Ranui, Auckland

12 hours ago

Poll: Are you planning to open your door to trick-or-treaters this Saturday night?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

As Halloween edges closer, some Auckland streets are going all out to decorate their homes and stock up on sugary treats.

Others will be banning trick-or-treaters this Saturday night in post-pandemic New Zealand.

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Are you planning to open your door to trick-or-treaters this Saturday night?
  • 24% Yes
    24% Complete
  • 76% No
    76% Complete
338 votes
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1 hour ago

What's On: Pacific Toastmasters

Jane from Glenfield

A fun way to get over your fear of public speaking, improve your confidence and build your listening and leadership skills. Visitors always welcome. Visit www.pacific.toastmastersclubs.org/ for more info.
Pacific Toastmasters
  • MIT Pasifika Community Centre
1 day ago

Could you be "The Namer" and find Auckland's new brand?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, Officially the short-list has been drawn up for a new name for the merged council agencies ATEED and RFA. But here's the criteria - see if you can do better. What would you call it? Read the story below:

13 hours ago

Beware...some adorable ghosts may be haunting your streets.

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Halloween can be a fun way to connect with your community. But naturally not all homes in New Zealand will get involved.
If your house is open to trick or treaters this weekend, or if you know of some popular, local streets for trick or treating, please share these below.

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1 day ago

Poll: Auckland's super-city: One decade on: Is local government running more efficiently?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

It's been 10 years since Auckland's new super-city was formed, forged from eight legacy councils.

For Aucklanders who have lived through the massive overhaul, do you think local government is running more smoothly?

Auckland Council's first year was far from smooth with the Occupy … View more
It's been 10 years since Auckland's new super-city was formed, forged from eight legacy councils.

For Aucklanders who have lived through the massive overhaul, do you think local government is running more smoothly?

Auckland Council's first year was far from smooth with the Occupy protest, the Rugby World Cup opening night transport debacle, a battle with central government over funding the inner-city rail loop, and a contest of wills over delegating powers to local boards and council-controlled organisations.

Auckland's inaugural super mayor Len Brown hailed it a success.

"Generally 2011 has been a good first year for the council, " Brown said in 2012.

"We've brought the region together... At the same time we have driven $81 million in efficiencies and reduced the inherited 9.3 per cent rates increase down to 3.9 per cent."

The boundaries of the new super city were unveiled in 2010.

Super city Auckland was divided into 13 wards with 21 local boards.

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Auckland's super-city: One decade on: Is local government running more efficiently?
  • 6.9% Yes
    6.9% Complete
  • 93.1% No
    93.1% Complete
533 votes
20 days ago

Tanks for doing your part

The Team from Auckland Council

Act now to beat the water shortage:
• Install a rainwater tank (resource consent fees waived).
• Maintain your tank (check guttering is clear).
• Install water saving devices (shower head/taps).
• Install a water sensor to monitor your usage.

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9 days ago

Would you buy this cowboy Winston Peters portrait?

Melanie Earley Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Kia ora neighbours, if you’ve ever dreamed of having an image of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wearing a cowboy hat, proudly hanging in your living room, now’s your chance to make it a reality. An artwork of Peters, created using coffee, red wine and tea is for sale on Trade Me. The … View moreKia ora neighbours, if you’ve ever dreamed of having an image of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wearing a cowboy hat, proudly hanging in your living room, now’s your chance to make it a reality. An artwork of Peters, created using coffee, red wine and tea is for sale on Trade Me. The current bid is almost $300, would you buy this?

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6 hours ago

What's On: Black Grace presents 3 Dances

Nicolette from Auckland Central

Beautifully poetic with unrelenting physical power, Black Grace presents 3 Dances, choreographed by Founding Artistic Director, Neil Ieremia. Door sales only, special price $25; Tickets available 1 hour before show.
Black Grace presents 3 Dances
  • Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre
6 hours ago

What's On: Black Grace presents 3 Dances

Nicolette from Auckland Central

Beautifully poetic with unrelenting physical power, Black Grace presents 3 Dances, choreographed by Founding Artistic Director, Neil Ieremia. Door sales only, special price $25; Tickets available 1 hour before show.
Black Grace presents 3 Dances
  • Barnett Hall
9 hours ago

Riddle me this!

NumberWorks'nWords Henderson

What kinds of dogs and how many of each kind does Troy have? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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13 hours ago

Creating a buzz: Glendene, Auckland

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Ellen Parker admits she used to shun insects.

But now she is the confident custodian of thousands of bees.

"Normally I'm not really a fan of insects and flying things," said Parker, a medical receptionist.

"But when I started to learn more, I realised they're not out to … View more
Ellen Parker admits she used to shun insects.

But now she is the confident custodian of thousands of bees.

"Normally I'm not really a fan of insects and flying things," said Parker, a medical receptionist.

"But when I started to learn more, I realised they're not out to sting you. They're out there doing their own thing and they're pretty tame."

The Glendene resident and partner Alexander Jones have drawn a flock of followers to their Instagram page @verygoodbeeco, which documents their beekeeping journey.

The 28-year-olds bought their first hive in November 2019 after delving into a beekeeping experience course in Matakana.

"We really enjoyed it and decided to take the plunge," Jones said.

The fact that the entire hive can function as one brain is incredible, he said.

"... bees are essential parts of the life cycle of many plants and therefore life on earth, so being able to contribute to that definitely provides a bit of a feel-good aspect to it."

The keen apiarists last week spent an hour watching the bees from a beanbag fronting the hive.

"It's strangely therapeutic," Jones said.

A fascination with flying is echoed in the West Auckland couple's careers.

Jones is an aircraft technician and Parker, a former flight attendant.

The goal is to keep the operation small.

"For us on a hobby scale and the way we've established our hive, we're not thrashing the bees to get every drop of honey out of them like on a commercial scale," Jones said.

Any honey and wax produced by their bees is purely a bonus, he said.

The couple has found it rewarding to turn the products into beard wax, a honey and sugar scrub and beeswax food wraps.

Jones and Parker have been flooded with orders for Christmas presents.

"We give our neighbours honey and stuff to say thanks for putting up with us," Jones said.

He confesses there have been days when he questioned if beekeeping was a good idea.

When the honey farmers first brought the hive home, they made the mistake of inspecting it on a cloudy day when most occupants were home.

The bees grew angry and launched a stinging attack on their new owners.

"They were bouncing off our suits," Parker said.

"You think of bees, which are focused on foraging, being stuck at home when someone comes lifts the roof off their house and starts shaking it around," Jones said.

"They'd prefer it to happen while they're away at work."

The budding apiculturists have to inspect the bees for signs of infestations, mites and wax moths.

Jones said they are battling their way through swarm season- the bees' natural instinct to propagate when flowers and bees start to wake from a long winter.

The apiculturists have learned the hard way that swarm prevention is critical at this time of year.

This can be done by giving hives enough space, splitting a hive to almost simulate a swarm and to prevent them raising a new queen, he said.

"We were a bit slow to read the signs and a couple of days before we planned to split our hive (to prevent a swarm), our hive swarmed into the neighbour's tree," Jones said.

"We then managed to find the swarming queen and return her to a spare hive we had ready for the split."

The honey farmers carried out the hive split and the bees returned to their hives an hour later.

"We were pretty embarrassed and stressed by the whole thing, but it has offered us plenty of learning and lessons for the rest of the season and onto the next," Jones said.

Nature has taken its course and a new queen has hatched in the new hive.

Jones said that out of respect to their neighbours, the couple will give the hive to interested friends.

"We'd love to manage a hive for them to see if they want to take the hobby up themselves."

"The original hive seems to be behaving again and has started their honey production."

12 hours ago

Guy Fawkes & Animal Safety

Sheralee Neighbourly Lead from Te Atatu Peninsula

Hi, just a word to keep your pets inside during the nights of Guy Fawkes.
So many animals get frightened and take off. Please keep them inside during this time. Thank you.

14 hours ago

Popular baby product recalled

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Herobility Eco Feeding Spoon and Eco Baby Spoon & Fork have been recalled as they pose a choking hazard for babies. It has been found that these can break into small pieces.

The product has been sold at Mummum, Global Baby, Hatch Boutique, J Ballantynes, Mighty Ape, Smith and Caugheys and … View more
Herobility Eco Feeding Spoon and Eco Baby Spoon & Fork have been recalled as they pose a choking hazard for babies. It has been found that these can break into small pieces.

The product has been sold at Mummum, Global Baby, Hatch Boutique, J Ballantynes, Mighty Ape, Smith and Caugheys and The Nile from October 2019 to October 2020

If you have one of these forks/spoons and the date stamp is marked 2019 or earlier (or no date stamp is shown), the company advises to stop using the product and contact Bloom and Grow NZ to organise for a gift voucher to the same value.

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5 days ago

Kayaker plucked from Manukau Harbour

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Art has imitated life for Counties Manukau police.

Police Eagle helicopter crew were talking on camera about water safety when they were called to a real rescue on the Manukau Harbour.

The officers were starring in a video about dangers at sea ahead of Labour Weekend.

It took them a moment to … View more
Art has imitated life for Counties Manukau police.

Police Eagle helicopter crew were talking on camera about water safety when they were called to a real rescue on the Manukau Harbour.

The officers were starring in a video about dangers at sea ahead of Labour Weekend.

It took them a moment to realise the call about a kayaker in trouble was real- rather than a stitch up.

They stopped filming and rushed to the harbour after the alarm was raised about 3.20 pm on October 20.

Helicopter crew soon spotted the kayaker, who was plucked to safety by the Coastguard.

The kayaker was reported to be safe and well.

Auckland City District Police

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16 hours ago

What's On: Alberton Market Day!

Rendell from Mount Albert

A quaint garden market featuring specialty produce, handmade goods, artisan food stalls, boutique plants and a pop-up tearoom. With live music, dreamcatcher workshop and kids activities! FREE ENTRY. 10am-2pm.
Alberton Market Day!
  • Alberton
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