Lyall Bay, Wellington

47 days ago

Our response to COVID-19

Community Engagement Advisor from Greater Wellington Regional Council

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...

47 days ago

Newtown green grocer

Happy from Kilbirnie

⚡️⚡️SPECIALS⚡️⚡️

✅Avocado 6 for $5(99 cents/each)
✅Broccoli 99cents/each
✅Lemon Meyer $2.99/each
✅Potato Agria 99cents/kg
✅Cherry tomato 2 for $5
✅Brown onion 99cents… View more
⚡️⚡️SPECIALS⚡️⚡️

✅Avocado 6 for $5(99 cents/each)
✅Broccoli 99cents/each
✅Lemon Meyer $2.99/each
✅Potato Agria 99cents/kg
✅Cherry tomato 2 for $5
✅Brown onion 99cents
✅Spinach 2 for $5
✅Telegraph cucumber $1.49/each

Last of Feijoas for this weekend.

Many more specials in-store!

Specials are on now and ending on Sunday
(31/05/2020).

47 days ago

Work

Rebecca from Strathmore Park

Anyone know of a job cleaning at night? I work during the day, but needing night work too.

47 days 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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50 days ago

Council to discuss Central Library

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

In tomorrow's meeting (Wednesday 27 May), the Mayor and Councillors will consider information about the Wellington Central Library building and services.
The meeting will be held at 9.30am via Zoom. To tune into the live stream, visit our Youtube channel: www.youtube.com...
To read the meeting… View more
In tomorrow's meeting (Wednesday 27 May), the Mayor and Councillors will consider information about the Wellington Central Library building and services.
The meeting will be held at 9.30am via Zoom. To tune into the live stream, visit our Youtube channel: www.youtube.com...
To read the meeting agenda which includes the report, visit:
wellington.govt.nz...

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47 days 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.

48 days ago

New Zealand Red Cross- Entertainment Books

Rachel Lake from Red Cross - Wellington Service Centre

Why not support New Zealand Red Cross as well as your local #Wellington businesses by purchasing an Entertainment Membership?

20% of your membership directly supports us to be Here For Good when you use this link: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz...

You can purchase now and activate when you are … View more
Why not support New Zealand Red Cross as well as your local #Wellington businesses by purchasing an Entertainment Membership?

20% of your membership directly supports us to be Here For Good when you use this link: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz...

You can purchase now and activate when you are ready, your digital membership now lasts 12 months from purchase so you can buy at anytime of year

#entertainmentmembership #supportlocal #digital #activatewhenready #supportlocal #fundraising #kindness #winwinwin

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48 days ago

Needed a Dog Crate for a Pre-School Rabbit

Bill from Rongotai

My daughter is teacher at a local pre-school and they are about to get a rescue rabbit from the SPCA. Does anyone have a dog crate they not longer need as they need one so the rabbit can be taken inside when its too cold outside. Please get in touch if you can help.

Free

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48 days ago

Freedom - there's nothing like it!

Jane Fisher from Newtown Toastmasters

"Freedom" on a Tuesday night - there's nothing like it.

With the shift to Level 2, conversation around the "new normal" continued. Part of our club's "new normal" is our Toast Rack resource library - Terry debuted the Content Editor role, which is now a … View more
"Freedom" on a Tuesday night - there's nothing like it.

With the shift to Level 2, conversation around the "new normal" continued. Part of our club's "new normal" is our Toast Rack resource library - Terry debuted the Content Editor role, which is now a fixture of our meetings.

Norbert's Table Topics got us thinking about what we didn't do during lockdown; Andy convinced us of the benefits of working from home; and Dianne gave us her take on the topic of Leadership Styles.

Come and add your jazz hands to our screen on 9 June....we look forward to meeting you

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48 days ago

Wanted vinyl records or Instruments

Cole from Strathmore Park

Hi, I'm Cole.

I'm look for any old record collections for sale both look and 45s. I collect most genres. Also on the lookout for some musical instruments, keyboard etc.

Kind regards
Cole

50 days ago

Aramex Overwhelmed

Caryl from Seatoun

On the 20th a package of perishables was scanned as having left Whangarei for Wellington. Today (26th) I got an update saying it would be another 5-7 working days. The depots are overwhelmed. Wonder what sorting strategies they use? Have they employed more sorters and drivers? And our lovely, … View moreOn the 20th a package of perishables was scanned as having left Whangarei for Wellington. Today (26th) I got an update saying it would be another 5-7 working days. The depots are overwhelmed. Wonder what sorting strategies they use? Have they employed more sorters and drivers? And our lovely, courteous Seatoun driver was delivering last Sunday, bless him.

49 days ago

WIN: A Resene makeover

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, thanks to everyone who nominated an essential worker to win one of three Resene prize packs, each including a Resene colour consultation, a $350 Resene voucher and the latest Resene fan decks.

The lucky winners are: Lee-Ann Hodgson, in Hunterville, Susannah Aho, in Auckland, and … View more
Hey neighbours, thanks to everyone who nominated an essential worker to win one of three Resene prize packs, each including a Resene colour consultation, a $350 Resene voucher and the latest Resene fan decks.

The lucky winners are: Lee-Ann Hodgson, in Hunterville, Susannah Aho, in Auckland, and Chad Birt, in Titahi Bay. Congratulations!

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50 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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50 days ago

Sludge trucking operation comes to an end

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

Wellington Water have successfully tested the first liner in the Mt Albert sludge pipes – which means the sludge trucking operation has come to an end.
There will be the odd truck passing through over the coming week or so as the sludge tanks at Moa Point are cleared, but the 24/7 operation is … View more
Wellington Water have successfully tested the first liner in the Mt Albert sludge pipes – which means the sludge trucking operation has come to an end.
There will be the odd truck passing through over the coming week or so as the sludge tanks at Moa Point are cleared, but the 24/7 operation is over.
For more information, visit: www.wellingtonwater.co.nz...

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