This year our Daffodil Day street collection is on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 of August. We're still on the lookout for people to help with our street collection all over the Wellington region 🌼
If you have a couple of hours to spare and would like to be involved in this fun, sociable day in your community, click here 👉bit.ly...
Hi neighbours, soft plastic recycling bins are coming back.
The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme, which was suspended in 2018, has returned to Auckland and Hamilton and, as of October, will be back in Wellington too.
It can get confusing trying to keep track of what to recycle, what not to recycle, and what's just rubbish.
To read more, click here.
Here's what you can and can't put in soft plastic recycling bins.
Snapper Metlink: On Our Way Justin Lester @
WARNING big rant something is wrong with Wellington public transport system and its not just the metlink service or non service this time its the hidden costs incurred to "Snapper Cardholders" just how sad has it become to catch a bus in this city:
This is not ok 'Snapper' how many other snapper users are being ripped off by being forced into making unnecessary purchases ? - know your rights people! The sorry state of our public transport system here in Wellington is getting worse by the day ! Lets get Wellington Moving - yeah right!
Ok so my daughter went to our local dairy yesterday morning and tried to top up her snapper card - she was told by the owner that she needed to make a minimum purchase of $2 on another product before the store could complete the transaction. She refused as she didn't have any further cash on her only the $20 to top up and she didn't want to buy anything as it was unnecessary. After spending sometime trying to tell the owner that he couldn't make her purchase something just so she could top up her Snapper to get to school she missed her school bus. She walked a block to the next dairy only to find the same response from the owner and the following sign stuck to the counter.
She tried to tell the owner that it was against snappers policy and their contract with Snapper as a service provider to force her to make other purchases while trying to top up her Snapper card. She is a 16 year old head strong girl and stuck to her values and knew her rights. The second dairy owner eventually gave into her and her desperation to get to school and finally agreed to process the transaction but warned her he wouldn't be doing it another unless she made a purchase on top of the top up. How many young children are being taken advantage of and made to make unnecessary purchases just to get to school using public transport?
Today I went to both dairies and tried to understand what their side is and I have come away with mixed views. Both owners made it clear that they didn't feel their fee from snapper was enough for the service they provided.
We live in a city full of bureaucrats yet we struggle with bureaucracy, Lucky for us our younger generations are picking us up on it and making us accountable. My daughter said how wired is it that this city is so fixated on the Lets Get Wellington Moving campaign yet at every chance they make it harder for public transport users.
She said they really don't care about the environment nor do they want us to care either, they don't care about accessibility in this city and they really don't care about affordable public transport options, nor do they care about the state of our financial affairs and our health issues because if they did they wouldn't force us to make unnecessary purchases and the most affordable $2 purchase which lines any diaries front counter is lollies so they want me to get fat too?
In a few months time she gains her restricted driver licence and she said I bet when I fuel up at the service station I won't be asked to make a minimum purchase just to fuel up my car (although she is also aware that fuel prices are currently overpriced in this country) I will have the freedom to make my own choices, and not feel forced into buying something just so I can get to school on time.
So I asked Snapper, Metlink, Activata, local councillors and regional councillors what is the true costs of using public transport in this city? They all said they would look into this incident even though the problem has been alive and well since the start of snapper. Stuff reported this happening in October 2017 in Newtown two years ago and here we are still facing the same issues. Its interesting how people in position quick to put blame on the varying council contractors & sub contractors, instead of accepting responsibility and calling out the faults in the systems that they have created during their time as councillors. Obviously the current public transport position is not the right outcome and requires some serious thought on putting it right for its users and future users.
I realise that its not entirely the dairy owners fault, they are trying to make a living here too, however they know the rules they signed up to supplying the product in the hope that customers would come into their stores and spend money on other purchases (which as a family we do support local businesses) - they only get a very small cut of the 25c fee that snapper charges users for top ups that goes mainly to a third party company called 'Activata' who managers the snapper retailers - so after they clip the ticket the rest goes to the owners which is very minimal and clearly not sustainable making dairy owners take measures not necessarily ethically right.
The system is broken - its not working! We are forcing our public transport users into making unnecessary purchases and being ripped off, hiding the real costs of public transport through service providers own actions.
It clearly states in the Snapper policy:
"Cardholders are not required to purchase another product to access topping up a Snapper Card"
Yet this is clearly not the case - so in the lead up to elections ask your Regional Council candidates what are the real costs to their affordable public transport promises! And how are they committed to getting Wellington Moving because actually making it happen may mean an overhaul of suppliers with smaller profit margins for those at the top, and sharing more of a cut with those at the bottom.