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6 hours ago

NZ's friendliest regions and towns

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi there,
Canterbury has been named the fifth most welcoming region in the world in the Booking.com Traveller Review Awards, while Oamaru, Hokitika and Invercargill have been named the most welcoming towns in NZ. They were followed by Cambridge, Picton, Lake Tekapo, Kerikeri, Palmerston North, … View more
Hi there,
Canterbury has been named the fifth most welcoming region in the world in the Booking.com Traveller Review Awards, while Oamaru, Hokitika and Invercargill have been named the most welcoming towns in NZ. They were followed by Cambridge, Picton, Lake Tekapo, Kerikeri, Palmerston North, Paihia and Twizel.
We'd be really keen to hear your thoughts on this based on your own travels around New Zealand. Do you think Canterbury is NZ's most welcoming region? And are these our most welcoming towns?
Where in NZ have you been made to feel particularly welcome on your travels?
As usual, please put 'NFP' in your comment if you don't want it to be included in an article. Cheers.

1 day ago

Is $750 affordable?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Is $750 to rent a three bedroom home in Wellington affordable?
The Wellington City Council opened expressions of interest last Monday for 52 apartments on Willis St. Eight days on, 230 people have put their name forward.
Te Kāinga Aroha apartments are a joint project between the council and The … View more
Is $750 to rent a three bedroom home in Wellington affordable?
The Wellington City Council opened expressions of interest last Monday for 52 apartments on Willis St. Eight days on, 230 people have put their name forward.
Te Kāinga Aroha apartments are a joint project between the council and The Wellington Company and saw office space in the former Freemasons building converted into apartments. Rents start at $410 for a one-bedroom apartment, $580 for two bedrooms, and $750 for three bedrooms.

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1 day ago

Way Back Wednesday

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Hey Neighbourly folk, what do you think is going on here? Hint, it used to be an annual event.

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4 hours ago

Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge

SSO Jono Ashman from Wellington Operational Support

Please consider supporting our team who are taking on the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge to raise funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

4 hours ago

Plea to be responsible at the races

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Hutt Valley Police are urging attendees at this weekend’s Wellington Cup Day to plan ahead and stay safe.
They want everyone at the event to have a great time, and get home safely.
There will be a uniformed Police presence at this event to enhance your enjoyment of the day and promote safety.
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Hutt Valley Police are urging attendees at this weekend’s Wellington Cup Day to plan ahead and stay safe.
They want everyone at the event to have a great time, and get home safely.
There will be a uniformed Police presence at this event to enhance your enjoyment of the day and promote safety.
Cup-goers are urged to think ahead, avoid risky situations and keep themselves and their friends safe.
Attendees are also urged not to drink and drive, as Police will be breath testing drivers leaving from the Cup Day.
Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your driving, so if you drink at all, please don’t drive.

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7 hours ago
2 days ago

Friday Feathered Friend

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

It is not Friday but this is to introduce you to a new photographer, Andrew Gorrie. He lives in Kelson and takes most of his photographs from his deck. Andrew is an ex Stuff photographer.
His favourite subject is the magnificent tui

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2 days ago

Are your allergies or asthma causing cautious days off work, or dirty looks on the bus?

Kate Green Reporter from Dominion Post

A new study of 1000 people has found 40 per cent of participants would automatically assume someone coughing or sneezing near them might have Covid-19.

Amid new fears of a community case in Northland, hayfever season could cause more anxiety than ever.

Those with symptoms might be encouraged to… View more
A new study of 1000 people has found 40 per cent of participants would automatically assume someone coughing or sneezing near them might have Covid-19.

Amid new fears of a community case in Northland, hayfever season could cause more anxiety than ever.

Those with symptoms might be encouraged to be better safe than sorry and stay home, despite knowing it's likely caused by their allergies.

Have you experienced unnecessary days off work, or sideways looks on the bus, because of your asthma or allergies?

Comment below or email kate.green@stuff.co.nz

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1 day ago

What's On: WAIKANAE BEACH VALENTINES DAY MARKET

Gary from Waikanae

Great Community Market with local stallholders showcasing a huge variety of quality items. Browse the stalls. pick up a bargain or a gift. Invite a friend or 2. Support local!
WAIKANAE BEACH VALENTINES DAY MARKET
  • Waikanae Beach Community Hall
1 day ago

Wellington's earthquake prone pop-up library deemed safe

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

One of Wellington's new pop-up libraries is safe but “earthquake-prone”, after the council said it was fine, moved in with a Mayoral speech, then slapped stickers on the front doors two days later.
A sign at Te Awe library, on Brandon St, shows the building is at 16 per cent of new … View more
One of Wellington's new pop-up libraries is safe but “earthquake-prone”, after the council said it was fine, moved in with a Mayoral speech, then slapped stickers on the front doors two days later.
A sign at Te Awe library, on Brandon St, shows the building is at 16 per cent of new building standard, not because it is quake-prone but because it is yet to get the final council tick-off for strengthening work. The Code of Compliance Certificate (CCC) has been described by the council as being in the final stages since at-least July.
There are roughly 560 buildings, including 283 seen as high priority, around the city, which must be strengthened or demolished to meet new earthquake regulations brought in after the destruction caused by the Kaikōura earthquake.

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1 day ago

Seeking donations of goods for church jumble sale on Feb 13

Administration Team from Island Bay Presbyterian Church

Hi there. The Presbyterian church (Island Bay) church holds a large jumble sale in Feb each year to help keep our community facility the best.
Could you help us by donating pre-loved goods to sell? :
household items, books, toys, good clothing, sports goods, electrical, furnishings, plants, … View more
Hi there. The Presbyterian church (Island Bay) church holds a large jumble sale in Feb each year to help keep our community facility the best.
Could you help us by donating pre-loved goods to sell? :
household items, books, toys, good clothing, sports goods, electrical, furnishings, plants, jewellery.
Please bring goods to the rear door (behind car park) any time from now. Thank you for your generosity.
Many groups use our hall, lounges, auditorium, kitchen and gardens on a weekly basis, and we're pleased to offer them a top quality, welcoming environment.

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1 day ago

Baring Head Open Day

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Have you been to Baring Head? If not, you can check out the historic lighthouse, in the East Harbour Regional Park, this Saturday at 10am.
Greater Wellington is holding an open day and all are welcome.

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2 days ago

More problems with old Wellington pipes

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A major waste water pipe has burst in central Wellington, closing roads and disrupting morning traffic. The pipe burst at the intersection of Victoria Street and Mercer Street yesterday afternoon. People in the central city are being asked to only flush the toilet if it is "essential".
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A major waste water pipe has burst in central Wellington, closing roads and disrupting morning traffic. The pipe burst at the intersection of Victoria Street and Mercer Street yesterday afternoon. People in the central city are being asked to only flush the toilet if it is "essential".
The central Wellington sewerage pipe that broke, closing central city streets, was more than 100 years old.
Sewage flowed out onto the road after a pipe ruptured at the intersection of Victoria and Mercer streets on Monday afternoon.
Wellington Water confirmed the failed pipe was installed around the year 1910.
Repairing it is expected to take two to three days.

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2 days ago

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - $5 Fill-a-Bay

The Team from St Vincent de Paul - Wellington

We are in needed of volunteers to help in our clothing warehouse. Sorting & hanging for our $5 fill-a-bag on 12 & 13 February.
If can can help any day that week (beginning 8 February) please email me at: volunteer@vinnieswgtn.org.nz

2 days ago

Clothing Sorters - Volunteers Wanted

The Team from St Vincent de Paul - Wellington

We are looking for volunteers who can help sort/hang clothing in our warehouse situated in Newtown. Any day, 3 hours per shift. Please email: volunteer@vinnieswgtgn.org/.nz

2 days ago

SPCA Pet of the Day: Meet Jed

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

This weeks SPCA pet is Jed.

"WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT ME
My ideal home would have a big garden for me to explore and potter around while supervised. I would suit a family that has had dogs before as I am a big boy with a bit of strength. I would love to go for walks with my new family and … View more
This weeks SPCA pet is Jed.

"WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT ME
My ideal home would have a big garden for me to explore and potter around while supervised. I would suit a family that has had dogs before as I am a big boy with a bit of strength. I would love to go for walks with my new family and check out this wonderful country we live in. When I have nothing to do I have shown the ability to escape out of medium to high fencing so I need a plan to be contained during the day that doesn't involve being tied or tethered. Going to work with my new human companion would be great for me. I am not suited to a home with/next to cats and other small animals or livestock. If you are looking for a bigger dog that is pretty laid back then make an appointment to come and meet me."

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