Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre will be opening its doors on Sunday 27th October 2019 and welcoming the local community inside for its second annual Community Open Day. Everyone is welcome. To make the day accessible and affordable for all, entry will be by koha (donation). All visitors will be warmly greeted by staff and free to wander the forest reserve, discover wildlife or take in one of the many activities planned for the day. There will be plenty to see and do with a focus on fun, families, and education for all ages.
Pūkaha Rangers will give free guided tours and talks and local iwi, Rangitāne o Wairarapa, will hold carving and weaving demonstrations. There will be many children’s activities running such as rock painting, kiwi art making, seed bomb making to attract insects, mini insect hotel making to re-home garden insects, plus field talks on subjects such as “which eggs belong to which birds?”. Specialist storytellers will read to children and tell stories about native wildlife.
Gates will open at 10am and close at 4pm. A schedule of activities and start times will be issued to the Pūkaha Whānau Facebook page once it is available and given to visitors on arrival. Attendees should bring cash with them to support the array of local community market stalls as no eftpos or credit card facilities will be available. There will be everything from informational booths through to market arts and crafts stands. DOC will provide a sausage sizzle and the Kākā Café will be selling takeaway food items such as sandwiches, wraps, pies, sausage rolls and a range of sweet desserts, slices and cakes.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drinks, but no alcohol will be allowed on the premises and pets should be left at home. Attendees should also consider carpooling in order to ease traffic congestion and the pressure on parking facilities. Free buses, sponsored by the Masterton District Council, will run from Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton & Masterton. Places will be limited. Those wanting to book a seat should contact Zoe at Tranzit on phone number 06 370 6600 or email email@example.com.
This will be the second time that Pūkaha has held a Community Open Day with last year’s successful event attracting over 1500 visitors.
Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Café in Petone is a wonderful place to visit if you love our feline friends. Its run by Richelle and Ken who love to help cats – and cat rescues – by running this café to find loving homes for them. Several rescues, including KittyCat Rehoming Wairarapa, send some of their rescues to Neko Ngeru to be adopted. The amazing thing about Ken and Richelle is that they give rescues their full adoption fee so we’re not out of pocket. They charge a fee to enter the cat room at the café so you can spend time with their adorable kitties. They also sell beautiful quality merchandise – for cats and people mad about them – at the café. Their cat room is open to adults and children 8 years and over.
Check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com... or their website nekongeru.nz...
Or if you’re not online call them on 04 589 2287.
Another 10 double passes to SIX60 have been drawn for our Neighbourly members! We have 100 double passes to give away as well as an exclusive concert by one of the supporting acts from the SIX60 tour.
To be eligible, make sure you are a verified Neighbourly member (need a hand verifying your address? Click here). We’ll also need to see you being more Neighbourly, whether it’s posting to your neighbourhood, replying to questions or inviting your neighbour to join the site (we’ve put together a few ideas here).
Does anyone have off cuts of wediboard (blue and grey very light waterproof board used to line bathrooms before tiling) they are throwing out? Very good backing for mosaics. Not sure what it’s called in NZ and only came across it when I lived in UK but hoping someone knows what it’s called here and better still, had some they are throwing away.