45 days ago

SPCA Pet of the Day: Meet Marge

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Meet Marge, who was once a stray.

"I am a very talkative girl who is always up for a chat with my special human. I have a lot to say, especially when you pat me! I'm also very affectionate, with a particular affinity for head butts, pats, and being picked up. Being slow and steady in your interactions with me is really important, as I can get nervous and unsettled when approached too quickly or intensely.
I'm not your typical lap cat during the day, but at night I want nothing more than to be by your side, whether that's sleeping on you or near you. I love bean bags, and temptation treats (in moderation of course!). I'm not always down to play, but when I'm in the mood, I love ping pong balls and stringy toys!
I'm looking for a quiet home with indoor/outdoor access, and that gives me space and independence when I need it. I would prefer a home without other animals or children as my mood can sometimes change quickly if I feel threatened or am unsure of my surroundings."

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3 hours ago

Your local Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Life Flight

Kia ora! Harry here, head pilot on your local Westpac Rescue Helicopter. I want to take a moment and thank you for your support as we mark 40(!) years of saving lives with Westpac this December.

Like our Facebook page where we’ll be sharing stories of people that have been flown over the years. These rescues, and hundreds of others, are only made possible thanks to the generosity of people like you. These are parents, siblings, colleagues, neighbors that have returned safely home thanks to the
support of the community.

Show your support by donating today.
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1 day ago

Put away the lawnmower

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Have you thought of abandoning your lawn. Th Wellington City Council is encouraging people to think about the benefits of meadows.
The council team at Botanic Garden ki Paekākā are putting down their mowers and growing a meadow on Glenmore Lawn (pictured).
Not mowing means less maintenance but also has benefits for the environment. Not mowing saves on petrol and also promotes bio diversity. Bees, insects and caterpillars all love long grass.
What do you think about growing meadows and not cutting lawns?

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25 days ago

Land Grab !! Significant Natural Areas - WCC Draft Plan

Lim from Northland

Dear Neighbours,

We have just received a letter from WCC saying that a significant part of our land is going to be designated as Significant Natural Areas (SNA).

To put it as not so fine a point, SNA is more akin to a blatant land grab whereby your private land is being treated almost like Council reserve land. Anything more than minor maintenance of your land eg. trimming *will* require a resource consent. Essentially SNA strips away many of your rights as property and land owners.

We are all in for natural conversation but this is a a very heavy handed approach more like what happens to other overseas authoritarian regimes where land grab is a given. What annoys us the most is when there were property development in the neighbourhood and the developers were cutting down *ALL* the trees on road reserve, we wrote to WCC and they decided to turn a blind eye. And now WCC is talking about SNA. What an unprincipled and a hypocritcal proposal.

You can read more about SNA on WCC site here:
planningforgrowth.wellington.govt.nz...

and the map of Significant Natural Areas in Wellington:
wcc.maps.arcgis.com...


A commentary by Barbara Mckenzie on Scoop, she had started a petition for WCC to abandon its SNA policy:

www.scoop.co.nz...

www.change.org...

Submission to WCC can be made here ( due 14 December 2021):

EMAIL: planningforgrowth.wellington.govt.nz...

ONLINE: planningforgrowth.wellington.govt.nz...