalists will continue to deliver you trusted news, report on public health, and bring you other important, entertaining and useful… View moreKia Kaha everyone - we're all in this together, even though we're apart. News media is an essential service. So - whether it be four weeks or longer - our journalists will continue to deliver you trusted news, report on public health, and bring you other important, entertaining and useful information throughout these extraordinary times.

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5 days ago

An Awesome Pharmacist !!

RAYMOND from Tawa

After reading this article in NZ Herald about the plight of a pharmacist in Auckland, I thought I must pay a public tribute to my awesome pharmacist who delivered a package to my house today. It was only 3 items and she drove all the way from Porirua to Tawa at the exact time she promised.
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After reading this article in NZ Herald about the plight of a pharmacist in Auckland, I thought I must pay a public tribute to my awesome pharmacist who delivered a package to my house today. It was only 3 items and she drove all the way from Porirua to Tawa at the exact time she promised.
www.nzherald.co.nz...

6 days 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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6 days ago

What's it like in your area?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

On Thursday Wellington turned into a wasteland, the sound of wind replacing traffic on the morning commute. Like many of you, our reporters are working from home. But, on lockdown day one, we challenged them to provide you with a sense of what history looks like. Notebooks and cameras in hand, … View moreOn Thursday Wellington turned into a wasteland, the sound of wind replacing traffic on the morning commute. Like many of you, our reporters are working from home. But, on lockdown day one, we challenged them to provide you with a sense of what history looks like. Notebooks and cameras in hand, social distancing rules enforced, here's what they found. What's it like in your area?

6 days ago

Plumbing/Gasfitting....Urgent or emergency work....

Peter from P R Plumbing & Gas

Burst water pipes - hot water cylinders, gas leaks or blocked drains - only emergency work - if it can wait it's probably not an emergency. We're always available and of course, are not doing much else at the moment. Anywhere around Wellington/Hutt Valley/Porirua area.
0800 777 586

6 days ago

Selected Beaurepaires Stores Open During Lockdown

Anna Smith from Beaurepaires Porirua

Beaurepaires has selected stores open during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Lockdown.

We have implemented contactless servicing to ensure your safety if you do require out services.

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

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7 days ago

Let's look after each other

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Neighbourhoods can be a great source of support. Connect with each other through our Reach Out page, show kindness and compassion, and strengthen connections with your communities.

Reach out to your Neighbours here now.

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7 days ago

This Wellington business needs your support!

Prospa

A huge congratulations to Quoc Tran from Tutere Street Four Square. This local legend is a finalist in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Now he needs your vote to give him a chance to take home a prize package worth $10,000!

Good on you, and good luck, Quoc Tran. Thanks for bringing … View more
A huge congratulations to Quoc Tran from Tutere Street Four Square. This local legend is a finalist in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Now he needs your vote to give him a chance to take home a prize package worth $10,000!

Good on you, and good luck, Quoc Tran. Thanks for bringing joy to your community - especially in these uncertain times.

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Nominated by Eric Rooke from Waikanae: "This man got out of Vietnam by himself when he was 13, 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."
Vote for Quoc Tran

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7 days ago

Pets should be in your bubble too.

Carolyn from Tawa

Coronavirus: Kiwis need to keep their pets in lockdown bubble too
Steven Walton
05:25, Mar 26 2020

Pets need to be kept in the family bubble during New Zealand's lockdown, too, an infectious disease expert says.

"Whatever your bubble is for the month, this is the bubble you must … View more
Coronavirus: Kiwis need to keep their pets in lockdown bubble too
Steven Walton
05:25, Mar 26 2020

Pets need to be kept in the family bubble during New Zealand's lockdown, too, an infectious disease expert says.

"Whatever your bubble is for the month, this is the bubble you must maintain,"

Professor David Hayman, an infectious disease ecology expert at Massey University's veterinary science school, said pets had to follow this too – and he urged people to treat their pets "as if it's someone you do care for and love".

"If I cough on my hands, stroke a dog's head, and then a kid comes along, strokes the dog's head, and then touches their face ... that's a way of transferring infection."
The lockdown was not a reason for people to stop walking their dogs or riding their horses, he said, but contact with others should be limited.

Hayman encouraged people with cats to keep them inside, as they tend to roam.

People should be conscious of contact with their own pet too, he said. Hands are fine if washed, but faces should be kept apart because the virus can enter through the nose and mouth.

Dr Helen Beattie, chief veterinary officer for the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA), agreed pets had to be kept in the family bubble.

It's a good practice at this point to consider your household is your life and your world."

She encouraged people to use pets as "a source of comfort".
"I've heard a lot of stories about a lot of animals are very happy to have a whole bunch of people at home in their life rather than heading off to work everyday".

Beattie said for people who had recently returned from overseas or had been in close contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, it would "make some sense" to reduce contact with pets.

7 days ago

No Ducks?

Venus from Tawa

Anybody seen any ducks around? I haven't seen any outside in the last 2 days and they were always there.

7 days ago

Your wellbeing is our priority

Malvina Major Retirement Village

That's why we've created a whole new section on our website filled with great recipes, gardening tip and lists of helpful apps and entertainment sources - to name a few.

Our 'lifestyle and wellness' section will be updated regularly with great content to keep you entertained … View more
That's why we've created a whole new section on our website filled with great recipes, gardening tip and lists of helpful apps and entertainment sources - to name a few.

Our 'lifestyle and wellness' section will be updated regularly with great content to keep you entertained whilst we navigate these new times. Grab a cuppa and enjoy.

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9 days ago

What will get you through the lockdown?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

With the deadline before the country heads into alert level 4 looming, everything from keyboards and work equipment, to board games, craft projects, DIY goods and even pets are being snapped up as people prepare for a month at home. What is top of your 'must get' list to get through the … View moreWith the deadline before the country heads into alert level 4 looming, everything from keyboards and work equipment, to board games, craft projects, DIY goods and even pets are being snapped up as people prepare for a month at home. What is top of your 'must get' list to get through the month?

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8 days ago

We’re now at Alert Level 4. Stay home. Save lives.

New Zealand Government

Dear concerned citizen,

We must now all stay home. Because that’s how we’ll stop the virus.

Level 4 measures will likely be in place for a number of weeks.

Don’t worry. During that time you will still be able to access all the essentials you need, including medicine, food, and other… View more
Dear concerned citizen,

We must now all stay home. Because that’s how we’ll stop the virus.

Level 4 measures will likely be in place for a number of weeks.

Don’t worry. During that time you will still be able to access all the essentials you need, including medicine, food, and other home supplies.

ALL THE TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS
It’s incredibly important that we all follow the Level 4 plan, all the time. No exceptions. Because doing so will save lives.

A CHALLENGE FOR EVERYONE
We realise these are big changes. But these are challenging times.
If we don't all stay home, the whole country will need Level 4 restrictions for longer.

SUPPORT OUR EMERGENCY SERVICE PEOPLE
We owe it to the essential services. Our nurses, doctors and everyone else on the frontline. They’re working tirelessly to save lives. We should all do everything in our power to help them do this.
Thank you to each and every person, for doing their bit.

While you’re staying at home:

STAY CONNECTED
• Don’t let physical distance stop you staying connected. Keep in touch with people using video calls, phone calls, chat and texting.
• If you know people who are living alone, vulnerable, or separated from their loved ones, regularly check-in with them.

STAY WELL
• Continue to practice good hygiene – wash your hands with soap. Then dry.
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
• Regularly clean surfaces in your home with disinfectant.
• Keep up regular physical exercise, and get some fresh air when possible. It’s good so long as this is solitary, or only with those you live with.

REACH OUT
If you need advice, support or help, try reaching out to friends, family, whānau or workmates.

WE'RE UPDATING INFORMATION CONSTANTLY
For all the latest advice, including answers to your health and financial questions, go to Covid19.govt.nz.

And remember: what you do now, will help protect all of us.
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8 days ago

Level 4 lockdown begins tonight...

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

As of tonight at 11:59pm New Zealand will move to a Level 4 alert in response to the #COVID19 pandemic. It will put the entire country on lockdown for four weeks. Here’s what that will mean for us moving forward:

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