News | 1 September 2021
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Spring Our Wellington online this week

One of Pōneke’s many charms is its special natural spaces. We celebrate these, and our efforts to become a greener city, in the latest Our Wellington magazine.

The cover of the spring 2021 issue of the Our Wellington magazine, featuring an illustration of a tui bird overlooking a blue sea with a lone yacht, surrounded by green hills and flowers, and a peach sunset overhead.

The spring edition of Wellington City Council’s quarterly magazine, Our Wellington - Tō Tātou Pōneke, covers the period 1 September 2021 to 30 November 2021.

The magazine is now available online as a downloadable PDF, and will be delivered to letterboxes, as well as selected Council venues and facilities across the city, later this month due to delays caused by the country going into COVID-19 lockdown.

This issue of Our Wellington highlights the capital’s unique native botanic garden, Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush, and its efforts in propagating plants that are at risk of becoming extinct. We also share some of Wellington’s lesser-known hidden gems for you to discover this spring.

Otari-Wilton's Bush manager Tim Park looking down at a small potted native plant that he is holding, while standing amongst other potted plants which are blurred in the background.
Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush manager Tim Park in the reserve's plant nursery.

There are practical tips on how you and your whānau can help Pōneke become a net-zero carbon city, and updates on some of our big projects, including playground upgrades and new affordable rental apartments.

This edition of Our Wellington features all you need to know about Wellington Gardens’ annual Spring Festival and what exciting events are happening around our city (COVID-19 alert level dependant).

We've also included a feature about our new central city community support base, Te Wāhi Āwhina, and a profile on one of our long-serving staff members, Anita Benbrook, who is absolutely positively wild about plants and has played a big part in making Wellington a greener city over the years.

A young boy, and a woman with short brown hair, both wearing high-vis orange vests while crouching on a hillside planting a small tree amongst shrubs and blue sky beyond.
Anita Benbrook, right, helping a keen young citizen plant a tree.

Copies of Our Wellington will also soon be available at the following Council sites: Te Awe Library, Arapaki Service Centre, Waitohi Community Hub, Tawa Library, Newtown Library, ASB Sports Centre, Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, and the Wellington I-SITE on Wakefield Street.

In the meantime, you can read the full PDF on our website:

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