Thames, Thames

4 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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14 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).

5 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...

5 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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6 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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5 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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6 days ago

Shops Open in Thames

Carol from Thames

Is there a list out there of the shops that are allowed to open in Thames. There has understandably been a bit of confusion over who can and can’t open. Be great to see a list of businesses that are allowed to function. Nothing on TCDC site. Stay Safe by Staying Home.

6 days ago

Free transport Pak N Save Click and Collect For Elderly

Erena Puru from Thames

Hi, Just wanted to post I can offer Pick up and Delivery for Elderly Free Thames Area.
02108403792
Can call me any time

6 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.
Find out more

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6 days ago

Here's how to help...

Heather Moore from Volunteering Waikato

Community organisations are working out how they will support their clients in the coming weeks, and beyond. Many of you have indicated that you would like to help, but are not sure how to go about it.
Volunteering Waikato’s website is listing opportunities to help out as they come up, and this … View more
Community organisations are working out how they will support their clients in the coming weeks, and beyond. Many of you have indicated that you would like to help, but are not sure how to go about it.
Volunteering Waikato’s website is listing opportunities to help out as they come up, and this list will be regularly updated. If you want to volunteer in the Corona-19 response – here’s a great place to start...

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