Health

Helpers needed for next Friday’s Night Shelter appeal

The Wellington Night Shelter is holding a Street Appeal next Friday, the first since the organisation opened in 1970 – and it is calling for helpers. The appeal is to raise funds for running costs and ongoing refurbishment to update the accommodation facilities accessed by over 300 men every year. The Wellington Night Shelter provides …

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Wellington personal trainer judged best in NZ

Wellington’s Ngarama Milner-Olsen was named New Zealand’s best personal trainer at the Exercise NZ awards in Auckland on Saturday night. Ngarama Milner-Olsen (left), New Zealand’s best personal trainer The Exercise Industry Awards have been recognising excellence in the exercise industry since 2005, awarding those contributing to the health and wellness of New Zealanders through exercise …

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Your high five events for Friday 16 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Enjoy a fun morning today (from 10:00am) …

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Dignity milestone achieved for second birthday

Wellington startup Dignity NZ celebrates its second birthday tonight, and reached another impressive milestone this week, with 10,000 pads and tampons donated to school girls around the country. The Dignity NZ team, from left: co-founder Miranda Hitchings, Hester Reich, co-founder Jacinta Gulasekharam, and Sophie MacDonald. Wellington entrepreneurs Jacinta Gulasekharam and Miranda Hitchings founded the business …

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Campaign for tamariki raises nearly $5000 with 6300 minutes of cycling

Wellington student Mana Williams-Eade, who spent most of last week pedalling on a stationary cycle, has raised $4745 for New Zealand children living in state care. Mana Williams-Eade, who has been Cycling for Tamariki all week, with Mayor Justin Lester Mana Williams-Eade spent time in state care, and now works for Oranga Tamariki when he’s …

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Capital commemorates centenary of city’s worst natural disaster

The influenza pandemic that started in 1918 killed 757 people in Wellington. with most of those people buried in Karori Cemetery. This Sunday at the cemetery the 1918 Influenza Project will acknowledge of the centenary of this momentous event in the capital’s history. Ambulances in front of Town Hall REF: natlibgovtnz:emu:PAColl-748969 The 757 people killed …

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Sustain in the brain: go green this weekend

The Go Green Expo, New Zealand’s Largest Green Living & Sustainable Lifestyle Show, is at the TSB Arena this weekend from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. If you’re trying to live a healthy, environmentally friendly, sustainable lifestyle, check out the stands featuring eco building, food and beverages, advisory services, supplements, organic products, health and wellness, beauty …

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Porirua community demands help after six suicides: ‘It’s just too many’

Porirua people are demanding urgent help after six suicides and a death in a car accident since June. RNZ story by reporter Phil Pennington @pjppenn [email protected] Porirua College principal Ragne Maxwell says “It’s just too many”. Photo: RNZ / Phil Pennington Five of the suicides were of people under 30 and many of them had left high school …

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Be someone’s star this Christmas

The Wellington City Mission’s Christmas Star Appeal launched today, giving you the chance to “be someone’s star” and help people in need across the Wellington region this Christmas. Mayor Justin Lester and Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge at the launch this morning. Photo by Huup Waagen Last Christmas hundreds of people across the Wellington region …

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Royal visit adds to Diwali and Open Streets in crowded Sunday schedule

The royal visit by Harry and Meghan to Pukeahu will cap off a busy day on Wellington’s streets tomorrow, with the Ta Ara Tapere ki Pōneke – Open Streets event in the CBD and the annual Diwali Festival on the waterfront also expected to draw big crowds. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make …

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The end of the world could have started this month – in the Hutt

It’s the little things that could take us down. MARK CUBEY gets bacterial. Humanity faces its most likely extinction, or at least severely depletion, by the myriad “natural” disasters caused by anthropogenic climate breakdown, allowed to happen by unaddressed CO2 emissions and general governmental slackness and inability to think beyond the next electoral cycle. Then …

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Te Omanga Hospice highlighted as charity partner for Hutt lights carnival

HighLight: Carnival of Lights returns to Lower Hutt on Friday and has chosen Te Omanga Hospice as its 2018 charity partner, raising money to help with its rebuilding. The free annual event illuminates Riddiford Garden in central Lower Hutt over Labour Weekend with a carnival of live entertainment and performances, interactive light installations, fireworks and …

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Frustration over disabled parking abuse, design and quantity

Frustration is building in the disability community over able-bodied people using mobility car parks that have also been poorly designed. RNZ story by journalist Jonathan Mitchell  @RNZjonathan [email protected] Advocacy group CCS Disability Action says Wellington city has lost a handful of dedicated parks because of construction work, creating another unnecessary barrier for vulnerable people to get …

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Ten years of diesel buses – and increased emissions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released this week called for a steep cut in CO2 emissions within 12 years to avoid irreversible climate change. It highlights the shortsighted and incompetent leadership of Wellington’s Regional Council, which scrapped the trolley bus network in November without a clear plan to replace them with an …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 10 October

Cloud accounting, mental wellbeing, social marketing, flu pandemics, and healthy places. Xero, one of the most intriguing companies in NZ (see Duncan Greive’s excellent piece at The Spinoff) opens its offices every Wednesday morning, for a coffee and a chance to have your questions answered, one-on-one, for free. Learn tips and tricks to get the …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 3 October

Support bus drivers, experience musical mayhem, join the next generation business community, find out more about the flu epidemic in the Pacific 100 years ago, and get positive about mental health. The Greater Wellington Regional Council are holding an extraordinary meeting from 9.30am at their offices on Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Te Aro. On …

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Student told she couldn’t stay in VUW hall after suicide attempt

A first-year Victoria University student was evicted from her hostel the day after she tried to commit suicide. Story from RNZ Checkpoint, 25 September 2018, by journalist Emma Hatton [email protected] Warning: This story discusses details of assault and suicide that may be triggering. Dani tried to end her life in October 2017 at Cumberland House, …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 25 September

Language, construction, traffic lights and movement define your Tuesday. New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23-29 September) is an NZ-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Today’s talk, Literary Chinese – The Latin of East Asia, is one of three celebrating Chinese Language Week, and explores the common heritage of …

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Your high five events for Thursday 20 September

Walking, tai chi, ace ladies, French shorts and synaesthesia. It must be spring. Today’s Tinytown Buggy Walk (every third Thursday of the month), explores Oriental Bay Parade. Park your car or catch the bus to where Evans Bay Parade Road meets Oriental Parade at 9:45am, then stroll along the Parade, a flat and buggy friendly …

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Your high five for the weekend of 1 and 2 September

Spring into Spring by stationary cycling, getting your PC a free tuneup, embracing healthy living, interacting with bees, and celebrating Vietnam Day. The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation’s annual Breathe Better September campaign kicks off on Saturday with Bike for Better Breathing. Ride stationary bikes in Cuba Mall from 6:30am to 6:30pm, creating awareness around respiratory …

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Cosplayers become CAUSEplayers for hospital street appeal

Collectors in character costumes will be volunteering as CAUSEplayers on the streets of the city tomorrow, helping with the annual street appeal for Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital. Cosplay collectors for the Wellington Hospitals Foundation.Photo by Pixie Captured Images Devotees of cosplay (a contraction of the words “costume play”), dress up in self-made costumes and fashion …

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Diversity, partnership and innovation celebrated at Arts Access Awards

A prominent broadcaster, a solo theatre maker, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and a partnership that ran a creative writing workshop for writers, the public and prisoners were all winners for Wellington at the national Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards last night. The annual Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards, presented in Parliament by …

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New home care services need stability and certainty, say unions

Planned changes to the contracting of service providers in the Wellington region by local District Health Boards must include stability and certainty for home care workers and their client, according to the PSA and E tū unions. Photo by Matthias Zomer from Pexels The Capital and Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB are dumping their …

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Treatment changes get sweet results for diabetes patients

The Capital and Coast District Health Board reports that changes made last year to diabetes treatments are reducing the number of hyper or hypoglycaemic incidents (where blood glucose levels become too high or low) experienced by patients with diabetes. The changes were implemented last year as a package that included new policies around prescribing and …

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Campaign against hygiene poverty launched today

A new initiative is asking the public to donate toiletry and hygiene products for people in need. A battle against hygiene poverty was launched today by Wellington blogger and policy advisor Lucy Revill. Soap For Society, in partnership with Wellington City Mission, Accor Hotels, Arriba PR and La Chapardeuse illustrator Maureen, will collect beauty and toiletry products …

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