Aotea, Porirua

8 days ago

Level 4 lockdown begins tonight...

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

As of tonight at 11:59pm New Zealand will move to a Level 4 alert in response to the #COVID19 pandemic. It will put the entire country on lockdown for four weeks. Here’s what that will mean for us moving forward:

8 days ago

A message to our Adventurous Seniors

The Team from Readers Tours

There is a reason Readers Tours attract ‘Adventurous Seniors’.

Our itineraries are bold and colourful, so are our tour guides.
We drive scenic roads and coastal highway and have luxury accommodation waiting after a big day. We offer excursions such as Helicopter rides and guided walks and … View more
There is a reason Readers Tours attract ‘Adventurous Seniors’.

Our itineraries are bold and colourful, so are our tour guides.
We drive scenic roads and coastal highway and have luxury accommodation waiting after a big day. We offer excursions such as Helicopter rides and guided walks and have everything organised down to the last meal, with free newspapers for a spot of reading or challenging sudoku.

We are passionate about bringing like-minded individuals together to explore this beautiful landscape we call our backyard and are ready to go full steam ahead with our next tour the moment it is safe to do so.

For now, we will continue to bring you stunning photography, travel stories and helpful tips during these unprecedented times.

Our team remains dedicated to helping you, so please pick up the phone or fill out our contact form and we will be in touch. We look forward to you joining us and experiencing New Zealand like never before.

www.readerstours.co.nz... | 0800 0800 99

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8 days ago

NZSO live performance cancelled, replaced by musicians playing at home

Kate Green Reporter from Dominion Post

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its live online performance from Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre, after regulations around social distancing came into affect earlier this week.

However, they will still perform online for all of New Zealand tonight, as concertmaster … View more
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its live online performance from Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre, after regulations around social distancing came into affect earlier this week.

However, they will still perform online for all of New Zealand tonight, as concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppanen and several players filmed themselves playing one of their favourite pieces of music from their homes.

Play Our Part will premiere for free at nzso.co.nz/live at 7.30pm and can be viewed via smart TV, mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

8 days ago

What if you don't have WhatsApp?

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

"We are now entering a time where families are separated into individual household bubbles and unable to communicate and interact the way they normally do. Our neighbours are the ones who can step up and help."

8 days ago

Clothing alteration services close for this 4 weeks lockdown

Kim from Tawa

Hi Every body, as a non essential business & face to face contact risk A+ Tailors Clothing Alteration Services is now close until further government announcement that we can re-open. Thank you for your support over the years and hope you still continue to support us when we're reopen … View moreHi Every body, as a non essential business & face to face contact risk A+ Tailors Clothing Alteration Services is now close until further government announcement that we can re-open. Thank you for your support over the years and hope you still continue to support us when we're reopen again. Stay safe and be kind to one another during this uncertain time. Best Regards, Kim from A+ Tailors

9 days ago

Office chair

Courtney from Titahi Bay

Looking for a office/computer chair if anyone has one to pass on or sell

9 days ago

Row machine

Des from Tawa

Wanting to get row machine / buy / borrow / can pick up

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9 days ago

Council advises duck pond unsustainable!

David from Cannons Creek

It was disappointing to read in the 17/3/20 KPMN issue that the council is calling for public feedback on the future of the lagoon and have not made any 'pre-determined plans' - yet they have already determined that the duck pond has become 'unsustainable' and are seeking to … View moreIt was disappointing to read in the 17/3/20 KPMN issue that the council is calling for public feedback on the future of the lagoon and have not made any 'pre-determined plans' - yet they have already determined that the duck pond has become 'unsustainable' and are seeking to remove that amenity-which they have done without consulting the public beforehand.

'Unsustainable' is council speak for 'We don't want to spend money on fixing it' even though considerable money was spent on developments around the duck pond since 2017/18 ie splash pad, footpath around the lagoon itself, retaining wall at south end of lagoon(adjacent to rose garden) including the soil,the railway tracks, and the pier and 2 deck areas were removed but not replaced.

Was replacing the footpath around the lagoon really necessary - it wasn't damaged nor had it presented itself as a safety hazard?

As for the retaining wall, only a part of it was rebuilt,again,for what reason and why only a small portion or it leaving 3 different designs - old and new with varying levels of height and width?

The new section being narrower/lower cannot be used for seating but you could with the original design being more practical- much needed as there are only 4 seating bays for a total of 8 people in that area. This particular 'improvement' was incomplete, inconsistent and lacked foresight.

The council 'determined the fate of the duck pond by knowingly neglecting it for over 2 years knowing that it would reach the 'not cost effective to restore it' point ie 'unsustainable'.

In the last 3 years there have been several safety hazards appear due to the neglect of upkeep; the wire mesh on the bridge over the duck pond has uplifted -hazardous, especially at night, the rope guide rail was broken for 2 months before it was repaired, the waste material sitting afloat the waters surface has increased to 70% coverage in the last 3 months leaving little visible water -surely, a hygiene issue(?), and the duck population has declined by 85% in the last 3 years.

I hardly, see any ducks in the duck pond now as they prefer the cleaner waters of the lagoon.

Strange how the council failed to notice these hazards- an indication of the level of care and maintenance it has provided since 2017 and if the duck pond has become 'unfixable' it is soley due to the council's neglect of it.

The feeding of the ducks has been a popular and traditional Kiwi past time for generations of children throughout NZ.

Lastly, in 2017 my letter to the council advising 3 points; stop the ducks being fed bread(to improve health),clean out the pond/increase water levels(to prevent overheating by sunlight) and introduce circulation and aeration (to prevent algae growth) remained unresponded to.

I praise the council for then putting up signs advising against feeding the ducks bread, albeit, the cheapest option amidst other concurrent expensive developments outside of the duck pond, and so now I call on the councils expertise (and competence) and ask them what other actions have they taken since my 2017 letter and when did they decide to rid themselves of the duck pond?

Sometimes it's not always about making things new but, rather, making them better.

9 days ago

Ideas for connecting with your neighbours while self-isolating:

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

- Leave a note in the letterbox with your contact details
- Create a Facebook page for your street / building
- Start a WhatsApp or Viber group chat
- Give a wave from 2m away and ask how they're going
- Find and join a local Neighbourhood Support group here:

www.neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz...View more
- Leave a note in the letterbox with your contact details
- Create a Facebook page for your street / building
- Start a WhatsApp or Viber group chat
- Give a wave from 2m away and ask how they're going
- Find and join a local Neighbourhood Support group here:

www.neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz...

There are plenty of ways to keep in touch and support one another over the next several weeks. Just don't forget about those with limited internet or mobile phone access!

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9 days ago

COVID-19: From Tuesday 24 March - weekend services start to roll out on all public transport modes

Community Engagement Advisor from Metlink: On Our Way

In response to the Prime Minister’s address yesterday on raised COVID-19 levels, Metlink will be moving to weekend services across all public transport modes.

From Tuesday 24 March rail services will move to a special weekend timetable www.metlink.org.nz...

From Wednesday 25 March bus services … View more
In response to the Prime Minister’s address yesterday on raised COVID-19 levels, Metlink will be moving to weekend services across all public transport modes.

From Tuesday 24 March rail services will move to a special weekend timetable www.metlink.org.nz...

From Wednesday 25 March bus services will move to Sunday timetables. www.metlink.org.nz...

Further updates will be posted when available. Metlink thanks passengers for their patience at this time.

10 days ago

Avoid food poisoning at home

Ministry for Primary Industries

It’s a great time to cook for family, and whether you’re dining in or grilling on the BBQ, good food will always be on the menu. But, did you know that half of all food poisoning occurs in the home?

Follow the three simple Cs – clean, cook, chill to avoid getting ill. We all want to keep … View more
It’s a great time to cook for family, and whether you’re dining in or grilling on the BBQ, good food will always be on the menu. But, did you know that half of all food poisoning occurs in the home?

Follow the three simple Cs – clean, cook, chill to avoid getting ill. We all want to keep our friends and families safe, and the 3Cs can help you avoid common foodborne illnesses.

Check out foodsafety.govt.nz/ccc for handy food safety tips.
Learn More

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10 days ago

We're in this together!

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Now is your chance to get organised and come up with a plan for supporting your neighbours and keeping in touch over the next several weeks. We've come up with this 'Our Neighbourhood Plan' template to help.

For additional advice and resources, visit our website at the below link:

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13 days ago

Have you changed how you travel?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Honesty is the new policy with Wellington train commuters now having to 'clip' their own tickets. A new cashless regime, to cut contact between passengers and staff, will see no ticket checking staff or cash sales on trains from March 23. Buses are also going cashless. Have you stopped … View moreHonesty is the new policy with Wellington train commuters now having to 'clip' their own tickets. A new cashless regime, to cut contact between passengers and staff, will see no ticket checking staff or cash sales on trains from March 23. Buses are also going cashless. Have you stopped using public transport?

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10 days ago

METLINK MOVES TO SUNDAY SERVICES FROM WEDNESDAY

Community Engagement Advisor from Metlink: On Our Way

In response to the Prime Minister’s address today on raised COVID-19 levels, Metlink will be moving to Sunday services across all public transport modes from Wednesday 25 March.

Metlink GM Scott Gallacher says, that while there are still a number of issues to work out, all trains and buses will … View more
In response to the Prime Minister’s address today on raised COVID-19 levels, Metlink will be moving to Sunday services across all public transport modes from Wednesday 25 March.

Metlink GM Scott Gallacher says, that while there are still a number of issues to work out, all trains and buses will move to Sunday services after Tuesday.

“We’ll work to deliver to the current timetables across the network tomorrow but from first thing Wednesday morning, Sunday timetables will be implemented,” says Mr Gallacher.

Buses will no longer board from the front door. Metlink apologises to customers who rely on the accessibility options provided at the front door and encourages customers to find out more about Total Mobility services during this time by calling 0800 801 700.

Customers will be encouraged to continue their own physical distancing practices on all trains and buses, leaving a space next to them where they can.

“We’re still working out what this might mean for Wairarapa rail services and will provide more updates when they become available,” says Mr Gallacher.

UPDATE: As part of the move to Sunday timetables, Metlink school bus services will not run from Wednesday.

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