Entries are open for this year’s Sunday Star-Times short story awards.
The awards include open, emerging Māori and Pasifika writers, and under-25 years categories and will be judged by some of New Zealand’s best authors.
The winning story will be published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Stuff. Entries close Friday 22 October.
Lower Hutt's Riverbank Market is back. From October 23 the Riverbank Market will be operating from 6am to 2pm on Saturdays.
There will be some changes under Level two as the market needs to space the stalls two metres apart to help maintain the required physical distancing.
There will be a small number of food trucks for takeaways only. No seating or tables will be available. The market under Level 2 will focus on offering fresh vegetables, fruit and other food items.
Other items and activities like arts and crafts, buskers and seating will return once the Wellington region is at Level 1.
There will also be a change to the layout of the market, it will be spread out so there is plenty of room for people to shop and social distance, this change means parking close to the market will not be possible.
There will be parking in the south end of the Riverbank car park only for $2 an hour and free on-street parking. Pedestrian and cycle access has not changed.
All market stalls will post their QR code for ease of use, QR codes will be located at entrance to market as well. To keep everyone safe, all market stall holders and their staff are required to wear face masks.
If you attend the market, you will need to be prepared, wear a mask, and remember you have to social distance and scan in.
Meet Marge, who was once a stray.
"I am a very talkative girl who is always up for a chat with my special human. I have a lot to say, especially when you pat me! I'm also very affectionate, with a particular affinity for head butts, pats, and being picked up. Being slow and steady in your interactions with me is really important, as I can get nervous and unsettled when approached too quickly or intensely.
I'm not your typical lap cat during the day, but at night I want nothing more than to be by your side, whether that's sleeping on you or near you. I love bean bags, and temptation treats (in moderation of course!). I'm not always down to play, but when I'm in the mood, I love ping pong balls and stringy toys!
I'm looking for a quiet home with indoor/outdoor access, and that gives me space and independence when I need it. I would prefer a home without other animals or children as my mood can sometimes change quickly if I feel threatened or am unsure of my surroundings."