Brown Owl, Upper Hutt

15 hours ago

Pet of the Day: Meet Benny and Bobby

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Meet Benny (puppy) and Bobby (kitten) who live with proud owner Alvante Harris.
When he took this photo, he says they were making it clear they did not want him to go to work.


The Pet of the Day is no longer be appearing in the Dominion Post and instead you will find it on Neighbourly every … View more
Meet Benny (puppy) and Bobby (kitten) who live with proud owner Alvante Harris.
When he took this photo, he says they were making it clear they did not want him to go to work.


The Pet of the Day is no longer be appearing in the Dominion Post and instead you will find it on Neighbourly every Saturday. If you want your pet featured, email us on yourpet@dompost.co.nz with a recent photo.

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4 hours ago

1080 Poison Drop

Carol from Akatarawa

Greater Wellington Regional council has approached us and our neighbours regarding the 1080 drop and Brodifacoum Poisoning

We are based on Karapoti Road but overlook the Akatarawa River. Turns out that we, and our 4 neighbours, are going to be very close to the 1080 drop.
We are concerned as we … View more
Greater Wellington Regional council has approached us and our neighbours regarding the 1080 drop and Brodifacoum Poisoning

We are based on Karapoti Road but overlook the Akatarawa River. Turns out that we, and our 4 neighbours, are going to be very close to the 1080 drop.
We are concerned as we back right onto the Greater Wellington Regional Council land (at our back fence) as do another 3 of our neighbours. The 1080 will be dropped with a 50m buffer from our boundary.

We have a water catchment system that supplies water from our property, but the catchment starts on the council land above our property. This services water for us and 2 of our other neighbour's if there is a water shortage, waters stock and greenhouse etc. We all have dogs and 3 of the other neighbour's have cats. We and 2 of the other neighbour's have sheep.

We asked the council if they would drop the 1080 onto the other side of the ridge so our water catchment system wasn't compromised and other creeks feeding from council land to private land wouldn’t be affected.

They agreed to work with us and came up with a solution to bait traps. I thought this would be a good idea so they could get an idea of how many possums they were dealing with in our area and that if not a lot were caught they may consider a bigger buffer up on the hill above our land and drop the 1080 further back.

Turns out it is Brodifacoum bait stations - NOT TRAPS, that would kill so they could take a tally of how many caught and remove carcasses - NOT at all what I was expecting!! These stations are filled with bait that the possums have access to and then go away to die. This Brodifacoum bait can remain in animal livers and may present a danger for other species through both secondary and tertiary poisoning. The half-life of brodifacoum in possum livers is about 36 weeks (9 months)!!!

The time lag between the possum eating a lethal dose of the bait and onset of symptoms is usually several days. So how long is it going to take them to DIE?? How far can they travel in this time?? Article I read said: “travelling up to 2km a night”

Also Livestock: (sheep in particular for us, but also concerns cattle) It says livestock exposed to brodifacoum should not be sent to slaughter or sold. Research has shown that anticoagulant toxins stay in the body for many months, if not years. If death occurs in sheep or cattle, the entire flock or herd should be withheld for 9 months.

Feral Game: landowners and hunters are advised not to sell feral animals, or animals intended for consumption, taken from the operational area within nine months after termination of poisoning OR within 2km (5k for feral pigs) of a poisoning operation boundary

This Brodifacoum is not soluble in water and binds strongly to soils. It will degrade slowly in soils with PH5.3 to pH8 (who knows what we’ve got)?

So the outcome is we. and 3 of our neighbours. have withdrawn our acceptance for the council to set the brodifacoum traps unfortunately 1 neighbour had already agreed and the traps have already been set at their place.

We would still like to see the 1080 drop start at the other side of the ridge above us and hope we can work with the council on this but last email we received stated:
As per my earlier e-mail “Our current boundary allows for a 50 m buffer within the forest along pasture margins, however we could consider a buffer up to 200m. Such a buffer would be contingent on baiting of all your property over some months prior to aerial control.”

So that would be 4mths or more watching dogs etc and then another 4 months or so when the 1080 is dropped!!!!

Is anyone else in this situation??
Does anyone else have any issues with the 1080 drop?
Has anyone else been speaking the council?

3 days ago

Your favourite ever summer holiday

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
Now that summer's finally here and the holidays are just around the corner for many, we'd love to hear about your favourite summer holiday memories. Has there been a trip that you continue to think about years later? Where did you go, with who and what did you get up to? … View more
Hi everyone,
Now that summer's finally here and the holidays are just around the corner for many, we'd love to hear about your favourite summer holiday memories. Has there been a trip that you continue to think about years later? Where did you go, with who and what did you get up to? What made it such a stand-out experience? As usual, please put 'NFP' in your comment if you don't want it included in a travel article. Cheers.

3 days ago

Poll: Should we get paid leave on our birthday

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

As the Government moves to double employees' sick leave entitlements, a man is calling for a law change to go even further – and allow workers to take a paid day off on their birthday.
When Clifford Hallett blows out the candles on his cake in a couple of weeks, he'll likely wish for an… View more
As the Government moves to double employees' sick leave entitlements, a man is calling for a law change to go even further – and allow workers to take a paid day off on their birthday.
When Clifford Hallett blows out the candles on his cake in a couple of weeks, he'll likely wish for an extra leave day to celebrate.
Hallett has launched a petition to Parliament requesting it pass legislation to give all employees that right.

Tell us what you think.
Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by STUFF.

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Should we get paid leave on our birthday
  • 27.8% Yes
    27.8% Complete
  • 69.1% No
    69.1% Complete
  • 3.1% Not Sure
    3.1% Complete
934 votes
11 hours ago

Pleased I am not out on the roads at night!

Sandra from Timberlea

The latest trend???
Roadway Graffiti!
What a mess. Seems to self there is a lot of dangerous 'skidding / burnouts' occurring recently. Roadside berms and green spaces are also getting churned up.
Does the engine noise of this activity wake people up?
Any comments?

13 hours ago

It's International Volunteer Day!

The Team from Red Cross Shop Upper Hutt

To our RC Shop Volunteers,

Thank you for your amazing support and the kindness you show Red Cross. Our shop couldn’t do it without you, you are the heart of our work and we are very grateful for the service you give to our shop. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

If you are not a Red Cross Shop … View more
To our RC Shop Volunteers,

Thank you for your amazing support and the kindness you show Red Cross. Our shop couldn’t do it without you, you are the heart of our work and we are very grateful for the service you give to our shop. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

If you are not a Red Cross Shop Volunteer yet and you would like to become one, just hit the Read More button for further information.

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21 hours ago

Today's secret Santa code!

Santa in the Suburbs

You've found the code for today, this means you can now head to our competition page and insert this secret Santa code to enter for today's great prizes!

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21 hours ago

Anyone can be Nymbl

The Team from ACC New Zealand

Now you can get better balance, in the comfort and safety of your own home, with Nymbl - the easy-to-use smartphone app.

Nymbl gives you simple body movements, combined with brain challenges like trivia, to really improve your balance. It’s fun and only takes only 10 minutes a day.

Get … View more
Now you can get better balance, in the comfort and safety of your own home, with Nymbl - the easy-to-use smartphone app.

Nymbl gives you simple body movements, combined with brain challenges like trivia, to really improve your balance. It’s fun and only takes only 10 minutes a day.

Get Nymbl now, for free. Just go to fallsfree.co.nz and follow the easy instructions.
Register now

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21 hours ago

Need Christmas gifts in a hurry?

Not Socks Gifts Ltd

Avoid the malls & shop at NZ’s #1 online gift store. We have a HUGE range of fun, new & different Christmas gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.

AND… if it’s on our website, it’s in our warehouse – so you’ll receive your order within 24 to 72hrs. Plus, delivery is FREEView more
Avoid the malls & shop at NZ’s #1 online gift store. We have a HUGE range of fun, new & different Christmas gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.

AND… if it’s on our website, it’s in our warehouse – so you’ll receive your order within 24 to 72hrs. Plus, delivery is FREE over $85.

Proudly New Zealand owned & operated for over 10 years.
Find out more

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8 days ago
3 days ago

Ruby food trailer at Upper Hutt Baptist Church 5/12

Liz from Ruby food trailer

Hi neighbours Ruby food trailer will be open 8am-1pm this Saturday 5/12 alongside Upper Hutt Baptist Church car boot sale. Corner of Milton st and Fergusson drive.
Masala dosa, eggplant bhajjis and more
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1 day ago

Tō Tātou Rohe | Our Region

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington Regional Council

Another fortnight, another issue of Tō Tātou Rohe | Our Region – a digest of what’s happening across Greater Wellington. Read it here: bit.ly...

If you’d like to subscribe, go online to: gw.govt.nz/tatou-rohe

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1 day ago

Tomorrow is International Volunteer Day...

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

We wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the amazing people who make Neighbourhood Support possible across Aotearoa!

If you know someone who is giving back in your community, show them some love. Don't let their acts of generosity go unnoticed.

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4 days ago

Way Back Wednesday

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Lots of questions in this picture. What year? Where is it taken from and what do your recognise?

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1 day ago

SuperSeniors Newsletter December 2020

The Team from Office for Seniors

Our December SuperSeniors Newsletter is out now.

In this issue, we introduce you to the new Minister for Seniors, Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall. We also have tips from CERT NZ on avoiding scams this festive season, details on low-cost prepaid broadband for seniors and much more!

Make sure you read it … View more
Our December SuperSeniors Newsletter is out now.

In this issue, we introduce you to the new Minister for Seniors, Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall. We also have tips from CERT NZ on avoiding scams this festive season, details on low-cost prepaid broadband for seniors and much more!

Make sure you read it and pass it on to others you think might be interested bit.ly...

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1 day ago

Tai Chi Class Holidays

Andrew from Birchville

Not Strictly Tai Chi, St Mark's Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Last class of 2020 is on Tuesday 15th December, 10am - 11am. Christmas brunch at Buzz Cafe afterwards.
This class reopens Tuesday 12th January, same time

Not Strictly Tai Chi, St Hilda's Church, Cruickshank Road, Upper… View more
Not Strictly Tai Chi, St Mark's Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Last class of 2020 is on Tuesday 15th December, 10am - 11am. Christmas brunch at Buzz Cafe afterwards.
This class reopens Tuesday 12th January, same time

Not Strictly Tai Chi, St Hilda's Church, Cruickshank Road, Upper Hutt
Last class of 2020 is on Tuesday 15th December, 7pm - 8pm
This class reopens Tuesday 19th January, same time

Following on from the holiday break, my January 2021 classes will ease students back into the gentle exercise and mindfulness of Tai Chi. This will be an ideal time for beginners to come along and give it a go.

For all enquiries, Tai Chi Instructor & NASM Certified Personal Trainer Andrew Hardwick can be contacted on 0211532508

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