Clouston Park - Kingsley Heights, Upper Hutt

5 hours ago

Look at these great Local Likes...

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hey Vet Services Wairarapa and Merton Street Fish and Chips Shop! Your neighbours really LIKE you! Check out these awesome shoutouts from your Wellington community. Thanks for being such a special part of your community. Make a Local Like

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5 hours ago

Reduce your home-office energy bills

ECCA

With so many of us spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people’s energy bills are skyrocketing. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are 5 simple, easy to implement ideas and tips for cutting down your domestic power bills to save yourself some cash.
Find out more

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5 hours ago

Do you run a small business?

Stuff Prosper

Business owners consistently show initiative, hard work and resilience - and more than ever over the past few weeks.

Prosper has launched a small business survey to gauge the scale of Covid-19's impact.

It'll only take a few minutes to complete - and will help us, help small … View more
Business owners consistently show initiative, hard work and resilience - and more than ever over the past few weeks.

Prosper has launched a small business survey to gauge the scale of Covid-19's impact.

It'll only take a few minutes to complete - and will help us, help small businesses like yours, in weeks and months to come.
Take the survey

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14 hours ago

Show neighbours your photography snaps of Wellington!

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Kia ora Wellington, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.

Go ahead, get … View more
Kia ora Wellington, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.

Go ahead, get snapping and illustrate what's beyond your backyard.

Post your photographs in the comments below ⬇

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12 hours ago

Mount Albert project

The Team from Wellington Water

In late January 2020, following the burst in the two wastewater sludge pipelines buried in a tunnel deep under Mt Albert, Wellington Water engaged engineering firm Stantec to identify repair options and manage the project.
Brian Perry Civil were then engaged as the lead contractor to undertake the… View more
In late January 2020, following the burst in the two wastewater sludge pipelines buried in a tunnel deep under Mt Albert, Wellington Water engaged engineering firm Stantec to identify repair options and manage the project.
Brian Perry Civil were then engaged as the lead contractor to undertake the enabling works and to manage the other contractors working on site.

A long list of options was quickly whittled down to a shortlist of two options for relining the existing pipes.
From the shortlist SaniTube, from German Company, Amex Sanivar, was selected because it offered the best value for money, could be installed quickly and highly experienced New Zealand agent and installer Hadlee and Brunton was able to undertake the work.


Despite the additional challenge of the global pandemic both pipes were successfully relined by the end of May 2020, thanks to the multi-disciplinary team brought together to deliver this innovative repair.

13 hours ago

Our response to COVID-19

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington

Talofa lava

It’s Samoa Language Week, a chance for us to celebrate the rich culture, identity and language of our Samoan community. This year’s theme is ‘Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga', which in English means ‘Prepare yourself a gift for your travels’, urging us to prepare for the … View more
Talofa lava

It’s Samoa Language Week, a chance for us to celebrate the rich culture, identity and language of our Samoan community. This year’s theme is ‘Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga', which in English means ‘Prepare yourself a gift for your travels’, urging us to prepare for the road ahead.
I can’t think of a more fitting theme for our region at this time. Our diversity is a strength that will continue to guide us in our path to post-COVID recovery.

GW’s role in parks and environmental management is returning to pre-COVID capacity, with a few changes to keep our people and community safe.

One council function that continues to look quite different is public transport. This week, we released two videos describing how to travel safely on public transport and Metlink school buses. I encourage you to watch them, and share them with your own networks. If we all stick to the guidelines, we can keep Wellington moving smoothly and safely.

Manuia le vaiaso (have a good week) and kia kaha

Daran Ponter

Chair, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Travel on public transport and Metlink school buses under Alert Level 2

If you’ve been keeping an eye our Metlink Facebook page, you might have seen two new videos launched this week outlining how to keep safe on public transport and Metlink school services.

All Metlink passengers

If you’re using the bus, train or ferry during COVID-19 Alert Level 2, this video tells you what you need to know.

Please remember:

• Follow the physical distancing guidelines
• Enter buses through the front door
• Tag on and tag off with Snapper as normal
• If you can avoid traveling at peak times due to reduced capacity
• Keep a record of your travel at Alert Level 2
• Wash your hands before and after
• Don’t travel if you feel sick

Parents, caregivers and students

Now that we’ve moved to Alert Level 2, schools have reopened and Metlink’s School Bus Service is resuming. Things aren’t quite back to normal though, so if you or your child travel on a Metlink school bus, this video outlines what’s different.

Here’s a recap of what parents, caregivers and students should know:

• Children can sit next to each other as normal but standing isn’t permitted
• Because of this capacity will be reduced, so prepare a Plan B in case the bus is already full
• Make sure the students understand hygiene and physical distancing requirements to keep everyone safe
• Let them know they need to keep their distance from the driver
• There’s hand santiser to use on the buses
• Schools are prepared, too:

o Schools will have a register of students on each bus to help with contact tracing if it’s needed
o Schools understand physical distancing and hygiene requirements and can assist

You’ll find more information on the Metlink website or you can call 0800 801 700.

Thank you for being kind, considerate, and understanding as we work within the guidelines set out to keep everyone safe.

More details to come on Jumbotron at Wellington Railway Station

Keen commuters passing through the Wellington Railway Station may have noticed a new jumbotron (giant LED screen) in the centre of the station.

Currently, this screen is showing COVID-19 messaging, but look out for more info from us next week, when we officially launch the jumbotron along with a range of audio and visual improvements around the station which will better inform passengers about their journeys and safety.

Restrictions on park gatherings amended in-line with new guidelines

Last week, we announced that regional parks are reopening most of their amenities, including toilets, BBQs and camping facilities, with appropriate cleaning and physical distancing measures in place.

There are also no longer restrictions on recreational activities such as camping, motorised recreation, hunting, or horse riding.

As of Friday 29 May, gatherings within our parks can be expanded beyond 10 people. This is in-line with new Level 2 guidelines announced by the central government on Monday.



Please continue to keep Alert Level 2 principles in mind though:

• Everyone needs to be able to maintain a safe distance from people outside of their group - please be considerate and keep your gatherings to a sensible size, so there’s room for everyone
• You still need to keep a record of where you’ve been, and with whom, for contract tracing purposes
• Wash or sanitise your hands before and after touching gates, locks and other high-touch surfaces
• Stay home if you’re unwell

Our volunteer groups are also back in action this week! Thanks to our Park Rangers for helping transition these essential groups back into the parks.

Park Ranger offices are still officially closed, but if you see a Ranger or volunteer around, keep your conversations short and at a 2-metre distance. Remember that you can call 0800 496 734 for any park related inquiries.

University of Auckland’s COVID-19 stress and health study

The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is conducting a nation-wide COVID-19 Stress and Health study to explore how the pandemic is affecting the physical and mental wellbeing of New Zealanders. The study has been approved by the AHREC (ethics committee).

Professors Elizabeth Broadbent and Norina Gasteiger are recruiting participants over the age of 18 and living in NZ.

If you’d like to participate in the study, or find out more, visit: www.covidstressstudy.com...

17 hours ago

⚠️UPDATE: VICTORIA STREET PIPE BURST⚠️

The Team from Wellington Water

Good progress has been made to repair a wastewater pipe in Victoria Street in the Wellington CBD, after it burst last night.

The pipe is being excavated and the point of the burst has been found. It is a 300mm, cast iron pipe, that records show was installed in 1961. We are currently planning to… View more
Good progress has been made to repair a wastewater pipe in Victoria Street in the Wellington CBD, after it burst last night.

The pipe is being excavated and the point of the burst has been found. It is a 300mm, cast iron pipe, that records show was installed in 1961. We are currently planning to replace two six-metre sections of pipe with new, concrete-lined steel, which is a more resilient material. All going well we hope to complete the repair today, with full reinstatement completed tomorrow (Saturday).

Traffic is down to a single lane for a small part of Victoria Street near Harris Street and motorists are being asked to avoid the area if they can, or to expect minor delays.

Normal wastewater flows have been managed by the use of sucker trucks transferring wastewater from the nearby pumping station to a point further along the wastewater network, and by diverting flow into another wastewater pipe in Wakefield Street.

More visual inspections were carried out along the waterfront this morning, with no visible signs of a discharge. Water quality testing will continue, and warning signs remain in place until given the all clear by regional public health.

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21 hours ago

⚠️UPDATE: VICTORIA STREET PIPE BURST⚠️

The Team from Wellington Water

Work is under way to repair a wastewater pipe in Victoria Street in the Wellington CBD, after it burst last night.

Traffic is down to a single lane for a small part of Victoria St and motorists are being asked to avoid the area if they can, or to expect minor delays.

The burst caused a minor … View more
Work is under way to repair a wastewater pipe in Victoria Street in the Wellington CBD, after it burst last night.

Traffic is down to a single lane for a small part of Victoria St and motorists are being asked to avoid the area if they can, or to expect minor delays.

The burst caused a minor overflow. Signs warning of the risk have been placed on the waterfront and a visual inspection showed no sign of any discharge. Water quality testing will be undertaken from today.

The pipe will be excavated today to assess the extent of the burst, then repairs carried out. All going well work may be completed today, but it could take longer to complete reinstatement of the area.

We’ll provide a further update on repair progress around midday.

1 day ago

Can you see? The car? Cyclist? Or Pedestrian?

The team from Upper Hutt City Council

Sunstrike while travelling north on Miro Street on the morning of the 23 May 2019.

Sunstrike is more likely to occur in winter, especially from May to August, because the sun is lower in the sky.

Be prepared for possible sunstrike:

»» Keep your windscreen clean, inside and out.
»» … View more
Sunstrike while travelling north on Miro Street on the morning of the 23 May 2019.

Sunstrike is more likely to occur in winter, especially from May to August, because the sun is lower in the sky.

Be prepared for possible sunstrike:

»» Keep your windscreen clean, inside and out.
»» Wear sunglasses if the sun is in your eyes.
»» Use your car’s sun visors.
»» If you experience sunstrike, it may be best to pull over and wait for a few minutes until visibility improves.
Find out more

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1 day ago

WIN: A Resene makeover

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, everyone's had a part to play in the fight against Covid-19, but here's a chance to say thanks to someone you know who kept working for the benefit of the rest of us - nurses, doctors, pharmacists, teachers, supermarket employees and many, many more.

We're … View more
Hey neighbours, everyone's had a part to play in the fight against Covid-19, but here's a chance to say thanks to someone you know who kept working for the benefit of the rest of us - nurses, doctors, pharmacists, teachers, supermarket employees and many, many more.

We're giving away three prizes with Resene, each worth more than $500, including a Resene colour consultation, a $350 Resene voucher and the latest Resene fan decks.

So if you know an essential worker who would love one of these prize packs, click here to nominate them.

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2 days ago

Activation’s Month of Mud, June 2020!

The team from Upper Hutt City Council

Coming soon on the Activation Facebook page is Month of Mud!

Stay tuned for mud pie competitions, gardening and worm farm tips, local bush walks, mud themed books and activities all with the theme of mud and connection to Papatuanuku.

Month of Mud is fun the whole family can enjoy!
Find out more

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4 days ago

Will you make the most of changes to DIY rules?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, how do you feel about the changes to building consent rules for low-risk home projects?

The government says the change will save homeowners time and money, but pro builder and The Block NZ foreman Peter Wolfkamp, is advising caution if you're planning a DIY sleep-out or … View more
Hey neighbours, how do you feel about the changes to building consent rules for low-risk home projects?

The government says the change will save homeowners time and money, but pro builder and The Block NZ foreman Peter Wolfkamp, is advising caution if you're planning a DIY sleep-out or office. Find out why, here.

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2 days ago

YEEHAH for all our TEACHER AIDES

Sandra from Timberlea

www.nzherald.co.nz...
Finally! Your contribution to education is beginning to be recognised.
Thank you all so very much for the contributions you have made to so many (children and teachers).
The education system can not run without you all.
Kia kaha.

3 days ago

Low-tech solution

The Team from Wellington Water

Sometimes a low-tech tool is the answer.

A blocked stormwater pipe in Titahi Bay led to a CCTV investigation, which identified a blockage about 7 meters from the manhole cover. A water jetter was winched through the pipe and cleared out cans, bottles, Lego blocks and other bits of plastic, but a … View more
Sometimes a low-tech tool is the answer.

A blocked stormwater pipe in Titahi Bay led to a CCTV investigation, which identified a blockage about 7 meters from the manhole cover. A water jetter was winched through the pipe and cleared out cans, bottles, Lego blocks and other bits of plastic, but a tangle of roots seen on the screen wouldn’t budge.

Here we have Servicepersons Grayson (at the back holding the handle) and Tito using a corkscrew extended to 7 meters to clear roots out of the pipe.

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3 days ago

More Upper Hutt History ...

Sandra Alexander from Upper Hutt: Wider Community Connectivity

.... WOW! I have just finished reading:
"Reggie's Trombone" by Peter Hall.
Talk about "Turning Back the Clock"!
I was engrossed, as it brought back so many memories of Upper Hutt in the sixties.
What vibrant times we had as youth in Upper Hutt.
Was also great to read … View more
.... WOW! I have just finished reading:
"Reggie's Trombone" by Peter Hall.
Talk about "Turning Back the Clock"!
I was engrossed, as it brought back so many memories of Upper Hutt in the sixties.
What vibrant times we had as youth in Upper Hutt.
Was also great to read many, NOW, familiar names (via Neighbourly) in the "Credits".
A big thanks to all those who contributed to ensure our past is not forgotten.

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