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    • Celebrate te Wiki o te Reo Māori
      • 5 Jul 2011
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • There are many ways to celebrate Maori Language Week, here are eight you can do via your library: Take your preschool children to Kōhunga Kōrero at Newtown Library on Wednesday Watch the online storytimes te Huihui o Matariki / the Seven Stars of Matariki See land deeds for Wellington written in both te Reo and English Start or improve your study of te Reo Māori Learn about Ngā Tupuna of te Whanganui-a-Tara See our library information boards in both te reo Māori and English Explore Te Ao Maori in our Kids Catalogue Check out the Raraunga Kōrero (Māori databases) and search for waiata and people & places
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    • Learning new skills as a volunteer
      • 23 Jun 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • Cameron works in the puppy run both on weekdays and weekends – sometimes he can be found helping out up to four days a week at our Newtown animal centre!! Cameron has recently gone through a training session with other volunteers, upskilling him and enabling him to take on the role of volunteer canine assistant.
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    • DCM Bulletin - “C’mon Stacey, let’s tackle debt!”
      • 22 Jun 2011
      • Downtown Community Ministry
      • Debt-free Newtown is launching their campaign “C’mon Stacey, let’s tackle debt!” on Friday 24 June at lunchtime. A group of concerned locals from Newtown are inviting Stacey Jones, kiwi league legend, to reconsider his promotion of Instant Finance, in order to tackle debt among low-income communities.
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    • Marley and the microchip
      • 8 Jun 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • [Show as slideshow] A couple from Porirua are celebrating after being reunited with their dog Marley, one year after she went missing from their property, thanks to a microchip the size of a grain of rice, that we implanted!! The reunion, which took place at our Newtown animal centre, came after Marley was picked up, by chance, by two members of our Animal Rescue Unit (ARU) who spotted the 19 month-old bitch running in amongst traffic on State Highway Two near Petone Bowl. Marley was brought into our care and a quick scan showed that she had a microchip. A call to her registered owners by our Senior Inspector Ben Lakomy confirmed that Marley had been missing since June 2010. At this time, nothing is known of Marley’s whereabouts during the last year, but her physical appearance suggests she may have had a pretty rough time of it. Not only is she is extremely underweight and in very poor body condition, but it would also appear that she has recently had a litter of puppies – attempts by Inspector Lakomy to locate any puppies near to where she was discovered proved unsuccessful. Marley is currently in our care  and will remain so until she has gained enough weight and her condition has sufficiently improved for her to go home. Senior Inspector Lakomy said that the successful reunion was perfect testament to the benefits of microchipping your pet. “Getting Marley microchipped was one of the best decisions her owners could have made. She now has the chance to be back with her rightful owners and to be properly cared for once again” he said. We would like to hear from anyone who has information regarding Marley’s disappearance or where she has been since and with whom. Please contact us on 04 389 8044 ext. 812. We strongly recommend that all pets are microchipped. A microchip is an implant that is inserted under the skin of an animal without the need for anesthetic. It is about the size of a grain of rice, is an inert device with no independent power source and does not transmit a signal. All microchips have a unique identification number that is read using a hand held scanner. Microchips are a safe and effective way to identify your pet – you just need to make sure that the chip is registered and your contact details are kept up to date. We offer a microchipping service and anyone interested in getting their pet microchipped should contact them on 04 389 8044 ext. 0 You can read Marley’s story on Stuff.co.nz.
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    • Our new opening times
      • 2 Jun 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • [Show as slideshow] From Tuesday 7 June our Newtown animal centre opening times will change: Reception and retail shop We stock a huge range of beds, toys, treats and Hill’s pet food for your best friend. Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 5.00pm Saturday to Sunday: 10.00am to 4.00pm Adoptions Come down to our Newtown centre and give a very special animal the second chance at life and love Monday to Sunday: 10.00am to 4.00pm Veterinary consultations* Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am to 3.00pm *Consultations are by appointment only – please call 04 389 8044 ext 0 during reception hours to make an appointment
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    • $1m Wellington Light Rail Study Approved
      • 20 Apr 2011
      • Auckland Trains
      • On the eve of a showdown Wellington council meeting over the capital motorway plans, government finance has been approved for a $1m study on the long term options for a high quality public transport corridor running from Wellington Station to Wellington Regional hospital in Newtown.
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    • Easter opening times
      • 20 Apr 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • Over Easter, our opening times will be changing: Newtown animal centre – Friday 22 April to Monday 25 April: We are closed.
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    • Our Newtown centre is full
      • 20 Apr 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • We are caring for an exceptionally large number of animals at the moment and as a result we need to limit the number of animals coming to our Newtown centre.
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    • News about our cat run
      • 18 Apr 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      •   [Show as slideshow] Unfortunately, due to an outbreak of illness, we have had to close the main cat run at our Newtown animal centre as a precautionary temporary measure.
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    • Awesome Animal Crew events
      • 3 Apr 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • With Easter and the school holidays just around the corner, our Animal Crew have put together some cool activities to keep any animal-loving kid busy! Spaces are limited and are filling up fast, so make sure you don’t miss out – book your place today! Easter Extravaganza Animal Night When: Friday 15th April Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm Where: Newtown animal centre Kids aged 6 to 16 years are invited to come along and learn all about bunnies and how to care for them. There will be lots of fun activities including bunny massage, chocolate making, egg decorating and more! Kids get to take home their own picture of them with their favourite bunny. This group is limited to 15 children so bookings are essential. Click HERE to register your child online. School Holiday Programme When: Monday 18th April Time: 9am to 12pm Where: Newtown animal centre Kids can come along to learn about dog safety, work on their dog handling skills, practice training dogs and make some cool dog toys and crafts. This group is limited to 15 children so bookings are essential. Click HERE to register your child online. School Holiday Programme When: Tuesday 19th April Time: 2pm to 5pm Where: Newtown animal centre Kids can come along to learn about the work of the SPCA, about the animals we help and about different animal careers. We will have some hands on fun behind the scenes, while learning about the role of the SPCA in our community. This group is limited to 15 children so bookings are essential. Click HERE to register your child online. If you have any questions or queries about our Animal Crew activities or want to know more about our education programme, please call Jennifer on 04 389 8044 ext: 827 or email her at AnimalCrew@wellingtonspca.org.nz
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    • Great start to the season for Olympic.
      • 3 Apr 2011
      • Olympic Afc
      • Both squads came off the first weekend of the 2011 football schedule with impressive wins over their respective opponents.Wellington Olympic First team slotted 4 goals past Napier City Rovers in their opening Newtown Park
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    • Athletics Finals 2011
      • 8 Feb 2011
      • St Patricks College, Silverstream
      • Wednesday 9 February 2011: Some great performances were turned in today as students competed for House points and places in the Old Boys Cup and McEvedy Shield teams. The team will be announced later this week for Old Boys' Cup - next Tuesday, 15 February, at Newtown Park. All parents are warmly invited to come and support their sons and their school.    
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      • St Patricks College Silverstream, Fergusson Drive, Trentham, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region, New Zealand


    • Garage sale this weekend
      • 19 Jan 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • We don’t just need to find homes for heaps of amimals – we’ve also collected a whole heap of bits and bobs, bric-a-brac and pet paraphernalia that we need to find homes for too! So this Saturday 22nd January from 8am to 12pm, show us your support and come down to our Newtown animal centre for our first-ever garage sale.
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    • Hope vs Choat
      • 17 Jan 2011
      • WCC Watch
      • Recently in David Choat’s blog he explains that a previous post recalling his observations in his first Capital and Coast DHB meeting led to him receiving a note from Board Chair Dr Virginia Hope (who was recently appointed to both the CCDHB and the Hutt Valley DHB – criticised as a first step towards amalgamation of the two health boards) as a breach of the CCDHB media policy (which effectively says that the Chair should be the person responsible for any comments for the Board) Hope’s explanation is not entirely clear from David’s post, only that it had caused her distress. It would be a fair point to make had Choat attempted to represent the Board exclusively. Yet, if anything, the article reads about what he did and thought at the meeting. I can’t see how what he said would have been any different had Choat been in a public meeting, or in a one-on-one chance meeting with one of his constituents. In fact the post by Choat in question was entitled “Reflections on my first board meeting” Go read the post for Choat’s response, which I think reflects his commitment to transparency with the public on (open) board matters being debated as part of a publicly accountable body. So, what precisely does the policy do – here is a copy (1MB PDF). It was last updated and debated at a meeting in August 2009. The comms manager wasn’t present and Helene Ritchie was the only member to vote against it. Odd. It’s no surprise how unworkable the policy has been in practice. It basically bars any direct interaction with the public by board members. I wonder what kind of world the drafters of this policy were living in when they thought that such restrictions on public debate would actually work. Would it be surprising that Dr Hope doesn’t agree with David’s very blunt but arguably popular slogan “Care not cuts” as a way to deal with the challenges at the CCDHB: “Cuts is really the wrong word. Savings, I think, is a better word” (The Wellingtonian, 6 January 2011) Clearly, any Chair would not want to have to battle the framing of an alternative viewpoint as well as the controversial challenges for an organisation like those faced by the CCDHB, but it also makes me wonder what the Chair’s personal direction will be in the Board’s response to those challenges? Regardless, there appears to be a developing division between the new board member and the new chair. Already, Choat has said that the matter of the media policy will be on the agenda at the next meeting. There doesn’t appear to be much that the Chair could do, but the board (particularly the publically elected members) should be mindful of the public’s need to be informed unfettered by the spin that sometimes happens and refuse to punish Choat. The next meeting is on February 4 at 8.30am (in the Board Room on 11th Floor of the Grace Neill Block, Wellington Regional Hospital on Riddiford Street, Newtown), and you can attend in person to make sure the Board get the point. (More info on the meeting here)
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    • Summer fun!
      • 13 Dec 2010
      • Wellington SPCA
      • Wellington SPCA’s school holiday programme is a cool way for kids to spend the long summer holiday, learning all about animals and getting up close and personal with some of our very cute furry friends! We have five different events on offer throughout January for kids aged from 5 to 16 years - with heaps of activities and loads of time to spend with some special SPCA animals! But you need to get in quick – spaces are limited. We are offering a special $5 discount for bookings made before 17 December. To guarantee your place, check out the flyer, print off the application form here [PDF 294KB] and send it to Jennifer Rizzi, Wellington SPCA, PO Box 7069, Newtown, Wellington 6242. If you’d like more information about our school holiday programme or about our Kid’s Club, you can email Jen or call her on 04 389 8044 ext 827.
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