Otumoetai, Tauranga

37 days ago

Distressed garden shelves

The Team from Resene ColorShop Tauranga

Create more space in your garden with these handy garden shelves. Try out an easy to create distressed paint effect using two Resene colours.

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

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38 days ago

9 Home Cleaning Hacks Tested

Owner from Curtain Clean BOP Ltd

The internet is awash with natural cleaning hacks. We put them to the test.


1. REMOVING A WATERMARK BY RUBBING WITH A WALNUT

The advice: Get rid of watermarks on wood by rubbing it with pieces of walnut (the nut not the shell).

How it worked: Vigorous rubbing was needed and we went … View more
The internet is awash with natural cleaning hacks. We put them to the test.


1. REMOVING A WATERMARK BY RUBBING WITH A WALNUT

The advice: Get rid of watermarks on wood by rubbing it with pieces of walnut (the nut not the shell).

How it worked: Vigorous rubbing was needed and we went through a few walnuts, but gradually the watermark disappeared. A quick polish with a clean cloth to finish it off.

Worth repeating? Yes, we were surprised at how well it worked, we even tried it on larger surfaces and it did the trick there too. | Rating: 5/5


2. USE OIL TO GET RID OF GREASE STAINS ON STAINLESS STEEL


The advice: Use a smear of olive oil (or similar) on a rag to clean fingerprints and grease smears off stainless steel appliances.


How it worked: Like a dream! It was easier and neater than using the spray-on stainless steel cleaner I have been buying from the supermarket. Trick is not to use too much, you just need the slightest smear...

Keep reading (with pictures: www.curtainclean.co.nz...)

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37 days ago

Got a gem next door?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Think of a neighbour that's done wonders in your neighbourhood, who's helped you out without you even asking them or who's dropped some homegrown goodies to you just because they can.

You thought of one yet? Now craft that thought into a nomination that could earn your neighbour … View more
Think of a neighbour that's done wonders in your neighbourhood, who's helped you out without you even asking them or who's dropped some homegrown goodies to you just because they can.

You thought of one yet? Now craft that thought into a nomination that could earn your neighbour recognition in all of Stuff's community papers nationwide - you could even score a bit of cash from us!

It's simple - Click the button below and nominate them on our Nice Neighbour nomination page now
Nominate Now!

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37 days ago

From first arrivals to first encounters

Trust Tairāwhiti

Tairāwhiti is a welcoming place for new beginnings and new discoveries – the landing place of great Pacific navigators and the origins of Aotearoa New Zealand’s defining dual heritage.

Steeped in vibrant arts, rich history and authentic Māori culture, we invite you to discover the many … View more
Tairāwhiti is a welcoming place for new beginnings and new discoveries – the landing place of great Pacific navigators and the origins of Aotearoa New Zealand’s defining dual heritage.

Steeped in vibrant arts, rich history and authentic Māori culture, we invite you to discover the many stories Tairāwhiti has to tell.

The treasures of Tairāwhiti are ready for you to uncover.
Find out more

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39 days ago

Go key-less with Exceed & Yale Digital Locks...

Exceed - we fix windows & doors

Check out this very happy customer with his new Yale Digital Lock installed by Exceed.

Thinking of going key-less too?
Our Exceed technicians can help you find the right digital lock option for your home or rental property needs.

With a digital lock you can forget about carrying around keys. You… View more
Check out this very happy customer with his new Yale Digital Lock installed by Exceed.

Thinking of going key-less too?
Our Exceed technicians can help you find the right digital lock option for your home or rental property needs.

With a digital lock you can forget about carrying around keys. You can lock and unlock your home with your smartphone. Share digital keys with friends and family, view access history and customize lock settings and pin codes, all from the app.

NEED A DIGITAL LOCK?
Call us on 0800 25 25 00 or visit www.exceed.co.nz...
Exceed - we fix windows & doors
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39 days ago

Pioneering Dementia Care

Bob Owens Retirement Village

Our village is a supportive and caring community with a focus on improving the lives of residents living with dementia.

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39 days ago

Books

Debbie from Bellevue

Hi there I'm after some learning to play guitar books or any guitar books for my 9 yr old granddaughter please

39 days ago

Are you in need of interior wall repairs?

Andy from Plastrix Interiors

Your local experienced plasterer is available! From skimming entire rooms to simple holes in your walls.

No job to small.

Call Andy today. 0220150564

44 days ago

Who needs a plant doctor?

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

UPDATE: Thank you for all your questions. We're picking the best to send off to the houseplant doctor from Kings Plant Barn and the answers will be published in an article on Homed soon.

Are your houseplants looking worse for wear? The experts at Kings Plant Barn would love to help. Send us … View more
UPDATE: Thank you for all your questions. We're picking the best to send off to the houseplant doctor from Kings Plant Barn and the answers will be published in an article on Homed soon.

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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44 days ago

Heavy Metals in the water supply

Maria from Betta Water Filtration

Warning: Long post but important info for your health!

This is straight off the TCC Website - re Heavy Metals in your pipes!

"Plumbosolvency
Flush those taps!
We're encouraging Western Bay residents to flush their water taps daily before drinking or using water for cooking. Why you … View more
Warning: Long post but important info for your health!

This is straight off the TCC Website - re Heavy Metals in your pipes!

"Plumbosolvency
Flush those taps!
We're encouraging Western Bay residents to flush their water taps daily before drinking or using water for cooking. Why you ask? To get rid of any heavy metals absorbed from household plumbing.

While we are sleeping, or when we don't use our water taps for a number of hours, heavy metals from plumbing fittings - lead, nickel, cadmium, copper and antimony - can dissolve into our water.

To ensure we are not drinking these metals, the Ministry of Health recommends you tip out the first 500ml of water from the cold tap each morning and after returning home at the end of a day away.

Problem solved!" Copied off TCC website.

(REALLY? ) 500 mls is nothing! Run your tap a good 30 secs in the morning, and this will flush about 5 litres through. And if you've a long driveway, make it a minute at least!

Installing a water filter is a much more reliable way to prevent ingesting heavy metals in your water supply!

For more information, see the Ministry of Health's fact sheet.
www.westernbay.govt.nz...

This is an American article, but has a lot of relevant info too about heavy metals potentially in our water supply.
mytapscore.com...

Call today for a chat to suit your household needs. Betta Water = Better Health = Betta Call Me 0225274794

50 days ago

BAYCHANGE: Climate Change Action through Networking in The Bay

Gray from Gate Pa

Are you concerned about climate change, but don't know what to do about it. The Climate Commission is now active and will be recommending big changes. What are they, and how will we cope?
Join in and connect to others around The Bay with the same problems, share your concerns and learn what … View more
Are you concerned about climate change, but don't know what to do about it. The Climate Commission is now active and will be recommending big changes. What are they, and how will we cope?
Join in and connect to others around The Bay with the same problems, share your concerns and learn what others are doing.
BAYCHANGE Network is being launched at 7pm on 4th March. You can join at Wesley Centre, Tauranga or on-line. Check for details and booking at: www.facebook.com...

40 days ago

TWO LADIES - Deliciously deceitful political drama

Baycourt Community & Arts Centre

Three of New Zealand's most celebrated actors take centre stage in Auckland Theatre Company’s season of Two Ladies at Baycourt Community & Arts Centre from March 12-13.

Two Ladies catapults two dynamic women into a high-tension global crisis. While their husbands, the Presidents of… View more
Three of New Zealand's most celebrated actors take centre stage in Auckland Theatre Company’s season of Two Ladies at Baycourt Community & Arts Centre from March 12-13.

Two Ladies catapults two dynamic women into a high-tension global crisis. While their husbands, the Presidents of the United States of America and France, cross diplomatic swords, the real fireworks are down the hall, where bloodied Sophia and world-weary Hélène are trapped together, distrustful of their husbands and each other.

Starring 2020 New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand (The Seagull), Anna Jullienne (Mean Mums) and Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors).
Book now

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41 days ago

Quality Interior Plasterer available now

Andy from Plastrix Interiors

I have over 13 years experience. I specialise in renovations and full interior house skims. All work to a high level paint finish. No job to small.

Call Andy today

0220150564

41 days ago

Home hacks: Your best tips for cleaning jobs around the house

Owner from Curtain Clean BOP Ltd

Most of these are free or inexpensive, and we can only assume they are tried and tested user-submitted hacks. It's interesting to note that the same everyday products crop up again and again, so let's hear it for dishwasher tabs. Here's what people to say...

IN THE KITCHEN

* … View more
Most of these are free or inexpensive, and we can only assume they are tried and tested user-submitted hacks. It's interesting to note that the same everyday products crop up again and again, so let's hear it for dishwasher tabs. Here's what people to say...

IN THE KITCHEN

* Dishwasher tabs are good to soak muffin trays and cake tins.
* I use dishwasher powder and a splash of bleach diluted in water to soak stained whites overnight. It will bring even whites that have been turned another colour in the wash back to sparkling white.
* Dishwasher powder works for the silver oven racks. I put them in a bath lined with an old towel, then add dishwasher powder, but the tablet would work and a bit of washing powder. Leave it to soak for four hours and it comes off pretty easily.
* To get tea stains off cups, use 1 tsp dishwasher powder and fill the cup up with hot water. Stir to dissolve the powder and let soak for a couple of hours. Put the cup in the empty sink so any overspill doesn't damage the benchtop.
* I clean my glass oven door with ash from my firebox. I clean my firebox glass door the same. Wet newspaper dipped in ash, rub all over glass, dry with clean newspaper. Brings it back like brand new. Used tea bags are also good with the ash.
* Got a pot which is filthy disgusting? Put a dishwasher tablet in put enough boiling water in to cover the filth, stick a lid on and leave over night. Amazing results.
* Soak your filters from the kitchen rangehood extractor fans in warm water and clothes washing powder. Grease and oil just melts off with no scrubbing at all. Good as new!
* Here are two tips to save your money. Let oven warm up. Once warm, the oil stain on door turns soft, and it just wipes off. Tip 2, if it's been baked on for years you just need a sharp blade. You can use one of those window scrapers, but no liquid. Scrape it (when warm); grab a vacuum and suck up all the dust.
* To clean stainless steel tub. Get a tube of Autosol from Mitre 10 or similar and clean with that. Have done it and it works brilliantly. First used to restore chrome on vintage car (brilliant) so gave it a go and delighted at the outcome.
* Oil of cloves is brilliant on mould. Smells a bit like dentist for an hour but it kills mould spores. The chemist sells it fairly cheaply, or Trade Me.
* We run a motel and polish the stainless steel every day. You need three rags. First rag works Polaris paste into the stainless steel. You end up with a rag caked with the paste. Add a little water and mop it up with a second rag. Then with a third clean rag you buff up the surface. We cut up old worn-out towels into squares to make rags.
Other cleaners such as Jif and Chemco also work, but Polaris gives the best shine.
* I put my oven racks and rangehood filters in the dishwasher and let that do the hard work. As soon as the cycle has finished, I remove the racks one at a time, closing the washer door between each one to keep hot, and just wipe over each rack with a Scotchbrite scourer dipped in hot water. The remaining grease marks come off easily; no hard rubbing needed. For the filters, I just rinse them in hot water and give them a good shake to remove as much water as possible then stand them on one edge outside to dry. I do this every three months and clean-up is easy. Oh, and if my oven door glass has grimy grease-spots, I use a putty scraper. It doesn't scratch the glass and it works a dream.

IN THE BATHROOM
* Try using dishwash liquid to clean your bath and shower, including the glass.
* Dishwasher tabs get brown stains out of your toilet.
* To get those stains off toilet bowls, use a very, very fine wet and dry sandpaper.
* Razor blades/paint scraper blades are awesome for removing water stains from around your taps or tiles.
* For the shower, I use 30 Seconds water spot remover to clean first. Then use Rain-X water repellent (the car windscreen stuff). The water just beads off the glass and makes cleaning easier. Reapply the Rain-X every few months when the beading has reduced.
* Try a piece of pumice – free from the beach. Wet the door and clean it with the pumice. It does a brilliant job and is also good on burnt saucepans.

FIREPLACE
* Dirty logburner glass? Dip a wet cloth in the ashes. Scrub with that.

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41 days ago

Moving and Delivery Services

Devan from Smart Express Tauranga

No job is too big or small. We cater for all your moving and delivery requirements. From vans to trucks, we have something for every job

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