An estimated 550 volunteers helped prepare a Christmas lunch menu featuring 2000 chicken drumsticks, 300kg of ham and 540kg of vegetables - to go with bucket-loads of jelly and ice cream bars for dessert.
Hawke’s Bay fires have now been contained after some hard firefighting. Rain and weather conditions have also helped to supress the fires. 13 rural fire crews, four New Zealand Defence Force crews, six helicopters, 17 New Zealand Fire Service appliances, two NZFS Command Units and 3 NZFS tankers worked tirelessly to put the fires out.
Thank you to all the personnel who worked long and hard to fight these fires, and to local residents for their co-operation at such an unsettling time.
Today is all about love. Tell us how much you love our Colombian Espresso milk now that it's in a bigger 750mL bottle, and go into the draw to win some delivered to your doorstep!
We've got 3 prize packs to give away, each with 4 x 750mL bottles of milk inside - enough to share with the one you love! Entries close midnight Wednesday 15th Feb and we'll draw and contact winners the next day. Full T&Cs here http://on.fb.me/1QnAqC1
If you have dogs that have been affected by the earthquake, I've written this article on how you can help them cope - I hope it is a small help in what I'm sure has been a big week. Thinking of you all!
Christmas Day five years ago and I was a new mum. It's been my worst Christmas to date because of how much I struggled.
At the time, Chloe was only 2 weeks old. Sleep was a thing I knew I was never ever going to get again, and my boobs felt like they were going to fall off.
This photo shows Chloe, and myself on that day. I took the selfie to try and make myself feel better about how I look: in reality I was tired, sore and had just been crying ...
Every time Chloe woke for a feed, I would dread it. I would tense up and wish she would be back asleep because of how much I knew it was going to hurt.
When I did feed her, I'd have to escape to a spare bedroom because I hated people seeing me struggle. Phil would have to come with me too, to help put Chloe on my boob because I just didn't know what I was doing.
Then once she was fed, it was time to put her back to sleep: which again it felt like she never did. I remember sitting down to chat to my Mum, and hearing Chloe start crying (yet again) and wishing this would just be over.
I couldn't see the wood for the trees - It was definitely my least favourite Christmas of the lot.
If you're a new mum, then I hope you are doing ok. Not all of us struggle (jealousy level 10 on that one) but I know a lot do.
Don't believe everything that the media put out there... Especially when they try to portray you as someone your not. I'm just would of done what many other did do already... In the end keep your loved ones safe and drive safely on the road #drivesafe #drivesmart #familyiseverything❤️
So that's it, 4 years with these same lads! We got our final goal we set out to achieve and that's P3 in the championship! So happy, thanks for the hard work Garry Rogers Motorsport and turning me into the driver I am today . My fans also thanks for sticking by me through thick and thin. Legends - Cheers to you 🍻
The Autumn Equinox occurs at 11:58 pm tonight NZ time. There are two equinoxes each year, and these represent the day and time when the overhead sun shifts from being over the southern hemisphere, to being over the northern hemisphere (or vice versa). On the Autumn Equinox, the length of our day shortens by a greater amount than any other day of the year, though daylight hours are still reducing very quickly on days around the equinox.
While the name 'Equinox' comes from the Latin words for 'Equal-night', it is a bit of a misnomer. Due to refraction of sunlight in the atmosphere, and also because of the sun's size, our days are still slightly longer than our nights. However, by the end of this weekend, we'll be singing "hello from the other side" with Adele as our nights become longer than our days.
For more information on equinoxes, have a read of this great blog: http://blog.metservice.com/Equinox
To check what is in store for you in terms of the weather, check your forecast at metservice.com ^CF
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