Birchville, Upper Hutt

20 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?
  • 11.3% NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
    11.3% Complete
  • 14.8% AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
    14.8% Complete
  • 7.5% WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
    7.5% Complete
  • 4.3% BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
    4.3% Complete
  • 6.2% HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
    6.2% Complete
  • 5% TARANAKI: Down to Earth
    5% Complete
  • 14% MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
    14% Complete
  • 18.4% WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
    18.4% Complete
  • 4.1% NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
    4.1% Complete
  • 11.9% CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
    11.9% Complete
  • 2.5% OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
    2.5% Complete
3110 votes
16 days ago

How are you keeping the 5-minute quiz workplace tradition going?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

As the lockdown takes force, we may be working from home, but one workplace tradition can live on - the 5-minute quiz. Many workplaces (including our journalists) have taken the quiz online, with a daily video chat. How are you doing the quiz? We'd love to see photos! Include caption details … View moreAs the lockdown takes force, we may be working from home, but one workplace tradition can live on - the 5-minute quiz. Many workplaces (including our journalists) have taken the quiz online, with a daily video chat. How are you doing the quiz? We'd love to see photos! Include caption details and you may even see it in the paper - or mark NFP (not for print) if you don't want it used.
Please note: due to copyright restrictions the quiz can not be shared online, by us or anybody else. It is available in the paper which is continuing to be delivered, or through an online subscription. Call 0800 339 000 or email subscribers@stuff.co.nz to subscribe.

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16 days ago

Lockdown begins: Be kind. Be calm. Stay at home

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Kia Kaha everyone - we're all in this together, even though we're apart. News media is an essential service. So - whether it be four weeks or longer - our journalists will continue to deliver you trusted news, report on public health, and bring you other important, entertaining and useful… View moreKia Kaha everyone - we're all in this together, even though we're apart. News media is an essential service. So - whether it be four weeks or longer - our journalists will continue to deliver you trusted news, report on public health, and bring you other important, entertaining and useful information throughout these extraordinary times.

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14 days 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.
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14 days ago

Giant Charity BookFest

Heretaunga Rotary

Heretaunga Rotary’s Bookfest will not be held on 2nd and 3 rd May 2020.

We have re-booked the Expressions Whirinaki sale venue with the prospect of holding Bookfest on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2020. However, if that does not eventuate we will carry Bookfest forward to May 2021.

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Heretaunga Rotary’s Bookfest will not be held on 2nd and 3 rd May 2020.

We have re-booked the Expressions Whirinaki sale venue with the prospect of holding Bookfest on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2020. However, if that does not eventuate we will carry Bookfest forward to May 2021.

Our website has been updated to reflect this change.
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14 days ago

Need new flooring in your Home!

Flair Flooring Xtra

Hi neighbours – The Flooring Xtra team are here to help you!

We have been in your neighbourhood for over 30years solving all your flooring needs. Often re-carpeting houses that we have done many years ago and helping to bring your homes back into fashion.

We have so many new styles and … View more
Hi neighbours – The Flooring Xtra team are here to help you!

We have been in your neighbourhood for over 30years solving all your flooring needs. Often re-carpeting houses that we have done many years ago and helping to bring your homes back into fashion.

We have so many new styles and textures that will simply transform your home.

As your Local Flooring Xtra store feel free to come in and browse the huge range of products available, look at our specials, and arrange free measure and quotes.

Our Friendly Team will be happy to help!
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15 days ago

What's it like in your area?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

On Thursday Wellington turned into a wasteland, the sound of wind replacing traffic on the morning commute. Like many of you, our reporters are working from home. But, on lockdown day one, we challenged them to provide you with a sense of what history looks like. Notebooks and cameras in hand, … View moreOn Thursday Wellington turned into a wasteland, the sound of wind replacing traffic on the morning commute. Like many of you, our reporters are working from home. But, on lockdown day one, we challenged them to provide you with a sense of what history looks like. Notebooks and cameras in hand, social distancing rules enforced, here's what they found. What's it like in your area?

14 days ago

Selected Beaurepaires Stores Open During Lockdown

Anna Smith from Beaurepaires Upper Hutt

Unfortunately, your local Beaurepaires store is closed during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Lockdown.

To see which stores are open or to find out more information, please click the READ MORE button below.

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15 days ago

We are here to support you ! ***FREE DELIVERY***

Raewyn Richardson from Lagans Pharmacy - Wellness Clinic - Mobility Hub

We are here to support you ! If you are unable to get to us ..we can deliver to you.

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15 days ago

Colour pop tallboy

The Team from Resene ColorShop Upper Hutt

Renovate a bland old piece of furniture by giving it a spectacular colour block makeover!

Most homes have an old tallboy or set of drawers that need a little rejuvenation. Rather than put it in the too-hard basket, give your furniture a new lease on life with a fresh Resene paint finish that can … View more
Renovate a bland old piece of furniture by giving it a spectacular colour block makeover!

Most homes have an old tallboy or set of drawers that need a little rejuvenation. Rather than put it in the too-hard basket, give your furniture a new lease on life with a fresh Resene paint finish that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to makeover your furniture.

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15 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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15 days ago

Important Coronavirus Update - Silverstream Health Centre

Silverstream Health

KEEP THIS IN MIND

Though the doors may be locked for everyone's safety, they will always be open for the sick and the injured.

From Monday 23rd March 2020, all general practice surgeries have been instructed to screen people entering their facilities and therefore apply a 'closed … View more
KEEP THIS IN MIND

Though the doors may be locked for everyone's safety, they will always be open for the sick and the injured.

From Monday 23rd March 2020, all general practice surgeries have been instructed to screen people entering their facilities and therefore apply a 'closed door' policy.

We will be providing consultations by phone, email or video.

If you have a prebooked appointment, your doctor or nurse will contact you via one of these methods. If they feel it is necessary to see you face-to-face they will organise this with you.

If you need to book an appointment, you must contact us by telephone or Manage My Health first.

If you have been advised by the governement to self isloate (eg you are 70 years of age or older or immunocompromised) and need medical assistance, please contact us by telephone or Manage My Health so we can help you. We have local pharmacies who can assist with home delivery medication.

To free up capacity in our services, we encourage you to consider postponing your routine appointments this week.

To help reduce the burden at After Hours facilities during this extremely busy time, we encourage all our patients to contact Silverstream Health Centre when we have our highest level of staffing (Between weekdays 9am and 5pm)

We will not be making face-to-face booking for the following non-urgent appointments:

Routine nurse appointments e.g. smears/wart treatment/ear syringes/blood pressure checks Scripts will be faxed to your pharmacy to reduce person to person contact so you will need to let us know your normal pharmacy.

Please do not stockpile medications. It is critical for us to maintain access to medicines across our community.

We will provide further updates on flu vaccination clinics and you can be assured that patients at highest risk of complications from influenza will be prioritised as a matter of urgency.

We are taking these measures to try and reduce the spread of COVID-19, to protect everyone in the community and to be able to continue caring for those most vulnerable.
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15 days ago

Your wellbeing is our priority

Shona McFarlane 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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17 days ago

What will get you through the lockdown?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

With the deadline before the country heads into alert level 4 looming, everything from keyboards and work equipment, to board games, craft projects, DIY goods and even pets are being snapped up as people prepare for a month at home. What is top of your 'must get' list to get through the … View moreWith the deadline before the country heads into alert level 4 looming, everything from keyboards and work equipment, to board games, craft projects, DIY goods and even pets are being snapped up as people prepare for a month at home. What is top of your 'must get' list to get through the month?

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16 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.
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