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For more information
Phone 499 4444
We're rebuilding both tunnel entrances and constructing a new retaining
wall to make this route safer.
Traffic will be affected from late February to November.
Two lanes (Monday to Saturday) 7--9.30am and 3--7pm, and
One lane (Monday to Saturday) 9.30am--3pm and after 7pm
Pedestrians and cyclists can use the tunnel but short delays possible.
NIGHT CLASSES STARTING SOON
0800 475 455
This course is ideal for lifestyle block owners, home gardeners and/or commercial
growers and will provide key knowledge and skills required for organic growing.
The overall aim is to build ecosystems, promote biodiversity and increase soil and
plant health, instead of relying on arti cial fertilisers and poisonous sprays. On
successful completion you will be awarded a Telford (a division of Lincoln University)
Certi cate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3).
Course Start: Tuesday 13th March 2012 in Wellington* with registration evening.
Course Cost $250.00
Gardening enthusiasts, growers, lifestyle block owners, professional gardeners,
farmers and orchardists of all ages are invited to register for this popular course held
here in the Wellington and Hutt regions (Hutt classes are on a Wednesday night).
Scheduled to start in Wellington Central, with an information evening planned
for Tuesday 13th March, this 8 month long night class course explores the
latest trends in sustainable growing. The overall aim is to build ecosystems,
promote biodiversity, increase soil and plant health and avoid the use of
arti cial fertilisers and sprays. A science-based approach explores a wide
range of organic techniques and systems. Topics covered include organic
philosophies, certi cation, soil management, soil food webs, composting, companion
planting, liquid organic fertilisers, crop rotation, green manures, weed control, pest
and disease management, plant knowledge and an introduction to permaculture.
This knowledge can be applied not only to food crops, but to the cultivation of any
plants -- from suburban gardens to pastures, orchards, shelter belts and woodlots.
Students meet once a week on a Tuesday night from 7 to 9.30pm mainly during the
school terms. In addition to attending tutorials and some weekend workshops or
eldtrips, students will need to complete practical and theory assignments in their
own time. You will be working towards a Telford Rural Polytechnic Certi cate in
Organic Horticulture (Level 3). Having some prior knowledge of horticulture and
growing plants is recommended although keen beginners are invited to apply.
Although this programme has a horticultural bias, pastoral farmers wishing to get an
understanding of what organic farming is all about will also nd this course of value.
Networking between organic growing enthusiasts is an
added bonus to joining this course.
GO ORGANIC and Live for a Better Day!
* Courses also available in Lower Hutt and Paraparaumu Note: Minimum numbers for course to commence.
For more information phone Agriculture New Zealand at 0800 4 SKILLS (0800 475 455)
Call NOW - numbers are limited so an early
expression of interest is advised!!
Tasty dish: George Neonakis preparing calamari during the Greek festival.
Photo: THOMAS PHILLIPS
Greek treats galore
at food festival
By THOMAS PHILLIPS
The Greek Orthodox Society welcomed Welling-
tonians to their community centre in Mt Victoria
last Saturday for the annual Greek food festival.
Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the sunshine while
browsing through stalls selling Greek cuisine and
enjoying traditional Greek music and dancing.
The event organiser and president of the Greek
Orthodox Community of Wellington, Stella Bares,
was pleased to treat visitors to a uniquely Greek
form of hospitality.
We call it filoxenia -- a friendliness towards
strangers,'' she said.
The festival event was staffed by local Greek
Volunteer George Neonakis said the turnout
was the best he had seen in 15 years.
The event is all about reminding people about
He felt this was important during a time where
the rest of the world was so preoccupied with
Greece's debt crisis.
This is real Greece.''
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