46 days ago

We Say/You Say: Bank Closures

Thomas Campbell Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

Hi neighbours,

How are you going to be impacted by changes in banking?

Mayors around the country have called on the government to intervene in bank closures around the country.

33 mayors around the country have signed an open letter to Jacinda Ardern asking her government to investigate the closures. The mayors stated that access to ATMs would not address the social harm and depravities for provincial and farming communities.

Last week, Kiwibank announced that it would close seven of its branches, with BNZ confirming it would close 38 branches nationwide.

BNZ Chief Customer Officer, Paul Carter, said three-quarters of their customers are digitally active.
“The majority of our customers are banking online and our talented bankers are often waiting in empty branches for customers that simply do not arrive,” he said.

BNZ customer Jasmine Polglase was more concerned for her grandparents, who banked with the BNZ.
“They don’t have a computer, like many elderly. But unlike my grandparents, some here don’t have family to do banking for them and help them navigate that sort of thing.”

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1 day ago

Art Exhibition in aid of the Cancer Society

Judi from Kerikeri District

An exhibition and silent auction of Valerie's paintings and artifacts. ALL PROCEEDS TO THE CANCER SOCIETY.
See poster for details of times etc. The opening night charge of $20 includes a drink and nibbles and a talk by Valerie on her journey around The Pacific with her doctor husband.

1 day ago

Prospa National Winner - Bossman Dairy - Creagh St Store!


Jazz and his family are proud to be serving their customers and the local community!

Jazz loves being a Kiwi and greets every customer into his shop with a broad grin. A friendly smile, a positive can-do attitude and is passionate about running his store. That’s Jazz's simple but effective recipe for success running a local business.

Jazz and his family operate Bossman Dairy - Creagh St Store and are hailed as the “ultimate friendly shopkeepers” by his customers. Now Jazz has been recognised for his dedication to the community by being named the country’s National Winner in the Prospa Local Business Hero Awards. Jazz and his family are the proud winners of a prize package worth $10,000!

Nomination Quote - Jazz and his family - Bossman Dairy - Creagh St Store
"Every member of this family who serves in the shop are very friendly, helpful and always smiling. They get to know all their customers and I have never walked into a shop that makes you feel so welcome. During our first lockdown for Covid, they put food such as milk, bread, out for people who may need it free of charge."

6 days ago

KeriKeri Traffic Management

Mike from Kerikeri District

Like many living and working around Keri Keri, we have all noticed the increase in vehicles especially at peak times (7:30-9:00am and 4:30-5:30pm also lunchtime).Certainly not just caused by SH1 rebuild and diversion to SH10 .
Parking is at a premium now at most times and on most days.
I have just read a post in FB re the retirement village going in Hall Road with 200 units .
This effectively gives an increase in 200 plus vehicles and in addition to all the other building around the community will result in a significant increase in vehicles in and around KeriKeri.
I have watched on several occasions traffic from Hall Road desperately trying to turn right ,this is an accident waiting to happen yet I understand no alterations to the intersection will be made until a majority of the units are occupied.
We have a serious traffic management problem which needs to be rectified before the summer influx of visitors and with a relaxing of travel restrictions could be extra large.