Owhiro Bay, Wellington

13 minutes ago

What would you like to see happen in Wellington over the next ten years?

Ruby Macandrew Reporter from Dominion Post

Hey Wellington neighbours! When polled, the majority of you (39 per cent) told us you thought the city had regressed in the past decade. We're keen to know why and what you would like to see happen to get Wellington back on track. Let us know in the comments below. (Please mark comments not … View moreHey Wellington neighbours! When polled, the majority of you (39 per cent) told us you thought the city had regressed in the past decade. We're keen to know why and what you would like to see happen to get Wellington back on track. Let us know in the comments below. (Please mark comments not for print with 'NFP')

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3 hours ago

What's On: HORISHIMA MON AMOUR 1959 R16

David from Brooklyn

“A cornerstone film of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais’ first feature is one of the most influential films of all time.” -Criterion. With Emmanuèle Riva. See trailer at https://filmsocietywellington.net.nz/
HORISHIMA MON AMOUR 1959 R16
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1 day ago

Soft plastic recycling bins are back

Paul Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours, soft plastic recycling bins are coming back.

The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme, which was suspended in 2018, has returned to Auckland and Hamilton and, as of October, will be back in Wellington too.

It can get confusing trying to keep track of what to recycle, what not to … View more
Hi neighbours, soft plastic recycling bins are coming back.

The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme, which was suspended in 2018, has returned to Auckland and Hamilton and, as of October, will be back in Wellington too.

It can get confusing trying to keep track of what to recycle, what not to recycle, and what's just rubbish.

To read more, click here.

Here's what you can and can't put in soft plastic recycling bins.

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13 days ago

snapper the hidden costs

Francesca from Island Bay

Snapper Metlink: On Our Way Justin Lester @

WARNING big rant something is wrong with Wellington public transport system and its not just the metlink service or non service this time its the hidden costs incurred to "Snapper Cardholders" just how sad has it become to catch a bus in this… View more
Snapper Metlink: On Our Way Justin Lester @

WARNING big rant something is wrong with Wellington public transport system and its not just the metlink service or non service this time its the hidden costs incurred to "Snapper Cardholders" just how sad has it become to catch a bus in this city:

This is not ok 'Snapper' how many other snapper users are being ripped off by being forced into making unnecessary purchases ? - know your rights people! The sorry state of our public transport system here in Wellington is getting worse by the day ! Lets get Wellington Moving - yeah right!

Ok so my daughter went to our local dairy yesterday morning and tried to top up her snapper card - she was told by the owner that she needed to make a minimum purchase of $2 on another product before the store could complete the transaction. She refused as she didn't have any further cash on her only the $20 to top up and she didn't want to buy anything as it was unnecessary. After spending sometime trying to tell the owner that he couldn't make her purchase something just so she could top up her Snapper to get to school she missed her school bus. She walked a block to the next dairy only to find the same response from the owner and the following sign stuck to the counter.

She tried to tell the owner that it was against snappers policy and their contract with Snapper as a service provider to force her to make other purchases while trying to top up her Snapper card. She is a 16 year old head strong girl and stuck to her values and knew her rights. The second dairy owner eventually gave into her and her desperation to get to school and finally agreed to process the transaction but warned her he wouldn't be doing it another unless she made a purchase on top of the top up. How many young children are being taken advantage of and made to make unnecessary purchases just to get to school using public transport?

Today I went to both dairies and tried to understand what their side is and I have come away with mixed views. Both owners made it clear that they didn't feel their fee from snapper was enough for the service they provided.
We live in a city full of bureaucrats yet we struggle with bureaucracy, Lucky for us our younger generations are picking us up on it and making us accountable. My daughter said how wired is it that this city is so fixated on the Lets Get Wellington Moving campaign yet at every chance they make it harder for public transport users.

She said they really don't care about the environment nor do they want us to care either, they don't care about accessibility in this city and they really don't care about affordable public transport options, nor do they care about the state of our financial affairs and our health issues because if they did they wouldn't force us to make unnecessary purchases and the most affordable $2 purchase which lines any diaries front counter is lollies so they want me to get fat too?

In a few months time she gains her restricted driver licence and she said I bet when I fuel up at the service station I won't be asked to make a minimum purchase just to fuel up my car (although she is also aware that fuel prices are currently overpriced in this country) I will have the freedom to make my own choices, and not feel forced into buying something just so I can get to school on time.

So I asked Snapper, Metlink, Activata, local councillors and regional councillors what is the true costs of using public transport in this city? They all said they would look into this incident even though the problem has been alive and well since the start of snapper. Stuff reported this happening in October 2017 in Newtown two years ago and here we are still facing the same issues. Its interesting how people in position quick to put blame on the varying council contractors & sub contractors, instead of accepting responsibility and calling out the faults in the systems that they have created during their time as councillors. Obviously the current public transport position is not the right outcome and requires some serious thought on putting it right for its users and future users.

I realise that its not entirely the dairy owners fault, they are trying to make a living here too, however they know the rules they signed up to supplying the product in the hope that customers would come into their stores and spend money on other purchases (which as a family we do support local businesses) - they only get a very small cut of the 25c fee that snapper charges users for top ups that goes mainly to a third party company called 'Activata' who managers the snapper retailers - so after they clip the ticket the rest goes to the owners which is very minimal and clearly not sustainable making dairy owners take measures not necessarily ethically right.

The system is broken - its not working! We are forcing our public transport users into making unnecessary purchases and being ripped off, hiding the real costs of public transport through service providers own actions.

It clearly states in the Snapper policy:
"Cardholders are not required to purchase another product to access topping up a Snapper Card"

Yet this is clearly not the case - so in the lead up to elections ask your Regional Council candidates what are the real costs to their affordable public transport promises! And how are they committed to getting Wellington Moving because actually making it happen may mean an overhaul of suppliers with smaller profit margins for those at the top, and sharing more of a cut with those at the bottom.

www.stuff.co.nz...

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10 hours ago

Why will you vote?

The Team from Wellington City Council

It’s time to vote for the city you love.

Local elections decide who is on your local council, regional council, district health board, and other important organisations in your area. The people who are elected get to make decisions that affect your daily life and the future of your town or … View more
It’s time to vote for the city you love.

Local elections decide who is on your local council, regional council, district health board, and other important organisations in your area. The people who are elected get to make decisions that affect your daily life and the future of your town or city.

Why will you vote?
Learn more

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19 hours ago

Titahi Bay beach

The Team from Wellington Water

We have been made aware of a video on social media of Titahi Bay beach with comments of suspected wastewater pollution/sewage.

We can confirm there has been no discharge or overflow event from the Porirua Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The video shows seaweed and sea foam, which is common following… View more
We have been made aware of a video on social media of Titahi Bay beach with comments of suspected wastewater pollution/sewage.

We can confirm there has been no discharge or overflow event from the Porirua Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The video shows seaweed and sea foam, which is common following heavy winds.

We will be conducting tests in the area for reassurance, and will provide an update when these results have been received.

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1 day ago

Karori Lions' E-Waste recycling on Saturday

Tom Neighbourly Lead from Karori

Just reminding everyone to sort out their e-waste to bring down to the Karori Community Centre on Saturday:

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1 day ago

Record Collection

Greg from Karori

I am selling the record collection that I have spent nearly 15 years creating. I am selling the records individually unless you wish to give me $25,000 for what is left, approximately 700 records and tapes, plus the shelving unit and crates.

The collection consists mainly of metal, punk, hip-hop … View more
I am selling the record collection that I have spent nearly 15 years creating. I am selling the records individually unless you wish to give me $25,000 for what is left, approximately 700 records and tapes, plus the shelving unit and crates.

The collection consists mainly of metal, punk, hip-hop and electronic music.

Here is the list of the records: docs.google.com...

I am still working on pricing and grading them all, but if there's anything you're interested in, I will prioritise them.

I would prefer to be contacted by the email address included in the spreadsheet (vinyl@bang.net.nz) but will respond to replies here.

Negotiable

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2 days ago

What type of bird

Jesse from Kingston

Hey everybody does anyone know what this bird is I found it on my deck this morning

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1 day ago

Wellington's mayoral race: Who's getting your vote?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Spats over big projects from transport to convention centres dominated a mayoral debate between five contenders for Wellington's top job.
On stage at Rutherford House on Monday night were Conor Hill, Jenny Condie, Andy Foster, Diane Calvert and incumbent Mayor Justin Lester - candidates who … View more
Spats over big projects from transport to convention centres dominated a mayoral debate between five contenders for Wellington's top job.
On stage at Rutherford House on Monday night were Conor Hill, Jenny Condie, Andy Foster, Diane Calvert and incumbent Mayor Justin Lester - candidates who have built up enough of a campaign machine since nominations opened to give them a shot at the council's top elected position.

1 day ago

Let’s Walk for Dementia Wellington!

Alzheimers NZ

Dementia affects us in more ways than one, and more of us than we realise.

That’s why this September, thousands of Kiwis will joining Memory Walks to show their support for all those living with dementia.

Will you join us this World Alzheimers Month?

Where: Midland Park in the city
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Dementia affects us in more ways than one, and more of us than we realise.

That’s why this September, thousands of Kiwis will joining Memory Walks to show their support for all those living with dementia.

Will you join us this World Alzheimers Month?

Where: Midland Park in the city
When: 12.30pm Wednesday 25th September

Register today at alzheimers.org.nz
Let’s make dementia top of mind.
Register now

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1 day ago

Thank you Wattie's

Julia de Ruiter from The Salvation Army NZ

We want to say a heartfelt thank you to Wattie’s NZ and the 150 schools who took part in this year's Cans for Good campaign. Thanks to the incredible effort of students, teachers and whānau, over 30,000 cans were collected and will make a huge difference to Salvation Army foodbanks around … View moreWe want to say a heartfelt thank you to Wattie’s NZ and the 150 schools who took part in this year's Cans for Good campaign. Thanks to the incredible effort of students, teachers and whānau, over 30,000 cans were collected and will make a huge difference to Salvation Army foodbanks around Aotearoa.

Wattie’s generously donated a further 25,000 cans taking the total number collected to over 56,000 cans.

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1 day ago

New blog post: Neighbourly in the news!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We love seeing Neighbourly members mentioned in the news - and we've seen a few in the last few months. From a Neighbourly group that has united the masses right through to a neighbourhood who rallied to deliver a 250kg piano to two blind sisters - there is a lot of good going on in … View moreWe love seeing Neighbourly members mentioned in the news - and we've seen a few in the last few months. From a Neighbourly group that has united the masses right through to a neighbourhood who rallied to deliver a 250kg piano to two blind sisters - there is a lot of good going on in Neighbourly communities around the country. You can read about them right here in our latest blog post.

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1 day ago

🚰 WATER SHUTDOWN 🚰

The Team from Wellington Water

As part of our watermain renewal project in Duncan Street, Tawa, we will be interrupting water supply for a short time.

This is scheduled to take place tomorrow from 9:00am to 1.00pm.

The water will be back on as soon as possible, but we recommend you fill up some containers with water before the… View more
As part of our watermain renewal project in Duncan Street, Tawa, we will be interrupting water supply for a short time.

This is scheduled to take place tomorrow from 9:00am to 1.00pm.

The water will be back on as soon as possible, but we recommend you fill up some containers with water before the time above and avoid running your dishwasher, washing machine or any appliances that use water. It is best not to use water from your hot water cylinder either as the cylinder may get damaged if the water level gets too low.


When the water supply is turned back on, it’s a good idea to open a cold tap slowly and let it run for a minute or so to clear any air bubbles that may have entered the system. Air can cause the water to turn a milky colour, but this won’t affect the taste and should clear quickly.

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