Te Marua, Upper Hutt

20 days ago

What's the value of my property?

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Sometimes you just want to know what your property is worth without having a real estate professional visit your house.
The appraisal may be for insurance, a bank appraisal, or just because you are curious about the value of your home.
This is a free property appraisal carried out online by … View more
Sometimes you just want to know what your property is worth without having a real estate professional visit your house.
The appraisal may be for insurance, a bank appraisal, or just because you are curious about the value of your home.
This is a free property appraisal carried out online by handpicked area experts using a comparative market analysis (CMA) system.
The more information you provide the more accurate our area specialists can be.

Go to www.pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz... to find out more.

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20 days ago

Willis Street works nearing connection stage

The Team from Wellington Water

The first stage of the work to connect a new wastewater pipe in Willis Street, replacing the temporary overland pipe installed after the original tunnel collapse in December, is expected to be complete by the end of March.

Wellington Water Group Manager Tonia Haskell says the final stage of pipe … View more
The first stage of the work to connect a new wastewater pipe in Willis Street, replacing the temporary overland pipe installed after the original tunnel collapse in December, is expected to be complete by the end of March.

Wellington Water Group Manager Tonia Haskell says the final stage of pipe laying along Willis Street is being completed using trenchless methods to lay the pipe underground and below existing services at the Ghuznee Street end.

“This means we’re now approaching one of the last and most complex parts of the job, to connect the new permanent underground pipe to the network and decommission the overland pipe along Willis Street.

“To achieve this we will need to shut down the wastewater pumping stations close to the harbour that send flows up to and along the overland pipe. We’ve been doing a lot of planning for this as it is risky and at all costs, we want to avoid spilling any wastewater into the harbour.

“We need low tide, dry weather, low wastewater flows and ensuring that all existing city wastewater storage is empty so it can take the flow. We also have contingency planning in place including sucker trucks, and ensuring the old interceptor is clear to support management of the wastewater flows.”

Ms Haskell says all this is expected to take place in the week of 23 March pending having optimal conditions.

“If we get heavy rain for example, we wouldn’t be able to turn off the pump stations to disconnect the overland pipe due to the risk of overflowing in the harbour. So in that instance the work would be delayed.”

This phase of the work is expected to take between 6-8 hours, however, it will require Dixon Street between Willis and Victoria Street to be closed to through traffic for up to three days. This is to allow the underground pipe to be exposed, the connection to be made, and then the road to be reinstated. One lane of Willis Street will be opened for for local traffic, travelling one-way from Ghuznee Street entrance.

The pipe ramp will still be in place so the road cannot be used as a main thoroughfare and there will still be no parking along the section of Willis Street between Ghuznee and Dixon streets. Traffic controllers will be onsite to assist throughout.

“Once the permanent pipe is connected, we can remove the overland pipe and bring in contractors to reseal the road. We are talking with Wellington City Council now about reinstatement of the road, which we’d expect to take one to two days. The focus will then shift from Willis Street to laying new pipe in the adjoining slipway down the motorway. This is expected to be complete mid-year but will have minimal traffic impacts.”

Meanwhile, investigative drilling work is being done to determine the best approach to sealing the tunnel at the separate Dixon Street site.

“Work to drill the final boreholes will continue this week and once that is completed, we’ll be able to do a thorough geotechnical assessment of the ground conditions to allow us to complete design work.”

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27 days ago

Does anyone remember this event?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hi Wellington. We’re excited to launch the Old Wellington Neighbourly Group. Join your neighbours to explore Wellington of the yesteryear and share photos and memories of how Wellington used to be. Tell us what you know about this event and you could win a $50® Prezzy card. Join Group Now

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22 days ago

Should e-scooters have a speed limit?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

The Government wants to set a 15 km/h speed limit for e-scooters, as part of a raft of changes to make footpaths more pedestrian friendly.
Pedestrians and people using wheelchairs would have right of way, while people on e-scooters and "other transport devices" would be allowed to use … View more
The Government wants to set a 15 km/h speed limit for e-scooters, as part of a raft of changes to make footpaths more pedestrian friendly.
Pedestrians and people using wheelchairs would have right of way, while people on e-scooters and "other transport devices" would be allowed to use cycle lanes. The changes will be put out to consultation, ending on April 21. What's your view of the proposed changes?

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20 days ago

Ryman pioneers a new way of living

Ryman Healthcare Limited

Offering a peek behind the curtain, Ryman have released behind the scenes footage from their recent film. Showcasing their passion for life, Ryman residents from New Zealand and Australia feature in the film. Let’s meet the stars.

“If I hear music, I just want to dance – body seems to just… View more
Offering a peek behind the curtain, Ryman have released behind the scenes footage from their recent film. Showcasing their passion for life, Ryman residents from New Zealand and Australia feature in the film. Let’s meet the stars.

“If I hear music, I just want to dance – body seems to just move!” says dancer Audrey, 84. Poet Brian, 86, says “Poetry helps me to question and understand the meaning of life”, followed by a witty “– haven’t worked out what it means yet”.

As their residents blaze their own trails, Ryman matches that pioneering spirit. “Ryman villages offer living choices to suit everyone so that you can live the way you want.
Learn more

21 days ago

Have micro-credentials helped you get ahead?

Josephine Franks Reporter from Sunday Star Times

Gone are the days of getting one qualification out of school to see you through your working life. Now, upskilling, online courses and on-the-job training are all part of making your way up the career ladder. 

We want to talk to people who have completed micro-credentials, bitesize qualifications… View more
Gone are the days of getting one qualification out of school to see you through your working life. Now, upskilling, online courses and on-the-job training are all part of making your way up the career ladder. 

We want to talk to people who have completed micro-credentials, bitesize qualifications for specific skills. 

Perhaps you've pieced together a full qualification by doing online courses, or maybe you've taken a workshop rather than investing in a six-month course. We'd love to hear from you - email josephine.franks@stuff.co.nz

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27 days ago

Lights out - how often does this happen?

Sharron Pardoe Reporter from Dominion Post

Large swathes of the Western suburbs and parts of the central business district of Wellington had no street lights, overnight on Tuesday with only vehicle headlights and traffic lights to light the way.

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32 days ago

Poll: Should parking prices rise in Wellington to keep rates down?

Ben Heather Reporter from Dominion Post

Wellington City Council is short on cash and mulling a parking fees hike. Options on the table include night parking charges or expanding the CBD area of high-price parking. Or they could always just increase rates. www.stuff.co.nz...

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Should parking prices rise in Wellington to keep rates down?
  • 25.9% Yes, make night owls pay for parking.
    25.9% Complete
  • 24.2% Yes, make people who park on CBD fringes pay more.
    24.2% Complete
  • 49.9% No, let ratepayers foot the bill.
    49.9% Complete
1000 votes
27 days ago

Martinborough Fair - March 2020

Community Engagement Advisor from Metlink: On Our Way

Wow, March already and we’re heading into the final month of Summer festivities. So, take some time out of your busy schedule to enjoy the second of the Rotary Martinborough Fairs for 2020 starting on Saturday, 7th March from 8am to 4:00pm. Stalls and activities for this event will take place in … View moreWow, March already and we’re heading into the final month of Summer festivities. So, take some time out of your busy schedule to enjoy the second of the Rotary Martinborough Fairs for 2020 starting on Saturday, 7th March from 8am to 4:00pm. Stalls and activities for this event will take place in and around Martinborough Square. 😀

What does that mean for you?

Your Route 200 to Masterton will be diverted away from the area during the hours of 4am to 6:30pm so that you can enjoy the festivities as the square will be closed to traffic. Your journey to Masterton will now start from Stop #1800 Martinborough - Kitchener Street (near 11) instead of your usual Stop #1779 located at Martinborough Town Hall. Stop #8991 Jellicoe Street at Naples Street will also be closed.

For more information and to view the diversion map, visit the link below. Know before you go by subscribing to MyMetlink, downloading the Metlink Commuter App or calling 0800 801 700. #Knowbeforeyougo #Metlinkbuses

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23 days ago

Dance Party HQ

Kim from Brown Owl

Dance Party HQ - Ladies, join us for some fun and exercise dancing in the dark. Bust out your favourite moves to some great tunes. Wednesday 6.45pm King Lion Hall, King St Upper Hutt $5.

28 days ago

Take our survey and you could win a $50 gift card

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Hello gardeners! We know there's more to your day than flowers and veges, and we're interested in your views on leisure, how you watch TV shows, movies and video content. This survey will take about 10 minutes of your time, and we would very much appreciate the feedback.

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24 days ago

500 card group

Lesley from Trentham

Hi Everybody
Just a reminder the casual 500 card group at Upper Hutt library is on again this Sunday, 8thMarch 1pm to 4pm-come & join in for as long as you like. Suitable for people with some knowledge of the game of 500, partners not needed-just for fun and to meet other people.
Card group … View more
Hi Everybody
Just a reminder the casual 500 card group at Upper Hutt library is on again this Sunday, 8thMarch 1pm to 4pm-come & join in for as long as you like. Suitable for people with some knowledge of the game of 500, partners not needed-just for fun and to meet other people.
Card group operates every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

hope to see you there

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