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Design thinking for libraries

Wellingtonian Ralph Johns imagines Wellington City’s new library Since the Wellington City Library was suddenly closed a couple of months ago there has been a strong feeling that something is missing; more than just books, magazines and reissued vinyl. We have lost our ‘living room’. It is too early to tell whether Ian Athfield’s building …

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Police collecting prohibited firearms at Trentham on Saturday and Sunday

The first Wellington firearms collection events for buy-back and amnesty will be held on 20 and 21 July at Trentham Racecourse in Upper Hutt. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The events will run from 10am-3pm each day. Police are supporting firearms owners to hand-in either prohibited firearms or firearms under the amnesty at a local …

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Saving and strengthening the Library – early access is possible, at less cost, says engineer

A packed public meeting last night heard a leading architect and a leading structural engineer insist that Wellington’s Central Library can be strengthened and reopened. And they estimated a cost considerably less than the $100million stated by Mayor Justin Lester at the weekend.   Architect Gordon Moller, noting that a million people a year used …

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Councils lacking knowledge about seismic strength of buildings – SCNZ

Local councils are being asked to sign off on major buildings when they have big gaps in what they know about the steel frames and seismic strength. Photo: 123rf That’s according to Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ), an industry body that has been briefing councils about the dangers of having an inadequate building consent regime. SCNZ …

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DOC on high alert after penguins ignored police, returned to sushi shop

Department of Conservation rangers are on high alert for ‘penguin call-outs’ after they’ve been spotted waddling around Wellington. Two renegade penguins have completely ignored police and returned to their illegal hideout. Photo: RNZ / Charlotte Cook Yesterday the little blue penguins had to be removed from under a sushi store near the Wellington railway station, not once …

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Local parking payment company losing WCC contract after 15 years

We are phone2park, a locally owned and operated technology company. We provide mobile payment options for Wellingtonians using city council operated parking. We have 16,000 users and have been operating for 15 years.   Recently, the Wellington City Council notified us that they intend to end our contract for the supply of phone2park parking payment …

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Quake proofing the capital’s library could cost $100m

Making Wellington’s central library earthquake-safe could cost more than $100 million, says the city’s mayor. The building was closed in March following engineering advice, and the council says detailed plans and costs are at least a year away. Mayor Justin Lester said his first priority was to strengthen the existing building, rather than pull it down. Mr Lester …

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‘To make our voices heard on the Zero Carbon Bill’

A climate change advocacy group hosted a party at Wellington Railway Station yesterday morning to remind commuters about the threat of sea level rise. Photo: Supplied. Generation Zero, a volunteer, youth-led organisation that champions a zero carbon Aotearoa-New Zealand, hosted the party at the capital’s main station this morning. It is hosting submission parties around the …

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Let’s dance! Independent candidate to run for Wellington mayoralty

Conor Hill announced today that he will run as an independent candidate for Mayor of Wellington. Here’s his announcement. Conor Hill loves Wellington, and wants it to be the best city in the world. He believes homes should be affordable, transport should be reliable, and that vanity projects should be cancelled. That’s why he’s running …

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Wgtn software developer fighting for a better world, one click at a time.

Two and a half years ago, fed up with online trading sites available, Hooman Bahreini, a Wellington based software developer, started a journey to code a completely new e-commerce site from scratch.   The premise was simple, create an easy to use online trading platform where customers can post ads and sell items for free. …

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Rare Wellington snails under threat from mountain bikers

A rare type of snail only found on a specific hill in Wellington is being threatened by mountain bikers’ unauthorised trails, an ecological group says. Te Ahumairangi Hill in Wellington, where mountain biking is a restricted activity. Photo: RNZ / Harry Lock The 3mm-long Potamopyrgus oppidanus snail, discovered in 2003, is only found on Te Ahumairangi Hill, in Wellington, …

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Massive urban pest eradication effort launched

The country’s largest ever effort to eradicate introduced pests from an urban area has begun in Wellington. The $2.4 million project from Predator Free Wellington aims to eliminate rodents, possums and mustelids from Miramar peninsula by Christmas. The area is home to about 20,000 people, and more than 6000 traps are being set in peoples’ backyards, businesses, and …

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Wellington City Council seeks more consultation as bus network woes continue

A year after a revamp of Wellington’s bus network threw routes and services into disarray, the regional council is consulting with the public to try and fix it. Commuters at a bus stop in Newtown last year. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton Greater Wellington Regional Council and Metlink are launching an online forum on Friday along with a series …

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Architects organise public meeting on fate of Central Library

The Wellington Branch of the NZ Institute of Architects is to stage a public meeting on the fate of the Wellington Central Library, the Ian Athfield-designed building that has been closed for seismic reasons by the Wellington City Council. Why? There has been speculation in the media that the Council may be leaning towards the demolition of …

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Another measles case (after a flight from Auckland) in Wellington

Regional Public Health (RPH) Wellington has been notified of a case of measles and is asking people who may have been in contact with that person to watch out for symptoms.   The infected person visited several public places, including taking a domestic flight from Auckland to Wellington, before they were diagnosed. At these times …

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Predator Free Wellington launches stage one of a “world first”

Regional Council Chair Chris Laidlaw says today’s launch of stage one of Predator Free Wellington’s project is an important step towards improving biodiversity in our region. “We’re so proud to have supported, and been involved in, what will be an amazing achievement on the Miramar Peninsula, a true world-first. “We’ve supplied our expertise of more …

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Drop in Auckland and Wellington bus driver wages addressed in new report

A report shows changes to the way bus services are contracted has driven down driver wages and conditions in Auckland and Wellington. Photo: 123rf Consultancy firm Allen and Clarke was commissioned by the government to find out how the Public Transport Operating Model was affecting bus driver wages and conditions when they had to change companies. …

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Safety concerns: investigation begins into freight train derailment

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened an inquiry into the derailment of a freight train at Wellington on Tuesday.   Circumstances reported to date are that the loaded train was travelling out of the Wellington Rail yard when it derailed at the junction between the yard and the North Island Main Trunk line. Four wagons are …

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75 Wellington motorists ticketed for using cellphones while driving in CBD

Police were shocked and disappointed by the number of motorists using cell phones while driving in Wellington yesterday. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Seventy-eight drivers were issued with infringement notices during a two hour road-safety operation at the intersection of Taranaki Street and Buckle Street between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. Seventy five of them received infringements …

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Wellington trains running again after transport chaos

Wellington’s regional council is defending the way it dealt with widespread transport disruption in the capital yesterday, when a train derailment ended in traffic gridlock. Traffic backed up on the central Wellington highway. Photo: RNZ / Rob Dixon The disruption happened after a freight train went off the tracks near the central station on Tuesday night stopping …

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Commuters should expect significant delays: advised to delay travel

WGTN TRAFFIC – SIGNIFICANT NORTHBOUND DELAYS – 4:40PM Traffic is significantly CONGESTED on #SH1 and #SH2. Queues from Ngauranga go back through The Terrace Tunnel. The Urban Motorway, all on-ramps and local roads are impacted. Please delay your travel if possible. ^CR   WGTN TRAFFIC – SIGNIFICANT NORTHBOUND DELAYS – 4:40PM Traffic is significantly CONGESTED …

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Major travel disruption as Wellington trains cancelled by derailment

Wellington rail commuters face major disruption today after a freight train was derailed just outside Wellington station last night. Photo: RNZ / Jonathan Mitchell There have been no train services in or out of Wellington on the Hutt, Kapiti, Melling and Wairarapa lines all day, and the issue is not expected to be resolved by the …

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Private company signs $170m deal to control Wellington’s wastewater

The council-owned water services company Wellington Water, and global environmental services provider Veolia, have signed a 10 year, $17 million per year contract to operate and maintain the four wastewater treatment plants that serve metropolitan Wellington.   Wellington Water’s chief executive Colin Crampton said the contract marked the start of a new and exciting focus …

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Regional Fund’s $40m backing for plastic recycling initiatives

Fighting the war on plastic rubbish has just become easier for recycling businesses. China’s refusal to take New Zealand’s waste has been a wake-up call, says associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage. Photo: Photo / Ana Tovey The Provincial Growth Fund is stumping up $40 million for companies investing in converting waste to useable products to try and …

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Wellington predicted to be economic powerhouse in new report

A boost in government spending looks likely to push the capital to win the economic race between the regions. Westpac’s Regional Roundup report forecasted Wellington to become the economic powerhouse within the next year, with improvements in Northland, Auckland, Canterbury and Otago also expected. “New Zealand’s economic slowdown over the past couple of years has …

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Ice causes delays on Hutt Valley and Wairarapa trains

Trains on the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa lines in Wellington this morning were delayed due to ice on the overhead wires. HVL WRL: Services on the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa Lines are experiencing delays due to Ice on the overheads https://t.co/7UNfDObvY2 — Metlink Wellington (@metlinkwgtn) June 27, 2019

Wellington bus network troubles blamed on city’s challenges

Wellington’s Regional Council is blaming a perfect storm of new operators, buses, routes, driver shortages and design failures for the shambolic introduction of new bus services a year ago. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton While reliability has since improved to 92.5 percent of services leaving on time, it is still just 89.2 percent in the east and west …

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Crash blocking southbound lane on SH2 prior to Ngauranga interchange

SH2 NGAURANGA, SOUTHBOUND – CRASH – 5:15PM   A crash is currently BLOCKING the right southbound lane, prior to the Ngauranga interchange. Please take extra care while passing and expect DELAYS. Southbound queues are currently building north of the #Petone interchange. SH2 NGAURANGA, SOUTHBOUND – CRASH – 5:15PM A crash is currently BLOCKING the right …

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Average rates increase for Wellington will be 3.9 per cent

The Wellington City Council has adopted its Annual Plan/Mahere ā-Tau for 2019/20.   The plan outlines $557 million worth of operational and $240 million worth of capital spending on seven priority areas – the environment, housing and community wellbeing, transport, sustainable growth, and arts and culture. The major projects include the Prince of Wales/Omāroro Reservoir …

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Measles outbreak: Warning to Wellington residents as more cases detected

Four further cases of measles have been confirmed in Wellington, taking the total for the year to 15 in the region. \ Photo: 123rf.com Medical Officer of Health Annette Nesdale said the infected people visited several public places before they knew they were infected – which is when the disease is most contagious. On 18 June, …

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Wellington mayor warns rule-benders over Len Lye sculpture

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has warned people not to “be a d–k” when it comes to the replaced Len Lye sculpture on the city’s waterfront. The place where the Len Lye sculpture once stood on Wellington’s waterfront. Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King The Waterwhirler pole is going back up after it was broken last October, when Hunter MacDonald swung on it. …

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Terrace Tunnel closed to Southbound traffic – UPDATE – Tunnel Open

Update 9:25am – The Terrace Tunnel is now open again in both directions   SH1 TERRACE TUNNEL – OVERHEIGHT VEHICLE – 9:05AM   Due to an overheight vehicle, the Terrace Tunnel is CLOSED to southbound traffic. Please expect #delays or use Aotea Quay as a detour. SH1 TERRACE TUNNEL – OVERHEIGHT VEHICLE – 9:05AM Due …

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Northbound crash on SH2 Silverstream causing significant delays

SH2 SILVERSTREAM, NORTHBOUND – SERIOUS CRASH – 5:20PM   Due to a serious crash north of #Silverstream, there are significant northbound DELAYS building at the Haywards interchange. Please delay your travel if possible or use an alternate route. SH2 SILVERSTREAM, NORTHBOUND – SERIOUS CRASH – 5:20PM Due to a serious crash north of #Silverstream, there …

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City councillors unanimously vote to support LGWM traffic plan

Wellington City Councillors have unanimously voted to support the Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) Indicative Package.   At a full Council meeting today, they voted to: · Endorse the LGWM vision for Wellington’s future · Welcome and support the LGWM Indicative Package and proposed regional funding commitment announced by the Government · Approve the Councils’ …

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Doctor has registration cancelled after sex with vulnerable patients

The Wellington family doctor who had sex with vulnerable women patients is being de-registered from practising medicine and he must pay a total of $31,700. Photo: 123RF The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal also censured the doctor, Deane Drew, yesterday after he pleaded guilty to professional misconduct. The amount he has to pay includes $28,700 in costs …

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Multi-billion dollar plan to fix Wellington’s traffic woes criticised

Wellington’s regional councillors have criticised a multibillion-dollar plan to fix Wellington’s congestion woes as not doing enough to reduce emissions or clear congestion. The Mount Victoria Tunnel is one of the city’s major traffic choke points. Despite their misgivings, councillors endorsed the Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) plan and agreed to stump up about a …

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Any bus issues? Regional Council targetting climate change and public transport

The Regional Council will target climate change, natural resources and public transport challenges across the region after adopting its annual plan for 2019/20 today.   Acting Council Chair Barbara Donaldson said it was important to tackle some of the region’s biggest issues in year two of its long term plan 2018-28. “We will be boosting …

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Family doctor admits having sex with vulnerable patients

A Wellington family doctor has today pleaded guilty to professional misconduct, after he had sex with vulnerable women patients. Photo: 123RF Deane Drew appeared before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in Wellington today, charged by a Medical Council professional conduct committee with professional misconduct. The charge related to personal and or sexual relationships with four former …

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Breakdown blocking southbound lane on SH2 Melling

SH2 MELLING, SOUTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 6:05PM A #breakdown is currently BLOCKING the middle southbound lane, prior to the intersection with Tirohanga Rd. Please take extra care while passing and expect DELAYS. SH2 MELLING, SOUTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 6:05PM A #breakdown is currently BLOCKING the middle southbound lane, prior to the intersection with Tirohanga Rd. …

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Heat map reveals Wellington drivers get fewest speeding tickets

Residents of Nelson Bays, the West Coast and Marlborough need to hit the brakes, according to New Zealand Police data analysed by Teletrac Navman, specialists in GPS-based fleet management technology. Wellington (including Hutt Valley, Kapiti-Mana and the Wairarapa) had the lowest number of combined speeding infringements per capita at 0.34. Teletrac Navman’s analysis of speeding tickets …

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110,000 trips in first 6 months – Onzo bikes licence extended till end of next year

The Wellington City Council has extended the licence for Onzo to continue operating their ‘dockless’ bike hire system in the capital until the end of 2020.   Councillor Sarah Free, Portfolio Leader for Walking and Cycling, says the popularity of the Onzo bikes for short trips around town shows there is a demand for more …

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Housing First aims to shelter 200 homeless people in Wellington

A programme which aims to end homelessness has been rolled out in Wellington. Housing Minister Phil Twyford Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Housing Minister Phil Twyford today unveiled the plan to get 200 homeless people off the street and into secure housing over the next two years. The accommodation will be provided by Kahungunu Whānau Services and …

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Wellington Central Library’s rare book collection gets new home

The rare book collection at Wellington Central Library is set to get a new home at the City Archives building. Wellington Central Library’s ‘rare’ collection of items will be moved to Wellington City Archive, after being shut away from the public since March, when an engineer’s report raised concerns about the earthquake safety of the …

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Public transport becoming a more popular option in Wellington

More Wellingtonians are taking buses and trains to and from work. More people have been catching trains in Wellington after extra investment in the service, says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. Photo: RNZ / Paloma Migone Wellington City Council transport data shows that daily commuter numbers have grown by 10,000 over the last 20 years, to 84,000 people. …

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Fault puts a halt to Wellington cable car service

Wellington’s popular cable car is out of action today because of an operating system fault. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Problems were discovered during regular overnight testing on Wednesday, Wellington City Council said. Further testing is being carried out, with help from the overseas manufacturer. The @WellyCableCar will remain closed today 21/06/2019. Free bus replacement services …

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Fire and food for Friday’s Matariki celebrations on the waterfront

The Wellington Waterfront will be set alight on Friday with ahi (fire), kai (food), and entertainment from over 30 musical groups, artists and performers for Ahi Kā – a celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year. Students from nine Wellington schools will form a stream of light around the waterfront that will launch Ahi Kā. …

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Wellington’s waterfront to host Matariki spectacle

This Matariki a constellation of Aotearoa’s artists will be creating a multimedia, cinematic experience on water. Mana Moana is a collaboration between musicians, artists, writers and choreographers to produce a series of five, short art films fusing poetry, dance, song, painting, photography and animation. Instead of projecting on a traditional film screen, Mana Moana explores …

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Crash blocking two Northbound lanes of SH1 at intersection with Victoria St

SH1 TE ARO, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 6PM Due to a #crash before the intersection with Victoria Street, the right two lanes are currently BLOCKED. Please expect significant delays throughout the city heading back to the Mt Victoria Tunnel. SH1 TE ARO, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 6PM Due to a #crash before the intersection with …

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Significant step forward: national music centre signs deal to lease Municipal Office Building

Wellington City Council, Victoria University of Wellington, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) have signed an agreement which will see the Municipal Office Building (MOB) become part of a national music centre to house the NZSO and the University’s New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī (NZSM), along with a strengthened and refurbished …

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Wellington harbour fat and sewage contamination prompts warning

Wellington Waste Water is warning people not to put cooking fat down their kitchen sinks, after a blockage contaminated the harbour. A fat blockage ended up in Wellington Harbour for several days last week. Photo: Supplied / Wellington Water A fat blockage in the Wellington CBD’s waste water pipes led to it spilling over into storm water …

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Green candidates announce new policies for Wellington

At a campaign launch last week at the Sustainability Trust, Wellington’s Green candidates announced transformative policies to green our city. That’s it. Candidates and MPs photo: pic.twitter.com/TDj6E5FoQn — Mark Cubey (@markcubey) June 13, 2019 Green candidates Thomas Nash (Regional Council), Laurie Foon (Southern Ward), Richard McIntosh (Onslow-Western Ward), Sarah Free (Eastern Ward) and Iona Pannett …

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After 2400 submissions, growth plans for inner city and suburbs to be decided on Thursday

On Thursday this week, Wellington City Councillors will be asked to agree on a preferred direction for intensification of the city centre and suburban centres to provide for population growth over the next 30 years.   This follows the Planning for Growth city-wide engagement on four growth scenarios, alongside a survey on the Council’s blueprint …

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DHB extends amnesty for borrowed medical equipment – “no questions asked”

Capital & Coast DHB has extended its medical equipment amnesty, and is strongly calling for people to return any borrowed items that they no longer need.   “In the three weeks since the amnesty began, only a handful of items – mainly crutches – have been returned, and very few people have been in touch …

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Fire at Island Bay marae “not … suspicious,” but fire alarms being investigated

Fire and Emergency New Zealand investigators are continuing to examine the scene of the Tapu Te Ranga Marae fire in Island Bay. Tapu Te Ranga Marae in flames. Photo from RNZ by Plucky Pīwakawaka The fire is not believed to be suspicious and investigations into the cause and origin are likely to be completed in …

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Crashes causing delays on SH2 Northbound near Silverstream

UPDATE 6:10PM   There has been a secondary incident before the #crash at Silverstream. Please continue to expect delays in the area.   SH2 SILVERSTREAM, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 5:50PM A #crash is PARTIALLY BLOCKING the right northbound lane after the intersection with Fergusson Drive in Silverstream. Please expect delays in the area. SH2 SILVERSTREAM, …

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IAG will continue to insure Wellington properties – if risk isn’t too high

A major insurance company has said it will provide insurance to properties in the capital, provided the level of risk isn’t too high. IAG insures about half the property market in Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller It follows the revelation in March that IAG, which insures about half the property market in Wellington, had been declining …

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Owners fear losing homes because of cost of quake strengthening

Owners of earthquake-prone apartments in Wellington fear they’ll end up destitute or homeless with the cost of strengthening their units now at 10 times more than government estimates. Hazel Kirkham, left, and Geraldine Murphy from the lobby group Inner City Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp Furious inner city residents are demanding a law change. “We’ve had …

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Police urge other victims of serial rapist to come forward

A serial rapist in Wellington has been jailed indefinitely today, and police suspect there are more victims out there. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Richard George Apperley, 39, pleaded guilty in Wellington High Court today to multiple charges for crimes dating back to the 1990s, including sexual violation, assault, and possession and making of objectionable material. …

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$490,000 to plant 45,000 native trees on the Town Belt

Wellington is about to embark on its largest community-led tree-planting programme with a $490,000 boost from the Government’s One Billion Trees Programme. Image: Google Maps Volunteers will plant at least 45,000 natives in the Mt Victoria Town Belt over three years, courtesy of the Matariki Tu Rākau initiative, which funds plantings to recognise the men …

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Island Bay residents lose cycleway appeal

Wellington’s Island Bay Residents Association has lost its bid to force the City Council to reconsider the controversial cycleway in the suburb. Island Bay cycleway, Wellington. Photo: Supplied / Google The contentious cycleway runs along the kerbside through the suburb, with car parking outside it, rather than the traditional road configuration with kerbside parking. Last month the …

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AirNZ expects Wellington flight disruptions, offers ticket deals

Forecast strong winds are likely to cause disruption to Air New Zealand services into and out of Wellington this afternoon.   The airline is expecting weather conditions to deteriorate and cause disruption to flights later today. Air New Zealand is therefore offering ticket flexibility to customers booked on domestic flights to or from Wellington from …

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Regional Council seeking new members to deal with “the big issues”

If fast-growing and vibrant greater Wellington is your home, now is your opportunity to make a positive difference to its future.   Nominations will soon open for local authority elections, which will take place in October. Wellington Regional Councillors represent constituencies from Kāpiti Coast, Porirua-Tawa, Pōneke/Wellington, Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai/Lower Hutt, Te Awa Kairangi …

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Northbound crash on SH2 Ngauranga causing gridlock back to SH1 Terrace Tunnel

UPDATE: SH1 URBAN MOTORWAY, NORTHBOUND – CONGESTION – 6:40PM   Due to multiple incidents this evening, there is MAJOR CONGESTION on SH1 and SH2 heading northbound. Traffic is currently at a standstill from the Terrace Tunnel to the Ngauranga interchange. Delay travel SH2 NGAURANGA, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 5:35PM Due to a #crash, the right …

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Vivian Street down to one lane due to overhead hazard – expect significant delays

SH1 VIVIAN ST, SOUTHBOUND – OVERHEAD HAZARD – 3PM SH1 VIVIAN ST, SOUTHBOUND – OVERHEAD HAZARD – 3PM Due to a potential hazard overhead, emergency services are currently BLOCKING the right lane on #Vivian St at the intersection with Taranaki St. Please take extra care while passing and expect DELAYS. ^CR pic.twitter.com/WhfjTicx1W — NZTA Wellington …

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Inner city apartment owners meeting to discuss quake strengthening costs

Inner city residents have called a meeting next week to discuss the cost of insuring and strengthening residential units in earthquake prone buildings. The meeting will be on Thursday, 6 June from 6 – 8 pm at the Faculty of Architecture & Design, Victoria University of Wellington, Vivian Street. The meeting has been called by …

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Bus company reviews social media policies after ‘cycle wanker’ comment

Bus company Tranzurban is reviewing its social media policies after a blunder earlier this week when a senior manager criticised cyclists. Tranzurban said it was making sure its staff knew how to behave online. Photo: Supplied / Island Bay Healthy Streets The company’s operations infrastructure manager, Graham Atkinson, posted on Facebook a meme with the heading: “I’m …

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Wellington commuters question cancelled services as empty school buses running

Bemused Wellington commuters are querying why school buses – which continued their routes today despite schools being shut due to the teachers strike – were not used to replace cancelled passenger services. A new bus poised for the morning commute. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King After weeks of random cancellations, Metlink announced last week it was temporarily suspending some …

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Crash blocking Northbound lane – SH2 Melling – Expect Delays

SH2 MELLING, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 5:40PM   Due to a crash, a northbound lane is currently BLOCKED before Melling. Please expect delays heading back to Petone. SH2 MELLING, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 5:40PM Due to a crash, a northbound lane is currently BLOCKED before Melling. Please expect delays heading back to Petone. ^RS pic.twitter.com/rId2AIUToT …

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Cyclists outraged by Tranzurban manager’s mocking Facebook post

Wellington cyclists are outraged at a senior Tranzurban bus manager after a controversial social media post mocking bikers. Photo: 123RF The company’s operations infrastructure manager, Graham Atkinson, posted on Facebook earlier this week a meme with the heading: “I’m a wanker starter pack”. It shows images of cycling gear, a bike and helmet, along with a …

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Pop up library opens in Manners Street, with new council service centre

Library services returned to central Wellington today with the opening of a new combined pop-up library and Council Service Centre at 12 Manners Street. Mayor Justin Lester officially opened Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre at a small ceremony, before the service opened to the public at 9am. “Manners Street is a great location for …

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Insurance won’t cover Wellington library fix – mayor

Wellingtonians are on the hook to strengthen or demolish the city’s central library, with the city’s mayor conceding insurers are not liable for the cost. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp A new pop-up library is opening today, nine weeks after the central library was closed when it was deemed earthquake-prone. Its floors are at risk of falling down …

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“It can’t be bad if Council keeps building it!”

TalkWellington guest poster and nervous cyclist Barb picks up on a really interesting question in the judicial review hearing over Wellington city council’s decision to implement a parking-protected cycleway on a suburban main street. RNZ reports Con Anastasiou, lawyer for the judicial-review applicants the Island Bay Residents’ Association, thus: Mr Anastasiou said the City Council’s traffic engineer …

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Funding approved for Wellington to Hutt Valley cycling and walking path

The government has approved funding for a cycling and walking path connecting Wellington to the Hutt Valley. A rendering of what the Ngauranga to Petone section could look like. Photo: Supplied / Minister of Transport Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2021. It comes with a $76 million price tag, however $94m in …

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Expect delays on Adelaide Rd due to bus lane closure

Due to a loss of power near Wallace Street and Adelaide Rd yesterday, the western footpath near Loafer’s Lodge is being excavated. Pedestrians are being diverted onto adjacent bus lane – as a result there are significant delays to vehicle traffic during peak periods. -WCC via Twitter

No offending identified during paedophile’s stint at music centre – police

Police who have investigated a convicted paedophile who taught at a Wellington music centre are not saying if he might be tutoring elsewhere.   Their investigations show Stephen Shone, who is about 40, tutored weekend music lessons at Island Bay School in 2017 and last year, up to a dozen times. Some lessons were in …

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Court told of council ‘breaches’ over Island Bay cycleway

Opponents of Wellington’s Island Bay cycleway have asked the High Court to review the City Council’s processes in establishing it. The court was told that Wellington City Council’s handling of the cycleway development breached the Local Government Act, the common law and the Bill of Rights. Photo: Supplied / Google The contentious cycleway runs along the kerbside …

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Council powerless to stop ‘waste of space’ housing development

Some Wellington city councillors are aghast that what they call a ‘waste of space’ inner-city development will probably get approval, and they can do nothing to stop it. Image: RNZ / Supplied The developers behind The Paddington want to build about 150 upmarket terraced houses on Taranaki Street in the central city, with prices starting …

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LGWM image shows a flyover at Basin Reserve

Save the Basin Campaign spokesperson Tim Jones today congratulated the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project partners on the positive aspects of today’s Wellington transport announcement, but said that many questions remained about the detailed plans for the Basin Reserve and the Basin Reserve precinct. Image: October 2018 Recommended Programme of Investment, https://getwellymoving.co.nz/assets/Documents/The-Plan/6575-LGWM-Recommended-Programme-RPI-v6.pdf, p. 2 “Overall,” said …

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$6.4b transport plan ‘won’t solve Wellington’s gridlock’

A $6.4 billion plan to overhaul Wellington’s transport network will fail to fix the gridlock for commuters coming in and out of the city, regional leaders say. This scene of back-up traffic coming out of Wellington won’t be addressed by the new plan, say local politicians. Photo: Twitter: NZTA The project includes yet-to-be-detailed rapid transit from the …

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Let’s Get Wellington Moving transport announcement goes against Treasury advice

The Minister of Transport went against Treasury advice by announcing a $6.4b transport plan for Wellington before the full costs and benefits are known, a Cabinet paper shows. Transport Minister Phil Twyford announces the Wellington transport package, flanked by city and regional mayors Justin Lester and Chris Laidlaw. Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey The government – alongside …

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Wellington’s public transport system to get $6.4b overhaul

A new $6.4bn transport project aiming to free up traffic in Wellington CBD will combine a mass transit system with an improved bus network, the government says. Phil Twyford announces the new $6.4b transport plan for Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project was announced this morning by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Wellington’s …

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New consent attempt for controversial Shelly Bay development

A fresh resource consent application for the controversial Shelly Bay development has been lodged with the Wellington City Council. An artist’s impression of the Shelly Bay development. Photo: Photo / Supplied Previous consents were quashed by the Court of Appeal, which found the council had got the law wrong when approving the project. The application will need …

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A year’s work starting – to build new cycleway and walkway along Cobham Drive

Work to develop new walking and biking paths on the seaward side of Cobham Drive will start ramping up from this week, with the installation of protective fences along the shoreline to help prevent erosion during construction. The first of the new paths were developed between Miramar wharf and the Calabar Road roundabout in late …

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Owners face ‘insurmountable costs’ to make apartments quake safe

Wellington apartment owners could end up spending more to make their buildings earthquake safe, than the actual value of their home. Wellington apartments owners are asking for help. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Initial findings from a new survey shows apartment owners in Wellington are facing bills of between $93,000 and $805,000 to bring their home up …

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Mayor hints at central Wellington transport project

Incumbent Wellington mayor Justin Lester has hinted that a multimillion-dollar government-backed transport project is on the cards for Wellington. Wellington City Council mayor Justin Lester. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Mr Lester, who over the weekend announced his bid for another term as Wellington’s mayor, told Morning Report the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project was something that would be …

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Temporary libraries for Wellington will cost millions

Creating temporary libraries for Wellington city while the central library is closed is going to cost the city millions. Wellington Central Library Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski The central library closed suddenly on 19 March because an engineer’s report found it was below the required building standard. Whether it will be strengthened or demolished is yet to be decided. …

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‘Reasonable likelihood’ library will be demolished – Mayor

Wellington City Mayor Justin Lester says there’s a “reasonable likelihood” the central library will be demolished and rebuilt. Wellington Central Library Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski The Central Library was closed suddenly in March due to worries about its safety in a large earthquake. The building was found to be at 15 percent of code, according to …

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SH2 BELMONT, SOUTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 4:05PM

A #breakdown is BLOCKING the left southbound lane near Fairway Drive intersection, please take extra care through the area and expect delays. SH2 BELMONT, SOUTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 4:05PM A #breakdown is BLOCKING the left southbound lane near Fairway Drive intersection, please take extra care through the area and expect delays. ^EH pic.twitter.com/4RUvR9NDLQ — NZTA …

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Trackless trams would be perfect in Wellington, consultant says

An international consultant is urging Wellington to consider introducing trackless trams, as a way of easing the capital’s congestion. Photo: RNZ / Greenpeace Efforts to reduce the city’s traffic problems are supposed to be sorted with a project called Let’s Get Welly Moving. Problem is, it’s stalled. That project’s been looking at a mass transit …

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Four arrested after investigation into abduction of woman in Wellington

Four people have been arrested following a two-month-long investigation into the abduction of a woman in central Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The incident occurred in the central business district in the early hours of 13 March. Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said two searches were carried out – in central Wellington and the eastern …

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Measles outbreak spreads to Wellington with one confirmed case

The measles outbreak has spread to Wellington, with a teenager admitted to hospital over the weekend. Photo:123rf.com The total number of cases of the highly infectious, but preventable disease for New Zealand this year is now more than 100, with most of them in Canterbury and Auckland. A spokesperson for the Capital and Coast District Health …

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Shelly Bay developer sale at fraction of price to iwi – property records

Property records show iwi land at Shelly Bay was sold to developers for a fraction of its sale price. Image: RNZ / Supplied The Wellington development has been under fire with film director Sir Peter Jackson saying the way the land was sold by the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust should be investigated and is …

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Peter Jackson describes Shelly Bay as an “outrageous modern-day land grab”

Peter Jackson has released more substantial criticism of the Wellington City Council for its handling of the Shelly Bay development process. Photo: RNZ / AFP In a Facebook post published last night, he writes that an independent review of the project is “very much needed, given the council has not adequately evaluated the infrastructure needs of …

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Regional Council in negotiations to avoid more bus cancellations

The chief executive of the Regional Council has helped negotiate changes to upcoming employment legislation to give bus drivers the rest and meal breaks they are entitled to and avoid the unintended consequence of thousands of bus services being cancelled across Wellington and the rest of the country. Photo: The Wellington App Chief executive Greg …

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Shelly Bay property developer says Sir Peter Jackson’s claims are false

The developer planning to build at Shelly Bay on Wellington’s coast has hit back at accusations made by Sir Peter Jackson. Sir Peter Jackson says locals are against the Shelly Bay development, and the fight will only get uglier. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson Sir Peter has accused the council of disregarding its ratepayers, saying the development’s infrastructure …

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Wellington Mayor Justin Lester hopes for insurance solutions in forum

The fast-evolving situation of insurance premium increases is what triggered Wellington mayor’s to call for a forum with stakeholders and the EQC minister. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester Photo: RNZ / Aaron Smale Insurer IAG, which covers home and contents insurance for about 46 percent of New Zealanders, is set to switch its premiums pricing to a risk-based …

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Wellington mayor calls for forum on insurance premiums

Wellington’s mayor is calling for a forum to discuss rising insurance premiums. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Justin Lester said he will invite the Earthquake Commission Minister, insurance companies and other stakeholders to talk about rising insurance premiums. Yesterday, IAG announced it will start charging higher home and contents premiums for customers who live in …

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Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa extended for another 3 years due to demand

Te Papa’s popular exhibition Gallipoli: The scale of our war is going to be extended for at least another three years. Visitors viewing part of the Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa. Photo: Supplied / RNZ The exhibition has had over 2.5 million visitors since it opened in 2015 – making it the most popular exhibition the …

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Wellington residents’ parking price spike ‘not unreasonable’ – councillor

A Wellington City Councillor is defending a planned 50 percent hike in residents’ parking fees because it will discourage people from keeping cars in the inner city. Parking is often scarce on Wellington’s narrow streets, as the population continues to grow. Photo: 123rf.com The council is consulting on raising residents’ annual parking fees from $126 to $195. …

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Regulating nail salons – plan to extend health bylaw to control infections

The Wellington City Council is reviewing its Public Health Bylaw and is seeking feedback from the industry and the public on any issues people experience with the health and beauty industry and whether they should be regulated.   The Council has issued proposed amendments to the Local Public Health Bylaw 2008 which currently provides for …

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Iwi retaliates against Peter Jackson’s Shelly Bay accusations

The iwi that owns the controversial Shelly Bay site in Wellington slated for a half-a-billion dollar residential development has the right to use the land how it wishes, it says. Photo: RNZ /SUPPLIED Late last week, filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson wrote 5000-word social media post to his 2,000,000 followers accusing Wellington City Council of ignoring residents’ opposition to …

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Jackson hits out over council approach to Shelly Bay project

Sir Peter Jackson has delivered a scathing critique of the Wellington City Council’s plans for a major development. Photo: AFP In a long Facebook post to his 2 million followers, he likened the council’s actions on the Shelly Bay proposal to something out of The Sopranos or communist Albania. Included in the 5000-word post are copies of …

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Wellington artists to deliver two new environmental murals

Two Wellington artists have won national awards for their environmental mural designs as part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) Nature Murals competition. Isobel Te Aho-White’s mural ‘Whenua Ataahua’ submission for Riddiford Street Isobel Te Aho-White’s mural design entitled ‘Whenua Ataahua’ is proposed for the side of Newtown Mall on Riddiford Street. Her proposed …

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Transport for our children’s future – part 3 of 6

Part three of a six-part series, compiled by Talk Wellington, that outlines a sensible vision for transport. This is a space that needs filling even as Let’s Get Wellington Moving prepares to spend $4 billion on transport in the capital. Last week we were introduced to the series and heard Wellingtonians’ hunger for better transport choices. This Saturday: …

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Billboard, supporting capital gains tax, removed from CBD building

Debate over tax reform and support for a capital gains tax took an unexpected turn at the corner of Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets today, when a billboard was taken down without any warning. Photo: Palaver Media / Wellington.scoop Tax Justice Aotearoa New Zealand had booked the space until 3 May. The organisation is seeking clarification on …

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Airport withdraws application for $330m runway extension; will try again next year

Wellington International Airport has withdrawn its application for consent to extend its runway and plans to reapply early next year. Photo: RNZ / Supplied. Tap to view full size. The firm’s proposal to extend the runway by 355 metres, at a cost previously estimated at $330 million, has been with the Environment Court since 2016. …

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Unreliable Wellington buses lead residents to charter their own

Residents of a Wellington suburb are so fed up with their bus service, they are reviewing chartering a bus themselves for the morning rush hour. Locals say often buses didn’t arrive or were cancelled. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Strathmore Park lost its regular service when changes were made to Wellington’s buses last July. Now buses to …

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Landslip blocking left Northbound Lane – SH2 Northbound

A #Slip is BLOCKING the left northbound lane, north of the Hutt Road on-ramp. Please take extra care through this area and expect delays. UPDATE 8:20AM Left northbound lane on #SH2 in Ngauranga remains BLOCKED, please continue to expect significant northbound delays. ^EHhttps://t.co/iqvYUxF2RJ — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) April 11, 2019  

High-risk Wellington buildings handed shorter quake-strengthening deadline

Owners of Wellington buildings on key arterial routes must strengthen their properties in less than a decade to minimise disruption in a large quake. Houses in Wellington. (file photo) Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Councillors agreed today to give building owners on these streets 7.5 years to strengthen and fix them, instead of the usual 15 years. The decision …

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Wahine Trust’s 60 collected stories released at Turnbull Library

Today is Wahine Day, and the Alexander Turnbull Library is making available 60 personal accounts of the Wahine disaster collected by the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust as part of last year’s 50th commemorations. National Library of New Zealand Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson “These first-hand accounts by survivors, family of those who died, and those involved in …

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Cyclists build their own bike lane in Featherston Street (for 45 minutes)

Thirty Wellington people, fed up with the city’s slow progress in building protected bike lanes, built their own bike lane in Featherston Street this morning. Photo: Wellington.scoop Cycling Action Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan says: “We love the protected bike lanes that the Wellington City Council has built, but progress is far too slow. So we …

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Four weeks to say what we think about 3.9% rates increase and $766m spending

Wellingtonians have a four-week window to share their thoughts on the Wellington City Council’s spending priorities for the coming year.   Consultation on the Council’s 2019-20 Annual Plan/Mahere a-Tau begins today and runs until midnight on 8 May. The plan outlines $538 million worth of operational and $228 million worth of capital spending. The spending …

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Free entry to Terracotta Warriors on Tuesday – for residents only

Wellington City residents will be able to enjoy a free visit to Te Papa’s Terracotta Warriors exhibition tomorrow. To celebrate the City Council’s relationship with Te Papa, residents are eligible for free entry into the exhibition on Tuesday. The free day will take place between 10am-9pm with the exhibition having a timed entry. The first …

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Wellington infrastructure woes: ‘We need to see action’

Wellington is falling behind on tackling its big ticket issues with no clear plans to fix them, and it risks businesses moving elsewhere, the Chamber of Commerce warns. Photo:123rf But the city’s mayor says business is strong in the capital, and infrastructure woes are being addressed. A perfect storm has built up against Wellington businesses, …

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Wellington councillors debate ‘Tangaroa’ reference in document

Wellington City councillors were divided today over the reference of the Māori god of the sea, Tangaroa, in a document referencing climate change. Wellington City councillor Nicola Young says all references to deities of any denomination should be removed from the climate change document. Photo: RNZ / Nina Fowler Councillor Nicola Young wanted the wording “Tangaroa is …

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Wellington broadcaster “breached good taste and decency”

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has found comments made by Newstalk ZB host Heather du Plessis-Allan, referring to Pacific Islands as leeches, breached broadcasting standards. Heather du Plessis-Allan Photo: RNZ / Supplied It has ordered the broadcaster, NZME Radio Ltd, to broadcast a statement during Wellington Mornings with Heather du Plessis-Allan, summarising the BSA’s decision and to pay …

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Protestors gather as public hearing for Operation Burnham opens

The first public hearing of the Operation Burnham inquiry has opened in Wellington, with protestors gathered outside the hearing venue and others inside holding up signs. Deborah Manning and Simon Lamain. Photo: Photo / Pool The inquiry is investigating allegations that members of the Defence Force killed six Afghan civilians during a military operation in 2010 and …

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Regional Council “confines” its average rates increase to 5.9% (down from 6.5%)

The Regional Council today voted to confine its increase to 2019/20 regional rates to an average of 5.9%, the amount forecast in its Long Term Plan 2018-28.   The decision was made after careful consideration of the impact of unprecedented increases in residential property valuations in some parts of the region last year. Property values …

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New rest-break law tipped to cause more bus delays

A group representing bus companies has warned that rest-break legislation risks further delays to already stretched bus services. Photo: kzenon/123RF The Employment Relations Amendment Bill, that comes into force on 6 May, requires employees receive two 10 minute rest-breaks and a 30 minute meal break across an eight hour day. Bus and Coach Association New Zealand …

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Armageddon bans military-style clothing, guns from convention

Pop-culture convention Armageddon that attracts thousands each year has changed its rules to ban military-style clothing and replica guns following the Christchurch attacks. Matt Reading in his costume replica of the character Hudson from the movie series Alien. Photo: Supplied / Luminarchy Photography People attending Armageddon go all out with dressing up as their favourite character, but …

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Wellington starts planning for up to 80,000 more residents

More apartments blocks in Wellington city and suburbs could soon change the face of the city. Wellington City Council is considering three possible plans to create 32,000 more homes. Photo: 123rf Wellington city councillors will this week discuss three growth plans, which will then be put to the public for consultation. The plans aim to cope with …

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Cost-cutting Catholic authorities to close churches

An ageing priesthood and increasing earthquake resilience costs have prompted Wellington’s Catholic Archdiocese to begin a process to reduce its number of churches. Wellington’s Cathedral of the Sacred Heart has been closed since July. Photo: Facebook Wellington’s Cathedral of the Sacred Heart has been closed since July after a detailed seismic assessment showed it met less than …

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Name suppression extended for person accused of attacking James Shaw

The man accused of assaulting Green Party co-leader James Shaw has had his interim name suppression extended. Photo: RNZ The 47-year-old reappeared in the Wellington District Court this morning on one charge of injuring with intent to injure, but entered no plea. Mr Shaw was attacked near the capital’s Botanic Gardens earlier this month and …

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Wellington City Council contact center down to 1 phone due to technical difficulties

Kia ora Pōneke, update regarding the phone outage: we’ve been able to get 1 phone up & running but are unable to answer every call that comes through due to the volume of calls. Unfortunately our building consents number 801 4311 is still down. Thanks again for your patience. — Wellington City Council (@WgtnCC) March …

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Wellington City councillors move to oppose Victoria name change

Wellington City councillors have moved a motion to oppose Victoria University changing its name. Photo: 123rf.com The name change itself is stalled after the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins declined an applicationfor the institution to change its name to the University of Wellington. The university is considering legal action against that decision. It has faced fierce opposition from alumni and …

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Fifteen electric-vehicle chargers to be installed in suburban streets

The Wellington City Council is moving to lower transport emissions by agreeing to install the first set of electric vehicle charging stations in residential areas. This will enable those people who don’t have off-street parking and are unable to charge their vehicles at home to buy and operate an electric car. More than 17,000 Wellington …

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Belonging in the Capital

How do we feel connected in a new city? For new residents in Aotearoa, friendly third places can be hard to find. Guest poster Alina shares her experience searching for belonging in her new home, and has tips for others new to Wellington. “What would be your biggest ask?” This recent question took me by surprise. Still, the answer …

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Council ‘dragging heels’ on review of bungled Wellington bus services

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is being accused of dragging its heels over a review into the bungled bus network. A final date for the completion of the review has not been announced. Photo: RNZ / YouTube An independent review into the implementation of the new network was completed last year. However, the draft terms of reference for the …

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Wellington council tight-lipped on possible Uber partnership

Wellington Regional Council won’t say what Private Public Partnership is being considered with Uber, as the billion-dollar ridesharing app sits down with local councils across the country. Photo: RNZ / 123RF Uber has made its first moves into the New Zealand e-scooter market, after announcing its brand JUMP was one of two companies chosen for …

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Removal of Muslim solidarity graffiti was wrong, admits Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council is sorry messages of support following the mosque terror attacks were removed by graffiti crews. Photo: RNZ / Jamie Morgan Residents have taken to social media and contacted the council directly after paintings in the city showing support for muslims and sharing condolences for Friday’s terror attack were painted over. Last night …

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E-scooters allowed on Wellington streets despite calls to ban

The Wellington City Council has backtracked on banning e-scooters from footpaths, after it found it couldn’t legally enforce a ban. E-Scooter. Photo: RNZ / 123RF It was announced on Friday that Wellington start-up Flamingo, and Uber’s e-scooter company JUMP, have been chosen for a six-month e-scooter trial in the capital city. Councillors voted in favour …

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Wellington Central Library closed from tonight over quake concerns

Wellington’s central library is being closed indefinitely after a new engineering report raised concern about its safety in a significant earthquake. One of Sir Ian Athfield’s most recognised designs is the Wellington Library. Photo: RNZ / K Hanger The library – which was opened in 1991 – and public car park will be closed from 8.30pm …

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Condolence Book opened at National Library

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, accompanied by the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and Parliament’s Speaker Trevor Mallard, have opened a national condolence book for victims of the Christchurch mosques terror attack. Photo: Jane Patterson / RNZ “New Zealanders have been shocked and deeply saddened by Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch and the terrible toll it has …

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Christchurch mosque terror attacks: 12,000 Wellingtonians express solidarity at rally

A man who moved his family to this country from the United States to be safer says the Christchurch mosque attacks have “left an indelible mark in the history of New Zealand”. Crowds at the Basin Reserve last night paying respects to victims and their families. Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey The National Symphony Orchestra played …

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Wellington Pride Parade and Out in the Park postponed due to Christchurch attack

Wellington International Pride Parade POSTPONED   With our hearts heavy, the Board of the Wellington International Pride Parade has decided to postpone our celebration of inclusion, diversity and humanity – a new date will be announced in due course. We, like all New Zealanders, are hurting today. We have considered long and hard about asking …

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Interim name suppression for alleged assailant of James Shaw

Interim name suppression has been granted to a man accused of attacking the Green Party co-leader James Shaw. Green Party co-leader James Shaw is speaking in Parliament after he suffered a broken eye socket in an attack yesterday. Photo: RNZ Mr Shaw was grabbed and assaulted near the Botanic Gardens in Wellington shortly before 8am yesterday. The …

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300 apartments planned for Wellington in HNZ and city council partnership

Up to 300 apartments, including 40 supported living units, are set to be built in a partnership between Housing New Zealand and the city council. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Councillors will vote next week whether to consult on the proposal, which would see redevelopment of public housing on the site in Mt Cook. The …

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Parking price hikes in Wellington backed by councillors

Wellington city councillors are supporting resident parking charges being bumped up in the city. Parking on Wellington’s inner city streets is likely to become a lot more expensive for residents. Photo: 123rf.com Councillors today backed recommendations to raise charges, including for parking, swimming pools and sports fields, as part of the annual plan. The proposed increase for residents’ parking …

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Some road barriers on SH1 and SH2 may be unsecured – report

Six kilometres of dangerous median barriers remain on Wellington roads despite a report three years ago calling for them to be replaced. Photo:123rf.com The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) received the report in 2016 which identified 6km of non-compliant concrete barrier installed on various parts of State Highway 1 and State Highway 2 that were not held …

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RAW Comedy Quest Review

RAW Comedy Quest is the capital’s premiere comedy competition. Witness the rising stars in stand-up before they hit the big time. From 6 heats, the top 24 go to the semifinals, and the top 10 to the Wellington final. The stepping stone for many New Zealand comedians, the Raw Comedy Quest has brought forth new …

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IAG turning down new property insurance in Wellington region

Earthquake Commission Minister Megan Woods has confirmed the country’s largest general insurance provider is refusing to take on any new property business in the Wellington market. Photo: RNZ RNZ reported this week that IAG, the parent company to AMI and State Insurance, was no longer accepting new customers for contents insurance in the capital. However, the minister has now …

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NZTA changing SH1 intersection to stop shortcuts at Hawkestone Street

The NZ Transport Agency and the Wellington City Council will be introducing changes to the Hawkestone Street/State Highway 1 intersection to improve safety and efficiency for road users and pedestrians. Image: NZTA. Tap to see full size The Hawkestone Street intersection with State Highway 1 is currently used by some commuters as a detour to …

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Plea for Earthquake Commission rethink as insurers withdraw from market

A consumer watchdog wants the government to rethink the Earthquake Commission (EQC) as more people are pushed out of getting property and contents insurance. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King IAG, the parent company for AMI and State, changed its policy Monday last week and will no longer take on new customers in the Wellington area. Companies …

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It’s not our business: the latest in the saga of integrated ticketing in Wellington

As the Airport Flyer starts refusing Snapper (and RTI), we read today the textual embodiment of a shrug from the responsible organisation. Why is it so hard for us do one ticket to ride? A sorry saga Way back in 2008 Snapper launched for buses only. (Over the subsequent few years in Wellington they would expand and …

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Rain prompts warning not to swim in Wellington

Keen swimmers are warned to stay out of the sea around Wellington until pollution washed out by yesterday’s flooding settles. Rainfall accumulation in a 24-hour period from yesterday morning until 5am today. Photo: Twitter / @MetService Wellington City Council spokesperson Richard MacLean said the heavy rain has flush contaminants off roads and into the sea, so people …

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Breakdown – SH1 Johnsonville Northbound – expect delays

SH1 JOHNSONVILLE, NORTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 3:35PM   A #breakdown is currently BLOCKING the Johnsonville off-ramp. Please take extra care and expect delays. SH1 JOHNSONVILLE, NORTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 3:35PM A #breakdown is currently BLOCKING the Johnsonville off-ramp. Please take extra care and expect delays. ^EH pic.twitter.com/IBaknsFavV — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) March 8, 2019  

Dangerous that nurses can’t afford to live near hospitals, says union

The nurses union has warned hospitals’ ability to cope with major disasters is at risk because nurses cannot afford to live nearby. Union representative Cee Payne told MPs men were not interested in nursing and so it would “always be women’s work”. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The New Zealand Nurses Organisation told the parliamentary select committee …

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Man who broke Wellington’s Len Lye sculpture sentenced to community work

The man who broke a Len Lye sculpture on Wellington’s waterfront last year has been ordered to pay $1000 and do community service. Hunter Macdonald (file) has been ordered to pay $1000 and do 150 hours community service. Photo: RNZ / Ben Strang Hunter MacDonald swung on the artwork, in a video that went viral on the …

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The transport ecosystem: in praise of reference group geeks

Public noise about public transport has waned from its #bustastrophe peak. But is anything really improving? Reference Groupie reports that – lucky for Wellington, some civic-minded citizens are helping – and having to work hard to keep the players honest. Like any large undertaking in human society, public transport in Wellington has a bunch of people who’re closely involved with it, and …

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Wairarapa to Wellington road closure adds six hours travel time to journey

The overnight closure of the main route from Wairarapa to Wellington is frustrating trucking companies and corrections staff. The Remutaka Hill Road is being closed at night for two one-week blocks of roadworks this month. Photo: NZTA The narrow and winding Remutaka Hill Road – part of State Highway 2 – will be closed overnight for a …

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Getting Tricky with Trick of the Light – a Q and A

Meet Ralph McCubbin Howell, writer and performer of Trick of The Light’s TRÖLL. Fresh off an amazing, award-winning season, this performance is coming the Capital E National Arts Festival to wow our young audiences with an imaginative and inventive blend of storytelling, music, and puppetry! A behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind Trick of the Light’s innovative visual design Q: Hi Ralph! …

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Scientist worried for Te Papa’s biological collections

A world-renowned fossil expert says he is greatly concerned about a proposed restructure at Te Papa, as it could affect the number of staff employed to look after its internationally important natural history collections. New Zealand once had its own species of black swan, described as having the physique of a rugby player. Photo: Jean-Claude Stahl / Museum of New Zealand Te …

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Unanimous backing for $100m spend on Wellington Town Hall

Wellington city councillors have voted unanimously to commit more than $100 million to fixing the city’s town hall. Wellington mayor Justin Lester in the town hall. Photo: RNZ / Laura Dooney After going through a tender process the cost of earthquake strengthening and refurbishing the hall is now expected to be at least $112m. That’s almost triple …

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Expect Significant Delays – SH2 Northbound – Melling – Breakdown

SH2 MELLING, NORTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 5:30PM   Due to a #breakdown, the left northbound lane is BLOCKED before the intersection with Melling Link. Please expect significant northbound delays. SH2 MELLING, NORTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 5:30PM Due to a #breakdown, the left northbound lane is BLOCKED before the intersection with Melling Link. Please expect significant …

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Wellington’s Airport Flyer no longer part of region’s bus network

The removal of Wellington’s only direct airport bus services from the region’s bus network may lead to more congestion on roads, a local MP says. Rongotai MP Paul Eagle says the decision will reflect poorly on Wellington and may lead to more congestion. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The Airport Flyer, a commercial service run by NZ …

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Metlink Suspending some morning peak services due to driver shortage

Metlink has released details of temporary morning peak bus changes as part of a series of measures to provide customers with certainty over the next six months, while NZ Bus addresses its driver shortage. Starting Monday, nine routes will see some trips suspended in the morning peak with customers given advanced warning through the Metlink …

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Relief teachers: Music schools set to rethink hiring policies

Music schools will now be reconsidering who relieves their classes, after a Wellington music school potentially employed a sex offender as a reliever. The employment status of a one-off relief teacher at a music school is not clear, the Ministry of Education says. Photo: 123RF The Ministry of Education was notified by Island Bay School on Wednesday …

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Wellington Zoo euthanises baboons after fighting, anxiety

Four male Hamadryas baboons have been euthanised at Wellington Zoo, after their hierarchy broke down and they began fighting. Wellington Zoo Baboons. Photo: Supplied / Wellington Zoo The animals were put down this morning, after efforts to rehome them weren’t successful. Since their hierarchy had broken down the baboons had been constantly fighting and injuring …

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Fears sex offender taught music lessons held at Wellington primary school

A Wellington primary school has suspended music lessons that used tutors without police background checks. Photo: 123rf There are concerns a convicted sex offender may have been hired by the Wellington Music Centre, which uses school premises on an informal basis. Island Bay School principal Deborah Fenton said there was no suggestion of any incident …

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Crash on SH1 Southbound – Ngauranga – Expect significant delays

SH1 NGAURANGA, SOUTHBOUND – CRASH – 7:30AM   UPDATE: 7:50am – The crash has been cleared. However queues are back to Tawa and it will take some time before they clear. Due to a #crash after the Newlands southbound on-ramp, the right southbound lane is BLOCKED. Please expect significant delays to your morning commute. Tow …

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Bus and train driver shortage: ‘We’re leaving people stranded’

Wellington commuters are being warned to expect more cancellations as a shortage of both train and bus drivers in the region continues. Photo: Facebook / NZ Bus Hopes of resolving Wellington’s public transport woes were derailed at yesterday’s Greater Wellington Regional Council’s sustainable transport committee meeting. Bus operator, NZ Bus, and Wellington’s regional train operator, Transdev, …

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Power outage in Aro St area

Wellington City council are reporting that there is a temporary power outage in the Aro St area. Wellington City Electricity are on site and expect power to be returned around 11pm.

Union blames Regional Council for shortage of bus drivers

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s concern about a bus driver shortage is hypocrisy at its worst says the Wellington Tramways Union. The call comes as the council has increased its complaints about the driver shortage they helped create. Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the council has no credibility on this issue after their attack on …

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From $43m to $112m: Wellington town hall project balloons further

The cost of earthquake strengthening the Wellington Town Hall has gone up again by more than $20 million. Photo: Wellington City Council It was now estimated to cost $112 million, and would take four years, beginning next month, the council’s chief executive Kevin Lavery said. Councillors would be asked to approve the extra funding for …

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Wellington’s haka hub a treasure trove of Māori cultural performances

With Te Matatini just around the corner, central Wellington has set up its own “haka hub”, a place where the public can access more than 70 years of historic kapa haka footage. Te Mātārae I Õrehu after performing at Te Matatini in Hastings in 2017. Photo: RNZ / Shannon Haunui-Thompson   Auckland-based kapa haka group Te Waka …

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Terrace Tunnel Closed to Southbound traffic – Significant delays on Urban Motorway

SH1 TERRACE TUNNEL, SOUTHBOUND – OVER-HEIGHT VEHICLE – 8:20AM   Due to an over-height vehicle, the #TerraceTunnel is closed to all southbound traffic. Expect significant southbound delays. Please consider delaying travel. SH1 TERRACE TUNNEL, SOUTHBOUND – OVER-HEIGHT VEHICLE – 8:20AM Due to an over-height vehicle, the #TerraceTunnel is closed to all southbound traffic. Expect significant …

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The Lime e-scooters fight: it’s all on… on the footpath

The other shoe’s dropped: Wellington city will get Lime Scooters. So let’s use the opportunity to move forward, shall we?   It’s happening a lot, where the private sector acts on a market niche and drags governments into action.  Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not ­ ­– but it seems that Wellington city’s councillors are …

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Friday High Five Events!

Strange Behaviour: Behaving Strangely First Birthday Our radio show Behaving Strangely has been rolling every Saturday on RadioActive.fm for a year now. Why not celebrate at our fave little dive bar. Hosts Robert Hattaway and B.Lo spinning tunes all night… Free entry > Good vibes > Birthday 🎶✔ Laundry Cuba Street – 240 Cuba St, …

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Update: Willis St Opens again after ‘Incident’ closes Willis St between Dixon and Boulcott St

UPDATE: 5:14pm – Willis St has been reopened. An incident has closed Willis Street between Dixon and Boulcott Street. There is a diversion in place up MacDonald Cres, but please avoid the area if possible. UPDATE 4:10: a Facebook user reports seeing 5 fire trucks and a HAZMAT unit on site. UPDATE: The incident was …

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E-scooters to be trialled on Wellington streets – six months, with regulations

The Wellington City Council has decided to proceed with a trial of the city’s first electric scooter share scheme. Photo: RNZ / Colin Peacock Councillors on the City Strategy Committee today voted 8 – 5 in favour of the trial which will initially last six months, but can be extended by 12 months. The extension …

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Updated 9:20am: Crash on SH1 Urban Motorway – Southbound

SH1 URBAN MOTORWAY, SOUTHBOUND – CRASH – 9AM   UPDATE: 9:20am: This crash on #SH1 has now been CLEARED, but southbound congestion remains. On SH1, traffic is congested along Ngauranga Gorge. On SH2, queues go back to Petone Station. Please continue to expect significant delays. Due to a #crash south of the Ngauranga interchange, the right …

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