Cannons Creek, Porirua

15 days ago

UPDATE: Dixon Street/Willis Street sewer leak

The Team from Wellington Water

We are continuing to manage containing the sewer leak from discharging to stormwater network and have removed the no fishing and swimming signs from the inner harbour.

Crews are continuing with investigations and repairs, and work is projected to carry on for an additional week. We are working … View more
We are continuing to manage containing the sewer leak from discharging to stormwater network and have removed the no fishing and swimming signs from the inner harbour.

Crews are continuing with investigations and repairs, and work is projected to carry on for an additional week. We are working with affected residents and businesses to keep them up to date and ensure.

16 days ago

Christmas Mutton Ham

Julie from Waitangirua

Hi does anyone know where I would be able to get a mutton ham for Christmas? I asked our local mad butcher and prestons both have informed me they will not be getting them in this year. Thank you

16 days ago

Theo Sutorius

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

'Kia ora everybody. For those of you that don't know me, my name is Theo and I have been sponsored by all of you and many other Rotarians to take a life-changing trip to the Netherlands for a year. This is an amazing opportunity I have been given and I’m here today just to tell you all … View more'Kia ora everybody. For those of you that don't know me, my name is Theo and I have been sponsored by all of you and many other Rotarians to take a life-changing trip to the Netherlands for a year. This is an amazing opportunity I have been given and I’m here today just to tell you all a little about me and why I want to go to the Netherlands.

'So who am I? Well to know me you first have to know my family. Pictured here with Kris Faafoi, is my mother, Tania. She is a consultant currently working for Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and she may look familiar to you because she is a Plimmerton Rotarian. She is actually the person who first brought the exchange to my attention earlier this year. And this is my father, Tony, who I'm more like than maybe I would like to admit. He is a filmmaker who owns his own independent film company and recently has had his film Helen Kelly in the New Zealand International Film Festival. I am also interested in film - just a tad less successful.

'We are also both members of the Plimmerton volunteer fire brigade, one of us has been there for a little over one year, the other a little over twenty-five.

'But the fire brigade is a bit of a family tradition. As well as me, my father, his father, his uncle and cousin have all been members of the Plimmerton fire brigade. If you calculate up all of our service time, it equals over one hundred years of service. And as you can tell I’m a very large contributor to that. I joined just over a year ago!

'As I mentioned earlier, I'm a bit of a wannabe filmmaker and photographer. When I was 12, I inherited an old camera from my father and since then I have been super passionate about photography. When I was 13 I taught myself how to edit and have been working on projects ever since. I’m currently working on a short film about the Pike River Mine and was given the amazing opportunity to be at the Mine filming the re-entry earlier this year. The film will be released sometime at the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

'I then plan to make a film about my year in the Netherlands and about foreign exchange students in general. I think it will end up being quite a long film and so when I get back I plan on coming back here when it is finished and showing it to all of you.

'So why do I want to go to the Netherlands? Well for starters my Opa is Dutch, he was actually born in a concentration camp in Indonesia and after the war, when he was about ten, he immigrated to New Zealand. This makes me one-quarter Dutch. I also have lots of family currently living in the Netherlands, many of whom I have never met. So through all of this, I'm just so excited to go and assimilate into the culture and maybe even more excited to have the opportunity to be able to learn how to speak Dutch.

'I will be staying in a small town called Rijssen which is on the opposite side of the Netherlands to Amsterdam, and on the German border. It is smaller than Porirua with around the same number of people.

'I would just like to finish by saying a big thanks to all of you for sponsoring me. I promise that I won't let this year of learning and growth go to waste. If any of you has any questions about me or about the Netherlands, or if you just fancy a chat, feel free to come and speak to me. I look forward to coming back in a year’s time and speaking to you all again.'

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15 days ago

For Sale Toyota Ceres 1996

Karen from Paremata

Toyota Ceres 1996
New wof, and rego (6mth)
New battery
Automatic
abt 190k km
Runs ok, a bit noisy - dents and scratches.
$550

Price: $550

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16 days ago

Housing story for Kapi-Mana

Joel Maxwell Reporter from Kapi-Mana News

Hi guys, we are writing a story on the housing affordability in Porirua east and we're keen to speak to people who are looking to buy a home (maybe your first) in the city's eastern suburbs. Or perhaps you've just bought a home there. Let us know if you might be able to speak to us … View moreHi guys, we are writing a story on the housing affordability in Porirua east and we're keen to speak to people who are looking to buy a home (maybe your first) in the city's eastern suburbs. Or perhaps you've just bought a home there. Let us know if you might be able to speak to us for an interview, here or you can email me at joel.maxwell@stuff.co.nz, cheers Joel

16 days ago

Have you nominated your community?

Resene

Time is running out to enter your nomination! With just over a week to go, don't miss out on the chance to win enough Resene paint and accessories to colourfully transformed your community.

We've had dozens of entries into the Resene Colour Your Community competition - you can … View more
Time is running out to enter your nomination! With just over a week to go, don't miss out on the chance to win enough Resene paint and accessories to colourfully transformed your community.

We've had dozens of entries into the Resene Colour Your Community competition - you can check them out here.

Now's your final chance to paint a new mural for your community hall, clean up graffiti or refresh your local playground's paint job.
Enter now!

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16 days ago

Become an early childhood teacher

Ministry Of Education

Every day, New Zealand teachers are creating brighter futures for children and young people, with lessons that can seem small, but are significant in terms of their impact.

These are lessons about important life skills such as confidence, identity, respect and persistence.

Become a teacherView more
Every day, New Zealand teachers are creating brighter futures for children and young people, with lessons that can seem small, but are significant in terms of their impact.

These are lessons about important life skills such as confidence, identity, respect and persistence.

Become a teacher and take your place alongside our children and young people. You’ll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in their lives; to strengthen communities and build a better future for our next generations.
Learn more

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16 days ago

Water shutdown - Willis St/Dixon St

The Team from Wellington Water

As part of the recent sewer works on Willis Street/Dixon Street, a water leak was identified. We will be completing this repair tonight between 11pm-3am, this will involve water being shut off. Water is expected to be back on at 3am, however if there are any delays we will notify Wellington City … View moreAs part of the recent sewer works on Willis Street/Dixon Street, a water leak was identified. We will be completing this repair tonight between 11pm-3am, this will involve water being shut off. Water is expected to be back on at 3am, however if there are any delays we will notify Wellington City Council who will share this information on their social channels.

Noise will be minimal, and affected businesses/residents have been informed.

Full traffic flow will be maintained through the intersection, with existing traffic management in place due to the closed shoulder on the Northern Western corner of the Dixon/Willis Street intersection.

16 days ago

Kris Faafoi, MP for the Mana electorate

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

It is always good to hear from our local MP. Last evening Kris Faafoi, MP for the Mana electorate and Minister of lots of things, was introduced by President Euon, whom Kris defeated in the 2017 election.

Last year he told us about his role as Minister of Civil Defence, a stressful portfolio he … View more
It is always good to hear from our local MP. Last evening Kris Faafoi, MP for the Mana electorate and Minister of lots of things, was introduced by President Euon, whom Kris defeated in the 2017 election.

Last year he told us about his role as Minister of Civil Defence, a stressful portfolio he was glad to relinquish. This time he described his work as Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, a big job which takes him away from his electorate more than he would like.

There is a lot going on. Kris focussed on several high profile issues that are exercising his Ministry.

The Commerce Commission has looked at fuel pricing: we are paying too much for petrol. Its final report and recommendations will be released in three weeks.

The banking and insurance industries need sorting out. Customers are coming second to company profits, and culture is poor. The Reserve Bank and FMA are working on this.

Kiwisaver has a built-in mechanism that puts many savers into default schemes which are too conservative, and they won’t have enough to retire on. The solution to this is in hand. Better information is needed and savers need to be more aware and active.

The law will be changed to regulate loan sharks and truck shops, which are a particular problem in communities like Porirua. Interest can be astronomical on short term loans, causing misery in some families.

Kris reminded us of recalls of doubtful airbags in pre-2004 cars. Go to rightcar.govt.nz for details. Thousands of cars still need to be processed.

Finally, Kris mentioned his work as Associate Minister of Housing. His goal is to make housing rental more stable and increase the length of time families spend in a property.

Kris is an imposing figure with a good command of detail, yet has a gentle manner, which went down well with his audience.

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16 days ago

tadpoles

Heath from Tawa

does anyone have tadpoles

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16 days ago

Have you spotted any wasp nests at your house?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

As the weather heats up, one particular pest is set to make itself known again - the wasp. What do you do to battle wasps, and have you found a nest at your house?

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19 days ago

Would you work from home if you could?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Growing numbers of public servants are working from home as part of a public sector shake-up. Fifteen of the country's 32 public service departments are now offering flexible working for employees on a trial basis, with the policy intended to be rolled out sector-wide by the end of next year. … View moreGrowing numbers of public servants are working from home as part of a public sector shake-up. Fifteen of the country's 32 public service departments are now offering flexible working for employees on a trial basis, with the policy intended to be rolled out sector-wide by the end of next year. Flexible arrangements can include reduced/changeable hours, nine-day fortnights, a gradual return following parental leave, phased retirement, purchased annual leave, and working from home. Would you take up flexible working if it was offered - or have you already?

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19 days ago

What should we call Wellington's wind?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

With Wellington's 180th birthday just around the corner, historian Redmer Yska says it is time to name our wind. Meanwhile, Kaumātua Kura Moeahu from iwi Te Āti Awa said he had named two types in a haka. The first, te hau mātakataka, referred to trees being filled and roofs lifted while the… View moreWith Wellington's 180th birthday just around the corner, historian Redmer Yska says it is time to name our wind. Meanwhile, Kaumātua Kura Moeahu from iwi Te Āti Awa said he had named two types in a haka. The first, te hau mātakataka, referred to trees being filled and roofs lifted while the second, te hau āwhiowhio, was connected to whirlwinds and tornados. What do you think our wind should be called?

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