Te Aro, Wellington

1 day ago

2018 Rotary Forum: "Wellington: Impossible Dreams", 23 August 2018

Roger from Roseneath

Prominent residents to reveal their dreams for Wellington city www.stuff.co.nz... … Listen to Georgina Beyer, Dr Michelle Dickinson, Hon Grant Robertson, Melissa Clark Reynolds, Kim Workman, Jaye Glam Morgan and other inspiring speakers share their Impossible Dreams for Wgtn. Come along and share…View moreProminent residents to reveal their dreams for Wellington city www.stuff.co.nz... … Listen to Georgina Beyer, Dr Michelle Dickinson, Hon Grant Robertson, Melissa Clark Reynolds, Kim Workman, Jaye Glam Morgan and other inspiring speakers share their Impossible Dreams for Wgtn. Come along and share your Impossible Dreams. Register now at www.rotaryforum.org.nz...

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8 hours ago

Looking for Braille readers and Blind Individuals to be part of a textiles project

Brittany from Te Aro

Hello, I'm a fourth-year textiles Student doing my major project around inclusive design for the visually impaired through tactility and braille.

I'm looking for someone who is able to read braille to validate my textiles for my final collection and also stories of the blind …View more
Hello, I'm a fourth-year textiles Student doing my major project around inclusive design for the visually impaired through tactility and braille.

I'm looking for someone who is able to read braille to validate my textiles for my final collection and also stories of the blind communities experiences that will be hidden within the designs. If you know of anyone that would be willing to help and be part of this project please get in touch!

Thank You,
Brittany

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16 hours ago

Wellington, we know it needs to work much better

Community Engagement Advisor from Metlink: On Our Way

Wellington, we know it needs to work much better. Getting it right is as important to us as it is to you.

You’ve told us what really matters. Now it’s important you know that we share your concerns and here’s what we’re doing to make it better.

Follow our progress at …View more
Wellington, we know it needs to work much better. Getting it right is as important to us as it is to you.

You’ve told us what really matters. Now it’s important you know that we share your concerns and here’s what we’re doing to make it better.

Follow our progress at www.metlink.org.nz...

metlink.org.nz/yourvoice

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24 days ago

Feedback on the new bus network

Lim from Northland

=> Please share this post with the wider Wellington neighbourhood as the Neighbourly posting option seems to have restricted to immediate neighbourhood .

Hi All,

For people who use the public transport and found the new bus network not working for them, I urge you to write to Metlink to …View more
=> Please share this post with the wider Wellington neighbourhood as the Neighbourly posting option seems to have restricted to immediate neighbourhood .

Hi All,

For people who use the public transport and found the new bus network not working for them, I urge you to write to Metlink to express your view.
www.metlink.org.nz...

Someone was right, having a moan on social media is not going to make a difference. Having enough people writing to GWRC/Metlink may make a difference. Following is the letter I sent to Metlink/GWRC:

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Dear Metlink,

I would like to provide some feedback on the new Wellington bus network. There have been multiple serious issues for commuters since the go live of the new networks nearly 2 weeks ago. Issues can be summarised into the following main categories:

• Excessive delays in getting to the destination
• Severe overcrowding during peak time
• Multiple transfers required to get to the destination adding to the delay
• Missing buses
• Some routes are now missing in the new network
• A lot of the transfer hubs are no more than ordinary bus stops which do not provide shelters against the rain/wind for transferring commuters.

Whilst Metlink would like to argue that these are teething issues when introducing a large and complex new network. In my humble opinion: Yes, there are teething issues which can be fixed (eg. Bus shelters) but the root cause of the problem is a flawed network design which is not fit for purpose for Wellington.

The old network is principally a point to point network whereas the new network is a hub and spoke model by and large. The new design has high frequency services leading to the hub and then transfer from the hub to the lower frequency artillery routes.

The theory of hub and spoke model is to reduce overall complexity of the network and optimise traffic flow through the entire network. A critical assumption of a hub and spoke design is that traffic must be allowed to flow unhindered from the spoke to the hub. Unfortunately, this assumption does not hold true given Wellington’s geography and topography. Wellington has mostly single lane, narrow roads and the traffic flow is unpredictable at the best of time. A delay on the route leading to the hub will cause a domino effect throughout the entire network. This is what commuters are experiencing with excessive delays and more delays caused by missed connections.

I know GWRC has done computer modelling and simulation study on the new network, but I do not believe the computer model /simulation study had taken (enough) in to account the unpredictable nature of the Wellington single lane roads.

With the new design, having high frequency buses going to the hub does not actually improve the overall service. Often the high frequency buses do not show up and when they do show up, they are literally following one another. Personally, I have witnessed the No 22 High Frequency buses exhibit this behaviour over the last 7 days. They are either not on time or they follow closely one another at arrival at a stop. Another observation is that the time to load and unload a double decker is holding up all the other buses and cause a domino delay effect on the network

Notwithstanding the above, a design which requires multiple transfers to get to a destination in a compact city like Wellington is pure madness. Real world examples of where hub and spoke model have worked well have multi lane roads and/or dedicated bus lanes to ensure that traffic can get smoothly to the hub for a transfer to the spoke. Wellington does not have the luxury of multi lane roads or dedicated bus lanes.

The old point to point network is not perfect by any measure but it was largely working prior to it being de-commissioned. I would argue that the old point to point network is more suited to Wellington’s topography and being a compact city in nature. All that is needed is a further refinement to the old network by introducing hub and spoke design where it makes sense rather than a wholesale change.

I would like to urge Metlink/GWRC to do the following for the sake of not creating further problems for the suffering commuters:

1. Rollback and re-instate the old network as soon as practicable
2. Initiate a study on how the old network can be refined further
3. Settle the pay and working conditions dispute with the bus drivers promptly and in good faith.


I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

22 hours ago

Get one third of your school donation back. It's easy!

Luke from Schoolrebates.co.nz

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To date …View more
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1 day ago

Looking for movers from Wellington to Auckland

Raj from Te Aro

Hi All,
I live in Te Aro, Wellington and I have lots of stuff to be moved to Auckland from my 2 bedroom apartment including big screen TV, 3 Seater couch etc. I am looking for a cheaper option. I cannot drive to Auckland by hiring a van. Can you please recommend me good cost effective movers, …View more
Hi All,
I live in Te Aro, Wellington and I have lots of stuff to be moved to Auckland from my 2 bedroom apartment including big screen TV, 3 Seater couch etc. I am looking for a cheaper option. I cannot drive to Auckland by hiring a van. Can you please recommend me good cost effective movers, Thanks a lot.

1 day ago

We capture events on video!

Video Events

Hi everyone. We are a small Video Production company that captures events, festivals and corporate functions.

If you have an event coming up, get in touch with me and I'll sort you a competitive quote. If the event is in Wellington, we can do jobs on short notice.

videoevents.co.nz

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1 day ago

Join us for a talk with Emily Writes at the Central Library

Jess Payne from Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces

With the new release of Is it Bed Time Yet? a hilarious and moving collection of writings about being a parent in Aotearoa by Emily Writes and friends, we invite you to come along to the Central Library for a very special author talk!

Come along and have a laugh, share some stories and meet the…View more
With the new release of Is it Bed Time Yet? a hilarious and moving collection of writings about being a parent in Aotearoa by Emily Writes and friends, we invite you to come along to the Central Library for a very special author talk!

Come along and have a laugh, share some stories and meet the author herself, Emily Writes. Emily will share a reading from her new book, some stories and answer all of those burning questions, and there might even be a special guest or two!

When and where?

This event will be held at 10:30 am at the Wellington Central Library on Wednesday August 22nd.

Our Baby Rock & Rhyme session with finger dancing and stories runs from 9:30-10:00am in the children’s area, so come along for some fun for the little ones first, then head over to the Young Adults area on the ground floor nearby for some fun for yourself.

You can borrow a copy from us or Unity Books will be available during the event to sell copies of Is it Bed Time Yet? and you may even be able to get your copy signed!

wcl.govt.nz/blog/index.php/2018/08/06/join-us-for-a-talk-for-tired-parents-with-emily-writes/

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1 day ago

Car for Sale

Raj from Te Aro

"Ford Fairmont - El Fmt 6" car for sale.
Body: Red 4 Door Sedan
Seats: 5
Registration Expires: Dec 2018
WoF Expires: Dec 2018

Runs really Smooth and Great. It is the second/spare car hardly used in the last few years.
It is a very spacious car. Very comfortable seating area.
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"Ford Fairmont - El Fmt 6" car for sale.
Body: Red 4 Door Sedan
Seats: 5
Registration Expires: Dec 2018
WoF Expires: Dec 2018

Runs really Smooth and Great. It is the second/spare car hardly used in the last few years.
It is a very spacious car. Very comfortable seating area.
Vehicle is in good condition drives well without any issues. Interior is very clean and has been well looked after.
It is not a brand new car. It will have few scratches/dents.
Two new Front Tyres. Both new Wiper blades. New rear Brake pads.
Comes with original Ford Owner's Manual and Radio Code.
It has a big boot area. It can easily fit two check-in bags.
Non smoking driver.
This vehicle is sold as is, where is.
It comes with one original key and I have got it made the other duplicate key.
You can send me an email, I will reply asap.
Alternatively you can text me, if I don't pick up my phone because of nature of my work. I will text you back immediately.
Features:
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Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors
Stereo: Ford Factory's inbuilt 6 CD changer and Radio with 4 speakers - 2 in the front and 2 in the rear
Fuel Type: Petrol
Kilometers: 201,191km
Engine Size: 3984cc
Power: 148kW
Transmission: 4-gear automatic
Assembly Type: Imported Built-Up
Country of Origin: Australia
Gross Vehicle Mass: 1,573kg
Axle Type: 2-Axle
Axles: 2
Wheelbase: 2,794
Industry Class: PRIVATE
MVMA Model Code: 014086
Vehicle Usage: Private Passenger

Price: $2,100

1 day ago

Poll: Vote for the AMI Community Grants Community Project Finalists!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We need your help! These five amazing Community Project applicants are finalists in Round Two of the 2018 AMI Community Grants. Now it's up to you to decide who should receive a share of the funds. Read a little information about each Project and how your support will help them - and then cast…View moreWe need your help! These five amazing Community Project applicants are finalists in Round Two of the 2018 AMI Community Grants. Now it's up to you to decide who should receive a share of the funds. Read a little information about each Project and how your support will help them - and then cast your vote below. Voting closes Sunday 2 September.

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Vote for the AMI Community Grants Community Project Finalists!
  • 18.8% 1) Oakura Playcentre - New Plymouth
    18.8% Complete
  • 46.2% 2) Waipu Cove Surf Life Saving Club
    46.2% Complete
  • 19.7% 3) Helen Anderson Trust - Christchurch
    19.7% Complete
  • 8% 4) Community beautification project - Rotorua
    8% Complete
  • 7.2% 5) Thames Bridge Club - Thames
    7.2% Complete
638 votes
1 day ago

Poll: Vote for the AMI Community Grants Organisation Finalists!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We need your help! These five amazing Organisation applicants are finalists in Round Two of the 2018 AMI Community Grants. Now it's up to you to decide who should receive a share of the funds. Read a little information about each Organisation and how your support will help them - and then cast…View moreWe need your help! These five amazing Organisation applicants are finalists in Round Two of the 2018 AMI Community Grants. Now it's up to you to decide who should receive a share of the funds. Read a little information about each Organisation and how your support will help them - and then cast your vote below. Voting closes Sunday 2 September

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Vote for the AMI Community Grants Organisation Finalists!
  • 10.4% 1) Communicare - Auckland
    10.4% Complete
  • 16.4% 2) NZ Disability Karate Association - Wellington
    16.4% Complete
  • 23.6% 3) Cholmondeley Children's Centre - Canterbury
    23.6% Complete
  • 38.4% 4) Fire & Emergency Operational Support Unit - Wellington
    38.4% Complete
  • 11.3% 5) Kai Rotorua
    11.3% Complete
628 votes
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1 day ago

Lost bike part, Plunket Street Kelburn

Patricia from Kelburn

Posted on behalf of Shelley Blaker: I was putting my bike in my car this morning at around 8.30am on Plunket St and have left behind a part on the pavement. I went back at around 11 and checked but it was gone and I was wondering if anyone that was around that area might have kept it to look after …View morePosted on behalf of Shelley Blaker: I was putting my bike in my car this morning at around 8.30am on Plunket St and have left behind a part on the pavement. I went back at around 11 and checked but it was gone and I was wondering if anyone that was around that area might have kept it to look after before trying to hand it in somewhere. If you found it (it looks like the attached pic) please call 02040644606

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1 day ago

Metlink is listening and reinstating the off-peak Route 18

Community Engagement Advisor from Metlink: On Our Way

Metlink has been listening and we will be reinstating the off-peak Route 18 service between Miramar, Wellington Hospital, Massey University​, Victoria University of Wellington​ and Karori. We will be working with the operator to put this into effect later this year.

Read more at …View more
Metlink has been listening and we will be reinstating the off-peak Route 18 service between Miramar, Wellington Hospital, Massey University​, Victoria University of Wellington​ and Karori. We will be working with the operator to put this into effect later this year.

Read more at www.metlink.org.nz...

metlink.org.nz/news/metlink-is-listening-on-buses/

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