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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 artificial fertilisers and poisonous sprays. On
successful completion you will be awarded a Telford (a division of Lincoln University)
Certificate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3).
Course Start: Tuesday 26th February 2013 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 26th February, this 9 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
artificial fertilisers and sprays. A science-based approach explores a wide
range of organic techniques and systems. Topics covered include organic
philosophies, certification, 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 6.30 to 9.30pm mainly during
the school terms. In addition to attending tutorials and some weekend workshops
or fieldtrips, students will need to complete practical and theory assignments in
their own time. You will be working towards a Telford Rural Polytechnic Certificate 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 find 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!!
Fever Hospital, sport and movies
Then: Work under way at the top of Alexandra Rd, looking south, in 1931.
Photo: WELLINGTON CITY ARCHIVES Now: The road is fully formed and the cars are modern, but the surrounds of Alexandra Rd are
Photo: AMY JACKMAN
By JOSEPH ROMANOS
Alexandra Rd, which winds
up the south side of Mt
Victoria, is a haven for
The seven-kilometre road runs
from Constable St in Newtown to
just past the lookout. Situated
above the Town Belt, it provides
an ideal site for mountainbike and
mountain running fans.
The 1998 world mountainbiking
champs and the 2005 world moun-
tain running champs were held on
Mt Victoria. Both events took in
Besides catering for biking and
running adrenalin junkies, Alex-
andra Rd has several good walk-
ing tracks off it.
The road also houses the
Wellington table tennis stadium,
the Wellington Municipal Croquet
Association and Wellington Har-
riers Athletic Club. The Welling-
ton Softball Association is nearby.
Alexandra Park lies above Wel-
lington College and Wellington
East and below Alexandra Rd.
The Wellington Car Club
periodically has Alexandra Rd
closed for events. The New Zea-
land hillclimb championships
were held there last March.
Alexandra Rd was initially
named Victoria Rd. It was re-
named after harassed fire brigade
officials complained that Welling-
ton had so many streets named
after Queen Victoria that it had
Queen Alexandra was the wife
of King Edward VII. After he died
in 1910 she was the Queen
Mother until her death in 1925.
Alexandra Rd has some notable
buildings including the Welling-
ton Canine and Obedience Club.
There is a dog exercise area near
The most distinguished is the
former Fever Hospital, at No 140.
It was built in 1920 by the Wel-
lington Hospital Board for people
suffering from infectious diseases.
Access was difficult because Alex-
andra Rd was not built until the
The Fever Hospital became the
Chest Hospital in the 1970s and
was closed in 1981.
In 1988, Wellington Polytech-
nic's School of Music began using
it. The heritage-listed building
has been vacant for several years,
but is to become the Wellington
SPCA headquarters this year.
Another early landmark in
Alexandra Rd was the 2YA trans-
mitter, built in 1927, just below
the current lookout.
Some of the filming of The Lord
of the Rings took place in the area
just below Alexandra Rd.
Though parts of Alexandra Rd
offer wonderful harbour views,
much of the road remains un-
developed, and is little different to
how it was a century ago, though
it has more greenery.
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