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62 days ago

Auckland reclaims top spot as most expensive place to rent

Brian from Mount Roskill

Auckland has reclaimed the top spot as the country's most expensive place to rent after the Bay of Plenty overtook Tāmaki Makaurau in December, according to Trade Me's latest rental price index.
Trade Me's Gavin Lloyd said: "Average median rent in Auckland went up by 3 per … View more
Auckland has reclaimed the top spot as the country's most expensive place to rent after the Bay of Plenty overtook Tāmaki Makaurau in December, according to Trade Me's latest rental price index.
Trade Me's Gavin Lloyd said: "Average median rent in Auckland went up by 3 per cent compared to last month, reaching a high of $680 per week whilst the Bay of Plenty market dropped by 3 per cent to $650 per week.
"The increase in Tāmaki Makaurau was driven by the North Shore City which recorded an uptick of 4.2 per cent to $720 a week and Waitakere City which is up 2.3 per cent to $665 a week."
The data also showed New Zealand rental prices overall have increased for the second month in a row.
The national median weekly rent in New Zealand has jumped to $630 for the month of January, up 0.8% compared to December last year.
Lloyd said the first month of 2024 could be a "telling sign" of the year ahead.
"Renters were for the most part sheltered from any major price increases for rental properties at the end of 2023 but this may change if the Reserve Bank decides to raise the official cash rate next week in their first meeting of the year.
“As borrowing costs rise, landlords may face increased expenses, and some could pass on these costs to tenants through higher rents.
"This change might make it a bit tougher for renters with the rising cost of living and lack of properties available giving them fewer options when searching for a property," Lloyd said.
Southland retains its status as the most affordable place to rent in New Zealand, with a median price of $450 per week, a slight increase of $10 from December.
The report also included rent for townhouses and apartments, which have climbed to "record highs".
The median weekly rent for an apartment in New Zealand peaked at $560 per week in January and townhouses reached $665 per week.
In Auckland specifically, townhouses also reached an all time high of $730, up 5% compared to the same time last year. Units in Christchurch also saw a jump, up 12.5%, making the median rent $450.
"As net migration is almost at an all time high more people are coming into the country looking for entry level rentals like apartments and townhouses — especially as they are more prevalent in our city centres.
"This increase in demand is likely putting pressure on the supply and impacting prices," Lloyd said.
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63 days ago

Ways to Lower your Power Bill

The Team from NZ Compare

Feeling the Summer heat? Don't let your power bill skyrocket along with the temperatures!

Check out these 10 simple tips to keep cool and save money on your power bills this season.

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63 days ago

WHAT's ON: Meditation Month - Citywide FREE meditation classes/workshops

Durba from Avondale

In response to growing urban problems of stress and declining mental health, Hour of Peace Meetup organisers and Auckland’s Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre are offering a citywide free program throughout March which will share basic meditation skills with anyone keen to learn.

Meditation Month … View more
In response to growing urban problems of stress and declining mental health, Hour of Peace Meetup organisers and Auckland’s Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre are offering a citywide free program throughout March which will share basic meditation skills with anyone keen to learn.

Meditation Month will introduce the key steps in getting started, and cover a variety of techniques in calming the mind and coping with the often complex challenges of living in today’s world.

Meditation Month is an admission-free initiative simply dedicated to a more peaceful world and to the quest for happiness that we all share.

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Grey Lynn
Date: Thurs 7 Mar and 14 Mar; 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road
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Birkenhead
Date: Tues 12 Mar; 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Birkenhead Library, 204 Hinemoa Street
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Green Bay
Date: Every Thurs for 3 weeks from 14 March; 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive
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Botany
Date: Fri 15 Mar; 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Botany Library, Botany Town Centre
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Highland Park
Date: Sat Mar 16; 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: Highland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Drive
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Albany
Date: Tues 19 Mar; 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Albany Community Hub, 575a Albany Highway
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Auckland CDB
Date: Mon 20 Mar; 12.30noon - 1.30pm
Venue: Auckland Central City Library, Te Mārama Room, 44-46 Lorne St
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Meadowbank
Date: Mon 25 Mar; 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Meadowbank Community Centre, 29 St Johns Road


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Course details can be found on our website: www.meditationauckland.co.nz....
All classes are free of charge. Registration is not necessary. Simply turn up at the venue. For further inquiries, please contact Jogyata: 0221887432

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63 days ago

Nike Steady V11Womens shoes size 6 for sale

Mythili from Mount Roskill

These shoes are pretty new have just worn once as it was tight i am selling this. Purchase it for $170 selling for $75 but negotiable up to $10.

Price: $75

64 days ago

Win this brand-new home!

Heart Foundation Lotteries

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Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, this home is waiting for its new owner.

Make this property … View more
For only $15 a ticket, you could be in to win this brand-new, fully furnished Jennian home in Pegasus, Christchurch worth almost $1 million.

Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, this home is waiting for its new owner.

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Don’t miss out! Get your tickets today at heartlottery.org.nz.
Find out more

64 days ago

Don't forget to nominate your favourite local...

Prospa

There have been hundreds of wonderful entries in this year's Prospa Local Business Hero from across the country! If you haven't nominated a special local business yet, do it today.

- Got a great mechanic? Nominate them today.
- A barista who makes you smile? Nominate them today.
- … View more
There have been hundreds of wonderful entries in this year's Prospa Local Business Hero from across the country! If you haven't nominated a special local business yet, do it today.

- Got a great mechanic? Nominate them today.
- A barista who makes you smile? Nominate them today.
- A reassuring pharmacy team? Nominate them today.

Make a small business' day today by nominating them as your Prospa Local Business Hero - and you could make their whole year (our national winner picks up an incredible $10,000 prize package!)
Nominate now

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64 days ago

LV bag

Jules from Mount Albert

LV bag - not authentic but real leather, well looked after and used!! Make contact or offer x

Negotiable

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64 days ago

Women SkechersGoWalk Shoe Size 6.5 used $30

Riz from Mount Roskill

Women Skechersgowalk shoe size 6.5
Used
Pickup Richardson Road Hillsborough
Plz pm me

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64 days ago

Men Adidas Shoe used US Size 9 n Half $30

Riz from Mount Roskill

Mens Adidas Shoe
Size 9 half
Condition see the picture as good
Pickup Richardson Road Hillsborough
Plz pm me

64 days ago

Evening classes

Amitabha Hospice from Amitabha Hospice Service Trust

Hi there
Is there anyone looking for a space to teach their yoga, pilates, etc classes? I have a lovely peaceful space with parking available on Powell Street, Avondale. Please call Leigh 021 026 46 898

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64 days ago

Red Cross Sandringham - Volunteers Required

Redcross from Sandringham

Reaching out to this amazing community ☺️

We are currently revamping our local Charity Store.

If anyone has some time available and would like to contribute to helping Red Cross support people in need, we would welcome you to our team of friendly people.

Looking for volunteers who can … View more
Reaching out to this amazing community ☺️

We are currently revamping our local Charity Store.

If anyone has some time available and would like to contribute to helping Red Cross support people in need, we would welcome you to our team of friendly people.

Looking for volunteers who can donate 3 hours a week - or more if you wish!

Please call us : 09 815 6203
or

Visit us at: 571 Sandringham Road, Sandringham

Open Monday to Friday 9-5
Saturday 10-4.

Thank you💐

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64 days ago

Volunteers Needed at Amitabha Hospice

Claire from Mount Roskill

Amitabha Hospice Service is looking for more volunteers to visit people as support companions. Training starts soon - 6th of March. Please visit www.amitabhahospice.org... for more details and to apply!

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65 days ago

THE MEDITATIVE JOURNEY

Maria from Mount Albert

Nyima Tashi Centre for Contemplation and Well being
Published by Jangchub Lhamo Jangchub · 4m ·
THE MEDITATIVE JOURNEY

Blaise Pascal the great 17th Century French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, and prodigious writer of Catholic literature
Once said that the greatest… View more
Nyima Tashi Centre for Contemplation and Well being
Published by Jangchub Lhamo Jangchub · 4m ·
THE MEDITATIVE JOURNEY

Blaise Pascal the great 17th Century French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, and prodigious writer of Catholic literature
Once said that the greatest obstacle to mankind is one's inability to sit quietly with oneself.
Nyima Tashi reopens on Tuesday March the 5th at 7PM for meditation we look forward to seeing you all then

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65 days ago

Don't try this at home: Why Lemons Aren't a Magic Potion for Flawless Skin

Tsahallah from Beauty Fields

The charm of natural remedies is undeniable, especially when it comes to skincare. From honey masks to coffee scrubs, DIY concoctions flood social media, promising quick fixes for everything from wrinkles to hyperpigmentation. But before you squeeze that lemon onto your face based on the latest … View moreThe charm of natural remedies is undeniable, especially when it comes to skincare. From honey masks to coffee scrubs, DIY concoctions flood social media, promising quick fixes for everything from wrinkles to hyperpigmentation. But before you squeeze that lemon onto your face based on the latest TikTok "hack," hold on! As a pharmacist who has dedicated years to formulating gentle yet effective skincare, I'm here to burst the citrus bubble and explain why lemons are a bad idea for treating skin spots.

Lemon on your face is not such a good idea.
The Acidic Truth, what you don’t know can harm you

Let's start with the science. Lemons are undeniably rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant praised for its brightening properties. However, the key ingredient responsible for that "magic" is citric acid, a potent alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). While AHAs can indeed exfoliate dead skin cells, revealing a seemingly brighter complexion, the harsh reality is that lemon juice is far too acidic for your delicate facial skin.
Imagine this: your skin's natural pH sits around a healthy 5.5, slightly acidic but leaning towards neutral. Lemon juice, on the other hand, boasts a pH of 2-3, making it incredibly acidic and comparable to vinegar! Applying this directly to your face disrupts your skin's natural barrier, potentially leading to:
Inflammation and irritation: Redness, burning, and stinging are common reactions, especially for sensitive skin.
Increased sun sensitivity: AHAs make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, potentially worsening hyperpigmentation instead of lightening it.
Uneven skin tone: Over-exfoliation, inflammation, and increased sun sensitivity can lead to patchy, uneven skin tone, the opposite of the desired effect. Yup! It can make things worse!


pH2 is 1000 times more acidic than pH5, it’s a logarithmic scale
Beyond the Burn: The Long-Term Damage
The harm doesn't stop at immediate reactions. Frequent use of lemon juice can weaken your skin's barrier, making it more vulnerable to environmental damage, infections, and premature aging. It's essentially trading short-term perceived brightness for long-term skin woes.
The Temptation of the Algorithm: Why We Fall for the "Hacks"
So, why do these questionable practices gain traction online? The answer lies in a complex mix of factors:
Appeal to natural remedies: The belief that "natural" equals safe and effective is very strong.
Influencer trust: We often see flawless, filtered complexions on our screens, leading us to believe the methods used are foolproof, regardless of their potential harm.
Cherry-picking results: Social media thrives on showcasing successes, rarely highlighting negative experiences or potential dangers.
The Power of Informed Choices: Seek Expertise, Not Likes
It's important to remember that quick fixes rarely deliver lasting results, and especially when it comes to your skin, caution is paramount. Be weary before trying any DIY trend, especially on your face!
Remember, your skin is your largest organ, deserving of care and respect. Don't fall victim to online trends that prioritize likes over lasting results. Choose the informed path, treat your skin with gentleness and respect, and use lemons for lemonade - the healthy way, not on your face.

Use your Lemons wisely, drink them!

65 days ago

Have you got a family-favourite recipe for carrots?

Jo McCarroll Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

We're looking for delicious carrot recipes to feature in NZ Gardener's April issue. Send your family's favourite ways to eat this easy-to-grow vege crop to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz by February 25, 2024. Every published recipe wins a copy of the April issue of NZ Gardener.

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