Mount Victoria, Wellington

7 hours ago

Don't forget to change your clocks

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

New Zealand springs forward this weekend as Daylight Saving time begins.
Clocks will go forward by one hour at 2am on Sunday 27 September. Daylight saving time will continue until Sunday 4 April 2020, when clocks will go back by one hour to NZ Standard Time.

Most New Zealanders should experience a… View more
New Zealand springs forward this weekend as Daylight Saving time begins.
Clocks will go forward by one hour at 2am on Sunday 27 September. Daylight saving time will continue until Sunday 4 April 2020, when clocks will go back by one hour to NZ Standard Time.

Most New Zealanders should experience a seamless transition, with modern electronic devices adjusting automatically. However, older devices may need to be adjusted manually.
Do not forget it is also a good time to check emergency plans, survival kits and smoke alarms.

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1 day ago

What should the council do with Te Aro Park?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A central Wellington park has become a magnet for “anti-social behaviour” with a new report detailing reports of drug dealing, violence, and sexual assault.

The Wellington City Council report, published, found “a consistent level of anti-social behaviour” at Te Aro Park on Wellington’s … View more
A central Wellington park has become a magnet for “anti-social behaviour” with a new report detailing reports of drug dealing, violence, and sexual assault.

The Wellington City Council report, published, found “a consistent level of anti-social behaviour” at Te Aro Park on Wellington’s Golden Mile, which was higher than other central city parks.

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6 hours ago

Sharing My Neighbourhood book - a Hataitai residents experience of COVID-19 Lockdown

Debbie from Hataitai

Hey Bert, what’s Sharing My Neighbourhood all about?

Well Ernie, it’s a book released on 25 September 2020 – exactly 6 months since New Zealand went into COVID-19 Lockdown. It’s is a photo journal of our neighbour Debbie’s personal experience leading up to and then living in … View more
Hey Bert, what’s Sharing My Neighbourhood all about?

Well Ernie, it’s a book released on 25 September 2020 – exactly 6 months since New Zealand went into COVID-19 Lockdown. It’s is a photo journal of our neighbour Debbie’s personal experience leading up to and then living in self-isolation in her bubble for 38 days under Lockdown.

Apparently she was stopped in her tracks when she first saw us on Mum’s fence on 3 April - I do remember her taking a couple of photos of us then. Then she was out walking past our house again the next day and Mum had asked us to change our positions, which we had done. Debbie was really tickled by it and then got a bit fixated upon us (wouldn’t be the first) and took our photo every few days whilst out on her walks.

That’s so cool Bert. I do remember Debbie - she visited us often, was always happy for a natter, and yes she loved taking our photo!!! She was in a bubble of just her and her cat if I remember rightly. So is Debbie’s book just photos of us Bert?

No Ernie it’s not all about us, although obviously we are the cover stars and there are lots more photos of us in her book. Her photos which are centred around Hataitai, Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay, Rongotai and Roseneath include photos of the empty streets, the chalk messages of support on the pavement, the innovative ANZAC poppies, the autumn colours and all the other ‘teddies’ placed in view for the kids to seek out as part of the New Zealand Bear Hunt – they are all captured here to preserve these memories. Oh, and not forgetting her book also includes her personal narrative, and the daily NZ COVID-19 stats.

Wow Bert that sounds amazing! So where can we buy her book?

Debbie can be private messaged for bank details, or visited at the Hataitai monthly community market, or you can buy it on her website debbiewareing.com.

Debbie is kindly donating $5 from each book sale to the redevelopment of the 100+ year old Hataitai Centre - the iconic former bowling club.

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15 hours ago

The Newtown Vintage and Craft Market

Amanda from Newtown

Come down to the Newtown School Hall on Mein st (we are located inside), 3rd of October, to check out vintage, second hand, and local artists and crafters. And get some fruit and vege while you are at it! We are attached the Newtown Fruit and Vege Market.

HEX - oils, readings, runes, Beard oil, … View more
Come down to the Newtown School Hall on Mein st (we are located inside), 3rd of October, to check out vintage, second hand, and local artists and crafters. And get some fruit and vege while you are at it! We are attached the Newtown Fruit and Vege Market.

HEX - oils, readings, runes, Beard oil, candles, jewellery
Sew Sews - masks, sewn items
Jewelia - Prints, zines, badges, and more
Manko Alina -
Doterra Oils - essential oils and blends
Isobel - vintage, prints, jewellery
Cosmo Bones - Prints, stickers, art
Gina - Vintage clothing, jewellery, flowers
Maya - 2nd hand, vintage clothing and accessories
Hiromi - embroidery, earrings and nail arts
Amanda - Vintage, toys. art clocks and more
Pictures are from the last market.

3 days ago

Why 2021 will be the year of the long weekend

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours,

Good news – 2021 is set to be the year of the long weekend.

Five out of 10 public holidays will be Mondayised (or Tuesdayised in one case) next year, which means if you work a standard Monday to Friday week, you can look forward to some extended breaks.

In fact, once … View more
Hey neighbours,

Good news – 2021 is set to be the year of the long weekend.

Five out of 10 public holidays will be Mondayised (or Tuesdayised in one case) next year, which means if you work a standard Monday to Friday week, you can look forward to some extended breaks.

In fact, once you’ve tacked on the weekends, you’ll end up getting a whopping 25 days off out of those 10 stat days, plus your region’s anniversary day.

To find out how to get the most out of your annual leave next year, click here.

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17 hours ago

Do you need Regular Gardening Maintenance or Landscaping?

Joshua from Kilbirnie Price Smart Landscaping and Gardening

It can be surprisingly easy to let our gardens get away from us. Whether you have a busy schedule or other hobbies that take priority, gardens are known to grow out of control very quickly. We work within your budget to ensure your weeds stay under control, your plants grow only where they’re … View moreIt can be surprisingly easy to let our gardens get away from us. Whether you have a busy schedule or other hobbies that take priority, gardens are known to grow out of control very quickly. We work within your budget to ensure your weeds stay under control, your plants grow only where they’re allowed to, while also covering general garden maintenance.

For a reasonable estimate, give us a call at 027 548 9818 Or visit www.pricesmart.co.nz...

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1 day ago

New Season Stock out now!

The Team from Red Cross Shop Kilbirnie

Hi Neighbours,
Spring is here! Head down to your nearest Red Cross Shop and check out our new season stock!
We can't wait to see you!

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2 days ago

Wellington Central candidate meeting tonight at 7pm

Ellen Blake from Mt Victoria Residents Association

Join us in person or on Facebook live for our exciting Wellington Central candidates meeting.
Grant Robertson, James Shaw, Nicola Willis, Abe Grey, Brooke van Velden, Rob Bruce, Liam Richfield, and Jesse Richardson share their reasons why we should vote for them.
Ask questions online - we will be … View more
Join us in person or on Facebook live for our exciting Wellington Central candidates meeting.
Grant Robertson, James Shaw, Nicola Willis, Abe Grey, Brooke van Velden, Rob Bruce, Liam Richfield, and Jesse Richardson share their reasons why we should vote for them.
Ask questions online - we will be taking rapid fire yes or no questions.

In person at St Joseph's Church Hall, on the corner of Ellice and Brougham Streets, Mt Victoria

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4 days ago

Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara mailing list

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington Regional Council

If you’re not on the Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara mailing list, check out their latest newsletter update here: bit.ly...

They recently wrapped up a survey on water quality, and now they’re looking for your input on water security and allocation.

Please email whaitua@gw.govt.nz if you’d like… View more
If you’re not on the Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara mailing list, check out their latest newsletter update here: bit.ly...

They recently wrapped up a survey on water quality, and now they’re looking for your input on water security and allocation.

Please email whaitua@gw.govt.nz if you’d like to be kept up to date on the latest news coming from the committee.

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4 days ago

What do you think of Facebook?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Porirua mayor Anita Baker has decided to no longer use Facebook.
She says the level of abuse has given her no other choice.
What is your experience of Facebook?

If you do not want your comments used in a story, please put NFP (Not for Publication).

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1 day ago

Do you get our free gardening ezine?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we say avocados are the fruit we all long to grow. It’s time to plant salad greens in containers, inspire junior gardeners, turn lawns into new garden beds and repot and feed hippeastrums.

We list 10 trees to plant to attract birds to your garden for shelter and a … View more
In this week’s issue we say avocados are the fruit we all long to grow. It’s time to plant salad greens in containers, inspire junior gardeners, turn lawns into new garden beds and repot and feed hippeastrums.

We list 10 trees to plant to attract birds to your garden for shelter and a year-round food supply. Plus go in the draw for fertiliser and soil enhancer from Fodda and there’s another chance to win Mr Fothergill’s ultimate garden pack.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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3 days ago

Way Back Wednesday

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Another easy one this week. Where is it and what are your memories?

Photograph comes courtesy of Graham Stewart and the Woolf Collection

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1 day ago

#jointheteam - Van Driver | Full-time, fixed-term (6 months)

Millie from St Vincent de Paul Society Wellington

🚚 Van Driver | Full-time, fixed-term (6 months)
You will have a full, clean New Zealand drivers’ licence and have experience in logistics and/or deliveries.
Your core role is to ensure the smooth coordination of the weekly collections, deliveries, rubbish and stock movement needs of Vinnies … View more
🚚 Van Driver | Full-time, fixed-term (6 months)
You will have a full, clean New Zealand drivers’ licence and have experience in logistics and/or deliveries.
Your core role is to ensure the smooth coordination of the weekly collections, deliveries, rubbish and stock movement needs of Vinnies Wellington Op Shops and services.

You will lead your own volunteer team to complete the work needed and provide support and guidance. Health and Safety will be at the forefront of all aspects of your day-to-day job, actively participating in the management of health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.

👉 Sound like you?
Email your Cover Letter and Resume to manager@vinnieswgtn.org.nz by Tuesday 29 September at 9am.

For the full Job Description and if you have any questions, please contact Millie, at marketing@vinnieswgtn.org.nz.

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1 day ago

Textile Testing - Seam Slippage

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Wellington

Seam Slippage is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, and Colourfastness) that we are covering to provide some background as to how we test and why.

Test results provide us with critical information about textile’s durability and suitability for certain … View more
Seam Slippage is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, and Colourfastness) that we are covering to provide some background as to how we test and why.

Test results provide us with critical information about textile’s durability and suitability for certain applications. We externally test all James Dunlop and Mokum textiles in Melbourne at a highly reputable laboratory who are amongst the most conservative and stringent in the world, due to the extremely harsh environmental conditions we face here in Australia and New Zealand.

We have gathered a number of frequently asked questions relating to seam slippage, so we asked our Mokum Studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.

Seam slippage is another equally important upholstery test, can you explain what seam slippage actually means?
Seam slippage is the separation or pulling apart of yarns in a fabric usually along a sewn seam or join. More often than not, the yarns don’t actually break they just separate and leave an unsightly gap along the fabric join.

What are the most common causes for seam slippage?
Seam slippage may be the result of a poorly constructed textile and /or the use of defective yarns in the fabric. But more commonly it is due to an inadequate standard of upholstery manufacturing i.e. a display of insufficient seam allowance, a deficient number of stitches in the seam or failure to overlock raw edges during the upholstery process – or a combination of all three factors.
Seam slippage usually occurs on joins that are subjected to heavy load and pressure such as seat cushions and arm rests. Certain furniture styles put more stress on fabric seams such as tub chairs and furniture with a fixed back or seat cushions.

Can composition play a part in seam slippage?
Yes, it can, Linen for example is loved for being a smooth lustrous fibre, but this can make it more susceptible to seam slippage with heavy load. For some linen textiles we would recommend discussing the need for reinforcing upholstery seams with your upholstery manufacturer.

The note “reinforce upholstery seams” is sometimes listed on our sampling specifications – what does it actually mean? Should we assume the fabric is inferior quality?
Firstly, no it doesn’t infer inferior quality. If we’ve specified it as being suitable for upholstery then it is fit for purpose, but we recommend additional seam support for that particular textile.
“Reinforce upholstery seams” simply means using an additional safeguard by stitching a tape along the seam to prevent fraying in high load areas, such as the corner back cushions. Overlocking should be used for loose woven fabric and seated cushion seams.

What’s the remedy for seam slippage? Can you fix it once it starts?
It is difficult to repair seam slippage once it starts. In almost all instances of seam slippage, it will require the furniture to be recovered, or re upholstered. It’s important to ascertain the cause of the seam slippage. If the seam slippage can be identified as being a result of inadequate manufacturing, you’ll need to work with the upholsterer to ensure appropriate manufacturing techniques are being used, including reinforcing seams if required. If the seam slippage is clearly related to the fabric, the furniture would need to be recovered, either from a different batch (if it’s an isolated batch issue) or selecting an alternative fabric which is more suitable for that particular frame.

Can you explain how the seam slippage test is performed?

The test measures how resistant a fabric is to yarns opening/ slipping under pressure along a seam line. Two fabric swatches are sewn together with a standardised seam. The swatches are pulled apart with an equal and opposite force. The test is performed in both warp and weft directions. Any seam opening is then measured while the fabric swatches are being pulled apart. According to the Australian standard, a seam opening should be less than 6mm at maximum force. A lower result indicates a smaller opening and thus a better resistance against seam slippage.


Written by: jamesdunloptextiles.com...

1 day ago

Linden pop-up hub

Corinne Morris from Age Concern Wellington

Join us for this free event where there will be a light lunch, a cuppa and some friendly chats at the monthly hub.

When: 6th October at 1pm - 2.30pm
Where: Linden Community Centre, 10 Linden Ave, Tawa

Call 04 499 6648 for more information.

1 day ago

Tātou Rohe Our Region September 25

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington Regional Council

Another edition of our community newsletter, Tātou Rohe, is hot off the press! Read it here: bit.ly...

Sign-up to receive this bi-weekly update direct to your inbox at gw.govt.nz/tatou-rohe

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