Akatarawa, Upper Hutt

14 hours ago

Meet our Houseplant Hero 2021!

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

Please meet Alyce Read of Nelson, who uses her houseplant collection to connect with others and help them overcome mental health challenges. "You wouldn’t take a plant and put it in a dark corner and fail to water it and expect it to thrive. So we should look at ourselves … View more
Dear neighbours,

Please meet Alyce Read of Nelson, who uses her houseplant collection to connect with others and help them overcome mental health challenges. "You wouldn’t take a plant and put it in a dark corner and fail to water it and expect it to thrive. So we should look at ourselves that way," she says. "If we are not thriving in the way that we would wish, it might not be any fault of ours, it might be the conditions that we are under."

4 days ago

Aotearoa or New Zealand?

Michael from Trentham

Name changing to make right the wrongs of the past seems to be the order of the day in New Zealand. The effort to Maori-ise NZ to a legitimate degree is both morally right and when it comes to place names, physically right.
Who were first to colonise NZ and stay put: Polynesians known as Mori-Ori… View more
Name changing to make right the wrongs of the past seems to be the order of the day in New Zealand. The effort to Maori-ise NZ to a legitimate degree is both morally right and when it comes to place names, physically right.
Who were first to colonise NZ and stay put: Polynesians known as Mori-Ori and a little later came the Maori. And these people indeed travelled the length and breadth of NZ hundreds of years before Europeans sighted NZ, naming almost all and sundry.
So we come to the curly question of our country's European name, itself anglicised from Dutch. Should we retain New Zealand or go for the largely accepted (by Maori) and meaningful Maori name: Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud).
When there is enough push for reverting to Maori names of major features such as mountains, we are presented with an either title of acceptability vis Mt Cook and Mt Egmont and their respective Maori names ( Mt Aoraki and Mt Taranaki), but I don't seem to think this would work with the country's name. Surely it must be one or the other. Yet I see Aotearoa creeping quite rapidly forward as a description of NZ. We have a Prime Minister who says it often enough for me to take notice.
The cost of change would be enormous and it would not be through a referendum as those seeking change would unlikely ever succeed.
Anyway, the first step in this process is to finally get rid of the laughable, temporarily named North Island and South Island and revert back to their meaningful Maori titles.
And don't lets talk about Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt. I did think these names were unique until I discovered a few weeks ago that there is a place named Hutt and Hutt River in Australia. Not up to the standard of Wellington though because I believe there are more than 25 places named Wellington world-wide.

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9 hours ago

What's On: Falls Prevention Class for Seniors

Lorna from Petone

Join Age Concern Wellington Fridays for a class designed for seniors to improve strength, help prevent a fall and make new friends. Call 04 4996648 for information. Gold coin donation.
Falls Prevention Class for Seniors
  • The Loaves and Fishes, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
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9 hours ago

What's On: Pop-up Hub for Seniors

Lorna from Petone

Join Age Concern Wellington for a cup of tea, light lunch and to make new friends. Free social gathering for seniors. No need to register. Call 044996645 for more information.
Pop-up Hub for Seniors
  • Voglemorn Hall
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9 hours ago

What's On: Steady as You Go Exercise

Lorna from Petone

Join Age Concern Wellington Thursdays for a class designed for seniors to improve strength, help prevent a fall and make new friends. Call 04 4996648 for information. Gold coin donation.
Steady as You Go Exercise
  • Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre
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10 hours ago

What's On: Falls Prevention Class for Seniors

Lorna from Petone

Join Age Concern Wellington Wednesdays for a class designed for seniors to improve strength, help prevent a fall and make new friends. Call 04 4996648 for information. Gold coin donation
Falls Prevention Class for Seniors
  • All Saints Church
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11 hours ago

What's On: UPPER HUTT MARKET

Lorraine from Trentham

Crafts, bric a brac, planters, sewing, knitting etc, inside spaces $10, limited car boot spaces, $10, all inquires ph 022 651 7163
UPPER HUTT MARKET
  • Baptist Church
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13 hours ago

What's On: Falls Prevention Class for Seniors

Lorna from Petone

Join Age Concern Wellington Fridays for a class designed for seniors to improve strength, help prevent a fall and make new friends. Call 044996648 for information. Gold coin donation
Falls Prevention Class for Seniors
  • Seatoun Village Hall
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13 hours ago

What's On: Steady as You Go Exercise

Lorna from Petone

FULL. Thanks for your interest in Age Concern's falls prevention class. The Upper Hutt class is full but there are many other classes around the region. Call04 4996648 for information.
Steady as You Go Exercise
  • Upper Hutt Library
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13 hours ago

What's On: Falls Prevention Class for Seniors

Lorna from Petone

Join Age Concern Wellington Tuesdays for a class designed for seniors to improve strength, help prevent a fall and make new friends. Call 04 4996648 for information. Gold coin donation.
Falls Prevention Class for Seniors
  • Johnsonville Uniting Church
14 hours ago

Olympics High Quality at Half-Way

Michael from Trentham

The Tokyo Olympics is high quality in performances through all the sports and in the venues provided. The stadiums etc are simply marvellous.
Never seen anything better of all these things.
The camera work to capture the action is extraodinary.
The track and field is almost out of this world. HIgh… View more
The Tokyo Olympics is high quality in performances through all the sports and in the venues provided. The stadiums etc are simply marvellous.
Never seen anything better of all these things.
The camera work to capture the action is extraodinary.
The track and field is almost out of this world. HIgh standards, world and Olympic Games records already abound.
NZ is producing its best array of sports successes ever and gaining medals which were not expected. So we are on the road to a record haul and up near the top in medals per capita and so very superior to the likes of China, USA and Japan.
The drama of these Olympics is not lost on me and the extra tearfulness and emotion shown among many athletes is a product of the adversities faced in the difficult times we are in. This Olympics is a light in the all the gloom and the reason why they went ahead, be it a year late.

15 hours ago

Random Acts of Kindness – August 1st to 31st 💐

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

All it takes is a kind gesture to change someone’s day. From giving flowers to a neighbour ‘just because’ to paying it forward in line at a cafe - this month we’re encouraging our members and supporters to make New Zealand a better place one random act of kindness at a time.

The options … View more
All it takes is a kind gesture to change someone’s day. From giving flowers to a neighbour ‘just because’ to paying it forward in line at a cafe - this month we’re encouraging our members and supporters to make New Zealand a better place one random act of kindness at a time.

The options for doing so are endless! Being kind doesn’t have to cost a thing, after all a smile is free. For those who want to go the extra mile, here’s some other ideas: take a gift over to new neighbours and introduce yourself, build a free community library for your street, buy extra kai at the grocery store to donate to a food bank, bring treats into work for colleagues, send an encouraging text to someone who needs it, let a car into the traffic ahead of you, write positive messages in chalk on sidewalks around your neighbourhood, or surprise loved ones with a visit.

Want to share your thoughts? Let us know how you’re spreading kindness this month by tagging us in your social media posts or emailing us your photos, videos, or experiences to:

info@neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz

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17 hours ago

What's On: I Was Glad

Roxani from Tawa

Orpheus Choir Wellington is having their first self-presented concert in 2021. I Was Glad is a programme of two halves. Soloists are Barbara Paterson, Margaret Medlyn, and Wade Kernot.
I Was Glad
  • Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
1 day ago

Meet the makers at Sustainability Trust’s mid-winter market

Sustainability Trust

Tēnā koutou. Your neighbours at Sustainability Trust here. Just letting you know that our mid-winter market is back and better than ever - and you're invited.

This is your opportunity to meet the makers, the crafters and creators, the people that make us proud to #SupportLocal. There will… View more
Tēnā koutou. Your neighbours at Sustainability Trust here. Just letting you know that our mid-winter market is back and better than ever - and you're invited.

This is your opportunity to meet the makers, the crafters and creators, the people that make us proud to #SupportLocal. There will be music, locally made artisanal gifts and goodies, great conversations and great people.

So go on, cut out the supply chain and meet the people behind the products. Be ethical, shop sustainably & support NZ made.

Admission is free, but please bring cash as many of the stallholders will not have EFTPOS.

Homeware > Art > Toys > Beauty > Clothing > Gifts > Food >Music

All are sustainably sourced and ethically made by conscious consumers for conscious consumers.

Sat, 21 August from 10.30 am to 4 pm - 2 Forresters Lane, Wellington.
Find out more

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1 day ago

Looking for an apprentice?

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Find your next apprentice with Competenz!

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1 day ago

What's On: Vieux Amis (Les Voisins)

Claudia from Ebdentown

Responding cleverly to characteristics of the Les Voisins, Vieux Amis present a strong baroque flavour with careful modern comments. Featuring Shostakovich’s second piano trio. Tickets $35. Booking fees apply. www.whirinakiarts.org.no.
Vieux Amis (Les Voisins)
  • Whirinaki Whare Taonga
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