Petone, Lower Hutt

17 days ago

Masks are icing on the cake for Petone shop

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A cake store may not seem like the obvious candidate to offer handmade face masks, but a collaboration between a Wellington crafter and a Petone cake store has taken off.

Jhan Lindsay began the project when she used some leftover materials for a mask for her partner to wear when working in the … View more
A cake store may not seem like the obvious candidate to offer handmade face masks, but a collaboration between a Wellington crafter and a Petone cake store has taken off.

Jhan Lindsay began the project when she used some leftover materials for a mask for her partner to wear when working in the close confines of a construction job. One week and more than a hundred masks later, the Wellington musician, composer and teacher is struggling to keep up with demand.

Pictures of her creations on her Facebook page quickly led to friends requesting masks for their own use. Soon after local cake shop Cake It Forward approached her to supply masks for their Jackson St store.

On the evening of the announcement that masks would be mandatory for people travelling on public transport, Lindsay received an order for another 100 of her home-sewn, reusable masks.

Cake It Forward owner Bridget Cheesman is donating proceeds from the sale of masks to Women's Refuge.

Cake It Forward started from an initiative to provide cakes for birthdays and special occasions for kids with a parent in prison.

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17 days ago

Learn to Knit and meet new People

Jenny from Hutt Central

Hey everyone, have you ever wanted to learn to Knit? Well here is your chance!
Registrations are open for Knit a Stitch Workshops,
Workshops are run from my home in Lower Hutt. Times available are either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons 12:30pm - 2pm, or Wednesday evening 7:30-9pm

There are only 5 … View more
Hey everyone, have you ever wanted to learn to Knit? Well here is your chance!
Registrations are open for Knit a Stitch Workshops,
Workshops are run from my home in Lower Hutt. Times available are either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons 12:30pm - 2pm, or Wednesday evening 7:30-9pm

There are only 5 spaces available in each group so be in quick!

Your start date will be confirmed on Registration.

Workshops run for 5 weeks, the cost covers everything you need to complete the block so no need to rush out and buy needles and yarn!

All workshops include a drink and nibbles.

For more information please email me:

createdbycraftychick@gmail.com
#createdbycraftychick

25 days ago

Have you experienced transport staff policing physical distancing on bus or train services?

Matt Tso Reporter from Community News

A commuter has reported standing passengers were asked to disembark the 4.17pm train from Wellington to Upper Hutt on Tuesday.

On Monday Metlink confirmed staff were not responsible for enforcing physical distancing on buses - saying this would be left to passengers.

Response from Metlink … View more
A commuter has reported standing passengers were asked to disembark the 4.17pm train from Wellington to Upper Hutt on Tuesday.

On Monday Metlink confirmed staff were not responsible for enforcing physical distancing on buses - saying this would be left to passengers.

Response from Metlink general manager Scott Gallacher:

“Passengers are responsible for their own physical distancing measures. The Government have made it clear that public transport frontline workers are not expected to risk their own health and safety by enforcing physical distancing.

That said, where our frontline staff see safe and low risk opportunities for action they will use their own discretion to do so, as seen in these instances. We support our frontline staff when they make these calls. This is all about everyone looking out for each other and taking personal responsibility.

Our conditions of carriage across rail, bus and ferry state that passengers must comply with our team’s instructions at all times.”

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17 days ago

Stolen 4WD truck - Whites Line West

Waverley from Woburn

Gutted! Our 4WD got stolen last night. Kid car seats and all. Can anyone in the Hutt area keep an eye out. Was stolen from Whites Line West.

Number plate - KFL425

A neighbour heard a truck take off between 4am - 5am apparently

If any neighbours have cameras facing the street, we would be keen … View more
Gutted! Our 4WD got stolen last night. Kid car seats and all. Can anyone in the Hutt area keep an eye out. Was stolen from Whites Line West.

Number plate - KFL425

A neighbour heard a truck take off between 4am - 5am apparently

If any neighbours have cameras facing the street, we would be keen to hear.

17 days ago

Local Cartoonist, Alan Benge's Latest Paintings

Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery

Alan Benge's cartoons are great BUT did you know that Alan is also a wonderful artist, check out these local paintings, they can be viewed at Artspace Gallery on the Petone Foreshore. Well done Alan, we're looking forward to see more. Also, if you haven't got a copy of his cartoon… View moreAlan Benge's cartoons are great BUT did you know that Alan is also a wonderful artist, check out these local paintings, they can be viewed at Artspace Gallery on the Petone Foreshore. Well done Alan, we're looking forward to see more. Also, if you haven't got a copy of his cartoon book and would like a healthy laugh, come and check out if you of your neighbourhood is featured in it. I get a good laugh each time I see his cartoon of our gallery and see the elderly lady heading back to Bob Scott with her shopping trolley full of paintings. :)

25 days ago

Way Back Wednesday

Matt Tso Reporter from Community News

Righto team, where are we this week?

Let us know where you think this scene is. These days the tram tracks are gone, but it doesn't look too different.

As with last week's Way Back Wednesday, today's photograph comes courtesy of Graham Stewart and the Woolf Collection.

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18 days ago

Marko Stamenic joins top Danish club

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Western Suburbs midfielder Marko Stamenic has joined Danish Superliga side FC Copenhagen.

Stamenic is one of New Zealand's most exciting young players. He was set to earn a call-up to Danny Hay’s All Whites squad for the March friendlies against Bahrain and Oman, only for the games to be … View more
Western Suburbs midfielder Marko Stamenic has joined Danish Superliga side FC Copenhagen.

Stamenic is one of New Zealand's most exciting young players. He was set to earn a call-up to Danny Hay’s All Whites squad for the March friendlies against Bahrain and Oman, only for the games to be cancelled.

The Ole Football Academy product will be playing for FC Copenhagen’s under-19 team.

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17 days ago

Urgent appeal for sightings of missing Wellington man

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Wellington Police are urgently seeking sightings of Izeah Hall-Taputu, who has been missing since Wednesday morning.

Hall-Taputu, 20, has been reported missing from his home in Cannons Creek, and police have significant concerns for his welfare.

If you have seen him today, or you have information… View more
Wellington Police are urgently seeking sightings of Izeah Hall-Taputu, who has been missing since Wednesday morning.

Hall-Taputu, 20, has been reported missing from his home in Cannons Creek, and police have significant concerns for his welfare.

If you have seen him today, or you have information which might help find him, please call 111 immediately, quoting event number P043519039.

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17 days ago

It's hard to beat a hand filleted piece of NZ Hoki.

McDonald's NZ

Caught locally in the sparkling waters that surround New Zealand, our Hoki is renowned for its succulent texture, white flesh and great taste.

We use the best ingredients to make all our Macca's® meals. Whether you’re in Whangarei or Queenstown, you’ll always get the great quality and … View more
Caught locally in the sparkling waters that surround New Zealand, our Hoki is renowned for its succulent texture, white flesh and great taste.

We use the best ingredients to make all our Macca's® meals. Whether you’re in Whangarei or Queenstown, you’ll always get the great quality and taste.
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17 days ago

Natural Textile Fibres

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Hutt City

Natural, plant-based textile fibres come from seed hair, such as cotton; from foliage, such as sisal; from the stem, such as linen; and some fibres come from shells, such as coconut.
Among the most widely used in the textile industry, important and recognized, we can list the following fibres:

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Natural, plant-based textile fibres come from seed hair, such as cotton; from foliage, such as sisal; from the stem, such as linen; and some fibres come from shells, such as coconut.
Among the most widely used in the textile industry, important and recognized, we can list the following fibres:

Abaca: Also known as Manila Hemp, abaca comes from leave sheaths around the stem of the plant of abaca, a species of banana. It is a leave fibre valued for its resistance to the damaging effects of salt water, its buoyancy and the length of the fibres, which can be more than 3 meters long. Currently, it is being increasingly used in the manufacturing of garments, household textiles and upholstery thanks to innovations in the process of this fibre. It is certainly still being used to manufacture sailing accessories, in the currency paper industry and automotive sector, and even in the food industry.

Cotton: Cotton grows in balls around the plant seeds and it is pure cellulose. Cotton is the natural textile fibre most widely used around the world and it is certainly the main protagonist in the global textile industry. There are two exceptional varieties of the highest quality: Egyptian cotton and Peruvian Pima.

It is widely used in the fashion industry, both in flat fabrics and in woven clothing items and household textile products. Cotton is used in combination with other natural and synthetic fibres, such as rayon, polyester, spandex, etc. Cotton fabrics are comfortable, very soft, have good heat conduction and absorbency; these characteristics make it perfect for garments that are in close contact with the skin, both in spring-summer and fall-winter seasons. Cotton tends to shrink; it is prone to wrinkles and fading.

Organic cotton: The biggest bet of sustainability is the use of certified organic cotton. It offers an efficient and sustainable use of natural resources avoiding synthetic or chemical pesticides and genetically modified seeds.

Coir: Coir is a short, hoarse fibre extracted from coconut husk. There are two types of coir: brown fibre, which comes from mature coconuts, and thin, white fibre, which comes from green, immature coconut husks. The white variety of coir fibre is used to manufacture rope and maritime elements because they are resistant to seawater. Brown fibre is employed to produce household textile items and even for the automotive industry. Additionally, geotextiles produced with coir mesh have special characteristics such as resistance to sunlight, great water absorption and they are 100% biodegradable.

Hemp: Hemp fibre is obtained from the stem of the plant. One of the most relevant features of this plant is that it captures large quantities of carbon. With 70% of cellulose, hemp is an excellent heat conductor, it absorbs dyes adequately, it blocks UV rays, it is very resistant to mildew and has natural antibacterial properties.

Recent developments to “cottonize” hemp fibre could open the doors of high-quality fashion market to this fibre. The longest hemp fibres can be woven and knitted to create curly fabrics, similar to linen, used in the textile industry. The mixture of hemp with cotton, linen, silk, and wool give hemp greater softness, while adding strength and durability to the product.
Hemp fibres are also used to manufacture paper and a wide variety of canvasses for different uses. It is also employed in the automotive and construction industries.

Linen: Linen is one of the strongest plant-based fibres in nature; therefore, it was one of the first to be grown, woven, and knitted to manufacture clothing and accessories. There are different types of linen based on their species. The main types are common flax and perennial flax.
Linen is a fabric with high mechanical resistance and little elasticity; therefore, it wrinkles easily. Its softness increases with washes. As linen quickly absorbs and releases water, and as it is an excellent thermal conductor, the fabric is fresh, highly valued and employed in the production of clothing for warm areas. Linen garments are fresh, comfortable, and they symbolize elegance in summer fashion.
Linen maintains a strong traditional niche among high-quality textiles for household products, beddings, upholstery, and interior design accessories.

Ramie: Ramie fibre is white with gloss similar to silk, and it is one of the strongest natural fibres, close to linen in absorption and density. It has little elasticity and it dyes easily. Ramie fibres have some transverse fissures that make it very fragile, but at the same time promote ventilation. The rugged ramie fibres are used to make ropes and nets. Through threading, they produce thin, very glossy thread that is used for a wide variety of garments.

Fabrics made 100% of ramie are lightweight, silky to the touch but with a linen appearance. Normally, as its elasticity and resistance are quite low, ramie is mixed with other textile fibres or used to improve the characteristics of other textile fibres. For example, ramie is added to wool to reduce shrinking or to cotton to increase strength.

Sisal: Sisal is an excessively hard fibre and inelastic to be used in the fashion industry. It is employed in small proportions and in combination with other fibres for the manufacture of accessories and home decor items. Currently sisal is mainly used in the furniture, automotive and naval industries, always combined with other materials.

Jute: Jute is extracted from the stem of a plant with the same name and it is very easy to grow and harvest. Jute is one of the cheapest fibres to produce. This fibre is also known as “golden fibre” because of its glow. Jute is one of the strongest, plant-based natural fibres, and it is second to cotton in terms of production volume. Jute presents poor absorption, so it deteriorates quickly when exposed to humidity; it has low thermal conduction, but it contains significant insulating and anti-static properties. Jute is used as supplementary material in textile and footwear manufacturing, as well as in household textiles.

Kapoc: It is a white fibre similar to hair that comes from the seeds of a tree called Ceiba Pentandra. Kapok is also known as “silk cotton” because of its gloss that resembles silk. Kapok’s fibre, weak and short, is resistant to moisture and it has a soft, lustrous texture. The largest volume of its production is used for household textiles.

Ramina: Ramina is a ligneous fibre also known as China grass. It is rigid, shiny, and lustrous. Ramina is used for household textiles.

18 days ago

First home buying stories wanted

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Hi everyone! I'm Kylie, a Homed reporter. We're looking for people who have fairly recent, interesting, unique or off-the-wall stories to tell about how they bought their first homes. Did you move away from your home just to find a more affordable property? Did you scrimp and save for … View moreHi everyone! I'm Kylie, a Homed reporter. We're looking for people who have fairly recent, interesting, unique or off-the-wall stories to tell about how they bought their first homes. Did you move away from your home just to find a more affordable property? Did you scrimp and save for years to get a deposit together? Perhaps your family chipped in to help get you on the ladder? Are you older and buying for the first time? Did you choose to move into a home with a friend or another couple to make it more affordable? Please let us know in the comments below, or drop me a line in the messages. Your comments my be used in a story, but we'd also be interested in chatting to you for an exciting project coming up!

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18 days ago

Primary care nurses’ strike

Gemma Elizabeth from Hutt Valley District Health Board

Hutt Valley DHB is aware that some primary care nurses will be undertaking strike action for eight hours tomorrow (Thursday 3 September).

DHB nurses are not involved in the strike action.

Community-based assessment centres (CBACs) are not included in the strike and will operate as normal. GPs and… View more
Hutt Valley DHB is aware that some primary care nurses will be undertaking strike action for eight hours tomorrow (Thursday 3 September).

DHB nurses are not involved in the strike action.

Community-based assessment centres (CBACs) are not included in the strike and will operate as normal. GPs and after-hours centres are also expected to be operating as normal. People who are unwell should continue to contact their GP or Healthline as usual.

Anyone in need of care of urgent care should go to the emergency department. In an emergency, call 111.

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19 days ago

Poll: Should Hollywood stars get special treatment?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Hollywood heavyweights Kirsten Dunst​ and Jesse Plemons​ applied for an exemption to avoid having to quarantine in an Auckland hotel

Their application came at a time when virtually all foreigners were banned due to Covid-19 border restrictions. The pair applied to spend their time in a … View more
Hollywood heavyweights Kirsten Dunst​ and Jesse Plemons​ applied for an exemption to avoid having to quarantine in an Auckland hotel

Their application came at a time when virtually all foreigners were banned due to Covid-19 border restrictions. The pair applied to spend their time in a secluded Waikato property.

Although the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) refused to confirm whether an exemption was granted, the pair have told Vanity Fair they are staying in a hotel.

Their application for an exemption cited concerns over privacy and a concern they would be followed by photographers.

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Should Hollywood stars get special treatment?
  • 4.8% They deserved to get an exemption.
    4.8% Complete
  • 95.2% They were rightly denied an exemption.
    95.2% Complete
567 votes
18 days ago

Testing numbers

Gemma Elizabeth from Hutt Valley District Health Board

Here is the latest information about the number of people tested for COVID-19 in our region. We will publish these figures every weekday to give you a clearer picture of what is happening in our area.

There is no known community transmission in the Wellington and Hutt Valley regions.

These … View more
Here is the latest information about the number of people tested for COVID-19 in our region. We will publish these figures every weekday to give you a clearer picture of what is happening in our area.

There is no known community transmission in the Wellington and Hutt Valley regions.

These figures will also be published on our website and updated each weekday. View figures here: www.huttvalleydhb.org.nz...

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18 days ago

Where is Petone CAB ?

Mike Barton from Citizens Advice Bureau - Petone

6 Britannia Street, Petone. Open 9.30am until 2pm Monday to Friday.

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