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Time to strike back: Wasp Wipeout spreads to Wellington for the first time

They’re a buzzing annoyance, a painful pest, and a backyard barbecuer’s worst nightmare. And even more than that, wasps are a threat to our environment and the economy, costing the country more than $130 million each year. Martin De Ruyter/Stuff Now it’s time to wipe them out. Stuff, the Department of Conservation (DOC), the Tasman Environmental Trust, and …

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Wellington Zoo celebrating 10 years of The Nest Te Kōhanga

The Nest Te Kōhanga, Wellington Zoo’s award-winning animal hospital, is celebrating its 10th anniversary on 9 December 2019. Vet Emily with Korora “The Nest Te Kōhanga is a world leading facility that enables us to provide Zoo animals with amazing veterinary care, and it is a regional hub for treating and rehabilitating injured native wildlife …

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Fire and Emergency respond to ‘major gas leak’ in Paraparaumu

A ‘major gas leak’ at a Paraparaumu intersection has been contained, after a gas main was shut off. Google Maps Reports of the leak on the corner of Arawhata and Kāpiti roads were received shortly before 10am Monday and prompted a swift response from Fire and Emergency. A Stuff reporter at the scene said Kāpiti Rd had been closed …

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Wellington City Council wins Skeptics award after contractor divines for water

Wellington City Council has been awarded for “showing the most egregious gullibility in the past year”. The New Zealand Skeptics conference has awarded the council its annual “bent spoon” accolade for its contractor’s use of water divining to find underground pipes. “Generally we like getting awards but we can’t accept this one,” council spokesman Richard MacLean …

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Tuia 250 flotilla expected in Wellington this afternoon

The Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla will arrive in the capital this afternoon, performing a sail-by around Wellington Harbour between one and three o’clock.   The commemorative voyage has been travelling Aotearoa for the past two months to mark 250 years since Captain James Cook’s landfall. Raukura Hoerara-Smith – Kaiwhakahau Māori Museums Wellington, wrote an interesting …

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Transmission Gully motorway construction ‘considerably behind’ schedule

“Considerable” delays could see the Transmission Gully motorway only just make a 2020 opening. Mark Coote Construction began on the 27 kilometre-long road in 2015, with April 2020 initially touted as the month traffic would finally flow onto four-lanes connecting Linden in north Wellington to Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast. Earlier this year, the New …

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Rare white rātā in Lower Hutt, rarer than the kākāpō

It is rarer than the kākāpō and most people have never heard of it but a population of Bartlett’s white rātā is thriving in Lower Hutt. Te Papa Hutt City Council staff recently used a drone to survey trees in Percy Scenic Reserve and made an unexpected discovery. One of the seven Bartlett’s rātā was flowering, which means it has the potential …

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Launching The Wellington Apps new Jobs tab

We are launching our new job tab.  Only  $50 a listing. Discounts for bulk listings from agencies.  With over 20,000 downloads 95% based in Wellington you can target Wellingtonians to find the perfect person for the role. Daily latest jobs push out. Jobs listed on our social media Email [email protected]  

Concerns for penguins after diesel spill while cruise ship refuelled in Wellington

About 400 litres of diesel has spilled into Wellington Harbour while mega-cruise ship Radiance of the Seas was taking on fuel. Monique Ford/Stuff Harbour master Grant Nalder confirmed that there were reports of penguins in the area of the spill, which happened on Monday afternoon. Initially, there were fears of up to 800 litres being spilled. The official estimate was closer …

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Review: New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2019

The New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2019 is a two hour programme consisting of an eclectic mix of styles: the graceful and traditional to the gritty and dark – no moment or movement is wasted in this fast paced show that holds attention throughout. Eight technically challenging works are performed with two intervals, giving the audience …

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Meeting about the Southern Landfill proposed extension

Come along to the meeting to find out more about the proposed extension of the Southern Landfill. The council has been busy testing the assumption that extending the Landfill is the most viable solution, by assessing alternative waste management technologies. The assessment concluded that extending the Landfill remains the most viable solution for now. Come …

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Wellington restaurants old and new celebrated in Cuisine magazine’s top 100

Wellington is a foodie’s dream and that vibrant restaurant scene has been reinforced with 24 of the city’s eateries making Cuisine magazine’s top 100. Robert Kitchin/Stuff Throughout the year more than 40 food and drink experts assessed restaurants throughout the country, judging food, service, and ambience. One of the capital restaurants named has been open for just three months. Atlas on …

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Driver shortages continue to sting Wellington bus services

​Efforts to bring back buses and ease public transport pressures on Wellington’s system are being paralysed by a driver shortage. Monique Ford/Stuff ​It’s been three weeks since Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Daran Ponter promised to fix Wellington’s public transport system but the number of bus services cancelled every day has been stagnant since August. The city was 35 drivers short, Ponter said, and while that …

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First things first: Wellington City Councillors vote on giving themselves a pay rise

Wellington city councillors can pop the champagne – today they will vote on giving themselves a hefty pay rise after the Remuneration Authority allocated more dosh to spend on salaries. Voting in the pay packet will be one of the first things the newly formed council get done after new members say their maiden speeches on Wednesday. …

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Long lost film of Napier earthquake devastation rescued from rusty tins

Long lost footage of the destruction caused by the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake has been saved for posterity after turning up in an Upper Hutt garage. COURTESY OF GLORIA PATTERSON AND THE WHETTON WHĀNAU/NGĀ TAONGA SOUND & VISION The footage was taken by freelance news cameraman Thomas Henry Whetton, who was active in the 1920s …

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Cannabis club opening in historic Temperance building

Wellington’s historic Temperance building will once again open its doors to the public by housing the Cannabis Science Institute of New Zealand and Wellington’s first cannabis social club, The Daktory. Cannabis clubs are popular around the world. The Temperance building has long been associated with early development of Courtenay Place and the commercial and economic …

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Bottom-trawled coral “stolen by Talleys” dumped on Parliament’s lawn

Greenpeace protesters have covered Parliament lawn with replica coral this morning, calling on the Government to take urgent action on bottom trawling.                   Oceans campaigner Jessica Desmond says the activity coincides with new figures that reveal up to 3,000 tonnes of coral was destroyed by New Zealand …

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Ovation of the Seas cruise ship comes to a brief stop in Wellington harbour

A mega-liner is heading to sea after mechanical issues stopped it near the mouth of Wellington harbour. The Ovation of the Seas – the largest cruise ship to regularly visit Wellington – came into trouble Monday evening. Harbour master Grant Nalder told Stuff the mammoth ship called for tugs just after 7.30pm while it was exiting the …

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WELLINGTON TRAIN SUSPENSION – KAPITI LINE

WELLINGTON TRAIN SUSPENSION – KAPITI LINE – 2:25PM @metlinkwgtn advise train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington & Porirua have been CANCELLED this afternoon, due to a power fault. Please plan ahead & expect delays. More info, click here

Hutt Council affordable housing change puts native trees at risk – Forest & Bird

Hutt City Council has been accused of being undemocratic and abusing process over a decision that could allow trees to be cut down to make way for more affordable housing. Hutt City Council voted two weeks ago on a wide-ranging initiative to boost affordable and medium-density housing in the city. Known as Plan Change 43, …

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Wellingtonian of the Year supreme award shared for first time in 31 years

Not in three decades of the Wellingtonian of the Year awards has the supreme winner been literally too close to call. But that was the case on Thursday night, when the 31st edition of the annual awards saw the major prize shared between climate change activist Sophie Handford and Muslim community leader Tahir Nawaz. Sophie Handford won the …

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Hutt midwives at breaking point

Midwives in the Hutt Valley are at breaking point. They laid bare their concerns at an emotionally raw public meeting last night over what they see as chronic staffing and equipment shortages. Photo: RNZ Nearly 100 midwives, parents, and politicians turned out to a Petone community hall to discuss the problems at the meeting organised …

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Zinefest is back for 2019

A zine (pronounced zeen) is an independently or self-published booklet, often created by physically cutting and gluing text and images together onto a master flat for photocopying, but it’s also common to produce the master by typing and formatting pages on a computer.   Historically, zines have been around since 1776 when Thomas Paine self-published …

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Uplifting works from the New Zealand School of Dance

Classical ballet and contemporary choreography at New Zealand School of Dance Photo: Stephen A’Court The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) 2019 Graduation Season promises outstanding performances of both classical and contemporary dance. Expect a showcase of powerful, timeless classics and striking new works from NZSD, 20-30 November at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama …

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Police say firearms and drugs have been recovered in Masterton incidents

Police have seized firearms and drugs in three separate incidents in Masterton recently. Around 1.45am on Friday 8 November Police noticed a disqualified driver behind the wheel on Chapel Street, the vehicle was searched and a shotgun was recovered. A 20-year-old man was charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm, driving while disqualified and possession of an …

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Police need public’s help to halt bike thefts

Wellington Police remind cyclists to secure bicycles following thefts In the last few months Wellington Police have received numerous reports of bicycles stolen by opportunistic thieves throughout the CBD, and despite two youths being arrested and an ongoing investigation, bikes are still being targeted. Wellington Area Prevention Manager Inspector Wade Jennings says the police know …

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Monopoly Wellington edition!

It has been a source of disputes among families for 80 years – Is anyone going to play Wellington Monopoly/cause arguments at the after-Christmas-dinner-family-get-together? The Wellington version of the game has been around for a couple of years, but it has only just come to my attention as it’s currently on sale at Whitcoulls and …

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Five gigs happening in Wellington this weekend

Quadraphonics When: Fri Nov 8th, 2019 Where: Wellington Museum, Wellington An immersive evening of cutting edge, audiovisual artworks, sound art installations, and live performance. This is an ‘After Hours’ event created on the back of last year’s successful Aotearoa Arts Festival, which showcases artists working with four-channel loudspeaker configurations. It is for people who want to …

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Wellington Beach Reviews: Days Bay – A Hutt gem, just don’t tell Katherine Mansfield

Days Bay is fantastic stretch of beach where you can rent kayaks, buy yummy ice cream, or go for a bush walk. Even better – to celebrate the ‘International Day of People with Disabilities’, Hutt City Council is launching an access mat for people with mobility issues in December. Days Bay is an out-of-the-way beach …

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“Single-vehicle crash at Terrace Tunnel” The southbound lane is closed and northbound traffic is down to one lane.

UPDATE: Terrace Tunnel reopened” The Terrace Tunnel is now open following a crash this afternoon. The crash involved two vehicles, not one, as mentioned in an earlier release. Police were called to the collision around 4.40pm. Early indications are a person may have suffered a medical event. They have been transported to hospital. ENDS   …

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Tales from the Wellington commute: Do robots have to deal with ‘Hump Day?’

The moaning woman from work now catches the same train  as me. She waits for me at the station, like a lion stalking its prey, to regale me of tales about our other workmates.   I’ve only been there a few months and she’s already managed to dissect and analyse the worst aspects of everyone’s character – …

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Proposal to tackle housing supply and affordability gets the go ahead in the Hutt

A Hutt City Council initiative to improve housing supply and housing affordability was given the green light at an extraordinary Council meeting last night.   District Plan Change 43 will permit medium density residential housing of up to three storeys in eight suburban areas that have good access to transport, shopping, schools and parks. It …

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Book Giveaway

Wellington writer Lawrence Patchett’s new book The Burning River is set in a radically changed New Zealand.   The main character’s life in the swamp is hazardous, as he mines plastic and trades with others in order to survive. He must undergo a perilous journey to have any prospect  of being a part of the …

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Traffic signals out at Silverstream

SH2 SILVERSTREAM – SIGNALS FAULT – 6:15PM Traffic signals on SH2 Silverstream at the intersection with Western Hutt Rd are currently flashing yellow. Please apply give way rules and take extra care. ^EH pic.twitter.com/x2g8HCFqQi — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) November 4, 2019

Mt Victoria tunnel now clear

NZTA Wellington @NZTAWgtn FINAL UPDATE  This #breakdown is now CLEAR and the Mt Victoria Tunnel is now fully OPEN. Thank you for your patience as congestion eases. ^EL

Crash at Belmont CLEAR but traffic backed up

UPDATE 5:10PMThis northbound #SH2 crash is now CLEAR, but resulting queues are currently just north of the #Dowse interchange. Please continue to expect significant northbound DELAYS while congestion eases. ^CR https://t.co/1AjGaLBXti — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) November 1, 2019

Enjoy the good weather this weekend, it won’t stick around for long

Temperatures are expected to be warm this weekend as the country gets an early dose of summer weather. “The air [will be] coming off Australia, they have this really large high over the Tasman, and the northerly flow on the western side of the high is dragging this warm air off Australia,” MetService meteorologist Stephen …

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Wellington Zoo Devil duo arrive just in time for Halloween

Wellington Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of two female Tasmanian Devils, Cassia and Clove who have recently joined the Zoo’s existing female, Dash. “Cassia and Clove arrived from the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment at the end of September, and since completing their quarantine period, they have now been …

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Masterton Police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen a blue Mazda vehicle driving erratically about midday on Friday 25 October.

“Masterton Police seek vehicle sightings” Masterton Police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen a blue Mazda vehicle driving erratically about midday on Friday 25 October. The vehicle was involved in a fleeing driver incident in the Lansdowne area, which was quickly abandoned due to the nature of driving. Enquiries to date suggest …

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Coles in Savea out

Dane Coles with start in the 3rd/4th playoff, but  Ardie Savea, who picked up a knee injury against England is out.   All Blacks team: Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (c), Sam Cane, Shannon Frizell, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Reserves: Liam Coltman, Atu Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Matt Todd, Brad Weber, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie Barrett.

Have you seen Aretha Mason, 15, was reported missing on Friday.

“UPDATE: Missing person, Lower Hutt” A Lower Hutt teen reported missing on Friday has today been located safe and well. “Missing person, Lower Hutt” Lower Hutt Police are appealing for information to help locate a missing teenager. Aretha Mason, 15, was reported missing on Friday. She is described as 155cm tall and of thin build …

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Paekakariki hosts ‘The World’s Shortest (unofficial) Pride Parade’

Paekakariki village burst into life this weekend, with a loud, proud, colourful Pride Fest. Queer fire trucks, excited drummers, twirling banners and dancing dogs were all part of the  third annual unofficial ‘World’s Shortest Pride Parade’ at Paekakariki on Saturday. A crowd of hundreds made its way from Campbell Park next to the beach to the …

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Wellington’s secret war base open to public for Labour Day

Wrights Hill Fortress, Wellington’s secret army base, is open to the public for Wellington Heritage Week on Labour Day. Wellington City Council Through the 620 metres of tunnels running under the hills of Karori, people can poke around and discover the nooks and crannies of a secret World War II base, Wrights Hill Fortress. Visitors …

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Bird of the year is here!

Voting is about to open for the fiercest, most exciting competition in Aotearoa – Forest & Bird’s Bird of the Year. The competition to elect the nation’s favourite bird has been heating up with alliances, rivalries, and meme-wars taking over the internet. In a new twist to the competition, the voting system has changed. Instead …

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Five sporting events to see in Wellington this weekend

Cricket 3 top premier cricket matches Saturday 26th. See Wellington’s top cricketers in action Football We’re a fresh squad of young, hungry players ready to emblaze our mark on this Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season. With new motivated leadership at the helm, confident direction in our appointed skipper and the build-up of our local kiwi talent, …

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SH1 KAPITI COAST, NORTHBOUND – HOLIDAY CONGESTION

NZTA Wellington @NZTAWgtn SH1 KAPITI COAST, NORTHBOUND – HOLIDAY CONGESTION – 11:30AM Due to increased northbound holiday traffic, there is CONGESTION on SH1 between Te Horo & #Ōtaki. Queues are building towards Peka Peka. Please expect DELAYS, as heavy traffic is not expected to ease until after 6pm. ^CR

Wednesday date night

Every Wednesday a member of the Wellington app team is going on a date…and reviewing how it goes.   Dinner at Loretta 23rd October, reviewed by Brendon, who went with his lovely wife. Loretta is a bustling little restaurant on Cuba street which serves up creative food. We arrived for an early 6pm dinner and Loretta …

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A family-friendly need for speed at Wellington Speedway this Sunday

If your family has a need for speed, don’t miss the sound of roaring engines and blaze of lights at the Max Motors Wellington Family Speedway this Sunday, as the 51st season gets underway. It’s going to be another season of high octane family entertainment: all major racing classes are competing, including saloons, stock cars, mini-stocks, and …

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SH1 CAMBORNE, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 8:30PM

SH1 CAMBORNE, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 8:30PM A crash is BLOCKING the right northbound lane near the intersection with Steyne Avenue. Please take extra care while passing. For more information overnight, please check our Traffic Map here: http://journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/wellington… 

Trains The first two morning services from WAIK to WELL for Tuesday 22 October will be replaced by Bus

Valid from: 21/10/2019 9:00pm Train services will be running between Wellington and Plimmerton with bus replacements between Plimmerton and Waikanae for the remainder of the evening. We now have more bus replacements running between Plimmerton and Waikanae. Some bus replacements my be delayed due to heavy traffic. The traction crew are now on site and have …

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WE WANT YOUR SPORTS NEWS

The Wellington app is expanding its local sports coverage and we want your sports news. Here at The Wellington app we love sport. We want to share what is happening in the local Wellington sport seen with the masses. So get your club or association to share your sports results, news and fundraisers with us …

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Crash update Ngauranga – cleared but delays

UPDATE 8AMThis crash on SH2 between Petone and Ngauranga has now been CLEARED and all lanes are OPEN. Please continue to expect significant delays as southbound queues are back to Melling. ^EHhttps://t.co/QCjDGflryK — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) October 20, 2019

SH1 ŌTAKI PASSING LANE CLOSED

 The southbound passing lane north of Ōtaki will be CLOSED PERMANENTLY from Monday 21 October. There be traffic control in place on Monday and Tuesday from 8am-5pm while the closure is put in place. (Dependent on weather & other factors). NZTA Wellington

“Delays expected after Upper Hutt crash”

“Delays expected after Upper Hutt crash” Police are responding to a single-vehicle crash on River Road, Moonshine Valley, Upper Hutt. Police were alerted around 12.25pm. No serious injuries have been reported. The northbound lane is blocked. Motorists are advised to avoid the area or use alternative routes. ENDS Issued by Police Media Centre

UPDATE: SH2 NGAURANGA, NORTHBOUND – FLOODING –

FINAL UPDATE 3:40PM This #flooding on the Hutt northbound on-ramp is now CLEAR. Drive safely. ^EL #Flooding is currently impacting the Hutt northbound on-ramp. Please take extra care and SLOW DOWN while travelling through the area. SH2 NGAURANGA, NORTHBOUND – FLOODING – 2:45PM#Flooding is currently impacting the Hutt northbound on-ramp. Please take extra care and SLOW …

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Update: Reported threat on Interislander ferry

“Update: Reported threat on Interislander ferry” Cordons are being stood down following Police enquiries after a reported threat on the Interislander ferry. Police attended the ferry in Wellington and have confirmed there is no suspicious item on-board and no cause for concern. Interislander are working to move passengers to their destinations.  Enquiries are continuing as …

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Police responding to reported threat on Interislander ferry

Police responding to reported threat on Interislander ferry   Police are responding to a report received at 9:05am regarding an item of concern on an Interislander ferry which departed Wellington at 9 am. The ship has returned to dock in Wellington, and passengers are being evacuated while Police undertake inquiries on-board. Cordons will be in …

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Top five Friday

A quick look at five things happening in the city this evening. 1. Jazz on the Hilltop Wellington SPCA, 140 Alexandra Road, Newtown, Wellington Friday 18 October 2019 7:30pm – 10:00pm General Admission: $25.56 ($22.50 + $3.06 fees) SPCA’s Wellington Centre is celebrating its buildings 100 year anniversary. In collaboration with the Wellington Jazz Cooperative, …

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Two new millionaires from massive $38m Lotto jackpot

Two lucky Aucklanders are splitting a massive $38 million Powerball jackpot. Both winning tickets were sold on MyLotto, with the winners each taking home $19,142,857. They weren’t the only prizewinners, though. Five Kiwis won $142,857 with Lotto First Division. Those winning tickets were sold at Countdown Manukau City Mall, New World Southmall and Porchester Road Superette in Auckland, MyLotto in Hawke’s Bay, and New World Merrilands in …

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Advertising for bus drivers removed after discovery of racist tweets

The Wellington Regional Council scrambled to remove advertisements promoting a career in bus driving after it discovered a string of racist tweets by one of its poster boys. Official information obtained by RNZ shows the council asked its bus drivers to front a campaign explaining why they joined the profession to encourage others to do …

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SH1 JOHNSONVILLE, NORTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN

Now Cleared SH1 JOHNSONVILLE, NORTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 3:20PMA bus breakdown is BLOCKING the Johnsonville northbound off-ramp. Please take extra care while passing and expect delays. ^EH pic.twitter.com/2P6w8qvDfy — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) October 16, 2019

Crash SH2 Petone to Ngauranga is slowly clearing

UPDATE  7:40AM Resulting southbound delays following a prior crash on SH2 have now EASED to normal peak conditions. Thank you for your patience as congestion eases. FINAL UPDATE 7:40AMResulting southbound delays following a prior crash on SH2 have now EASED to normal peak conditions. Thank you for your patience as congestion eases. ^EHhttps://t.co/FBwPoSq3Hl — NZTA …

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Widespread defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel revealed

New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. RNZ Concrete investigators say their scanning shows many buildings have not been constructed according to the plans. They were “astounded” and “appalled”, Jane Roach-Gray of Wellington company Concrete Structure Investigations said. It is using ultrasound technology developed …

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The Bucket Fountain turns fifty!

It’s been vilified, dye-bombed and wee’d in by a hobbit, and now on October 12, Cuba Mall’s iconic Bucket Fountain is celebrating its fiftieth birthday. Following the phasing out of trams and removal of tracks in 1967, Cuba Street became temporarily pedestrianised. Businesses loved it, and  petitioned the Council for the layout to become a …

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Coastal Challenge round one preview: PCC vs Weraroa

Horowhenua -Kapiti teams do battle in round one Round one is a split round with the Horowhenua-Kapiti teams in action this week.  Wanganui and Wairarapa teams play this round on 25 January 2020 to fit around representative commitments Paraparaumu Cricket Club vs Weraroa Cricket Club Paraparaumu Cricket Club were the Coastal Challenge champions two seasons …

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Why is no-one voting?

Wellington residents are usually the first to give their opinions on the various issues that affect our region; including transport, roading, housing and the environment – yet voter turnout is currently at an all time low for this years local body elections. RNZ The elections roll around every three years,  with constituents given the chance …

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All Blacks Vs Italy canceled

TYPHOON HAGIBIS IMPACT ON RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019 MATCHES TOKYO, 10 Oct – After extensive evaluation, World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced an update regarding the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on this weekend’s Rugby World Cup 2019 pool matches. This includes the decision to cancel matches on safety grounds. Based …

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Transmission Gully contractor suing NZTA for $352million

Transmission Gully contractor Wellington Gateway Partnership is seeking $352 million from the New Zealand Transport Agency over delays in starting the work. Photo: 123rf The claim would increase the $850 million construction cost to almost $1.2 billion, amounting to a 41 percent increase. The government’s 2019 accounts noted the size of the claim as a contingent …

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