41 days ago

Would free Sunday parking make you visit the CBD more?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Paid parking on weekends looks set to stay. Wellington Mayor Andy Foster campaigned on restoring free central city parking on Sundays, and included it in his "first 150 days" plan. But as the council seeks public engagement on a review of parking policies, Foster admitted he didn't have the votes to pass free Sunday parking. Would free parking make you visit the CBD more?

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2 days ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

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3 hours ago

How is your pet reacting to you being around all the time?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Coco follows her owner round the house all day, Buster has started barking at strangers, and Rover has already been walked by every member of the family today. Twice. Dogs are overjoyed to have humans home 24/7, but they're sensitive, and during times of human stress need special care. How are your pets coping?

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2 hours ago

'Rotary 100 Forests of Peace and Remembrance'

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

This is a good time to update club members about the 'Rotary 100 Forests of Peace and Remembrance' project. This is a New Zealand-wide project to celebrate the centenary of Rotary commencing in NZ and Australia.

Rotary is well advanced in discussions with the Ministry of Primary Industries for the Rotary 100 plantings to be funded from the Billion Trees programme.

We (RCoP) have got tentative approval from the Rotary 100 organisers, MPI and PCC for an additional planting area for Taupo Swamp. This would be for 10,000 wetland trees/plants to be planted around part of Plimmerton Domain that PCC will retire from sports field usage. PCC has recently completed building a dog exercising area on this sports field.

The proposal is to plant three sides of the outer edges of the new dog exercising park. The fourth side is fringed by Taupo Stream. We would plant species of plants and trees suited to local wetland conditions.

It’s an extremely easy area to plant as it’s been mown for several years for sports field use. It is flat with good soil and no weeds.

The Rotary Forest would be planted in parallel with the restoration and planting work already underway by ‘Friends of Taupo Swamp & Catchment’. It's envisaged that RCoP would plant several hundred plants in 2020 to prove that we have the capability, then plant 5000 in 2021 and 5000 in 2022.

The aerial photograph shows the sports field plus that part of Taupo Swamp that is owned by PCC (ignore the yellow elevation lines).

Also shown is the drain across the park and the initial planting area. We will start by planting on each side of the drain. We expect that over time, the drain will revert to being permanently wet.

What will we be needing from club members? We will need help with:

spot spraying of the planting spots
digging holes for the plants (post hole diggers)
planting/staking/protecting the plants and trees
a small amount of follow up weed control