102 days ago

Retirement village residents grow veggies for City Mission

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Central Leader

Residents at a central Auckland retirement village are growing vegetables and donating them to the Auckland City Mission.

Selwyn Heights Village gardener Pat Tunstall is encouraging residents to take part to help connect people isolated in the Covid-19 lockdown.

National Gardening Week’s “grow to give” competition officially begins on Labour Weekend and competitors will photograph their failures and successes.

“We’ve got people growing their extra row in the garden, balcony pots and troughs. As long as there’s a bit of dirt, there’s a potential crop of veggies,” Tunstall said.

“Already voices can be heard on balconies starting the journey of caring for their seeds in the most suitable pot or trough sought from those recycled in our nursery. It’s got people sharing a common goal, communicating and having a laugh.”

The competition ends in February and surplus fresh vegetables will be given to the City Mission.

Participants will grow an extra row of vegetables and donate the yields to a local food distribution organisation.

Register online at the link below between October 1 and 25 to receive a free pack of veggie seeds.

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Cindy from Freemans Bay

Can anyone tell me if taxi drivers & bus drivers are vaccinated,if not WHY.Thanks

12 hours ago

Rangeview Intermediate School: Caretaker

Rangeview Intermediate School

We are seeking a caretaker for 40 hours per week, to assist with general building and minor repair work; grounds maintenance/rubbish disposal; security checks; and school heating maintenance. Various additional tasks as required. This will suit a self-motivated person with initiative. A background in building and/or trades may be an advantage.

Please apply by email with a brief covering letter, CV, and the school’s application form, to the Principal: Glendak@rangeview.school.nz.

Applications close midday on Friday 28 January, 2022. Start by negotiation.
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20 hours ago

Repair Cafe Saturday 12 February 2022, at Une-Deux Cafe from 11am to 2pm

Wendy from Freemans Bay

It's time to get that item fixed rather than throwing it away!

Repair Cafés are events where you can bring broken or damaged items and locals volunteer their time and expertise to fix them for you for no charge. The idea is to encourage the concept of Repair-Renew-Reuse.

It is all part of the circular economy which is what Doughnut Economics is all about.

Une-Deux Café holds them on the second Saturday of every month. The café gives us the space for free. You can show your appreciation by buying a coffee or some delicious food.

Our experts do their best to fix:

- Small electrical appliances (like kettles, toasters, lamps, radios etc)
- Clothes (patching, hemming, let in or out)
- Computer and electronic problems diagnosed (software & hardware); and sometimes fixed too
- General items, including toys, glued, nailed, screwed, stitched or checked for mechanical faults

And we have DIY people who are just clever at seeing at what is wrong with something and knowing how to fix it.

Please be aware that repairs are done upstairs, so all items must be small enough to carry in your arms. Note also that the area is not suitable for children, for health and safety reasons.

One of the special aspects of a Repair Café is that you get to stay with the repairer while your item is being fixed. You may even learn how to fix it yourself next time.

From past experience, about 70% of items are successfully repaired. If you are happy with your repair, donations / koha gratefully received to help fund future Repair Cafés.

There is usually plenty of parking in surrounding streets.

At our Repair Cafés, everyone (repairers, organisers, café staff) will be double vaccinated. You will need to show your Vaccine Pass and wear a mask. So we will all feel safe and protected.