80 days ago

City centre celebrates CHINESE Lunar New Year, with a Pan-Asian flair

Brian from Mount Roskill

We’re joining millions of others round the world to celebrate Lunar New Year between 10 and 25 February 2024. This Pan-Asian tradition will take on a modern edge in Auckland with street parties, pride festivities, panel discussions, restaurant specials, and a karaoke competition!
When the first new moon appears in our skies in 2024, the Lunar New Year will descend on Auckland’s city centre streets, squares and spaces carrying with it the rich colours, sounds, tastes, traditions and beats of Asia.
Auckland Council invites you to celebrate with our Asian communities and businesses who make up a growing part of the cultural fabric and economy of our region.
Some of the highlights;
Lunar New Year Lanterns | Wednesday 7- Sunday 25 February
Queen Street, Fort Street, Albert Street, Elliott Street, Lorne Street, High Street
Over 160 larger than life lanterns will adorn city centre streets for Lunar New Year. The rich red decorations are an auspicious Chinese symbol of wealth and prosperity.
To find out about all the decorations that you can check out during Lunar New Year visit here (still being populated by the team but will include all AC decorations as well -will share with you and the team as soon as completed)
Brought to you by Heart of the City
Auckland City Centre
Saturday 10 February 2024 - Sunday 25 February 2024

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17 hours ago

Cost of living: How to get $110 off your electricity bill through Power Credits Scheme

Brian from Mount Roskill

Some Kiwis can expect their power bill to rise this month for the third year in a row as the low-user charge is phased out – but there's a payment available for people who are struggling.
It's the third year in a row that low-power users are facing increasing fixed costs as the low-power users scheme is phased out.
To help the industry set up the $5 million Power Credits Scheme which means eligible households can access credit during the transition.
The phase out which began in 2022 will see fixed costs for low users rise every april for five years.
The scheme means households who are supplied by Contact, Meridian, Mercury, Genesis, Nova, Wise, Globug, Powershop, Frank or Toast Electric can access a $110 payment if they’re in hardship. So far $1.4 million has been paid out.
The scheme is run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand. Chief executive Bridget Abernethy told Consumer NZ households showing signs of energy hardship can get the payment. But Abernethy said each power company will have its own criteria for what energy hardship looks like.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) said removing the "low Fixed Charge Tariff regulations is essential for creating a fairer playing field for all New Zealand households".
However, the MBIE website acknowledged the phase-out could be challenging for some households.
"While all households are expected to benefit in the long term from the regulations being removed, some households may face higher power bills," the website said.
The credit can help households adjust, it added.
The decision to remove the low user charge was made by the then Labour Government in 2021 who called it "poorly targeted".
Then Energy Minister Megan Woods said it would mean three in five households could benefit from lower power bills.

1 day ago

Get painting with Resene plant-based paints!


Plant-based paints are made just like normal paint but everything in the tin comes from plants and minerals.

Plus they’re Eco Choice approved with low odour and easy water clean-up, so you can paint or stain your place with ease.

Available from Resene ColorShops.
Find out more

1 day ago

Foundation Dog Agility Course

Rosemarie Baker from Akarana Dog Training Club

Are you looking to learn new skills within a dog sport? Agility training can strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend while keeping both of you active and engaged.
We are taking registrations for the next 8 week Foundation Agility course starting 2 May 2024.

This is a great time to begin your journey in agility before our winter break.
Please contact: bookingsakaranadtc@gmail.com to enrol now, spaces are limited.