Kawaha Point, Rotorua

57 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?

55 days ago

Flower Power Wallpaper Release 2021

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

The perennial theme of botanical print in interior design will continue in 2021 and is unmistakable in the new Flower Power wallpaper collection from James Dunlop, launching February 2021.

Continuing to deliver on this popular trend, the Flower Power wallpapers showcase a retro aesthetic, … View more
The perennial theme of botanical print in interior design will continue in 2021 and is unmistakable in the new Flower Power wallpaper collection from James Dunlop, launching February 2021.

Continuing to deliver on this popular trend, the Flower Power wallpapers showcase a retro aesthetic, reflective of an era that embraced a maximalist approach to interior design.

The namesake of the collection Flower Power pays homage to the counterculture design movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which celebrated global design influences, bold pattern, stylised folk art and sundrenched colour.

Bold, geometric forms mix with romantic florals within eight new wallpaper designs that feel playful yet offer a comforting sense of nostalgia in both design and colour. These mid-century inspired patterned wallpapers will pair harmoniously with rattan, textured paint, exposed brick and warm timber, as well as tactile textiles such as boucle and corduroy.

The Flower Power collection embraces Visual Optimism, a design concept whereby joy can be cultivated via your visual environment. Featuring bold stylised floral motifs in eight unique patterns, these wallpapers will add personality to your home interiors or working space. Available in a playful palette of fresh nature inspired neutrals, with accent colours of gold, brown, emerald, teal, peach and pink. Whether you are looking for soft pastels, earthy tones or vibrant shades, the Flower Power collection offers a myriad of speciation opportunities.


Within the design community, trends across fashion and interiors are cyclical, with the past being a constant muse for today’s inspiration. The Flower Power collection allows you to either fully immerse yourself in nostalgic design of the 1960s and 70s through statement wallpaper in acid edged colour, or take a less literal approach with the small scale transitional patterns for a subtle and contemporary look.

Expertly printed in Europe onto non-woven backed heavy vinyl, these easy to hang wallpapers will inject joy into your residential or commercial environment. All wallpapers have the benefit of being washable, fire retardant and easily removable.


A subtle illustration of natures irregular and rhythmic texture. April offers a unique alternative to a plain textured wallpaper, for those after a hint of decoration. In a refined palette of gold and silver with an iridescent metallic finish, April is printed onto Non-Woven backed heavy vinyl creating a sophisticated solution for both residential and commercial spaces.


Keep reading: www.curtainclean.co.nz...

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56 days ago

Choosing an education in a covid world

St Peter's School

When New Zealand’s Alert Level 4 came into effect in March 2020, schools around the country faced the challenge of a transitioning from onsite to online learning.

As students adjusted to the shift in their educational environment, many schools were ill-prepared to move to quickly to online … View more
When New Zealand’s Alert Level 4 came into effect in March 2020, schools around the country faced the challenge of a transitioning from onsite to online learning.

As students adjusted to the shift in their educational environment, many schools were ill-prepared to move to quickly to online learning. Schools such as St Peter’s in Cambridge were readily prepared for a seamless transfer between classroom and digital learning.

With each student ready to use online platforms such as Google Classroom and Hangouts, a streamlined shift was enabled as soon as the lockdown occurred.

Find out why more families are choosing St Peter’s at our Open Day on 12 March.
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58 days ago

Learn basic everyday digital skills

Kanorau Digital

Have you got a mobile phone or tablet? Not sure how to work the thing? Let us help you with that.

Our short course will give you the skills to stay digitally connected to your friends and whānau.

• A variety of day and class times to choose from
• Learn with an experienced tutor
• … View more
Have you got a mobile phone or tablet? Not sure how to work the thing? Let us help you with that.

Our short course will give you the skills to stay digitally connected to your friends and whānau.

• A variety of day and class times to choose from
• Learn with an experienced tutor
• No fees

Call us on 0800 KANORAU (526 672) or visit our website.
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58 days ago

How to Prevent Mouldy Curtains and Blinds

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

Why does mould appear in the first place?
Mould grows in damp areas where there is a food source such as dust, dirt or organic material. That’s why single glazed or drafty windows, where condensation and dust are common, are often a problem area.

What are some tips for preventing mould … View more
Why does mould appear in the first place?
Mould grows in damp areas where there is a food source such as dust, dirt or organic material. That’s why single glazed or drafty windows, where condensation and dust are common, are often a problem area.

What are some tips for preventing mould growth?
Clean soft furnishings regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually involves a regular light vacuum, with less frequent dry cleaning or laundering. Regularly clean windows and wipe down window surrounds and venetian blinds or shutters with a mild detergent in warm water.

Does the material of the curtains affect how much mould will grow?
Yes, consider selecting window coverings manufactured from man-made materials, particularly in damp areas such as the bathroom, kitchen and on south-facing windows. It’s best to use a wipe-able, water-resistant blind or shutter in wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Even man-made fabrics don’t cope well in those environments.

How do I remove the mould?
Once mould develops it’s best to nip it in the bud as early as possible with a thorough clean. Keep reading: www.curtainclean.co.nz...

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70 days ago

Monster wasp nest

The Team from Wasp Wipeout

Well, after a (relatively) quiet couple of summers, the vespula wasps have come back big time in some locations! Auckland and the Waikato are reporting big numbers and you may have seen this story about the monster nest found just outside of Nelson. We're continuing our efforts to control the … View moreWell, after a (relatively) quiet couple of summers, the vespula wasps have come back big time in some locations! Auckland and the Waikato are reporting big numbers and you may have seen this story about the monster nest found just outside of Nelson. We're continuing our efforts to control the wasps through the Wasp Wipeout project, but did you know you can help as well? For information on how to help or DIY click here: bit.ly... You can also donate to the project here: givealittle.co.nz...

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59 days ago

With better grades comes higher self-esteem.

NumberWorks'nWords Rotorua

Tutoring helps increase your child’s motivation and attitude so he or she is able to reach his or her full academic potential. Get in touch with your local centre to learn more.

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60 days ago

2000 TOYOTA CALDINA

Frances from Owhata

TRULY NICE TO DRIVE
MANUAL
234000 KMS
REGO JULY 2021
NOT MUCH NEEDED FOR WOF
COOLANT SYSTEM DONE LAST MONTH
NEVER USED ANY OIL
INTERIOR IN EXCELLENT CONDITION… View more
TRULY NICE TO DRIVE
MANUAL
234000 KMS
REGO JULY 2021
NOT MUCH NEEDED FOR WOF
COOLANT SYSTEM DONE LAST MONTH
NEVER USED ANY OIL
INTERIOR IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
AWESOME PIONEER SOUND SYSTEM
RELIABLE CAR
WILL POST MORE PHOTOS SOON
OFFERS WELCOME

Price: $2,200

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62 days ago

Introducing.. Busy Lizzy Gardens

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Meet Liz from Busy Lizzy Gardens. Liz runs one of our fantastic Premium Businesses who have used Neighbourly Premium as a platform to build a strong local presence within their community.

Find out how you can Grow your Business with Neighbourly Premium
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62 days ago

Only one month to go until Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2021 kicks off!

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This year's event runs from March 20 - 30th with the theme being 'The Great Plant Swap' as an easy way for neighbourhoods to grow stronger together.

Here's some ideas for ways you could get involved:

• swap seeds with a neighbour
• gift a plant you've grown to… View more
This year's event runs from March 20 - 30th with the theme being 'The Great Plant Swap' as an easy way for neighbourhoods to grow stronger together.

Here's some ideas for ways you could get involved:

• swap seeds with a neighbour
• gift a plant you've grown to a neighbour
• take some flowers to a neighbour
• organise a produce swap
• share garden tips or recipes for food in season
• create community gardens or berm pollinator pathways
• host an inclusive garden-themed working bee
• a friendly neighbourhood BBQ with homegrown ingredients

The options are endless! At the end of the day, our shared aim is to help bring people together by encouraging intentional connection with our neighbours. Whether that be organising a street party, sharing a cuppa, or simply saying ‘Kia Ora!” to those who live around you, every action helps to create a safer and more connected New Zealand.

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62 days ago

The Benefits of Buying Locally

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

Want to put your money where your heart is? Locally made products come with a whole lot of benefits - typically higher quality and greater attention to detail being in the top two.

The face behind the product had a dream of starting up on their own, knew in their heart of hearts it was a great … View more
Want to put your money where your heart is? Locally made products come with a whole lot of benefits - typically higher quality and greater attention to detail being in the top two.

The face behind the product had a dream of starting up on their own, knew in their heart of hearts it was a great product (or service) and believed it could help others. So, they took some risks, took over the dining table, made lots of mistakes, thought about the business day and night - but always kept going. Here are some decent reasons to shop local...

Boosting the local economy: Seventy per cent of all NZ Enterprises are sole traders. That's a big number. But purchasing locally doesn't just build an economic future for small businesses, it’s an economic confidence that spills out into other areas in life and the community.

Customer service: Buy locally and you are sure to receive a customer service above the ordinary. Plus, it's always reassuring to know you can call a local number if somethings amiss or not quite right.

Feel good factor: Knowing that your money lands in the lap of a local business with integrity and passion creates that lovely feel-good factor. You can see the love in the product, the packaging, the personal notes.

Customised goods = meeting consumer needs: More often than not you are talking to the maker directly so selecting a specific colour or changing out something is more likely to happen.

Keep reading: www.curtainclean.co.nz...

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62 days ago
62 days ago

Make a space themed headboard

The Team from Resene ColorShop Rotorua

Make a boring old headboard an exciting glow in the dark feature for a space themed kid’s room with Resene FX Nightlight glow in the dark paint.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how you can create your own

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67 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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65 days ago

Do you struggle with using technology?

Kanorau Digital

Learn basic everyday digital skills.

Our short course will give you the skills to stay digitally connected to your friends and whānau. We’ll show you how to:

• send and check emails
• use tools to create, organise, and connect with the digital world
• solve common problems using … View more
Learn basic everyday digital skills.

Our short course will give you the skills to stay digitally connected to your friends and whānau. We’ll show you how to:

• send and check emails
• use tools to create, organise, and connect with the digital world
• solve common problems using online resources
• explore day-to-day tasks such as online shopping and banking
• stay safe when you’re online.

Click here and find a course near you!
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