Aro Valley, Wellington

4 hours ago

Wellington's Central Library set to avoid demolition, but still years away from reopening

The Team Reporter from Dominion Post

Wellington's Central Library looks set to avoid demolition, but ratepayers could ultimately pay $200 million for the privilege of keeping it.

On Wednesday, Wellington City Council voted 14-1 in favour of a motion indicating their preference was to strengthen and upgrade the earthquake-prone … View more
Wellington's Central Library looks set to avoid demolition, but ratepayers could ultimately pay $200 million for the privilege of keeping it.

On Wednesday, Wellington City Council voted 14-1 in favour of a motion indicating their preference was to strengthen and upgrade the earthquake-prone building, rather than demolish and rebuild.

To read more, click here.

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6 days 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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14 days ago

Rimu Dining Table - large !!!

Noel from Karori

I’ve got a very large recycled Rimu dining room table - it’s 2m long (3m with the extensions in place).
I’m moving to Christchurch and can’t take it with me.
It comes with 8 free chairs (pretty shabby & need recovering really).

NOTE: I need this gone on Saturday 30th May (Queens … View more
I’ve got a very large recycled Rimu dining room table - it’s 2m long (3m with the extensions in place).
I’m moving to Christchurch and can’t take it with me.
It comes with 8 free chairs (pretty shabby & need recovering really).

NOTE: I need this gone on Saturday 30th May (Queens Birthday weekend) & I cannot deliver - you would need to pick it up & it it very heavy !!
Complete dimensions are: 220cm long (extra 2 x 50cm extensions) 110cm wife, 78cm high.

Make me an offer & get yourself a bargain !!!

1 day ago

Make your garden a place of beauty and delight!

Manager from Ingrid Gotlieb Landscape Design + Consultancy

The Garden Consultation service I offer provides simple instructions to get your garden sorted with the right plants for you and the garden site. A garden can be a pleasure to work in!
There are three basic regular tasks to do. Gardening doesn't need to be complicated! 1. Feed the soil. 2. … View more
The Garden Consultation service I offer provides simple instructions to get your garden sorted with the right plants for you and the garden site. A garden can be a pleasure to work in!
There are three basic regular tasks to do. Gardening doesn't need to be complicated! 1. Feed the soil. 2. Tidy the garden at the end of each season. 3. Mulch before summer (75mm deep). Please contact me if you would like a Garden Consultation (fee: $390).
Contact: 021 0424846 e: ingridgotlieb@gmail.com w: igotlieb.wixsite.com/landscapedesign

17 hours ago

Can you help - Volunteers Needed

The Team from St Vincent de Paul - Wellington

We always need volunteers to assist in our Op Shops (we have 9 over the Wellington Area: Newtown, Miramar, Island Bay, Karori, Aro Valley, Khandallah and Johnsonville, Kilbirnie, Kelburn). So please call us, or drop by an op shop closest to you and start volunteering today. We also need volunteers … View moreWe always need volunteers to assist in our Op Shops (we have 9 over the Wellington Area: Newtown, Miramar, Island Bay, Karori, Aro Valley, Khandallah and Johnsonville, Kilbirnie, Kelburn). So please call us, or drop by an op shop closest to you and start volunteering today. We also need volunteers for our food bank, donations sorting room and van driver assistants.
Want to be a part of a great team making a real difference in your community? Phone (04) 389-7111 or email volunteer@vinnieswgtn.org.nz

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1 day ago

TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR CLEAN CURTAINS

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Wellington

Before re-hanging your clean curtains, we recommend you thoroughly wash the inside of your windows and frames with warm soapy water with a small amount of bleach in to get rid of any mould spores that are present, taking care not to splash on your carpet or other soft furnishings.


Mould grows … View more
Before re-hanging your clean curtains, we recommend you thoroughly wash the inside of your windows and frames with warm soapy water with a small amount of bleach in to get rid of any mould spores that are present, taking care not to splash on your carpet or other soft furnishings.


Mould grows as a result of sun, moisture and dust or dirt so any attempts to minimize these environmental conditions will help.


- Removing the moisture from your windows each morning.
- Curtains can be vacuumed using the round brush attachment to remove dust
- Ensuites can be a major source of moisture in a bedroom, ensure these are well ventilated
- Avoid drying washing inside
- Opening windows for a small amount of time each day to let the moisture out of your home
- Curtains can be spot cleaned using a solution of washing powder and warm water – this will often leave a watermark so spots should be patted dry with a towel, then dried with a hair dryer.

- Please note: “Exit-Mould” & citrus cleaners will most often strip the colour out of your curtain and leave chemicals in the fabric that will cause it to rot

Call us today on 0800 579 0501 to book in for a clean!

22 hours ago

SuperSeniors Newsletter June 2020

The Team from Office for Seniors

Hi Neighbours!

Our June SuperSeniors Newsletter is out now, and it's filled with lots of useful and interesting information.

The Newsletter outlines things to keep in mind around COVID-19 and a few key points from the 2020 'Rebuilding Together' Budget that will benefit seniors.

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Hi Neighbours!

Our June SuperSeniors Newsletter is out now, and it's filled with lots of useful and interesting information.

The Newsletter outlines things to keep in mind around COVID-19 and a few key points from the 2020 'Rebuilding Together' Budget that will benefit seniors.

15 June marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is an opportunity to shine the light on the role we can all play in reducing elder abuse and neglect.

Make sure to read and share it!

To subscribe, to the newsletter follow this link: bit.ly...
To view the current edition go to: bit.ly...

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1 day ago

Recycling Centre reopens

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

The bulk Recycling Centre at Wellington’s Southern Landfill has reopened to the public with traffic controls in place to ensure Covid-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines are maintained.
The Tip Shop Wellington will remain closed during Level 2 for the safety of our staff.
For more information and FAQs, … View more
The bulk Recycling Centre at Wellington’s Southern Landfill has reopened to the public with traffic controls in place to ensure Covid-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines are maintained.
The Tip Shop Wellington will remain closed during Level 2 for the safety of our staff.
For more information and FAQs, please visit our website.
wellington.govt.nz...

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1 day ago

Renewals

The Team from Wellington Water

There are a lot of reasons to dig up a road, unfortunately! Here’s one of the less common belowground infrastructure renewals we do.

Digger Operator Layton is removing an old air valve block on the bulk water main running from Naenae Reservoir. The team put in a new, bigger air valve (replacing … View more
There are a lot of reasons to dig up a road, unfortunately! Here’s one of the less common belowground infrastructure renewals we do.

Digger Operator Layton is removing an old air valve block on the bulk water main running from Naenae Reservoir. The team put in a new, bigger air valve (replacing the one just visible in the wooden chamber) then constructed a new concrete chamber and manhole cover for better service and maintenance access.

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1 day ago

Hospitality Fee Refunds

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

Just a reminder that if you’re a Wellington business owner that pays a food registration, pavement lease or alcohol licence that your business may be entitled to a refund for this quarter.
It’s easy to apply online at forms.wellington.govt.nz...
Please submit your application by 30 June 2020.
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Just a reminder that if you’re a Wellington business owner that pays a food registration, pavement lease or alcohol licence that your business may be entitled to a refund for this quarter.
It’s easy to apply online at forms.wellington.govt.nz...
Please submit your application by 30 June 2020.
Pictured are Rebecca and Katie from Olive on Cuba Stree.

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3 days ago

Txt-A-Park discontinued 30 June

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

Kia ora Pōneke. Just a reminder that Txt-A-Park is being discontinued by the provider, and from 30 June it will no longer be available as a payment option for on-street parking.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
On-street parking customers can still pay for parking at the meter … View more
Kia ora Pōneke. Just a reminder that Txt-A-Park is being discontinued by the provider, and from 30 June it will no longer be available as a payment option for on-street parking.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
On-street parking customers can still pay for parking at the meter using either cash, credit or debit card (including PayWave) or the PayMyPark app.
For more information about parking in Wellington, visit: wellington.govt.nz/parking

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1 day ago

Eggs any way, anytime

Emma Reporter from Stuff Cooks

During lockdown, there was no leftover my family wouldn’t crack an egg onto and eat for breakfast: leftover mash, leftover chicken pot pie, the last dribbles of a batch of ham hock soup and once, a lamb chop.

Eventually “Eggs & Anything” infiltrated dinner and our standards dropped even… View more
During lockdown, there was no leftover my family wouldn’t crack an egg onto and eat for breakfast: leftover mash, leftover chicken pot pie, the last dribbles of a batch of ham hock soup and once, a lamb chop.

Eventually “Eggs & Anything” infiltrated dinner and our standards dropped even lower: the skillet was dumped on the table along with a pile of forks, a few side plates - maybe, a tea towel as a napkin for the 8-year-old with the large lockdown appetite and away we went.

Lazy egg suppers have hung around in Alert Level 2 - minus the dinner dregs and skillet table service, and with the addition of an actual recipe: Turkish eggs, spicy red shakshuka and spiced bread egg in a hole.

Eggs, dukkah and garlic fried spinach is another favourite combo in our house. What's your favourite?

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2 days ago

Winter

The Team from Wellington Water

Winter is here, or coming, depending on what you believe in. But whether you believe it starts on June 1st, with the winter solstice on June 21st, or when the weather packs in, now is a good time to prepare for more rain by making sure the grates over stormwater sumps (drains) in your street and on… View moreWinter is here, or coming, depending on what you believe in. But whether you believe it starts on June 1st, with the winter solstice on June 21st, or when the weather packs in, now is a good time to prepare for more rain by making sure the grates over stormwater sumps (drains) in your street and on your property are free of rubbish and leaves.

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2 days ago

Fairer rents for Council tenants

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

We’re proposing a fairer system for setting Council tenants’ rent and we’d love to know what you think!
Consultation reopens today, so visit www.letstalk.wellington.govt.nz... for more information and to have your say.
The survey is open from Tuesday 2 June – Tuesday 30 June 2020.

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2 days ago

While we cannot uninstall 2020, we sure can reboot the system!

NumberWorks'nWords Karori

Give us a call to set up an obligation-free, cost-free curriculum evaluation so that we can get the year back on track for your children.

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2 days ago

Increasing the lifespan of your textiles

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Wellington

- AN EDUCATIONAL YARN -


As well as focusing on the aesthetic and functional needs of interiors, it is important to understand that all fabrics have different qualities and constructions which can be affected by the environments they are installed in. In our next topic for our blog series – … View more
- AN EDUCATIONAL YARN -


As well as focusing on the aesthetic and functional needs of interiors, it is important to understand that all fabrics have different qualities and constructions which can be affected by the environments they are installed in. In our next topic for our blog series – An Educational Yarn - we look at these common issues and how we can increase the lifespan of textiles in our interior applications.

- STABILITY & MOVEMENT -
Best choice: Polyester, acrylic, cotton and blends
Caution: Silk, linen, viscose in lightweight constructions.

Fabric stability is particularly critical for curtains and blinds and while a degree of tolerance is essential because all fibres expand and contract as a result of atmospheric changes, some fibres are more affected than others.

Generally fabrics alter in length when they absorb or release moisture. Fibres that release a lot of moisture will obviously ‘move’ more. Most natural fibres absorb moisture readily, which is why they are used for towels etc. Synthetic or man-made fibres have very poor absorption which can make them uncomfortable to wear, but in furnishings they ‘move’ less. However, other factors must also be taken into account such as location, for example the proximity to the sea.


As sea air is heavy with salt, being anhydrous (it absorbs water), when this adheres and settles amongst the fibres, this will naturally attract moisture and this will cause additional weight.


- DURABILITY / PILLING -


Though this applies mainly to upholstery fabrics, pilling and abrasion damage can also occur in drapery if there is constant rubbing against walls and frames. Different weaves greatly affect a fabric’s performance, such as the density of weave and the number of floating fibres, but if woven for a situation where strength and abrasion resistance are the prime consideration, then cotton, linen, polyester, nylon, acrylic and wool can make strong and durable upholstery fabrics. Nylon particularly, when even 10% is blended with cotton or linen, produces a far more abrasion resistant fabric.
While the above are guidelines, understanding the properties of fibres will help in discerning their suitability in certain situations.

Many fabrics contain combinations of yarns in order to achieve the best performance and effect.

Abrasion ratings are part of assessing upholstery fabrics, but understanding ratings of tensile seam slippage and pilling is also critical. Quality suppliers with reputable brands and standards will supply only ‘fit for purpose’ products.

- HUMIDITY -

Best choice: Polyester, acrylic
Caution: Cotton, wool, silk, viscose, linen
In humid conditions, bacteria, fungi (mildew) and sometimes moth larvae can create unsightly problems and in some cases totally destroy the fibres. Generally mildew thrives on natural and cellulose fibres e.g. cotton, silk, wool, linen and viscose.

While good air circulation in a room coupled with hanging curtains at least 10 cm from the glass helps, selecting fibres such as polyester and acrylic, which are mildew resistant, is a better option. However, even this may not completely eliminate the problem.

While mildew will not grow on these fibres, it will grow on dust or dirt which may become trapped between the fibres. Regular vacuuming and washing or dry cleaning will help prevent this but in extreme conditions, this is no guarantee. High levels of humidity are the largest contributor to drapery movement.

TIPS: In curtaining, unless the fabric is a sun filter or sheer, it should always be lined. An allowance must be given for a certain amount of movement as a result of atmospheric conditions.

Considering all the different fibre characteristics, the blending of different fibres into yarns and the combining of different yarns into fabrics can overcome many of the disadvantages of specific fibres.

- SUNLIGHT & UV DEGRADATION -

Best choice: Acrylic and polyesters blends
Caution: Silks, wools

While Southern Hemisphere conditions can be so severe that virtually no fabric producer worldwide will guarantee their products at the window, with modern technology, beautiful fabrics are being created which will perform well with long-term satisfaction, even in harsh conditions. Sunlight degradation is one of the prime considerations of curtaining and man-made fibres perform well in resisting damaging rays. The fibre most resilient to sunlight damage is acrylic, followed very closely by polyester. If fabrics made from these fibres do experience colour change, the problem will probably be with the dye or cleaning process, not the fibre.

Of the natural fibres, cotton and linen have quite good sun resistance and again, any colour change here is usually the result of dye or cleaning. However, it is recommended that for Australasian conditions, these fabrics should be protected with a quality lining.

Silk is admired for its beauty and luxury, however it is sensitive to UV damage and affected by even reflected light. The addition of coated linings coupled with bumf will help protect the fabric, although the exposed ‘leading edge’ of curtains will likely still deteriorate. Where possible, it will increase the life of silk curtains if they can be stacked beyond the window.

TIPS: If your client insists on using delicate fabrics make them fully aware of the ramifications of their choice by recording any ‘industry performance’ notations in your quotes. This can save a lot of issues later on.

Leading edges of curtains (those facing the windows) are particularly vulnerable to sunlight degradation. To help minimise this effect, it is recommended that curtains be rotated periodically where possible, i.e. the left-hand curtain swapped into the right-hand position, annually. A quality sun filter is also important where sunlight is directly reflecting on the fabric behind the glass.

Rotate furniture cushions frequently to ensure sun degradation occurs evenly.

Using a synthetic ‘band’ of a contrast fabric down the leading edge will help to protect the curtains and can also be a dramatic design feature.

It is important to have a realistic understanding that all fabrics, regardless of dyestuffs used, will eventually fade/deteriorate under direct sunlight over time. James Dunlop Textiles utilise the best standard dyestuffs, and whilst no warranty can be made as to colour fastness because of our extreme UV conditions, they should perform sufficiently under normal conditions provided proper care is taken.


- GENERAL TIPS -



Fabrics manufactured from natural fibres that are not dyed may suffer from after bleaching, causing lightening or a deepening in colour when exposed to natural light. As this is a natural phenomenon, allowance must be made for this unpreventable colour change reaction. Some yarns, such as silk, are even susceptible to indirect UV rays and every precaution should be taken to protect the fabric by the use of a bumf or interlining as well as conventional lining. Even then, colour degradation may still occur over time.
A superior quality lining is always recommended for drapery applications. Depending on the situation, there are many different linings available e.g. coated linings for added insulation and protection, and three pass blackout linings where light control is a priority such as in children’s bedrooms.

Curtains should be hung at least 10 cm from the glass to enable air to circulate. This helps prevent mildew and reduces heat build-up that will also adversely affect fabrics. Regular cleaning of windows is also very beneficial as this removes mildew spores, which can accumulate and transfer onto curtains.

Depending on fibre content, there will always be some movement in curtain length (the longer the curtain, the greater the variation) due to temperature change and the absorption and release of atmospheric moisture from the yarn of the fabric. This is normal for heavy yarns such as cotton.


To maintain and preserve the lifespan of your furnishings, regular cleaning and maintenance should be carried out. Call Curtain Clean for all your needs on 0800 579 0501.

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