Windsor Park, Auckland

19 hours ago

What's your experience with pre-fabricated homes?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star-Times is looking into the rise of transportable/ kit-set/ pre fabricated homes. The upsides are build-efficiency, quality of design, and cost. The downsides appear to be land supply, red-tape with council and difficulty getting lending from banks. If you're willing to share … View moreThe Sunday Star-Times is looking into the rise of transportable/ kit-set/ pre fabricated homes. The upsides are build-efficiency, quality of design, and cost. The downsides appear to be land supply, red-tape with council and difficulty getting lending from banks. If you're willing to share your experience - good or bad - email kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz, otherwise leave a comment. Is there an aspect of transportable housing you'd like us to enquire about for you?

1 day ago

Covid-19 Update: Covid-19: Kmart and vape store among new locations of interest linked to new case

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi Neighbours,

Here's an important Covid-19 update:

Georgia Forrester and George Block

A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the … View more
Hi Neighbours,

Here's an important Covid-19 update:

Georgia Forrester and George Block

A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the closure of his shop on Wednesday for deep cleaning, followed by his mandatory self-isolation, would be tough for his small business.

Three new community cases of Covid-19 in south Auckland were announced on Tuesday.

The first was a student at Papatoetoe High School, which the Ministry of Health announced earlier in the day. Two other cases – the student’s siblings, who are a teenager and an infant – were confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Kmart in Botany, in east Auckland, and Dark Vapes are among the places of interest visited by one of the cases, with further locations expected to be released on Wednesday.

Kmart Botany

The teenager reported as a new case on Tuesday night works at Kmart Botany.

They were at work on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, between 3.30pm and 10.30pm.

The store was closed on Tuesday night, and a thorough sanitisation of the store was being carried out, a Kmart spokesperson said.

Thirty-one Kmart staff have been identified as close contacts and are self-isolating, the ministry said.

Any members of the public who visited Kmart Botany at the times the student was working is considered a casual plus contact, and must self-isolate at home immediately.

Casual plus contacts are those who would have been considered casual contacts, but have been upgraded due to the risk of the more transmissible strains of the virus.

“If you are a casual plus contact, you are advised to immediately isolate at home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on isolation time frames and testing requirements,” the ministry said.

Dark Vapes

One of the two high school students announced as new cases on Tuesday also twice visited Dark Vapes in East Tamaki, on Friday and Saturday.

The owner, who did not want to be named, said the store would be closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning, and he would isolate at home for 14-days, as per Ministry of Health advice.

“It's going to be tough for the business.”

He said the store would be able to reopen after cleaning as another staff member was available to help run it.

The owner did not know the identity of the case who visited.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said she was not sure which of the cases visited the store.

The visits to the vape store took place on Friday, February 19 between 2.30pm and 4pm, and also Saturday, February 20, between 7pm and 8.30pm.

People who visited the store during these times are considered to be casual-plus contacts.

More locations are expected to be released by the ministry on its website.

15 hours ago

We Say/You Say: Coastal Erosion

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hi Auckland,

How worried are you about coastal erosion in Auckland?

Auckland's shoreline could recede by 200m by 2130 if little to no action on climate change is taken.

The report, titled "Predicting Auckland's exposure to coastal instability and erosion", details the … View more
Hi Auckland,

How worried are you about coastal erosion in Auckland?

Auckland's shoreline could recede by 200m by 2130 if little to no action on climate change is taken.

The report, titled "Predicting Auckland's exposure to coastal instability and erosion", details the impacts this will have on communities the Auckland region.

Sea level rise is notoriously difficult for scientists to follow and this has meant coastal erosion rates have been difficult to predict.

New Zealand's sea levels have risen an average 1.67mm per year since 1989, but the Ministry of Environment says this will accelerate if little action is taken on climate change.

What do you think should be done about it? Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comments used in your local community newspaper.

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12 hours ago

What's On: Hot HIIT Pilates Get Strong!

Rosanne from Campbells Bay

Come for your first free class and join our upcoming Get Strong Challenge starting on Mar 22. Notice your core strength increase in just 2 weeks. Fun workouts! www.hotpilates.co.nz
Hot HIIT Pilates Get Strong!
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1 day ago

Are you struggling to find a rental or buy a home in Auckland?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hello everyone,

I was hoping to get in contact with someone from the Māori, Pasifika and Indian community who have either struggled to find a rental or buy a home.

The housing crisis has affected all three groups particularly badly, so if there's anyone who comes from these groups who is … View more
Hello everyone,

I was hoping to get in contact with someone from the Māori, Pasifika and Indian community who have either struggled to find a rental or buy a home.

The housing crisis has affected all three groups particularly badly, so if there's anyone who comes from these groups who is willing to talk please drop me a message: ged.cann@stuff.co.nz

Thanks,

Ged Cann
Senior Reporter
stuff.co.nz

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16 hours ago

Mother's warning after sun's reflection from mirror burns daughter's book

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

Victoria Short smelt smoke in her home, but couldn’t find any fire.

Unbeknownst to her, a book in her daughter’s bedroom had been smouldering away as she worked from another room.

After several checks of the house offered no hints to where the smoke was coming from, Short continued work, … View more
Victoria Short smelt smoke in her home, but couldn’t find any fire.

Unbeknownst to her, a book in her daughter’s bedroom had been smouldering away as she worked from another room.

After several checks of the house offered no hints to where the smoke was coming from, Short continued work, oblivious to the fact the pages of 11-year-old Annalina’s favourite book, Code Name Bananas, were slowly becoming ash.

Annalina, who has a penchant for make-up, was gifted a dinner plate-sized desk mirror for Christmas, which had been sitting on her bookshelf beside a window ever since.

When Annalina arrived home from school, she noticed the book was burnt through its spine and halfway through the pages.

“It just didn’t make sense,” said Short, who is the deputy chair of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board.

Upon further investigation, Short realised Annalina’s mirror was facing the bookshelf.

“The sunlight seems to have come through the window, hit the concave mirror, and perfectly reflected the magnified sunlight onto the corner of the book.”

Short said the incident made her feel sick to her stomach, adding that she felt lucky the book, and the rest of the bookshelf, didn't catch fire.

“I would never have imagined a mirror could have the potential to burn our house down, never in my wildest dreams. It’s just one of those things you never think twice about.”

After posting about the incident on Facebook, Short has heard of other people who have witnesses similar incidents, including someone who had left a drink bottle in their car which reflected the sun and burnt the seat.

The incident has “triggered a level of anxiety” for Short, who is now concerned about other reflective objects in her home, including a glass table.

She has used the incident as an opportunity to check her smoke alarms are in working order, while Annalina has found a new place to keep her mirror – in her wardrobe.

Fire and Emergency NZ national advisor for fire risk management Peter Gallagher said mirrors, glasses, ornaments and plastic water bottles can reflect and focus the sun’s rays and become a fire danger.

Fires caused by this were rare, however people should consider moving flammable items away or cover any reflective surfaces.

Has something similar happened to you? Email me at caroline.williams@stuff.co.nz

16 hours ago

Do you need help in your garden?

Ricki. from Art & Gardens by Rix Meaker

Do you need some help in your garden? I am an experienced landscaper and an artist and use my artistic flair when working in the garden. Do you have an area in your garden that just needs a bit of a face-lift? I can help with weeding, levelling, planting, garden design, trimming, neatening or … View moreDo you need some help in your garden? I am an experienced landscaper and an artist and use my artistic flair when working in the garden. Do you have an area in your garden that just needs a bit of a face-lift? I can help with weeding, levelling, planting, garden design, trimming, neatening or anything 'small-scale'. I charge $40 per hour for my time. Please contact Rix on 021 2944614. Consultation is free.

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21 hours ago

Northcross celebrates 25 years

The Team from Shorecare Urgent Care Northcross

This week, we’re celebrating 25 years since Northcross first opened!

We are proud to have served the North Shore community over this time and look forward to many more years to come.

Thank you for your support, compliments, surprise gifts, and kind comments over the years. Big shout out to … View more
This week, we’re celebrating 25 years since Northcross first opened!

We are proud to have served the North Shore community over this time and look forward to many more years to come.

Thank you for your support, compliments, surprise gifts, and kind comments over the years. Big shout out to all our past and current team members who have become part of our Shorecare family.

Check out some of our team from 1989, only a few years prior to Northcross opening their doors.

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1 day ago

Clear your calendars for RTB21!

The Team from Round the Bays

Hey Neighbours! Round the Bays 2021 is happening THIS SUNDAY and we hope you're excited!

Haven’t entered yet? Don’t worry you still have time! Secure your entry for 28 February so you can tick NZ’s largest fun run off your bucket list!

Head online to www.roundthebays.co.nz... to … View more
Hey Neighbours! Round the Bays 2021 is happening THIS SUNDAY and we hope you're excited!

Haven’t entered yet? Don’t worry you still have time! Secure your entry for 28 February so you can tick NZ’s largest fun run off your bucket list!

Head online to www.roundthebays.co.nz... to register and round up the crew for an awesome run/jog/walk along Auckland's beautiful coastline!

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1 day ago

Hi Neighbours!

Habitat for Humanity

Jay here from Habitat for Humanity, we are offering an awesome Home Repair and Renovation service to the public with the profits going to helping local families in housing need.

If you need your bathroom or kitchen upgrading or any other work around your home please get in touch with us.

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Jay here from Habitat for Humanity, we are offering an awesome Home Repair and Renovation service to the public with the profits going to helping local families in housing need.

If you need your bathroom or kitchen upgrading or any other work around your home please get in touch with us.

Habitat for Humanity is a housing charity that has been operating in New Zealand for over 25 years.

Renovating with Habitat is a way for you to invest in upgrading or repairing your own home for social good as all profit goes towards helping local Kiwi families in housing need.”

Jay Davies
Building and Development Manager
Find out more

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1 day ago

Maximise your outdoor space!

Shade Design

At Shade Design we are a family-focused company along with offering the best products and service at the most affordable prices in the industry.

With our experienced and friendly team, we pride ourselves on making sure you only have the best experience working with us and that you can’t help … View more
At Shade Design we are a family-focused company along with offering the best products and service at the most affordable prices in the industry.

With our experienced and friendly team, we pride ourselves on making sure you only have the best experience working with us and that you can’t help yourself but tell all your family and friends.

With our custom aluminium frames and awnings, we stand by our products and offer a 5-year warranty.
Visit us online

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2 days ago

International Women's Day

Sylvia Heywood from Soroptimist International North Shore

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequity.
How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Come to connect with like-minded people and to hear a panel discussion on Women post-Covid – going forward in the ‘new normal’

IWD_flyer2021.pdf Download View

1 day ago

Sole and crayfish quenelles

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Sole and crayfish quenelles with Sauce Nantua prepared by our Diploma Level 5 Cookery chefs This is  a complex classic dish with savoury umami flavours and creative presentation by the students.

1 day ago

5 star bachmannsmile

Bachmann Orthodontics

What sets our North Shore orthodontics praxis apart?
At Bachmann Orthodontics, we offer: Advanced diagnostics (with our intraoral scanner, we are able to make impressions more accurate, faster and convenient. All data is safely stored. Retainers and impressions can be replicated on our new … View more
What sets our North Shore orthodontics praxis apart?
At Bachmann Orthodontics, we offer: Advanced diagnostics (with our intraoral scanner, we are able to make impressions more accurate, faster and convenient. All data is safely stored. Retainers and impressions can be replicated on our new state-of-the-art 3D-Printers without making a new model.) World-class treatment and oral health education. A wide range of orthodontic options. The highest standard of sterilisationDirect digital oral x-ray imaging. A professional team of orthodontists and orthodontic auxiliaries all dedicated to creating a positive experience. A fun, welcoming practice conveniently located in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore. Flexible payment plans and finance options for your orthodontic treatments. If your braces were fitted offshore and you now require ongoing treatment in New Zealand, come and see us for an initial orthodontic consultation. Your smile is important to us, and we work with any braces to ensure you get the desired outcome—a World-Class Experience. At Bachmann Orthodontics, you are always in capable hands. Trust us to take care of you and your smile
Contact us today for an appointment at 094481128

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3 days ago

Poll: Do you support making Matariki a public holiday?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

The Matariki cluster will send Aotearoa a new public holiday next year.

The actual date of Matariki will move but is expected to always fall on a Friday or Monday.

The first day off will be Friday June 24 in 2022.

Government advice suggests the new Matariki public holiday will cost businesses … View more
The Matariki cluster will send Aotearoa a new public holiday next year.

The actual date of Matariki will move but is expected to always fall on a Friday or Monday.

The first day off will be Friday June 24 in 2022.

Government advice suggests the new Matariki public holiday will cost businesses between $377 - $448 million.

But that advice does not include any potential economic benefits from the new public holiday, set to be introduced from next year.

The estimated cost has come under fire from ACT leader David Seymour who said the public holiday amounted to a tax on business.

Seymour suggested that the Government get rid of another public holiday to make way for Matariki.

Photo: STEPHEN CHADWICK

*Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by Stuff.

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Do you support making Matariki a public holiday?
  • 58.9% Yes
    58.9% Complete
  • 37.1% No
    37.1% Complete
  • 4.1% Unsure
    4.1% Complete
807 votes
1 day ago

What's On: North Shore Music Club

Warren from Mount Eden

Come to our March Club night. Following a brief AGM, Club members will play our Yamaha Clavinova piano with a special performance by Paul McIssac after supper. Phone Warren 0299277365
North Shore Music Club
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