Horokiwi, Wellington

3 days ago

How is your pet reacting to you being around all the time?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Coco follows her owner round the house all day, Buster has started barking at strangers, and Rover has already been walked by every member of the family today. Twice. Dogs are overjoyed to have humans home 24/7, but they're sensitive, and during times of human stress need special care. How are… View moreCoco follows her owner round the house all day, Buster has started barking at strangers, and Rover has already been walked by every member of the family today. Twice. Dogs are overjoyed to have humans home 24/7, but they're sensitive, and during times of human stress need special care. How are your pets coping?

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5 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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10 hours ago

Broadcast kindness messages on TV with AM!

AMI Insurance

Right now, kindness is more important than ever. So we’re handing over our TV and social media ads to help send messages of kindness and thanks around New Zealand. Broadcast your message of kindness at KindCast.co.nz Find out more

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10 hours ago

Use official news sources

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

The effect of misinformation, myths and gossip can be stopped in its tracks if we all use official news sources. Myths can often be difficult to spot, so we encourage you to only use official news sources at this time https://covid19.govt.nz/.

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11 days ago

METLINK PUBLIC TRANSPORT FREE UNTIL JUNE

Community Engagement Advisor from Metlink: On Our Way

As part of the national response to COVID-19 alert level 4 Metlink will make all rail and bus services free until June.

Public transport will continue to be available for essential service workers, and to enable communities to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities.

For more … View more
As part of the national response to COVID-19 alert level 4 Metlink will make all rail and bus services free until June.

Public transport will continue to be available for essential service workers, and to enable communities to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities.

For more information about this and what services are running, please read the full update on our website below.

22 hours ago

COVID-19 Options for financial support

Dave from Paparangi

here's some valuable information on some options to consider for financial support during these uncertain times. www.ashleightheadvocate.co.nz...

6 days ago

Tell us the story behind your bear

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

We're going on a bear hunt! People across the country are popping bears in their windows. But what's the story behind the fuzzy faces? Tell us about your bear - what's their name, where did you get it, how far have they travelled? Post a photo and tell us their story! (Please mark … View moreWe're going on a bear hunt! People across the country are popping bears in their windows. But what's the story behind the fuzzy faces? Tell us about your bear - what's their name, where did you get it, how far have they travelled? Post a photo and tell us their story! (Please mark any posts you don't want to see published NFP).

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1 day ago

Info for you and your fluffy isolation buddies

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

The lockdown has meant we’ve had to make some major changes in our day to day lives, and that goes for pets too!
To keep things simple, we've put together some handy information for anyone isolating with an animal companion
Check it out at wgtn.cc...
Pictured are a few of the fluffy … View more
The lockdown has meant we’ve had to make some major changes in our day to day lives, and that goes for pets too!
To keep things simple, we've put together some handy information for anyone isolating with an animal companion
Check it out at wgtn.cc...
Pictured are a few of the fluffy characters our team are locked in with
Who is in your bubble?

1 day ago

Enjoying the outdoors during lockdown

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

Kia ora Pōneke. We're over one week into the lockdown and we hope you’re adjusting to your new normal.
We know that walking and being outside is super important for us as Wellingtonians so we wanted to share some tips on how to do it safely:
-Stay close to home
-Stick with those you are … View more
Kia ora Pōneke. We're over one week into the lockdown and we hope you’re adjusting to your new normal.
We know that walking and being outside is super important for us as Wellingtonians so we wanted to share some tips on how to do it safely:
-Stay close to home
-Stick with those you are self-isolating with
-Stay 2 metres away from others
-Wash hands thoroughly when you return home
-Avoid unnecessary risks
-If you are feeling unwell, stay home
For a list of walks in your neighbourhood visit:
wellington.govt.nz...
For more info on looking after your wellbeing visit wellington.govt.nz/coronavirus

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1 day ago

Wash produce with soapy water and rinse thoroughly...

Grant Neighbourly Lead from Johnsonville

'Take out produce when you get home, and wash first in soapy water to protect against the virus, then rinse to remove any soap residue wipe down packaged goods with a soapy clean towel, then dry'
This is now the official advice from the government, see: www.neighbourly.co.nz...

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1 day ago

Essential road maintenance

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

While most roadworks have closed, some essential maintenance will continue on the state highways during the Covid-19 shutdown.
The Aotea Quay off-ramp remains closed for repairs, and the following tunnels will be close from 9pm for maintenance:
-Terrace Tunnel on Monday night
-Mt Victoria Tunnel on… View more
While most roadworks have closed, some essential maintenance will continue on the state highways during the Covid-19 shutdown.
The Aotea Quay off-ramp remains closed for repairs, and the following tunnels will be close from 9pm for maintenance:
-Terrace Tunnel on Monday night
-Mt Victoria Tunnel on Tuesday night
-Arras Tunnel on Wednesday night
For all updates and changes, visit:
www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz...

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1 day ago

Put your game face on

Bob Scott Retirement Village

Playing games online isn’t just for the grandkids, we have a whole list of free game websites to keep you entertained; crosswords, jigsaw puzzles and sudoku to name a few.

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1 day ago

Thanks to my neighbours

Tracy from Johnsonville

It was lovely to spot some encouraging messages on my walk the last few days. My neighbours in Ohariu Road have been busy. Seeing the joyful artwork has certainly brightened my day!! Thank you

1 day ago

What can I do to shop safely?

New Zealand Government

Dear concerned citizen,

It’s important that we all try and shop safely as we unite against COVID-19.

Here’s a few things we should all now do, that will help slow the spread of the virus:
• send one person from your household to do the whole shop
• be aware that stores will limit … View more
Dear concerned citizen,

It’s important that we all try and shop safely as we unite against COVID-19.

Here’s a few things we should all now do, that will help slow the spread of the virus:
• send one person from your household to do the whole shop
• be aware that stores will limit numbers to help you keep 2 metres away from others
• be kind to essential workers, and others you’re sharing the shop with
• come with a list so you can get in and out as quickly as possible
• only touch what you want to buy
• if you like, take a soapy towel in a small container to wipe down trolley or basket handles etc
• keep 2 metres away from others, including staff. They need to keep safe too!
• use payWave if you can, not cash
• bag groceries away from others if you can
• take out produce when you get home, and wash first in soapy water to protect against the virus, then rinse to remove any soap residue wipe down packaged goods with a soapy clean towel, then dry
• wash your hands before and after you shop.

Can I bring people in my household with me to buy essential supplies?
You should dedicate one person per household to be the shopper. This is the safest way to get essential supplies, as it reduces the number of people who are out, and helps stop the virus from spreading.

Leaving online shopping to those who need it most
• If you are healthy, or aged under 70, you should go to the supermarket to do your shopping. This leaves online delivery slots free for those that need them most.
• If you’re a parent on your own with children or over 70, move to online shopping if available. This is important for the safety of your children and others – especially essential service providers.
• If that’s not possible, reach out to nearby friends, family or neighbours who can assist you with the shopping and get it to your doorstep. Your local community may also be able to assist, or you can contact your local store – some are putting special systems in place to help.

Thank you
If we all do our bit we’ll get through this. Thank you for working together and staying home. We can, and must stick with it.

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1 day ago

Shop safe. Shop kind. Shop local.

Four Square

While your Four Square-ing, here’s four simple rules for shopping during Level 4.

1. Be prepared so you know what you need

2. Choose your household shopper who’ll pop into Four Square alone.

3. Stay a safe distance from your fellow Four Square-ers and … View more
While your Four Square-ing, here’s four simple rules for shopping during Level 4.

1. Be prepared so you know what you need

2. Choose your household shopper who’ll pop into Four Square alone.

3. Stay a safe distance from your fellow Four Square-ers and staff

4. Use contactless payment where possible
Find out more

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