Raumanga, Whangarei

4 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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1 day ago

The Lockdown - its implementation and consequences

Peter Neighbourly Lead from Kamo

For starters: I do think that using the concept of staying out of the infection-spreading zone of other people is a really, really good idea. I'm in the high risk group of people; trust me, I do not want to catch the virus.
My wife went to go shopping yesterday. It took her hours to get … View more
For starters: I do think that using the concept of staying out of the infection-spreading zone of other people is a really, really good idea. I'm in the high risk group of people; trust me, I do not want to catch the virus.
My wife went to go shopping yesterday. It took her hours to get into the supermarket. HOURS. There were lines formed and directed outside by the staff, and she tells me that no way were the lines at a safe distance from each other. Then some supervisor shouted if someone over 70 was there, there was, and the gentleman was led along the line of other people in the queue --- no distance at all, instead of being led around the outside.

Get this: he was led along the queue, exposed to ever single &^%$* other person waiting, with no distance kept at all. My wife jokingly said to him "you're not 2m away from me" and he just about jumped out of his skin and apologized to her. It wasn't his fault.

They are spraying and 'sterilizing' the trolleys outside the shop. When it got to checkout time, she got shouted at because the packer felt she was too close to the cashier. They packed all her goods into the trolley used by the person before her (sic!) instead of using hers, and when she wanted to walk out she had to pass right by the packer who made no moves to distance herself.

The whole thing is, pardon the pun, a sick joke. The basic idea is good, but the implementation is lousy, and inept, in some cases plain dangerous (talking about exposing the 'over 70' bloke to everybody else waiting in line, here). It is implemented by people who don't understand the underlying principles and flounder around trying to comply with 'rules' they don't really comprehend. In this form, the spread of the virus is highly likely to continue, never mind what.
Keeping people waiting outside the shop for hours (around 4 hours it took!) is NOT sanitary. With my arthritic knees and still recovering from a heart attack, I'd not even consider it, I'd sooner dig up grass roots and carrot weed in the paddock and eat those. And, to wit, the delivery system is completely overloaded.

The other food stores should be OPEN. That would reduce queues. The regulators who came up with this plan have handed a de facto monopoly to foodstuffs and woolworth, which is being exploited (are there any specials at all just now?) and the quarantine measures, as I said above, are poorly understood and implemented.

By and large I am pretty disgusted by the situation.


Incidentally, I notice that the traffic on SH1 through Kauri has picked up by a lot today. Yesterday it was quiet, the day before it was very quiet; today? Quite busy all day ...

1 day ago

What do you think of freedom campers being rounded up?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Freedom campers around the Whangārei district are being rounded up to two central Whangārei spots so police can keep an eye on them and ensure their needs are met. This comes as the number of cases in Northland hits double-digits, with 11 as of Thursday , with latest information available here. … View moreFreedom campers around the Whangārei district are being rounded up to two central Whangārei spots so police can keep an eye on them and ensure their needs are met. This comes as the number of cases in Northland hits double-digits, with 11 as of Thursday , with latest information available here. What do you think of the way freedom campers are treated? What alternative would you suggest?

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6 hours ago

Daylight saving ends tonight

Glenda from Kensington

Don't forget daylight saving ends tonight!!
Glenda Hubbard

13 hours ago

Put your game face on

Jane Mander 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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19 hours 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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19 hours 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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1 day ago

Applications Open to Join the Disability Advisory Group

Online Content Publisher from Whangarei District Council

Applications are open NOW to join our Disability Advisory Group.

Do you know someone living with disability who can:
💭 help other disabled people in Whangārei?
💬 help Whangārei District Council work better with disabled people?
🗯 provide advice on regional strategies, policies and … View more
Applications are open NOW to join our Disability Advisory Group.

Do you know someone living with disability who can:
💭 help other disabled people in Whangārei?
💬 help Whangārei District Council work better with disabled people?
🗯 provide advice on regional strategies, policies and plans?

Council’s Disability Advisory Group is one of three advisory groups, who give advice to Council so they can make the right decisions for our community.

The Disability Advisory Group is a practical way to make a difference, and it gives members insight in to how Council works.

Apply before April 31 at the link below.

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1 day ago

April Challenge Month

NumberWorks'nWords Whangarei

Hi everyone we are currently running an April challenge month. We have 3 puzzles a day junior, intermediate and senior. Here are our puzzles to date. Have a go as a family and see how you get on. The answers will be put up next week.

4 days ago

Nine coronavirus cases in Northland - what do you think?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

In Monday's coronavirus update, Northland has nine confirmed cases, including one in Whangārei Hospital - a much lower number than other regions showing clusters of the virus. Northland's first Covid-19 case, praised for protecting the community, now wants to support other NorthlandersView moreIn Monday's coronavirus update, Northland has nine confirmed cases, including one in Whangārei Hospital - a much lower number than other regions showing clusters of the virus. Northland's first Covid-19 case, praised for protecting the community, now wants to support other Northlanders who test positive. Meanwhile, residents adjust to the lockdown rules. What do you think of Northland's case numbers? What about the lockdown rules - how do they impact you?

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1 day ago

Rubbish collection continues - and we have new bags!

Online Content Publisher from Whangarei District Council

Our Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections continue as usual. Pictured here are our new official blue rubbish bags, though the old grey ones will be collected just the same!

Please put your rubbish out early, i.e. before 7am, as we are managing start times to reduce risk and help the crews get… View more
Our Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections continue as usual. Pictured here are our new official blue rubbish bags, though the old grey ones will be collected just the same!

Please put your rubbish out early, i.e. before 7am, as we are managing start times to reduce risk and help the crews get collection runs finished before dark.

Please also double-bag potentially hazardous rubbish like tissues to protect collectors from spreading germs.

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1 day ago

Mini cold frame

The Team from Resene ColorShop Whangarei

Grow seeds or cuttings during the cooler months with this easy-to-make cold frame painted in Resene Lustacryl.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create your own.

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1 day ago

Spread facts, not fear

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.

During this uncertain time, … View more
With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.

During this uncertain time, it’s fine to feel a little overwhelmed. To keep up to date with the latest developments and how you can do your bit, visit https://covid19.govt.nz/.
Reach out

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2 days ago

People living out of Vehicles during lock-down

Online Content Publisher from Whangarei District Council

Police, Northland District Health Board and Whangarei District Council have decided to move all outlying freedom campers to two sites in central Whangarei.

The move will ensure proper facilities can be provided for the welfare of campers and provide them with closer access to medical help should … View more
Police, Northland District Health Board and Whangarei District Council have decided to move all outlying freedom campers to two sites in central Whangarei.

The move will ensure proper facilities can be provided for the welfare of campers and provide them with closer access to medical help should they require it during the month-long Covid-19 lockdown.

This applies to freedom campers and vehicle dwellers regardless of their self-containment certification status. The exception to this is freedom campers at Cobham Oval Car Park and the Finlayson St Car Park who should stay self-isolating where they currently are.

A main site has been set at Pohe Island at William Fraser Memorial Park on Riverside Drive and a second area at the Whangarei Aquatic Centre Carpark. Both carparks will be closed to the public for the duration of the lockdown.

Police will begin moving campers to the two sites over the next few days and campers should stay where they are until they are asked to move by Police or Council’s Armourguard officers.

Council is working with other agencies to try to find accommodation for anyone rough sleeping in cars during the lockdown.

Police, Northland District Health Board and Whangarei District Council remind locals to be kind to our overseas visitors at this time. They are guests in our district and have been caught up in this difficult situation through no fault of their own.

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