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Wellington council turns down liquor store application for Khandallah

An application for a new liquor store in an upmarket Wellington suburb has been turned down by the council, after strong opposition from residents. Photo: 123rf The application to open a Bottle-O store in Khandallah was filed in February this year. Public opposition led to a four-day hearing in August, which had to be moved to …

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Victoria University student’s death didn’t raise questions – Vice-chancellor

Universities are coming under pressure to answer questions after a second case of a student’s body going unnoticed at a university hostel. Photo: 123rf.com It has been revealed that a man’s body was found at a Victoria University hostel about three days after he died in January last year. Last month a Canterbury University student’s body was found at the …

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Curtain Bank in desperate need of donations as demand outstrips supply

The Curtain Bank, which re-upholsters and redistributes donated curtains, is in desperate need of more donations, it says. Curtains at the Curtain Bank, which re-upholsters and redistributes donated curtains. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas Run by the Wellington-based social enterprise the Sustainability Trust, the Bank said ot could run out of stock by the end of the …

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Justin Lester reveals $21,000 in campaign donations; no details from Andy Foster

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has revealed how much he’s had donated to his mayoral campaign. However, his main opponent, Andy Foster, is still refusing to say how much Sir Peter Jackson has stumped up in a bid to get him the mayoral chains. This week three of the city’s mayoral candidates, Mr Lester, Mr Foster, …

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Council defends leasing wetlands to farming company

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is defending its decision to lease out almost 200 hectares of wetlands to a farming company. A large chunk of Queen Elizabeth Park’s 637 hectares is actually ancient wetland, a local conservation group says. Photo: Supplied / Russell Bell Of the Queen Elizabeth Park’s 637 hectares, 397 falls within the farming lease …

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Nurse Maude in-home carers ‘sporadic’, ‘worked to the bone’

More complaints are coming in about the poor treatment of Wellington in-home care clients. Photo: 123RF In April, two providers – Access Community Health and Nurse Maude – jointly took over the contracts for the Wellington region. Since then, people have complained about long waits for showers and having to deal with an every-changing group of …

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KiwiRail, council dispute Wellington railway station quake status

Wellington City Council has told KiwiRail to put back notices saying the capital’s central railway station is earthquake-prone. Wellington Railway Station. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp KiwiRail had taken down the notices without council sign-off. The council has considered the building earthquake prone since 2014 and had used its authority under legislation to force KiwiRail to put …

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Wellington railway station being assessed for earthquake harm

Wellington’s railway station has been labelled as being at risk of causing harm in an earthquake. Wellington Railway Station. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp Notices alerting the public that the building is earthquake-prone went up at the station today and will remain up while another assessment of the building is done. That’s expected to take eight months. …

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Political compromise on roading is unacceptable – Andy Foster

It is no surprise to see NZTA’s confirmation that the Let’s Get Wellington Moving package has been politically compromised.   Delaying the second Mount Victoria tunnel and Basin Reserve improvements for reasons of political ideology is unacceptable. There are several aspects of the LGWM package that show it is clearly anti-motorist. Today’s revelations are just …

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Helene Ritchie says government should pay for all new trains

Former Wellington City Councillor Helene Ritchie is calling for the Government to permanently fund all new trains in the Wellington Region.   “This would relieve ratepayers of considerable future cost for essential transport improvements including bus improvements. Without such relief, rates will skyrocket way beyond anything feasible.” Ritchie, adding to comments by her former colleague …

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Council votes against Shelly Bay development processes probe

Wellington city councillors have voted against a move to dig deeper into the details around the controversial Shelly Bay project. A visual sketch of the finished Shelly Bay development. Photo: RNZ /SUPPLIED Yesterday a notice of motion by councillor and mayoral candidate Andy Foster was discussed by councillors – and voted down by nine votes to six. …

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Shelly Bay: Claims Sir Peter Jackson funding dissident iwi group

Claims have been made that Sir Peter Jackson is throwing more money at opposing a controversial Shelly Bay housing development on Wellington’s coast. Photo: RNZ /SUPPLIED The Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust sold parcels of land to Ian Cassels’ Wellington Company for development. Questions were raised at this week’s city council meeting about Sir Peter’s role …

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Mayoral task force meets to discuss rising insurance premiums

The Wellington City Council this week hosted the first of three Wellington Insurance Taskforce meetings.   The Taskforce was formed after Mayor Justin Lester hosted a Wellington insurance forum in June. It was felt important that the Government received feedback about insurance issues as they apply to the Wellington commercial, body corporate and residential sectors …

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Four more years and the southern landfill will be full – what then?

With only four years left until the Southern Landfill is full, it’s time to talk about what we do next with our waste. The Southern Landfill is critical to the smooth-running of our city and providing infrastructure for Wellington’s sanitation and ensuring public health. Currently the landfill accepts about 100,000 tonnes of waste per annum, …

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Rebranding – it’s to be called the Sky Stadium next year

Wellington Regional Stadium Trust (WRST) and Sky Network Television Ltd (Sky) have announced a new partnership that will see Sky secure the naming rights of the Stadium from 1 January. The six-year agreement will see the Stadium rebranded and renamed Sky Stadium and includes a number of activations aimed at improving the fan experience both …

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Nearly $800k spent on controversial Shelly Bay development

Wellington City Council has spent nearly $800,000 of ratepayers money trying to get the Shelley Bay redevelopment off the ground. Photo: RNZ /SUPPLIED Figures obtained by RNZ through an Official Information Act request show the council has spent the money on consultancy fees, legal costs and resource consents for the stalled project. However, the council admits …

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Lost in translation: Wellington City Council drops demands for quality control documents

The builders of a high-rise block of apartments in central Wellington resisted getting translations done of important Chinese quality control documents. The 20-storey building is nearly complete. Photo: RNZ / Phil Pennington Emails newly released to RNZ by the Wellington City Council show it dropped its demand for the translation after the steel supplier complained about the …

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Crash blocking Southbound lane on SH2 before Ngauranga Interchange

SH2, HOROKIWI TO NGAURANGA, SOUTHBOUND – CRASH – 6:55AM   A crash is currently BLOCKING the right southbound lane on #SH2 before the Ngauranga Interchange. Please expect significant delays on you journey this morning. SH2, HOROKIWI TO NGAURANGA, SOUTHBOUND – CRASH – 6:55AM A crash is currently BLOCKING the right southbound lane on #SH2 before …

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Andy Foster enters mayoral race – wants to restore vision, energy and progress

Wellington City Councillor Andy Foster is spicing up Wellington’s Mayoral contest by entering the race. “I’ve never had so many people say they want a change, and ask me to run for Mayor. They are very unhappy about what’s been done, about what has not been done, and about the way things have been done.” …

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List of nominated candidates for local elections released

Mayor: Norbert Hausberg Don Newt McDonald Jenny Condie Justin Lester Conor Hill Diane Calvert Andy Foster Andrew Cox Ajay Rathod Motukairangi/Eastern Ward Steph Edlin Sarah Free Sean Rush Bernard O’Shaughnessy Chris Calvi-Freeman Teri O’Neill Ajay Rathod Paekawakawa/Southern Ward Laurie Foon Fleur Fitzsimons Thomas Morgan Humphrey Hanley Pukehīnau/Lambton Ward Nicola Young Iona Pannett Brian Dawson Shan …

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Mayoral candidate Jenny Condie welcomes review of Shelly Bay decisions

Candidate for Wellington mayor, Dr Jenny Condie, has welcomed the independent review of the process surrounding City Council decisions on Shelly Bay development. “Wellingtonians need to know whether process was followed and if councillors were given accurate information before voting on decisions regarding Shelly Bay,” Dr Condie said. Dr Condie would be an independent voice on the …

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Quasi, a face-hand, has landed on the roof of City Gallery

This morning, Ronnie van Hout’s Quasi was installed on the roof of City Gallery Wellington with the help of Wellington Helicopters Limited. The five-metre hybrid face-hand will be perched atop the Gallery for up to three years. Initially commissioned by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in 2016, the public sculpture is a partial self-portrait of …

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LGWM wants a business case for fewer vehicles in the Golden Mile

The first contract of Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s (LGWM) early delivery programme will be up for tender next week, a milestone for LGWM’s next phase, says Programme Director Andrew Body.   The Golden Mile business case will focus on developing a long-term plan for the Golden Mile to provide for better public transport and make …

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Voters get chance to grill local candidates on Wellington transport

With transport set to be the big issue in this year’s local elections, the Traffic Jam podcast is running two meetings to help voters decide which candidates will get Wellington out of gridlock.   On Wednesday 18th September, Regional and City Council candidates standing in central, western and northern suburbs, will put forward their solutions …

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Helene Ritchie aiming for seat on regional council

Helene Ritchie is standing for the Wellington Regional Council.   “I will be a strong, experienced, effective, and proactive voice for the Wellington public, focusing on returning a reliable bus service; future mass transport; climate crisis action; our environment. Public transport is pivotal to our personal, social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing. “As Wellington’s first …

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Plans for new Archives building next to National Library

Plans for a new Archives facility in Wellington, to improve the protection of and access to some of New Zealand’s most significant and valuable documents, were announced by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin today. Concept image for new Archives building “The plan we’re looking at would solve the issues with the existing Archives building by …

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Conor Hill is candidate for council as well as Wellington mayoralty

Conor Hill today made his campaign official, nominating for both Mayor of Wellington and for the Wharangi/Onslow-Western ward. Conor Hill said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to run for Mayor of this great city. “I believe homes should be affordable, transport should be reliable and that vanity projects should be cancelled. I believe a …

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Wellington trains briefly suspended: power issue could cause delays

Buses are replacing all Wellington trains after a power issue that temporarily suspended all services in and out of the capital this morning. Commuters wait for trains at Wellington Railway Station after a power fault this morning. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton Metlink said that the problem was caused by damage to the overhead which damaged multiple …

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Activists handing over eviction notice to oil giant’s Wellington HQ

About 100 environmental protesters attempted to stick ‘eviction notices’ on the Majestic Centre in Wellington this morning, where the Austrian oil company OMV is based. Protesters march to the Austrian oil giant OMV’s Majestic Centre headquarters in Wellington. Photo: Emma Hatton The action, led by Greenpeace, followed a stunt three weeks ago where two protesters scaled the building to …

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Liquor store ‘not keeping with the village’, say opponents

Residents in a Wellington suburb say a bottle store is not in keeping with the village and its presence would increase alcohol consumption in the neighbourhood. Khandallah residents at the Bottle-O hearing today. Photo: RNZ / Laura Dooney Fifty Khandallah residents showed up to a hearing in the city today, in one of the biggest outcries against …

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Laurie Foon standing for southern ward: “determination for change”

Sustainable business champion Laurie Foon has launched her campaign for the Wellington City Council’s Paekawakawa/Southern Ward as a Green party candidate. She says a “youthful determination for change” is behind her decision to stand – that of the next generation. “I have two daughters who are strong advocates for the environment. They are among the …

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Metlink suspending some peak-hour bus services, with “inconvenience” for travellers

Metlink has released details on a range of temporary peak bus changes as part of measures to provide customers with certainty over the next six months, while Tranzurban addresses its driver shortage.   Starting August 25, 10 routes will see some trips suspended in the morning and afternoon peak with customers given advanced warning through …

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Councillor is candidate for Wellington mayoralty – “city needs real leadership”

Wellington City Councillor for Wharangi/Onslow-Western Ward Diane Calvert has announced her candidacy for the Wellington City Council mayoralty. “We know our city is special; the home of the arts, a creative capital, a loveable city that is remarkable. I believe in Wellingtonians, what we can do and how we can do it, but our city …

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Jenny Condie – a “blue-green” – becomes third mayoral candidate for Wellington

Jenny Condie today announced that she is standing for election as mayor of Wellington. Her announcement was published on Facebook and Twitter: I’m delighted to announce my candidacy for mayor of Pōneke Wellington city. To rise to the challenges of the future we all need to pitch in. Offering my skills as mayor is how …

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Wellington regional councillors explore water-bottling options

Wellington regional councillors realised how little power they have in managing consents for water bottling at an Environment Committee meeting today. Photo: 123 RF The council is currently considering a 30-year consent that would allow a private company to take 432 million litres a year from Lower Hutt’s groundwater for bottling. There are two existing consents …

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Ombudsman investigates after Julie Anne Genter refuses to make letter public

The Ombudsman is investigating a letter sent to Transport Minister Phil Twyford by his Associate Minister Julie Anne Genter which she has refused to release publicly. Photo: RNZ Ms Genter, a Green MP, has been repeatedly questioned by the National Party about the content of the letter, and why she won’t release it. She wrote to …

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Hundreds turn out for Ihumātao solidarity rally in Wellington

Hundreds around the country are gathering at protests as part of the Ihumātao national day of action. Hundreds around the country are gathering at protests as part of the Ihumātao national day of action. Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey In Wellington, hundreds of people have gathered outside Parliament to stand in solidarity with those at Ihumātao. It …

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Candidate wants different rating system, to encourage more housing

Media release from Conor Hill Wellington mayoral candidate Conor Hill is calling for a change to rates that would make it more expensive for landowners to ‘bank’ land that could be used for housing.   And he’s taking aim at Justin Lester, asking why he has not followed through on his plans to incentivise ‘landbankers’ …

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Wellington multiple sclerosis sufferer fundraising for stem cell treatment

A Wellington woman who is losing her sight and mobility to multiple sclerosis is fundraising $100,000 to travel to Mexico for a radical stem cell treatment to fight the disease. Bronwyn Hutchison with her children Sienna and Lucas. Photo: Supplied / Givealittle page She is adding her voice to a growing number of calls to introduce the …

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5G in Wellington for Christmas – ten times faster speeds on smartphones

Vodafone New Zealand, owned by Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management as of today, plans to switch on a 5G network in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown in December.   “5G is so much more than the successor to 4G. It’s our most powerful tool yet, representing a transformational shift that will drive a digital revolution …

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Man in Terrace Tunnel standoff sentenced to community detention

A man who perched on top of Wellington’s Terrace Tunnel for 10 hours causing traffic gridlock has been granted permanent name suppression and sentenced to community detention. The Terrace Tunnel in Wellington was closed off during the incident earlier this year. Photo: RNZ / Meriana Johnsen The 32-year-old previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and unlawful possession …

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Communities over golf courses – Conor Hill’s plan for more affordable more homes

Media release from Conor Hill Half of the Berhampore Golf Course could be transformed into affordable homes and facilities for the community, if Wellington voters elect Conor Hill as Mayor this October. “As anyone who has tried to rent or buy a house in Wellington recently will tell you, our city is in dire need …

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Operation Burnham: Third public hearing begins in capital

The third public hearing into Operation Burnham is underway in Wellington. Sir Terence Arnold is chairing the inquiry into Operation Burnham. Photo: Pool / NZ Herald / Mark Mitchell The inquiry is investigating allegations in the book, Hit and Run, that six civilians were killed in Afghanistan during a New Zealand-led raid in 2010, and the military covered …

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Wellington City Council – Technical issues causing major delays

**SYSTEM OUTAGE** Kia ora everyone, we’re currently experiencing some technical difficulties which has caused major delays on our phone lines. If you have any non-urgent queries, please email, DM, or fill out our webform https://t.co/JqUaPTo0Lx to contact us. Thanks ^Libby. — Wellington City Council (@WgtnCC) July 29, 2019

All Blacks at MetService to help give the Test weather forecast

Ahead of their clash with South Africa tomorrow night at Westpac Stadium, All Blacks Richie Mo’unga, Angus Ta’avao, and Joe Moody visited MetService’s national forecast centre in Kelburn yesterday.   While at MetService, the three players met the team that produce the All Blacks’ official match forecasts. MetService Broadcast meteorologist Angus Hines was joined by …

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Review recommends significant increase of midwives at Hutt DHB

An external review of the Hutt District Health Board in Wellington says midwifery staffing levels should be increased significantly. The report says the maternity service “has been plagued by a chronic workforce deficiency”. Photo: 123RF The review report, produced by medical and midwifery experts from other DHBs, is dated last November but was released by the Hutt Valley …

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Breakdown blocking Northbound lane – SH1 Ngauranga Gorge

SH1 NGAURANGA GORGE, NORTHBOUND – TRUCK BREAKDOWN – 3:20PM   A truck breakdown is currently BLOCKING the centre right northbound lane, prior to the Newlands off-ramp. Please expect DELAYS, as queues are quickly building toward #Ngauranga interchange. SH1 NGAURANGA GORGE, NORTHBOUND – TRUCK BREAKDOWN – 3:20PM A truck breakdown is currently BLOCKING the centre right …

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Thirty buses cancelled every day, but no quick fix in sight

A year into the problem-plagued overhaul of the capital’s bus network, the region’s leaders say they still need more time to fix the problems. A bus-less bus hub in Miramar, Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller About 30 bus services are cancelled every day in Wellington, and users still complain of late and inconsistent services. At a …

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Greenpeace climbers hang climate change banner on CBD’s tallest building

The two Greenpeace climbers who are scaling the outside of the tallest building in Wellington have unfurled the first of a series of banners. Abigail Smith and Nick Hanafin have been climbing the Majestic Centre since dawn this morning, to reach the headquarters of Austrian oil giant, OMV. They have deployed a pink banner reading, …

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Greenpeace activists scaling Wellington high rise

Greenpeace activists are climbing a multi-storey building in central Wellington to try to reach the headquarters of Austrian oil company OMV. Two activists seen climbing the Majestic Centre in an image supplied by Greenpeace. Photo: Supplied / Greenpeace In a statement the environmental group said Abigail Smith and Nick Hanafin started climbing the Majestic Centre this morning …

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Labour candidates commit to better school holidays in Wellington

Press Release – E Tu As the July school holidays finish, the Labour candidates for the Wellington City Council are pledging to make school holidays in Wellington in the future more exciting for residents and visitors by introducing a coordinated programme of events and activities for children and young people.   Wharangi Onslow-Western Ward candidate …

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Fog causes flight disruptions in Wellington and Christchurch

Some flights in and out of Wellington and Christchurch are being delayed, diverted or cancelled because of heavy fog this morning. Fog at Wellington Airport. (file photo) Photo: RNZ / Rob Dixon Three flights into Wellington from Auckland this morning had to return after low cloud prevented them from landing. An Air New Zealand flight from Queenstown …

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Election nominations now open – with councils’ encouragement

Nominations opened today for the local elections in October.   Staff at the city council are telling us that they want nominations for the mayoralty as well as for councillors. Will you stand for the city you love? Nominations to stand as a Councillor or Mayor for Wellington City Council open today. #VoteLocaNZ #Stand2019 https://t.co/DxfIvya3T6 …

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CofC wants “business savvy and community minded” candidates for the elections

Press Release – Wellington Chamber of Commerce The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Wellingtonians to consider standing in the upcoming Local Government 2019 elections.   Candidate nominations open this Friday, and close on Friday 16 August. “As Wellington’s Chamber of Commerce, we want to encourage business-savvy and community-minded people to put up their hands,” …

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Mayoral candidate backs thriving communities, not urban sprawl

Media release from Conor Hill Wellington mayoral candidate Conor Hill today released his thriving communities policy with the aim of creating vibrant suburbs rather than urban sprawl.   Conor Hill said: “Many of Wellington’s favourite communities prove medium density housing done well works for people and the city. From Oriental Bay, to Newtown, to Thorndon our …

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Chris Laidlaw rules himself out of council elections

Wellington’s regional council chair Chris Laidlaw has confirmed he won’t run in the local body elections this October. Transport Minister Phil Twyford (center), Wellington City Mayor Justin Lester (left) and Wellington Regional Mayor Chris Laidlaw (right) announce the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project. Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey Mr Laidlaw has been chair of the regional council …

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Trades Hall bombing case re-opened, evidence released

Detectives re-examining the 1984 Wellington Trades Hall Bombing have been collecting DNA samples from suspects. Caretaker and unionist Ernie Abbott was killed almost instantly when he picked up the suitcase containing the bomb. Photo: EVENING POST Caretaker and unionist Ernie Abbott was killed almost instantly when he picked up the suitcase containing the bomb. The police have always struggled …

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Crash closes Mt Victoria tunnel in both directions – UPDATED 4:50PM

Update 4:50pm Final UPDATE 4:50PM This Mt Victoria #Tunnel crash has been CLEARED and the tunnel is now OPEN in both directions. Resulting congestion is EASING, thanks for your patience. ^CR https://t.co/xJqNI6745N — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) July 18, 2019 A crash on Ruahine Street has closed Wellington’s Mt Victoria tunnel in both directions this afternoon. …

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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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