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5-11 July 2021

The Mayor's Pick of the Week: Celebrating two million plants! 

We did it Pōneke! We’ve officially planted two million plants over the past 20 years. This milestone is the result of a team effort from thousands of Wellingtonians committed to creating a greener city for future generations. It’s a fantastic achievement and an absolute credit to all of the hours put in by volunteers and staff. While two million is exciting, we’re certainly not done yet. The goal is to reach three million by 2030. It’s ambitious, but many thousands of hands will make light work. Check out our restoration planting guides to help you plan and execute your planting projects!

Matariki ki Pōneke Festival

There is a lot of exciting activities happening for the Matariki ki Pōneke Festival this week. The festival ends with New Zealand’s largest annual fireworks display, the Matariki Fireworks, on Saturday 10 July at 6.30pm. Check out what else is happening on our Matariki webpage.

Matariki stargazing and poster giveaway

Our amazing city has many stargazing vantage points. Check out our list of five top spots to view the star cluster. Then send us an email and be in the running to win one of our awesome posters featuring the cover art of our latest Our Wellington magazine, designed by artist David Hakaraia.

Win tickets to a drink-making workshop

We have a double pass to Scobys, Simas and Sodas to giveaway! Join Daisy for an afternoon hands-on class on how to make your own homemade brewed and fermented non-alcoholic drinks. Email us by 4pm Wednesday to go in the draw to win two tickets to this event, happening as part of Visa Wellington On A Plate.

Wellington Voices, at a bus stop near you

We’re proud supporters of a new exhibition, Wellington Voices, by local photographer Mark Tantrum, showing at a bus stop near you! The images were taken in Pōneke during 2020’s COVID-19 lockdown, and a QR code on the posters directs users to a video of residents interviewed during the time. For more information, visit Mark's website.

Tips for Plastic Free July

Out and about and forgotten your reusables? check out UYO to find the closest cafe with cup and container lending schemes like Again Again and Reusabowl. Check out our sustainable grocery shopping page, which is full of tips to reduce plastic packaging. Head to The Rubbish Trip's website which has heaps of useful info including a zero-waste map to package-free and bulk grocery shops in Wellington. Visit the PFJ website.

Theatre and film kōrero

WED 7 JULY | 12-1PM | KOHA | WELLINGTON MUSEUM

Feed your curiosity at Wellington Museum’s monthly lunchtime history talk with Tanea Heke, Director of Toi Whaakari, and Nina Nawalowalo, Director of Pasifika theatre company The Conch. This kōrero will be about the inspiring mahi of Māori and Pasifika performing arts in the capital city. Find out more on the event's Facebook page.

Public Place Recycling trial ends 

In mid-July, we’ll be removing nine public recycling stations around the city, following the completion of our Public Place Recycling Trial. We initially hoped the stations would become permanent, but during the trial it became clear they weren't the best solution for managing waste in the city centre. Recycling alone won’t help us meet our goal of becoming a Zero Carbon Capital. As Wellingtonians, we need to think about how we can create less waste in the first place, like by choosing reusable options such as cups and refillable bottles. To find out more, visit wellington.govt.nz/reduce-reuse or read our news story.

WAITUHI flags at Whairepo Lagoon 

Designed by Rawiri Barriball, this year’s WAITUHI flags respond directly to the environment and proximity of Whairepo Lagoon. Rawiri’s work depicts the gathering of the whai repo, he huihuinga, and represents whānau and the teachings of our kaitiaki. The flags were raised last week to mark the beginning of Matariki ki Pōneke. Find more on the WAITUHI flags project webpage.

Exercise classes for seniors

Steady As You Go is designed to improve strength and balance and help prevent a fall. The classes improve balance and leg strength, flexibility, general fitness and wellbeing, and are a great way to meet new people. Classes consist of a combination of sitting, standing and walking exercises, and take around an hour. Gold coin donation. For a full list of Steady As You Go classes around the Wellington Region, visit Age Concern's website.

Keep up with what's going on

The Our Wellington news channel has all the latest happenings going on in the capital. Last week the Council adopted the Long-Term Plan and welcomed a Ngāti Toa Rangatira representative to sit on committees and subcommittees. This week we bring the Springbok tour back to life 40 years on, and Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush's 800-year-old rimu will be gifted the name Moko.

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