Plimmerton, Porirua

7 hours ago

How considerate are your neighbours?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, are you seeing and hearing a lot more of your neighbours during the lockdown? Has it helped you get to know them better - from an acceptable social distance - or is the noise of everyone being home together all the time getting to you?

Now more than ever it's up to all of us … View more
Hey neighbours, are you seeing and hearing a lot more of your neighbours during the lockdown? Has it helped you get to know them better - from an acceptable social distance - or is the noise of everyone being home together all the time getting to you?

Now more than ever it's up to all of us to try not to annoy our neighbours, and to be more tolerant ourselves, so here are some easy ways to do just that.

And if you're wondering what makes a good neighbour and what makes a bad one, check out the 12 most annoying neighbour types. How many have you lived next to?

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3 days ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave … View more
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

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1 day ago

How is your pet reacting to you being around all the time?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Coco follows her owner round the house all day, Buster has started barking at strangers, and Rover has already been walked by every member of the family today. Twice. Dogs are overjoyed to have humans home 24/7, but they're sensitive, and during times of human stress need special care. How are… View moreCoco follows her owner round the house all day, Buster has started barking at strangers, and Rover has already been walked by every member of the family today. Twice. Dogs are overjoyed to have humans home 24/7, but they're sensitive, and during times of human stress need special care. How are your pets coping?

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9 days ago

METLINK PUBLIC TRANSPORT FREE UNTIL JUNE

Community Engagement Advisor from Metlink: On Our Way

As part of the national response to COVID-19 alert level 4 Metlink will make all rail and bus services free until June.

Public transport will continue to be available for essential service workers, and to enable communities to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities.

For more … View more
As part of the national response to COVID-19 alert level 4 Metlink will make all rail and bus services free until June.

Public transport will continue to be available for essential service workers, and to enable communities to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities.

For more information about this and what services are running, please read the full update on our website below.

6 hours ago

Critical projects during Covid-19 response

The Team from Wellington Water

During the heightened response to Covid-19, we are still progressing with critical projects. Some of the work involved in these projects may include a short interruption to your water supply.

Usually we let our customers know about this with a letter a couple of days beforehand. But, to ensure the… View more
During the heightened response to Covid-19, we are still progressing with critical projects. Some of the work involved in these projects may include a short interruption to your water supply.

Usually we let our customers know about this with a letter a couple of days beforehand. But, to ensure the safety of our community and frontline essential staff, letter drops have stopped.

We’ll continue to do our absolute best to inform you about planned service interruptions using other methods such as:
• Loud speakers
• Signs up in the street
• Social media
• Website updates

Of course, during service failures like bursts the water can be interrupted without warning. In times like these we will respond by having water available on site and letting you know about it via social media.

Council contact centres are will have this information too – so please give them a call in the first instance.

15 hours ago

Spread facts, not fear

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.

During this uncertain time, … View more
With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.

During this uncertain time, it’s fine to feel a little overwhelmed. To keep up to date with the latest developments and how you can do your bit, visit https://covid19.govt.nz/.
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1 day ago

'Rotary 100 Forests of Peace and Remembrance'

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

This is a good time to update club members about the 'Rotary 100 Forests of Peace and Remembrance' project. This is a New Zealand-wide project to celebrate the centenary of Rotary commencing in NZ and Australia.

Rotary is well advanced in discussions with the Ministry of Primary … View more
This is a good time to update club members about the 'Rotary 100 Forests of Peace and Remembrance' project. This is a New Zealand-wide project to celebrate the centenary of Rotary commencing in NZ and Australia.

Rotary is well advanced in discussions with the Ministry of Primary Industries for the Rotary 100 plantings to be funded from the Billion Trees programme.

We (RCoP) have got tentative approval from the Rotary 100 organisers, MPI and PCC for an additional planting area for Taupo Swamp. This would be for 10,000 wetland trees/plants to be planted around part of Plimmerton Domain that PCC will retire from sports field usage. PCC has recently completed building a dog exercising area on this sports field.

The proposal is to plant three sides of the outer edges of the new dog exercising park. The fourth side is fringed by Taupo Stream. We would plant species of plants and trees suited to local wetland conditions.

It’s an extremely easy area to plant as it’s been mown for several years for sports field use. It is flat with good soil and no weeds.

The Rotary Forest would be planted in parallel with the restoration and planting work already underway by ‘Friends of Taupo Swamp & Catchment’. It's envisaged that RCoP would plant several hundred plants in 2020 to prove that we have the capability, then plant 5000 in 2021 and 5000 in 2022.

The aerial photograph shows the sports field plus that part of Taupo Swamp that is owned by PCC (ignore the yellow elevation lines).

Also shown is the drain across the park and the initial planting area. We will start by planting on each side of the drain. We expect that over time, the drain will revert to being permanently wet.

What will we be needing from club members? We will need help with:

spot spraying of the planting spots
digging holes for the plants (post hole diggers)
planting/staking/protecting the plants and trees
a small amount of follow up weed control

4 days ago

Tell us the story behind your bear

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

We're going on a bear hunt! People across the country are popping bears in their windows. But what's the story behind the fuzzy faces? Tell us about your bear - what's their name, where did you get it, how far have they travelled? Post a photo and tell us their story! (Please mark … View moreWe're going on a bear hunt! People across the country are popping bears in their windows. But what's the story behind the fuzzy faces? Tell us about your bear - what's their name, where did you get it, how far have they travelled? Post a photo and tell us their story! (Please mark any posts you don't want to see published NFP).

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1 day ago

Marina Motor Lodge

Dean from Paremata

Hi does any body know what’s happening with the now unused Marina Motor Lodge was told its going to demolished but at present is leased to the government and will be used for emergency housing.

1 day ago

Would you like to be famous - for 15 minutes

Sharron Pardoe Reporter from Dominion Post

A famous artist of the 1960s, Andy Warhol, once predicted "everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes" . And this is your opportunity for your 15 minutes in the spotlight. The Dominion Post's popular 15 Minutes of Fame series is returning, and we're looking for … View moreA famous artist of the 1960s, Andy Warhol, once predicted "everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes" . And this is your opportunity for your 15 minutes in the spotlight. The Dominion Post's popular 15 Minutes of Fame series is returning, and we're looking for subjects. This much-loved special feature made a splash over summer with people from all over the region sharing their fears, frustrations, and fantastic achievements on the Capital Day page. Among all the coronavirus news, we want to bring you something lighthearted and fun to read, as well as to join in on. It's easy. We have a list of 100 questions.You pick 10 random numbers, and we'll send you the questions. All you need to do is email us your replies and a favourite picture. Nominate yourself or someone you know (with their consent) by emailing capitalday@dompost.co.nz.

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6 days ago

At-Home Fire Safety Checklist

Fire and Emergency from Fire and Emergency New Zealand

With everyone staying home, it’s now more important than ever for everyone to be fire-safe. People can find information on our website - fireandemergency.nz...

We’re heading into winter, and with households self-isolating together, there’ll be more cooking at home, and more use of open … View more
With everyone staying home, it’s now more important than ever for everyone to be fire-safe. People can find information on our website - fireandemergency.nz...

We’re heading into winter, and with households self-isolating together, there’ll be more cooking at home, and more use of open fires, heaters, and dryers - all things which can increase fire risk.

New Zealanders can be confident that Fire and Emergency is well-prepared and ready to respond to emergencies as usual during the nationwide self- isolation period.

Please call 111 if you have a fire, we will ask you whether anyone at the address is self-isolating or has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Where this is the case, we already have necessary measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety including protective clothing, gloves, masks, safety glasses and mask.

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1 day ago

Always dreamed of going to the ballet?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Well now you can - live, in your living room.

The Neighbourly team is super grateful to our friends at Royal New Zealand Ballet for their support over the years - so we're excited to be telling our Neighbourly members about their very special event: Live in your Living Room.

This … View more
Well now you can - live, in your living room.

The Neighbourly team is super grateful to our friends at Royal New Zealand Ballet for their support over the years - so we're excited to be telling our Neighbourly members about their very special event: Live in your Living Room.

This weekend, grab a cuppa and some gingerbread and venture in to the dark, fantastical realm of Hansel & Gretel. Inspired by the old-fashioned magic of silent movies and music hall vaudeville, this ballet will transport you to a magical world with large-scale cinematic effects, world premiere choreography by Loughlan Prior and a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan.

Live in your Living Room. This curated series of productions from the RNZB archive will be broadcast weekly on Facebook Premiere.

Enjoy performances at Friday 3 April at 7.30pm; Saturday 4 April at 1.30pm and Sunday 5 April at 10.30am.

Find out more at rnzb.org.nz/live.
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1 day ago

The Dominion Post

The Team Reporter from Dominion Post

In these unprecedented times, news media is classified as an essential service which means you can trust our journalism will continue to be produced, published and delivered. The Dominion provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain informed… View moreIn these unprecedented times, news media is classified as an essential service which means you can trust our journalism will continue to be produced, published and delivered. The Dominion provides a vital and trusted source of truth and our journalists are working hard to ensure you remain informed as the situation evolves.

If you want to receive The Dominion Post delivered to your home, you can visit The Dominion Post.

You can also sign up for Stuff’s Covid-19 newsletter here, so you get a daily update on the latest developments delivered straight to your email address.

Tell our editorial team what’s going on in your community - please send an email to newstips@stuff.co.nz.
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1 day ago

Reach out to those who need help

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Panic buying of items won’t protect you against coronavirus. Doing this only puts unnecessary pressure on our supermarkets and on our most vulnerable who cannot afford to stockpile.

Be more Neighbourly and buy in moderation - New Zealand supermarkets have got strong supply chains.
Need … View more
Panic buying of items won’t protect you against coronavirus. Doing this only puts unnecessary pressure on our supermarkets and on our most vulnerable who cannot afford to stockpile.

Be more Neighbourly and buy in moderation - New Zealand supermarkets have got strong supply chains.
Need help or can you support someone in need?

Reach out to your Neighbours here now https://www.neighbourly.co.nz/reachout

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2 days ago

Growing an edible garden

Charles Fleming Retirement Village

Now is a great time to focus on your garden. Whether you have a large garden or a small balcony, growing vegetables is a great way to keep busy and enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labour.

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