Facebook is making some swish changes to enhance their live experience on not only Facebook but Instagram as well.

For Facebook the features are as follows, Facebook ‘Live With’ is back (the ability to bring a guest on via mobile); this feature was there in the past and for some odd reason Facebook quietly removed it), Paid Facebook Live is coming (viewers access via ticketed FB Events); it’s not clear yet if FB will charge a fee and how much, Audio only option for your audience on some FB Pages (shows a toll-free number; I’m seeing this option in Facebook Live Producer); ideal for low bandwidth areas and Donate button coming to FB Live. 

Annnnnnd for Instagram, Instagram live, you can now watch Instagram live via any desktop and you have the ability to save your IG Lives to your IGTV is coming (yay!)

BORED AF in iso? Cure your boredom with some virtual fun.

By now its getting a little boring for you staying at home doing nothing, twiddling your thumbs. Over Netflix binging, why not have some fun? Here are some of the virtual things I’ve done…

Live stream a beach or hills in Hawke’s Bay
Just because your holiday got cancelled at the beach doesn’t mean you have to miss waking up and watching the beach with the waves and all its beautiful facets. Watch the crashing waves and the rugged hills, beam of sunshine with sunrises, sunsets and admire the breathtaking views. Tune in here to see the Taylor Broadband cameras

Tukituki Valley
Tukituki Valley

Join a Harry Potter-esque potion making class

Harry Potter mad? Hogwarts Is Here is an online social network created by fans who are now hosting live Harry Potter-esque classes. You sign up, choose your house and enrol in classes such as Potions, Charms, Transfiguration, Astronomy, History of Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Herbology. Magic!

Become a champagne expert

If you have always wanted to become an expert in Champagne now is your chance. The Comité Champagne, the organisation that represents all Champagne houses globally, has launched its brand new online learning course, the MOOC, for wine enthusiasts, students & even sommeliers. Covering the Champagne making process, the terroir, economics, 300 year history of Champagne and crucially, tasting. Yussss. To sign up, visit www.champagne-mooc.com.

To enhance the learning experience further, The Comité Champagne has a unique 360 VR tour of the region which has recently listed UNESCO World Heritage Site (available in 3D using VR headset) that you can access via app or on your desktop so you don’t even need to stress about that cancelled trip. To virtually visit, https://360.champagne.fr/

Learn some life skills from your favourite celebrities
Join Masterclass, Dubbed the “best educational investment” you can make, it is a hub of online courses taught by experts and celebrities in any given field. In short, your favourite celebrities are finally there, on-tap, to teach you how to be good at what they do. You can learn singing from Christina Aguilera or the art of producing and beat making by early 2000’s legend Timbaland or learn makeup with the BOBBI BROWN or cooking with F#$king Gordon Ramsay.

Gordon Ramsay on Masterclass

Join a virtual ‘day out’

‘Let’s Day In’ to all APPLE IOS users with an array of events that will be available to them to do – and all virtually. You can enjoy live cooking demonstrations, virtual parties, art classes, workout sessions led by trainers, themed online meetups etc. The events will be free-of-charge to the public, but all users will have the option to donate £1.00 ($2 NZD) to the World Health Organisation to help them find a cure for COVID-19 with their COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Zoom calling etiquette 101

NOTE: Before you begin reading this, there is no offence to any Karen made. I feel sorry for the Karen folk of the world being shamed on the internet right now.

I feel like I should have a Diploma in Zoom. The majority of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand for that matter seem to be using Zoom. After having Zoom calls virtually hourly (see what I did there) 😉 I should be awarded a participation award already. I’ve discovered that there is an etiquette to zoom calls.

NOW… You must think it’s highly petty of me to think this but when you sit online for 18 hours a day on a computer / device. With lots of previous experience, you find yourself getting quite anal on these things, called video calls.

Zoom US stock shares have gone up since last week. Wonder why?

Etiquette to these calls is as follows.

what not to wear or do (great stock image)
what not to wear or do (great stock image)


1. Don’t dress to impress, as my nana use to say no boobs or bums for the camera. The host could be recording 😉 Dress like you’re attending a meeting.

2. Sit up and shut up. Sit properly.

3. Make sure your waitress or waiter, supplies you with that hot or cold beverage before the call.

4. Lighting needs to be on point, and the top tip is to have a minimal, non-distracting and dull background. We don’t want to watch what your husband Jim is up to in regards to preparing for your date night.

5. In prep, For just at least 40 mins switch your god damn ringtone off, CARLA hates hearing it in the office. She will go nuts in a zoom call. Make sure all your annoying notifications are off as they’re So distracting.

6. Make sure your desktop is looking mint so that if screen sharing your NWS content is not on display.

7. Be there before the meeting starts as you’ll look like an idiot if you show up late. You’ll be known for being a leper.

8. Gentleman folk, have a brush, shower and shave, sorry I excluded the other S word before shower. You don’t want to look like Nigel in my last Zoom meeting who had an orange and got it stuck in his molars.

9. Align the zoo, make sure your cat or dog or rabbit even is not going to make a guest appearance.

10. Don’t have the following on display: toilet paper, hand sanitizer, baby wipes and teddy bears. You don’t want to look like a hoarder and the bear hunt isn’t happening on this zoom call, unfortunately.

11. Have an agenda, that way it’s a quick in and out, and it might save you having to upgrade to the business plan so you can get away with a free 40-minute account.

That banana though!

That banana though!

12. Make sure you’ve eaten the banana before the call rather than afterwards. Don’t eat on a call.

13. When positioning your camera, particularly with us, ladies don’t have your cleavage on display as that is distracting for the male folk.


14. Firstly, when the meeting starts to TELL your guests that you’re recording as nobody likes to drop a bombshell.

15. If you’re the host, make sure that if Alyssa from Marketing knows Alana from Distribution Management as it could get quite awkward in the team zoom meeting.

16. Anticipate bad connections and internet drop-offs and audio malfunctions it’s bound to happen. Just be patient.

17. Mute the microphone, when Henry is talking; we want to see Henry’s face not your camera because you can’t sit still and keep moving your chair.

run run run!
run run run!

18. Do not change the background. Please, Ken, stop changing the virtual background to when you’re in a Jurassic park scene. TWIT!

19. If you want to speak but your hand up, so people know you want to talk and won’t interrupt.

20. STAY in one spot, if you need to excuse yourself then do so politely.

21. If you’re talking, talk to the other people not by looking at yourself. There are these things called mirrors.

Attention spam graph

22. Stick to the meeting. Meaning do not check your Facebook or emails. FOCUS. Control your attention span. Edward can wait till after the meeting for that naughty selfie. Also, another reason why I pointed out, turning off notifications. (as mentioned in number 4)


23. If you’re the host stick around until everyone has left so that people leave at their own pace and when they want and if they have lingering questions like, “CAN I GO BACK TO WORKING AT THE OFFICE” (obviously your answer is going to be ‘NO STAY HOME’ can be answered privately. A host leaving the party first is like bailing on your own party. LOL AWKS

24. Reward yourself with a beverage for completing your work related video call.

25. If you’re the host abide by numbers 1-24. You need to lead by example.

My queue position at 11: 34 AM
My queue position at 11: 34 AM

Also, if you try to connect to ZOOM support, I was today on number 354 of my question and am still waiting for my question to be answered almost 12 hours later. Have fun getting support! Talk to your local excellent IT company for help. BOOM! Shout out to HB Technologies.



  1. Dress professional.
  2. sit properly.
  3. beverages need to be sorted before the call.
  4. appropriate lighting.
  5. switch notifications off.
  6. have a clean/sorted desktop, prior to screensharing.
  7. remove pets from all calls.
  8. be mindful of your environment.
  9. have a clear and crisp agenda. 
  10. do not eat on a call.
  11. position your camera on a professional angle.
  12. Be punctual
  13. Have a groom first.


  1. Inform your guests you’re recording before the call.
  2. Introduce guests if needed.
  3. Anticipate bad internet connections and audio malfunctions.
  4. Mute your microphone when you’re not talking.
  5. Do not change your virtual background.
  6. Don’t interrupt people. (If needed raise your hand before speaking.)
  7. Sit in one position.
  8. Look at the people rather than yourself in the camera.
  9. Focus your attention span on the call.


  1. If you’re hosting the call wait until everyone has left.

Were you going to be getting married during the Coronavirus Outbreak? It’s time to get creative..

The couple who kept their wedding kosher—by having it in a supermarket

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something six feet away from you – the Coronavirus forced countless 

couples hoping to get married this spring to make the hard decision to cancel or postpone their 

wedding ceremonies.

Rescheduling a ceremony is definitely not a catastrophe relative to the health and safety crisis currently facing the United States and other countries around the world, but for couples who have been dreaming of their weddings for years, investing their savings, or even planning to honour elderly parents and grandparents while they may, shelving a wedding is a surprising option.

A few couples cancelled, postponed their weddings thinking it was the right choice for them. But for other couples, seizing the moment and getting married now—even if friends and family can’t be present, even if there’s no time for a dress or a corsage, even if the threat of death looms over everything—just feels right. Getting married during coronavirus is nobody’s dream, but it’s been some couples’ lovely, fragile reality.

On balconies, through windows, in the produce aisles of halogen-lit supermarkets—couples have consecrated their love and bound themselves to each other in the face of the especially dark unknown. Here are a few of my favourite stories of couples getting married during coronavirus:

This couple got married on their street

Reilly Jennings and Amanda Wheeler were married on the street, out a window, in under five minutes, by a friend who also happened to be an ordained Universal Life Minister. After four years together, the Manhattan couple had planned to marry in autumn, they told The Cut, but realizing that one of them might lose her job and insurance, they decided to marry quickly. Wheeler, a fitness instructor at a boutique gym, finished teaching a virtual class from her apartment and showered, and they were ready to go. One bride wore a borrowed jumpsuit; the other wore a jacket. Their officiant read a passage from Love in the Time of Cholera out a fourth story window. The neighbours cheered.


On March 14, the Israeli government banned gatherings of more than 10 people at a time to limit the spread of the virus. The exception was grocery stores, where up to 100 people were allowed to gather. In keeping with that rule, at least one couple got married in a local supermarket, inviting guests and a full band to celebrate on the brightly lit linoleum. Meanwhile, in a city in southern Israel, guests maintained appropriate social-distancing standards at an outdoor wedding by dancing from covered balconies.


The couple whose neighbors rallied in support

Anastasija and Josh Davis canceled the DJ. They canceled the venue. They canceled on all the guests who hadn’t yet canceled on them. In deference to social-distancing rules, the Canadian couple got married in Josh’s parents’ living room in front of family and one friend, surrounded by white roses, Insider reports. Then, taking what they thought would be a short ride in their prepaid limo (to be fair, limos literally create a lot of social distance), they saw it—separated by their cars, their neighbours had formed a parade to celebrate the new couple. Friends and well-wishers waved pompoms and held signs with messages like “Nothing stops love.”

The couple who gave their wedding away


A couple in Yorkshire, England, fed their 400-person wedding feast of “hog-roasted sandwiches” and puddings to the hardworking staff of a local hospital. A couple in Miami donated their wedding meal, which they had planned to feed to 170 guests, to a local food bank. A couple in Austin donated their flowers to the senior living center nearby, where the bride’s grandmother and all other residents are in lockdown. A couple in Mississippi did the same. And one in Alabama. And one in South Carolina. And in Arizona.

No one dreams of getting married in a pandemic, but it is nice to know that there are still creative solutions, and generosity, and lots and lots of flowers.