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9 hours ago

Poll: Do you think rising house prices in Auckland will hit a limit?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Auckland houses are less affordable than those in all but three other cities from eight countries surveyed for the 2021 Demographia international housing affordability report.

It’s now more affordable to buy a house in San Francisco or London than in Auckland. A new report has ranked the Super … View more
Auckland houses are less affordable than those in all but three other cities from eight countries surveyed for the 2021 Demographia international housing affordability report.

It’s now more affordable to buy a house in San Francisco or London than in Auckland. A new report has ranked the Super City as the fourth least affordable housing market in the world.

The 2021 annual Demographia international housing affordability report, which is a scaled down version of previous years’ reports, looks at housing affordability in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and the US.

It ranks 92 major housing markets – with populations of more than one million – in eight countries based on the median multiple, which measures median house price divided by gross median household income.

According to the report, Auckland now has a “median multiple” of 10.0. That’s up from 8.6 last year when it was the equal sixth most unaffordable market with Toronto, and from 6.4 in 2010, just a decade ago.

Regions with house prices more than three times the median regional income are considered unaffordable, so Auckland’s median multiple makes it severely unaffordable.

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Do you think rising house prices in Auckland will hit a limit?
  • 22.1% Yes
    22.1% Complete
  • 53.9% No
    53.9% Complete
  • 24% Unsure- it's too complex
    24% Complete
154 votes
1 day ago

Who needs a plant doctor?

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

Are your houseplants looking worse for wear? The experts at Kings Plant Barn would love to help. Send us your houseplant questions and problems to homed@stuff.co.nz, or leave them in the comments, for the houseplant doctor to diagnose. Pictures are encouraged.

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4 days 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.

3 days 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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7 hours ago

It's Competition Time!

Pukekohe Toyota

Manukau Toyota Group, of which we are part, celebrates its 30th anniversary in March.
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To begin the festivities and celebrate the almighty 2021 Toyota Hilux we have some cool giveaways! More details over on our Facebook page and don't forget to read more about … View more
Manukau Toyota Group, of which we are part, celebrates its 30th anniversary in March.
Nice, nice, nice, nice, nice.
To begin the festivities and celebrate the almighty 2021 Toyota Hilux we have some cool giveaways! More details over on our Facebook page and don't forget to read more about the 2021 Hilux below!

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11 hours ago

Good morning Neighbors

Bradley from Waiuku

Have a fantastic weekend

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1 day ago

Covid-19 Update: One new case linked to Auckland community cluster, a worker at KFC Botany

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Here's a vital Covid-19 update: A person who works at KFC in Botany Downs is the latest community case of Covid-19 in Auckland.

Kendall Hutt:

The community case, announced today, is a household contact of the cases announced on Tuesday.

Three new community cases were … View more
Hi neighbours,

Here's a vital Covid-19 update: A person who works at KFC in Botany Downs is the latest community case of Covid-19 in Auckland.

Kendall Hutt:

The community case, announced today, is a household contact of the cases announced on Tuesday.

Three new community cases were announced on Tuesday, connected to a south Auckland family who had previously tested positive for the virus.

The Ministry of Health said the new case, Case L, works at KFC in Botany Downs, which is now considered a new location of interest.

They last worked there between Monday, February 22 at 3.30pm and 12.30am on Tuesday, February 23.

The ministry said 11 KFC staff who worked at the same time as the case were considered close plus contacts.

They should get a test on Saturday and are required to isolate for 14 days, along with their household contacts.

People who entered the store, on Ti Rakau Dr, between 3.30pm on Monday and 12.30am on Tuesday are considered close contacts and should isolate at home until March 8.

The ministry said these people should also get tested on Saturday and then again at day 12.

People who went through the drive-through between 3.30pm on Monday and 12.30pm on Tuesday are considered casual plus contacts and should isolate at home until a negative day five test comes back.

These people should also get a test on Saturday and remain isolated until they get their test results back.

All contacts should call Healthline, the ministry said.

Two new locations of interest connected to one of the cases were released by the ministry on Thursday night.

Both on Great South Rd in Papatoetoe, the two new locations are Choice Food Bar and Li’l Abners Takeaway.

Viyush Grover, manager at Choice Food Bar, said the shop would be undergoing a deep clean “for sure”.

The owner of Li’l Abners said three workers were self-isolating, but it was otherwise open for business.

On Thursday it was also revealed a private house viewing was held at the home of cases I, J and K, on Saturday, February 20, before they tested positive.

The viewing lasted half an hour, and was attended by three people.

Kmart Botany and Dark Vapes in East Tāmaki have previously been announced as locations of interest, with one of the cases working at Kmart.

Customers at Kmart – at least 1236 people – and those at Dark Vapes had been reclassified as close contacts, while staff at both stores were now regarded as ‘close plus’ contacts.

The new cases sparked the reclosure of Papatoetoe High School, requiring all students and staff be retested, and forcing all households connected to the school into a lockdown of sorts.

As of Thursday morning, 1100 students and staff had been tested.

16 hours ago

Tell us about a local business that makes your day?

Prospa

With the craziness of last year behind us, it’s time to 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.

As NZ’s business lending specialists, we at … View more
With the craziness of last year behind us, it’s time to 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.

As NZ’s business lending specialists, we at Prospa love seeing small businesses reach their goals with a faster, easier approach to business loans. And we’re proud to be back sponsoring the 2021 Prospa Local Business Hero awards.
Nominate now

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16 hours ago

WIN tickets to Auckland Arts Festival 2021

Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) 2021 kicks off in a fortnight, offering a jampacked programme for you and your whānau to enjoy.

Happening between 4 and 21 March, AAF 2021 features a 100% Aotearoa selection of more than 70 multi-art shows and events at theatres, galleries … View more
Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) 2021 kicks off in a fortnight, offering a jampacked programme for you and your whānau to enjoy.

Happening between 4 and 21 March, AAF 2021 features a 100% Aotearoa selection of more than 70 multi-art shows and events at theatres, galleries and unique indoor and outdoor venues across Tāmaki Makaurau.

Paying homage to the overarching 2021 theme of Aroha, shows on offer include everything from dance to theatre, live music to comedy, visual and digital art, talks and debate, community participation projects and more.

Among those tipped to be crowd pleasers this year are Che-Fu and the Krates at Auckland Town Hall for the 20-year anniversary of their album Navigator.

The APO will perform the soundtrack to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial while the film screens at Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre at Aotea Centre and Michael Hurst will appear in a version of Jack and the Beanstalk playing the role of Jack's mum.

10 double passes to giveaway, simply LIKE or THANK this post to be in the draw to WIN a great experience of the Auckland Art Festival/ Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki performances. T&Cs apply.
Find out more

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17 hours ago

Let us plan your next kitchen

Kev from Benchtop Installers Auckland

Hi Neighbours

Please get in touch to discuss your new kitchen, kitchen makeover, kitchen removal or just to get a kitchen design

Contact us by clicking the link today!

3 days 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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1 day ago

10-year Budget 2021-2031 webinar events

The Team from Auckland Council

If you would like the opportunity to ask questions about the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 with your councillor and local board, we have a range of webinars available 👇
akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz...

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3 days 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

Full Heat Pump Service/Clean - $99.00 (incl GST)

Kat from Grade A Electrical Ltd

Full heat pump service/clean at $99.00 including GST.

Below is the performance checklist that our Technicians follow when cleaning/servicing a heat pump/air conditioner;



- Check operating temperature
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Full heat pump service/clean at $99.00 including GST.

Below is the performance checklist that our Technicians follow when cleaning/servicing a heat pump/air conditioner;



- Check operating temperature

- Remove fine dust from behind the filter screen

- Remove oils and stain build up from inside radiator

- Sanitize inside radiator

- Internal drain is flushed

- Fan blades cleaned

- Clean condensers

- Check for any refrigerant leaks

- Clean intake screens

- Apply cleaning solutions to fins and coil

- Clean and check fan blades

- Reassemble, test and check noise levels



At the end of every service/clean we will leave you with a full servicing report, a label on every unit serviced with the service date and due date for next service.



The standard cost for servicing a heat pump unit is between $145.00 - $175.00 incl GST, our special price is $99.00 incl GST per unit.



If you are interested in the offer or have any questions contact Kat or Leanne on 0275927380.

1 day ago

Covid-19: Two south Auckland takeaway shops visited by community case

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Two new locations of interest, visited by a community case of Covid-19, have been released by the Ministry of Health.

The two new locations are Choice Food Bar and Li’l Abners Takeway.

Both are on Great South Rd in Papatoetoe.

Those who have visited these locations on February 19 between 1am … View more
Two new locations of interest, visited by a community case of Covid-19, have been released by the Ministry of Health.

The two new locations are Choice Food Bar and Li’l Abners Takeway.

Both are on Great South Rd in Papatoetoe.

Those who have visited these locations on February 19 between 1am to 1:20am are considered ‘casual plus contacts’ of the community cases.

They are advised to remain at home until they receive a negative test result and to monitor for any symptoms for 14 days.

It comes after three community cases were announced on Tuesday, connected to a south Auckland family who had previously tested positive for the virus.

Kmart Botany and Dark Vapes in East Tāmaki have previously been announced as locations of interest, with one of the cases working at Kmart.

The three community cases are linked to Papatoetoe High School, with two being siblings and students at Papatoetoe High school and the other an infant sibling.

The school reopened on Monday but was later closed again following the news of the new cases linked to the high school.

One case is a classmate of the daughter from the original case that was announced on Valentine's Day.

Following the news, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an alert level change, with Auckland moving to level 3 and the rest of New Zealand to level 2.

Read more here:

www.stuff.co.nz...

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1 day ago

Spirulina Nice Cream. Yum!

Way Of Life Health Shop

Want a healthy treat for the whole family? Then make up Lifestream's Spirulina Nice Cream!
You will need:
Lifestream Spirulina - 2 tablets or 1 tsp of powder
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen mango (or you could try pineapple)
1/4 cup milk of choice
1 tsp maple syrup
Instructions:
Blend until … View more
Want a healthy treat for the whole family? Then make up Lifestream's Spirulina Nice Cream!
You will need:
Lifestream Spirulina - 2 tablets or 1 tsp of powder
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen mango (or you could try pineapple)
1/4 cup milk of choice
1 tsp maple syrup
Instructions:
Blend until completely smooth. Spoon into a serving bowl, jar or cone and enjoy!
YUM!!!!!

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