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52 days ago

From Where I Sit - an exhibition of photographs by wheelchair users.

Natasha from Ashhurst - Pohangina

Feilding and District Art Society - 104 Manchester St, Feilding

The Seated Photographers bring us a fun, thought-provoking exhibition that invites audience participation and shows us the view of everyday life from a wheelchair. Some of the photographers are experienced but many are novices who … View more
Feilding and District Art Society - 104 Manchester St, Feilding

The Seated Photographers bring us a fun, thought-provoking exhibition that invites audience participation and shows us the view of everyday life from a wheelchair. Some of the photographers are experienced but many are novices who have found a love for photography as an exciting, creative outlet since being in a wheelchair.

Works on display are by local, national and international photographers.
The opening celebration will be on Sunday the 21st of February at 3pm and will be attended by the Deputy Mayor Michael Ford and Member for Rangitikei Ian McKelvie. Everyone is welcome to attend - we would love to see you there.

The exhibition runs to the 13th of March.

Feilding and District Art Society, 104 Manchester St, Feilding.
Open weekdays 10am - 4pm, Saturdays 10am - 1pm
Free Admission

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com...
Website: www.feildingartsociety.com...

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53 days ago

Trading the office for the farm

Primary ITO

Primary ITO’s Dani Low says over the past year, career changers including bankers, accountants and chefs have joined school leavers and young people looking to make a start in Southland’s dairy industry in the wake of the economic reshuffle from Covid-19.

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Primary ITO’s Dani Low says over the past year, career changers including bankers, accountants and chefs have joined school leavers and young people looking to make a start in Southland’s dairy industry in the wake of the economic reshuffle from Covid-19.

The Government is covering training fees until 31 December 2022 so there’s never been a better time to invest in yourself and your people.

Contact Dani Low on 027 229 9988 or email dani.low@primaryito.ac.nz
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57 days ago

Auckland to move to Alert Level 2, rest of New Zealand to move to Alert Level 1

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

UPDATE
17 February
4.53pm

The rest of New Zealand will return at Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm tonight. Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield are currently providing an update to media at a post-cabinet press conference.

Here's what you need to know:
- New Zealand will return to Alert … View more
UPDATE
17 February
4.53pm

The rest of New Zealand will return at Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm tonight. Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield are currently providing an update to media at a post-cabinet press conference.

Here's what you need to know:
- New Zealand will return to Alert Level 1 with Auckland moving to Alert Level 2.
- These restrictions will be reviewed February 22.
- There has been an additional 1 case confirmed, with the positive case a member of the same household bubble.
- New locations of interest have been loaded on the Ministry of Health website.
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UPDATE
16 February
1.09pm

There are no new community cases Ashley Bloomfield confirmed in a 1pm update today. There are no new cases in MIQ facilities.
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UPDATE
15 February
4.20pm

Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield are currently providing an update to media at a post-cabinet press conference.

Here's what you need to know:
- The Prime Minister says there's a variety of scenarios on how the virus got into the community. To date, health officials are still attempting to establish the source of the outbreak.
- 42 people have been identified as close contacts.
- The first batch of Pfizer vaccines - 60,000 doses - arrived this morning on a Singapore Airlines flight.
- Vaccines will be offered to border and MIQ workers from this Saturday.
- This will be the largest vaccine programme in New Zealand's history, Jacinda Ardern says.
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UPDATE
February 15
1.36pm

The Ministry of Health has confirmed five new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation. There are no new community cases.
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UPDATE
February 15
8.18am

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the first two February cases are the highly infectious UK strain. There is no link to any MIQ infections.
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All regions outside Auckland have moved to Alert Level 2.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation at 7.00pm Sunday, announcing all regions excluding Auckland, will move to Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm tonight.

Here's what you need to know:
- Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited.
- Mask use is encouraged when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing.
- From 11.59pm tonight, travel to Auckland will no longer be possible with the heightened alert level - unless you are returning home.
- The full list of rules under Alert Level 2 can be found here.
- Here's the full list of locations of interest where the cases visited.

Neighbourly will update this message as further information comes to hand.

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54 days ago

Free AgriSkills Training with UCOL @Taratahi

UCOL

UCOL at Taratahi have short residential courses starting now, providing candidates with a jump start to a career on the land.

These are fully-funded courses delivered in partnership with MPI and provide skills and training to meet needs across the primary industries.

Starting from March there… View more
UCOL at Taratahi have short residential courses starting now, providing candidates with a jump start to a career on the land.

These are fully-funded courses delivered in partnership with MPI and provide skills and training to meet needs across the primary industries.

Starting from March there are courses in Apiculture, Dairy, Shearing, Fencing, general Ag-contracting and specialist vehicle training.

All courses are residential at Taratahi, both the cost of board and training is covered*.

Following training at Taratahi, UCOL has fee-free agriculture certificates and diplomas or job opportunities that await.

Get in touch with UCOL today (0800 GO UCOL), secure your place and get the skills to start your career on the land.

*Candidates must be over 18 for residential stay, self-catering at weekends.
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55 days ago

Pams bacon pieces recalled

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

It has been revealed that aluminium pieces may be present in a Pams product.

In a statement, the Ministry for Primary Industries advised that a specific batch of "Pams Bacon Pieces" should not be consumed due to the possible presence of the foreign matter.

So far, there have been no… View more
It has been revealed that aluminium pieces may be present in a Pams product.

In a statement, the Ministry for Primary Industries advised that a specific batch of "Pams Bacon Pieces" should not be consumed due to the possible presence of the foreign matter.

So far, there have been no reports of associated injuries but if consumers have any concerns about their health, they should contact health officials.

What you need to know:
- The product is sold in Pak'n Save, Four Square and New World stores throughout the country.
- The best before date is February 28 2021.
- The bacon pieces weigh 350g and are contained in a plastic wrapping.

Customers are asked to return the product to their retailer for a full refund. Further queries can be directed to Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd on 0800 24 51 14

For further information on the recall please visit the New Zealand Food Safety Website.

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56 days ago

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL UPDATE

The Team from New Zealand Police

From 11:59pm tonight, Auckland moves to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2. The measures will remain in place for three days until midnight Wednesday.

More information on the Alert Levels here: covid19.govt.nz...

For everything you need to know visit … View more
From 11:59pm tonight, Auckland moves to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2. The measures will remain in place for three days until midnight Wednesday.

More information on the Alert Levels here: covid19.govt.nz...

For everything you need to know visit www.covid19.govt.nz....

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57 days ago

Tell us about a local business that makes your day?

Prospa

We all love a cheeky grin and a wave from our local grocer, or a toot from the delivery driver, or a coffee order that’s ready before we arrive. And especially over the last year, it’s been the small businesses in our communities that have almost made things seem ‘normal’. Well, it’s … View moreWe all love a cheeky grin and a wave from our local grocer, or a toot from the delivery driver, or a coffee order that’s ready before we arrive. And especially over the last year, it’s been the small businesses in our communities that have almost made things seem ‘normal’. Well, it’s payback time!

Give your favourite local business owner the recognition they deserve by nominating them in the 2021 Prospa Local Business Hero awards – and they could be up for some fantastic prizes (T&C’s apply).

Every nominated business receives a free 3-month premium listing on Neighbourly. The 11 Regional finalists get a $100 Prezzy® gift card for the business (and one for the nominator too) and a 12-month Premium Business listing on Neighbourly (valued at $399). The National winner receives $2,500 cash prize from Prospa, a $5,000 Stuff advertising package and a $2,500 Neighbourly package.

Nominate a business today and spread the word about your Prospa Local Business Hero.
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58 days ago

Pioneering a new way of living

Ryman Healthcare Limited

There’s a new generation pioneering what it means to be living in retirement. They’re making the most of every moment, trying new things and rediscovering passions that were lost when responsibilities took over.

They’re busy enjoying newfound independence and relaxing into creativity.
We … View more
There’s a new generation pioneering what it means to be living in retirement. They’re making the most of every moment, trying new things and rediscovering passions that were lost when responsibilities took over.

They’re busy enjoying newfound independence and relaxing into creativity.
We want to help them do it. That’s why we’re pioneering a new way of living for a new retirement generation.
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60 days ago

Where did all the waterbeds go?

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Did you have - or do you still have - a Waterbed? I hunted high and low for someone who still used one of the originals, but couldn't find a soul who'd own up to it.
What do you think about these wonderfully kitsch pieces of retro bedroom decor?

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59 days ago

Our February SuperSeniors Newsletter is out now!

The Team from Office for Seniors

Our first SuperSeniors Newsletter of the year is out now!

This issue has information about a free driving course from Age Concern New Zealand and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, some advice from SPCA about pet ownership, a warning from Consumer NZ about a discount scheme being offered to … View more
Our first SuperSeniors Newsletter of the year is out now!

This issue has information about a free driving course from Age Concern New Zealand and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, some advice from SPCA about pet ownership, a warning from Consumer NZ about a discount scheme being offered to seniors, tips on how to look after your wellbeing and loads more.

Check it out and pass it on! bit.ly...

Want to subscribe? You can do so here: bit.ly...

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62 days ago

Poll: Which photograph takes the cake?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Kia ora Aotearoa! Stuff has just finished their annual Summer Snaps competition and we’re thrilled to announce that you'll be the judge of the People and Communities photograph category.
Stuff received almost 300 entries in the category featuring all things local and we have whittled these… View more
Kia ora Aotearoa! Stuff has just finished their annual Summer Snaps competition and we’re thrilled to announce that you'll be the judge of the People and Communities photograph category.
Stuff received almost 300 entries in the category featuring all things local and we have whittled these down to six brilliantly captured photographs in the running to win a Canon EOS camera.

You can hear more about these finalist entries on our blog, but judging is simple:
Cast your vote in the poll below before 3pm, February 11.

Which photograph takes the cake?
  • 42.5% Finalist 1: Ken Hansen (The beach)
    42.5% Complete
  • 11.8% Finalist 2: Tiana Golder (Mana Wāhine)
    11.8% Complete
  • 12.4% Finalist 3: Tom Mazey (Vintage cars)
    12.4% Complete
  • 7% Finalist 4: Vivian Gehrmann (On the farm)
    7% Complete
  • 16.6% Finalist 5: Stephane Dussau (Maori Battallion)
    16.6% Complete
  • 9.8% Finalist 6: Kate Henry (Kids playing)
    9.8% Complete
1332 votes
60 days ago

Have you got New Zealand's best shed?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

We have been bowled over by the amazing entries to the Resene Shed of the Year 2021 competition. There's still time though, to submit yours. Send in the photos and the stories behind your man caves, she sheds, clever storage spaces, cute chicken coops and potty potting sheds. The winner … View moreWe have been bowled over by the amazing entries to the Resene Shed of the Year 2021 competition. There's still time though, to submit yours. Send in the photos and the stories behind your man caves, she sheds, clever storage spaces, cute chicken coops and potty potting sheds. The winner receives $3000 worth of gardening gear and the runner-up receives $1075 worth of prizes.

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61 days ago

Boarder wanted

Debs from Central Hawkes Bay District

Large bright double room in Waipawa for single person or couple, no kids. $180wkly for single, $250 for couple . Rate includes wifi and fair use of power. Provide your own food. Spa available plus private off street parking.
Call 0211452540

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62 days ago

We LOVE swimming

Hilton Brown Swimming

And we want you and your family to love it as well!

We help babies, children and adults feel confident in and around the water and are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all.

Touch base with us today to book in for your FREE trial lesson.

The Free Trial lesson is … View more
And we want you and your family to love it as well!

We help babies, children and adults feel confident in and around the water and are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all.

Touch base with us today to book in for your FREE trial lesson.

The Free Trial lesson is open to all new customers.
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63 days ago

childrens welfare

Drew from Tararua District

ORANGA TAMARIKI

I’ve become somewhat confused over the role that this Government agency plays within our society. I was under the impression that the agency was responsible for all child care and protection processes within New Zealand. However over recent months from news and other media … View more
ORANGA TAMARIKI

I’ve become somewhat confused over the role that this Government agency plays within our society. I was under the impression that the agency was responsible for all child care and protection processes within New Zealand. However over recent months from news and other media reports it would appear that the agency has not been managing its designated processes across our society in an even handed manner and in particular has applied a different set of harsher rules to the Maori population. Now if this is correct those responsible for this distortion in policy administration should be exposed, taken to task and dismissed from their employment with the agency. There is no place within our modern multi-cultural society for any form of racism particularly within a Government agency operating in such a sensitive area as child welfare.

On the other hand if the agencies polices are being administered and managed in a professional even hand manner with the same rules and processes being applied to all cases regardless of race then the issue of Maori having a major proportion of the child uplifts is not an agency problem but rather an systemic problem within the Maori community. For example have the same concerns by Maori also been expressed by the non-Maori population who engaged with the agency? If so then the issue is indeed serious in that it follows that the agencies policies may be flawed and thus require urgent and immediate attention to address the issues identified as requiring amendment.

What does concern me is that the review board just appointed by the Government to look at this issue is made up solely of Maori appointees. Given all the media hype almost solely focused around Maori complaints and now with a Maori review committee the chances of achieving a non-bias balanced result is highly unlikely. The situation looks very much like reverse racism and in my opinion racism in any form is simply not acceptable in today’s society. Surely as New Zealanders we cannot tolerate one rule for Maori children and a different rule for the rest of society.

The key point to be remembered is that this agency has been established to serve and protect all New Zealand children regardless of race. We would be taking an almighty step backwards if we had one set of rules for Maori children and another for all other children

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