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18 minutes ago

A Personal Reason To Advocate Vaccination

Tel from Central Whangarei

My Father died last year because of Covid-19 but he did not die of the disease. He was living in the UK and was fit and healthy. Despite being 96 years old, he went for a 2km walk every day. Then he had a fall and needed hospital care. But the British Health Service was overwhelmed with Covid-19 … View moreMy Father died last year because of Covid-19 but he did not die of the disease. He was living in the UK and was fit and healthy. Despite being 96 years old, he went for a 2km walk every day. Then he had a fall and needed hospital care. But the British Health Service was overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases and there was no bed for him. And so he died.


Over 150,000 people have died in UK of Covid-19 but that figure does not include the collateral damage. There were people like my Father for whom there was no emergency treatment, there were people whose operations were delayed and some people got sub-standard care. I don't blame the medical staff they were completely overwhelmed.


Sooner or later our borders will be breached and the community will be exposed to the virus. Those of us who have had the jab will be safe and those who are not vaccinated will be at risk. I'm not concerned with adults choosing to expose themselves to a disease with a 1% mortality, I'm concerned with the collateral damage. If the anti-vaxxers have their way there will be a lot of innocent people who will die - people who cannot have the vaccine and people who need medical care that is being used to treat Covid.


My Father died because his Government did not treat Covid-19 seriously. They didn't implement lockdown and they did not close their borders resulting in the highest infection rate in Europe. I don't want anyone here to die because of the poisonous lies of anti-vaxxers.

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15 days ago

Antivaxer nonsense

David from Onerahi

Can anyone tell me who is responsible for delivering a pamphlet of mis-information, lies and distorted facts to the letterboxes of Onerahi?
Nowhere does anyone's name appear on the pamphlet or the website link.
This shameful nonsense should be stamped out, it is potentially putting … View more
Can anyone tell me who is responsible for delivering a pamphlet of mis-information, lies and distorted facts to the letterboxes of Onerahi?
Nowhere does anyone's name appear on the pamphlet or the website link.
This shameful nonsense should be stamped out, it is potentially putting people's lives at risk. We may be largely Covid free in NZ at the moment but that can change in as little as a few weeks.
Anyone receiving this pamphlet should refer to www.stuff.co.nz... for some accurate information instead of the lies spread by this flyer.

2 days ago

Solar power is coming to Northland

Oliver Neighbourly Lead from One Tree Point

Lodestone Energy is planning to build five solar power farms, two of which will be located in Northland. Both Stuff and RNZ have published articles about this.
The first to go online will be in Kaitaia, with construction beginning later this year and completion in 2022, and provide 62GWh annually. … View more
Lodestone Energy is planning to build five solar power farms, two of which will be located in Northland. Both Stuff and RNZ have published articles about this.
The first to go online will be in Kaitaia, with construction beginning later this year and completion in 2022, and provide 62GWh annually. Together with the upgraded and expanded geothermal generation at Ngawha, this will provide more energy than the Far North needs and hopefully bring power prices down in that region, which are among the highest in the country. Any excess energy generated will benefit the rest of Northland, and once another solar farm at Dargaville has been added by the end of 2023, much of Northland will be on 100% renewable and locally produced electricity.
Let's get ready for this and support this development with getting off fossil fuels and switching to electricity over the next two to three years. Need a small car that takes us to town and back, or to commute to work, or drive the kids around? Get a used electric vehicle. Still heating the home with wood fire like in the 1800s? Get a heat pump with its three times higher heating efficiency. Gas stove getting old and needing replacement? Switch to an induction cooktop. Want to become part of the renewable electricity grid? Pop rooftop solar on, and a storage battery in the garage or shed. There are so many ways to electrify and increase our energy efficiency, and Gen Less has all the resources we need to learn about it. Also, there's no need for knee-jerk action or panic - we can do all this when opportunities present themselves, like special offers, subsidies, rental and subscription programs with no capital required, or just a great bargain. This decade will bring a lot of progress and changes in the home energy space. Just let's be open-minded, keep our eyes and ears open, tell each other about it, and take action when we can.

1 day ago

Warm welcome to Competenz!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We're very excited to announce Competenz as our new Neighbourly partner. Competenz is an Industry Training Organisation and helps people develop their skills on the job.

We truly believe in the work they do to help people gain apprenticeships, build their skills and work alongside New … View more
We're very excited to announce Competenz as our new Neighbourly partner. Competenz is an Industry Training Organisation and helps people develop their skills on the job.

We truly believe in the work they do to help people gain apprenticeships, build their skills and work alongside New Zealand businesses.

Please join us in welcoming Competenz and stay tuned for job listings and other exciting content!
Find out more

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3 days ago

Guide for Carers

The Team from Office for Seniors

The Ministry of Social Development has recently updated the Guide for Carers, a valuable resource for those who care for family, whānau, āiga or friends with a health condition, a disability, an injury, or a physical or mental illness.

It covers a range of topics such as financial help, … View more
The Ministry of Social Development has recently updated the Guide for Carers, a valuable resource for those who care for family, whānau, āiga or friends with a health condition, a disability, an injury, or a physical or mental illness.

It covers a range of topics such as financial help, assessing needs, getting help at home and being able to take a break from caring.

The Guide for Carers is available online now: bit.ly...

For more information about resources like this and other advice, read our SuperSeniors newsletter: bit.ly...

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5 days ago

We Say/You Say: MMP

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Hi Whangārei,

Would you support the introduction of MMP to local body elections?

A former Labour minister has called on the government to implement MMP as the voting system for local body elections in a bid to 'fix' local government.

Peter Neilson, an economist, is a former … View more
Hi Whangārei,

Would you support the introduction of MMP to local body elections?

A former Labour minister has called on the government to implement MMP as the voting system for local body elections in a bid to 'fix' local government.

Peter Neilson, an economist, is a former Labour MP for Miramar, a Minister of Revenue, Works and Associate Minister of Finance. Neilson explains how MMP could have a positive impact on civic participation after data from Internal Affairs showed a decline in voter turnout.

Around four out of 10 New Zealanders on the electoral role turned out to vote in the last set of local elections. In comparison, around seven or eight out 10 voted in the general election last year.

Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment featured in the Whangārei Leader.

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3 days ago

Special offer on tickets to this inspirational true story!

PANNZ

Kia Ora neighbours - this Saturday 15 May, Tour-Makers will be arriving in Whangārei to perform Meremere for one night only.

Meremere is a unique, autobiographical work from critically acclaimed performer Rodney Bell | Ngāti Maniapoto, and a courageous response to an incredible series of life… View more
Kia Ora neighbours - this Saturday 15 May, Tour-Makers will be arriving in Whangārei to perform Meremere for one night only.

Meremere is a unique, autobiographical work from critically acclaimed performer Rodney Bell | Ngāti Maniapoto, and a courageous response to an incredible series of life events.

This inspirational performance is accompanied by live music composed by Eden Mulholland, and performed by his brother, Jol.

We are very happy to offer you 15% off tickets, using the code MEREMERE.

Simply head to eventfinda.co.nz and enter the code in the promo box when you select your tickets to unlock this special offer.
Book now

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4 days ago

A new way to live

Ryman Healthcare Limited

It’s a time for fine-tuning your skills and pushing the boundaries, catching up with your mates and heading off on new adventures at the drop of a hat! No, we’re not talking about your 20s, we’re talking about your retirement.

Ross’ retirement saw the beginning of his musical journey … View more
It’s a time for fine-tuning your skills and pushing the boundaries, catching up with your mates and heading off on new adventures at the drop of a hat! No, we’re not talking about your 20s, we’re talking about your retirement.

Ross’ retirement saw the beginning of his musical journey where his passion quickly evolved from making music, to crafting guitars. It all started when Ross and some mates joined a music group where the camaraderie and togetherness were just as important as the music.

Living in a Ryman village, Ross can continue living life to the full in his retirement because they are places where you don’t retire from life, you find a new way to live .
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4 days ago

What's On: Waipu Street and Park Market

Graham from Langs Beach - Waipu

"The Big Market in the Little Town" 150 Stalls of Crafts, Fashion, Art, Jewellery, Food, Novelties, and Produce - Live Music - Food Trucks - Entertainment for all Koha entry
Waipu Street and Park Market
  • THE Centre WAIPU and the Caledonian Park Waipu
4 days ago

Poll: What John Deere Product do you have?

AGrowQuip NZ

AGrowQuip NZ Ltd is the exclusive franchise dealer for John Deere in the Auckland and Waikato regions for Agriculture and the exclusive franchise dealer for John Deere in the North Island for Golf & Turf and Construction & Forestry.

With branches in Silverdale, Pukekohe, Rotorua, … View more
AGrowQuip NZ Ltd is the exclusive franchise dealer for John Deere in the Auckland and Waikato regions for Agriculture and the exclusive franchise dealer for John Deere in the North Island for Golf & Turf and Construction & Forestry.

With branches in Silverdale, Pukekohe, Rotorua, Hamilton, Cambridge, Whangarei, Opua and Hawkes Bay, whether you are a contractor, large-scale farmer, lifestyle/home owner or groundskeeper, we are sure to have a solution for you!
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What John Deere Product do you have?
  • 72.2% Ride On Mower
    72.2% Complete
  • 11.1% Farm Tractor
    11.1% Complete
  • 5.6% Construction Equipment
    5.6% Complete
  • 0% Forestry Equipment
    0% Complete
  • 0% Golf Equipment
    0% Complete
  • 11.1% More than 1 item
    11.1% Complete
18 votes
6 days ago

NZTA seems broken

Peter Neighbourly Lead from Kamo

I've tried to renew my car's rego online yesterday evening. Could load the nzta website, but the page to renew registration would not load.
I dropped them a line about this ..."we are currently experiencing high volumes of email, we may get back to you in 9 days" ... yeah, … View more
I've tried to renew my car's rego online yesterday evening. Could load the nzta website, but the page to renew registration would not load.
I dropped them a line about this ..."we are currently experiencing high volumes of email, we may get back to you in 9 days" ... yeah, right, that will be useful.
This morning their whole website appears to be down. So if you need to register your car, you may have to go to the testing station, assuming *they* can get in.

10 days ago

Poll: Which is your preferred method of inducing sleep?

Marketing Manager from Beds 4 U Whangarei

Choose an option below, or if not listed in the options then comment below what your routine is before going to bed to get a good night's sleep!

Which is your preferred method of inducing sleep?
  • 27.7% Listen to soothing music
    27.7% Complete
  • 59.3% Read a book
    59.3% Complete
  • 7.3% Meditate
    7.3% Complete
  • 5.6% Have a cup of chamomile tea
    5.6% Complete
177 votes
5 days ago

Hikurangi Hits THE ROAD....

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Is everybody ready for the rally?!
On Saturday 15th May, Hikurangi is hosting 4 rural rally legs, as well as a refuel stop, and an opportunity to meet the rally drivers and check out their cars up close!
This will be a huge event in the heart of Hikurangi, and it’s FREE to attend! Here’s what… View more
Is everybody ready for the rally?!
On Saturday 15th May, Hikurangi is hosting 4 rural rally legs, as well as a refuel stop, and an opportunity to meet the rally drivers and check out their cars up close!
This will be a huge event in the heart of Hikurangi, and it’s FREE to attend! Here’s what we have going on:

-Hikurangi Community Library open day, come along for a wander through our newly upgraded library and see our awesome selection of books and puzzles, and our fresh new children’s & teens area with HEAPS of new books! There’s also a rally based activity table and a rally colouring competition for you to take home with some awesome prizes up for grabs!
-Sausage sizzle, fizzy drinks, and hot coffee right outside the library door, fundraising for an outdoor upgrade!
-Library second hand book sale where every book is $0.50c, also magazines and Hikurangi 2021 calendars!
-An assortment of 5 bouncy castles and an obstacle course available for children, on the Chapel grounds right next door to the library, the kids activities are FREE!
-A “makers and growers” selection of market stalls along the Northern end of George St (from Rouse Motorcycles to 3 Little Birds end).
-A super special “meet the drivers” event between 9.30am and 10.45am, and again between 2.45pm and 4pm, where you can come along and chat with the drivers and get them to sign some awesome rally posters!
This will be a great event for Hikurangi and we invite visitors to join in the rally excitement with us! Grab some friends together, pack up the kids and head along for a great Saturday of fun!
You can check out further details including road closure details on our website hikurangi.co.nz...
You can buy tickets for any of the rally legs at www.eventfinda.co.nz...
For a FREE copy of the rally map, stop in to the Hikurangi Community Library and they are available at the front counter.

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6 days ago

We are soooo LUCKY living in a VERY SPECIAL place....

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Check out our latest Kiwi match, Chris Humfrey and Kama
A Message from the Pukenui Rangers ..

"Chris Humfrey (Kiwi) had done the work for us and removed his transmitter of his own accord which left us thinking that was the end of it. It turned out however that he was huddled up in a nearby … View more
Check out our latest Kiwi match, Chris Humfrey and Kama
A Message from the Pukenui Rangers ..

"Chris Humfrey (Kiwi) had done the work for us and removed his transmitter of his own accord which left us thinking that was the end of it. It turned out however that he was huddled up in a nearby burrow with Kama, neither being too impressed about being disturbed! They were pulled out, weighed, and put back in the burrow to continue doing their thing, an early sign of breeding activity I reckon!"

Thanks especially to Carl Dowd from Pataua North Landcare who has been helping out immensely in the forest in tracking kiwi and health checks. Shout out to Pukenui hard working rangers Ben Lovell and Bevan Cramp and Kiwi Namesake the real Chris Humfrey (human)

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13 days ago

Have you been able to book a Covid-19 vaccine appointment?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangārei Leader

A plan to offer Covid-19 vaccines to everyone over 50 in Northland has been called “a shambles”, as those over 75, who should have been high priority, cannot get a booking to get their dose. Last week, Northland District Health Board decided to buck Ministry of Health recommendations and open … View moreA plan to offer Covid-19 vaccines to everyone over 50 in Northland has been called “a shambles”, as those over 75, who should have been high priority, cannot get a booking to get their dose. Last week, Northland District Health Board decided to buck Ministry of Health recommendations and open up its vaccine clinics to all over-50s. But with 73,000 Northlanders in this age group, it has been overwhelmed with demand, receiving an average of 50 calls an hour and more than 2000 emails to book an appointment. Have you had the same problems, or have you been able to book a vaccine appointment?

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