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Feb 20, 2024
Local Business

Best time to invest in solar energy at home

To take advantage of this you need to supply a valid quote from your chosen solar specialist. Your solar installer can supply the documentation required to support your finance application provided they are a current SEANZ member. We recommend using a local provider who can offer you ongoing support and service. Choosing the right solar energy system This worthwhile investment does require understanding the differences between solar energy systems and what they offer is not only important, but essential. Here is some insight into the types of solar energy systems on offer and what they c…

Feb 20, 2024
Local Business

The Warehouse Whitianga turns on solar power

This marked the Warehouse Group’s first step in their transition to solar, following the announcement of their agreement with Lodestone Energy, that will see more than 250 sites across Aotearoa New Zealand switch to solar energy plans by the end of 2026. The Warehouse Group’s Chief Executive Nick Grayston says “Going solar has been an important ambition for us to achieve across our store network. We estimate that today’s switch will reduce our Scope 2 emissions by at least 808 tonnes of CO2e a year – the equivalent of taking 175 passenger vehicles off the road yearly and steers us towards…

Feb 13, 2024
Banking and finance

Stolen and fleeced – Part Two

Stolen An advert on Facebook states ‘Invest $xxxx and I will manage your crypto investment. You can start with $200 US.’ Again, I start to research the person. She was based in the UK, had been an investment consultant for many years, self-employed and runs her own investment company. She would carry out day trading. I would have full access to a web page showing the amount she had invested and any profit (if there was any). This time I will be more careful. She offered three packages $200, $500, $1000 USD and the investment would be compounded each day, and her take will be 10% of the f…

Feb 13, 2024
Fundraising

‘Dream’ golf club raffle offers a trip to The Masters as first prize

While many New Zealand golf club raffles offer up tempting prizes such as golf bags, bottles of wine, golf trundlers, and food hampers, Whangamata is running a raffle with the top lure of a luxury travel package to watch the famed Masters championship at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, USA. Raffle tickets cost $100 each, and numbers are strictly limited to 2,500 tickets – with anyone able to buy into the lottery, regardless of whether they play golf or not. Proceeds from the fund-raising initiative will go specifically towards building the club’s physical resilience to floods emanat…

Feb 13, 2024
Local Business

Donuts – you need to try one

They want to know where the Glass Bottom Boat office is and they want to taste a donut from the bakery next door to the Glass Bottom Boat.   They seem very disappointed when they enter our office seeking either or both. Google Maps says that The Informer  is at the Glass Bottom Boat address. All three places are in Monk Street Whitianga. We have written in The Informer about how wonderful the Glass Bottom Boat tour is, but we have not mentioned the donuts at Bay Bakery, right next door. They are truly world famous and the recipe has not changed in years – it is just that the reputation of…

Feb 13, 2024
Fundraising

Cooking up a storm

So, on the first day of the 2024 school year, four students at Whenuakite School, with lots of enthusiasm and community spirit, started planning a cookie sale. All the money raised would go to these three local firefighters to help contribute to their fundraising efforts for the Skytower Challenge. This annual event raises funds for Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. Each year, hundreds of fire fighters from all over New Zealand and other countries, face the 1,103 steps of the Auckland Sky Tower with their 25kg uniform, including their BA(breathing apparatus). The four students, Flore…

Feb 6, 2024
Banking and Finance

Scammed – A tale of Crypto crime

Note the figure mentioned here are fractions of a crypto coin so 200 UDST = 0.086 of 1 ETH coin. The author has these figures so that there are not so many 0’s and it may make it easier to understand. It started about 18 months ago in the middle of New Zealand’s winter. It was early morning and I was driving on the desert road just as the sun came up. Mount Ruapehu was covered in snow and it was glistening in the early sunlight. I stopped and took a few photos and posted them on my Instagram and Facebook accounts. I checked a couple of days later and there were a few likes from my family …

Feb 6, 2024
Farming and Agriculture

Only a little – more is deadly

There are high levels of aluminium in most New Zealand soils and aluminium is like a man or woman with loose morals, quite happy to bond with other elements and in this case, very happy to hitch up to phosphate making it unavailable, just locked up in the soil. In technical terms, the product of phosphorus and aluminium creates a mineral called variscite. The naturally occurring variscite can be used for trinket-type jewellery but has no other apparent value. Interestingly, variscite in Latin terminology is uncountable, which really means the mineral is not easily made available for use. S…