Karori, Wellington

1 day ago

Do you support the teachers' strike?

Georgia Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Do you think primary teachers and principals should be striking? Thousands of teachers have taken industrial action on Wednesday, with dozens of rallies planned around the country. They aim to gain attention for better pay, conditions and incentives to attract new teachers. …View more
Hi neighbours,

Do you think primary teachers and principals should be striking? Thousands of teachers have taken industrial action on Wednesday, with dozens of rallies planned around the country. They aim to gain attention for better pay, conditions and incentives to attract new teachers. Although about 30,000 people in the profession are involved in the strike, not everyone agrees with it.

So, what are your thoughts on the strike? Do you think teachers deserve better pay? Or should they have stayed around the negotiating table for longer? Are you a teacher or parent with views on the topic? Let us know in the replies!

(Please add "NFP/not for print" if you do not want your images/comments used on Stuff)

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22 days ago

Feedback on the new bus network

Lim from Northland

=> Please share this post with the wider Wellington neighbourhood as the Neighbourly posting option seems to have restricted to immediate neighbourhood .

Hi All,

For people who use the public transport and found the new bus network not working for them, I urge you to write to Metlink to …View more
=> Please share this post with the wider Wellington neighbourhood as the Neighbourly posting option seems to have restricted to immediate neighbourhood .

Hi All,

For people who use the public transport and found the new bus network not working for them, I urge you to write to Metlink to express your view.
www.metlink.org.nz...

Someone was right, having a moan on social media is not going to make a difference. Having enough people writing to GWRC/Metlink may make a difference. Following is the letter I sent to Metlink/GWRC:

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Dear Metlink,

I would like to provide some feedback on the new Wellington bus network. There have been multiple serious issues for commuters since the go live of the new networks nearly 2 weeks ago. Issues can be summarised into the following main categories:

• Excessive delays in getting to the destination
• Severe overcrowding during peak time
• Multiple transfers required to get to the destination adding to the delay
• Missing buses
• Some routes are now missing in the new network
• A lot of the transfer hubs are no more than ordinary bus stops which do not provide shelters against the rain/wind for transferring commuters.

Whilst Metlink would like to argue that these are teething issues when introducing a large and complex new network. In my humble opinion: Yes, there are teething issues which can be fixed (eg. Bus shelters) but the root cause of the problem is a flawed network design which is not fit for purpose for Wellington.

The old network is principally a point to point network whereas the new network is a hub and spoke model by and large. The new design has high frequency services leading to the hub and then transfer from the hub to the lower frequency artillery routes.

The theory of hub and spoke model is to reduce overall complexity of the network and optimise traffic flow through the entire network. A critical assumption of a hub and spoke design is that traffic must be allowed to flow unhindered from the spoke to the hub. Unfortunately, this assumption does not hold true given Wellington’s geography and topography. Wellington has mostly single lane, narrow roads and the traffic flow is unpredictable at the best of time. A delay on the route leading to the hub will cause a domino effect throughout the entire network. This is what commuters are experiencing with excessive delays and more delays caused by missed connections.

I know GWRC has done computer modelling and simulation study on the new network, but I do not believe the computer model /simulation study had taken (enough) in to account the unpredictable nature of the Wellington single lane roads.

With the new design, having high frequency buses going to the hub does not actually improve the overall service. Often the high frequency buses do not show up and when they do show up, they are literally following one another. Personally, I have witnessed the No 22 High Frequency buses exhibit this behaviour over the last 7 days. They are either not on time or they follow closely one another at arrival at a stop. Another observation is that the time to load and unload a double decker is holding up all the other buses and cause a domino delay effect on the network

Notwithstanding the above, a design which requires multiple transfers to get to a destination in a compact city like Wellington is pure madness. Real world examples of where hub and spoke model have worked well have multi lane roads and/or dedicated bus lanes to ensure that traffic can get smoothly to the hub for a transfer to the spoke. Wellington does not have the luxury of multi lane roads or dedicated bus lanes.

The old point to point network is not perfect by any measure but it was largely working prior to it being de-commissioned. I would argue that the old point to point network is more suited to Wellington’s topography and being a compact city in nature. All that is needed is a further refinement to the old network by introducing hub and spoke design where it makes sense rather than a wholesale change.

I would like to urge Metlink/GWRC to do the following for the sake of not creating further problems for the suffering commuters:

1. Rollback and re-instate the old network as soon as practicable
2. Initiate a study on how the old network can be refined further
3. Settle the pay and working conditions dispute with the bus drivers promptly and in good faith.


I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

4 hours ago

Let's talk about shaping the town centre

Social Media Specialist from Wellington City Council

Come along to a community meeting to look at options for improving Karori town centre. This event is following on from the Karori Project and will be an excellent opportunity provide further feedback in preparation for workshops to explore future urban design improvements.
Light refreshments will…View more
Come along to a community meeting to look at options for improving Karori town centre. This event is following on from the Karori Project and will be an excellent opportunity provide further feedback in preparation for workshops to explore future urban design improvements.
Light refreshments will be provided
Thursday 23 August 2018
Karori Community Centre
7pm-9pm

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9 hours ago

Don’t put up with high electricity bills this winter!

energyclubnz

We know you have other things to worry about these winter months, and a high electricity bill shouldn’t be one of them. To help you save this winter, we have put together a list of the top five power hungry home appliances which might be the reason for your high power bill this month.

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We know you have other things to worry about these winter months, and a high electricity bill shouldn’t be one of them. To help you save this winter, we have put together a list of the top five power hungry home appliances which might be the reason for your high power bill this month.

Click here to check out the list!

To see even more savings on your power, switch to energyclubnz today and you’ll receive a $50 account credit PLUS a free 6 month NZ House and Garden magazine subscription.
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1 day ago

1918 Influenza Project Karori Cemetery

Barbara from Karori

We need help to design our promotional material (trifold brochures, posters, etc.) and the content of 4 interpretation panels to be installed in Karori Cemetery. Do you have design skills, or know someone who does, who can spare just a few hours during the next couple of months to assist this …View moreWe need help to design our promotional material (trifold brochures, posters, etc.) and the content of 4 interpretation panels to be installed in Karori Cemetery. Do you have design skills, or know someone who does, who can spare just a few hours during the next couple of months to assist this project? We might be able to pay a few $$$$s, but not a market rate. A recent graduate looking for opportunities to add to their portfolio could help us. The project relies entirely on voluntary effort.

Project information on www.1918influenzakarori.weebly.com...

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21 hours ago

Help us save lives!!

Sian from Northland

A group of us from Massey are doing a project to try encourage more people to donate blood. If you have a second could you please fill out this survey for us? It won't take long!

www.surveymonkey.com...

1 day ago

Free info sessions in Wellington!

Scenic Tours

Join Scenic at our free Information Sessions in Wellington on Thursday 23 August, to discover more about luxury river cruising & touring. Whether you cruise the waterways of Europe in 5-star luxury or experience the majestic wonders of Canada & Alaska, we can help you …View moreJoin Scenic at our free Information Sessions in Wellington on Thursday 23 August, to discover more about luxury river cruising & touring. Whether you cruise the waterways of Europe in 5-star luxury or experience the majestic wonders of Canada & Alaska, we can help you plan your next dream holiday.

Exclusive offers available only on the day. Strictly limited spaces – secure your seat now.
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1 day ago

Science at Marsden - Open Morning

Inge Doig from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

Year 4 grew crystals over the holidays. They went to the science labs to take a closer look at their creations and have described what they saw poetically. Next week they will be learning how to write up observations like a scientist. Come and see what else we do at Marsden during this …View moreYear 4 grew crystals over the holidays. They went to the science labs to take a closer look at their creations and have described what they saw poetically. Next week they will be learning how to write up observations like a scientist. Come and see what else we do at Marsden during this Friday's Open Morning, 17 August, any time between 8.45am and 12pm.

marsden.school.nz/about/enrolments/experience-marsden/

1 day ago

Te Kāuru Upper Ruamāhanga Floodplain Management Plan

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington Regional Council

The Upper Ruamāhanga has a history of flooding, which can be dangerous, and damaging to private property. The Te Kāuru draft floodplain management plan aims to keep people on the floodplain safe.
We welcome your thoughts and suggestions

tekauru.co.nz

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1 day ago

Thank you for a great Volunteering meetup group

Aileen Davidson from Volunteer Wellington

Thank you to Natalie from Conservation Volunteers and Giuliano from the Great War Exhibition for your great presentations about the work you do and the volunteer roles you have. Both speakers offered volunteers the chance to see parts of Wellington not many people get to see! Our next volunteering …View moreThank you to Natalie from Conservation Volunteers and Giuliano from the Great War Exhibition for your great presentations about the work you do and the volunteer roles you have. Both speakers offered volunteers the chance to see parts of Wellington not many people get to see! Our next volunteering meetup group is on 11th September, so keep looking here for updates. Big thanks to the Southern Cross for the room and supportive staff !If you'd like to talk to someone about volunteering, call Volunteer Wellington on 04 499 4570

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2 days ago

Calling Kiwi kids who dig gardening!

T&G

Have you got your entry in for the Young Gardener of the Year Awards yet? It’s time for budding young gardeners across the country to share their passion for growing fresh, nutritious food!

Judged by Chef Al Brown and Gardener Dan Mackay, there are four categories that primary schools around …View more
Have you got your entry in for the Young Gardener of the Year Awards yet? It’s time for budding young gardeners across the country to share their passion for growing fresh, nutritious food!

Judged by Chef Al Brown and Gardener Dan Mackay, there are four categories that primary schools around the country can enter.

The T&G Passion for Growing Award is open to ALL primary schools nationwide that have a veggie garden to recognise gardening achievements.

Prizes for the winning school include a free online membership to the Garden to Table programme, a garden design by Dan Mackay, GARDENA accessories and a tree from T&G.

So encourage your local primary school to get stuck in, it’s super quick and easy to enter.

Supported by T&G and Garden to Table.
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