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In this Kōrero Kaipakihi, we look at the history of ginger beer and chat to a local "Fizz Whizz", we dive into the gender digital divide, and we've got some helpful te reo Māori that you can use in the office!

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Talking ginger beer and business with Tim Key - Peacock’s Tail

Tim Key, a musician and self-described Fizz Whizz, and his Peacock’s Tail kawakawa infused gingerbeer are the latest to join the long list of Wellington gingerbeer brewers.

With the increased popularity in fermentation and its health benefits, along with a growing interest in alcohol free drinks, we are again seeing a revival in gingerbeer. It was both these things, along with a desire for a less heavily sweetened drink, that led Tim Key to begin experimenting in his kitchen several years ago.

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Talking about the gender digital divide with Aleisha Amohia

Entering into kōrero with us is Aleisha Amohia (Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi), tech expert at Catalyst IT and co-president of the Wellington branch of the National Council of Women.

As a woman in the tech industry Aleisha is advocating for the IT industry to be a more representative space, mentoring younger women and addressing the digital divide that sidelines a percentage of our population.  

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CO2 (carbon dioxide) meters

We have added CO2 (carbon dioxide) meters to our collection!


Customers at any branch can borrow a CO2 metre to monitor their indoor air quality: CO2 concentration, temperature and relative humidity. The x6 meters can be found at their home branches at Te Awe (Brandon St, CBD), Arapaki (Manners St, CBD), Kilbirnie, Newtown, Karori, and Waitohi (Johnsonville) but can be reserved and relocated to any branch for pick up.  


The meters are free, reservable and are on a 10-day loan period (not renewable).

Reserve one today!

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Believe in yourself as a leader : Brenda James (Author Talk)

Thursday, 27 April | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Te Awe Library

Leadership specialist Brenda James presents on the topic of 'Self-awareness for new leaders".

This talk will be based on her recent book Believe : How new leaders step up and into their full potentialBelieve is an insightful and practical read for new and challenged leaders. It will take you on an inspiring journey that will guide you from self-doubt to self-belief to embody the confident and influential leader you’ve always wanted to be.

Add this event to your calendar!

Our kupu for this week are some words we can definitely use almost every day at mahi: pūrere tā/printer and pūrere whakaahua/photocopier. You might also see mīhini whakaahua used for photocopier.

Here are some ways you can use these kupu every day:

Where is the pūrere tā? Where is the printer?

The pūrere tā is out of paper! The printer is out of paper!

Auē, the pūrere tā isn’t working again! Oh no, the printer isn’t working again!

Can you help this customer with the pūrere whakaahua? Can you help this customer with the photocopier?

The pūrere whakaahua is next to the arapiki. The photocopier is next to the stairs.

Thanks to Louise Dowdell for the kupu of te wiki!

Growing numbers turn to car share services in Wellington

The number of people using car sharing services in Wellington has doubled in the past year to 33,000 and continues to accelerate.

That was according to Wellington City Council, which hoped these services would play an important role in decarbonising the city.

What to do with your surplus food - other than throw it away! - Wellington City Council

When food grown for human consumption is wasted instead of eaten, there are negative environmental impacts. Here are some things you can do.

Inside Tākina, Wellington's 'game changer' convention centre

The site across the road from Te Papa was previously a gravel carpark. It is now the city's Tākina Convention and Exhibition Centre...

Hideaki Fukutake - New WOW owner hopes to add festival to the show

WOW’s new owner, Hideaki​ Fukutake’s​ discusses his ideas for the future development of this very Wellington event.

Ethical clothing company Nisa put up for sale

She got a Wellington City Council grant of $7000, which paid for a lease on a workshop. That led to a crowdfunding campaign…

Mark Kendall Shoes on Wellington's Manners St bows out after 61 years


Mark Kendall Shoes on Manners St is closing after 61 years in business. Manager Bob Bell, left, has worked there for more than 30 years, while owner Ewart McMillan, right, started there as an employee in 1967 before taking over the business in 1983.

Consumer NZ Reveals Who Is Top Of The Shops


Consumer NZ has revealed the results from its latest retailer survey and which stores have won its People's Choice award.


Find Consumer Magazine at Wellington City Libraries.

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