It is great to have you living in Glenside.
People like living in Glenside. Some of the good things that create community connectivity are given on the page Being a good neighbour. This Fact Sheet provides a guide of what is useful to know when you first move to Glenside. Items are listed in alphabetical order.
Bus services and times
No 211 bus service between Porirua - Glenside - Johnsonville - Wellington
This Mana Coach Services bus passes along Middleton Road approximately every half-hour from Porirua to Johnsonville and return. At peak times it extends its journey into Courtenay Place or from Courtenay Place back to Porirua.
No 210 bus service between Porirua - Glenside - Johnsonville
This is a regular bus service from Porirua to Johnsonville return along the full length of Middleton Road.
No 54 bus service between Churton Park - Johnsonville - Wellington
This bus service is an option for those living closer to Halswater Drive. It is not a direct route and it pays to study it, as it takes people on a circular journey around Churton Park before heading into Johnsonville or Wellington return. At peak it services Wellington schools. It does not service Tawa or Porirua.
No 211 school bus service to Wellington Schools from Porirua
This weekday after school bus service is provided by Newlands Coach Service (1998) Ltd and Mana Coach Services.
The bus leaves from St Patricks at Kilbernie, collecting students at the Basin Reserve schools such as Wellington College and St Mark's and delivering them back home. It stops at Wellington Railway Station for those connecting to trains. Check the time-table on this one.
Bus services to Newlands Schools from Glenside
There are a range of bus routes to chose from. Check out the best one for you on the Newlands Coach Service webste.
Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc.
The purpose of the association is to provide leadership and guidance for the Glenside community in the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of the environment of Glenside. The association provides a forum for discussion by the Glenside community about issues that impact on the community. Meetings are held every two months and advertised in a local newsletter delivered to Glenside homes.
Household rubbish will only be collected if it is in approved Wellington City Council yellow rubbish bags. These bags can be purchased at the local supermarket.
Monday morning (and Wednesday morning for residents from Rowells Road north).When collection day falls on Christmas Day, or New Years day, collection will occur the week before or week later. When this occurs you will need to contact the City Council to find out which day your household rubbish will be collected.
There is a service for recycling glass, tin, plastic and paper. Chat to your neighbours about how that works and on what day recycling collections are made.
The Porirua City Council operates the Spicer Landfill where you can take large items or garden waste for disposal. The Council also operates Trash Palace, a recycling centre on the road to the landfill.
Johnsonville Public Library and the Tawa Public Library are closest to Glenside. Some of the library services include:
- Home delivery service at a small fee for people unable to get to the library.
- An on-line guided tour of services in a selection of languages.
- Personal guided tour of library services for new residents.
- Audio books accessible from your home computer.
- Informative community notice-boards.
Mail and circulars
Glenside has a dedicated NZ Post driver delivering mail. His name is Mike.
Closest NZ Post mail box
The NZ Post mail box are located outside the New World supermarket in Churton Park and outside the dairy on Middleton Road.
If you don’t wish to receive circulars or free newspapers, put a sign on your mailbox stating “Addressed mail only”.
Suburban newspapers are delivered free. These are The Wellingtonian, The Independent Herald - Wellington North) and The Northern Courier. Their delivery is spasmodic and people living in rural Glenside are unlikely to receive these papers as deliveries are made on foot. These papers are available free on the internet.
The Dominion Post will be delivered to your home if you subscribe to it. Glenside has a dedicated driver (his name is Warren) who delivers to Middleton Road and all of Glenside in the early hours of the morning.
There is no longer a door to door service for milk deliveries.
Railway to school and work
The closest railway station on the main trunk line is Takapu at the Willowbank end of Middleton Road. It takes about 12 minutes to get to Wellington or Porirua from Takapu.The Johnsonville line is a 21 minute trip to Wellington.
There are cheaper rates available on railway passes for example, for regular commuters, school pupils and pensioners.
Due to it’s central location Glenside has a good selection of schools with overlapping home zones. Check with the school for its current home zone.
Primary schools website links
There are several primary schools in Tawa the closest being (St Francis Xavier) on the main road south of Mexted Motors service station.
Intermediate schools website links
Colleges website links
As a traffic safety measure there is a speed camera zone located along Middleton Road. Please slow down and drive carefully in Glenside.
If your house is beside the stream then you need to be mindful of these important factors.
- The stream and banks are privately owned. Don’t walk in the neighbour’s part of the stream without permission.
- Clear your part of the stream-bed of fallen branches and obstructions to maintain the free flow.
- Don’t kill the eels, they are people’s pets. Feed eels meat, not bread. Bread is foreign to their diet.
- Do not feed ducks bread. It makes ducks sick and disables them. Feed ducks wheat, barley or similar grains, oats (uncooked; rolled or quick) rice (cooked or uncooked), birdseed (any type or mix) frozen peas or corn (defrosted, no need to cook), chopped lettuce or other salad mixes, chopped vegetable trimmings or peel.
- Don’t throw garden waste and lawn clippings into the stream or leave it close to the stream bank as it causes problems washing onto people’s properties downstream. Lawn clippings harm the stream, depleting oxygen for fish.
- Ecologists have researched that planting cabbage trees along stream banks will prevent erosion in the long term as cabbage trees have strong tap roots. Planting native grasses along the edge of the streambanks provides cover and shade for fish. Fish lay their eggs on native grasses, which hatch when the grass is agitated in a fresh (high water).
- Every year in about March the Greater Wellington Regional Council walk the length of the main stream to check for obstructions.
There are several groups enhancing the ecology operating in the Glenside community.
First started in 2014 as Enhancing the Halo, Predator Free is a family friendly project which supports householders to destroy unwanted pests in the backyard, such as 'possums, rats and ferrets. Its aim is to bring back native song birds.
Glenside Restoration Planting Group
The Glenside Restoration Group has several planting projects along Glenside Road and the banks of the Stebbings Stream along the old Stebbings Road, off Glenside Road.
The Halfway House Heritage Gardeners
This group is revegetating the Halfway House stream bank and supporting the landscape plan for developing the gardens at the historic Halfway House.
Glenside Streamcare Group
From 2001-2012 the Streamcare Group undertook revegetation projects beside the streamsides at Stebbings Dam, and along Middleton Road from Rowells Road Bridge to Piebald Cutting and at the Debris Arrestor at Richmond Hill. You can read about what its enthusiasts achieved in the community in the menu item here.