Northland, Wellington

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

Unravelling textile testing - Colourfastness

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Wellington

Unravelling textile testing - Colourfastness
Colourfastness is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, Seam Slippage) 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 … View more
Unravelling textile testing - Colourfastness
Colourfastness is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, Seam Slippage) 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 colourfastness so we asked our Mokum studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.

One of the most important textile tests is that of colourfastness.

Simply put, a colourfastness test measures how well a textile will resist or withstand fading. Fading typically means a change in colour which may be a change in hue, depth or brightness of colour. We perform a range of different colourfastness tests when developing a new textile, we test its resistance to fading against UV light, as well as washing / dry cleaning and also rubbing.

Can you briefly outline the colourfastness to washing/ laundering test?
Colourfastness to washing and/or dry cleaning measures a fabrics ability to withstand fading or colour loss from laundering. The test replicates specific cleaning methods then measures any colour loss against a set of five grey scales, creating a result (1 being least colourfast and 5 being most colourfast). In this instance, a result of 4-5 is the result we strive for.

One question pops up a lot, if a product is machine washable can it be spot cleaned?

We would always approach spot cleaning with water or a cleaning product with caution. Most of our washable textiles are rating as delicate or gentle washing which means a delicate setting and we would prefer a delicate washing liquid. Whereas spot clean tends to be more localised and more aggressive. If spot clean is needed always first try a dry white clean cloth, to reduce any colour loss as this often can remove a stain.

Can you briefly outline the colourfastness to rubbing test?

Colourfastness to rubbing, or commonly known as ‘crocking’ measures fabric resistance to colour loss when subjected to rubbing or friction from another fabric. This is particularly relevant for upholstery textiles – you can imagine wearing white pants and sitting on a dark coloured sofa, you’d want to be confident that when you stand up your pants haven’t changed colour.

With this test, a white cloth is used as a standard abradant, and rubbed against the test fabric in both in both dry and wet conditions, with wet being more severe. Any colour transfer onto the white cloth, and colour loss from the test fabric is analysed and measured against a set of 5 grey scales (1 being least colourfast and 5 being most colourfast). The result we receive from the lab helps us to determine the recommended usage for the upholstery fabric.

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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

Survey on Positive Ageing

Bernie from Karori

Kia ora everyone,
If you were born between 1946-1964, you may wish to complete this short survey on positive ageing. We'd appreciate your support to help understand how older persons make the most of their third age in New Zealand. Stay well. Bernie

www.surveymonkey.com...

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16 days ago

Make a desk organiser

The Team from Resene ColorShop Basin Reserve

Messy desk, messy life, so they say. Even if you disagree with the sentiment, there’s something calming about having an organised desk that lets you concentrate on being productive on the work that matters.

Keep your desktop clutter free with this clever DIY desk organiser. This one uses a … View more
Messy desk, messy life, so they say. Even if you disagree with the sentiment, there’s something calming about having an organised desk that lets you concentrate on being productive on the work that matters.

Keep your desktop clutter free with this clever DIY desk organiser. This one uses a green/blue paint palette, but get creative with the Resene colours that you love.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to create your own.

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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

Marsden choir raising funds

Inge Doig from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

Last week Marsden's auditioned choir 'Altissime' presented an evening of Broadway songs as a fundraiser for the Dame Malvina Major Foundation. Money raised from ticket sales and donations will help the Foundation keep up their outstanding work with talented young musicians as they … View moreLast week Marsden's auditioned choir 'Altissime' presented an evening of Broadway songs as a fundraiser for the Dame Malvina Major Foundation. Money raised from ticket sales and donations will help the Foundation keep up their outstanding work with talented young musicians as they start out on their musical careers. Altissime sang pieces from favourite Broadway shows, both as a choir and as small ensembles. Marsden Old Girl Lara Strong treated our audience to a wonderful rendition of "The History of Wrong Guys" from Kinky Boots. Our Cultural Coordinator Sarah Wilson shared some Broadway history and fabulous stories from various theatres to link the performances together. Choir director Maaike Christie-Beekman gave a show-stopping performance singing "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" and "Het is over". We count our blessings she is at the helm of Marsden's flagship choir, Altissime. It was a very special evening.

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

Congratulations Izzy!

Inge Doig from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

Marsden student Izzy Soane had a podium finish at the South Island Ski Championships at Mt Hutt last week, coming 3rd in the U19 Super G race on Friday. Unfortunately she had an impressive crash on the first run of the slalom race, so was out of contention, and the GS race was cancelled due to … View moreMarsden student Izzy Soane had a podium finish at the South Island Ski Championships at Mt Hutt last week, coming 3rd in the U19 Super G race on Friday. Unfortunately she had an impressive crash on the first run of the slalom race, so was out of contention, and the GS race was cancelled due to strong winds. Continuing her busy schedule Izzy races in the Alpine National Junior Championships at Coronet Peak this weekend, and the NZ Alpine Youth Champs at Cardrona at the end of the month and we wish her all the best.

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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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13 days ago

Acting's 'next big thing' discovered in Upper Hutt boxing gym?

Kate Green Reporter from Dominion Post

When Sam Kelly, the director of Kiwi-made film Savages, walked into Heretaunga Boxing Gym he wasn’t expecting to find New Zealand’s next big talent.

But if luck stays on 22-year-old James Matamua’s side, that’s exactly what Kelly found when he handed out audition forms to the young men … View more
When Sam Kelly, the director of Kiwi-made film Savages, walked into Heretaunga Boxing Gym he wasn’t expecting to find New Zealand’s next big talent.

But if luck stays on 22-year-old James Matamua’s side, that’s exactly what Kelly found when he handed out audition forms to the young men hanging around after boxing practise.

He was so confident he’d get the role after auditioning, James started signing off as ’’Next Big Thing’’ in his emails to the producer, telling them not to bother auditioning anyone else.

It was this confidence, humour and natural charm that endeared the casting team to him and won him the role.

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16 days ago

Future bleak for Lambton Quay business

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

What is the future of businesses on Lambton Quay?

Two well known business have indicated they are struggling and Eftpos transactions are down 19 percent from the same time last year.

Wellington City councillor Simon Woolf says the outlook for Wellington’s Lambton Quay is so bad he is moving his… View more
What is the future of businesses on Lambton Quay?

Two well known business have indicated they are struggling and Eftpos transactions are down 19 percent from the same time last year.

Wellington City councillor Simon Woolf says the outlook for Wellington’s Lambton Quay is so bad he is moving his family photography business from the street after more than 60 years.

Sam Cranfield, whose wife Val established the Cranfields gift store now situated off Lambton Quay, told councillors at a meeting on Thursday the couple were liable for $750,000 if the business went bust, something he was very concerned would happen.

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13 days ago

Has Covid delayed your surgery?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

We are working on a story about people who have missed out on seeing a specialist due to Covid and the lockdown.
Are you, or is anyone you know, still waiting for a first specialist appointment?
Please contact Bridie Witton if you are happy to chat for a story at bridie.witton@stuff.co.nz or … View more
We are working on a story about people who have missed out on seeing a specialist due to Covid and the lockdown.
Are you, or is anyone you know, still waiting for a first specialist appointment?
Please contact Bridie Witton if you are happy to chat for a story at bridie.witton@stuff.co.nz or 0272852368.

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