https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/250081/eight_col_xmas.jpg?1606597960 Organisers of the Farmers’ Santa Parade in Auckland today are expecting about 200,000 people to line the streets. (file pic) Photo: Topic Images Ltd / Hannah Rolfe It’s expected to be one of the few Santa parades in the world this year, with many other countries still in various stages of Covid-19 restrictions. Organiser Pam Glaser said there were times this year when it seemed it might not happen, because of Covid-19, and different plans kept being made. She said the event is a little smaller than normal but still has the main attractions for people to enjoy. “What we don’t have are the multiple inflatables from overseas and we haven’t got the licensed character costumes that usually come from Australia. “But other than that we’re pretty much intact and it’s going to be fabulous.” Glaser said attendees need to remember to scan in, using the official Covid tracer ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/113819/eight_col_keg2.JPG?1606415162 Tips to make a DIY fridge full of beer are being offered by a Hawke’s Bay company that was stuck without stock when Covid-19 hit.  WilliamsWarn managing director Sam Wood demonstrates ways to turn any fridge into a kegerator. Photo: RNZ Beer brewing gear company WilliamsWarn struggled with empty shelves earlier this year, after Covid-19 stopped shipping.  Now the company is offering tips on how to transform any old fridge into a kegerator – a fridge designed to dispense kegs of beer. Many businesses had to transform due to the pandemic and WilliamsWarn managing director Sam Wood said his company was no exception. Sam Wood at work on a DIY kegerator. Photo: RNZ Covid-19 halted products, such as kegerators, from reaching New Zealand shores “It’s a bit of a pain for us, we don’t have a lot of product right now, but we have a lot of product on ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png A joint Government and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council project will invest $4.2 million to protect local waterways, enhance biodiversity and employ local people, Environment Minister David Parker announced today.   Over two years, the Hāpara Takatū Jobs for Nature project will fence 195km of private land to exclude stock from vulnerable slopes, riparian plantings, and local waterways. The project is expected to create 31 jobs over its lifetime.   Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and central Government are contributing $2.1 million each towards the project.   “It’s great to see the willingness of landowners, local and central government to work together, led by the guiding principle of Te Mana o Te Wai that prioritises the health and wellbeing of our freshwater,” David Parker said.  Te Mana o Te Wai is the guiding principle of the Essential Freshwater package, announced by the Government earlier this year. That package includes stock exclusion requirements.   Preventing stock ...

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[og_img] NEWSArtificial toddy manufacturers deprive govt. over Rs 80 billion in revenue annually – Pathirana- By Saman Indrajith Minister Cabraal thanks MP for constructive criticism, promises action Source:Island The state coffers lost over Rs 80 billion a year owing to tax evasion by artificial toddy manufacturers, Parliament was told yesterday (25). Matara District SJB MP Buddhika Pathirana said that the total loss would be much higher if the serious health problems those illicit brewers caused to people’s health was taken into account . “As per the reports, artificial toddy is produced by mixing urea, ammonia, nickel cadmium of old batteries and sugar. This harmful brew is sold at liquor shops and used for manufacturing ‘coconut arrack’ and vinegar.” . In response to the MP’s query whether the government would bring in new laws to nab tax evaders, State Minister of Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms Ajith Nivard ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/44126/eight_col_eight_col_bebe.jpg?1507611641 A Singaporean woman, who was infected with the coronavirus in March when she was pregnant, has given birth to a baby with antibodies against the virus, offering a new clue as to whether the infection can be transferred from mother to child. Photo: 123RF The baby was born this month without Covid-19 but with the virus antibodies, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Sunday, citing the mother. “My doctor suspects I have transferred my Covid-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy,” Celine Ng-Chan told the paper. Ng-Chan had been mildly ill from the disease and was discharged from hospital after two-and-a-half weeks, the Straits Times said. Ng-Chan and the National University Hospital (NUH), where she gave birth, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with Covid-19 can pass the virus to her foetus ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/113947/eight_col_000_8VX7DX.jpg?1606464776 An international protest against consumerism called “Buy Nothing Day” was observed by some yesterday as a rejection of overconsumption. Black Friday deals being advertised in London, UK. The US tradition has been spreading elsewhere, including New Zealand. Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP Held on the same day as Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving in the US which is known as a “shopping holiday” with cheaper deals on goods – the aim of Buy Nothing Day is to urge people to question the consumerism and consumption promoted by Black Friday and other made-up shopping events. Kristy Lorson, founder of the 30,000 strong Facebook page Zero Waste NZ and company EarthSavvy, closed her company doors as symbolic support for Buy Nothing Day. “We feel like the whole Black Friday shopping frenzy has got a little out of control. It’s something that’s crept into New Zealand. Overconsumption is a really ...

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