Waikanae Beach, Waikanae

5 hours ago

Pioneering retirement for a trailblazing generation

Ryman Healthcare Limited

There is a new generation of New Zealander, seeking a new way to live in retirement. They are living their lives with passion and purpose, striving to push further, to create better, to go beyond the ordinary.

A new generation of Kiwis are not retiring from life; they’re finding a new way to … View more
There is a new generation of New Zealander, seeking a new way to live in retirement. They are living their lives with passion and purpose, striving to push further, to create better, to go beyond the ordinary.

A new generation of Kiwis are not retiring from life; they’re finding a new way to live. One with flexibility, certainty, and the ability to dial care up and down as you need it.
Learn more

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6 hours ago

What's On: Steady as You Go Exercise

Lorna from Petone

Join Age Concern Wellington every Tuesday for this exercise class. Improve your strength, balance, and flexibility. Falls aren't a natural part of ageing. Call 04 499 6648 for more information.
Steady as You Go Exercise
  • St Barnabas Church
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7 hours ago

What's On: Steady as You Go Exercise

Lorna from Petone

Join Age Concern Wellington for this exercise class Wednesdays to improve your strength, balance and flexibility. Help prevent falls and make new friends. Call 04 499 6648 for more information.
Steady as You Go Exercise
  • All Saints Church
2 days ago

Poll: Do you support a by-law banning junk mail?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Wellington City is proposing a by-law banning unaddressed or advertising mail being put in letter boxes marked "no circulars" or '"no junk mail".
The by-law is part of a waste management plan to reduce the amount of material going in to landfills.

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Do you support a by-law banning junk mail?
  • 74.5% Yes
    74.5% Complete
  • 25.5% No
    25.5% Complete
697 votes
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9 hours ago

Dungeons and Dragons

Darcy from Otaki District

Hi just seeing if anyone is interested in starting up a D and D gaming group?Hoping there are some people around who play ...was thinking of Paraparaumu area ,maybe a community center.

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9 hours ago

Charity Screening: The Girl on the Bridge

Ruth from Waikanae

Shoreline Cinema will be hosting a charity screening of 'The Girl on the Bridget' on Wednesday 30 September.

It's a NZ-documentary that is very relevant, unfortunately, to today's society: "The story of a young woman with the weight of a generation on her shoulders. … View more
Shoreline Cinema will be hosting a charity screening of 'The Girl on the Bridget' on Wednesday 30 September.

It's a NZ-documentary that is very relevant, unfortunately, to today's society: "The story of a young woman with the weight of a generation on her shoulders. Having survived her own suicidal struggles Jazz Thornton is a mental health activist, fighting to change how society and the system are dealing with young people like her. Ultimately this is a film about hope. It’s a film about redemption. It’s a challenge to all of us to try to understand".


This will be a confronting watch but, I personally believe, a starting point for discussion.

Monies will be donated to The Key to Life Charitable Trust (the amazing peeps who are responsible for I Am Hope and Gumboot Up).

I am so grateful to Paula's Home & Living and Parabeam for sponsoring this event by covering the cinema hireage. Their generous contributions will ensure that there are more funds going to help those most in need. Other local businesses have also been amazingly forthcoming with offers of refreshments and raffle prizes on the night (eg Fusion Food Haus, Adorn Jewellers, The Remedy).

Tickets are limited. $20 pp. Let me know if you would like a ticket, or if you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause.

Thank you,


Ruth

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20 days ago

WANTED TO BUY, RANCHSLIDER

John from Otaki District

WANTED TO BUY, RANCHSLIDER.
Single or double glazed, anything considered.
Thanks John

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7 days ago

It is time to count Kererū

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

It’s time for the Great Kererū Count 2020. Kererū Discovery is calling on all Kiwis to get out and count kererū.

Kererū only live in Aotearoa New Zealand. Whether you love their classic white singlets, their whooping wingbeats, or their awesome air shows, kererū are as Kiwi as kiwi.

This … View more
It’s time for the Great Kererū Count 2020. Kererū Discovery is calling on all Kiwis to get out and count kererū.

Kererū only live in Aotearoa New Zealand. Whether you love their classic white singlets, their whooping wingbeats, or their awesome air shows, kererū are as Kiwi as kiwi.

This year the annual Great Kererū Count 2020 runs from 18-27 September.

As well as being real characters of the bush, kererū are also known as the gardeners of the sky –spreading precious seeds of forest giants such as tawa, miro and hinau. Tony Stoddard of Kererū Discovery, who coordinates the count, says kererū can pop anywhere

“At this time of the year kererū will be flocking to trees like willow and tree lucerne. These trees are kererū-magnets as the birds come out of their winter-feeding grounds and prepare for the breeding season by feeding on the nitrogen-rich leaves.”

“In urban areas, kōwhai are another important food source for kererū, and you will often see or hear angry tui defending their trees from hungry kererū.”

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17 hours ago

Gardening and window cleaning

Helen from Raumati Beach

I never thought I would be the one asking for gardening help and window cleaning but here I am, seeking help with maintaining my garden and windows as my condition has deteriorated and I really want to spend time doing the things I love instead of the jobs I find difficult. I love my indoor plants… View moreI never thought I would be the one asking for gardening help and window cleaning but here I am, seeking help with maintaining my garden and windows as my condition has deteriorated and I really want to spend time doing the things I love instead of the jobs I find difficult. I love my indoor plants and succulents but our section is rather big and it does need maintaining. I am after quotes at this stage. Many many thanks.

15 hours ago

Frigidaire Frost Free Upright Freezer 160L

Margaret from Waikanae

Frigidaire Frost Free Upright Freezer
External temperature control

The External Temperature Control Panel allows adjustments to be made easily without losing cool air. The Transparent Drawers keep the freezer cooler by minimising loss of cool air.

Frost free freezer

Say goodbye to manually … View more
Frigidaire Frost Free Upright Freezer
External temperature control

The External Temperature Control Panel allows adjustments to be made easily without losing cool air. The Transparent Drawers keep the freezer cooler by minimising loss of cool air.

Frost free freezer

Say goodbye to manually defrosting your freezer. The Mitsubishi Electric Frost Free Freezer automatically prevents ice build-up.

Transparent drawers

Allow for quick and easy selection of items, minimising the amount of time spent with the door open, reducing the loss of cold air, saving energy.

Slim line upright design

Retailing at Harvey Norman on special for $888.00

The modern slim line design features a door that swings open to 90 degrees, allowing for the easy removal of drawers for cleaning. The upright design takes up less space than a traditional chest freezer.

Rapid freeze mode

To freeze items quickly, simply press the “Rapid Freeze” button to activate the special fast-freeze cycle, locking in freshness.

Price: $450

16 hours ago

Do We Need An Airport

Marie from Waikanae

Do We Need An Airport?
Isn’t it funny how the term sustainable has changed? At its inception, I always thought it referred to something that could continue without damaging the planet. Now its any business concern that will make a buck. And so it is with the airport.
A Boeing 747 consumes … View more
Do We Need An Airport?
Isn’t it funny how the term sustainable has changed? At its inception, I always thought it referred to something that could continue without damaging the planet. Now its any business concern that will make a buck. And so it is with the airport.
A Boeing 747 consumes four litres of aviation gas per second. That is a fuel consumption of 12 litres per km, and on a one-hour flight, an estimated 15,000 litres. It is the biggest single use emitter of greenhouse gas. When the world went into lockdown in April, the sky turned a deeper shade of blue. It gave us all hope that if we stop destroying the planet, it will recover. By its very nature then, the Airline industry is not sustainable.
Airports are also famous for their noise pollution. A jet engine on take-off, emits approximately 140 Decibels of noise. This is more than enough to raise blood pressure and cause cardiovascular damage. I think we have all gained in health literacy in recent months and understand the benefits of peace and quiet and the ability to wind down and relax. 140 decibels of noise on a regular basis is not conducive to good health and well-being.
Economically, does it make sense? Not really. It employs a handful of people in Kapiti. In terms of investment it doesn’t add much to the local economy. On a cost benefit basis it probably doesn’t look too flash. Since the outbreak of Covid 19, Airline companies have reduced operations in the region of 70 percent. Air New Zealand expects to record a loss of $120 million for 2019/2020 and in this uncertain climate, it does not appear that Covid is going away anytime soon. With a third wave set to engulf Europe and the US showing no sign of peaking, predictions are for at least another three years of it. That’s a long time to mothball an industry. Few people are brave enough to fly in this climate.
Does the airport have other intrinsic qualities that make it desirable? I can’t think of any. My one and only flight to Auckland from Kapiti Airport was nerve wracking and uncomfortable. On my arrival at the airport I hoped to get a coffee but everything was closed. On boarding, I felt like I had been seated in a pressurised Bristol Freighter as the plane lumbered out of the airport and flew at low altitude to Auckland. It felt immeasurably slow. While it was nice to see all the landscape, it was not a comfortable feeling to be that low to the ground. The turbulence was distinctly unnerving and the plane shuddered alarmingly when this occurred. On my next trip I travelled to Wellington and boarded a nice big comfortable jet plane that whisked me away while I enjoyed a hot coffee on board. A much more pleasant trip.
With all this in mind, I’m puzzled then as to why the council and other business interests are so keen to retain the airport. There has been a lot of circular skulduggery going on it seems, in recent months, as various business interests jockey for position. Alarm bells went off for me when the Kapiti Coast Council CEO announced we should buy the airport. No meaningful community consultation has occurred on this but the council seems happy to spend ratepayers money on something of dubious merit and with no mandate. Noone has seen how the numbers stack up in order to make an informed decision whether they would support it. I haven’t seen the figures either, but having spent four years as a Treasury Analyst and another four as a Wall St Analyst in my misspent youth, I suspect they don’t stack up too well. Perhaps that’s why we haven’t seen any numbers. It would be very informative to see the current and projected rates of return for this enterprise.
I don’t think we need an airport. The Airport should be closed, the assets sold and the land returned to its rightful owners. The government has a moral obligation to return this land to its original owners and should never have appropriated the land in the first place. If government cannot return the land, the rightful owners should be compensated.
Rather than throwing good money after bad on a sunset industry, I would prefer to see council invest ratepayer’s money into ventures that are actually sustainable. That is, they are capable of continuing without damage to the planet. I personally would like to see the land adjacent to the airport, further developed with green industry such as solar technology or light industry such as health technology which would provide employment and career opportunities for Kapiti residents. With work from home arrangements now taking on a new ethos, there will be many business interests keen to establish operations outside of major cities. We all know Kapiti is a fabulous place to live, with great people and a supportive community. Why not capitalise on this with developments that will enable us to prosper. I will be deeply disappointed if Council buys this white elephant of an airport and saddles us with the debt.
What do others think? It doesn’t look like anyone is going to be given the opportunity to submit on community consultation regarding the airport, so let’s use Neighbourly as a forum.

17 hours ago

Spa Pool

Helen from Raumati Beach

Sometimes, but not often, people decide they no longer want their spa pool. Spa pools are the best therapy for my condition, and new ones are so so so expensive, so if there is someone out there who is considering parting with theirs, I would love to hear from you. Many thanks.

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19 hours ago

2 x glass serving dishes 70s

Jan from Paraparaumu Beach

Large heavy glass dishes inspection welcome.

Price: $10

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19 hours ago

Glass lemon squeezer

Jan from Paraparaumu Beach

They made them to last

Price: $4

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19 hours ago

Fight to win by chris ryan .. as new

Jan from Paraparaumu Beach

Great xmas gift. Hardback.

Price: $4

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