Zero Together – Ngaio | Everyday actions for a better climate future


Register now for Zero Together and help create a better future for the people and places we love!

Zero Together is a series of interactive workshops provided by Wellington City Council for Wellingtonians who want to make a difference.

Led by a community facilitator, you’ll look at transport, energy use, waste, food, shopping habits and more. Come join us for five weeks of exploring practical and effective actions, sharing experiences, and being inspired by the community around you.

A new course is starting in Ngaio on Thursday 28 February. Sign up now join other motivated locals, exploring new ideas, sharing experiences, and being inspired to reduce the carbon emissions from our everyday lives. Together, we can make a difference.

Registration links and more information are at www.wcc.govt.nz/zerotogether

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WCC District Plan Briefings

The Wellington District Plan is a very important document for our city – it will guide how the city develops over the coming years. Council officers have now started presenting the Independent Hearing Panel’s recommendations to Council at five briefings from 7 February, so we want our members to know this is happening and where to get more information..

The recommendations came from hearings, which ran over 36 days in 2023, at which 144 submitters took the opportunity to provide verbal submissions and supporting evidence relating to their written submissions. Experts also presented evidence on matters including planning, urban design, transport, heritage, economics, natural hazards, noise and wind.

The report for the first briefing on Wednesday 7 Feb is available here. The rest of the reports will be made available when the agendas are published a week prior to the briefings. All briefings will be livestreamed on YouTube, and will also be recorded and available on YouTube here

The Council will then meet on 14 March to make their decisions on the Independent Hearing Panel’s recommendations.

More detailed information on the PDP including the decision making process and schedule of hearings is available on the PDP website.

If you have any questions you should email WCC at districtplan@wcc.got.nz.

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Recycling 2024 – starts Saturday 3 February

Saturday 3 February will be our first recycling day of the year – 10am to noon at Ngaio Union Church, Crofton Road.

Below is a refresher on the items that we collect, and a couple of requests to make the programme more enjoyable for the volunteers:

How to recycle with us

  1. If your recycling can go in the roadside collection – please use that.
  2. From time to time we pick up recycling that is left at the church door. That is fine if you are unable to get to the hall during our recycling hours, but only leave there on Saturday morning, make sure it is secure (will not blow away), and that items are separated so we can tip them straight into our collection buckets.
  3. Please separate the plastic lids into type 2 and type 5. Anything not marked, or other numbers will not be accepted for recycling
  4. Tetrapaks have turned into our biggest collection by volume – please make sure they are clean and dry, and if possible slit open and laid flat
  5. These instructions are to help everyone – recycling is not just throwing out rubbish – following these simple instructions means less work for our volunteers and makes life more pleasant (there have been  some nasty surprises amongst the tetrapaks!)

What we take each month includes:

  • Plastic lids type 2. These lids must be marked with the type 2 recycling symbol.
  • Plastic lids type 5. These lids must be marked with the type 5 recycling symbol.
  • Metal Lids etc –including for eg Crown caps, metal screw tops, sparkling wine wires, metal jar lids, ring-pull caps.
  • Household and hearing aid batteries.
  • Oral care products and packaging from Colgate (is sent back to Colgate). Does not include electric toothbrush heads).
  • Curtains – must be mould free so they can be re-purposed.
  • Wool – balls of wool which Crafty Volunteers, can use in their knitting for charity.
  • Rubber bands from delivered The Posts – which are returned to The Post

Additional Collections

Each month we have one additional collection so plan ahead for these collections for the rest of the year. The February collection will be of other small metal items. To see the complete schedule for 2024, follow this link – Recycling Schedule for 2024:

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Recycling Schedule for 2024

Each month this year at our recycling collections, we will also have a collection of other items that we will collect. We don’t collect these items each month to make management of the programme more simple, and make our drop off to the recycling stations more efficient.

Below are the additional items that we will be collecting each month, and the dates (first Saturday each month):

Saturday
3 February
Small Metal items (aluminium, copper + other metals) must be clean and dry, and small means they fit into a supermarket bag.
Saturday 2 MarchFood Grade Silicon
Saturday
6 April
Ewaste (small and medium devices and appliances excluding TVs and monitors).
Saturday
4 May
Coffee Capsules – Start collecting your coffee capsules for recycling. We will be accepting capsules which are sent to three separate programmes, so they will need to be separated into these three lots:
– Nespresso,
– Nescafé® Dolce Gusto®
– L’OR, Moccona, illy or Jed’s coffee
Saturday
1 June
Small Metal items (aluminium, copper + other metals) must be clean and dry, and small means they fit into a supermarket bag.
Saturday
6 July
Car batteries (must be clean dry and not leaking).
Saturday
3 August
Food Grade Silicon
Saturday
7 September
Ewaste (small and medium devices and appliances excluding TVs and monitors).
Saturday
5 October
Coffee Capsules – Start collecting your coffee capsules for recycling. We will be accepting capsules which are sent to three separate programmes, so they will need to be separated into these three lots:
– Nespresso,
– Nescafé® Dolce Gusto®
– L’OR, Moccona, illy or Jed’s coffee
Saturday
2 November
Small Metal items (aluminium, copper + other metals) must be clean and dry, and small means they fit into a supermarket bag.
Saturday
7 December
Car batteries (must be clean dry and not leaking).

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Wellington water restrictions

Wellington City Council (WCC) has put Wellington onto level two water restrictions. Water restrictions are enforced through council bylaws on recommendation from Wellington Water. This information below, for our members’ information, is taken from the WCC website.

Wellington’s daily water supply has a limit, as the treatment plants can only supply so much. If demand exceeds what the treatment plants can supply there’s a risk that the water levels in the storage reservoirs across the region are drawn down too low, causing water quality issues and in an extreme scenario even depressurising areas of the network. This can be dangerous as it increases the risk of contamination of drinking water, and boil water notices may need to be issued to stop people getting sick.

Finding and fixing leaks is one of Wellington Water’s top priorities, but with the resources available they can’t fix them all. They’re working on the issue, but it won’t happen overnight. The risk of a water shortage this summer and tighter water restrictions is real, and the situation may shift quickly.

To ensure there’s enough water to go around for the necessities, we need everyone to do their bit. Water restrictions help people understand how they can best save water at their place, and when to do so. If people follow the restrictions, it reduces the chance of moving to higher levels.

This means we have to be very careful to manage the daily water supply and demand, and don’t use too much. That’s where water restrictions come in. They help everyone understand how they can best manage their personal water use, so there’s enough to go round for the necessities.

Level 1 splits outdoor water use between odd and even houses, to spread the load of daily water demand. This means people can water their gardens regularly without everyone using a lot of water all at once. It also reduces waste by restricting watering to the morning and evening, when water is less likely to evaporate in the heat of the day.

Level 2 makes sure people are watering their gardens only when they really need to, with no sprinklers or irrigation systems, and only watering gardens by hand.

Level 3 comes into play when we need to take serious action, and all residential outdoor water use must be stopped. We know that people put a lot of hard mahi and love into their gardens, so consider using grey water to water your garden – just not your vegetables, or any plants you’re planning on eating.

Level 4 means we’re in a significant water shortage. On top of stopping all outdoor water use, we must reduce indoor use. This could include 2-minute showers and reducing laundry to one load per person, per week.

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Christmas Live 2023

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Rotary Christmas Puddings

These are available again this year – they are a tasty treat at Christmas and are a fundraiser for the club as well.

Lionel Nunns has a club order underway so if you have not yet placed your order with him then do so now. (Note – puddings are also being sold to the public at the Khandallah Fair on 10 December.  Club members should order direct to Lionel.)

Price is $25 

Order to: lionel.nunns@gmail.com

04 938 0730, 022 044 2505

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Traffic and parking changes on Hutt Road.

Between the Aotea Quay overbridge and the Jarden Mile intersection, WCCare proposing changes to parking and the shared walking and cycling path, the introduction of dedicated bus lanes at peak travel times and new or upgraded pedestrian crossing facilities, bus stops and shelters.

WCC says “these changes aim to deliver a safer Hutt Road that caters for all ways of travelling”.

This road is out of our immediate area, but is an important road for travel into the city. We therefore want to make sure that residents are aware of the proposal, and that submissions are open. The deadline for submissions is 15 December.

Detail on the proposed changes is here – Hutt Road – Proposed Changes and at the bottom of the page are links to the submission form.

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Last Rotary Meeting of the Year

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Council building inspector impersonator

Passing on this message from Wellington City Council 

Wellington City Council is warning residents to be on the alert for a man knocking on doors and claiming to be a City Council building inspector. 

The Council has received three reports or complaints about a man door-knocking in the Karori-Kelburn area. He has asked to look around properties but has not produced documents identifying himself as a council staff member. Police have been alerted. 

Council Building Consents and Compliance Manager Chris Scott says City Council building inspectors must carry an identification card and an official Council warrant.

Building and plumbing Inspectors usually operate from a Council-branded vehicle and wear Council-branded clothing.  

“If anyone receives an unexpected knock at the door from someone claiming to be from the City Council then they should ask to see this identification. If it’s not produced then you have the right to demand they leave your property,” says Mr Scott. 

If you have concerns about the legitimacy of someone claiming to be an inspector, please notify the council on 04 499 4444. Please also notify Police. 

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