Epsom, Auckland

45 minutes ago

Auckland trees an 'eyesore' after being cut in deep V shapes to avoid power lines

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Good morning Auckland neighbours,

Auckland residents are up in arms after a row of trees was turned into an “eyesore” in a bid to protect some power lines.

Residents of Alford St, in the central Auckland suburb of Waterview, woke up last week to find the trees on their berms cut into deep V … View more
Good morning Auckland neighbours,

Auckland residents are up in arms after a row of trees was turned into an “eyesore” in a bid to protect some power lines.

Residents of Alford St, in the central Auckland suburb of Waterview, woke up last week to find the trees on their berms cut into deep V shapes.

John Jones, who lives opposite one of the trees, said they were “quite an eyesore”.

Auckland Council’s regional arborists and ecological manager David Stejskal said the trees were pruned by contractors Treescape as part of routine maintenance of trees growing under power lines.

The overzealous pruning was brought to the council’s attention by a local board member.

Officials have since visited the site and spoken to the contractor about the unacceptable nature of the pruning, Stejskal said.

“The power lines clearance programme needs to strike a balance between the regulatory clearance required to protect power lines and maintaining the viability of the tree,” he said.

Our contractors agree to clear trees to regulatory and contract specifications and best practice guidelines which in this case were not carried out.

“We are currently speaking to Treescape about what needs to be done to remedy the situation.”

Treescape confirmed it is working with the council to remedy the situation.

“We understand the concerns of the residents, and we’re working together to resolve the issue,” a spokesperson said.

“That’s all we can say at this stage.”

What do you think of the way the trees have been cut?

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1 day ago

Covid-19 Update: Covid-19: Kmart and vape store among new locations of interest linked to new case

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi Neighbours,

Here's an important Covid-19 update:

Georgia Forrester and George Block

A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the … View more
Hi Neighbours,

Here's an important Covid-19 update:

Georgia Forrester and George Block

A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the closure of his shop on Wednesday for deep cleaning, followed by his mandatory self-isolation, would be tough for his small business.

Three new community cases of Covid-19 in south Auckland were announced on Tuesday.

The first was a student at Papatoetoe High School, which the Ministry of Health announced earlier in the day. Two other cases – the student’s siblings, who are a teenager and an infant – were confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Kmart in Botany, in east Auckland, and Dark Vapes are among the places of interest visited by one of the cases, with further locations expected to be released on Wednesday.

Kmart Botany

The teenager reported as a new case on Tuesday night works at Kmart Botany.

They were at work on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, between 3.30pm and 10.30pm.

The store was closed on Tuesday night, and a thorough sanitisation of the store was being carried out, a Kmart spokesperson said.

Thirty-one Kmart staff have been identified as close contacts and are self-isolating, the ministry said.

Any members of the public who visited Kmart Botany at the times the student was working is considered a casual plus contact, and must self-isolate at home immediately.

Casual plus contacts are those who would have been considered casual contacts, but have been upgraded due to the risk of the more transmissible strains of the virus.

“If you are a casual plus contact, you are advised to immediately isolate at home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on isolation time frames and testing requirements,” the ministry said.

Dark Vapes

One of the two high school students announced as new cases on Tuesday also twice visited Dark Vapes in East Tamaki, on Friday and Saturday.

The owner, who did not want to be named, said the store would be closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning, and he would isolate at home for 14-days, as per Ministry of Health advice.

“It's going to be tough for the business.”

He said the store would be able to reopen after cleaning as another staff member was available to help run it.

The owner did not know the identity of the case who visited.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said she was not sure which of the cases visited the store.

The visits to the vape store took place on Friday, February 19 between 2.30pm and 4pm, and also Saturday, February 20, between 7pm and 8.30pm.

People who visited the store during these times are considered to be casual-plus contacts.

More locations are expected to be released by the ministry on its website.

45 minutes ago

TV & WiFi Signal Booster

Abdol from TV Signal Solutions Ltd.

Any issues please call us on 0220746441.

21 hours ago

What's your experience with pre-fabricated homes?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star-Times is looking into the rise of transportable/ kit-set/ pre fabricated homes. The upsides are build-efficiency, quality of design, and cost. The downsides appear to be land supply, red-tape with council and difficulty getting lending from banks. If you're willing to share … View moreThe Sunday Star-Times is looking into the rise of transportable/ kit-set/ pre fabricated homes. The upsides are build-efficiency, quality of design, and cost. The downsides appear to be land supply, red-tape with council and difficulty getting lending from banks. If you're willing to share your experience - good or bad - email kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz, otherwise leave a comment. Is there an aspect of transportable housing you'd like us to enquire about for you?

11 hours ago

Found a AT Hop card

Zaimah Neighbourly Lead from Three Kings

If any one had lost their AT Hop card yesterday at Buckley road bus stop near Dairy .Pm me I have it , attached is the card in the pic

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5 days ago

A lost cat?

Sara from Remuera

UPDATE - He escaped from his one day new home which the owner thought he is their lost cat, but actually he isn’t! Hope he can meet better person. 😞 😞


This cat has been visiting my house (Abbotts way) for the last week during nighttime, he eats our cat’s food and sleeps inside. He is … View more
UPDATE - He escaped from his one day new home which the owner thought he is their lost cat, but actually he isn’t! Hope he can meet better person. 😞 😞


This cat has been visiting my house (Abbotts way) for the last week during nighttime, he eats our cat’s food and sleeps inside. He is very friendly to people which makes me think he has a home but he’s lost.

We took him to the vet but he hasn’t a microchip. If you know this cat please let me know x thanks 🙏🙏

17 hours ago

We Say/You Say: Coastal Erosion

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hi Auckland,

How worried are you about coastal erosion in Auckland?

Auckland's shoreline could recede by 200m by 2130 if little to no action on climate change is taken.

The report, titled "Predicting Auckland's exposure to coastal instability and erosion", details the … View more
Hi Auckland,

How worried are you about coastal erosion in Auckland?

Auckland's shoreline could recede by 200m by 2130 if little to no action on climate change is taken.

The report, titled "Predicting Auckland's exposure to coastal instability and erosion", details the impacts this will have on communities the Auckland region.

Sea level rise is notoriously difficult for scientists to follow and this has meant coastal erosion rates have been difficult to predict.

New Zealand's sea levels have risen an average 1.67mm per year since 1989, but the Ministry of Environment says this will accelerate if little action is taken on climate change.

What do you think should be done about it? Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comments used in your local community newspaper.

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1 day ago

Are you struggling to find a rental or buy a home in Auckland?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hello everyone,

I was hoping to get in contact with someone from the Māori, Pasifika and Indian community who have either struggled to find a rental or buy a home.

The housing crisis has affected all three groups particularly badly, so if there's anyone who comes from these groups who is … View more
Hello everyone,

I was hoping to get in contact with someone from the Māori, Pasifika and Indian community who have either struggled to find a rental or buy a home.

The housing crisis has affected all three groups particularly badly, so if there's anyone who comes from these groups who is willing to talk please drop me a message: ged.cann@stuff.co.nz

Thanks,

Ged Cann
Senior Reporter
stuff.co.nz

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21 days ago

Walk in the Park - and Social Action

Hamish from Hillsborough

I've created this event with the goal of opening up the Belfast Reserve bush walk. It's beautiful place to enjoy nature and currently closed to the public.

Interested in your perspective, opinions, advice, and insider knowledge. Please have your say, and I'll add your suggestions … View more
I've created this event with the goal of opening up the Belfast Reserve bush walk. It's beautiful place to enjoy nature and currently closed to the public.

Interested in your perspective, opinions, advice, and insider knowledge. Please have your say, and I'll add your suggestions in a submission to council.

See you there:
www.neighbourly.co.nz...
6 Melrose Road East
10am, 14 February.

Warm regards,
Hamish.

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1 day ago

Clear your calendars for RTB21!

The Team from Round the Bays

Hey Neighbours! Round the Bays 2021 is happening THIS SUNDAY and we hope you're excited!

Haven’t entered yet? Don’t worry you still have time! Secure your entry for 28 February so you can tick NZ’s largest fun run off your bucket list!

Head online to www.roundthebays.co.nz... to … View more
Hey Neighbours! Round the Bays 2021 is happening THIS SUNDAY and we hope you're excited!

Haven’t entered yet? Don’t worry you still have time! Secure your entry for 28 February so you can tick NZ’s largest fun run off your bucket list!

Head online to www.roundthebays.co.nz... to register and round up the crew for an awesome run/jog/walk along Auckland's beautiful coastline!

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4 days ago

Will someone please help get rid of those Moth pest plant off as soon as possible?

Abbie from Mount Eden

Hiya I'm Deaf & I live on the right side, so this left side at the corner of the backyard - I can see that next door showed this feijoa tree is being crowded and riddled with so many vines mass with on the top hanging out lots of toxic irritant moth pods, it is at the back wall, … View moreHiya I'm Deaf & I live on the right side, so this left side at the corner of the backyard - I can see that next door showed this feijoa tree is being crowded and riddled with so many vines mass with on the top hanging out lots of toxic irritant moth pods, it is at the back wall, facing the Balmoral school field - it is so frustrating... I had gotten them voluntary myself off years ago to stop it spreading but it has had returned again. don't we hate them ! Love to have someone who has knowledge of getting rid of them, of course I had googled how to get rid of them but I am not in good form now. I so passionately hate them... it's at 31 Eldon Road. the owners are just housing NZ tenants not savvy in plant weeds knowledge ... arrgh. They knew but they were too lazy. If I don't get any reply here, I will take further action later this week.

3 days ago

What's On: Writers Group

Ian from Mount Albert

I am looking to start a small writers group, up to 6 people, to chat about our writing processes. Timing to suit. Interested? - Contact Ian at writersgroup@xtra.co.nz
Writers Group
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1 day ago

Sole and crayfish quenelles

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Sole and crayfish quenelles with Sauce Nantua prepared by our Diploma Level 5 Cookery chefs This is  a complex classic dish with savoury umami flavours and creative presentation by the students.

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3 days ago

SPiCE Floral Carpet Festival Saturday 6 March from 2 - 4 pm in Sandringham Reserve!

Jo from Mount Eden

Hurray for Alert Level 1 in Auckland!! We are now full steam ahead for our Floral Carpet Festival - back for its 5th year bigger and better than ever. Join us as we use thousands of marigolds to create a stunning carpet of flowers in a beautiful rangoli pattern in the middle of Sandringham Village.… View moreHurray for Alert Level 1 in Auckland!! We are now full steam ahead for our Floral Carpet Festival - back for its 5th year bigger and better than ever. Join us as we use thousands of marigolds to create a stunning carpet of flowers in a beautiful rangoli pattern in the middle of Sandringham Village. Take part in helping us set out the flowers, enjoy learning a traditional Indian dance, or get a henna tattoo. This is a free family event - all ages and people welcome to come and get involved!
RAIN DATE: Sunday 7 March, 2 pm to 4 pm

* Many thanks to local community gardens, Bharatiya Mandir ANVIRO Group and Sanctuary Mahi Whenua, for growing marigolds for us.

3 days ago

Poll: Do you support making Matariki a public holiday?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

The Matariki cluster will send Aotearoa a new public holiday next year.

The actual date of Matariki will move but is expected to always fall on a Friday or Monday.

The first day off will be Friday June 24 in 2022.

Government advice suggests the new Matariki public holiday will cost businesses … View more
The Matariki cluster will send Aotearoa a new public holiday next year.

The actual date of Matariki will move but is expected to always fall on a Friday or Monday.

The first day off will be Friday June 24 in 2022.

Government advice suggests the new Matariki public holiday will cost businesses between $377 - $448 million.

But that advice does not include any potential economic benefits from the new public holiday, set to be introduced from next year.

The estimated cost has come under fire from ACT leader David Seymour who said the public holiday amounted to a tax on business.

Seymour suggested that the Government get rid of another public holiday to make way for Matariki.

Photo: STEPHEN CHADWICK

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Do you support making Matariki a public holiday?
  • 58.9% Yes
    58.9% Complete
  • 37% No
    37% Complete
  • 4.1% Unsure
    4.1% Complete
811 votes
1 day ago

Car air condition

Melanie from Epsom

Looking for recommendations for a good car mechanic to have look at my car AC not working .

Thank you in advance 🙏

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