Horohoro, Rotorua

10 hours ago

Things that surprise Kiwis returning to NZ

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
I'm working on a travel story for Stuff about the things that have surprised returning Kiwis about New Zealand. If you have recently returned from overseas or know someone who has, it would be great to hear about the things that have stood out for you, for better or for worse. … View more
Hi everyone,
I'm working on a travel story for Stuff about the things that have surprised returning Kiwis about New Zealand. If you have recently returned from overseas or know someone who has, it would be great to hear about the things that have stood out for you, for better or for worse. Whether it's to do with the weather, the cost of things, the public transport, the food, the housing, the people or something else entirely, we'd be keen to hear about it. Please remember that your comment may be included in the article, unless you say you don't want it to be. Thank you.

16 hours ago

Hot air ballooning in Queenstown

Trupti Biradar Reporter from Stuff Travel

One of the most scenic hot air balloon flights in the world - among the mountains in Queenstown - has slashed prices by a third to attract Kiwi travellers. Click the link below to read more.

5 days ago

Poll: Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

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With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

To read more, click here.

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Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 59.9% Yes, five days is not enough
    59.9% Complete
  • 14.2% No, I never use mine up anyway
    14.2% Complete
  • 26% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    26% Complete
5501 votes
1 day ago

Paint it red with Resene for Red Nose Day!

Resene

Buy any red testpot from your local Resene owned ColorShop between 13-31 July 2020 and Resene will donate $1 to CureKids Red Nose Day!

The more red testpots you buy, the more will be donated! Offer applies to all retail purchases of Resene red testpots (excludes metallics and wood stains).

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Buy any red testpot from your local Resene owned ColorShop between 13-31 July 2020 and Resene will donate $1 to CureKids Red Nose Day!

The more red testpots you buy, the more will be donated! Offer applies to all retail purchases of Resene red testpots (excludes metallics and wood stains).

Help us make a difference to the health of kiwi children.
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1 day ago

Tilly’s kindness to animals

AMI Insurance

Tilly says kindness is when the community gets behind giving animals a second chance at life. To read more kindness stores visit our AMI Hub. Learn more

3 days ago

Dunedin's coast: NZ's little slice of "Bali" is full of wildlife

Trupti Biradar Reporter from Stuff Travel

With sweeping beaches, hidden caves, seals, penguins and albatross - we think this must be the most underrated stretch of New Zealand. Have you been? Read more on the link below.

1 day ago

Subscribe to Sunday Star Times

Stuff Ltd

What better way to take a load off than to put your feet up and get inspired with a fresh copy of the Sunday Star-Times each week. For a limited time, when you subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for just 6 months*, we are giving away a free Gourmet Spice Pack valued at $65 so you can get crafty in … View moreWhat better way to take a load off than to put your feet up and get inspired with a fresh copy of the Sunday Star-Times each week. For a limited time, when you subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for just 6 months*, we are giving away a free Gourmet Spice Pack valued at $65 so you can get crafty in the kitchen with Raptor Naturals finest flavours.

Call us on 0800 339 000 or click on the button below and use the promo code “SSTRAPTOR” to redeem this special offer now.

Hurry as this offer ends 31st July, 2020!

*T&Cs apply. For full terms and conditions, please visit www.mags4gifts.co.nz
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1 day ago

Ready set, get Upcycling!

Resene

It's time to get your creative caps on and put your decorative DIY skills to great use! Resene and Neighbourly are challenging everyday Kiwis like YOU to take part in the Resene Upcycling Awards. Whether it's an old item you've spruced up or something you've found a completely … View moreIt's time to get your creative caps on and put your decorative DIY skills to great use! Resene and Neighbourly are challenging everyday Kiwis like YOU to take part in the Resene Upcycling Awards. Whether it's an old item you've spruced up or something you've found a completely new purpose for, we want to see your creations!

Take part in the 2020 Resene Upcycling Awards. There's four great prizes worth $500 are up for grabs: a $200 Resene voucher and a $300 Prezzy® card!
Get Upcycling now

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3 days ago

This one’s for you, Aotearoa!

Ryman Healthcare Limited

THANK YOU for coming together as one so we could all stay safe.

3 days ago

Let your local businesses know they're appreciated!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hi everyone, Neighbourly is heading into the final stretch of our Local Likes campaign with only a week to go! You can still be in with a chance to win our last vouchers for your favourite local business by heading to our Local Likes page. All you've got to do is outline how the business … View moreHi everyone, Neighbourly is heading into the final stretch of our Local Likes campaign with only a week to go! You can still be in with a chance to win our last vouchers for your favourite local business by heading to our Local Likes page. All you've got to do is outline how the business helped you or your community and you're in the draw! Ts & Cs apply. Nominate Now!

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4 days ago

Have you subscribed to our free ezine yet?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Hello gardeners,

In this week’s issue of Get Growing, we discuss the best fruit to grow for preserves and meet the herb expert who’ll help you get a good night’s sleep. Plus harvest cauliflowers; prepare for spring sowing; clear gutters and drains; don’t sacrifice flower buds; and add … View more
Hello gardeners,

In this week’s issue of Get Growing, we discuss the best fruit to grow for preserves and meet the herb expert who’ll help you get a good night’s sleep. Plus harvest cauliflowers; prepare for spring sowing; clear gutters and drains; don’t sacrifice flower buds; and add crunch to salads and snacks.
Follow our guide to plants to sow and grow this month and nominate a Houseplant Hero. Go in the draw for Calathea rufibarba plants and garden gloves from Palmers and be in to win a room makeover from NZ House & Garden and Resene.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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4 days ago

A DIY project using kitchen utensils?!

The Team from Resene ColorShop Rotorua

Take retro inspiration from old kitchen utensils that you can no longer use and turn them into cute and quirky artworks!

Make the most of this weekend with this easy project idea from Resene. Find out how to create this quick and easy project yourself

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5 days ago

Single bed

Lorna from Pukehangi - Mangakakahi

Hi all dose anyone know where or who has a single bed please for my grand daughter, please send photo and message me on 0278726692 thanks all

4 days ago

Check out some of the benefits of retrofit double glazing

RetroFit Double Glazing - Bay of Plenty

There are so many benefits to retrofit double glaze your home. We've put together an informative summary of the many benefits from replacing your single glazed windows to double glazing here. Have a read and if you are interested get your no obligation free measure and quote here or call us … View moreThere are so many benefits to retrofit double glaze your home. We've put together an informative summary of the many benefits from replacing your single glazed windows to double glazing here. Have a read and if you are interested get your no obligation free measure and quote here or call us on 0800 658 658.

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5 days ago

Generation Pandemic: How has Covid-19 affected your children?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

This week we're looking at how the pandemic will affect our children and their resilience. The Sunday Star-Times wants to hear from children about how they've been impacted by Covid-19 and lockdown. Perhaps they've learned more about hand washing and germs, or maybe they want to talk… View moreThis week we're looking at how the pandemic will affect our children and their resilience. The Sunday Star-Times wants to hear from children about how they've been impacted by Covid-19 and lockdown. Perhaps they've learned more about hand washing and germs, or maybe they want to talk about having mum or dad home more often, or learning from home. Kids can write a sentence or two to be included in print by emailing kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz, by Friday, July 10, at 5pm. Their first names and ages may be used in print. Parents, if you're happy for your children to be photographed please let us know.

5 days ago

How to Keep Indoor Plants Alive

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

Keeping an indoor plant alive — let alone thriving — can be a daunting task. Thankfully, we have five tips to help keep your plants alive.

1. Potting and repotting
When potting a plant, choose a pot that has good drainage and always use a good quality potting mix. If you do have a pot … View more
Keeping an indoor plant alive — let alone thriving — can be a daunting task. Thankfully, we have five tips to help keep your plants alive.

1. Potting and repotting
When potting a plant, choose a pot that has good drainage and always use a good quality potting mix. If you do have a pot without drainage, you can pot it in a smaller plastic pot and pop it inside.

When repotting, pick a pot that’s one size bigger than the one you have, place some firmly packed potting mix in the bottom and a small sprinkle of plant fertiliser. Give the plant a good water and gently tip the pot on its side and ease out the plant, place it in the new pot and gently fill with potting mix, press down soil and keep filling until you are about 2-4cm from the top of the pot.

2. Light
Most plants like bright indirect sunlight. Plants get their nourishment and energy from the sun so don’t be shy about placing them in bright sunlight. As the seasons change, watch the light levels and move plants closer or further away from windows. Some plants can survive in very dim light but give them a bright light holiday one day a week. Pale foliage is a sign that your plant might not be getting enough light and brown patches on leaves can mean the plant is getting singed.

3. Water
One of the most common reasons indoor plants die is overwatering. The majority of plants need to be watered once a week. Once a month place them in a sink or bucket and drench the soil and roots, then let the water drain out well before placing them back in their spots. There are a few plants that like more water, such as peace lilies, and some that like less, including ZZ plants and snake plants.

4. Humidity
Lots of indoor plants, and the majority of what we sell, originate from sub-tropical rainforest-type climates. They love a light misting daily or you can sit them in the bathroom while you take a shower.

5. Choosing plants
Pick the right plant for you and your lifestyle. If you are new to house plants, start with an easy-care plant such as a succulent or cactus, then you can graduate to other types. If you go away a lot choose a plant that can survive without attention. If you live in the city you might want to think about plants that have super air cleansing powers. The whole process of choosing plants and their weekly routine can be quite meditative. Enjoy the watering rituals you create — it’s a good chance to practise your mindfulness. Just remember once you start it’s hard to stop!

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