Hataitai, Wellington

35 days ago

Level 3 - and international connections!

Jane Fisher from Newtown Toastmasters

One of the benefits of meeting online that we may not have considered is the chance to welcome guests from around the globe.

Last night we met Krish, from another Newtown Toastmasters Club (in Kolkata, India), and Marcus from Düsseldorfer Toastmasters in Germany.

With our move to Level 3 … View more
One of the benefits of meeting online that we may not have considered is the chance to welcome guests from around the globe.

Last night we met Krish, from another Newtown Toastmasters Club (in Kolkata, India), and Marcus from Düsseldorfer Toastmasters in Germany.

With our move to Level 3 yesterday, Lisa's Table Topics got us thinking about our priorities! Our prepared speeches also touched on topics that have come to the forefront during lockdown - food and time.

Hope to see you at our next meeting on 12 May - also our Annual Business Meeting when we'll elect a new committee :)

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36 days ago

Mother's Day activity book...

Di Austin Real Estate

Saying 'thank you' to all the mum's out there!

Download our 30-page Mother's Day activity book. A collection of crafts, cooking and gestures, specially for Mum.

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36 days ago

Need to save on power?

Electricity Authority

If COVID-19 means you’ve been using more power, or if it’s affected your income, talk to your power company to check you’re on the best plan.

Find more advice and support at the Electricity Authority’s website.

Talk, Check, see if you can save.
Find out more

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36 days ago

The next level: what's top of your list?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Today we shifted to alert level 3 - an important step in our fight against Covid-19. While, for many, much remains the same, there are new freedoms offered - whether it's going to the beach for a walk or surf, a round of golf, takeaways or a return to work. What is top of your list today?

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36 days ago

Greta Point Reopening in Alert Level 3

Center Manager from Greta Point - Active Explorers

Kia Ora Wellington Community.

I hope you are all well and looking after yourselves and your whanau in this new COVID 19 limited life?

This update is just to let the community know our center is re-opening. tomorrow 29th April 2020 to support our current whanau who are returning to work under … View more
Kia Ora Wellington Community.

I hope you are all well and looking after yourselves and your whanau in this new COVID 19 limited life?

This update is just to let the community know our center is re-opening. tomorrow 29th April 2020 to support our current whanau who are returning to work under Alert 3.

We have had quite a few enquiries from families contacting us wondering if we are taking enrollments currently - We definitely ARE - but we sadly are not be able to settle and start new children until we reach a lower Alert Level under COVID 19.

Don't let this stop you!
feel free to check out our facebook page or website, or contact us via the neighbourly messages) and we can forward you some information about our center and keep in contact about starting your tamariki journey with us at Greta Point AE!

It was a great day to be back in beautiful Greta Point - and felt good to be back at work, fingers crossed we can open fully again very soon.

Nga mihi
The Greta Point AE team.

36 days ago

Essential work

The Team from Wellington Water

As well as our crews carrying out network maintenance in the community, did you know Wellington Water’s essential front line team also includes everyone working in our treatment plants, making sure your water supply is clean and healthy?

Here’s Tony, an operations technician at Te Marua Water… View more
As well as our crews carrying out network maintenance in the community, did you know Wellington Water’s essential front line team also includes everyone working in our treatment plants, making sure your water supply is clean and healthy?

Here’s Tony, an operations technician at Te Marua Water Treatment Plant, calibrating process instruments. Operators monitor the plant and reservoirs, restock chemicals and communicate with essential contractors and operators on site.

Please join us in showing your appreciation for Tony and all his colleagues around the region!

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36 days ago

Essential work

The Team from Wellington Water

As well as our crews carrying out network maintenance in the community, did you know Wellington Water’s essential front line team also includes everyone working in our treatment plants, making sure your water supply is clean and healthy?

Here’s Tony, an operations technician at Te Marua Water… View more
As well as our crews carrying out network maintenance in the community, did you know Wellington Water’s essential front line team also includes everyone working in our treatment plants, making sure your water supply is clean and healthy?

Here’s Tony, an operations technician at Te Marua Water Treatment Plant, calibrating process instruments. Operators monitor the plant and reservoirs, restock chemicals and communicate with essential contractors and operators on site.

Please join us in showing your appreciation for Tony and all his colleagues around the region!

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36 days ago

Essential work

The Team from Wellington Water

As well as our crews carrying out network maintenance in the community, did you know Wellington Water’s essential front line team also includes everyone working in our treatment plants, making sure your water supply is clean and healthy?

Here’s Tony, an operations technician at Te Marua Water… View more
As well as our crews carrying out network maintenance in the community, did you know Wellington Water’s essential front line team also includes everyone working in our treatment plants, making sure your water supply is clean and healthy?

Here’s Tony, an operations technician at Te Marua Water Treatment Plant, calibrating process instruments. Operators monitor the plant and reservoirs, restock chemicals and communicate with essential contractors and operators on site.

Please join us in showing your appreciation for Tony and all his colleagues around the region!

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36 days ago

Newtown green grocer

Happy from Kilbirnie

Exciting news!!

As of tomorrow when we move into level three we will be offering a click n collect option to add to our services. Our shop will remain closed while in level three. Go to our website and have a look at our different options available to you... We have all products available to … View more
Exciting news!!

As of tomorrow when we move into level three we will be offering a click n collect option to add to our services. Our shop will remain closed while in level three. Go to our website and have a look at our different options available to you... We have all products available to delivery or click n collect from our shop at 100 Riddiford street (Newtown).

We hope you will enjoy this option of receiving fresh fruit and Veges.

Visit www.newtowngreengrocer.co.nz... to place your order. Order the day before for delivery or pick up from 10am-3pm.
When you select the option to pick up please select a time between 10 am to 3 pm.

100 Riddiford St Newtown
Wellington
0220988354

37 days ago

Social isolation is tough for social creatures

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

For weeks Rocky's been working away at a hefty log of wood, whittling it down to the shavings littering the path around him. Social isolation is hard on a cockatoo. Of all the animals at Staglands Wildlife Reserve in the Akatarawa Valley, Rocky has been the most affected by the lockdown. … View moreFor weeks Rocky's been working away at a hefty log of wood, whittling it down to the shavings littering the path around him. Social isolation is hard on a cockatoo. Of all the animals at Staglands Wildlife Reserve in the Akatarawa Valley, Rocky has been the most affected by the lockdown. He's bored and lonely and there's only so much you can do with a log.

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36 days ago

Fun engaging learning.

NumberWorks'nWords Kilbirnie

NumberWorks'nWords remains online during lock down level 3. Our lessons are being delivered in the same fun, engaging way. Here is some feedback from one of our parents.

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36 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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36 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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36 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

36 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.

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