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10 days ago

Latest scams to look out for 👀

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Neighbourly hopes to keep you safe by keeping you informed of the latest scams circulating. This week, we are sharing two common text message scams:

NZTA / Waka Kotahi scam:
- The scam is a text message saying it's from New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi, and it encourages the … View more
Neighbourly hopes to keep you safe by keeping you informed of the latest scams circulating. This week, we are sharing two common text message scams:

NZTA / Waka Kotahi scam:
- The scam is a text message saying it's from New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi, and it encourages the recipient to pay an overdue road toll by visiting a fake website, threatening to take the matter to court within 15 days if they don’t pay up.
- The aim is to trick people into giving away their personal details or pay them money.
- While it is not the first time toll payments have been utilised by scammers, the threat of court action could see more people fall victim.
- The sender will either be a unknown phone number or unknown email address.
Want to report one of these scams? Do so, on Netsafe

NZ Post scam:
- This scam arrives by test message and says it's from NZ Post.
- The premise is that delivery of your parcel was unsuccessful so in order to rearrange delivery. you must click on a link to give your correct address.
- The aim is to trick people into giving away their personal details or pay them money.
- NZ Post advises people not to click the link, but to report the message to the Department of Internal Affairs by forwarding it to 7726.
Think you may have fallen prey to a scam? Get in touch with Netsafe or contact your bank if it involved your bank details.

Remember, if you didn't expect the message and you are now asked to share personal details or money, then stop contact and seek advice elsewhere.

Feel free to share any below that you've encountered recently. This may help others across the country be aware.

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11 hours ago

Cosy up with a fresh cup of coffee and a magazine

mags4gifts

Winter is well and truly here, and we’re helping you keep your cup full and your mind entertained. Simply purchase or gift a subscription via mags4gifts.co.nz before 31 July and you’ll automatically be placed in the draw to win 1 of 3 Delonghi Espresso Coffee Makers worth $229* each!

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Winter is well and truly here, and we’re helping you keep your cup full and your mind entertained. Simply purchase or gift a subscription via mags4gifts.co.nz before 31 July and you’ll automatically be placed in the draw to win 1 of 3 Delonghi Espresso Coffee Makers worth $229* each!

With over 50 titles to choose from, there’s something for everyone. *T&Cs apply
Find out more

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9 days ago

Let's get social

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Tell us what groups you'd like to see in your area...(walking groups, coffee meet-ups, swing dancing, a family tree group - anything at all!)

Or if you are already in a great group, share it here for others to get involved.

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11 hours ago

Leave ‘Em Laughing, one more time

Circa Theatre

Some people are born to entertain and that is what Jane Keller has done.

Now in the embodiment of limitless age, Jane is set to bring her power vocals to the Circa stage from July 27th in her last solo show. Accompanied by her friend and collaborator Michael Nicholas Williams on piano, this is … View more
Some people are born to entertain and that is what Jane Keller has done.

Now in the embodiment of limitless age, Jane is set to bring her power vocals to the Circa stage from July 27th in her last solo show. Accompanied by her friend and collaborator Michael Nicholas Williams on piano, this is the winter warmer you have been waiting for.

Grab a friend, grab a drink and grab a seat. Let’s Leave ‘Em Laughing!
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1 day ago

Happy Rāmere neighbours! Here's a riddle to start your weekend off right.

Riddler from The Neighbourly Riddler

People make me, save me, change me, raise me. What am I?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop seeing riddles in your newsfeed?… View more
People make me, save me, change me, raise me. What am I?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop seeing riddles in your newsfeed?
Head here and hover on the Following button on the top right of the page (and it will show Unfollow) and then click it. If it is giving you the option to Follow, then you've successfully unfollowed the Riddles page.

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14 hours ago

Tea & Tiffin Ready for this weekend

Mariyaraj from Sandringham

Thank you for the overwhelming response. We truly value your local support. Join us this weekend at 32 Carr Road, Mt Roskill (opposite Mt Roskill Fresh Supermarket), this Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. ⏰
We offer a diverse selection of dosas, idly, medu vada, and masala tea for you to … View more
Thank you for the overwhelming response. We truly value your local support. Join us this weekend at 32 Carr Road, Mt Roskill (opposite Mt Roskill Fresh Supermarket), this Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. ⏰
We offer a diverse selection of dosas, idly, medu vada, and masala tea for you to enjoy this weekend!
Ample parking is available, along with gazebo seating! ☔️

Options for dining in or takeaway are available. ✨🕺🏻

Negotiable

3 days ago

Hey Neighbours, can you outsmart this riddle?

Riddler from The Neighbourly Riddler

If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop seeing riddles in your … View more
If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop seeing riddles in your newsfeed?
Head here and hover on the Following button on the top right of the page (and it will show Unfollow) and then click it. If it is giving you the option to Follow, then you've successfully unfollowed the Riddles page.

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11 days ago

How much are you paying for your bin tags?

Nic George Reporter from Stuff

With bin tags on the way out, we want to hear how much you are still spending on them.

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18 hours ago

How to Organise Your Storage Using Shelves

Alan Storage from Kiwi Self Storage - Mt Roskill

Follow the link to this article about effectively using shelving for self storage. This also applies to storage in your home or business.
In this article we are going to look at shelving solutions for both home and business storage that will ensure that: Your unit makes efficient use of space, is … View more
Follow the link to this article about effectively using shelving for self storage. This also applies to storage in your home or business.
In this article we are going to look at shelving solutions for both home and business storage that will ensure that: Your unit makes efficient use of space, is cost effective and protects your inventory or belongings.

Kiwi Self Storage - Canstar Blue Winner Best Storage 2024
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2 days ago

For the aroha of this place.

GWRC

You might have seen earthworks at the riverbed of Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River, and wondered what’s going on.

From strengthening banks to rebuilding rock structures, the work we are doing improves flood resilience.

By improving our defence against a flooding event, we protect our people … View more
You might have seen earthworks at the riverbed of Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River, and wondered what’s going on.

From strengthening banks to rebuilding rock structures, the work we are doing improves flood resilience.

By improving our defence against a flooding event, we protect our people and homes and keep business running as usual.

To find out more, visit gw.govt.nz/floodprotection
Find out more

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1 day ago

GP fees explained: How your doctor sets their prices

Brian from Mount Roskill

General practitioners (GPs) can set their own patient fees in New Zealand — and they must weigh up several factors when it comes to the cost of their services.
While children under 14 are eligible for free health checks, and cheaper GP visits are available to certain groups through a High Use … View more
General practitioners (GPs) can set their own patient fees in New Zealand — and they must weigh up several factors when it comes to the cost of their services.
While children under 14 are eligible for free health checks, and cheaper GP visits are available to certain groups through a High Use Health Card or a Community Services Card, everyone else is generally forking out a co-payment to visit their doctor.
So, how do GPs and medical centres decide on those fees? And why do they differ depending on where you are in New Zealand?
First, the government funding
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GPs get lower than expected funding boost from Health NZ
There are warnings it could mean some practices shut down, Cushla Norman reports.
GPs receive government funding through a system known as capitation.
Under capitation, GPs get a set amount of money for each enrolled patient they have, each year. They are not paid per visit.
The Government pays this money to Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) who then pay the money down to general practices within that PHO.
Not all patients are funded for the same amount under this system. The funding varies depending on things like a patient's age and gender, said Dr Angus Chambers, a GP and chairman of the General Practice Owners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (GenPro).
"A very young person will go to the doctor a lot more for a whole lot of reasons and a very old person will too — but a 25-year-old is much less likely to, so there's a lesser [capitation] fee for [them]," he said.
However, this funding system is based around data from more than 20 years ago, Chambers said.
"It's very dated data ... and it's not nearly sophisticated enough," he said. "I get the same payment for a 65-year-old [patient] as I do for a 95-year-old, and a 95-year-old's health needs are exponentially higher than a 65-year-old's," he said.
"[The system] doesn't take into account the age and complexity of people and inequities, so it's generally accepted to be not really that fit for purpose; it's accepted it needs to be changed."
It also doesn't consider that health needs and health care have changed a lot over the past 20 years, Chambers said.
"There's new treatments, new tests, different ways of managing things, a surge in mental health demand — the list goes on."
Deciding on fee increases
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This year's average allowable fee increase is 7.76%.
General practices need to work out how much they need to charge each year to cover costs and keep their business viable.
Underpinning those decisions is a fees review process known as the annual statement of reasonable GP fee increases (ASRFI).
This is a guideline issued by the Ministry of Health. It recommends a maximum percentage GPs can increase their fees by each year, based on predicted cost pressures, such as inflation, labour and other operational expenses.
This year's average allowable fee increase is 7.76%.
GPs can choose to increase their fees by more than the ASRFI, Chambers said, but they are in for a lengthy, expensive process if they do.
"If a practice breaches that ASRFI number, Te Whatu Ora can refer them to the Fees Review Committee," he said.
"[GPs] have to submit data to [the committee]. If they've exceeded [the ASRFI] and the committee thinks it's reasonable, they can go ahead. But if the committee doesn't think it's reasonable, then they can make a recommendation that you reduce your fees.
"There's quite a bit of risk and expense if you exceed the cap [on fee increases]."
Fee variations around the country
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There can be significant variation in how much people pay to see a GP in New Zealand.
The amount people pay to see a GP can vary quite a bit, depending on what part of the country they live in.
Some of this comes down to the actual cost of doing business — leases can be quite a lot higher in Auckland than in small towns, for example — but some of the difference is historic, Chambers said.
He said regions with more socioeconomic deprivation have traditionally charged less because GPs would likely otherwise end up with bad debt and disgruntled patients.
Then, the fees review process and its cap on fee increases locks practices into low fees.
For example, if a GP charged $100 for a patient and was allowed a 5% fees increase, their fee would increase by $5 to $105. A GP in another area charging a $50 co-payment, on the other hand, would only be able to increase their fee by $2.50.
"The gap grows wider and wider because of this policy setting, so practices that have started off [with low fees] get entrenched in this historical discrepancy," Chambers said.
It's leading to what Chambers calls market failure.
"There's not enough GPs, so you're competing more and more [to hire people], and doctors are probably going to higher-paying jobs."
This means some regions, especially rural areas, are at further risk of losing access to general health services.
"We have this workforce shortage, which is partly related to poor policy in terms of training people, but also underfunding, which is making it far more attractive to go into other specialties than general practice."
The knock-on effect
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Increasing GP fees can mean people put off medical care.
Higher co-payments can mean people put off going to a GP, Chambers said.
"That means they might present later and sicker ... or they can't afford it, so they end up going to the emergency departments and clog [them]."
Chambers said GPs know access to primary care is worse than it's ever been and don't like having to increase fees to cover costs.
But GenPro said last month Te Whatu Ora was failing to cover the increased costs of providing community health care, which ultimately means the cost burden shifts to patients.
PHOs represented by General Practice New Zealand, Te Kāhui Hauora Māori PHOs, and the Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network have all similarly slammed the Government's funding offer for GP services this year.
"[GPs] don't want to increase fees like this because they're part of the community too and their patients are often well known to them — and they feel this is a result of very poor policy for quite a long time from both sides of the political divide," Chambers said.
"We're wearing the stick for failure of the government as a whole.
"[Governments] have had a lot of advice from people telling them that this situation will come around and they've, frankly, ignored it."
Te Whatu Ora told 1News it acknowledges the cost pressures GPs are facing and the growing demand on their services.
"Health NZ-provided services are facing similar pressures in a fiscally constrained environment," Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora's living well director Martin Hefford said.
"Through our annual capitation uplift offer, we have worked hard to target available funding where it is most needed to support primary health care and general practice."
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2 days ago

Glaucoma NZ free patient symposium

Glaucoma NZ

We look forward to welcoming you to the Glaucoma NZ Taupo Patient Symposium, 10am on Saturday 27th July at Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre.

Dr Colin Parsloe, Dr Derrell Meyer, and the team from Rotorua Eye Clinic will join us alongside local optometrist Ross Gordon from Taupo Visioncare. … View more
We look forward to welcoming you to the Glaucoma NZ Taupo Patient Symposium, 10am on Saturday 27th July at Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre.

Dr Colin Parsloe, Dr Derrell Meyer, and the team from Rotorua Eye Clinic will join us alongside local optometrist Ross Gordon from Taupo Visioncare. This is your chance to learn more about glaucoma, the latest treatments and surgeries, and what you need to know about glaucoma eye drops.

Morning tea will be served following question time. Please complete our online form to register your attendance and to receive a reminder notice leading up to the event.
Find out more

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20 hours ago

Topline Celebrates SiteWise 100% for the 7th Consecutive Year

Jennie Gillespie from Topline Group

Topline is incredibly proud to have achieved the 100% SiteWise Gold Status for the 2023-2024 period for the 7th year in a row (from 2016/2017).
This annual health & safety assessment by SiteWise is exceptionally important to all reputable commercial roofing and commercial plumbing contractors… View more
Topline is incredibly proud to have achieved the 100% SiteWise Gold Status for the 2023-2024 period for the 7th year in a row (from 2016/2017).
This annual health & safety assessment by SiteWise is exceptionally important to all reputable commercial roofing and commercial plumbing contractors across Auckland and New Zealand.

Less than 4% of businesses in New Zealand have attained the Gold Status, and fewer still, only 0.3%, have managed to maintain a 100% SiteWise status for 3-7 consecutive years.
To put this in perspective, less than 3 in every 1,000 businesses which attained SiteWise accreditation in 2023/2024 can say they have consistently achieved this ongoing, high level of commitment to health and safety.

Topline, Auckland’s commercial roofers, and commercial plumbers, gasfitters, and drainage contractors, have demonstrated that high quality health and safety systems are in place within the team and business. It reflects an ongoing commitment to Health & Safety.
To achieve Gold Status, businesses must score 90% and over. Topline’s SiteWise Assessment Score was 100%

If you are in the commercial industry, SiteWise is often required in the prequalification assessment process when choosing a commercial roofing or plumbing contractor. It shows we follow the rules - we have processes in place to keep everyone as safe as possible by managing and minimising any health and safety risks.

The SiteWise 100% status means a lot to Topline. Not only does it add to our proven record, it also gives us credibility and validates what we are constantly striving for – maintaining the highest possible standards across our business.

If dealing with a company who prioritises best practice is important to you, get in touch with Auckland’s SiteWise Accredited Contractors, Topline Roofing, Plumbing, Gasfitting, and Drainage. Our team of specialist trade experts are happy to help!

2 days ago

The mobile breast screen unit is coming to Levin

Mid Central DHB

Levin Mobile, next to War Memorial, Queen Street, Levin.

Click here to book an appointment or call us at 0800 270 200.
Find out more

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2 days ago

It's almost the weekend neighbours, here's a riddle to get you going!

Riddler from The Neighbourly Riddler

What goes through cities and fields, but never moves?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop seeing riddles in your newsfeed?
View more
What goes through cities and fields, but never moves?

Do you think you know the answer to our daily riddle? Don't spoil it for your neighbours! Simply 'Like' this post and we'll post the answer in the comments below at 2pm.

Want to stop seeing riddles in your newsfeed?
Head here and hover on the Following button on the top right of the page (and it will show Unfollow) and then click it. If it is giving you the option to Follow, then you've successfully unfollowed the Riddles page.

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2 days ago

A Whole New Lifestyle

Acacia Cove

Care, Community, And Connection

Acacia Cove, a country-style village situated on the beautiful Wattle Downs Peninsula has 31 weekly activities.

For those who appreciate the tranquility of an estuary setting Acacia Cove has it all, as well as its own restaurant, heated indoor pool, library, … View more
Care, Community, And Connection

Acacia Cove, a country-style village situated on the beautiful Wattle Downs Peninsula has 31 weekly activities.

For those who appreciate the tranquility of an estuary setting Acacia Cove has it all, as well as its own restaurant, heated indoor pool, library, bowling green and gym.

Whether you choose to live in a villa or one of our luxurious apartments, you’ll have the security of a 24 hour, fully monitored emergency call system built in.
If you’re aged 60 or over, value your independence but want greater security, come and have a look at the superb properties we have to offer.

Contact long time manager Bruce to book a visit today!
(09) 268 8522.
admin@ocaciacove.co.nz
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3 days ago

Poll: Have you had a pen pal?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

With the invention of the internet and mobile phone communication, pen pals seem to be a thing of the past but it was a common practice at one point.

Did you have a pen pal? Where did you meet them? Share below!

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Have you had a pen pal?
  • 66% Yes
    66% Complete
  • 33.9% No
    33.9% Complete
  • 0.2% Other - I'll share below!
    0.2% Complete
658 votes
2 days ago

Cash for your wrecked and water damaged car!

AAA Auto Parts

Hi neighbours,

Do you have a vehicle that is taking up space and becoming an eyesore? At AAA Auto Parts we dismantle and wreck cars. We will pay top cash whether your car is dead or alive!

* $300 - $3000 for small cars
* $700 - $10,000 for 4x4 utes, vans, 4WD, trucks and buses
* Same day … View more
Hi neighbours,

Do you have a vehicle that is taking up space and becoming an eyesore? At AAA Auto Parts we dismantle and wreck cars. We will pay top cash whether your car is dead or alive!

* $300 - $3000 for small cars
* $700 - $10,000 for 4x4 utes, vans, 4WD, trucks and buses
* Same day removal
* Free quotes over the phone

We will beat any prices in the market by 10%.

Support your local business.
Give us a call on ** 0800 50 00 01 ** and we will be happy to have a chat.
Find out more

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1 day ago

Kids' planter box

The Team from Resene ColorShop Mt Roskill

It’s easy to create your very own colourful planter box, with the kids or for the kids to enjoy, from an old wooden drawer and Resene testpots.

Find out how to create your own with these easy step by step instructions.

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2 days ago

For the aroha of this place.

GWRC

You might have seen earthworks at the riverbed of Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River, and wondered what’s going on.

From strengthening banks to rebuilding rock structures, the work we are doing improves flood resilience.

By improving our defence against a flooding event, we protect our people … View more
You might have seen earthworks at the riverbed of Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River, and wondered what’s going on.

From strengthening banks to rebuilding rock structures, the work we are doing improves flood resilience.

By improving our defence against a flooding event, we protect our people and homes and keep business running as usual.

To find out more, visit gw.govt.nz/floodprotection
Find out more

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1 day ago

What's On: French Bay Table Tennis Club

Shane from Epsom

Table Tennis club meets on Tuesday nights, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. All welcome. $15 per player per night. For further information please contact Bryce ph. 027 2219726
French Bay Table Tennis Club
  • St Vianney Catholic Church Hall
3 days ago

Glaucoma NZ free patient symposium

Glaucoma NZ

We look forward to welcoming you to the Glaucoma NZ Taupo Patient Symposium, 10am on Saturday 27th July at Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre.

Dr Colin Parsloe, Dr Derrell Meyer, and the team from Rotorua Eye Clinic will join us alongside local optometrist Ross Gordon from Taupo Visioncare. … View more
We look forward to welcoming you to the Glaucoma NZ Taupo Patient Symposium, 10am on Saturday 27th July at Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre.

Dr Colin Parsloe, Dr Derrell Meyer, and the team from Rotorua Eye Clinic will join us alongside local optometrist Ross Gordon from Taupo Visioncare. This is your chance to learn more about glaucoma, the latest treatments and surgeries, and what you need to know about glaucoma eye drops.

Morning tea will be served following question time. Please complete our online form to register your attendance and to receive a reminder notice leading up to the event.
Find out more

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1 day ago

What's On: Central Table Tennis Club

Shane from Epsom

Table tennis club meets every Monday night from 7-10pm. All welcome. $14 per player per night. For more information contact Ebi ph. (021) 083 09994.
Central Table Tennis Club
  • Auckland Table Tennis Stadium
4 days ago

Caring For You Like Family

The Team from Ryman Healthcare

91-year-old Dora is a rest home resident at Ryman.

Between family gatherings, bus trips and village activities, she certainly enjoys a full life. With the many friendships she’s made, the caregivers and village staff have become an extension of her family.

Hear about Dora’s experienceView more
91-year-old Dora is a rest home resident at Ryman.

Between family gatherings, bus trips and village activities, she certainly enjoys a full life. With the many friendships she’s made, the caregivers and village staff have become an extension of her family.

Hear about Dora’s experience living in a Ryman community.
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2 days ago

Have you got a family recipe for oranges?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

We're looking for delicious orange recipes to feature in NZ Gardener's October issue. Send your family's favourite ways to enjoy this fruit to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz by August 20, 2024. Every published recipe wins a copy of the October issue of NZ Gardener.

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5 days ago

2 weeks left to enter the Sunday Star-Times Winter Puzzle Comp!

Winter Puzzle

Don’t miss your chance to WIN 1 of 50 supermarket gift cards worth $100 each!
Simply grab a copy of your local Stuff newspaper, solve the puzzle, find the prize word, and enter it online.

The more puzzles you complete the higher your chance to WIN! The competition ends on 28 July. To find … View more
Don’t miss your chance to WIN 1 of 50 supermarket gift cards worth $100 each!
Simply grab a copy of your local Stuff newspaper, solve the puzzle, find the prize word, and enter it online.

The more puzzles you complete the higher your chance to WIN! The competition ends on 28 July. To find out more about participating newspapers, click here.

The Team at Stuff and Sunday Star-Times
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6 days ago

Enjoy fragrant lilies thanks to NZ Gardener

NZ Gardener

This July, NZ Gardener has teamed up with NZ Bulbs to offer you a FREE pack of mixed oriental lily bulbs when you purchase a 1 or 2-year magazine subscription*. Your bulbs will be sent out in late August, the perfect time to plant in time to have fragrant Christmas flowers.

With a subscription … View more
This July, NZ Gardener has teamed up with NZ Bulbs to offer you a FREE pack of mixed oriental lily bulbs when you purchase a 1 or 2-year magazine subscription*. Your bulbs will be sent out in late August, the perfect time to plant in time to have fragrant Christmas flowers.

With a subscription to NZ Gardener, you’ll enjoy professional and inspirational garden advice, convenient monthly delivery to your home, exclusive subscriber-only discounts, big savings off the retail price, PLUS subscribe before 28 July to enjoy free lily bulbs! *T&Cs apply.
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