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16 hours ago

Waikato Times

The Team Reporter from Waikato Times

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. Waikato Times 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. Waikato Times provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain informed as the situation evolves.

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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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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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16 hours ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

View Hamilton Harcourts' latest interactive Blueprint.

If you'd like to receive Blueprint in your inbox each week, subscribe here.
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16 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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1 day ago

Pop Up refuse transfer stations and glass recycling

Paul Neighbourly Lead from Morrinsville

This message is brought to you by Ex Councillor Paul Cronin. The information comes from Matamata- Piako District Council. I am not connected to them apart from being a rateopayer and a Community Advocate. Pop up Transfer Stations Transfer stations/pop up rubbish disposal
. Please remember not … View more
This message is brought to you by Ex Councillor Paul Cronin. The information comes from Matamata- Piako District Council. I am not connected to them apart from being a rateopayer and a Community Advocate. Pop up Transfer Stations Transfer stations/pop up rubbish disposal
. Please remember not everyone has the internet so, let your friends and neighbours know if they do not have the internet.
In line with the level 4 restrictions from the government, Refuse Transfer Stations are closed. We will have pop up rubbish disposal sites for rural residents, those who don’t receive kerbside collections, and anyone with too much rubbish for their wheelie bin. You can dispose of rubbish in official Council bags between 9am-3.30pm on the following days at these sites:
Te Aroha
April 2 and 17
In front of the Te Aroha Domain on Whitaker St (opposite Countdown)
Matamata
April 3 and 18 Hetana Street, alongside the public toilets
Morrinsville
April 10 and 24
Countdown carpark (off Moorhouse or Studholme Street
Glass recycling
You can also recycle glass at these locations (kindly funded by the Glass Packaging Forum). These sites will be staffed, with strict controls around contact and disposal to keep our communities, staff and contractors safe.

6 days ago

Lockdown excludes public from Waikato councils' decisions process

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Piako Post

Hi neighbours,
Technology's a saving grace for many organisations amid New Zealand's coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown.
But the majority of Waikato district councils are grappling to catch up with many not having the technology to live stream meetings during Alert Level 4, many pressing … View more
Hi neighbours,
Technology's a saving grace for many organisations amid New Zealand's coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown.
But the majority of Waikato district councils are grappling to catch up with many not having the technology to live stream meetings during Alert Level 4, many pressing matters will now be discussed behind closed doors.

A move that has been slammed by the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union.

What do you think these councils should be doing?

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1 day ago

Covid Live update

Paul Neighbourly Lead from Morrinsville

A few snippets from today's live update. 61 New cases of covid identified, 82 Recovered, still only one death and two people in Critical Care. Red Cross is operating a shopping service for vulnerable people. The testing criteria has changed considerably, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern … View moreA few snippets from today's live update. 61 New cases of covid identified, 82 Recovered, still only one death and two people in Critical Care. Red Cross is operating a shopping service for vulnerable people. The testing criteria has changed considerably, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday said the criteria for testing had been widened to include people with Covid-19 symptoms but not necessarily a history of travel, or exposure to another case. The labs have a capacity for 3700 tests per day, there are two more labs gearing up to provide tests as well looking up to 5000 tests per day. If in doubt call your medical centre.

1 day ago

Growing an edible garden

Linda Jones 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

Coronavirus: A breakdown of which shops are open during lockdown

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Piako Post

Hi neighbours,
All non-essential businesses were required to shut their doors once the coronavirus lockdown came into effect, with only supermarkets and pharmacies among the few still trading.
However, the government has made changes to the essential services list, allowing a number of retailers … View more
Hi neighbours,
All non-essential businesses were required to shut their doors once the coronavirus lockdown came into effect, with only supermarkets and pharmacies among the few still trading.
However, the government has made changes to the essential services list, allowing a number of retailers the opportunity to open their doors and sell select products they deemed essential to life in New Zealand. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced the changes on Tuesday.

Here's a link with an update of which shops will be open for the remainder of lockdown and what you can purchase from them.

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1 day ago

Rubbish and recycling changes during lock down

The Team from Matamata Piako District Council

Hi everyone, hopefully you've heard by now the way we are collecting rubbish is changing during the lock down period to keep our communities, staff and contractors safe. The kerbside changes come into effect from this week. In brief, the kerbside trucks are only coming once a fortnight on your… View moreHi everyone, hopefully you've heard by now the way we are collecting rubbish is changing during the lock down period to keep our communities, staff and contractors safe. The kerbside changes come into effect from this week. In brief, the kerbside trucks are only coming once a fortnight on your usual recycling day. All of your rubbish and recycling is to be bagged and put in your recycling bin, so the truck's mechanical arm can pick it it all up. All rubbish is to be put in the official Council bags and all recycling in any other bag (bin liners, taped up paper bags, bread bags, etc). Any rubbish bags left on the ground will not be picked up. Refuse transfer stations are closed. From this week we are setting up pop up rubbish disposal sites. Please click the 'Read More' button to find the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions around rubbish and recycling, including the times, days and locations of our pop up sites. We are providing regular updates on our Facebook page and via the Antenno app. Please call any neighbours, friends, family who aren't online, to share the news. Thank you.

1 day ago

0800 helpline set up for people struggling to get food, necessities

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Piako Post

Hi neighbours,
Waikato people struggling to get food and other necessities during lockdown now have a number to call.
Freephone 0800 800 405 was set up by the Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group for people struggling to get food, groceries, medication or other household goods and … View more
Hi neighbours,
Waikato people struggling to get food and other necessities during lockdown now have a number to call.
Freephone 0800 800 405 was set up by the Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group for people struggling to get food, groceries, medication or other household goods and services.
The group is not yet sure how big the need is, and say the 0800 number doesn't replace other Government helplines.
READ MORE BELOW

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1 day ago

Use less energy, save more money

energyclubnz

There is a natural increase in energy usage in our homes during lockdown and as we approach shorter days and the colder months.

energyclubnz is always looking for ways to help you save on your energy bill. See our top 10 tips on how to use less energy and save more money.

We want to help … View more
There is a natural increase in energy usage in our homes during lockdown and as we approach shorter days and the colder months.

energyclubnz is always looking for ways to help you save on your energy bill. See our top 10 tips on how to use less energy and save more money.

We want to help you save money on your energy bill!
Use less energy

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1 day ago

Doing DIY while you're staying at home?

Resene

Resene has a FREE Ask a Technical Expert service available so you can ask all your paint, stain, prep and wallpaper questions. Simply visit www.resene.co.nz/techexpert.

And if you haven’t starting painting yet, but are starting to plan a future project, you can get free advice from a Resene… View more
Resene has a FREE Ask a Technical Expert service available so you can ask all your paint, stain, prep and wallpaper questions. Simply visit www.resene.co.nz/techexpert.

And if you haven’t starting painting yet, but are starting to plan a future project, you can get free advice from a Resene colour expert, using the Resene Ask a Colour Expert service. Simply visit www.resene.co.nz/colourexpert to ask your query.
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1 day ago

Chimney sweep

Campbell from Katikati

Chimney sweep service available if Enough interest and people are worried

Negotiable

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