Khandallah, Wellington

11 days ago

See how our Houseplant Hero runnerup Hollie Procter fits all her plants into her tiny home!

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

“So I would say it’s possible I might have the most plants per square metre,” she quips.

12 days ago

Your thoughts on making Matariki a public holiday

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Labour will make Matariki New Zealand's 12th public holiday from 2022 if re-elected, Jacinda Ardern has announced.

The new winter public holiday would fall at some point during the Matariki period, with an expectation that it would always happen on either a Monday or a Friday.… View more
Hi neighbours,

Labour will make Matariki New Zealand's 12th public holiday from 2022 if re-elected, Jacinda Ardern has announced.

The new winter public holiday would fall at some point during the Matariki period, with an expectation that it would always happen on either a Monday or a Friday.

The policy announcement follows a series of public campaigns for Matariki, which acts as the Māori New Year, to be recognised.

We want to hear your thoughts about Matariki becoming a public holiday. Do you support the idea, or are you against it? Perhaps you have a counter proposal.

Share your thoughts here.

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11 days ago

The original big bathroom sale

Zip Plumbing Hutt Valley

- Bathroom Packages from $1599.
- Up to 70% OFF on End of line and clearance products

Next weekend, 18th September 2020 to 20th September 2020. Only in Hutt Valley.

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13 days ago

Landmark boat set to sail again

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A Wellington landmark set to sail again. The Sealion has been berthed near the northern end of Queens Wharf in the central city for almost two decades.

Soon, it will set sail for different waters, after a change in ownership saw long-time resident Ian McIntosh move off the boat, after about 16 … View more
A Wellington landmark set to sail again. The Sealion has been berthed near the northern end of Queens Wharf in the central city for almost two decades.

Soon, it will set sail for different waters, after a change in ownership saw long-time resident Ian McIntosh move off the boat, after about 16 years living there with his wife and three children.

Purchased for $5 and renamed Ground Zero, the boat is now in the hands of the boat is in the hands of American visionary Peter Myers.

Myers, currently drifting between waters at the top of the South Island and bottom of the North, has grand plans to do up the boat and shift it to Nelson, to establish a community of people who will live off and around it in a self-sustained bubble.

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13 days ago

Poll: Would you buy an apartment in Wellington City?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

The Wellington City Council estimates that over the next 30 years, the capital will need up to 80,000 new homes. With little land available for development, apartments are likely to be the future for growth in the city.

For Wellington’s inner city, a six-storey minimum building height will … View more
The Wellington City Council estimates that over the next 30 years, the capital will need up to 80,000 new homes. With little land available for development, apartments are likely to be the future for growth in the city.

For Wellington’s inner city, a six-storey minimum building height will likely be introduced with developments up to 10 storeys in Te Aro and on some central city boundaries. In the inner-city suburbs, up to 5400 extra homes will be created.

But inner-city apartment owner Carol Brown​ says people should think very carefully before buying an apartment in Wellington. She is warning that although new apartments will be built to code, the code can change over time.

That is what happened to her and she warned the financial implications can be huge.

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Would you buy an apartment in Wellington City?
  • 17.8% Yes
    17.8% Complete
  • 82.2% No
    82.2% Complete
494 votes
20 days ago

Septembers suite of events at the National Library

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Kia ora everyone
Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the National Library website for updated information about individual events before you come.

‘A real war job at last?’ Māori women and the armed forces during the Second World… View more
Kia ora everyone
Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the National Library website for updated information about individual events before you come.

‘A real war job at last?’ Māori women and the armed forces during the Second World War
Date: Wednesday 2 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
Part of the Public History Talk — 2020 series
Of the many books published about New Zealand’s military history there are none specifically dedicated to the story of Māori women who served in the armed forces during the Second World War. This presentation looks at the recruitment of Māori women into the auxiliary services, why they joined, and how their wartime service impacted on their post-war lives.

Wellington’s first Pākehā arrivals: 1803-1839
Date: Wednesday 2 September 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free event. RSVP essential.
Location: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
Contact details: turnbullfriends@gmail.com
Part of the Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2020 series
Just who were the early European visitors and residents who made the region around Whanganui-a-Tara their home well before the arrival of the ‘official’ permanent settlers of Wellington in 1840? Rhys Richards will tell us about some of these early arrivals.

Tupu’anga (mo e Teu Tangata)
Date: Wednesday 9 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event.
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
Part of the Pasifika Spectacular series
Come and hear a talanoa of family stories from three generations of Sarah Finau’s family. This talk is an exploration of the call to live in Aotearoa, and the ever-constant magnetic pull home — ki Tonga.

Knowledge is a blessing on your mind: Wānanga and the Scientific Project
Date: Monday 14 September 2020, 6pm to 7pm
Cost: Free. Booking essential.
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
Contact details: turnbullfriends@gmail.com
Part of the Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2020 series
Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland, will deliver the 2020 Friends of the Turnbull Library Founder Lecture.

Working from home: resources you can access online
Date: Tuesday 15 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event.
Location: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
Whether you are experienced or new to family history, there is material available online through the National Library that you can access. Joan McCracken from the Alexander Turnbull Library will explore some of the well-known resources (PapersPast, Digital NZ) and look at some that you might be new to you.

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic
Date: Tuesday 15 September 2020, 1pm to 2pm
Registrations close: Tuesday 15 September
Cost: Free
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken St, Thorndon, Wellington
Do you want to learn more about looking after your precious family taonga? Join Vicki-Anne Heikell from the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn more about the preservation of your treasured items-from physical books and papers to digital materials.

Te reo He Tohu tour
Date: Tuesday 15 Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September 2020, 12pm to 12:30pm
Cost: Free event
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken St, Thorndon, Wellington
Tours of He Tohu in te reo Māori as part of our celebration of Te wiki o te reo Māori 2020.

He Tohu Suffrage Tours: 127 Years of Women’s Suffrage
Date: Saturday 19 September 2020, 10am to 10:30am and 12pm to 12.30pm
Cost: Free event
Location: He Matapihi Molesworth Library, Te Ahumairangi ground floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
Come and celebrate the passing of the 1893 Electoral Act when women in New Zealand gained the right to vote! We will have suffrage tours of He Tohu to remember those who helped pave the way forward for us.

The Chee Kung Tong — Treasures from the Doris Chung Collection
Date: Tuesday 22 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Cost: Free talk. RSVP required ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Location: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
Part of the Chinese Language Week 2020 series
Come and hear about treasures from the Doris Chung Collection and a mysterious international organisation. The talk will be followed by a viewing of a selection from the collection.

Ngā Manu Rōreka
Date: Thursday 24 September 2020, 1pm to 2pm
Cost: Free event
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken St, Thorndon, Wellington
Blending te reo Māori and physical theatre, this musical production follows two students' journey to reconnect with their ancestors. Written by Apirana Taylor, translated into te reo Māori by Materoa Haenga. A Taki Rua theatre production.

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12 days ago

Would you like a large Shake(speare) with those fries?

Kate Green Reporter from Dominion Post

Young New Zealanders will know there’s nowhere better for a heart-to-heart than the McDonald’s drive-through.

When Covid-19 shook up the format of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, three year-13 students from Wellington College used the opportunity to get off the stage and onto location.
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Young New Zealanders will know there’s nowhere better for a heart-to-heart than the McDonald’s drive-through.

When Covid-19 shook up the format of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, three year-13 students from Wellington College used the opportunity to get off the stage and onto location.

Year-13 Wellington College students Logan Forsyth, Joshua Kemp Whimp, and George Parker decided to film a scene from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, in a car.

The boys were old hands at the competition, having entered every year for the past five years.

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12 days ago

Fabric needed

Church Secretary from Wadestown Presbyterian Church

Wadestown Presbyterian Church is holding a fabric sale shortly and needs some fabric. If you have been decluttering or doing a general spring clean and have clean and unstained material you no longer need then please get in touch as we will take it off your hands. Contact the office on 499 7224 or … View moreWadestown Presbyterian Church is holding a fabric sale shortly and needs some fabric. If you have been decluttering or doing a general spring clean and have clean and unstained material you no longer need then please get in touch as we will take it off your hands. Contact the office on 499 7224 or office@wadestownpresybterian.org.nz.

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12 days ago

Whaitua te Whanganui a Tara Committee Have Your Say

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington Regional Council

One week left to tell Whaitua Committee what to do about poos in streams!

Whaitua te Whanganui a Tara Committee is tackling the tough (and smelly!) issues when it comes to water quality and they need your input!

Wastewater getting into streams harms our enjoyment of our streams and harbour. No … View more
One week left to tell Whaitua Committee what to do about poos in streams!

Whaitua te Whanganui a Tara Committee is tackling the tough (and smelly!) issues when it comes to water quality and they need your input!

Wastewater getting into streams harms our enjoyment of our streams and harbour. No one wants poos in streams.

The committee really wants to know what you think contributes to our wastewater problem, how we can solve it and who should pay for it.

Your responses will help the Committee develop recommendations for how wastewater should be managed in the future.

Thank you to everyone who took 5 minutes to tell the committee what you think. If you haven’t yet, there’s still a week left to join the conversation: haveyoursay.gw.govt.nz...

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12 days ago

Potential Choking Hazard Found in Faulty Snorkels

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

A user of a snorkel product has reportedly found a piece of material detached inside, which may have lead to them choking.
The snorkel, manufactured by major water sports company arena, issued the recall which affects snorkels bought at various stores in the Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and … View more
A user of a snorkel product has reportedly found a piece of material detached inside, which may have lead to them choking.
The snorkel, manufactured by major water sports company arena, issued the recall which affects snorkels bought at various stores in the Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Bay of Plenty regions.

What you need to know:

- The recall affects the arena Swim Snorkel II & Swim Snorkel Pro II.

- A piece of material may become loose in the snorkel which can become a choking hazard.

- The products were sold at Swim T3 and Teamline Stores from October 2019 to April 2020.

- Fill out this survey to check whether your snorkel has been affected.

Known owners of the snorkel will be contacted by Swim T3 or Teamline.

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13 days ago

Labour proposes making Matariki a public holiday?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Wellingtonians, what do you think of Labour's plan to make Matariki a public holiday?

Labour will make Matariki New Zealand’s twelfth public holiday if re-elected.

The new winter public holiday would fall at some point during the Matariki period, with an expectation that it would always … View more
Wellingtonians, what do you think of Labour's plan to make Matariki a public holiday?

Labour will make Matariki New Zealand’s twelfth public holiday if re-elected.

The new winter public holiday would fall at some point during the Matariki period, with an expectation that it would always happen on either a Monday or a Friday.

The exact timing of Matariki shifts every year as it relates to a star cluster reappearing and has traditionally varied between Iwi.

It would be the first new public holiday since the Third Labour Government made Waitangi Day a public holiday in 1973, although then Prime Minister Norman Kirk called it “New Zealand Day”.

Please mark any comments Not For Publication if you do not want to be quoted in a story.

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13 days ago

What's On: Startup Weekend Kāpiti

Bernadette from Paraparaumu Beach

Take the leap in this 54-hour event to gain hands-on entrepreneur education. Pitch an idea, find a co-founder or join a team! Visit www.kapiti.co for tickets.
Startup Weekend Kāpiti
  • Ramaroa Building, Queen Elizabeth Park
13 days ago

Mary Potter Street Appeal

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Mary Potter Hospice's Street Appeal is only two weeks away and they need your help.

On Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September Mary Potter needs a thousand people wearing Mary Potter Hospice bibs and holding collection buckets across the streets of Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti.

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13 days ago

Central Library submissions closing soon!

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

There is still a few hours left to have your say on the future of the Central Library!
Head to the website now and make your submission before 5pm today - Monday 7 September.
letstalk.wellington.govt.nz...

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13 days ago

Shakespearean twist to McDonald's drive-through

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

When Covid-19 shook up the format of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, three year-13 students from Wellington College used the opportunity to get off the stage and onto location.

Year-13 Wellington College students Logan Forsyth, Joshua Kemp Whimp, and George Parker decided to film a scene … View more
When Covid-19 shook up the format of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, three year-13 students from Wellington College used the opportunity to get off the stage and onto location.

Year-13 Wellington College students Logan Forsyth, Joshua Kemp Whimp, and George Parker decided to film a scene from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, in a car. The boys were old hands at the competition, having entered every year for the past five years.

The competition was usually done in person, with students performing a scene on a stage. This year, due to Covid-19 bans on gatherings, all submissions were to be made in the video form. The camera had to be static, but the rules didn’t specify it was to be set on-stage. The students threw out their existing scenes, and used the opportunity to stand out by filming in a car in a McDonald's drive-through

For their efforts, the students were awarded the prize for outstanding delivery of the text, and the two actors who showed the strongest and most truthful connection between them. They were also given coveted spots in the SGCNZ 2020 National Shakespeare Schools Production, which teacher Kirsty Hazledine said was “quite an accolade”.

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