Te Atatu South, Auckland

9 hours ago

What local business will you be supporting in Alert Level 3?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Auckland will shift down to alert level 3 lockdown at midnight tonight.

Businesses will be able to operate using contactless options for ordering, pick-up, delivery and payment.

The financial blow of Covid-19 lockdowns on business has been harsh.

Are you planning to support a local … View more
Auckland will shift down to alert level 3 lockdown at midnight tonight.

Businesses will be able to operate using contactless options for ordering, pick-up, delivery and payment.

The financial blow of Covid-19 lockdowns on business has been harsh.

Are you planning to support a local business in alert level 3, and if so which one?

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2 hours ago

An interesting thought for these times🤔

Fiona from Henderson

Now, in these times of chaos, sadness, loneliness and uncertainty, so many of us have and will continue to have strong opinions, one way or another.

Now, as you all may have gathered from previous posts of mine, I'm all of getting vaccinated to lessen the symptoms that are the nightmares we … View more
Now, in these times of chaos, sadness, loneliness and uncertainty, so many of us have and will continue to have strong opinions, one way or another.

Now, as you all may have gathered from previous posts of mine, I'm all of getting vaccinated to lessen the symptoms that are the nightmares we all called Covid (or Delta).
I would love it if everyone got vaccinated, however, that's never going to happen.

While I may not agree with the anti- vaxers or the people who choose not to get vaccinated (not including those who have medical conditions), I do respect your choice as I would like to think you would respect mine to get vaccinated.

Here in the Pacific region of the Southern Hemisphere, certain parts of Australia have risen in continuous protests on their streets, N.S.W. & Victoria. Sadly the latest rounds in Victoria are against the mandate to force the building sector to get vaccinated otherwise they aren't allowed on site.

I've been thinking of what compromise would there to be to not hinder what is essentially an essential business.
And then it came to me. Italy, just last week, has laid down a new law for these trying times and is due to take effect on 15 October 2021.
It's a great compromise to both sides of the fence of vaccinations.

What the Italian government have done is they've adopted one of the strictest Covid measures in the world last week, requiring all public and private sector workers to have a vaccination certificate, a negative coronavirus test or a certificate that they have recently recovered from the infection.

The goal of the move is to persuade people to get vaccinated and reduce the infection in one of the most affected countries by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, I personally believe that this is a great compromise for those who will not or cannot vaccinate - just provide a negative Covid test.

Apparently, a worker who won't be able to present a valid health certificate will be suspended without pay but cannot be fired.
Those who ignore the ordinance and come to work without any of the required certificates will be fined between 600 and 1,500 euros.

The idea of Covid certification was initially related to travel, but Italy very quickly started to apply it to places like museums, gyms and the interior of restaurants.

Although there have been protests against the measures in recent weeks, most political parties as well as major employers' associations have backed them, hoping there will be no further closures of the economy.

Italy, after Britain, has the most coronavirus-positive deaths in Europe, more than 130,000 since the start of the pandemic.

About 74 percent of 60 million people received at least the first dose, and about 68 percent were fully vaccinated.

As I said, it was just an interesting thought I had spinning around in my head.

4 hours ago

Tuesday's Funny: 😄👴Old Man & Woman🧓😄

Fiona from Henderson

An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other.

Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night.
The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of … View more
An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other.

Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night.
The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!"

Neighbours feared him. They believed he practiced magic, because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighbourhood. The old man liked the fact that he was feared.

To everyone's relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 98.
His wife had a closed casket at the wake.
After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party, as if there was no tomorrow.

Her neighbours, concerned for her safety, asked, "Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?"

The wife put down her drink and said, "Let him dig. I had him buried upside down, and you know men won't ask for directions."

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4 days ago

Friday's funny: 😀🐀A Rat in a Bar🐀😀

Fiona from Henderson

A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "If I show you a really good trick, will you give me a free drink?"

The bartender considers it, then agrees.

The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out a tiny rat.

He reaches into his other pocket and pulls out a tiny piano.

The rat … View more
A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "If I show you a really good trick, will you give me a free drink?"

The bartender considers it, then agrees.

The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out a tiny rat.

He reaches into his other pocket and pulls out a tiny piano.

The rat stretches, cracks his knuckles, and proceeds to play the blues.

After the man finished his drink, he asked the bartender, "If I show you an even better trick, will you give me free drinks for the rest of the night, the bartender thinks that nothing could possibly top the first trick so he agrees.

The man reaches into another pocket and pulls out a small bullfrog, who begins to sing along with the rat's music.

While the man is enjoying his beverages, a stranger confronts him and offers him $100,000.00 for the bullfrog.

"Sorry," the man replies, "he's not for sale."

The stranger increases the offer to $250,000.00 cash up front.

"No," he insists, "he's not for sale."

The stranger again increases the offer, this time to $500,000.00 cash.

The man finally agrees, and turns the frog over to the stranger in exchange for the money.

"Are you insane?" the bartender demanded.

"That frog could have been worth millions to you, and you let him go for a mere $500,000!"

"Don't worry about it." the man answered. "The frog was really nothing special. You see, the rat's a ventriloquist."

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3 days ago

Saturday's funny: 😀🚗New red Mercedes🚗😀

Fiona from Henderson

An elderly lady was stopped and about to pull into a parking space when a young man in his new red Mercedes went around her and parked in the space she was waiting for.

The little old lady was so upset that she went up to the man and said, "I was going to park there!"

The man said, … View more
An elderly lady was stopped and about to pull into a parking space when a young man in his new red Mercedes went around her and parked in the space she was waiting for.

The little old lady was so upset that she went up to the man and said, "I was going to park there!"

The man said, "That's what you can do when you're young and quick.”

This really upset the lady even more, so she got in her car and backed it up and then she stomped on the gas and plowed right into his Mercedes.

The young man ran back to his car and asked, "What did you do that for?"

The little old lady smiled and told him, "That's what you can do when you're old and rich!"

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1 day ago

😄🍷Cask of wine complaint🍷😄

Fiona from Henderson

I'm thinking of taking the wine box back and laying a complaint.
It said, 'Once opened, it will last for 6 weeks'.
It only lasted 3 HOURS!!!!
😄🍷😄🍷😄🍷😄

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8 hours ago

Big takeaway chains open for businesses - but no cash accepted at some

Brian from New Lynn

McDonald's says exactly when its restaurants in Auckland will open will depend on how quickly each can get everything back up and running. Some are expected to have food ready to go not long after midnight, but others will not open until around the crack of dawn between 5am and 7am tomorrow. … View moreMcDonald's says exactly when its restaurants in Auckland will open will depend on how quickly each can get everything back up and running. Some are expected to have food ready to go not long after midnight, but others will not open until around the crack of dawn between 5am and 7am tomorrow. "Around 50 Auckland restaurants will be working to open through the night and before 7am, and will initially operate with a restricted menu," a spokesman told. Staff had been working hard to prepare for the alert level 3 drop in Auckland - right from when doors had to shut at alert level 4. Anyone who has been hanging out for a Big Mac or chicken nuggets for the last five weeks can also order via delivery services. But those brave enough to try the local drive-thru, however, are asked to remember to wear a mask before turning up. Part of their preparations have been around traffic management, the spokesman said, acknowledging the high levels of traffic congestion seen in and around takeaway stores after a level 4 lockdown. "Based on previous experience, we typically see an initial rush from excited and eager customers and things then calm down within a few days," the spokesman said. If you are heading to the likes of KFC, Pizza Hut, Carl's Jnr and Taco Bell, do not forget your Eftpos card.
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The restaurants will not be accepting cash under alert level 3.
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Delivery services are available for people ordering from Pizza Hutt and contactless click and collect service is also being organised for Pizza Hutt restaurants. KFC will be offering a slightly reduced menu, a spokesman for Restaurant Brands said. "Burgers will be phased in over the next couple of days. This is simply due to product delivery times," he said. Domino's Pizza is celebrating Auckland's move to level 3 by offering customers a free lava cake with every $20 plus delivery order tomorrow. The company's general manager, Cameron Toomey, said they wanted to celebrate and recognise the effort Aucklanders had made the last few weeks to help control the spread of Covid-19. "I think the whole country has acknowledged that Auckland has been taking one for the team - having been in lockdown for an extended period of time. "So we wanted to say thank you to everyone who has done the right thing and stayed home." Meanwhile, many people have taken to social media to express their excitement about their favourite takeaways opening up again. Some have said they will be heading out late tonight to get in the drive-thru queue while others have joked they will be parking their car there overnight.
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12 hours ago

Paddock Fencing

Vick from Swanson

I am looking for some one who can assist me with paddock fencing in Swanson. Thanks

9 days ago

Apprenticeship opportunities in Auckland

Competenz

Hey Auckland
We are back with some more awesome apprenticeship opportunities for you, Check them out!
Sheet metal fabrication
Refrigeration and air conditioning

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15 hours ago

Cancellation of the New Lynn Lions Santa Parade

Lianne Sloan from New Lynn Lions Club

Sadly New Lynn Lions have made the decision that we will have to cancel this year's Santa Parade. Wtih Covid 19's Delta variant rearing its ugly head and all of us being in Level 4 lockdown for the last month, and only from midnight tomorrow starting to go down the levels, this has had an… View moreSadly New Lynn Lions have made the decision that we will have to cancel this year's Santa Parade. Wtih Covid 19's Delta variant rearing its ugly head and all of us being in Level 4 lockdown for the last month, and only from midnight tomorrow starting to go down the levels, this has had an effect. Local businesses are struggling and this would have an effect on whether they would be able to participate.

We also don't believe it is sensible to have crowds of people in close proximity to each other in these uncertain times.

It is not a decision we made lightly.

We will look again to resume the Santa Parades in 2022.

1 day ago

Monday's Funny: 😄👱‍♀️The Blonde Waitress👱‍♀️😄

Fiona from Henderson

"How come you're late?" asks the bartender as the blonde waitress walks in the door.

"It was awful," she explains. "I was walking down Elm street and there was this terrible accident. A man was lying in the middle of the street.
He was thrown from his car. His leg was… View more
"How come you're late?" asks the bartender as the blonde waitress walks in the door.

"It was awful," she explains. "I was walking down Elm street and there was this terrible accident. A man was lying in the middle of the street.
He was thrown from his car. His leg was broken, his skull was fractured, and there was blood everywhere.
Thank goodness I took that first aid course, all my training came back to me in a flash."

"What did you do?" asks the bartender.

"I sat down and put my head between my knees to keep from fainting!"

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1 day ago

Spring into adventure these school holidays!

Rotorua

Follow the sun to Rotorua - home of whānau fun, interesting places and friendly faces. We have everything you need for the school holidays right here. 

Find your next adventure with us.
Find out more

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1 day ago

Free recruitment service finds perfect match

Competenz

After years of searching for a new recruit for their business, Auckland engineering firm Stainless Machinings turned to Competenz’s free job matching service to find them an ideal candidate. In the space of a few short months, school leaver Stuart Martin joined the company.

“We’d been … View more
After years of searching for a new recruit for their business, Auckland engineering firm Stainless Machinings turned to Competenz’s free job matching service to find them an ideal candidate. In the space of a few short months, school leaver Stuart Martin joined the company.

“We’d been trying to recruit a young person for a couple of years, says Stainless Machinings owner Brian Lawry. “Competenz provided us with an excellent service and took all the hard work out of finding someone."

Read the full story here
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5 days ago

😃😄Just one more week ... yeah right😄😃

Fiona from Henderson

Kia kaha Aucklanders - we can do it, maybe not for this long but we can do it 😁

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7 days ago

Vaccinations and Underlying conditions

Avinesh from Ranui

Firstly let's do our part and stay home, stay safe and get vaccinated IF and WHEN you can. I say IF, because there are some of us in the community that have certain underlying conditions that possibly could suffer a potential relapse from the vaccine. Now, I am not saying I am an expert or … View moreFirstly let's do our part and stay home, stay safe and get vaccinated IF and WHEN you can. I say IF, because there are some of us in the community that have certain underlying conditions that possibly could suffer a potential relapse from the vaccine. Now, I am not saying I am an expert or have the abundance of knowledge as the experts, however if you have an underlying condition that could potentially affect your health post vaccine, please do consult your specialist. I only say it based on personal experience where I suffer from nephrotic syndrome, have been in remission and off medication for past 5 years. Had my first jab back in July and in 8 days suffered a relapse to the higher end of the condition. Upon some research, obviously overseas based especially in the UK and States, it is found that the pfizer could cause relapses of nephrotic syndrome. So, if you have kidney conditions do speak to your specialist. I could be a special case, but who knows maybe this information could help you from not going back to square one in your journey to recovery. Stay safe

1 day ago

Auckland to move down to Alert Level 3

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Auckland will move to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm tomorrow, with the rest of the country remaining at Alert Level 2.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced the changes at a post-cabinet press conference on Monday afternoon.

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Auckland will move to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm tomorrow, with the rest of the country remaining at Alert Level 2.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced the changes at a post-cabinet press conference on Monday afternoon.

Here's what you need to know:
- A refresh on Level 3 restrictions and what it means for you.
- Auckland will remain at Level 3 for at least two weeks.
- There have been 22 confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported by the Ministry of Health since 9.00am yesterday. 19 in Auckland, three in Whakatīwai, Waikato.
- If you have any flu-like symptoms, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or ring your GP.
- Find your closest Covid-19 testing location on the Healthpoint website.

For more information, visit covid19.govt.nz.

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