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6 hours ago

Coronavirus: Hamilton residents raise a glass to community spirit

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Hauraki Herald

Hi neighbours,
The coronavirus has given rise to a number of quirky phenomenon: the elbow bump, teddy bears in windows and, now, driveway drinkies.
In an effort to boost morale and keep connected, residents along Hamilton's Gillies Ave organised a get together, of sorts, on Friday afternoon.
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Hi neighbours,
The coronavirus has given rise to a number of quirky phenomenon: the elbow bump, teddy bears in windows and, now, driveway drinkies.
In an effort to boost morale and keep connected, residents along Hamilton's Gillies Ave organised a get together, of sorts, on Friday afternoon.
It was strictly BYO as neighbours chatted to each other from the safety of their own driveways or berms.
READ MORE in link below.
What have you been doing to stay connected during this time?

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1 day 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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8 days ago

Poll: Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?

Prospa

Small businesses need our support more than ever right now. While it's uncertain times for all, we are still proud to be celebrating our 11 regional Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand … View more
Small businesses need our support more than ever right now. While it's uncertain times for all, we are still proud to be celebrating our 11 regional Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities. 

They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand Prospa Local Business Hero - our overall winner, as voted by Neighbourly members around the country!

This lucky business will walk away with $10,000 worth of prizes!

Please take a couple of minutes to read the nominations below - then vote for the business you'd like to see named 2020 Prospa Local Business Hero.
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NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
“A very humble man who has been sponsoring any and every cause that has been requested for well over 40 years. He sponsors so many causes in and outside of the neighborhood, goes out of his way to get the meal to the hungry animals, works through the night to fill orders, even on public holidays he steps in and runs the factory single handed to allow his staff time off. He is well past retirement but dedicated to keeping hungry animals supplied with food. No order is too big or too small for his fantastic team.”

AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
“Part of our lives for so many years. They offer a great business, post centre, the BEST fresh flowers and fruit & veg. I have NEVER known them to take a holiday. Kind and genuinely caring people who add so much to our community. You could not find a better Local Business Hero!”

WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
Te Aroha Veterinary Clinic provide a fantastic service from a team that are dedicated to I was devastated losing Blue (horse) I bred her 14 yrs ago and loved her dearly and now I had her orphan foal to care for. Without her dedication staying for hours trying to save Blue I honestly don't know how I would have coped. They are a true asset to our community they go above and beyond the call of duty helping to care for our all animals providing around the clock care and service.”

BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
“The owners, Tony & Julie, are great at communicating and continually ask their customers if they stock the products they want, and if they don’t, they then get it in. They have a very friendly manner and their Managers and Staff are all attentive. Thanks to Tony & Julie for choosing Pyes Pa, you have fitted in well.”

HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
“The staff are friendly and helpful.Also the owners will order in whatever is required,if it is not currently on their shelves.”

TARANAKI: Down to Earth
“As well as a range of healthy tasty foodstuffs and quality herbal supplements, they also provide a range of products to help with sustainable living. They have recently introduced a "bring-you-own-container" refill facility for dishwasher, shampoo and other cleaners. However the best thing about this store is the excellent service. I'm always greeted with a smile and friendly word, offers of help, etc. It is always a pleasure to shop here.”

MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
“Margaret and Veejay go out of their way to make sure customers get the freshest fruit and veggies in town and if they don't have what you want will ring around to source it for you. Despite being robbed and stabbed in daylight, they were open for business as usual the next day. They are held in high esteem locally.”

WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
“This man got out of Viet Nam by himself when he was13, 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.”

NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
“They deliver my prescriptions to me as I’m often unable to get them. They always make sure nothing I'm prescribed interacts with anything and they always explain how to take my meds thoroughly to me, which is important as I've had a brain stem stroke and somedays my brain is scrambled. Cath is wonderful at dropping them off for me. They do a really important and medically serious job with kindness"

CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
“The Vege Shop on Stourbridge is just the best little local biz in town. Mark and his wife Des always have a smile and time for a yarn. We feel so fortunate to have them just around the corner. They are awesome!”

OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
“John is fantastic!!! He does everything from carpet repairs to chimney sweeping and pest control. I have him listed in my phone as John Everything! He has a brilliant attitude and has even come on public holidays at short notice.”

Prospa Local Business Hero - who gets your vote?
  • 11.7% NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
    11.7% Complete
  • 13.9% AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
    13.9% Complete
  • 7.6% WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
    7.6% Complete
  • 4.2% BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
    4.2% Complete
  • 6.4% HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
    6.4% Complete
  • 4.5% TARANAKI: Down to Earth
    4.5% Complete
  • 14.3% MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
    14.3% Complete
  • 18.8% WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
    18.8% Complete
  • 4.2% NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
    4.2% Complete
  • 11.6% CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
    11.6% Complete
  • 2.6% OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
    2.6% Complete
2778 votes
3 days ago

What does lockdown look like?

Kelley Tantau Reporter from Hauraki Herald

These photos were taken around Paeroa this afternoon, on day one of the nation's four-week lockdown.

1 day 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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2 days ago

Lockdown excludes public from Waikato councils' decisions process

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Hauraki Herald

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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2 days ago

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki rallies community care packages for those in need

Kelley Tantau Reporter from Hauraki Herald

Hauraki health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki is rallying to help the community with basic care packages for those in need.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Oranga Service Manager, Public and Community Health Debbie Petersen-Pilcher says their Whānau Ora packages of care include food … View more
Hauraki health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki is rallying to help the community with basic care packages for those in need.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Oranga Service Manager, Public and Community Health Debbie Petersen-Pilcher says their Whānau Ora packages of care include food focusing on breakfast such as tinned fruit, Weetbix, porridge and UHT milk and sanitary items such as soap, spray ‘n’ wipe, Handee towels and tissues.

“Currently we are compiling 200 packs - we’re hoping for more, but it’s about supply and demand.”

Debbie says they are currently gathering a vulnerable whānau list from their Whānau Ora, kaumātua and other databases, identifying those most in need.

People living in rural communities will not miss out with special deliveries to the rural communities.

“So as soon as we have a list, we will create a map and inform everyone of what days and where we are delivering to,” Debbie says.

The care pack initiative is being funded by Whānau Ora. Debbie says there has been a groundswell of support from the community for the project, including from Pak ‘n’ Save, local schools and the community in general.

“Everyone’s just willing to help – people have offered baking, soups and to help pack and drive, but we need to keep people safe, and while we are so grateful of all the offers, we want to keep staff working to a minimum for safety reasons.”

She says they will liaise with other community groups providing similar services to discuss using a combined distribution network to make sure they are not duplicating and also to help with transport if required.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Hauora CEO Riana Manuel says there will be logistics around deliveries.

“But all of our whānau delivering kai and products will be clinically trained to drop off to the door step to ensure we do not pass on anything but good will.”

If anyone knows any whānau in need, send names and phone numbers to whānau.navigators@korowai.co.nz or Freephone 0508korowai - 0508 835 676.

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3 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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3 days ago

This Waikato business needs your support!

Prospa

A huge congratulations to Te Aroha Vet Clinic. This local legend is a finalist in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Now they need your vote to give them a chance to take home a prize package worth $10,000!

Good on you, and good luck, Te Aroha Vet Clinic. Thanks for bringing joy to … View more
A huge congratulations to Te Aroha Vet Clinic. This local legend is a finalist in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Now they need your vote to give them a chance to take home a prize package worth $10,000!

Good on you, and good luck, Te Aroha Vet Clinic. Thanks for bringing joy to your community - especially in these uncertain times.

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Nominated by Valerie Walton from Te Aroha: "Te Aroha Veterinary Clinic provide a fantastic service from a team that are dedicated to I was devastated losing Blue (horse) I bred her 14 yrs ago and loved her dearly and now I had her orphan foal to care for. Without her dedication staying for hours trying to save Blue I honestly don't know how I would have coped. They are a true asset to our community they go above and beyond the call of duty helping to care for our all animals providing around the clock care and service.”
Vote for Te Aroha Vet Clinic

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12 days ago

Covid-19 update - Thames Market Every Saturday

Thames Market

At this stage Thames Market will still be on this Saturday 21 March. We are keeping within the advice of health officials as there are never 500 or more people on the market at any one time. If you are planning to visit Thames Market, please follow these rules:
- Do not come to the market if you … View more
At this stage Thames Market will still be on this Saturday 21 March. We are keeping within the advice of health officials as there are never 500 or more people on the market at any one time. If you are planning to visit Thames Market, please follow these rules:
- Do not come to the market if you are feeling unwell (if you have fever, a cough or any other symptoms of a cold)
- Do not come to the market if you have been returning from overseas travel (except Pacific Islands) within the last 14 days

- Do not come to the market if you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19

- Follow the recommendations of The NZ Ministry of Health to curb the threat of spreading the virus as explained on their website (see below).

3 days ago

Waikato Regional Council has signalled a zero per cent rates rise

Denis from Thames

To help lighten the impact of coronavirus.

Waikato Regional Council has also moved to set up a temporary emergency committee to make fast decisions with the nation in lockdown. Read more at - teggtalk.wordpress.com...

3 days ago

Your wellbeing is our priority

Bob Owens 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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3 days ago

Look for the positives during lockdown, says cop

Kelley Tantau Reporter from Hauraki Herald

As you all know and have heard, these are unprecedented times for all of us.
Please don't panic! Remain calm and carry on – just do it from home!
Yes it is worrying and it is normal to feel anxious, especially if you or close family members are in the at risk group.
There is so much … View more
As you all know and have heard, these are unprecedented times for all of us.
Please don't panic! Remain calm and carry on – just do it from home!
Yes it is worrying and it is normal to feel anxious, especially if you or close family members are in the at risk group.
There is so much information out there through the media and social media, but the main points remain the same – good hygiene and social distance.
As we move from Alert Level 3 to 4 the majority of us should be at home and remain there as much as possible. The only way to stop further contamination is through reducing our interaction, short term pain for long term gain. We need to do this to look after the more vulnerable members of our community.
Essential services will continue, we will not run out of food!
Try to find some positives in this situation, for me it was strangely having nothing else to do other than be with my family.
This meant I could actually sit down and talk to my kids, play a game and go for a walk with them without distraction and the constant nagging, guilty feeling that I should be doing something else.
I had time to exercise and read a book. I've made a list of all the other jobs around home I can get done, all those things I have put off for so long.
Some may be concerned about their children's schooling or the prospect of home schooling. I know most schools have provided learning plans to students and/or advised of a number of websites to visit for further online learning.
Reality is we can also use this time for some real life learning experiences – budgeting, changing a tyre, gardening, collecting firewood, baking, art – drawing/painting amongst a few ideas.
Remember these are uncertain times for your children too so it may be more beneficial to allow some down time – watching a documentary on Netflix or listening to an e book. Only do what you can do.
It is important to remember some members of our community have lost their jobs while others continue to work. Please be empathetic and kind to each other.
From a policing perspective, our focus remains on maintaining public safety, security and public order. We are here for you – if there is an emergency ring 111, if you need help but it's not an emergency ring 105.

We are stronger together, help and support each other.

- Sergeant Rachel Holmes is the officer-in-charge of the Strategic Traffic Unit in Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki.

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3 days ago

Keen for some music during lockdown?

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Hauraki Herald

Hi neighbours,
Today is the beginning of our nationwide lockdown, so Operatunity is marking it with some music!
They plan to do it as often as they can through-out the four weeks, given they can't get out and about in the community.
They've rallied all the Operatunity artists to produce … View more
Hi neighbours,
Today is the beginning of our nationwide lockdown, so Operatunity is marking it with some music!
They plan to do it as often as they can through-out the four weeks, given they can't get out and about in the community.
They've rallied all the Operatunity artists to produce their own virtual concerts. Some footage is from their archives, some shot on phones and some was recorded before the lockdown.
There will be a variety of songs, singers and musicians over the next few weeks.
So if you want to check out today's one, head along to the link below.

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