Hataitai, Wellington

27 days ago

Looking forward to your next copy of NZ Gardener?

Jo McCarroll - NZ Gardener editor Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

I am (very) pleased to tell you that now that the country is in Level Three, the May issue of NZ Gardener will be sent to our printers, and the magazine will be on sale from May 7. And believe me the May issue is packed with the good stuff, with ideas of what you can sow, plant, pick and preserve … View moreI am (very) pleased to tell you that now that the country is in Level Three, the May issue of NZ Gardener will be sent to our printers, and the magazine will be on sale from May 7. And believe me the May issue is packed with the good stuff, with ideas of what you can sow, plant, pick and preserve to make the most of your garden right now, plus Lynda Hallinan reflects on 60 lessons for gardeners from the lockdown, a bumper gardening quiz, and you can visit a spectacular Taupō garden alive with birds, a whimsical wonderland in Glenorchy in full bloom and meet the clever and resourceful gardeners of the Chatham Islands... all without leaving your bubble. And thanks so much to everyone who has been in touch to offer their support to the NZ Gardener team, especially those who have subscribed or renewed or purchased a subscription as a gift (an NZ Gardener subscription is a great Mother's Day idea, just sayin'!) We are so grateful to you all, and it's your support that allows us to keep inspiring and informing gardeners from all around New Zealand as we have been doing now for more than 75 years. Please share this message with your gardening groups on social too. We’re looking forward to the many more years of celebrating the amazing gardens and gardeners of New Zealand that lie ahead.

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27 days ago

Alert Level 3

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

He waka eke noa – we are all in this together
*For the latest information about Council facilities, services and venues at Level 3: wellington.govt.nz/covid-19
*For Government advice and the latest information: covid19.govt.nz/
*For Council news, mayoral updates, tips and articles: … View more
He waka eke noa – we are all in this together
*For the latest information about Council facilities, services and venues at Level 3: wellington.govt.nz/covid-19
*For Government advice and the latest information: covid19.govt.nz/
*For Council news, mayoral updates, tips and articles: wellington.govt.nz/your-council/news
*Seeking support? wremo.nz/covid-19/seeking-support/

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27 days ago

Testing a new service

Shane from Mount Victoria

Hi everyone

I'm a Service Designer with the Department of Internal Affairs. We are working on how to make it easier for parents to prove information about themselves and their children when applying for services.

We’re looking for people who have had a baby in New Zealand in the last 10 … View more
Hi everyone

I'm a Service Designer with the Department of Internal Affairs. We are working on how to make it easier for parents to prove information about themselves and their children when applying for services.

We’re looking for people who have had a baby in New Zealand in the last 10 years (ideally in the last two years). We will show you some of our ideas and we want you to give us your thoughts about those ideas and any ideas you have.

We will call via phone/Zoom/WhatsApp or Messenger and show you some pictures so it’s important you have good internet access.

When: Wednesday 13th or Thursday 14th , May 2020

Time: Sometime between 9am and 8pm. The session will take up to 1 hour.

In appreciation for your time you will be given a $50 shopping voucher.

If you're interested you can email me on shane.ngan@dia.govt.nz

27 days ago

Our response to COVID-19 - Transition to alert level 3

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington

Kia ora

Many of you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement that New Zealand will move to alert level 3 at 11:59 pm Monday 27 April. Like others around the region, Greater Wellington has been busy preparing for a smooth transition to this new alert level.

This is an overview of how … View more
Kia ora

Many of you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement that New Zealand will move to alert level 3 at 11:59 pm Monday 27 April. Like others around the region, Greater Wellington has been busy preparing for a smooth transition to this new alert level.

This is an overview of how council will operate under alert level 3. There are a few significant changes, including a return to regular timetables on buses and trains and opening most of our parks to vehicles. And while council function is affected by the pandemic, I’ll continue to bring you weekly updates on how we’re responding through this newsletter.

I want to thank you again for your ongoing dedication to stopping the spread of COVID-19. We should feel proud of our effort so far, and heartened to stay the course by remaining at home under alert level 3.

Kia kaha till we meet again…and stay in your bubbles!

Daran Ponter
Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair

Public transport

Metlink will return to full regular timetables on buses starting on Sunday 26 April and trains on Monday 4 May. Fares will continue to be free under alert level 3 for essential travel such as going to supermarkets, veterinarians, pharmacies and other health facilities. Those over 70 should continue to stay home, but may use public transport to visit a doctor or pharmacy. Total Mobility customers will continue to be able to access subsidised fares of up to $80 per trip at this alert level.

We’re asking passengers to please start using their Snapper cards to tag on and off. This will help us gain valuable insight into how the network is preforming now, and when it returns to full service under level 3. If you do not have a Snapper card, you can order one free by calling 0800 555 345.

We’re also requesting that passengers abide by the physical distancing measures in place, even if that means missing out on their first choice train or bus as demands start to pick back up. Metlink’s real time information will be up and running as soon as we enter alert level 3 to help people plan journeys, and we’ll continue to update passengers with any developments on the Metlink website and app.

Ferry services will not return at alert level 3. Metlink is working with the ferry operator for a return at alert level 2.

Environmental management

The shift to level 3 means that our field and operational staff are able to resume more environmental management operations. Our harbour communication station is still working to ensure safe and efficient maritime management for commercial users of our region’s waters. Our Flood Protection staff have been responding to the various flood events across the region and we’ve also had teams out applying nitrogen-free fertiliser to the grazed areas at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park and the western side of Belmont Regional Park. As an environmental protection agency it is important to keep delivering these essential services to the region.

Water

As under level 4, Wellington Water Ltd continues to operate as an essential service to provide clean drinking water and safe wastewater treatment to our communities. Some staff members have been redeployed to bolster the frontline numbers for additional resilience and they are securing supply chains for all critical equipment, chemicals and other materials that keep water services running.

Regional parks

We know exercise and recreation is important, and our parks are available for safe and local access for you and your bubble. At alert level 3, we continue to limit exposure of COVID-19 to our staff and visitors. We are opening most of our park gates to vehicles, and most toilets. Park ranger offices remain closed and there is no camping, no motorised recreation, no hunting or gatherings allowed.

Our park ranger team and contractors will be back working in the parks. We ask that visitors please avoid our worksites, which will be clearly marked.

As well, volunteer activities will not be permitted in our parks under alert level 3. While we value the work of our volunteers immensely, we value their health and safety even more.

Predator free

Under alert level 3, our professional pest animal trappers will be able to resume some their predator control operations. Likewise, our allies at Predator Free Wellington will ramp up work next week, and have already been out this week attending to some essential work as a result of storm damage.

We know our volunteers are eager to get back to it, but under this alert level we are limiting pest control operations to staff only. We ask that our volunteers please continue to follow the government’s advice to stay home as much as possible. If you’d like to help us keep the heat on rats, stoats and other predators, please consider installing a trap in your backyard.

We’ll continue to offer support to conduct small operations that are deemed a matter of health and safety. These include responding to residents’ concerns about triggered traps in Wellington City, and wasp nest removal. To protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and the community, a small team who are operating independently has been approved to respond.

WREMO

The Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) is a key part of Greater Wellington’s COVID-19 response, and is staffed and operated by council officers.

Under alert level 3, WREMO continues to operate seven days a week in order to combat the effects of COVID-19 and share information with the public on how to stay safe, ways communities can look after each other and how to get help for those who need it.

The WREMO helpline is also operating daily from 7am to 7pm and people can reach out for help by calling 0800-141-967.

28 days ago

Need advice on a DIY fail or reno dilemma?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, how's lockdown life treating you? If you've been trying to sort some long overdue DIY jobs around the home, with mixed results, help is at hand. 

Have you already had a DIY disaster you need to fix, or are you looking to do some home improvements but don't where … View more
Hey neighbours, how's lockdown life treating you? If you've been trying to sort some long overdue DIY jobs around the home, with mixed results, help is at hand. 

Have you already had a DIY disaster you need to fix, or are you looking to do some home improvements but don't where where to start? Email homed@stuff.co.nz to tell us all about it - including photos if you can - and we'll ask our experts for their advice on how you can fix things up, or where to start with your project. 

So whether you have a interiors design dilemma, a need for some home DIY know how, bigger plans for a reno you'd like an expert opinion on, or even a tough cleaning problem you want cleared up, we'll get you some answers. What are you waiting for? Email your questions and photos to homed@stuff.co.nz and we'll get back to you.

Please note: We are unable to recommend specific businesses or tradespeople to provide quotes etc.

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28 days ago

New Zealand is now at Alert Level 3

New Zealand Government

Alert Level 3 is a milestone in our struggle against COVID-19. We are all responsible for what happens next. Every contact we make is a chance for the virus to spread.

We could easily lose what we have gained. Our success, or failure, depends on the decisions that we’ll each make alone – … View more
Alert Level 3 is a milestone in our struggle against COVID-19. We are all responsible for what happens next. Every contact we make is a chance for the virus to spread.

We could easily lose what we have gained. Our success, or failure, depends on the decisions that we’ll each make alone – but which in turn – will affect all of us.

Two weeks then a review
• On 11 May, we will review our progress and decide if we can safely continue to step down restrictions, or if more measures are required to protect us all.
• So the decisions we each make now, matter. Because every interaction we have is an opportunity for the virus to spread.

Keeping safe at Alert Level 3
• At Alert Level 3, the best way to keep those around you safe, is by keeping your bubble small. Interact with as few people as possible. Less people equals less risk. And continue to stay at home whenever you can.
• We should each be making the minimal number of trips. Be sure to stay local, and only make necessary trips.
• And importantly, work and learn from home if you can.

Let’s do this
We’re a team of 5 million. Formidable. And we can do this.
So thank you New Zealand for making the right decisions, when it really counts.
Find out more

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28 days ago

Bored and looking for things to do?

The Team from Sustainability Trust

Get free curtains from the Wellington Curtain Bank.

Going into Level 3 means that the Wellington Curtain Bank can make curtains for homes in need, for free.

Double layered, well-fitted curtains, help keep the home warm and prevent heat loss.

For more information on how you can get free … View more
Get free curtains from the Wellington Curtain Bank.

Going into Level 3 means that the Wellington Curtain Bank can make curtains for homes in need, for free.

Double layered, well-fitted curtains, help keep the home warm and prevent heat loss.

For more information on how you can get free made-to-measure curtains from the Wellington Curtain Bank, head to www.sustaintrust.org.nz/wellington-curtain-bank
Find out more

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28 days ago

Here's another creative boredom busting idea for you.

Silke from Heart for Art

Getty Museum has challenged people to recreate famous paintings. There's some really clever ones being done, and also some really hilarious ones.

THE CHALLENGE
🥇 Choose your favourite painting.
🥈 Find three things lying around your house.
🥉 Recreate the painting with those … View more
Getty Museum has challenged people to recreate famous paintings. There's some really clever ones being done, and also some really hilarious ones.

THE CHALLENGE
🥇 Choose your favourite painting.
🥈 Find three things lying around your house.
🥉 Recreate the painting with those attributes.

Try it with your kids. They'll have fun and learn about art. I'm sure that ticks the homeschooling box. Have fun!

30 days ago

Open outdoor Council facilities - Level 3

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

During Alert Level 3, open outdoor Council facilities will include:
-Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park - Level 3 guidelines apply
-Sports fields and outdoor courts
-Newtown Park athletics track – (open from 7am to 4pm)
-Ian Galloway BMX track
-Hataitai Park velodrome
-Dog parks
-Makara and Karori … View more
During Alert Level 3, open outdoor Council facilities will include:
-Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park - Level 3 guidelines apply
-Sports fields and outdoor courts
-Newtown Park athletics track – (open from 7am to 4pm)
-Ian Galloway BMX track
-Hataitai Park velodrome
-Dog parks
-Makara and Karori Cemeteries – the gates will remain closed with pedestrian only access at entrances, and the cemetery office at Karori will remain closed to the public. The small chapel at Karori will be open for services as per Level 3 guidance
For more information about Council at Level 3, visit: wgtn.cc...

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28 days ago

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS - WELLINGTON

Galu from Lyall Bay

Small and Medium size businesses in Wellington face an uphill task recovering from COVID-19 restrictions. This group has been created on facebook to support those during this time. Give it a follow and share it with your contacts www.facebook.com...

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28 days ago

Drinking water advice

The Team from Wellington Water

With many empty offices and buildings during lockdown, water hasn't been running as frequently through the taps. When you return to your workplace, it's a good idea to run your taps to flush out the system.

When left alone in your pipework for an extended period, water can become … View more
With many empty offices and buildings during lockdown, water hasn't been running as frequently through the taps. When you return to your workplace, it's a good idea to run your taps to flush out the system.

When left alone in your pipework for an extended period, water can become stagnant and while it's still safe to drink, it may taste unpleasant, so it’s a good idea to run the tap for a while to make sure you have fresh drinking water.

29 days ago

Have you registered yet?

Cancer Society NZ - Wellington Division

It's now easier than ever to help people affected by cancer in your community.

You can now register to take part in Relay for Life Saturday 16th May 2020, at your place for free. Cancer never sleeps, even in a global pandemic

Grab your bubble-mates, or connect virtually with your team … View more
It's now easier than ever to help people affected by cancer in your community.

You can now register to take part in Relay for Life Saturday 16th May 2020, at your place for free. Cancer never sleeps, even in a global pandemic

Grab your bubble-mates, or connect virtually with your team mates, and let's Relay!
Find out more

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29 days ago

Update on orthodontics during Level 3

Courtenay Orthodontics

Hi everyone. At 11.59pm Monday 27 April New Zealand will enter COVID-19 Level 3 lockdown. For the orthodontic and dental sector, however, this does not mean that we will be back in business. As you'll agree, it's quite hard to have your braces adjusted in a contactless manner - one of the… View moreHi everyone. At 11.59pm Monday 27 April New Zealand will enter COVID-19 Level 3 lockdown. For the orthodontic and dental sector, however, this does not mean that we will be back in business. As you'll agree, it's quite hard to have your braces adjusted in a contactless manner - one of the core provisions of Level 3. So, for now, please continue as you were under Level 4 - check out our website for instructions on emergencies (including what we can and can't do under this lockdown level), tips and advice, and information on how to get additional elastics or wax (which we can provide in a contactless manner). Stay safe everyone!

29 days ago

Speed reduction from Breaker Bay to Owhiro Bay

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

If you're driving around the South Coast please watch out for pedestrians. Near misses between people and vehicles have prompted a speed reduction.
From May 5 - the earliest Wellington City Council can install signs - the stretch of road between Breaker Bay and Owhiro Bay will be reduced from… View more
If you're driving around the South Coast please watch out for pedestrians. Near misses between people and vehicles have prompted a speed reduction.
From May 5 - the earliest Wellington City Council can install signs - the stretch of road between Breaker Bay and Owhiro Bay will be reduced from 50kmh to 30kmh. The measure, brought about by the large numbers out for a walk during lockdown, is temporary.

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38 days ago

What messages are popping up in your neighbourhood?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

In these trying times, it's great to see the messages popping up in windows and on fences around Wellington. What signs have you spotted? Share a photo in the comments so we can all see!
(This photo was taken by Dominion Post visual journalist Kevin Stent)

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