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3 days ago

What's On: Staglands Art Competition

Sheen from Akatarawa

Kids get ½ Price Entry these school holidays when you bring your artwork to Staglands! Download entry form from www.staglands.co.nz and bring your artwork between 26th September and 11th October.
Staglands Art Competition
  • Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe
3 days ago

Spring School Holidays 2020

The team from Churton Park Community Centre

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? See below for a round-up of events that will not only keep the kids busy but inspire them too. Loads of super school holiday events running at Churton Park Community Centre to keep you occupied, get out and do it!
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Looking for something to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? See below for a round-up of events that will not only keep the kids busy but inspire them too. Loads of super school holiday events running at Churton Park Community Centre to keep you occupied, get out and do it!
* DramaRemedy on Monday 28 Sep, Tuesday 29 Sep, and Friday 30 September from 9 am - 4 pm. doors open at 8.30 am.

October holiday programme will be three days of activities based on Play Production. During the course of the 3 days, we will work on a play script to suit the ages, interests, and abilities of the children who are taking part. Everybody has an important part to play! Be it acting, making props, designing costumes, make-up, sound & music, etc.


* School Holiday Movie Time on Monday 5 October, from 11 am - 1 pm.

We have lots of great movies so get comfy and lounge around on cushions or chairs, with free popcorn. Suitable for 5 - 12 years old. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.


* Free Drama Class with Drama Remedy on Tuesday 6 October, from 10 am - 12 noon. Suitable for 5 - 12 years old. Limited places, please contact us on 04 830 4802 or cpcc@wcc.govt.nz to book your child space.

* Make it Workshop on Wednesday 7 October, from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm. All hands ahoy! Build a lighthouse and race a walnut shell boat at our October school holiday workshop.

For 5-12 year olds. $24 per child, all materials supplied.

Book your young maker in here: bit.ly...


* Free Face Mask Making with Boomerang Bags making Bee group on Friday 9 October, from 1 pm - 3 pm.

Limited places, please contact us on 04 830 4802 or cpcc@wcc.govt.nz to book your child space.

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3 days ago

Mary Potter Hospice street appeal this weekend

Bulletin Editor from Karori Lions Club

Our Karori Lions Club member, Jennie, was organising a roster of collectors (club members and other good folk) for the Mary Potter Hospice street appeal in Karori Mall this Friday but, unfortunately, the Mall owners have felt unable to allow a collection on their premises because we are still … View moreOur Karori Lions Club member, Jennie, was organising a roster of collectors (club members and other good folk) for the Mary Potter Hospice street appeal in Karori Mall this Friday but, unfortunately, the Mall owners have felt unable to allow a collection on their premises because we are still subject to Covid-19 Level 2 restrictions. This situation also applies to many other sites where this collection was to have taken place on Friday and Saturday and is likely to have a serious impact on the Hospice's fund-raising this year. I understand that collecting on the street will still be allowed, but the uncertainty of the weather, and the “vulnerability” of many collectors, will mean that only one or two people will be out in Karori.
Many of us have personal experience of the value of the palliative care offered by the Hospice at no cost to friends and family, so I am urging my contacts to consider making a donation to MPH though their website donations page (marypotter.org.nz...) if they are unable to track down a collector on the street, and to pass on this appeal to their friends as well. Those who are outside the area served by Mary Potter, or who have their own favourite palliative care provider, please consider making a donation to another of those organisations doing such great work – they are all having to face up to additional problems brought on by Covid-19.

4 days ago

Poll: Is Hamilton New Zealand's most beautiful city?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hamilton is up against current title holder Whanganui for this year’s most beautiful city award. The city has been the butt of jokes for years, but now boasts new laneways, public spaces that give access to and face the river, and plans for a theatre by 2022.
So you tell us - is Hamilton New … View more
Hamilton is up against current title holder Whanganui for this year’s most beautiful city award. The city has been the butt of jokes for years, but now boasts new laneways, public spaces that give access to and face the river, and plans for a theatre by 2022.
So you tell us - is Hamilton New Zealand's most beautiful city?
Read the full story here.

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Is Hamilton New Zealand's most beautiful city?
  • 50.5% Yes, Hamilton has really turned itself around.
    50.5% Complete
  • 49.5% No, Whanganui should be voted most beautiful city again this year.
    49.5% Complete
735 votes
4 days ago

Community Connects grants

The Team from Office for Seniors

Hi Neighbours!

Have you heard about our Community Connects grants?

The grants help fund projects that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life, and support communities to prepare for an ageing population.

The fund makes one-off grants of up to $15,000. The grants … View more
Hi Neighbours!

Have you heard about our Community Connects grants?

The grants help fund projects that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life, and support communities to prepare for an ageing population.

The fund makes one-off grants of up to $15,000. The grants are open to any New Zealand council, community organisation, or registered non-profit organisation. Applications for our current funding round close on 9 October.

Our last funding round was a huge success and helped fund a range of different projects across the country, that had focuses like reducing loneliness and social isolation of older people, developing an age-friendly community plan and supporting people with dementia.

With the right planning and support, we can create environments where older people are valued, connected and able to participate in their community.

If you have an age-friendly project you are interested in getting funding for click here bit.ly...
Or if would like to learn more about how your community can become more age-friendly click here bit.ly...

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3 days ago

Help wanted for story on Early Childhood Education

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A new study has found kids in Early Childhood Education have fewer emotional and social issues than those who do not attend. But, they also have higher rates of common childhood illnesses, and hospitalisation.

Stuff is looking for a parent who would be happy to talk about their child's … View more
A new study has found kids in Early Childhood Education have fewer emotional and social issues than those who do not attend. But, they also have higher rates of common childhood illnesses, and hospitalisation.

Stuff is looking for a parent who would be happy to talk about their child's experience in ECE. Get in touch by emailing laura.wiltshire@sttuff.co.nz

3 days ago

Congratulations Josie, Karori Youth Award winner

Inge Doig from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

At Marsden students are encouraged to be aware of their place in their local and global community from a young age. Considerations and giving to others through Service has always been embraced by the girls. Congratulations Josie for the positive difference you are making in the lives of others! … View moreAt Marsden students are encouraged to be aware of their place in their local and global community from a young age. Considerations and giving to others through Service has always been embraced by the girls. Congratulations Josie for the positive difference you are making in the lives of others! Your gold Karori Youth Award is well deserved!

4 days ago

Two Wgtn students in national piano competition

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Two Wellington residents have been selected to participate in a nationwide classical piano
competition.
The NZ Junior Piano Competition (NZJPC) is a biennial national competition for pre-tertiary pianists in New Zealand, competing for a total prize pool of over $4,000. NZJPC received over 40 … View more
Two Wellington residents have been selected to participate in a nationwide classical piano
competition.
The NZ Junior Piano Competition (NZJPC) is a biennial national competition for pre-tertiary pianists in New Zealand, competing for a total prize pool of over $4,000. NZJPC received over 40 entries this year from across New Zealand. Only 16 pianists aged between 10 to 18 were selected as semi-finalists, including Wellington College student, Zhe Ning Chin and St Patrick's College student, Otis Prescott-Mason.

The NZ Junior Piano Competition is presented by the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust and will take place on 1-5 October at Lewis Eady in Auckland, the home of Steinway pianos in New Zealand.

4 days ago

Covid finishes Taylor's Phoenix career

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Frustration over Covid 19 and the uncertainty swirling around the A-League regarding the competition’s future was behind Steven Taylor's decision to leave the Wellington Phoenix.

Taylor says he was happy in Wellington and would liked to have stayed.

“At 34 I want to know that I can … View more
Frustration over Covid 19 and the uncertainty swirling around the A-League regarding the competition’s future was behind Steven Taylor's decision to leave the Wellington Phoenix.

Taylor says he was happy in Wellington and would liked to have stayed.

“At 34 I want to know that I can continue [playing], that I've got the security, but at the moment no one is giving me answers. I’m asking when is the season going to start?

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4 days ago

Wellington to host Bledisloe Cup match

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Wellington is set to host a Bledisloe Cup match on Sunday October 11 at 3.30pm. The second test will be played in Auckland the following week.

It is not yet known when tickets for the two Bledisloe tests will go on sale with the details and crowd numbers dependent on updates on the … View more
Wellington is set to host a Bledisloe Cup match on Sunday October 11 at 3.30pm. The second test will be played in Auckland the following week.

It is not yet known when tickets for the two Bledisloe tests will go on sale with the details and crowd numbers dependent on updates on the Government's Covid-19 Alert Levels.

Are you looking forward to the big match.

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4 days ago

Garage sale

Davina from Karori

Garage sale to raise funds to buy bikes for children with disabilities at Kimi Ora school. Great bargains for a great cause

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6 days ago

What are you doing to acknowledge Māori Language Week?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

The Dominion Post is celebrating Māori Language Week by changing its masthead. Tell us what you or an organisation you are involved with are doing to raise awareness.

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4 days ago

Tetraplegic disputes $30k motel bill

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A tetraplegic man is fighting ACC and the Ministry of Social Development over a $30,000 debt, accumulated after he was put up in a motel when there were no suitable homes with wheelchair access.

Both organisations stopped funding the motel even though John Horsfield, 53, had nowhere else to go. He… View more
A tetraplegic man is fighting ACC and the Ministry of Social Development over a $30,000 debt, accumulated after he was put up in a motel when there were no suitable homes with wheelchair access.

Both organisations stopped funding the motel even though John Horsfield, 53, had nowhere else to go. He was thrown from a scooter in February 2015, while travelling at 70 kilometres an hour.

”I landed squarely on my back. If I had rolled I would’ve broken my arms and legs,” he said.

Ministry of Social Development regional commissioner Gagau Annandale-Stone said Horsfield didn’t qualify for emergency housing support, because he had significant cash assets, including a large ACC pay-out. “We advised John that we were no longer able to make the emergency grant non-recoverable, and he would need to pay it back,” he said.

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6 days ago

Poll: Should we be building quarantine facilities instead of using hotels for Covid 19 quarantine

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Experts are warning that there will be more pandemics in the future.
Rather than put people in hotels, some experts are arguing we should put people in purpose built facilities.

Professor Nick Wilson, of Otago University’s public heath department, said returnee breakouts and virus spread from … View more
Experts are warning that there will be more pandemics in the future.
Rather than put people in hotels, some experts are arguing we should put people in purpose built facilities.

Professor Nick Wilson, of Otago University’s public heath department, said returnee breakouts and virus spread from hotels which were not built for a pandemic means there is still the risk of another Auckland-sized outbreak.

Wilson told Stuff instead of hotels spread across the country, New Zealand needed a purpose-built facility in a more remote area with flight connections, like the Ōhakea Air Base in Manawatū. Planes carrying returnees could fly direct, and passengers should be tested several days before departure.

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Should we be building quarantine facilities instead of using hotels for Covid 19 quarantine
  • 65.4% Yes
    65.4% Complete
  • 34.6% No
    34.6% Complete
266 votes
5 days ago

Support for Wellington to be called Te Whanganui-a-Tara following Māori Party's language policy announcement

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A Māori Party proposal to change the name of Wellington to Te Whanganui-a-Tara has the support of city leaders.

Kaumātua and Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa ki te Upoko o te Ika a Maui chairman Kura Moeahu said he strongly supported the move to return place names to the original ingoa Māori. It … View more
A Māori Party proposal to change the name of Wellington to Te Whanganui-a-Tara has the support of city leaders.

Kaumātua and Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa ki te Upoko o te Ika a Maui chairman Kura Moeahu said he strongly supported the move to return place names to the original ingoa Māori. It would helps everyone understand the local history, he said. "There is a narration that goes with each of these names.

Wellington City Councillor Jill Day (Ngāti Tūwharetoa), who holds the Māori Partnerships portfolio, welcomed the announcement.

Commuters spoken to in Wellington by Stuff also supported the idea. Craig Lambert thought Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui was a more inclusive alternative. ”It represents all people.”

“Many of our cities and towns were named after people who never came to Aotearoa, with no consideration of the names that were already in use,” Day said.

Fellow Councillor Tamatha Paul (Ngāti Awa and Waikato Tainui) said there were about 39 places called Wellington in the world.

A poll on Neighbourly with over 520 respondents was 81 per cent against a name change.

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