Wadestown, Wellington

16 days ago

Key tips for a warmer, drier home – 7/9 – Draughts

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Wellington

Stop cold air getting into your home by stopping draughts around doors, windows and fireplaces.

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16 days ago

Make a desk organiser

The Team from Resene ColorShop Thorndon

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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16 days ago

Conservation dog has a nose for kororā

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Mena is a super dog hero.

Certified by the Department of Conservation to work as a conservation dog, she has done her bit to keep kororā (little blue penguins) safe on Cobham Drive.

Wellington City Council engineer Veronica Byrne sees careful penguin management as a top priority for the Cobham … View more
Mena is a super dog hero.

Certified by the Department of Conservation to work as a conservation dog, she has done her bit to keep kororā (little blue penguins) safe on Cobham Drive.

Wellington City Council engineer Veronica Byrne sees careful penguin management as a top priority for the Cobham Drive project, which is transforming this previously neglected area into a much more appealing place for people to walk, run, bike, scoot and spend time.

Every morning before work begins, workers checks for kororā which could have taken refuge over night.

They check under and around vehicles, and in the areas where rock is going to be moved from and to – using a torch when necessary, and a special camera to help them see into the crevices between rocks.

Mena has also played a key role. A New Zealand-born Hungarian Vizsla, she is specially trained to find places where penguins may be present, or have been regularly frequenting.

The detection experts from Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute (KORI) have carried out three searches so far, checking vegetation and rocks along the foreshore and mapping spots where special care needs to be taken.

Penguins tend to avoid the construction zone, but if one is spotted, which has happened on a few occasions, work in the immediate vicinity stops, and the team seek advice expert advice on the best course of action.

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32 days ago

Sleepyhead Classic Paedicrest Double Bed

Gini from Karori

Excellent condition. Had for about six years and always had a mattress protector and valence on it. Only selling as too small for us now.
Pick up Karori
Happy to chuck in electric blanket and near new sheets too.
(Cat for scale 🤣)

Price: $300

17 days ago

A saucy rebrand brings te reo Māori to Kiwi fridges and dinner tables

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Are you looking for a new pantry staple? A Canterbury restaurateur has launched his own te reo Māori-branded tomato sauce after boycotting another for “bastardising” the language.

Fush owner Anton Matthews has teamed up with Barkers to produce Kīnaki Tomato after removing … View more
Hi neighbours,

Are you looking for a new pantry staple? A Canterbury restaurateur has launched his own te reo Māori-branded tomato sauce after boycotting another for “bastardising” the language.

Fush owner Anton Matthews has teamed up with Barkers to produce Kīnaki Tomato after removing Watties from his Christchurch restaurant because the company poked fun at Māori place names in an advertising campaign.

Matthews, who has become well-known for championing the country’s indigenous language, is proud to have te reo Māori on sauces displayed on his tables.

When he went in search of a new sauce to accompany his kaimoana (fish) and chips in January, they picked a sauce they loved, and asked the Geraldine-based condiment producer if it could collaborate on a label.

“I’m really stoked that they’ve taken a chance on us.”

To read more about Kīnaki Tomato, click here

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18 days ago

Could someone you know be the next star Elvis impersonator?

Kate Green Reporter from Dominion Post

Calling Elvis impersonators, old and young, great and small – long-running competition “Elvis Down Under” needs more entries.

Cathy Finau, a lifelong Elvis fan, has run the competition for enthusiastic impersonators since its inception 15 years ago.

Entrants from all over Australasia dress … View more
Calling Elvis impersonators, old and young, great and small – long-running competition “Elvis Down Under” needs more entries.

Cathy Finau, a lifelong Elvis fan, has run the competition for enthusiastic impersonators since its inception 15 years ago.

Entrants from all over Australasia dress up and perform with the hopes of winning cash and fame at Upper Hutt’s Cosmopolitan Club, to a sold-out audience of up to 350 each night.

Now, with borders closed, the competition has lost about half of its usual entrants who would normally come over from Australia.

16 days ago

Bassinet

Briar from Ngaio

Hello,

Does anyone have a bassinet they're able to loan or sell? We have a rectangular mattress as we borrowed a bassinet from friends previously. Baby due in October.

Thank you

17 days ago

Bold plan to boost Māori economic prosperity

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A regional strategy designed to boost Māori prosperity has been launched by the regional council..

The strategy focuses on five primary areas, each supported by an integrated range of actions to deliver economic, cultural, environmental, social and leadership outcomes for Māori over the next 10 … View more
A regional strategy designed to boost Māori prosperity has been launched by the regional council..

The strategy focuses on five primary areas, each supported by an integrated range of actions to deliver economic, cultural, environmental, social and leadership outcomes for Māori over the next 10 years.

Coordination of the project was led by Te Puritanga Jefferies, Senior Māori Economic Development Advisor within Te Pane Matua Taio (Greater Wellington), and supported by contractors from Orauariki, Wellington School of Business and Government.

The strategy is a first for Wellington and a key objective is to increase the number of Māori in Wellington’s professional workforce.

The strategy is called Te Matarau a Māui: Collaborative Pathways to Prosperous Māori Futures..

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18 days ago

Poll: Is it time to ban smoking in public?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Earlier this month the Upper Hutt City Counci voted to extend its existing ban on smoking in public.

The ban covers all parks, reserves and sports grounds, as well as bus stations and bus stops.

Mayor Wayne Guppy said the Council wanted the city’s public spaces to be healthy environments for … View more
Earlier this month the Upper Hutt City Counci voted to extend its existing ban on smoking in public.

The ban covers all parks, reserves and sports grounds, as well as bus stations and bus stops.

Mayor Wayne Guppy said the Council wanted the city’s public spaces to be healthy environments for its children and young people to play in and enjoy.

A number of councils in the region have similar bans. Is it time to become totally smokefree and ban smoking in all public areas?

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Is it time to ban smoking in public?
  • 62.7% Should there be a total ban on smoking in public
    62.7% Complete
  • 37.3% No the current rules are tough enough
    37.3% Complete
490 votes
17 days ago

Thank you from our team at NumberWorks'nWords

NumberWorks'nWords Karori

2020 continues to challenge all of us, and our focus continues to remain on providing world class maths and English tuition. We would like to thank all of our families for working closely with us, enabling us to help your children reach their full potential.

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17 days ago

Masks are icing on the cake for Petone shop

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A cake store may not seem like the obvious candidate to offer handmade face masks, but a collaboration between a Wellington crafter and a Petone cake store has taken off.

Jhan Lindsay began the project when she used some leftover materials for a mask for her partner to wear when working in the … View more
A cake store may not seem like the obvious candidate to offer handmade face masks, but a collaboration between a Wellington crafter and a Petone cake store has taken off.

Jhan Lindsay began the project when she used some leftover materials for a mask for her partner to wear when working in the close confines of a construction job. One week and more than a hundred masks later, the Wellington musician, composer and teacher is struggling to keep up with demand.

Pictures of her creations on her Facebook page quickly led to friends requesting masks for their own use. Soon after local cake shop Cake It Forward approached her to supply masks for their Jackson St store.

On the evening of the announcement that masks would be mandatory for people travelling on public transport, Lindsay received an order for another 100 of her home-sewn, reusable masks.

Cake It Forward owner Bridget Cheesman is donating proceeds from the sale of masks to Women's Refuge.

Cake It Forward started from an initiative to provide cakes for birthdays and special occasions for kids with a parent in prison.

17 days ago

Newlands Park to get a $3.6 million upgrade

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

A flash new mutli-use all weather playing surface, a bike pump track and an enhanced ecological corridor are all part of a upgrade planned for Newlands Park.

The overall budget is $3.6 million, with $1.54 million being allocated from the Plimmer Trust.

Other features of the park include.
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A flash new mutli-use all weather playing surface, a bike pump track and an enhanced ecological corridor are all part of a upgrade planned for Newlands Park.

The overall budget is $3.6 million, with $1.54 million being allocated from the Plimmer Trust.

Other features of the park include.
* Creating a community play space adjacent to the skate park. This will see two play spaces with one for toddlers and the other for general use.
* Space for families to gather including barbecues, sheltered seating landscaping, and area for small outdoor performances.
* A half basketball court, a bike pump track and the redevelopment of the existing skate area.

* Enhanced ecological corridor and connectivity of green networks in the Northern Suburbs.

* Improved parking facilities at the upper level sports field.
* Provide public toilet facilities located close to the play space.

Construction is planned for 2020 and will take a phased approach.

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25 days ago

Have you experienced transport staff policing physical distancing on bus or train services?

Matt Tso Reporter from Community News

A commuter has reported standing passengers were asked to disembark the 4.17pm train from Wellington to Upper Hutt on Tuesday.

On Monday Metlink confirmed staff were not responsible for enforcing physical distancing on buses - saying this would be left to passengers.

Response from Metlink … View more
A commuter has reported standing passengers were asked to disembark the 4.17pm train from Wellington to Upper Hutt on Tuesday.

On Monday Metlink confirmed staff were not responsible for enforcing physical distancing on buses - saying this would be left to passengers.

Response from Metlink general manager Scott Gallacher:

“Passengers are responsible for their own physical distancing measures. The Government have made it clear that public transport frontline workers are not expected to risk their own health and safety by enforcing physical distancing.

That said, where our frontline staff see safe and low risk opportunities for action they will use their own discretion to do so, as seen in these instances. We support our frontline staff when they make these calls. This is all about everyone looking out for each other and taking personal responsibility.

Our conditions of carriage across rail, bus and ferry state that passengers must comply with our team’s instructions at all times.”

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25 days ago

Way Back Wednesday

Matt Tso Reporter from Community News

Righto team, where are we this week?

Let us know where you think this scene is. These days the tram tracks are gone, but it doesn't look too different.

As with last week's Way Back Wednesday, today's photograph comes courtesy of Graham Stewart and the Woolf Collection.

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18 days ago

Marko Stamenic joins top Danish club

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Western Suburbs midfielder Marko Stamenic has joined Danish Superliga side FC Copenhagen.

Stamenic is one of New Zealand's most exciting young players. He was set to earn a call-up to Danny Hay’s All Whites squad for the March friendlies against Bahrain and Oman, only for the games to be … View more
Western Suburbs midfielder Marko Stamenic has joined Danish Superliga side FC Copenhagen.

Stamenic is one of New Zealand's most exciting young players. He was set to earn a call-up to Danny Hay’s All Whites squad for the March friendlies against Bahrain and Oman, only for the games to be cancelled.

The Ole Football Academy product will be playing for FC Copenhagen’s under-19 team.

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