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Passwords that rule

Oct 18th, 2017 | By

If I had $5 for every time I retrieved or reset someone’s password when they’d forgotten it or hadn’t written it down I’d have … well, about the same amount of money I have now.

It can take anywhere between one and ten minutes to get a password back depending on what’s required and the account in question.

One problem for many users is that computers can confuse you a bit by remembering your passwords for you.

Beware computer scams

Sep 24th, 2017 | By

A rising number of people have reported random calls from someone with a foreign accent, typically Indian or American, telling them they’ve got a security or other kind of issue with their computer.

This is obviously a scam and it’s worth knowing how it works.

It starts with that call, sometimes bounced through a NZ landline number, and the suggestion that there’s a problem with your computer.

A fair bumper crop of books

Sep 1st, 2017 | By

The 21st annual Red Cross book fair promises to be bigger and better when it starts next Friday.

There will be more than 60,000 books at the venue, the Te Rapa Racecourse, off Garnett Ave, Hamilton, from Sept 8 to 10.

They will range over fiction, romance, war, history, drama and non-fiction and will also include a large range of children’s books.

Group gets youth action

Aug 3rd, 2017 | By

Three Waikato teenagers arrived back at school this week after the trip of a lifetime to China – the result of joining a Waikato District youth action group.

After joining the Te Kauwhata and Onewhero Youth Action Group to develop their leadership skills, Marina Wihongi, from Meremere, Caleb Monk and Tuene Henderson, both of Onewhero, were encouraged by the Waikato District Council’s Youth Engagement Advisor Shannon Kelly to apply for a New Zealand China Friendship Society scholarship.

The $2000 scholarships allowed the trio to experience and learn about another culture first-hand.

WDC launches cadet scheme

Jul 24th, 2017 | By

The Waikato District Council has moved to create employment opportunities for civil engineering students in partnership with Wintec.

The two organisations will launch a cadetship programme next year which will aim to support and develop students through a programme of on-the-job work packages and specific training.

The council will recruit cadets from Wintec year one and two students this year to launch the scheme for the 2018 study year.

Build consent applications go online

Jul 21st, 2017 | By

Submitting a building consent application to the Waikato District Council should now be easier and quicker.

Consents can now be submitted electronically and their progress tracked online.

The council will accept consent applications that are emailed with a file share link, for example Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or saved on a USB stick.

Rare bellbird pair in Tamahere

May 25th, 2017 | By

A pair of bellbirds or korimako in a Tamahere garden are raising hopes that the native birds’ numbers are rising in the Waikato after a decades-long absence.

Sanctuary Lane resident Dynes Fulton, the Waikato district deputy mayor, first observed the pair – a male and a female – about a month ago and the once rare sighting has now become a daily occurrence.

Male korimako are more often seen on their own so the presence of the female has raised the exciting prospect that the pair might mate in breeding season later in the year.

Tree Church open to view

Apr 5th, 2017 | By

An open day at the unique Tree Church in Ohaupo this month will be the Ohaupo community’s first fundraising effort for a proposed $1.2 million sport and recreation centre.

The captivating Tree Church garden (pictured), a labour of love for owner Barry Cox, will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 22.

Food, coffee and live music will add to the occasion in the internationally renowned garden, for which tickets are available on Eventfinder and at the Te Awamutu i-Site.

Open fire season returns

Mar 31st, 2017 | By

Fire permits will no longer be required for fires in the open air from Wednesday, April 5.

The Waikato District Council made the move to an open fire season because of recent rain, after restrictions were introduced in late January.

The exceptions to the open season are those areas within a 1km margin of any Department of Conservation area, where fire permits are required year-round.

Plea to stop weed invader

Mar 7th, 2017 | By

A horrible weed is invading our district and local Ele Duncan makes the plea for more people to look out for it and eradicate it before it spreads further.

It’s Yellow Bristle Grass and is a prolific seeder, says Ele.

“It spreads rapidly along the roadsides, in particular, as roadside mowing spreads the seeds as do birds. The expressway through Tamahere is thick with it and it’s spreading around other roads fast.”