5 Ways to Well Being Course

The Water Cooler – a new meetup and networking opportunity for people who work from home – is developing well say Sue Brown and Alyson Howell from Ngaio Union Church. ‘We’ve welcomed people who’re lawyers, artists, planners, designers and more.’ they say. Both Alyson and Sue work from home and know that as well as being flexible and practical, this brings its challenges.

‘Some days you just want to have some colleagues around you to bounce ideas off’ says Sue ‘and then there’s the sausage rolls, the quiz and the Christmas celebrations you don’t get invited to’. ‘But, critically, you also miss out on professional development and growth opportunities that are part of working in a larger organisation’ adds Alyson. ‘Fortunately, we can help with that too!’

Alyson regularly leads wellbeing courses in corporate and government workplaces, including ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ – a 90 minute course designed by the Mental Health Foundation and based on excellent well researched guidelines. ‘Building resilience’ is even more important in a one-person business’ says Sue.

So on Thursday [10] October, Ngaio Union will offer this empowering and practical course for people who work from home. It starts 11am, so why not come and share a coffee and some company at The Water Cooler (starts at 10.30) first, before the learning begins?

To find out more, and to register for the 10 October ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ course, contact Alyson on 027 242 6242.

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Kākā, kererū and tīeke -three times as likely to be seen compared to 2011

Spotting a kākā, kererū or tīeke in Wellington reserves has become about three times more likely in the last decade, with bird poulations spilling into the suburbs, like Ngaio and Crofton Downs.

The Wellington City Council has tallied up the birds in  its annual bird count, finding significant increases in five endemic bird species: tūī, kākā, kererū, tīeke and kākāriki.

Council environment partnership leader Tim Park said the prolific birds were becoming “ambassadors for Wellington” and the predator-free effort.

The full story is available here

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Meet the Candidates – 20 September 2019

Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association is arranging a meeting which will be residents’ opportunity to meet your candidates who have been nominated to stand for Wharangi/Onslow-Western Ward Councillor in the 2019 local body elections, and also those who have been nominated to stand for Mayor.

The full list of candidates has just now been released, so check back here to see which have accepted invitations to meet our residents.

The meeting will be in the Ngaio Town Hall, starting 7.30pm on 20 September 2019.

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Ngaio Community Ceilidh (Dance)

Saturday 7 September 2019
7.30pm to 10pm

  • Entry Free but Koha welcomed for Community Assistance Fund
  • Bring a plate of food to share for supper\Coffee tea juice water provided
  • Alcohol Free/ Family friendly
  • Come early as numbers are limited
  • Cnr Crofton Road and Kenya street
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Crafternoon – Ngaio Union Church

For people who love to craft, or are keen to discover their inner crafter, and to work alongside others with similar interests, Ngaio Union Church has arranged Crafternoon. this is a weekly get together over 6 weeks – each Thursday from 29 August starting 1.30pm through to 3.30pm.

Ngaio Union Church is on the corner of Crofton Rd and Kenya St, Ngaio.

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Water Cooler – meeting place for those who work from home

Ngaio Union Church is organising weekly meetings, 10.30am on Thursday’s for those who work from home.

The Water Cooler is a weekly opportunity for people who work from home to get together for morning tea, to share coffee, cookies, quizzes but, more crucially, to make connections with other people like yourselves.

Ngaio Union Church is on the corner of Crofton Rd and Kenya St, Ngaio.

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Emergency Information Sessions for Ngaio and Crofton Downs

What would you do if an earthquake happened now?

The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) is holding two information evenings which will start to answer this question, so that our suburbs are better prepared and able to respond in an emergency.

The evenings will help residents understand the hazards that we face, and contribute to our response plans. Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions – if you cant make the eveing for your suburb, come to the other, it will remain relevant.

Ngaio
Wednesday 24 July 2019, 6.30pm to 8.00pm,
Ngaio Union Church,corner of Kenya Street and Crofton Road
WREMO flyer – Ngaio
Crofton Downs
Wednesday 7 August 2019, 6.30pm to 8.00pm,
Crofton Downs Primary School, Chartwell Dr
WREMO flyer – Crofton Downs
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Trelissick Park Bridge


The Trelissick Park Group is raising funds for a footbridge across Kaiwharawhara Stream. This will link with a new access track into Trelissick Park from Oban Street, Wadestown. The project is being managed by Wellington City Council, with completion expected around May next year.

The new footbridge and track will improve access from Wadestown/Highland Park, expand walking opportunities in the Park and surroundings, as well as provide access to a new area of the Park for restoration and pest control.

The total that the Trelissick Park Group has to find for the footbridge is estimated at $100,000, including gst and contingency. So far donations stand at around $54,000. The Group is applying for grants and has set up a ‘Givealittle’ page at https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/kaiwharawhara-stream-footbridge-for-new-trelissick. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated.

The image above is of a similar bridge to that proposed for Trelissick Park from the Group’s facebook page -click here for the link.

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Ngaio Gorge Work Update

Major strengthening is about to start happening in Ngaio Gorge. WCC has updated their plan for this road, more detail available from here.

From late April to the end of May 2019, specialist crews will be carrying out slope stabilising works in the area of the major slip in the lower gorge. They will be surveying the slip zones and carrying out geotechnical investigations to develop geological & survey maps. A topographical survey of the road below will also be completed.

This work will be occurring from 7am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, so there will be delays for traffic passing through the investigation area during working hours. Traffic management will be in place throughout this period.

It is anticipated there will be 5-7 days of road closures during off peak travel times (9am–4pm), starting 29th April. Walking tracks will also be closed during this time.

Unsuitable weather or other unforeseen circumstances may alter the planned start dates.

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EasterFest Ngaio Union Church

We weren’t able to have the Community Picnic today, but the Ngaio Union Church EasterFest is just around the corner….

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