A lot of people who relocate to Auckland to seek a better life often don’t make the effort to ask Auckland movers about their service before they make the decision to move. They do so when they are in the process of looking for a new place and forget to ask what services they have to offer. Here are a few questions that you should be asking before you move to Auckland.
Are there items of furniture that are particular to your new place? Are there any appliances or fixtures that will need to be fixed when you arrive in Auckland? These questions help to ensure that you are going to get the quality of service that you want, and not get stuck with an uncomfortable or faulty service for the items that you moved to Auckland.
What types of people will be living in your particular type of residence? If you live in a relatively small apartment, you may not be able to move in a professional company that has more experience in larger residences, which is why you should ask a specific company that specializes in smaller apartments.
How much can you expect to pay for moving to Auckland? This is another big question that you should ask because you want to make sure that you are not paying too much for the service that you are receiving.
What total charges are included with the move? This is an important question because you don’t want to be billed too much on the moving service, only to find out at the last minute that you don’t have the money to pay them for all of the charges that they were able to find and included with the service.
If you have an emergency and need the services of Auckland movers immediately, make sure that you ask about emergency service packages. You don’t want to be stranded in Auckland when you need the services of the movers that you chose, so it is good to know what these packages include. Before you choose a moving company to work with in Auckland, make sure that you research them to find out the reputation of the company. You want to be completely satisfied with the company that you choose and not be disappointed with their service.
In order to make sure that you are getting the best services possible, ask for references from Auckland movers. Ask someone that has already moved with a company how they liked the service. Find out what they did that they felt was great and what areas of the service that they feel were lacking.
After you have asked for references, you will want to make sure that you know exactly what they offer, because you may need additional services that are not offered by a company that you are familiar with. It is also important to check out the companies that are mentioned in the references that you received. Ask someone that has used the service what they thought of the service they received and if they would recommend it to you.
You want to look into the types of services that are offered by the movers you have chosen. Ask for different kinds of services and see what the company can offer you. Find out about what equipment that they use and whether or not it is in working condition.
You can also find out about the costs associated with hiring a moving company. Ask what the actual cost will be, including the fees that you will be charged for shipping, handling and other fees associated with moving. Be sure to ask about any hidden fees and don’t hesitate to ask the company if there are any hidden fees.
When you have hired moving service to move your belongings to Auckland, you will want to know what you will be getting. Ask all of the questions that you have about how they will move your items, how long the move will take, and if they have any special moving options for your needs.
Choosing the right Auckland pest control company is of utmost importance if you want to keep your home or office pest free. Not only do pests pose a danger to your health, but they can also damage property and can even cause structural damage to your home. If you want your home or office to be pest free, then the first thing you need to do is make sure that the pest control company you choose is certified by NZ’s pest management organization.
Apart, from being certified by the Pest Management Regulatory Authority (PMRA), pest control companies should also have at least a good working knowledge of how to handle pests. They should be experienced at the techniques and practices required to control these pests effectively. In fact, most pest control companies will not even attempt to control a pest that has no experience at all.
The professional services of a pest control company are only worthwhile if they know how to deal with pests and how to treat them correctly. Pest infestation management and pest control usually require different methods of treatment and pest control techniques.
Many pest control experts prefer to use baits for the insects that live in the house such as mice, spiders, lice and bed bugs. Baits are easily applied, which means they can be placed anywhere in the house.
Before going ahead with the bait application, however, it is important to have a pest control expert to check for an infestation and advise you on the types of pesticides that will be suitable for your situation. A pest control expert should also be able to perform an inspection of the house and property to assess the extent of the problem.
Most pest control companies prefer to use a dedicated pest specialist who will be able to conduct proper evaluations and provide advice on how to control the infestation. They will also be able to recommend the right type of pest control treatments for your situation.
The cost of pest control will vary depending on the size of the infestation and the method that is being used. The larger the infestation, the more that the exterminator will charge.
The pests that pests want to eliminate can also affect the costs of pest control. The smaller the population of pests that are present, the less the pest control specialist will charge.
The techniques that you use to get rid of pests, whether you use traps, baits or chemicals, must be safe for your family to use. You should also ensure that the professionals of the pest control company are trained and aware of the methods that are safe for your family.
If the professionals of the pest control company are not trained, they should be able to give you a written report of the types of pest control techniques that are safe for you and your family. Pest control technicians are well trained and should be able to evaluate the situation and advise on what pest control methods will be best for your situation.
Most pest control specialists are bonded professionals, therefore they should be able to provide you with peace of mind. However, not all pest control specialists are bonded, which is why it is so important to choose the pest control company that is accredited by the Pest Management Regulatory Authority (PMRA).
Once you have decided on the pest control company, make sure that you are happy with the way that the pest exterminator is handling your problem. If you are not happy with how they are dealing with your pest problem, then you may be better off choosing another pest control company that is accredited by the PMRA.
OPINION: Next year’s election is going to be extremely messy.
Think 3am on Saturday night on Courtenay Place. Or any time and any place during 2014.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a beach cleanup in Wellington. It’s unlikely to be the last cleanup she’ll tackle.
Elections are rarely boring or straightforward. When I joined the press gallery in mid-2017 I despaired at the fact that the first election I was set to cover would be a predictable slog between Andrew Little and Bill English. Then Metiria Turei made a speech admitting to benefit fraud and things got extremely interesting.
But 2020 could well be more chaotic. Here’s why.
Statistics NZ Chief Statistician Liz MacPherson had no real choice but to resign this week.
The report into the census botchup was incredibly damning. And while the problems mostly appear to have occurred one level down from her, you can’t really fire an entire layer of management.
But MacPherson is staying on until Christmas, which means she will be in the hot-seat at the Representation Commission, which decides the boundaries of all of our electorates. This somewhat secretive body is typically chaired by a former judge and also features representatives from both the main parties –this year Rick Barker for the Government and Roger Sowry for National.
This could get awkward, as National is demanding that data from the census not be used to draw up any new electorates. Instead, leader Simon Bridges is insisting that the old electorates – based on the 2013 census – be used in their place. Given the Government isn’t planning on another census until 2023, following through on this could well result in two elections with old electorates.
It remains to be seen how far National will take this matter. It is easy to loudly register your discontent, but going to court or seriously torpedoing the commission is a whole other matter. It’s very hard to imagine the party refusing to stand MPs in any new electorates – probably in Auckland – but doing so would put it in a strange position.
Yet National has the potential to seriously destabilise the election with this attack, and it’s got the Government worried. Even though electorates are extremely unlikely to decide who gets to form governments under MMP, attacking the legitimacy of an election is a potent tool rarely used in New Zealand politics.
The Government can point to the independent report out this week which found that the population data garnered from the census and other sources would be of sufficient quality to build electorates out of, but National’s argument has strong emotional resonance: They screwed up the census, so should we really allow them to screw up the election too? Instead of just attacking the Government, you attack the entire system.
There’s also already-controversial changes to election rules. Since the basket-case of an inquiry into the last election won’t be done in time, Andrew Little has moved to make voting more accessible next election, most notably by allowing people to register to vote and cast their vote on election day.
A study on how same-day enrolment/voting affected the last election suggested it increased turnout by as much as 7.6 per cent – quite a bump – and National MP Nick Smith is accusing Labour of screwing the scrum with these changes, increasing the chances of its own electoral success.
And that’s before we even touch the hot rod of prisoner voting, which wouldn’t actually change the election outcome in any serious way, but could cause serious and sustained emotional debate.
Legitimacy debates are often emotional escape chutes for election losses. You didn’t lose the election because your opponents ran a better campaign, you lost because they cheated. There are plenty of elections around the world where legitimacy debates are legitimate, however – like the United States, which will be running a presidential election at the same time.
Our electoral cycles match up every 12 years. Last time, in 2008, the election of Barack Obama sucked up quite a bit of audience attention from what should be the dominant news story of the year. The Government isn’t too worried about people paying a lot of attention to Trump – indeed, it thinks the forceful contrast between Trump and Jacinda Ardern in news reports will be helpful to Labour.
And National is not the only party partial to attacking the battlefield rather than the opponent.
One of the things keeping Labour up at night right now is National’s bulging war chest and its clear desire to spend that money pummelling the Government with Facebook ads.
Right now these ads are mostly focused on the “feebate” debate, but the battle won’t stay there. The great thing about Facebook ads for political parties is you don’t have to just pick one message and stick with it as you do on TV – you can spread your money across several attack vectors targeted at several sectors of society; for example, hitting the Government on climate change policy in rural areas and rising rents in urban ones. Then, because these ads are so cheap, you can test and refine them constantly so they get more and more effective.
Facebook ads are a bit of a wild west right now, and National is hardly the only party to stretch the truth a bit when advertising. The Advertising Standards Authority has responsibility over them, and has already pinged National for one ad and is looking into another.
But the processing of complaints takes a long while, and to quote Bridges himself, “One person’s misinformation is another person’s fact”. Facebook has stepped up transparency efforts in other countries around political advertising, but these tools are not yet mandatory for political ads here, and no New Zealand-based party has signed on to them so far.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson is right now attempting to set up an independent fiscal unit which would cost election policies for each party, clearly hoping to avoid another “$11b hole” situation. But the legitimacy of this organisation will entirely depend on whether National decides to sign on to it – and there is no reason for it to do so, given voters generally already trust that party more than Labour on economic matters.
The Government is far from blameless when it comes to the chaos that awaits us next year.
Thanks to a confidence and supply agreement with the Greens and NZ First’s insistence on keeping its hands clean from any controversial social issue, we will probably see two referendums attached to the election: definitely one on recreational cannabis and quite likely one on euthanasia.
The Government will say that both are binding. But confusingly only the euthanasia one – which isn’t a Government bill – will actually go into law if the referendum passes, making it the only binding referendum on the table. The Government’s cannabis bill will only be set out in “draft” form at the election, and only “binding” if Labour stays in power.
National has already said that it maintains the right to ignore it as non-binding, as it has every right to do – a binding referendum in New Zealand is a law that is already passed but needs a referendum to bring it into force, not a piece of draft legislation still to go through the rigours of parliamentary scrutiny.
Both sides think these referendums will boost turnout for them. The Greens are particularly keen on the cannabis vote getting out their base and keeping them well above 5 per cent. But these referendums will also bring out serious social tensions, serious lobbying campaigns, and a whole lot of distraction from the actual issues of the campaign.
But all of these factors will fade into real insignificance if the storm clouds that began to seriously gather over the US economy in the past week turn into a full-on storm. If there’s a recession to contend with, all bets are off.
If you haven’t heard about the Super City then you have probably been living in the South Pole. 2010 sees a significant change in the structure of the councils in Auckland that is designed to improve some of the regions major problems like transport and managing growth.
At the moment Auckland is governed by:
Auckland City Council
Auckland Regional Council
Franklin District Council
Manukau City Council
North Shore City Council
Papakura District Council
Rodney District Council
Waitakere City Council
PLUS a range of community boards
From 1 November The Auckland Council will replace the above structure.
The Auckland Council will have two complementary and non‑hierarchical decision‑making parts:
The mayor and 20 councillors from 13 different wards or areas across the region (known as the governing body). Their job is to focus on the big picture and region wide strategic decisions; and
21 local boards (7 of which are broken into smaller areas—a bit like wards but called sub-divisions) that will represent their local communities and make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities. The Boards will have 149 members.
Additionally the Auckland Council will be advised by an independent board for mana whenua and Maori of Tamaki Makaurau that can appoint up to 2 people to sit on each of Auckland Council’s committees that deal with the management and stewardship of natural and physical resource. Pacific and ethnic advisory panels will also be established.
Visit the Auckland Council and Auckland Transition Agency sites for more information or read about the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance
Oct 9, 2010
Welcome to www.elections2010.co.nz. This site will help you navigate your way through this year’s local body elections in October. If you are confused about whether you are eligible to vote, or want to know who is standing for election then this site is for you.
Go to the Who can I vote for? map just to the right—simply type in your address and find out who you can vote for.
If you are standing as a candidate in the elections and have not yet accessed the site contact us to find out how.
Looking for results?
Simply type in your address directly under the map or use the A-Z on the righthand side above the map to find the election you are interested in.
If you want to see the Auckland Council click here
Check out what the Minister responsible for local government has to say about local elections below…