Lynmore, Rotorua

5 hours ago

Resident-friendly terms

Ryman Healthcare Limited

Our pioneering approach to retirement living includes resident-friendly terms designed to protect you and your family.

Ryman’s Peace of Mind Guarantees include terms such as our deferred management fee that is capped at 20 percent, one of the lowest in the retirement sector.
Our base weekly… View more
Our pioneering approach to retirement living includes resident-friendly terms designed to protect you and your family.

Ryman’s Peace of Mind Guarantees include terms such as our deferred management fee that is capped at 20 percent, one of the lowest in the retirement sector.
Our base weekly fee is fixed for the entire time you occupy your townhouse or apartment*, and comprehensive care can be dialled up as your needs change.

Terms like these provide you with greater confidence to live the way you want.
*Some conditions apply
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1 day ago

What we don't want to see on The Block NZ

Colleen Hawkes Reporter from Homed

The Block NZ is back on our screens on Monday, but let's hope there are no more silly decor challenges and over-the-top reserves.

1 day ago

Poll: Good In The Hood

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation Rotorua

Have you voted in this years Good In The Hood?
You can vote for the Graeme Dingle Foundation in one of 48 participating Z Stations. Head to your nearest station today 🧡💚

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1 day ago

Welcome sign

The Team from Resene ColorShop Rotorua

A vintage print can make a great welcome sign for your home entrance way by simply adding some hand painted letters in your choice of Resene colours!

Find out how to create your own.

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1 day ago

Always finding your neighbour’s cats in your garden?

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

Even though we all love animals, we are not always fans of other people’s cats doing their business in our gardens. Luckily, there is a handy, and animal-friendly, trick for this!

Cats are wonderful and cute animals, of course, but they’re a bit less cute when they pee, poo and dig all over … View more
Even though we all love animals, we are not always fans of other people’s cats doing their business in our gardens. Luckily, there is a handy, and animal-friendly, trick for this!

Cats are wonderful and cute animals, of course, but they’re a bit less cute when they pee, poo and dig all over our garden. This can cause a lot of trouble for you and your garden, so you might be looking for some tips to help prevent this! Because we are animal lovers, we don’t like the idea of scaring off cats with chemicals or nasty methods that aren’t animal friendly. We believe keeping cats out of your garden can also be done in a natural way.

There are several ways to discourage cats from coming into your garden that are in no way harmful to the cat but do give the required result. For instance, cats don’t like certain scents, which means you can use those to keep them out.


After asking around for a bit, we found out that a lot of people have trouble with neighbourhood cats in their garden. Some people love seeing those cute animals wandering around their garden, but other people would rather chase them away immediately. Everybody has their own methods for this as well. The most common method seems to be trying to scare the cat by yelling and waving your arms. Others go outside with a glass of water to try to pour over the cat. Of course, these methods don’t have the desired result. Some people get so frustrated that they end up in the newspaper because they tried shooting at the cats! That’s not what we want, so we’ve got a few tips for you instead.


Cats don’t like the smells of vinegar and citrus peel.


So, you can keep cats out of your garden pretty easily by putting bowls of vinegar or citrus peel in various places around the garden (in particular those places the cat likes to visit). The cat will then definitely stay away from those places. Another thing cats hate is cayenne pepper. So, it may be worth scattering a generous amount of cayenne pepper in places the cats like to visit. Then again, this may cause the cat to start sneezing violently, which make us feel a bit sorry for it.

If you don’t have any of these products at home and don’t feel like going to the supermarket, you could also try using garlic, ground coffee or chili pepper. Did you know about these natural, cat-resistant tips? Share them with your friends!

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2 days ago

Toastmasters New Zealand North District Conference

Toastmasters

Toastmasters New Zealand North hosted the highlight of the Toastmasters year, “UNMUTE Me,” the 2021 Toastmasters New Zealand District 112 Conference. The District Council elected Stephen Budai DTM as District Director effective 1 July 2021.

The four annual contests were also held during the… View more
Toastmasters New Zealand North hosted the highlight of the Toastmasters year, “UNMUTE Me,” the 2021 Toastmasters New Zealand District 112 Conference. The District Council elected Stephen Budai DTM as District Director effective 1 July 2021.

The four annual contests were also held during the conference. Bradley Thompson (Hamilton, Division P) was the winner of the International Speech Contest and will go on to represent Toastmasters New Zealand North in the International Region Quarter finals.

Winners of the international region semi-finals will take part in the World Championship of Public Speaking.
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3 days ago

Confidence.

NumberWorks'nWords Rotorua

With a confident attitude, you can reach great heights.

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4 days ago

RMHC® New Zealand Annual Appeal

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Help us house families with hospitalised children. Join the fight to fund a night. Find out more

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5 days ago

Colour Forecast 2021

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

There is a preference coming through for warmth and comfort in our colour choices with the aim of bringing nature inspired hues back into the home, whether that be through browns shades, greens or blues, replicating our outdoor landscape.

SUNBAKED ORANGE - We are loving how this colour brings … View more
There is a preference coming through for warmth and comfort in our colour choices with the aim of bringing nature inspired hues back into the home, whether that be through browns shades, greens or blues, replicating our outdoor landscape.

SUNBAKED ORANGE - We are loving how this colour brings a sense of the Mediterranean to our homes, embodying a wholesome reassuring vibe. Use in decorative elements throughout the home or go large through drapery or wall colour.



Full article with pictures: www.curtainclean.co.nz...

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6 days ago

Benefits to Lining Your Curtains for Winter

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

If you are in the market for a new pair of curtains or are potentially looking at getting your existing curtains lined, this blog will cover why it is advantageous for you to be lining your curtains, especially this winter.

Insulation: There are many different materials that can be used for the … View more
If you are in the market for a new pair of curtains or are potentially looking at getting your existing curtains lined, this blog will cover why it is advantageous for you to be lining your curtains, especially this winter.

Insulation: There are many different materials that can be used for the lining of your curtains, and each one can provide a slightly different result in regards to insulation, etc. For instance, polycotton lining (cotton and polyester) is naturally resistant to heat and still allows a good flow of air, making it suitable for warmer environments and even winter as it can provide reasonable insulation.

When simply looking for insulation for the winter period (or if you reside in an area which is typically colder year-round) it may be more beneficial to look at curtain linings such as the blackout and dim lining or thermal lining. Blackout lining is made from a thicker material, and is, therefore, more beneficial for those who are looking for more of a private and insulated lining. This fabric also allows you to keep in all of the heat in the winter period, and keep out the heat in the summer period, due to the sun being blocked out more from the dimmer and thicker fabric. An additional benefit of this is that you will have a difference in the amount of noise that enters our room/house (wherever the lining is applied).



Visually Appealing: Depending on what fabric you decide on, many of the lining options can add to your room. For example, bonded interlining is....
Keep reading: www.curtainclean.co.nz...

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8 days ago

RMHC® New Zealand Annual Appeal

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Help us house families with hospitalised children. Join the fight to fund a night. Find out more

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9 days ago
9 days ago

Cleaning 'Hacks' that Actually Make Things Worse

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Rotorua

When it comes to cleaning there are tried and tested hacks you can rely on to make sure your house is spotless.

However, according to Good Housekeeping Institute there are some widely known household hints that are actually causing more harm than good.

While some hacks can make cleaning … View more
When it comes to cleaning there are tried and tested hacks you can rely on to make sure your house is spotless.

However, according to Good Housekeeping Institute there are some widely known household hints that are actually causing more harm than good.

While some hacks can make cleaning easier, the experts say you can’t believe everything you have heard will work – like using salt to lift red wine, immediately pouring water on carpet stains, or using vinegar as a makeshift cleaning product.

Here we have revealed which of the well-known hacks could make your clean-up job harder, not easier…

Don’t pour water on carpet stains: It may seem like logic to use water to mop up a spill, but there’s a danger that adding more liquid can over saturate a stain.

The excess water could cause long-lasting damage – soaking through the carpet fibres and into floorboards.

Good Housekeeping says that patience is key and advises gently blotting out as much of the stain as possible, then follow with a “light spritz of sparkling or soda water to rinse followed by more blotting”.

A clean dry cloth or paper towel is all that’s needed, and to make sure the stain doesn’t remain use a special removal cleaner.

Forget reaching for the salt for a red wine stain: There’s nothing worse than red wine splashing on your plush carpets – but don’t go reaching for the salt to try and soak it up.

Salt can lift the colour out of the carpet, but the consumer experts say that it can actually ‘set the stain’ because of the abrasive nature of the substance.

There’s also a risk that salt grains can stick in the carpet and become a dirt magnet for everything else.

Using vinegar as an all-purpose solution: While vinegar is regularly counted as an all-natural cleaner and can tackle grease and mould, the kitchen cupboard staple does contain acid and is abrasive.

The acid can affect wood and natural stone, so Good Housekeeping suggests keeping it away from marble counter tops or tiles.

Keep window cleaner away from your computer: The ingredients in a regular window cleaner can permanently damage a computer screen if used to shift marks.

According to the consumer site the ammonia and alcohol mixture used to remove stubborn stains on a window can actually strip anti-reflective coatings off screens, as well as cause clouding.

It advises using a microfibre cloth with a specialist LCD or plasma screen cleaner with no alcohol.

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9 days ago

It's over to you

The Team from Homed

How's retirement treating you? Maybe you're in the midst of planning your retirement but haven't quite settled on your forever home yet.

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! The Homed team is giving you the opportunity to show us the home you've retired to and … View more
How's retirement treating you? Maybe you're in the midst of planning your retirement but haven't quite settled on your forever home yet.

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! The Homed team is giving you the opportunity to show us the home you've retired to and tell us why you love it. If you haven't quite left your career behind and you're planning your retirement we want to hear about it on Stuff Nation.

Remember - this doesn't have to be a one off. You can ask your neighbours for business recommendations for DIY products, advice on home improvement or even to invite your neighbours over for a house warming when your forever home is completed.

To share your thoughts and photos with Stuff head to the Stuff Nation page, we prefer submissions between 350-800 words; otherwise email homed@stuff.co.nz.

Remember to send through lots of photos.

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9 days ago

Learn te reo Māori!

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi: “Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities. The learning has helped my work to bridge … View more
Te Pōkaitahi Reo

Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi: “Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities. The learning has helped my work to bridge gaps between Māori and others in our multicultural communities. When I look back, I feel really proud. It’s a great feeling when I speak te reo Māori. It’s a privilege.”

Share in Parminder’s experience and enquire now for 2021.

These programmes are tuition fee free!
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