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4 days ago

Swinging Through Trees now Available on all Streaming platforms

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4 days ago

Swinging Through Trees: on all Streaming platforms

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5 days ago

Help your club look smart and fresh all year round.

Resene

If your sports, music, hobby or community club facilities look a little worse for wear, Resene have fresh colour and paint to bring them back to their very best!

Resene have 3 prizes of $1500 of Resene quality paints, primers/sealers, wood stains and accessories to give away.

In addition, … View more
If your sports, music, hobby or community club facilities look a little worse for wear, Resene have fresh colour and paint to bring them back to their very best!

Resene have 3 prizes of $1500 of Resene quality paints, primers/sealers, wood stains and accessories to give away.

In addition, each winning club will receive a $500 Prezzy card, that you can use to keep your volunteer painters nourished and happy while they are doing the painting! PLUS we have some extra spot prize vouchers too! Simply nominate your club and tell us why they deserve to win! Entries close 31 August 2020!

You are welcome to nominate more than one club.
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6 days 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!

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6 days ago

Next issue of Get Growing ezine - coming next week!

Reporter NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Hi neighbours, the next issue of Get Growing will now be released early next week, so keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime you can read all previous editions here, so dig in and enjoy!

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6 days ago

St John Thames welcomes new vehicle

Kelley Tantau Reporter from Hauraki Herald

The St John Health Shuttle service in Thames has welcomed a new vehicle donated by Grassroots Trust.

A ceremony was held at the St John Thames station on Wednesday, July 1, to dedicate the new vehicle, which will be used to transport locals to and from their health appointments.

“St John is … View more
The St John Health Shuttle service in Thames has welcomed a new vehicle donated by Grassroots Trust.

A ceremony was held at the St John Thames station on Wednesday, July 1, to dedicate the new vehicle, which will be used to transport locals to and from their health appointments.

“St John is grateful for the generosity of Grassroots Trust. Their gift has made it possible for us to replace one of the older vehicles so we can continue to be there for those who need us,” Nissy Concisom, St John  community programmes manager northern region said.

“St John is such an essential part of the fabric of New Zealand that it’s easy for us to support such an important service,” says Martin Bradley, Executive Chairman of Grassroots Trust.

“It’s great for us to be able to assist people who cannot assist themselves. It’s a great investment.”

The St John Health Shuttle service was first launched in Hamilton in 1991 and is now operating from 35 locations nationwide. Individuals who face challenges getting to their local doctor or medical appointments at hospital can access the door-to-door service for free but a koha or gold coin donation is appreciated.

The service is having a significant social impact on the communities that depend on it.

“We are providing better access to healthcare; people are missing fewer health appointments and they’re gaining more social contact and connection. We are also seeing a reduction in stress, improvements to health and wellbeing and money saved,” says Ms Concisom.

Dedicated volunteers like Thames resident, Ian Shaw, are crucial to the running of St John’s Health Shuttle service.

In the Hauraki-Coromandel District, there are five vehicles operating in Thames, three in Waihi, two in Whangamata and one in Paeroa, and more drivers are needed now.

“I absolutely love it. The reward of being a health shuttle driver is when someone says, “thank you.” There are so many people who need help and we can always do with more volunteers,” Shaw said.

Individuals who want to make a booking for the St John Health Shuttle service, or individuals wanting to volunteer as a driver, can call St John on 0800 934 287 or email stephen.robinson@stjohn.org.nz.

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6 days ago

Kiwi confirmed in Coromandel reserve

Kelley Tantau Reporter from Hauraki Herald

Conservation groups on the central east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula are marking a major success, with confirmation of a population kiwi in a scenic reserve in the settlements of Matarangi and Kuaotunu.

Representatives from Project Kiwi and Rings Beach Wetland Group spent several consecutive … View more
Conservation groups on the central east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula are marking a major success, with confirmation of a population kiwi in a scenic reserve in the settlements of Matarangi and Kuaotunu.

Representatives from Project Kiwi and Rings Beach Wetland Group spent several consecutive nights in the reserve through June conducting audio monitoring for kiwi calls - essentially sitting quietly and recording kiwi calls, noting time, sex, distance and direction of the calls between 6pm and 8pm.

Dave Fitzgerald, the Secretary of Rings Beach Wetland Group, says the confirmation of the kiwi is the culmination of a long period of commitment and work by volunteers and supporters.

“We’re really excited – it’s very encouraging. It really shows the efforts of a number of people over many years is really paying off.”

He was involved in the monitoring and says the number of calls gradually increased over the course of the monitoring – with female birds heard responding to their male counterparts on the second night.

“We’re presuming there are at least two breeding pairs in there,” he says. “We noticed on one night an old pine tree stump which had been heavily carved at by kiwi, and kiwi droppings around that – they’d been looking for insects.”

Project Kiwi spokesperson Paula Williams says the confirmation kiwi are in the reserve is significant on numerous levels.

“It shows the reserve is suitable habitat for kiwi and kiwi have arrived of their own volition,” she said.

“We will conduct surveys in this reserve over the next two years to collect baseline data, but my expectation is the data will show birds are living in the reserve, not passing through.”

Williams said the strong likelihood breeding pairs are among the reserve’s kiwi population is a particularly positive sign.

“Breeding pairs also tell us the habitat is good enough in terms of year-round water supply and food source for a pair to inhabit and raise chicks. Pairs also help anchor a population, so it is likely the reserve will retain some of its wandering juvenile kiwi and the population will self-seed.

“Breeding pairs mean baby chicks and present us with the knowledge and the challenge to provide a level of predator control where they will flourish and go on to breed too,” she said.

The reserve’s new status as a habitat for our national bird will connect the Kuaotunu and Whangapoua Forest kiwi populations, she said.

Chris Twemlow, a Ranger with the Department of Conservation’s Coromandel District, says the confirmation kiwi are in the reserve demonstrates the value of community groups’ conservation effort.

“Conservation volunteers put in a huge amount of work and make contributions the wider public doesn’t always see. We’re delighted to see such a great result as this illustrates the power of sustained collaborative effort.”

People can find out how to support the work of the Rings Beach Wetland group by emailing ringsbeachwetlandgroup@gmail.com

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7 days ago

Brighten Our Community with Colourplus! - 100L Free Paint

Team from ColourPlus Thames

Colourplus is providing up to 100L of free paint for every Colourplus store ranging paint to support a local community project.
We need you to nominate local community projects in-store or online at woobox.com...
Key Dates:
Now - 10th Aug: Call for Nominations
11th Aug - 21st Aug: Stores to … View more
Colourplus is providing up to 100L of free paint for every Colourplus store ranging paint to support a local community project.
We need you to nominate local community projects in-store or online at woobox.com...
Key Dates:
Now - 10th Aug: Call for Nominations
11th Aug - 21st Aug: Stores to Qualify Top 3 projects
28th Aug - 25th Sept: In-store voting on Top 3 to commence
25th Sept - 16th Oct: Awarding of paints to Communities
16th Oct - 13th Dec: Community project completion
1st Dec - 18th Jan: Celebrate completion of community projects

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9 days ago

How affordable is travel within NZ?

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone, I'm Lorna, a Stuff travel reporter. We're doing a story on how affordable travel within NZ is. For those of you who have travelled within the country post-lockdown, we'd like to hear whether you've been able to find suitable flights, accommodation and activities … View moreHi everyone, I'm Lorna, a Stuff travel reporter. We're doing a story on how affordable travel within NZ is. For those of you who have travelled within the country post-lockdown, we'd like to hear whether you've been able to find suitable flights, accommodation and activities within your budget. Do you think accommodation providers and tourism operators are doing enough to entice New Zealanders to explore their backyard? Please let us know in the comments below, your message may be used in our story.

8 days ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

View Hamilton Harcourts' latest interactive Blueprint.

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8 days ago

What's On: Bella Street Pumphouse AGM

Jay from Thames

For those interested in the gold history of Thames. Absolutely no obligation to go on the committee, but new members are very welcome!
Bella Street Pumphouse AGM
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