Hunter Valley, Wanaka

1 day ago

Are your school leavers struggling to find work?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star-Times is investigating unemployment in young people, particularly those who have just graduated high school or university and are struggling to find work, even part-time work, possibly because of Covid. If you or your child would be willing to speak to us please email … View moreThe Sunday Star-Times is investigating unemployment in young people, particularly those who have just graduated high school or university and are struggling to find work, even part-time work, possibly because of Covid. If you or your child would be willing to speak to us please email warwick.rasmussen@stuff.co.nz.

18 hours ago

Poll: Which NZ destination do you most want to travel to?

Stuff Travel

To celebrate the refreshed Stuff Travel website, enabling you to dream, plan and now book your next escape all in one place, we're giving away a $100 voucher.

To go into the draw to win simply vote below on which of the following destinations you're most likely to use your voucher on. … View more
To celebrate the refreshed Stuff Travel website, enabling you to dream, plan and now book your next escape all in one place, we're giving away a $100 voucher.

To go into the draw to win simply vote below on which of the following destinations you're most likely to use your voucher on. Visit travel-booking.stuff.co.nz for inspiration and to view all the other destinations.
Explore now

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Which NZ destination do you most want to travel to?
  • 5.7% Auckland
    5.7% Complete
  • 20.5% Coromandel
    20.5% Complete
  • 8.2% Rotorua
    8.2% Complete
  • 5.3% Taupō
    5.3% Complete
  • 7% Wellington
    7% Complete
  • 15.6% Nelson Tasman
    15.6% Complete
  • 11.5% Marlborough
    11.5% Complete
  • 26.2% Central Otago/Lakes
    26.2% Complete
244 votes
3 days ago

Beware...some adorable ghosts may be haunting your streets.

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Halloween can be a fun way to connect with your community. But naturally not all homes in New Zealand will get involved.
If your house is open to trick or treaters this weekend, or if you know of some popular, local streets for trick or treating, please share these below.

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4 days ago

Countdown to closure: Restaurant owner pleads for investor to keep doors open

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

It's been a rough few years for Wanaka restaurateur Lucas Parkinson.

When he first opened his restaurant, Ode Conscious Dining, he had to work to convince the locals to give his organic set menus a try. Then the restaurant burnt down just as he was getting them, and the critics, on side.

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It's been a rough few years for Wanaka restaurateur Lucas Parkinson.

When he first opened his restaurant, Ode Conscious Dining, he had to work to convince the locals to give his organic set menus a try. Then the restaurant burnt down just as he was getting them, and the critics, on side.

Then it wasn't long before coronavirus hit the headlines, countries began closing borders and the Prime Minister announced lockdown. Parkinson lost 70 per cent of his bookings, who were mostly international travellers, in quick order.

To save it now, Ode needs a “six-figure” investment. The restaurant will close November 8, and if there is no viable offer on the table by the end of the year, it will not reopen.

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6 days ago

Hurry... Last time offer for 2020!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

This is your final chance to grab our FREE 3-month Premium Business Listing!

Usually $150, your 3-month Premium Business Listing enables you to reach thousands of people who live around your business! Find friendly locals who want your services, introduce your team and share what makes you … View more
This is your final chance to grab our FREE 3-month Premium Business Listing!

Usually $150, your 3-month Premium Business Listing enables you to reach thousands of people who live around your business! Find friendly locals who want your services, introduce your team and share what makes you stand out from the rest.

There's no catches and no hidden fees. It's just our small way of saying thank you for playing such an essential part in our communities.

Grab your FREE 3 Month Premium Business Listing now!

*offer ends 31 October
Get 3 Months FREE

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8 days ago

Happy Fri-YAY Neighbourhood Supporters! 🥳

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

We know it's our first long weekend since June and many of us are itching to hit the roads, but there's no need to rush. Make sure to slow down, buckle up and have a plan so that you can arrive safely to wherever you're going. 💖

If you're getting behind the wheel:

🌧 … View more
We know it's our first long weekend since June and many of us are itching to hit the roads, but there's no need to rush. Make sure to slow down, buckle up and have a plan so that you can arrive safely to wherever you're going. 💖

If you're getting behind the wheel:

🌧 Drive to conditions

↔️ Keep a safe following distance

😇 Be patient with other drivers

☕️ Take regular breaks to stay alert

⌚️ Allow plenty of time

👉 Use that indicator!


For the latest traffic updates:

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8 days ago

Looking for planting tips?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we say growing organic tomatoes is easier than you think. We list more crops to plant on Labour Weekend and give tips for bigger and better tulips next year. Learn the right way to harvest herbs and enlist predatory insects to eat up aphid pests.

Build a foldable climbing … View more
In this week’s issue we say growing organic tomatoes is easier than you think. We list more crops to plant on Labour Weekend and give tips for bigger and better tulips next year. Learn the right way to harvest herbs and enlist predatory insects to eat up aphid pests.

Build a foldable climbing frame for upwardly mobile crops plus go in the draw for vouchers from Awapuni Nurseries and a vege grower’s hamper from Yates.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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11 days ago

Thousands of jobs go begging because unemployed Kiwis won't take them

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

Employers are desperate to fill 8000 summer jobs in Otago – and they’re finding it nearly impossible to attract Kiwi applicants.

The horticulture, viticulture and tourism industries especially need staff, putting about $50 million worth of crops at risk if they remain unpicked and unharvested.… View more
Employers are desperate to fill 8000 summer jobs in Otago – and they’re finding it nearly impossible to attract Kiwi applicants.

The horticulture, viticulture and tourism industries especially need staff, putting about $50 million worth of crops at risk if they remain unpicked and unharvested.

A recent “Jobbortunity” event in Queenstown attracted just 274 people. The majority were migrants, with about one third of them New Zealanders.

Neighbouring Central Otago orchards and vineyards need pickers urgently, particularly with the return of Recognised Seasonal Employer workers from overseas uncertain. Read more here.

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11 days ago

Jacqui Dean holds Waitaki

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

Waitaki's incumbent, National MP Jacqui Dean has sealed a sixth term with 3168 majority win over her nearest challenger, Labour’s Liam Wairepo.

Dean trailed on at least two occasions during the counting but eventually pulled clear, winning with 17,615 votes to Wairepo’s 14,447.

The … View more
Waitaki's incumbent, National MP Jacqui Dean has sealed a sixth term with 3168 majority win over her nearest challenger, Labour’s Liam Wairepo.

Dean trailed on at least two occasions during the counting but eventually pulled clear, winning with 17,615 votes to Wairepo’s 14,447.

The significance of the Labour swing is seen in the fact that Dean had retained her seat in 2017 with a massive 12,816 margin.

Dean said it had been a “watershed election”, with the tide turning away from the National Party.

However, she was “delighted” to be re-elected as an MP.

“I’ve been an MP since 2005 and I still pinch myself every day and I think how lucky I am.

“The party will have to take stock, but I am proud to be an MP and will continue to hold the Government to account.”

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12 days ago

Get decorating and $ave with Resene!

Resene

It’s time to get decorating! From now until 2 November 2020 get up to 30% off quality paint and wallpaper at your Resene ColorShop.

Get 30% off Resene premium paint 4L and under, 30% off wallpaper, 25% off Resene premium paint 10L, 25% off the retail price of accessories, and 25% off Resene … View more
It’s time to get decorating! From now until 2 November 2020 get up to 30% off quality paint and wallpaper at your Resene ColorShop.

Get 30% off Resene premium paint 4L and under, 30% off wallpaper, 25% off Resene premium paint 10L, 25% off the retail price of accessories, and 25% off Resene cleaning products.

Discounts off the normal retail price, excludes trade, Crown, wall decals, WallPrint and PaintWise levy.
Find your Resene ColorShop

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14 days ago

A Bloke’s Day Out

Ryman Healthcare Limited

Why not treat yourself to a bloke’s day out for a grooming WOF? Just be wary of the barbershop – between the bay rum oil, hot towels, banter, and leather chairs, you won’t want to leave!

Bevis, a resident at Ryman’s Anthony Wilding Village, recently received a gentleman’s makeover. The… View more
Why not treat yourself to a bloke’s day out for a grooming WOF? Just be wary of the barbershop – between the bay rum oil, hot towels, banter, and leather chairs, you won’t want to leave!

Bevis, a resident at Ryman’s Anthony Wilding Village, recently received a gentleman’s makeover. The day began at the barbershop where Bevis and his barber Kohl shared plenty of laughs. Next up, a personal stylist helped Bevis select clothes he looked and felt great in. Being pampered isn’t the norm for Bevis but based on his smile, we’re confident he loved every minute.
Learn more

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15 days ago

Looking for spring planting tips?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we invite you to Hawke's Bay’s Wildflower Sculpture Festival. It’s also time to harvest broad beans, sow carrots, protect your strawberries from birds, water seedlings gently, and get lawns ready for summer.

Check out our courgette variety guide and growing tips … View more
In this week’s issue we invite you to Hawke's Bay’s Wildflower Sculpture Festival. It’s also time to harvest broad beans, sow carrots, protect your strawberries from birds, water seedlings gently, and get lawns ready for summer.

Check out our courgette variety guide and growing tips plus go in the draw for spring vege packs from Tui and ‘Blue Star’ ferns from Gellert’s.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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16 days ago

First Rung, episode 2, is here!

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Hi team! Thank you so much for your support of First Rung, our first podcast!
The launch last week went even better than we'd hoped. I'm over the moon.
I thought I'd drop by to let you know this week's episode, Location, Location, Location, is out now.
Just like the first … View more
Hi team! Thank you so much for your support of First Rung, our first podcast!
The launch last week went even better than we'd hoped. I'm over the moon.
I thought I'd drop by to let you know this week's episode, Location, Location, Location, is out now.
Just like the first one, it's packed with tips, advice and anecdotes from experts and home owners on every aspect of buying your first home. It also comes with a chance to win a $500 Resene prize pack.
In episode 2, we talk to a first time buyer who moved from one end of the country to the other for a chance to get on the ladder, hear about apartments as a viable first home option and an expert gives us some tips on how to choose the right lawyer.
We all know buying a home is one of the toughest, most daunting things we might ever do as adults, so it doesn't hurt to get some expert advice and support. That's what we wanted to give you with First Rung.
Give episode 2 a listen and let us know what you think - and I hope you're all in to win that crackin' prize pack!

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17 days ago

Recap: Get answers to your DIY and decorating dilemmas

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, thanks to everyone who joined us for our live chat with Resene’s colour consultant Brenda Ngatai and tech expert Jay Sharples.

The questions were coming thick and fast, and Jay and Brenda very kindly stayed later than planned to get through as many as they could, but we're … View more
Hey neighbours, thanks to everyone who joined us for our live chat with Resene’s colour consultant Brenda Ngatai and tech expert Jay Sharples.

The questions were coming thick and fast, and Jay and Brenda very kindly stayed later than planned to get through as many as they could, but we're sorry if we didn't get to yours. If you submitted a question and missed the chat, checkout the recap, here.

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18 days ago

Have you voted in the 2020 Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear gardeners, while the entire nation is in the mood to vote, don't miss out on having your say in who becomes our Gardener of the Year! Read their stories, choose your favourite, and vote for them!

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