Brown Owl, Upper Hutt

17 days ago

Awareness on Family Harm during White Ribbon Week

4 A Better City

Respectful relationships and healthy masculinity celebrated @WhiteRibbonEvent Saturday 21st November 11.30am – All Welcome.

Every year around this time organisations who care about the wellbeing of people and our city in the area of family harm come together to celebrate a day encouraging … View more
Respectful relationships and healthy masculinity celebrated @WhiteRibbonEvent Saturday 21st November 11.30am – All Welcome.

Every year around this time organisations who care about the wellbeing of people and our city in the area of family harm come together to celebrate a day encouraging awareness and education.

Next week is White Ribbon week. It is a week when we have the opportunity as a country to think about ways we can support, learn, and acknowledge those who experience family harm.

Greg Finnigan the Service Manager at Man Kind, a house for men in Lower Hutt says “What men internalise about power and gender is often not good for them at all. The way men try to hold onto the power and control can be destructive for the whole family. It can destroy all the opportunities to show the love they feel and want to bring to the home. Society has changed, families have changed, men need to be curious how they might change.”

This year the White Ribbon campaign continues to focus on Respectful Relationships, relationships that are built on equality and fairness between women, men, and children. Our seeing and acknowledging these outdated beliefs of the past is a particular focus for us in 2020. Respectful relationships aren’t about manipulation and mind games - they require us to treat our partners as our equals by listening to each other and making decisions together.

The Whakatauki for us this year is - Ruia te taitea, ka tu taikaka anake / Shake off the old, to reveal the new. If we think of the #outdated ideas as something that needs to be removed, in the natural world that removal often allows new growth to occur. In other words, if we remove that which is holding us back, we can grow as human beings and develop what we call healthy masculinity. #Outdated messages like “Show them who’s boss” this will be overwritten with SHOW THEM YOU LOVE THEM and “Kids should keep quiet” – KIDS SHOULD BE HEARD (When a child asks a question, they are reaching out to us to learn something), or “Treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen?” - TREAT ‘EM EQUAL.

As part of the whanau event there will be local stories shared, kapa haka celebrated and heaps of family entertainment will be enjoyed along with a free sausage sizzle. We hope you and your family will make it along. It is worth celebrating respectful relationships, non-coercive, caring ways of relating in our community.

The convoy gets underway at 11.00am on Saturday 21st November starting from St Patrick’s Silverstream, with a whanau event beginning at 11.30-1.30pm at UH Primary school.

If you need further information please contact Sallie Calvert on 027 599 7000.
Find out more

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18 days ago

⭐ Foster Coordinators Needed ⭐

Rachel from Ebdentown

Our voluntary Foster Coordinator roles are more management then physically taking on kittens.

*Upkeeping weekly communication and supporting our fosters.
*Organising food/treatment/essential items, etc and following up procedures.
*Home checks and fortnightly follow up visits on the cat/s and … View more
Our voluntary Foster Coordinator roles are more management then physically taking on kittens.

*Upkeeping weekly communication and supporting our fosters.
*Organising food/treatment/essential items, etc and following up procedures.
*Home checks and fortnightly follow up visits on the cat/s and fosters progress.
*Preferably available for Meet and Greets between potential adopters and cat/s.
*Preferably experienced in rescue, animal or nurse/vet care, but not a necessity. Transport required, but gas can be reimbursed.

We are looking to build up teams of Foster Coordinators in from Hutt Valley to the Wairarapa. This is a part time flexible volunteer role, usually during evenings and weekends and mostly done from home in your free time. If this sounds like you, please get in touch.

Kittycatrehoming@gmail.com
0204 335463 (0204 FELINE)

18 days ago

Have your say

The Team from Wellington Water

Reducing overflows to our local streams and rivers will protect our precious wai. 💧
We want to know how you enjoy your local streams and rivers, and your views and experiences on the impacts of wastewater overflows.
Have your say today, it's quick and easy 👇

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18 days ago

Rubbish removal.

Jacob from Trentham

Do you need help getting rid of rubbish?
Old furniture, beds or junk?
Very competitive rates, friendly service.
Message me with your questions or for a free quote. It might be cheaper than you think!!

Negotiable

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18 days ago

Thank you

The Team from Wellington District Police

Wellington Police would like to thank Akatarawa residents for your patience over the weekend as we conducted our annual Search and Rescue exercise.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the 4WD movements and noise from the helicopter activity. While neighbours near the helicopter landing … View more
Wellington Police would like to thank Akatarawa residents for your patience over the weekend as we conducted our annual Search and Rescue exercise.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the 4WD movements and noise from the helicopter activity. While neighbours near the helicopter landing zone were advised of the exercise, residents further afield were also affected.

The exercise involved Police Search and Rescue personnel, Wellington LandSAR volunteers, New Zealand Airforce, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Amateur Radio and the Cross-Country Vehicle Club.

Training exercises provide and important opportunity for SAR personnel to learn new skills and test themselves in the environment and conditions likely to be encountered in a real search. As it happened, teams were deployed into the Tararua Ranges on Friday evening for a seriously injured tramper and again on Sunday for two people swept out to sea on the south coast of Wellington. Both rescues were successful.

We would like to thank local landowners that allowed the use of their properties and acknowledge the support of the Upper Hutt City Council who kindly made Karapoti Park available.

19 days ago

The Story of Emma

Tony from Trentham

I just watched this. It was very emotional. Well worth a watch, but STUFF got it wrong with their interactive way of proceeding through the story. They need to let it flow as it took me a while to figure out how it worked.
This story is well worth a watch, what a strong woman. What she has been … View more
I just watched this. It was very emotional. Well worth a watch, but STUFF got it wrong with their interactive way of proceeding through the story. They need to let it flow as it took me a while to figure out how it worked.
This story is well worth a watch, what a strong woman. What she has been through. She had a great New Zealand father. He has my vote for New Zealander of the year any day. What a magnificent person. But it is a story lost. Needs to be presented better and everyone on Neighborly should watch this.

19 days ago

Hazardous Waste Collection

The team from Upper Hutt City Council

Drop off your household hazardous waste and we'll dispose of it correctly for free.

Drop off things like:
• petrol and oils,
• garden, cleaning and pool chemicals,
• thinners and degreasers,
• batteries (except single-use button and alkaline)

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Drop off your household hazardous waste and we'll dispose of it correctly for free.

Drop off things like:
• petrol and oils,
• garden, cleaning and pool chemicals,
• thinners and degreasers,
• batteries (except single-use button and alkaline)

Not accepting:
• Paint
• Commercial waste
• Electronics
• Fluorescent light tubes and LED lights
• Medical waste
• Gas bottles and cylinders
• Asbestos
• Ammunition or explosives
Find out more

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19 days ago

Wellington Opera Launch

Wellington Opera

Wellington Opera is thrilled to be taking audiences on a journey of musical and theatrical discovery, launching with Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni at the Wellington Opera House, April 2021.

Wellington audiences are in for a real treat, with a dynamic New Zealand cast featuring many … View more
Wellington Opera is thrilled to be taking audiences on a journey of musical and theatrical discovery, launching with Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni at the Wellington Opera House, April 2021.

Wellington audiences are in for a real treat, with a dynamic New Zealand cast featuring many principals back in New Zealand on pause from their careers around the world.

The production of Don Giovanni is directed by Sara Brodie, with designer Meg Rollandi, and Matthew Ross as Music Director, with the Wellington Opera Chorus and Orchestra Wellington.

This is a bold yet timeless production offering food for thought for our times whilst embracing the theatricality of old.

Don’t miss it… with only four shows in April 2021, buy your tickets now!
Book now

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19 days ago

Village safety and security a top priority for Judy

Bupa Fergusson Retirement Village

The Avonhead local, who had a career in aged care education and assessment, became a village resident herself just three months ago and enjoys reading in her downtime. The village library also gives her a chance to meet her village neighbours and have a chat.

Judy’s health took a serious turn a … View more
The Avonhead local, who had a career in aged care education and assessment, became a village resident herself just three months ago and enjoys reading in her downtime. The village library also gives her a chance to meet her village neighbours and have a chat.

Judy’s health took a serious turn a year ago, prompting her to move into the village and into a one bedroom apartment overlooking the street.

“I lived alone and my sons were worried about me because I began falling and I couldn’t get out. Then I thought I need to be sensible here and do something about it. For me it was important I stayed in the area and I guess it was important that I knew somebody here.”

After selling her house and the village team holding the apartment she’d chosen, Judy followed Harvey, her next-door neighbour of many years, into Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village. The village team had kept in contact with her for a number of months before she’d decided to move in, inviting her to regular village functions during that time.

“There’s everything going on here for you, you couldn’t ask for more. There’s a superb manager who not only manages but she’s also a social worker and everything else with it.”

Judy says the move from a house on a back section meant safety and security was a top priority when deciding on a village.

“There’s always someone here at the front desk and they have security regularly checking too. It’s so important to me.”

Coming from a big house into an apartment hasn’t bothered Judy, and now with her health regularly monitored she is really embracing retirement village life. There’s the weekly grocery shopping at the local supermarket next door and the regular Tai Chi sessions that relax her by slowing her breathing.

“I very much want to be independent for as long as I can and I get to do that here. I also get to continue with lots of reading in lovely surroundings too.”
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Check out the Bupa Retirement Village Apartments at Fergusson: bupa.co.nz/fergusson

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19 days ago

Watering Restrictions

The Team from Wellington Water

At the moment we are at watering restriction level 1: routine odds/evens garden watering restrictions. This means we have enough water for residents based on current demand, BUT we need to look after the storage reserves we have, so there is enough water to last all summer.

With increased demand,… View more
At the moment we are at watering restriction level 1: routine odds/evens garden watering restrictions. This means we have enough water for residents based on current demand, BUT we need to look after the storage reserves we have, so there is enough water to last all summer.

With increased demand, and hot, dry weather- things could quickly change.

Garden watering restrictions help smooth out peak demands on the network during daylight savings.

So, what can I do to help limit demand? ?
- use mulch in the garden to help lock in water ✅
- use a trigger hose to water plants ?
- soak don't sprinkle - a good soaking twice a week will encourage feeder roots to grow down ?

Know the garden watering restrictions in your area ???

19 days ago

Meat Week

PAK’nSAVE Upper Hutt

Good Afternoon Upper Hutt Community!
This week at PAK n SAVE Upper Hutt we are having our famous Meat Weeks!
Heaps of great priced meat, like Quality Fresh Beef Rump Steak at $14.79 per kg, or Quality Fresh Pork Loin Chops $12.99 per kg, or if you are wanting to stock up on chicken, we have … View more
Good Afternoon Upper Hutt Community!
This week at PAK n SAVE Upper Hutt we are having our famous Meat Weeks!
Heaps of great priced meat, like Quality Fresh Beef Rump Steak at $14.79 per kg, or Quality Fresh Pork Loin Chops $12.99 per kg, or if you are wanting to stock up on chicken, we have Quality Fresh Chicken Breast for $7.79 per kg!
Plenty of other awesome specials in other departments plus we have a full range of Christmas goodies available, including instore made Gift Hampers, starting from $40.
Our team look forward to seeing you in store soon!

19 days ago

Fraud Awareness Week

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This Fraud Awareness Week we are encouraging Kiwis to take a moment to stop and think ‘is this for real?’ when contacted unexpectedly and asked for personal info.

New Zealand Police's Financial Intelligence Unit estimates New Zealanders lose $20-30 million annually to scams.

HOW TO AVOID… View more
This Fraud Awareness Week we are encouraging Kiwis to take a moment to stop and think ‘is this for real?’ when contacted unexpectedly and asked for personal info.

New Zealand Police's Financial Intelligence Unit estimates New Zealanders lose $20-30 million annually to scams.

HOW TO AVOID A SCAM:

+ A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you to ask for your PIN, password or to move money to another account.

+ Never click on a link in an unexpected email or text – you could be giving access to your personal and financial details.

+ Always question uninvited approaches in case it is a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

+ Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic – just because someone knows your basic details (name and address, or mother’s maiden name) it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

+ Don’t be rushed into making a decision or financial transaction on the spot – a genuine bank or trusted organisation would never do this.

+ Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then it generally is.

If you believe you are the victim of a scam you can contact Police and report the matter via 105.

For more info on how you can prevent yourself, family and friends from being scammed, visit:

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19 days ago

Ride On Lawn Mower Work

Patrick from Express Lawn Mowing Upper Hutt

We have some exciting news. We have just purchased a ride-on lawnmower.

So, if anyone with a large commercial or private section or lifestyle block is wanting a competitive free no-obligation quote, call Patrick ASAP on 0800 52 5000. Any hard challenges, bring it on.

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19 days ago

Sport Blast from the Past: Mary Fisher

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Mary Fisher is one of our most successful international swimmers.
A world class athlete, she is an advocate for the blind and has never let her disability stop her.
Living in Upper Hutt, she took up competitive swimming at nine, first representing New Zealand in Australia in 2007.
At the 2009 World… View more
Mary Fisher is one of our most successful international swimmers.
A world class athlete, she is an advocate for the blind and has never let her disability stop her.
Living in Upper Hutt, she took up competitive swimming at nine, first representing New Zealand in Australia in 2007.
At the 2009 World Short Course Championships she featured prominently before setting a world record in the women’s 200m individual medley S11 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Mary always took her sport seriously, training daily with a determination to see how fast she could go.
At the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, she won five gold medals.
At the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Mary secured a further five medals including three gold, and at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games she again broke a world record in winning gold.
Mary retired from Para swimming in November 2018.
Mary, 26, is well-known for her work as an advocate around disability and environmental issues and for her support developing Para swimmers and mentoring youth with vision impairment and their families.
In 2019, she was appointed to the board of Paralympics New Zealand.

25 days ago

First home buyer burned by sunset clause finally secures dream house in Lower Hutt

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Remember Bailey Ross, the first time buyer who missed out on the property she'd been saving since she was 16 to own because of a sunset clause? Well, great news! She's secured a home in Lower Hutt.
I caught up with Bailey for an episode of First Rung, our podcast for first time buyers. … View more
Remember Bailey Ross, the first time buyer who missed out on the property she'd been saving since she was 16 to own because of a sunset clause? Well, great news! She's secured a home in Lower Hutt.
I caught up with Bailey for an episode of First Rung, our podcast for first time buyers. She ended up giving me a bit of a masterclass in tenacity and not giving up on your home owning dreams.
Find out how Bailey found her first home, and what it means to her after such a big let down.

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