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Witchdoctor wonders why Sky has declared war on pirates

How to become a millionaire? Own a pay TV company, but make sure you are a billionaire beforehand, says PAT PILCHER. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Sky TV are going after pirates. …

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Wellington gets the chance to dig dug-up warriors

Eight full-sized 2300-year-old Chinese terracotta warriors will come to Wellington in a major exhibition at Te Papa this summer. Standing archer (detail), Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), Pottery, height 184cm. Excavated from Pit 2, Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1978. Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, 002816. Photo: © Mr. Ziyu Qiu The exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Guardians …

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Homegrown festival announces first lineup and pre-party show

After a record sell-out festival this year, Jim Beam Homegrown will return to Wellington’s waterfront on 23 March 2019, with the first details of the 42 acts playing the five stages revealed this morning. And for the first time, Homegrown will include a pre-party to start the festival on the Friday night, before Saturday’s main …

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Extended Route 18e service starts today

From today, 1 October, the 18e bus route is extended as a seven-day-a-week service, including buses between 6.00pm and 8.00pm, from Miramar North to Karori South. It will provide direct connections to Newtown, the hospital, Massey University and Victoria University’s Kelburn campus. Metlink advise that this service will run without transfers and be available as …

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Your high five events for Monday 1 October

Today is International Tenants Day, World Habitat Day, and the International Day of Older Persons. And the first week of school holidays. Kids love theatre that’s interactive. And that’s what The Improvisors will be doing at Improv for Kids 2018 this week – taking kids into the magic of their own imagination, with opportunities to …

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Representative rugby results for Saturday 29 September

Wellington Pride beat North Harbour; 50 to 10 Wellington Development beat Hawkes Bay; 59 to 31 Wellington Centurions U18 beat Wairarapa Bush U18; 50 to 10 Wellington Samoans lost to Wellington Community U18; 19 to 36 Wellington U18 Girls beat Hawkes Bay; 56 to 17 Wellington U13 beat Auckland U13; 43 to 24 Congratulations to the Wellington Centurions U18, winners of …

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Direct Miramar/Karori service via universities to be restored and extended from Monday

Passenger demand has led to Metlink extending the new 18e route between Miramar and Karori. From Monday, the service will run without transfers and be available as an all-day service rather than just at peak hours. “This change is directly in response to customer feedback,” said Greater Wellington Regional Council chief executive Greg Campbell announcing …

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Chch sisters first two-time winners at WOW awards

Christchurch sisters Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry won the supreme award at the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards, announced in Wellington last night. Story from RNZ Christchurch sisters Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry won the World of WearableArt Awards in Wellington last night with their piece, War Story. Photo: Supplied / World of WearableArt. The pair’s garment, …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 29 and 30 September

There’s lots of free fun for children and families this weekend, to kick off a fortnight of school holidays. If you’ve traversed Taranaki Wharf this week, you’ll have noticed the imposing masts of the Rainbow Warrior, which arrived here on Monday as part of the Making Oil History tour to celebrate New Zealand’s recent ban …

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Witchdoctor checks out a small but feature-packed Kiwi amp

RICHARD VAREY checks out a Kiwi-designed desktop amp that blows the lid on his preconceptions, and proves to be so much more. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ IMS X8 Integrated Desktop Amplifier …

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Two Wellington landmarks win design awards

The north Kumutoto public space on the waterfront and the He Tohu Document Centre in the National Library were recognised for their design and construction at the NZ Timber Design Awards this week. The Kumutoto project also won a gold pin at the NZ Best Design Awards. The He Tohu Document Centre within the National …

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Listen to Martyn Pepperell on the Sweetman Podcast

Martyn Pepperell is a Wellington-based DJ, broadcaster, publicist, promoter and writer. Most recently he’s been directly involved with the reissue of Our Garden Needs Its Flowers by Jess Sah Bi and Peter One on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label. Martyn Pepperell talked to Simon Sweetman, who has known him for over ten years, for …

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Troubled bus network: process was correct, officials say

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says it wouldn’t have done anything differently in its implementation of the city’s problematic new bus services, but is committing to fixing it in eight weeks’ time. Story from RNZ by political reporter Gia Garrick @giaisonline [email protected] Politicians have been inundated with complaints over Wellington’s troubled bus network. Photo by RNZ / …

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Get seasonally snapping for Bot Garden’s 150th

The Botanic Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the Wellington City Council inviting photographers to enter the Fresh Shoots photo competition and win prizes. Henry Moore sculpture in the Botanic Garden, with Met Office in the background. Photo by Mark Cubey The Council has partnered with Excio, Wellington Photographic Society, NZPhotographer magazine, New Zealand Photography …

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Representative Rugby draw for the week beginning Saturday 29 September

Home Games Wellington Samoans vs Wellington Community U18; Porirua Park 1, 12.00pm Wellington U13 vs Auckland U13; Porirua Park 1, 1.45pm Away Games Wellington Pride vs North Harbour; Windsor Park, Auckland, 12.00pm Hurricanes Youth U18 Final: Wellington Centurions U18 vs Wairarapa Bush, Memorial Park, Masterton; 12.30pm Wellington U18 Girls vs Hawkes Bay; Lincoln Park, Ashhurst, …

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Former Kiwi/French couple to star in TV adaptation of Wgtn-published Booker blockbuster

New Zealand actor Marton Csokas will star alongside French star Eva Green in a six-part series based on Eleanor Catton’s Booker-prize winning VUP novel The Luminaries, as part of a comprehensive rebrand of BBC Two. Marton Csokas, one of only two people on the International Movie Data Base with that first name, and the only …

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Bus drivers vote for strike action and dismissal of GWRC

A stop work meeting of the Wellington Tramways Union today voted for region-wide industrial action starting from 23 October, following continued failure by Wellington bus operators to negotiate on collective bargaining agreements. Richard Wagstaff of the CTU addresses the Tramways Union meeting. Photo by Tramways Union. The drivers voted to strike indefinitely from Tuesday 23 …

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Bus stop work meeting runs later than planned, services revised

The stop work meeting called by the Tramways Union today to consult with its members on the ongoing problems with the new bus systems is running longer than expected. Metlink has advised that most bus services will not be back on the road until after 2:00pm, and apologise for continued disruption to travel plans this …

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Auditor-General writes open letter to GWRC on public’s bus concerns

The Office of the Auditor-General has written to the Greater Wellington Regional Council after receiving correspondence from the public requesting an investigation into the new bus network and services. John Ryan, who runs the Office of Controller and Auditor-General, the independent organisation that audits public entities, has published the letter to GWRC chair Chris Laidlaw …

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Sharesies to more than double in size with Trade Me injection

Wellington company Sharesies will more than double in size during the coming year with a $4 million injection from Trade Me to help fund new product development and get its name out to the public. By Paul McBeth Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ The …

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Student told she couldn’t stay in VUW hall after suicide attempt

A first-year Victoria University student was evicted from her hostel the day after she tried to commit suicide. Story from RNZ Checkpoint, 25 September 2018, by journalist Emma Hatton [email protected] Warning: This story discusses details of assault and suicide that may be triggering. Dani tried to end her life in October 2017 at Cumberland House, …

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Union stop work meeting affects bus services today [updated]

A stop work meeting called by the Tramways Union for their drivers today, 26 September, means that Metlink bus services will be reduced in Wellington City, Hutt Valley and Porirua between 9:00am and 3:00pm. This meeting is an opportunity for the Tramways Union to talk to its members and is a normal occurrence. Metlink have …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 26 September

The annual Spring Festival continues with the Graves of Note free guided walk at Karori Cemetery (meet at the Main Chapel on Rosehaugh Ave from 10:30am), then there are five great free events this evening – all, sadly, on at around the same time. How to choose? Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub empowering communities to …

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Capital Football grab first win of season

Capital Football have beaten Central, 5-0, in their second game of the National Women’s League season. Kelsi Rutene (Capital) takes on Aimee Aitkins (Central). Photo by Dave Webster After a disheartening 5-0 loss to Canterbury the previous weekend, Capital bounced back on Sunday against Central at Massey University in Palmerston North. The 2010-2011 champions got off …

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Witchdoctor finds one remote to rule them all

PAT PILCHER settles in with the Logitech Harmony Elite remote and discovers not only is there no need to move from his seat and no more searching piles of remotes, but the wife is happier too. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 25 September

Language, construction, traffic lights and movement define your Tuesday. New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23-29 September) is an NZ-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Today’s talk, Literary Chinese – The Latin of East Asia, is one of three celebrating Chinese Language Week, and explores the common heritage of …

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Wellington buses: “You have every right to be angry”

Increased isolation of the elderly, mentally ill and disabled people were some of the concerns residents raised about buses in Wellington at a meeting yesterday. Report from RNZ by journalist Emma Hatton [email protected] Wellington residents, including WCC councillors David Lee and Sarah Free (front row) at Mornington Golf Club yesterday, sharing concerns about changes to …

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Cobras top hockey tournament after dramatic shootout

Wellington’s men’s representative hockey team the Ricoh Capital Cobras defeated North Harbour 3-2 in a shootout at the final of the 2018 Ford National Hockey League in Newtown on Sunday. Goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex is congratulated by his teammates after the Cobras won the Ford NHL competition on Sunday. by Luke Jackson The last time Capital …

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Permanent bus hub finally underway in Newtown

Work begins today on the permanent bus hub in front of Wellington Hospital, with carparking options reduced, pedestrian access to the hospital altered, and southbound traffic on Riddiford Street reduced to one lane. The long-awaited work to construct a permanent bus hub for Newtown will continue until early November. During the construction period, pedestrian access …

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Your high five events for Monday 24 September

A spring walk, spring book sales, sharp spring script readings, well-sprung design and architecture, and the problems of organ donation are on the events agenda today. You can bag beautiful bargains at SALE at Mine today at The Dowse Shop, Dowse Art Museum from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Their spring clean sale sees 25% off the …

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Bus meeting in Berhampore this afternoon

A meeting for southern suburbs residents on what’s happening with Wellington’s public transport system will take place from 3:00pm this afternoon at Mornington Golf Club, 80 Stanley Street, Berhampore. The meeting will be hosted by Rongotai MP Paul Eagle and Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter, with the opportunity for local residents to provide direct …

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Billy Proctor signs on for five years with Hurricanes

Young Wellington Lions’ midfielder Billy Proctor has signed a five-year deal with the Hurricanes. The contract is the longest offered in the club’s history since the Super Rugby era began in 1996. “I’m obviously really excited about the opportunity. The length of my contract gives me some real security and the ability to just concentrate on …

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Capital Football mourns death of president John Beldham

John Beldham, president of Capital Football since its inception in 2001, died this last Wednesday aged 89. “John was an extremely active and beloved member of the Football community, spending countless hours being involved with the game,” Capital Football said in a statement. “John’s continued commitment and contribution to Football in Wellington and his passion …

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Representative Rugby results for Saturday 22 September

Wellington U13 beat Horowhenua Kapiti U14; 61 to 19 Wellington Development lost to Tasman; 39 to 46 Wellington U16A beat Manawatu; 34 to 14 Wellington U16 Dev beat Horowhenua Kapiti; 64 to 14 Wellington Community U18 beat Horowhenua Kapiti; 81 to 12 Wellington Centurions U18 beat Poverty Bay; 57 to 10 Wellington Samoan U18 beat East Coast; 60 to 13 Cancelled Fixtures: …

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Hop into the history of The Wide Mouth Frogs

The latest addition to Audioculture, the “noisy library of New Zealand music” tells the story of the short but glorious career of Wellington’s all-female rock/pop band The Wide Mouth Frogs. This tour poster for the Wide Mouthed Frogs, designed by Peter Chester, was banned from appearing in the Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune. By Mark Cubey It’s …

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New heritage plaques honour great local women

An iconic and much-loved Wellington broadcaster was remembered this week with the unveiling of a plaque in her honour. The plaque on the Dixon Street footpath outside the Hope Gibbons building remembers Maud Basham, affectionately known as Aunt Daisy, who broadcast from the building on the corner of Taranaki and Dixon streets for 2ZB for …

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Wellington professor appointed chief science advisor for MBIE

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced the appointment of Professor Gary Evans to the role of its Chief Science Advisor. “We’re thrilled to welcome Professor Gary Evans, a highly respected chemist from Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment,” announced Dr Prue Williams, …

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Home & Garden Show returns to capital – with Wellington App partnership

Over 200 exhibitors with displays and information about everything from flooring, mini avocado trees, drains and gutters, home financing, bathroom design, artists, sculptors, chocolate – and The Wellington App – will feature at the 2018 Wellington Home & Garden Show at Westpac Stadium this weekend. From 10am Friday through to 4:00pm Sunday, exhibitors from around …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 22 and 23 September

It’s the start of Wellington’s Spring Festival (22 to 30 September), the end of Conservation Week, and Home & Garden weekend. Get out and about! On Saturday, the annual Otari-Wilton’s Bush Open Day and Plant Sale takes place at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road, from 10:00 to 2:00pm. This is a great day for first-timers …

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Man charged with murder after stabbing in Upper Hutt [updated]

Police have charged a man with murder, after his arrest for assault on Golders Road, Elderslea in Upper Hutt shortly before 4:30pm yesterday afternoon. Emergency services were called to a scene after reports that a man had been stabbed. Despite efforts to revive him, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The 37-year-old man …

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Northern United women’s squad win big at Wellington rugby awards

The Northern United Women’s team were the significant winners at the 2018 Wellington Community Rugby Awards at the Harbourside Function Centre on Wednesday night. Northern United, winners of the Rebecca Liua’ana and Tia Paasi Memorial Cup, were named Team of the Year for their near-perfect season. Northern United’s Matt Poutoa was also named Coach of …

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Representative rugby draw for the week beginning 22 September

Saturday 22 September Home Games Wellington U13 vs Horowhenua Kapiti U14: Porirua Park 2, 11.00am Wellington Development vs Tasman: Porirua Park 1, 12.00pm Away Games Wellington U16A vs Manawatu: Playford Park, Levin, 12.00pm Wellington U16 Dev vs Horowhenua Kapiti: Playford Park, Levin, 12.00pm Wellington Community U18 vs Horowhenua Kapiti: Levin Domain, Levin, 12.30pm Wellington Centurions …

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Your high five events for Friday 21 September

Homes, gardens, films, women architects, masters of arts and design, and the Orchestra of Spheres. TGIF. Thinking about upgrading your home and/or garden? Want to meet the people of The Wellington App, or hundreds of other New Zealanders full of great ideas to spritz up your maison? Come along to the first day of the three-day …

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Core transport problems remain as urgent bus review promised

Yesterday’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council agreed to commission an independent review of what has gone wrong with the region’s new public transport system. But problems with core assumptions around the system remain, and the refusal of transport operators to negotiate with the drivers’ union remains the elephant …

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Creative wealth on display at Visual Art Splash Gallery

Art work from school students throughout the Wellington region is on display for the last day today at the Renouf Foyer upstairs in the Michael Fowler Centre. Photos by Mark Cubey The free-entry Visual Art Splash Gallery is part of the young people’s arts festival Artsplash, which brings together primary and intermediate schools throughout Wellington …

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Witchdoctor explains the Victory of the Musical Magpie

Don’t worry, it’s the 21st Century, it’s okay to like pop music and weird shit too, writes GARY STEEL. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ I well remember the litmus test of rock credibility …

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Your high five events for Thursday 20 September

Walking, tai chi, ace ladies, French shorts and synaesthesia. It must be spring. Today’s Tinytown Buggy Walk (every third Thursday of the month), explores Oriental Bay Parade. Park your car or catch the bus to where Evans Bay Parade Road meets Oriental Parade at 9:45am, then stroll along the Parade, a flat and buggy friendly …

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Crash near Paremata blocks northbound lanes [update: crash now cleared]

NZTA advise that a crash at around 4:00am this morning remains blocking the two left lanes northbound on SH1, south of the Paremata Roundabout. One person has been transported to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition following the one car crash. Police are advising drivers to avoid travelling north on SH1. The road is expected …

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Nearly 50 buildings with Grenfell-like cladding identified in Wellington

A high school, a private hospital and several apartment blocks are among the 49 Wellington buildings identified with combustible cladding similar to what fuelled the fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London last year. Report from RNZ by Phil Pennington @pjppenn [email protected] Photo of Grenfell Tower, by ChiralJon (CC2) The Wellington City Council was ordered by the …

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GWRC transport woes to be discussed this morning

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s transport committee is putting a positive spin on the city’s transport woes, while the Wellington City Council decides how to allocate nearly half a million dollars in grants. by Mark Cubey This morning’s monthly meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council will address Wellington’s transport …

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Season tickets offered by Phoenix in diversity offering

The Wellington Phoenix football club will offer 2018/19 season tickets for recently resettled refugees and people from low socioeconomic communities as part of their Football Diversity and Inclusion Programme. By Luke Jackson. Photo of Rakesh Naidoo by Malcolm Wood The FDIP is an initiative between Wellington Phoenix, the Human Rights Commission, Red Cross, ChangeMakers, Multicultural NZ and …

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Wellington handball squad win national tournament. 

Wellington men’s handball team Northern Aguilas successfully defended their title at the NZ 2018 National Club Championship on Sunday. By Luke Jackson. Photos by Jun Tanlayco After winning last year’s annual Club Championships, as well as back-to-back Wellington Handball League championships, Northern Aguilas Handball Club knew their competitors were going to come out hard to stop another trophy …

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Your high five (mainly Suffrage) events for Wednesday 19 September

On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, which means today marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Suffrage 125 events have been happening all this month and continue to the weekend. There are myriad gallery exhibitions, film screenings at Ngā Taonga, tours and exhibitions at Parliament, many of which …

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Government to dissolve tertiary institute Council

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to troubled tertiary institutions Whitireia and WelTec in a move to address the financial woes of the two polytechnics. Te Auaha, the Institute of Creativity opened this year by Whitireia and WelTec. Minister Hipkins said today that following consultation and consideration of submissions, …

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Art auction raises $40k in support of national music centre

Nearly $40,000 was raised at the art auction last Thursday night, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington last Thursday night, in partnership with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington City Council. The auction at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel and supported by Dunbar Sloane Ltd, was held to raise funds for the National Music Centre …

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Capital men undefeated so far in regional hockey tournament

Wellington’s regional men’s hockey team, Ricoh Capital Cobras, emerged unscathed from the first half of the Ford National Hockey League tournament, while the women’s squad are placed fourth on their table. by Luke Jackson The Cobras came up against Bayleys Midlands yesterday in Wellington. At the half the teams were tied at 1-1, but Capital managed …

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Free haircuts give students hands-on experience

The students learning barber skills at Te Auaha are giving Wellingtonians free haircuts to gain practical experience. Story and photos by Luke Jackson The difference between a barber and a hairdresser is hard to explain according to Daimon Johnson, the tutor of Te Auaha’s first-ever New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills programme. He settles on …

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First look at Wellington’s new social housing units

More than 100 new social housing units have been unveiled in Wellington. Report from RNZ, 17 September 2018 The development has one- to four-bedroom apartments and five are designed for people with accessibility needs. Photo: RNZ / Katie Doyle The 104 unit-development, Te Māra apartments in the inner-city suburb of Mount Cook, replaces the 57-unit 1970’s …

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Hutchison Terminus Stop A operational today

Stop A at the Hutchison Terminus in Hutchison Road, Mt Cook, is open and operational from today (Tuesday 18 September). This stop will service the route 3 and 18e bus services. Metlink thank passengers for their patience during the construction of this bus stop.    

Your high five events for Tuesday 18 September

Try on costumes, zines, scrabble, whales, and the Pyrénées for size… After 25 years in business, The Costume Company at 214 Willis Street is having a closing down sale and everything must go. They are opening up their vault and welcoming everyone to rummage the racks and hopefully find some treasures. The sale started yesterday and …

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St John’s in the City starts $4.2m earthquake strengthening campaign

St John’s in the City, the 132-year-old Presbyterian church on the corner of Willis and Dixon Streets, launched a $4.2 million fund-raising campaign yesterday. The funds are needed to carry out seismic strengthening to 70% of the New Building Standard on the Category 1 historic building, which is currently deemed “earthquake prone” at 25% of …

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New Whairepo Lagoon sign reinforces te reo Māori name

A new sign installed at Whairepo Lagoon on Wellington’s waterfront removes any confusion regarding the name the lagoon has held since 2015. From left, Port Nicholson Block Deputy Chairman Peter Jackson, Wellington Deputy Mayor Jill Day and Tenths Trust Chairman Morrie Love, with the new sign at Whairepo Lagoon. Photo: Wellington City Council The new …

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Representative Rugby results for Saturday 15 September

Wellington Pride beat Otago, 38 – 10 Wellington U19 lost to North Harbour , 10 – 21 Wellington Samoan lost to Hawkes Bay Saracens, 19 – 43 Wellington Centurions beat Manawatu Development, 81 – 17 Wellington Centuriions U18 beat Wellington Community U18, 40 – 22 Wellington U13 beat Whanganui U14, 95 – 7 Wellington U18 Girls beat Tasman U18 Girls,  …

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Your high five events for Monday 17 September

As advised on the App last week, the 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships finish today at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre and the 2018 Ford National Hockey League continues at the National Hockey Stadium, Mt Albert Road, Newtown, until Sunday. Plus it’s Conservation Week. But wait, there’s more… Wellington City Council is working …

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Lions dominate Steelers to retain Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy

The Wellington Lions turned on their best performance to date in the Mitre 10 Cup season to defeat Counties Manukau 53-12 at Navigation Homes Stadium in Pukekohe. The Lions retained the Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy, launched last year to commemorate the star winger Lomu who played for both two provinces. After an even start to the …

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Eat a pest and get a free rat trap for Conservation Week in Wellington

Wellingtonians can give our native species a helping hand starting this weekend by answering the call to Conservation Week. Today and next Sunday, local food trucks at Harbourside Market will serve pest-themed dishes, with prizes for the first to eat their way through the menu, including wild venison pie and goat dumplings. Department of Conservation …

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Extra public transport for All Blacks’ game [updated]

Metlink are adding extra services for the test match between the All Blacks and the Springboks at Westpac Stadium tonight. Gates open at 5.30pm for the 7:35pm kickoff, and there will be more seating on regular services to get passengers to the stadium as well as additional services later for the homeward journey. There will …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāhoroi 15 a Rātapu 16 Mahuru

As Te Wiki o te Reo Māori comes to an end, there’s a lot going on involving nature and space and trombones. Saturday’s Young Feminist Hui at Te Papa is fully booked, though there are still a few tickets available for the All Blacks/Springbok test… Photo of Kereru by Janice McKenna Conservation Week starts on Saturday, …

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Wellington gets mo’ satisfaction

According to a survey released yesterday, people living in the greater Wellington region are happy with their lot, and have a high level of concern for their fellow citizens. The biennial Quality of Life survey conducted by Nielsen, measured the perceptions of over 7,000 New Zealanders in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Christchurch and Dunedin. The survey has …

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Regional hockey teams start battling in Wellington this weekend

After kicking off last Sunday with matches around the country, the 2018 Ford National Hockey League continues in Wellington this weekend, carrying through until Sunday next week. by Luke Jackson The tournament will involve nine days of play from New Zealand’s regional hockey teams facing off at the National Hockey Stadium in Newtown. Wellington’s Ricoh …

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Witchdoctor: Vacuum maker Dyson eyes up electric car market

A vacuum maker plans to build cars. Can they succeed? The short answer is probably yes, says PAT PILCHER. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ The path to garnering a fortune usually involves building a better mousetrap than your competitors. …

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Representative rugby draw for Saturday 15 September

Home Games Wellington Pride vs Otago, Porirua Park 1, 11.30am Wellington Samoan vs Hawkes Bay Saracens; Hutt Rec 1, 12.00pm Wellington Centurions vs Manawatu Development; Hutt Rec 1, 1.45pm Wellington Centurions U18 vs Wellington Community U18, Porirua Park 1, 2.00pm Away Games Wellington U13 vs Whanganui U14; Spriggens Park, Wanganui, 1.00pm Wellington U18 Girls vs …

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Art auction tonight to raise funds for national music centre [updated]

The NZSO and Victoria University are running an art auction tonight to raise funds for the national music centre based around Wellington Town Hall. Terry Stringer, Sea Sound, Like Violins (2018), bronze Thirty works from artists such as Dick Frizzell, Shane Cotton, Jenny Doležel, John Walsh, Gretchen Albrecht, Elizabeth Thompson and Ans Westra will be …

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Ferry sailings restricted on Harbour this afternoon

Metlink advise that adverse weather conditions have forced a restricted timetable for ferry harbour sailings this afternoon. Ferries will depart Queens Wharf at 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm, and from Days Bay Wharf at 4:55pm, 6:00pm and 6:55pm. There will be  no sailings in or out of Seatoun this afternoon. Metlink apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Reduced peak services on Johnsonville Line tonight

Metlink advise that due to a signal fault at Khandallah, train services will run during peak time tonight every half hour with services departing Wellington every .17 and .44 past the hour. Services affected: Northbound: The 4.02pm service from Wellington to Johnsonville has been cancelled. The 4.32pm service from Wellington to Johnsonville has been cancelled. Southbound: …

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Wellingtonians among record number of finalists at Sustainable Business Awards

Fourteen Wellington individuals and organisations are among a record number of finalists announced for the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards. The finalists include small businesses, large corporates, and not for profit organisations, showing that all types of organisations can make a success out of sustainability. Half of the finalists for the Millennial on a …

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Traffic lights proposed for Hataitai

The peaceful fast-food mecca of Hataitai, already reeling from the decision by Metlink to terminate the #14 route in the village, may now get traffic lights at its intersection. Wellington City Council is seeking feedback on the proposed installation of traffic lights and signals for drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians at the crossroads in Hataitai …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāapa 12 Mahuru

What’s up with Wednesday events? Type design, NZ’s first theatre, true stories told live, some extraordinary sheilas, and supervolcanoes. Join type designer Kris Sowersby and current designer-in-residence Johnson Witehira for a free lunchtime Open Studio and informal discussion at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 147 Cuba Street, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. As long-time collaborators, the pair will …

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Witchdoctor gets hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

PAT PILCHER unboxes Samsung’s latest premium offering to find a galaxy of peeper pleasing, high performance delight… Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Samsung Galaxy Note 9 $1,999 (512GB) Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 10 September 2018 Unboxing the Note reveals a solid, …

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Aladdin Sane eaten by bird-human in Ghuznee Street

A carefully crafted paper creation has been artfully pasted to the window of one of the doomed yellow-stickered Ghuznee Street buildings east of Cuba Street. As well as capturing the reflected triptych tribute to David Bowie’s classic 1973 album Aladdin Sane that celebrates the 30th anniversary of JAM hairdressing and its virtuoso owner Tony Barrett,  …

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Four fledgling food businesses boosted

Four local food businesses, all with a sweet but healthy angle, were last week’s winners of the 2018 Good Food Boost mentoring initiative programme. The winners – Creative Cooking, Wellington Honey, Esther’s and Half Baked – were selected for their potential to successfully promote healthy, nutritious food that contributes to local economies, reduces waste, and …

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Pay deal struck by PSA and IRD after strikes

Public Service Association members and the Inland Revenue Department have ended months of pay negotiations with union members voting to ratify a new deal. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Sophie Boot (BusinessDesk), 10 September PSA members working at IRD went on strike three times …

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Wellington turns out for Te wiki o te reo Māori

Te wiki o te reo Māori has begun and Wellington central was transformed. RNZ report by Te Aniwa Hurihanganui, Te Manu Korihi Reporter @teaniwahuri [email protected] Photo by RNZ / Richard Tindiller (for full gallery see original story) Thousands of school kids, parents, organisations, businesses and government representatives blocked the main street through Lambton Quay to celebrate te …

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Former leaking building wins top prize

The Green Building Council hopes an award-winning Wellington building will show others that old office blocks can become great spaces. Report from RNZ by Tom Furley, 9 September 2018  [email protected] Aorangi House Photo: New Zealand Green Building Council This week Aorangi House on Molesworth Street won an international green award in Singapore for its sustainable design. The 1970s building had …

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Tumbleweeds in central city as free-parkers stage protest

The central city was a dead zone on the weekend, as thousands of motorists spat with venom on the first weekend of Wellington City Council’s imposition of paid parking charges for places on weekends, which has been widely reviled with 600 complaints. By Mark Cubey The weekend dissolved into chaos early on as motorists who …

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Continuous southerlies move Wellington closer to record

“I can’t remember continuous southerlies like this for ages.” Heard anyone say that? They’re right. Metservice forecasts that southerlies will persist over Wellington today, Monday, for the sixth day straight. This takes the capital closer to the record of ten consecutive days of icy southerly blasts that has held since May 1978. The strong winds …

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Lions bounce back from Waikato loss with bonus point win over Harbour

A late surge from the Wellington Lions secured the home team a 35-23 bonus point win over North Harbour at Westpac Stadium this afternoon. The second Lions game for the week saw them redeem their 43-31 away loss to Waikato on Wednesday. A messy game from Harbour, with unimaginative play, missed tackles and poor lineouts, …

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Representative rugby results from Saturday 8 September

The results for Wellington representative teams from games on Saturday 8 September. Wellington Pride beat Canterbury, 43-38 Wellington Samoan beat Wellington Maori, 36-22 Wellington Centurions lost to Hawkes Bay Saracens, 25-33 Wellington Community U18 beat Poverty Bay U18, 34-20 Wellington Samoan U18 lost to Wairarapa Bush U18, 24-33 Wellington U13 beat Marlborough U14, 65-31 Wellington Maori Development beat Kapiti …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 8 and 9 September

Anyone for tennis, Te Kooti, a theatrical conversation, Black Panthers and Boomerang Bags? This weekend is Love Tennis Weekend, with 12 tennis clubs across central Wellington opening their doors on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00pm for a fun, free event for people of all ages. The event is for anyone, young or old, …

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Representative Rugby Draw for Saturday 8 September

Home Games Wellington Maori Development vs Kapiti Development; Hutt Rec 1, 12.30pm Wellington Pride vs Canterbury; Porirua Park 1, 1.00pm Wellington Samoan Women vs Wellington Tongan Women; Porirua Park 2, 1.00pm Wellington Maori vs Wellington Samoans; Porirua Park 1, 2.45pm Wellington Samoan U18 vs Wairarapa Bush; Porirua Park 2, 2.45pm Away Games Wellington U13 vs …

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Apartment owners frustrated by lack of help with earthquake safety

Wellington apartment owners are still frustrated by a lack of help for those who cannot afford to make their buildings earthquake safe. Report from RNZ by Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Photo of Oriental Bay supplied by RNZ Last November Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson said he was urging the government to look at all options to help apartment owners. …

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Listen to Bill Manhire on the Sweetman Podcast

Bill Manhire is Wellington’s premier poet and founder of the International Institute of Modern Letters. On New Zealand Poetry Day, he talked to Simon Sweetman for Episode 130 of the Sweetman Podcast about teaching, growing up in the South Island, his time in England and 40 years in Wellington, his trip to Antarctica, long-running collaboration …

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Your high five events for Friday 7 September

It’s Onesie Day, with the Orange Day Parade, Suffrage in Stitches, the McQueen doco, and a whole lotta folk, metal and Ethiopiques. Today is Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day, the annual appeal for the only emergency ambulance service in the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa area. The appeal extends to Saturday with a long weekend featuring …

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Wellington bucks trend as NZ house values drop in August

Sept. 6 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand house values shrank in August as the market cooled in winter, according to state-owned valuer Quotable Value. By Sophie Boot Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ National residential property values dropped 1.6 percent in the three months through August to $672,504, …

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Crash closes left lane after J’ville off-ramp [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The crash ins now cleared and all lanes are open. Congestion remains back past the Newlands off-ramp and will take a while to clear.   EARLIER STORY: Motorists heading north out of Wellington are advised that a crash around 3:00pm today has blocked the left northbound lane of SH1 after the Johnsonville off-ramp. NZTA advises …

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Next stops for bus meetings after Khandallah: Miramar, Petone, Berhampore

The southern suburbs have been added to the list of public meetings to discuss Wellington’s public transport woes, after meetings in Kilbirnie, Karori and Khandallah. Tuesday night’s public meeting at the Khandallah Town Hall to discuss bus services covering Broadmeadows, Khandallah, Ngaio and Crofton Downs was “very well chaired” according to Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor. …

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Witchdoctor reports on new Xbox titles from Gamescom

At the annual gaming trade fair in Cologne, Microsoft announced a bunch of incoming titles for the Xbox. DAVID BUTTERFIELD asks: are they worth your time? Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Fallout 76, the first online multiplayer game in …

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Wellington.Scoop opinion: the bustastrophe decade

The roots of Wellington’s current transport problems go back more than a decade, and can largely be attributed to avoidance of a rail solution, argues BRENT EFFORD in an opinion for Wellington.Scoop. Content from 4 September provided by Wellington.Scoop. Read more writing about Wellington issues, with reader feedback at http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/ The roots of the bustastrophe …

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Whistle-blower to speak in NZ, but not Australia [UPDATED]

[UPDATED] American activist, politician, former US Army Solider and court-martialled whistle-blower Chelsea Manning has been granted a work visa to enter New Zealand. Photo by Tim Henning [UPDATED] A spokesperson for the company bringing Chelsea Manning to New Zealand said a work visa for the whistle-blower was received overnight, allowing her to speak here. She …

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Restricted Harbour Ferry sailings this morning

Metlink advise that the weather conditions this morning (Wednesday 5th September) have restricted Harbour Ferry sailings to the following timetable: Departing Queens Wharf: 7.15am, 8.20am Departing Days Bay Wharf: 7.45am, 8.45am This means there will be no sailings in or out of Seatoun this morning. Metlink apologise for any inconvenience.  

Ferries cancelled as severe weather warning continues

Severe southerly gales gusting up to 120kmh in exposed places have caused slips, flooding and ferry cancellations across the Wellington region. This morning’s 3:30am Interislander sailing of the  Kaiarahi was cancelled, as has its 9:05am sailing from Picton. The 9:00am departure of the Kaitaki from Wellington is still scheduled to take place. Passengers with bookings …

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WCC becomes NZ’s largest Living Wage employer

Last night, the Wellington City Council celebrated becoming the country’s largest accredited Living Wage employer. Mayor Justin Lester (right) with WCC workers at last night’s Living Wage celebration Living Wage Aotearoa today officially confirmed the Council had joined the list of more than 100 accredited Living Wage employers, now that directly employed staff have been …

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P.I.C. beat East to secure netball Premier Club final

Silver Fern shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio helped P.I.C. Netball Club, of Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church, to victory over Wellington East in a 64-48 win on Saturday at the Premier Club Winter Grand Final at ASB Sport Centre. by Luke Jackson. Photo supplied. As well as Ekenasio, P.I.’s lineup also boasts fellow Silver Fern shooter Maia Wilson …

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Wellington scores $1.92b from NLTP, but highway projects on pause

Wellington will receive around an eighth of the record $16.9b to be spent nationwide as part of the 2018/21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), published Friday by the NZ Transport Agency. The region will receive $1.92 billion invested over three years, with $759 million going to the improvement or maintenance of existing state highways (including …

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Have your say on the new Berhampore playground

The Wellington City Council are building a new children’s playground at Berhampore’s Wakefield Park, and want your take on the draft plans. Last year, the council consulted with the public about possible locations for a new playground on Wakefield Park and identified two options: next to the Olympic Football Club building just north of the …

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Your high five for the weekend of 1 and 2 September

Spring into Spring by stationary cycling, getting your PC a free tuneup, embracing healthy living, interacting with bees, and celebrating Vietnam Day. The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation’s annual Breathe Better September campaign kicks off on Saturday with Bike for Better Breathing. Ride stationary bikes in Cuba Mall from 6:30am to 6:30pm, creating awareness around respiratory …

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Captain and young shooting duo return for Central Pulse 2019 ANZ Premiership season

After a strong Premiership season Central Pulse captain Katrina Grant, has been re-signed for next year’s ANZ Premiership tournament. This comes as no surprise after Grant, 31, led the young team to a second place standing in the tournament and took home Player of the Year. Grant will be rejoined with other standout Te Wānanga …

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Dragon to conduct NZSO for Harry Potter concert

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the eight Harry Potter films in late September, under the baton of Australian conductor Christopher Dragon. Music from composers John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat will feature in the sixth NZSO concert programme this year to feature music from film, video games or …

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World class music course ready to roll at Massey

As part of Tertiary Open Day on Friday, the Commercial Music course at Massey University will showcase its brand new studio facilities packed with top-end gear in a music course that’s “shamelessly vocational”. By Mark Cubey.Photos supplied, unless noted. It’s hard to ignore the Neve. No, not the Prime Minister’s baby, though Jacinda and Clarke …

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Baritone judged “clear winner” in Wellington Aria

Will King won first prize at the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria on Sunday night, with a baritone performance that blew away the audience, according to adjudicator Richard Greager. Wellington Aria judge Richard Greager with Will King (left) and Sophe Sparrow King, currently in his fourth year of Classical Voice at the New Zealand School …

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Your high five events for Thursday 30 August 2018

The cool kids will be at the sold-out Courtney Barnett gig at the Opera House tonight, while western suburbs residents concerned about public transport will be at the meeting to discuss problems with the new transport system (Karori West School, from 7.30pm). There’s plenty more to do. Sustainability Trust present a green cleaning workshop Make …

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Stop/Go at Cuba/Arthur/Karo

A Stop/Go sequence will be in place overnight on Wednesday and Thursday, from 7:00pm through to 5:30am, at the Cuba/Karo/Arthur St intersection. NZTA advise that this is for traffic signal cabinet repairs, and that roadworks are dependent on weather and other factors,  

Metlink Live gets underway with Kilbirnie forum

Last night saw the launch of Metlink Live, a Facebook forum “developed to listen further” to concerns about changes to Wellington’s public transport network. Mark Cubey got amongst it. Metlink Live: On Our Way is a new initiative: digital, live-chat sessions that lets communities question the Metlink transport team, and share experiences so they might …

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Public bus meetings extend to northern suburbs

A meeting for public transport users in Ngaio, Khandallah, Broadmeadows and surrounding areas will be held next Tuesday, joining already scheduled consultation meetings in Karori and Miramar. The meeting for northern suburbs residents is an opportunity to find out from Greater Wellington Regional Council (Metlink) about the new bus services in the area (numbers 22, …

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Metlink launch live Facebook sessions with Kilbirnie forum

From 7:30pm on Tuesday night, Metlink invited bus users of Kilbirnie and surrounding areas to contribute to a discussion about experiences with the new public transport system. Metlink have raised Hubs, Capacity and Timeliness as key issues. The discussion is at facebook.com/MetlinkOnOurWay and The Wellington App will be covering the discussion. Karori will be next …

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Local writers featured in latest issue of erotic journal

Six Wellington writers are featured in the latest issue of Aotearotica, the sex-positive, inclusive erotica magazine filled with modern writing, art and illustration. The fifth issue of the Dunedin-based magazine features short writing by Wellington writers George Banach-Salas, George Fowler, Zoe Higgins, Will Whiten and Essa May Ranapiri, and a longer piece by Monica Macansantos …

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Theatre poster contest dominated by Wellington productions

Half of the finalists in a poster competition being run as part of NZ Theatre Month in September are for Wellington productions. NZ Theatre Month is a national promotion encouraging the presentation of theatre nationwide, and to raise public awareness of and appreciation for local theatre production. The NZ Theatre Month Poster Competition, sponsored by …

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Porirua Chamber of Commerce wound up with Wellington takeover

A Special General Meeting of the Porirua Chamber of Commerce has voted unanimously to wind up the organisation, with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce taking over operations. Announcing the move, outgoing chairperson Euon Murrell said that small chambers such as Porirua are increasingly unsustainable, and become focused on running back office administration rather than actively …

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Local power company Flick Electric sells majority stake to Z Energy

Z Energy has agreed to acquire a 70 percent stake in spot-based electricity retailer Flick Energy as part of its strategic investment in alternative fuels and mobility. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Gavin Evans (BusinessDesk) The country’s biggest fuel retailer has agreed to …

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Laidlaw takes it on the chin at angry bus meeting

Greater Wellington Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw bore the brunt of the audience’s anger at a public meeting about Wellington’s bus network yesterday. The noisy meeting at St Pats College, Kilbirnie, was chaired by Rongotai MP Paul Eagle. It attracted around 300 members of the public from the southern and eastern suburbs who were vocal …

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Delays caused by crash in Porirua, and Remutuka Hill roadworks [UPDATED]

The crash that blocked the right southbound lane after the Mungavin interchange on State Highway 1 near Porirua has now been cleared. All lanes are now clear, but NZTA advises that southbound delays continue, back to the Paremata roundabout. Traffic will also be subject to multiple stoppages all this week on Remutaka Hill State Highway 2 …

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Central Pulse beat rivals Southern Steel in Super Club semi-final

Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse will play Mainland Tactix tonight in the Super Club Grand Final after dominating the Southern Steel 64-55 yesterday. As the Pulse glided through the final quarter, keeping the Steel ten points behind, their devastating last minute Premiership loss just two weeks ago seemed a distant memory. Despite a third quarter …

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Govt bails out Whitireia with $15m after drop in student numbers kills cashflow

Whitireia Polytechnic has received a $15 million capital injection from the government after enrolment numbers plunged last year. Te Auaha, the creative industry complex developed by Whitireia and Weltec polytechnics. Photo by Mark Cubey.  Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced yesterday that the government was responding to a call for financial help from Whitireia, which lost …

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Cosplayers become CAUSEplayers for hospital street appeal

Collectors in character costumes will be volunteering as CAUSEplayers on the streets of the city tomorrow, helping with the annual street appeal for Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital. Cosplay collectors for the Wellington Hospitals Foundation.Photo by Pixie Captured Images Devotees of cosplay (a contraction of the words “costume play”), dress up in self-made costumes and fashion …

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Tertiary students rally for better mental health services

Tertiary students took a fight for better mental health services to Parliament yesterday, rallying in support of a campaign for better mental health in their communities. The students have created The Wait is Over campaign, which wants to make mental health services accessible to all. The students formed a line on Parliament’s lawn, to give …

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Students launch blog to expose sexual harassment

An anonymous #metoo blog was launched at midnight by Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association to collect stories of sexual violence and harassment experienced by students. It follows the model of the blog set up in February by Auckland lawyer and VUW alumni Zoë Lawton, after revelations of inappropriate sexual behaviour at law firm Russell …

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Blood, sweat and tears (of joy) at Richter City Roller Derby

By day, they are mothers, office managers, waitresses and trapeze artists. But on Saturday night at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, they swapped their shoes for skates, and came together to play the all-female full contact sport that is Flat Track Roller Derby. Story and photos by Luke Jackson Skater ‘Suffer Jet’ formed the Wellington league …

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Man Booker-nominated poet drops in with a long take

Poetry riches continue after National Poetry Day, as one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary poets visits Wellington on Tuesday for a one-off LitCrawl event. Robin Robertson has been described by genius novelist John Banville in The Guardian as “one of the finest lyric poets of the age”. Earlier this year, Robertson released a narrative poem …

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Your high five events for Thursday 23 August

Blackouts, living off the grid, wings and beer, feminisms, and many bands you’ve never heard of… these should all be part of “Thor’s day”. The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association invite you to Best Black Out from 9:00am through 5:00pm today: blacking out the university to show your support for the Thursdays in Black …

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Johnsonville crash cleared

A truck crash that blocked northbound lanes of State Highway 1 this morning shortly after 6:00am has now been cleared, according to NZTA. The truck hit the median barrier north of the Johnsonville off-ramp but no injuries were reported, and the scene was cleared shortly after 7:00am  

Globe-trotter to play Hamlet for Wellington Summer Shakespeare

Wellington actor Stevie Hancox-Monk will play the lead role in Wellington Summer Shakespeare’s gender-bending 2019 production of Hamlet, directed by renowned theatrical practitioner David O’Donnell, Associate Professor in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington. The production, which will be staged from Friday 15 February to Saturday 2 March, will be the first time that Summer …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 22 August

Today’s free or relatively inexpensive events – for the children, the parents, the foodies, the musos and the lovers of dark art. Parents and children should be at the Wellington Central Library from opening time (9:30am) for the Baby Rock & Rhyme session of finger dancing and stories, running to 10:00am in the children’s area. …

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Regenerate 8 focuses on food, expands sales to Hutt

The eighth issue of monthly Wellington-based street magazine Regenerate is out now, providing work opportunities for those affected by homelessness or poverty. This issue is focused on food, and Regenerate has received the green light from Hutt City Council to start selling in the Valley. The new Food issue has features on Visa Wellington On …

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Council lawns get renovation love and hybrid turf for spring

Parks and lawns across Wellington are now being renovated with traditional and new techniques though to October, in preparation for expected high usage in the summer months. Some of the central city’s busiest lawns, including Midland Park and Glover Park (pictured above) will be fenced off for up to 30 days to allow new grass …

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Wellington District gets 101 new police, and two new taskforces

An increase to frontline officers, along with a new Precision Targeting Team and Serious and Organised Crime Taskforce, will result from the increased staff allocation to the Wellington District announced yesterday. The new staff were allocated as part of the 1800 additional Police funded nationwide through a $298.8 million increase in Budget 2018. District Commander …

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VR, robots, drones and Lego attract potential engineers

Virtual reality displays, technical challenges, and fun with machines, water, paper, mud and Lego attracted over 2200 parents, students and children to Shed 6 on Queen’s Wharf on Saturday for the annual free public Engineering Expo. Story and photos by Mark Cubey unless credited otherwise The Engineering Expo capped off the third annual Week of …

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Newtown apartments sell off the plans as house prices keep rising

The Wellington property market is showing no sign of slowing down, at a time of year when prices are expected to stall. TradeMe reports that the average asking price for Wellington homes rose 0.2 per cent in June, to $581,500. “There are plenty of buyers actively looking at properties in the capital,” said Head of …

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Lions dominate Otago in first Premiership season game

The Wellington Lions made a great start to the Mitre 10 Premiership rugby season against Otago yesterday, with two converted tries inside the first seven minutes and finishing 34-16. by Luke Jackson While Lion’s winger Wes Gooden (pictured) secured the first 10 points, blindside flanker Vaea Fifita’s charging runs and careful offloads were to thank …

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Good food gets a boost for a second year [UPDATED]

Entries close tomorrow for The Good Food Boost, which gives Wellington start-up food businesses the chance to apply for a six-week mentoring programme. Photo of pomegranates by Nathalie Jolie on Unsplash Applications are open until 5:00pm on Tuesday 21 August for businesses with the potential to successfully promote ‘good food’ across the region – including a focus on …

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Yellow pollen not pollution

The spring weather is spreading pollen across Wellington, and it’s being mistaken for pollution. Reports are being received at the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Pollution Hotline of yellow powder or paint residue coating cars, accumulating in the harbour and streams. These are all deposits of pollen, mostly from pine and macrocarpa plants. Wind pollination is used …

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What Metlink are doing to improve the bus problems

A month after the introduction of changes designed to improve Wellington’s public transport network, Metlink have recognised that for many passengers, the changes aren’t working for them yet. In a statement, Metlink acknowledge that “the change has been uncomfortable, disruptive and at times inefficient. “It’s become obvious as we work to make it better, that …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 18 and 19 August

It’s all about the kids – and KM – this weekend. Walt Disney’s 1941 film Dumbo is a perfect movie. It’s short (64 minutes), brilliantly animated, has terrific songs, and is rated G – though the booze-induced psychedelic pink elephant scenes, mean clowns, stereotypically racist crows, and incarceration of the mother (at least they don’t …

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#WhyWellington: the dog walkers

Spotted in Civic Square by the Town Hall: Wellington’s favourite dog walkers out for a stroll. We hope they enjoy this beautiful Friday afternoon before the wind turns southerly, bringing showers, later this evening. Photo by Mark Cubey

Bus route 18 to be restored after public pressure

The Greater Wellington Regional Council announced yesterday that the route 18 bus service between Miramar and Karori, via Newtown Hospital and Massey and Victoria Universities, will be returned to an off-peak operation, from its present peak-only schedule. This goes part of the way to answering calls for change at last week’s Sustainable Transport meeting. It …

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Special Housing Areas shunned by Council in wake of Shelly Bay decision

An 8-7 vote by yesterday’s meeting of the City Strategy Committee of the WCC removed the special housing legislation that enabled controversial developments in Shelly Bay and Erskine. The legislation enabling nine Special Housing Areas (SHA) in Wellington lapsed this week. Council staff had recommended that this be rolled over until 16 September 2019, in …

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Pipeline across the harbour will provide alternative water supply

A $116 million project aimed at improving water supply resilience for the metropolitan region was approved yesterday at a meeting of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. The Council approved the Cross Harbour Pipeline as the preferred project for an alternative water supply to Wellington City, Wellington City’s water is currently piped from the Hutt Valley …

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NZIFF 2018 breaks Wellington attendance records

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has broken records with 84,218 attendances, the biggest ever total for Wellington. NZIFF has exceeded the previous record set in 2017 by more than 5,000 admissions. Embassy Theatre is the home of NZIFF in Wellington. Photo by Victoria Vincent Wellington audiences attended 605 screenings across six venues over …

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Venison loin dish wins Apprentice Chef competition for young Wellingtonian

Twenty-two year old Liam Wilkie, who is perfecting his skills to be a professional chef at the Copthorne’s One80 Restaurant in Oriental Bay, won the ServiceIQ Champion Apprentice Chef award at the NZ Hospitality Championships on the weekend. The award recognises the outstanding achievement of aspiring chefs who craft a professional career by learning as …

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Mojo swallowed by Cooks in plan for U.S. expansion

Cooks Global Foods will buy Mojo Coffee Cartel for $19 million and support the well-known Wellington chain’s US expansion plans. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk) Auckland-based Cooks Global Foods will pay $11.7 million in cash, $2 million in shares and …

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Uncapped Pulse players jump into new Silver Ferns squad

Te Wānanga o Raukawa Central Pulse wing defence Karin Burger and her 18-year-old teammate, shooter Aliyah Dunn are two of three uncapped players named today by Netball New Zealand for the 2018/19 Silver Ferns squad SKYCITY Mystics wing attack Elisapeta Toeava is the other new player in the 17-strong squad, which features the return to …

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Listen to Ray Ahipene-Mercer on the Sweetman Podcast

Ray Ahipene-Mercer is a musician, luthier, conservationist and former Wellington City Councillor. He talked to Simon Sweetman about music, politics, his recent appointment as chair of Orchestra Wellington, and living in Breaker Bay, for Episode 127 of the Sweetman Podcast. As well as maintaining a long-running blog and writing the book On Song, Wellington writer …

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Joint plan for Movie Museum and Convention Centre abandoned

Plans for a proposed Movie Museum as part of a Convention Centre complex in Cable Street have been abandoned. Artist impression of the proposed Convention Centre and Movie Museum The Wellington City Council and The Movie Museum Limited announced yesterday that a joint project for a Council Convention Centre and TMML Movie Museum that had …

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Lane closures and delays at Mackays Crossing

Major works at Mackays Crossing between Paekakariki and  Paraparaumu are continuing until the end of the month. NZTA advise road users should expect lane closures and an 80km/h speed restriction in both directions until works are complete. Motorists are asked to adhere to lowered speed limit and take extra care.  

Teachers to rally at Parliament in support of strike

Wellington primary teachers, principals and supporters will be gathering at Westpac Stadium at 11:00am today in support of the first strike by teachers in 24 years. The rally will be followed by a march along the concourse to Parliament for a rally starting at midday. Around 29,000 primary teachers, principals and supporters are taking to …

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Quinovic Te Aro scores own goal with online campaign – and apology

The Te Aro franchise of the Quinovic property management group has issued an apology after pulling a Facebook advertising campaign that attacked renters. But the apology has failed to satisfy many renters, landlords and members of the public offended by the campaign. Quinovic Te Aro, which recently moved its office from Lambton Quay to Tory …

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Town Hall deal inked between WCC, NZSO and VUW School of Music

Wellington’s Town Hall moved closer to becoming a centre for civic and cultural events in the city after the signing of a binding Collaboration and Redevelopment Agreement between the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkῑ, and the Wellington City Council. The organisations formally agreed yesterday to redevelop the …

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Crash at Mungavin Interchange

A crash has blocked the right northbound lane of State Highway 1 south of the Mungavin Interchange. Traffic heading north towards Porirua should expect delays, and pass with care. Meanwhile, southbound traffic on Ngauranga Gorge is now flowing freely as the truck breakdown that caused delays to traffic is now clear.

Central Pulse just miss final victory after incredible comeback from Southern Steel

Despite the Central Pulse leading by as much as 11 points in the second quarter, the Southern Steel defended the ANZ Netball Premiership with a single point final score of 54-53. by LUKE JACKSON The Pulse were the favourites heading into the game, after toping the tables and beating the Steel 71-40 at the end …

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Film Festival breaks attendance record – again

Admissions to the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington this year are up 5000 on 2017 – and that’s before extra post-Festival screenings scheduled for this week. At last night’s Closing Night screening of Polish film Cold War (pictured above), Festival director Bill Gosden announced that admissions this year totalled over 83,000, compared to …

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PledgeMe nails half-million goal (updated)

Wellington-based crowdfunding platform PledgeMe Limited launched an equity crowdfunding campaign for themselves on Monday evening, and exceeded their minimum goal of $500,000 today. The pledged funds had increased to $521,929 as of Wednesday morning. In our earlier story, PledgeMe co-founder Anna Guenther (above) was excited by the response. “I think this is a real testament to …

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