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Ngā Taonga cinema and café to close ahead of office move

The café and cinema at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will close at the end of the year, ahead of the office moving next year from Taranaki Street to the National Library building on Molesworth Street. The move of the Wellington office was made necessary with the reclassification of the premises as earthquake prone in …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Close encounters of the capybara kind coming to the Zoo

Wellington Zoo has announced the introduction of a new Capybara Close Encounter for early 2019. The Zoo family of the world’s largest rodents includes one male, Pepe, and females Vara and Iapa, who is the mother to the most recent litter of babies. While bookings for the encounters won’t be available until next year, visitors …

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Witchdoctor enjoys installable smart templates for home voice control

Smart home, smart speakers, smart Amazon… PAT PILCHER gets to grips with installable templates that create new, personalised “skills” for Alexa, Amazon’s voice control technology. 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/ Alexa Skill Blueprints Free …

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Rolling road closures for Thursday’s Vic Uni parade

There will be rolling road closures from Lambton Quay through to Victoria Street tomorrow from 12.00pm for the Victoria University Graduation Parade. The roads that will be closed are Lambton Quay (from Bunny Street to Willis Street), Willis Street (Lambton Quay to Manners Street), Mercer Street and Victoria Street (Mercer Street to Willeston Street). Buses …

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Engineers warned council over quake-damaged building’s design

Wellington City Council went against engineering advice when it approved a major waterfront building that ended up irreparably damaged in the Kaikōura earthquake. RNZ story by reporter Phil Pennington BNZ Harbour Quays building. Photo: RNZ / Phil Pennington Engineers who appraised the building raised multiple concerns about the BNZ Harbour Quays including about how much it might …

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Get summer snapping for Bot Garden’s 150th

The Botanic Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the Wellington City Council is in the second season of 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 …

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Sports clubs fighting for survival

A number of Wellington sports clubs are featured in a nationwide survey that has revealed nearly two-thirds of them are either losing money or just breaking even. RNZ story by digital and sport journalist Bridget Tunnicliffe In the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association’s inaugural national survey of clubs, 22 per cent of respondents said their …

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Wellington property prices hit a new high for the third consecutive month

The average asking property price in Wellington hit a new high for the third consecutive month in November, climbing 9.4 per cent on last year to $616,700. “That’s a $50,000 increase in 12 months,” according to Head of Trade Me Property Nigel Jeffries. He said every region in the country experienced a year-on-year increase, with …

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Thinking about public transport costs (opinion)

In Part 4 of their Reasonable Expectations series, Talk Wellington ask how much public transport costs Wellington (not much) and how much it should cost… Talk Wellington aims to bring good quality information about urban environments and transport systems to people of the Wellington region. “If ya pay peanuts, you get monkeys”, and, with no disrespect …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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New handrail, lights and paint job next year for Seatoun Tunnel

The Seatoun Tunnel will have its pedestrian handrail extended and receive new LED lighting alongside earthquake strengthening work in early 2019. The work is part of an ongoing programme by the Wellington City Council to improve the safety and accessibility of Wellington’s earthquake prone structures. Alongside the essential strengthening work, plans include extending the existing …

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WCC vote on $154m convention centre this week

The Wellington City Council will decide on Thursday whether to proceed with a new Convention and Exhibition Centre. Artist’s impression of the proposed convention centre on Cable Street It will consider a proposal that the centre be developed on Council-owned land on Cable Street, opposite Te Papa, at a cost of $154.3million. The building with …

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Man injured in gang shooting in Stokes Valley

Police are continuing to make enquiries after a 39-year-old man was shot in Stokes Valley. The man received moderate injuries after being shot at an address on Hanson Street shortly before midnight on Saturday, and  remains in hospital. A short time after the incident, Police received a barrage of calls from the public describing what sounded …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Witchdoctor looks forward to guilt-free air travel

Travel lover PAT PILCHER gets excited about the potential for electro-aerodynamic-powered planes. Can travel finally be guilt free?. 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/ Some people smoke, but my guilty pleasure is travel. …

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Consultation closing on a new community for Upper Stebbings Valley

Public feedback on a Wellington City Council plan for a future community in Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West closes at 8.00pm next Sunday, 16 December. With 80,000 more people expected to be living in Wellington by 2043, more homes are urgently needed. The Council wants public feedback on a future northern community in one …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Kumutoto public space blessed at opening

The North Kumutoto public space on Wellington’s waterfront was officially opened this week by Mayor Justin Lester, following a blessing from Taranaki Whanui. Kumutoto North opening with Mayor Justin Lester and dignitaries The ceremony acknowledged the many contractors and consultants who collaborated with the Wellington City Council to create the $7 million public space project. …

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Wellington councillors push for wider liquor ban

Wellington City Councillors have asked their staff to reconsider saying no to liquor bans in Kelburn and Kilbirnie. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney The councillors voted at Thursday’s City Strategy Meeting to adopt a new alcohol control policy, but added amendments during discussion for consultation to be done with people living in the two …

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Song of celebration sets the stage for Te Matatini 2019

Artists and performers have come together to create a song to promote Māori performing arts in preparation for the world’s largest kapa haka festival. RNZ story by Te Manu Korihi reporter Eden More Photo: RNZ/ Eden More Ten people from performers, tutors or composers of kapa haka, or with a background in the Māori performing …

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Fairfax raids Stuff kitty in lead up to Nine merger

Australia’s Fairfax Media Group raided Stuff’s kitty ahead of a planned merger with broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co, which doesn’t see a home for the New Zealand unit. 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 Stuff paid $22.5 million in dividends to its Australian parent …

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Sports and community benefit with $2.2m funding nod for Johnsonville

A sports and community hub for Johnsonville’s Alex Moore Park is one step closer after Wellington City Councillors unanimously approved $2.2 million in funding at yesterday’s meeting of the City Strategy Committee. Six local organisations ­ Johnsonville Cricket Club, Johnsonville Rugby Club, North Wellington Senior Football Club, North Wellington Junior Football Club, Olympic Harrier and …

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Helpers needed for next Friday’s Night Shelter appeal

The Wellington Night Shelter is holding a Street Appeal next Friday, the first since the organisation opened in 1970 – and it is calling for helpers. The appeal is to raise funds for running costs and ongoing refurbishment to update the accommodation facilities accessed by over 300 men every year. The Wellington Night Shelter provides …

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Why Island Bay and the “Newtown Connections” matter (opinion)

Why does stuff in the southern suburbs matter when it’s not my backyard, and when there are other cycleway type projects happening elsewhere in the region to pay attention to? Opinion by Talk Wellington, an organisation aiming to bring good quality information about urban environments and transport systems to people of the Wellington region.  If …

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Learners’ pool closed at Naenae – it’s earthquake prone

The learners’ pool at Naenae Swimming Pool has been closed to the public after an engineer’s report found the learners’ pool building to be below the required building standard. Hutt City Council General Manager of City and Community Services Matt Reid says an engineer’s report on the learners’ pool building, which was added to the …

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Huge schedule of events for Wellington this summer

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Trade Me attracts another suitor with a sweeter offer

Trade Me has attracted a second private equity suitor willing to pay $2.56 billion for the country’s dominant online marketplace. 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 The Wellington-based company said yesterday it has received a non-binding indicative offer from Hellman & …

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Playground feedback needed by Friday

The Wellington City Council is reminding residents to provide feedback on some draft plans for playground upgrades in Wellington. The playgrounds are Glamorgan Park Playground in Northland, Larsen Park and Taylor Park playgrounds in Tawa, Jeypore Playground in Berhampore, and Seatoun Park Playground. The deadline for feedback is 5.00pm, Friday 7 December 2018. More information, …

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QV data for November shows Wellington house prices still rising

The wider Wellington region recorded a 4 per cent quarterly increase and an 8.1 per cent annual rise in the latest Quotable Value house price index. 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 Jenny Ruth Quotable Value says its nationwide house price index rose 3.5 …

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Electronic counters monitoring increased cycling activity

New electronic counters installed in the roads on key Wellington traffic routes will provide more accurate and up-to-date monitoring of cycling patterns. The installation of the new counters and improved provision of online data, will help with the planning of paths, lanes and other changes to make it safer and easier for more people to …

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Orchestra Wellington release epic 2019 programme and live double vinyl LP

Orchestra Wellington have released what music director Marc Taddei is calling an “epic” programme of monumental classical works for 2019, alongside the first New Zealand independently produced classical vinyl release in 30 years. Marc Taddei describes each of the works in the programme as a “monument” of classical music, “introducing developments so important that the …

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Man charged with murder after Petone decapitation

A man has appeared in Lower Hutt District Court charged with murder in relation to the death of a 71-year-old man in Petone on Friday night. Police confirmed speculation in the Petone community yesterday that the homicide involved a decapitation. Police have confirmed that the deceased was Francis Tyson, of Petone. Police are continuing to …

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Witchdoctor asks why we pay what we do for Netflix and Amazon content

Why do New Zealanders pay more per show from Netflix and Amazon Prime than our overseas counterparts? PAT PILCHER investigates. 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/ At Witchdoctor we’ve frequently bemoaned the sad state …

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Consents quashed for $500m Shelly Bay development

The Court of Appeal has quashed resource consents that were granted for a $500 million development in Wellington at Shelly Bay. Story by RNZ Artists impression of Shelly Bay development. Photo supplied. The Court of Appeal found that the Wellington City Council made an error of law when determining whether or not to grant the …

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Decapitation confirmed in Petone homicide

Police have confirmed speculation in the Petone community that the homicide of a 71-year-old man on Friday involved a decapitation. Detective Inspector Shane Cotter said that Police were called to a Jackson Street address around 9.50pm on Friday, where a 71-year-old man was found dead. A 41-year-old man was arrested on unrelated matters and appeared …

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Firebirds flame on with bat and ball to claim 2018 Ford Trophy

In a nailbiting Ford Trophy Grand Final in Dunedin, the Wellington Firebirds edged out the the Otago Volts home team for a three-wicket win. By New Zealand Cricket One of the great Ford Trophy Grand Finals went down to the final overs after a dramatic, see-sawing match. Both teams suffered top order collapses but fought …

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Six drivers didn’t care about impairment, say Police

An impairment prevention operation held on Friday night in Wellington saw Police stop drivers of 3436 vehicles over four hours at two locations. Six drivers stopped in the start of the summer campaign to encourage road safety were over the breath alcohol limit, with two registering over 400mg. “These people clearly don’t care about their …

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Investigation continues into murder of 71-year-old in Petone

Police are continuing their investigation into the homicide of a 71-year-old man in Petone on Friday. Detective Inspector Shane Cotter said that Police were called to a Jackson Street address around 9.50pm on Friday, where a 71-year-old man was found dead. Examination of the scene was continued today, and Petone residents will notice an increased …

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Journalists: think vertical, think phones, think diversity

International mobile journalism innovator and trainer Yusuf Omar will challenge local  journalists and educators to think vertically through their phones at the JEANZ conference later this month. Yusuf Omar is a guest speaker at the annual Journalism Education Association of New Zealand conference, which takes place this year on 13 and 14 December at Te …

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Witchdoctor loves the style of the affordable Nokia 7.1

It looks more like a piece of designer jewellery than a phone… PAT PILCHER checks out Nokia’s newest shiny thing. 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/ Nokia 7.1 RRP $598.00 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 …

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Beers at the Basin returns (updated: limited door sales released)

Wellington’s largest summer beer event returns to the Basin Reserve tomorrow (Saturday 1 December) with just 50 door sales available. Beers at the Basin is an all-day event (11.00am to 7.00pm) at the iconic cricket venue, hosting 26 breweries and six wineries from around New Zealand, and showcasing over 100 different beer and cider varietals, …

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Wellington Advent Calendar returns – with Mittens

The fame of Wellington’s favourite feline is about to grow with the fearless cat featuring in the 2018 edition of the popular online Wellington Advent Calendar, which launches tomorrow. Mittens; photo by Sam Thacker Mittens, the eight-year-old Turkish angora that has captured locals’ hearts with his tendency to roam the city visiting restaurants, shops and …

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Streets closed on Sunday for Thorndon Fair

Thorndon’s annual fair returns this weekend (as always, the first Sunday in December), from 10.0am to 3.00pm. The event usually attracts over 20,000 people and 250 stallholders, with an entertainment zone and varied food options. Thorndon Fair is run by Thorndon School, and is the School’s main annual fundraiser. Entry is by gold coin donation, …

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Sound and screen consolidation eyed with MediaWorks and QMS merger

Local broadcaster MediaWorks and ASX-listed outdoor advertising firm QMS Media have signed a conditional deal to merge the New Zealand businesses in the latest round of media industry consolidation. 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 The media companies have entered into a heads …

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Your high five events for Friday 30 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Poet, novelist and screen play editor Anne …

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Witchdoctor stays safe with Norton Security Premium

PAT PILCHER dives deep into security to check out Norton’s latest offering. 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/ Norton Security Premium RRP $114.99 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 Critics argue that one of the ironies …

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Test offers last chance to visit Cricket Museum before strengthening

December’s cricket Test between the Blackcaps and Sri Lanka offers the public the last chance to see the New Zealand Cricket Museum in its current form, before the earthquake strengthening and refurbishment of the Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand. Since opening in November 1987, the Museum has occupied the former-dining room of the Museum Stand (above). …

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Your high five events for Thursday 29 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As part of the Science for Lunch series …

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Shakti Wellington Refuge launches crowdfunding campaign

Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group has launched a crowdfunding campaign and petition for the immediate survival of Shakti Wellington Refuge and Shakti Youth’s work to end forced and underage marriages. Shakti’s crowdfunding campaign during 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence will feature the release of 16 portraits of 16 activists in Asian, Middle Eastern …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 28 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Public Share collective is celebrating the anniversary …

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Wellington personal trainer judged best in NZ

Wellington’s Ngarama Milner-Olsen was named New Zealand’s best personal trainer at the Exercise NZ awards in Auckland on Saturday night. Ngarama Milner-Olsen (left), New Zealand’s best personal trainer The Exercise Industry Awards have been recognising excellence in the exercise industry since 2005, awarding those contributing to the health and wellness of New Zealanders through exercise …

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Despite the rain, garden water restrictions still in place

As heavy rain continues to batter Wellington, with a severe weather warning in place this morning, garden water restrictions continue in the region. Over 200mmm of rain fell in 24 hours overnight in the Tararua ranges, causing many Wairarapa rivers to run extremely high yesterday. There was surface flooding in some areas, and Dalefield School …

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Witchdoctor sees Panasonic play a winning OLED hand

Can Panasonic grab back some of the limelight with its new OLED TV? PAT PILCHER offers his verdict. 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/ Panasonic FZ950 OLED TV RRP $4,878.00 (65”) Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 27 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As part of Experience Week, you can …

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Dump runway extension, say Eastern suburbs residents

Locals opposed to the lengthening of Wellington Airport’s runway are asking for an application for resource consent to be thrown out. RNZ story by Wellington Issues reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Last month the airport asked the Environment Court for more time for its application for consent. In March this year the airport asked for proceedings to …

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Your high five events for Monday 26 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Joy is… Christmas at Capital E (4 …

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Missing man found safe and well

Hutt Valley Police report that missing man Wade Chout has been found safe and well. He was located yesterday evening in the Hutt Valley. His family has been notified. He was reported missing  on Wednesday morning, after he jumped from a moving vehicle on Whitemans Road in Silverstream.  

Witchdoctor experiences pure coolness

Snuffling up a storm thanks to pet hair or high pollen counts? PAT PILCHER takes a look at air pollution and a potential problem solver from Dyson. 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/ …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 24 and 25 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Lambton Quay is closed to …

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Don’t Guess the YES campaign launches today

A campaign continuing the drive to change attitudes and behaviours around alcohol consumption and sexual consent launched today in Wellington. Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Ben Quinn Hospitality New Zealand Wellington branch has joined forces with Wellington Police and the Wellington City Council for the Don’t Guess the Yes campaign, with support from Sexual Assault Prevention …

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Kiwibank customers “appalled” by branch closures

Kiwibank customers are outraged at news their local branches in Johnsonville, Petone and Stoke are being closed. RNZ story by Alex Ashton @AlexGPAshton [email protected] Photo: RNZ The state-owned bank yesterday announced the closures, but plan to open 13 new, stand-alone bank branches, which would not be associated with a post shop. Outside the Johnsonville branch yesterday, locals …

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Basin Reserve’s lack of facilities for women and disabled “unacceptable”

Wellington City councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says it’s unacceptable the Basin Reserve does not cater sufficiently for women and those with disabilities, but says the council is addressing the situation. RNZ story by Zoë George from the podcast Fair Play. Ladies Only sign at the Basin Reserve Photo: RNZ This follows an investment by the council of $7 million …

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Road closures and bus diversions for this weekend’s Very Welly Christmas

All lanes of Lambton Quay and seven surrounding streets will be closed this weekend for the two-day celebrations of A Very Welly Christmas. Lambton Quay will be closed from the intersection of Whitmore and Bowen Streets to Willis Street from 12.15am on Saturday 24 November until 11.50pm Sunday 25 November. Sections of the following streets …

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Tawa flies flags to celebrate vibrant community

Forty-three flags are now fluttering from power poles in Tawa, promoting local spirit and the community. Tawa Business Group, Tawa Residents Association, and Tawa Community Board dreamed up the project to highlight the northern suburb community, and engaged locals to take the project from logo and flag design to completion over a two-year period. Local …

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Bus diversions and road closures for Petone Twilight Xmas Parade tonight

The Petone Twilight Christmas Parade 2018 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm tonight will involve road closures and changes to bus services. Jackson Street will be closed from Petone Avenue to Cuba Street. Elizabeth Street will be closed from Jackson Street to Buick Street. Buick Street will be closed from Elizabeth Street to The Esplanade. Bus services on …

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Your high five events for Friday 23 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In October, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked …

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Body at beach confirmed as missing Khandallah woman

The body recovered at a Wairarapa beach yesterday has been formally identified, with Police confirming it is Sonam Shelar, who was reported missing on Saturday from Cashmere Avenue, Wellington. The body was found by surfers around lunchtime, and a  post mortem is now complete. The investigation continues, with the Police National Dive Squad undertaking a …

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Last day tomorrow for submissions on quake-prone ‘priority’ buildings

Submissions close at 5.00pm tomorrow, 23 November, for Wellington City Council’s consultation to identify priority earthquake-prone buildings. Some priority buildings are identified by Government legislation and others by councils in consultation with their community. The aim is to ensure the cities are safe for the public and can continue to operate following a damaging quake. …

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It’s Crunch Time for Scoop.co.nz – an Open Letter to Scoop supporters and readers

To: All Readers and Supporters of Scoop From: Alastair Thompson, co-founder, former editor and director of Scoop Independent News Dear Readers and Supporters, Scoop‘s services are not currently sustainable, and unless they become so in a relatively short space of time, we will be unable to continue to provide them. Scoop provides two quality professional …

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British private equity firm signals $2.54b takeover of Trade Me

Trade Me Group says British private equity firm Apax Partners has approached it with a non-binding indicative offer to take it over for $6.40 per share. 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 Jenny Ruth The share price offer is a 25.5 percent premium to Tuesday’s close …

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Witchdoctor casts from the couch with new Chromecast

It’s one the least-hyped pieces of hardware recently launched by Google, but does the low profile of the latest Chromecast mean it isn’t a good buy? PAT PILCHER checks it out. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming …

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Police concerns grow for missing Khandallah woman

As the search for 26-year-old Khandallah woman Sonam Shelar moves into another day, Police concerns are growing for her safety. Sonam Shelar, who is five months pregnant was last seen at 8.30am on Saturday 17 November, on Cashmere Avenue, Khandallah. “We are urging residents in the neighbourhood to please ensure they check their sheds, backyards …

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NZSO partners with City Mission for Christmas

As part of a new partnership with The Wellington City Mission, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is supporting the charity’s annual Christmas Star Appeal. At the NZSO’s two concerts in December –  Christmas Brass and Messiah – audience members can donate food or funds at the concerts to City Mission volunteers. “We’re delighted that our …

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Listen to Bronwyn Turei on the Sweetman Podcast

Bronwyn Turei is one of the new mainstays at Circa Theatre, performing in comedy, drama, musicals, pantomimes and playing different genders, species, ethnicities – all part of the job of making it as an actor. She’s also been on screen, as the character Cody on the Go Girls television series, and has been in bands …

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Property prices keep rising; Wgtn average now over $600,000

Wellington’s average asking price cracked the $600,000 mark for the first time after climbing 9.9 per cent on last year to reach $602,950, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. The Wellington property market continued its upward trend in October with many districts in the region breaking records. “ The latest rateable value …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 21 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The 13th annual Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry …

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Police continue search for pregnant Khandallah woman (updated)

Wellington Police have increased the size of the team searching for Khandallah woman Sonam Shelar. Sonam Shelar, who is 26 years old and five months pregnant was last seen at 8.30am on Saturday 17 November, on Cashmere Avenue, Khandallah. “We have real concerns for her safety and need people to keep an eye out for …

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Scholarships for acting, costume, set and props awarded at Toi Whakaari

Toi Whakaari has announced the winners of this year’s Bill Guest and Ruku Ao award scholarships, with many generous donations allowing four awards to be made – the most ever – at last week’s graduation ceremony. Toi Whakaari First‐year Costume student and 2018 Bill Guest Award‐winner, Briony Finnigan, with the man who the award is …

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Consultation ends next week for Karori improvement project

Your feedback on the proposed options outlined as part of the community engagement for the Karori Town Centre’s Public Space Improvement Project is due by next Tuesday, 28 November. You can provide feedback on four design options on display at the Karori Library and Karori Community Centre, or this Have Your Say page on the WCC …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 20 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Cook’s Voyages – The True Cost opened …

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Fish out your pics for Taputeranga’s 10-year photo competition

Island Bay’s Taputeranga Marine Reserve is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, and has a photography challenge for you. Help encourage the appreciation of Taputeranga Marine Reserve through photography, while snorkeling, diving or simply enjoying the Wellington South Coast. The photography competition, has two categories – Underwater and Topside – and entrants can enter two images in …

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Your high five events for Monday 19 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Want to know the legend behind the …

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Witchdoctor says it’s “she-oh-me” as Chinese giant lands in NZ

Electronics brand Xiaomi, China’s equivalent to Apple, hits the Kiwi market. PAT PILCHER gets hands on with one of the company’s smartphones. 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/ Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S RRP$799 Witchdoctor …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 17 and 18 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In response to World Day …

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Teachers strike in Wellington today

Primary teachers conclude a week of industrial action today, with schools closed throughout the Wellington region. A meeting for Wellington, Wellington North and Te Kura branch members will take place at the Opera House at 11.00am this morning, followed by a march to Civic Square for a rally. Other 11.00 meetings will be held for …

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Wordsmiths take the pith(y) at Plain English awards

Eliminate adjectives. Shorten sentences. Spellcheck. Proofread. Winners kept it short and tight last night as the thirteenth annual Plain English Awards went going, going, gong at City Gallery Wellington. By Mark Cubey “All hail Justin.” The Mayor showed up, as he always does (election 2019 started a few months back). He was introduced by largely …

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Restrengthening plan to close Old St Paul’s

A multi-million-dollar fundraising appeal for building restoration has been launched to strengthen historic Old St Paul’s in central Wellington, ahead of its temporary closure next year to allow the work to be carried out. Old St Paul’s, completed in 1866, is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, with support from the Friends of …

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Nothing Else On for 22 years: the Atomic Party People story in Audioculture

There are club nights – and there are epochal Wellington club nights. It’s 1996. Jim Bolger was in his third term as Prime Minister of New Zealand, with soon-to-be deputy PM Winston Peters about to become a thorn in his side. Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is born in Takapuna. Station manager Mark Cubey is moving Radio …

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Witchdoctor susses budget telly smarts

In his quest to bypass broadcast TV, PAT PILCHER checks out the Alfawise TV Box. 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/ Alfawise TV Box RRP $61.00 Witchdoctor rating: 8/10 At Witchdoctor, we have …

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Your high five events for Friday 16 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Enjoy a fun morning today (from 10:00am) …

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Dignity milestone achieved for second birthday

Wellington startup Dignity NZ celebrates its second birthday tonight, and reached another impressive milestone this week, with 10,000 pads and tampons donated to school girls around the country. The Dignity NZ team, from left: co-founder Miranda Hitchings, Hester Reich, co-founder Jacinta Gulasekharam, and Sophie MacDonald. Wellington entrepreneurs Jacinta Gulasekharam and Miranda Hitchings founded the business …

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Buttons push message at Children’s Holocaust Memorial

The Children’s Holocaust Memorial will be officially launched at the National Library in Wellington today, honouring the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust, including children related to New Zealand’s own Holocaust survivors and refugees. The Children’s Holocaust Memorial is the first of its kind in the world, and an initiative of the Holocaust Centre …

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Guilford’s call for voluntary redundancies gobsmacks VUW staff

The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has asked the Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria University of Wellington, Grant Guilford, to be clear about his plans for the future of the university, after all staff were sent an email on Tuesday inviting them to apply for voluntary redundancy. The email from Professor Guilford (pictured above) advised staff members …

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Dame Annette King heading to Canberra

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Dame Annette King as High Commissioner to Australia. The former Rongotai MP was Parliament’s longest serving female MP, with 30 years’ service, from 1996 to 2017. She held a number of senior Cabinet portfolios in the fifth Labour Government, including Justice, Police and Health, and …

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RNZ Review: David Byrne at Wellington’s TSB Arena

RNZ Music’s KIRSTEN JOHNSTONE is overwhelmed by the incredible display of musicianship, movement, and joy on stage at David Byrne’s TSB Arena show in Wellington last night. David Byrne and band Photo: Bruce Mackay / Darker Arts Live See the full gallery at Undertheradar.co.nz I already know it’s going to be good. Variety called it “the most exhilarating touring …

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Campaign for tamariki raises nearly $5000 with 6300 minutes of cycling

Wellington student Mana Williams-Eade, who spent most of last week pedalling on a stationary cycle, has raised $4745 for New Zealand children living in state care. Mana Williams-Eade, who has been Cycling for Tamariki all week, with Mayor Justin Lester Mana Williams-Eade spent time in state care, and now works for Oranga Tamariki when he’s …

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Capital commemorates centenary of city’s worst natural disaster

The influenza pandemic that started in 1918 killed 757 people in Wellington. with most of those people buried in Karori Cemetery. This Sunday at the cemetery the 1918 Influenza Project will acknowledge of the centenary of this momentous event in the capital’s history. Ambulances in front of Town Hall REF: natlibgovtnz:emu:PAColl-748969 The 757 people killed …

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‘We think it can be a safe place for kiwi to live’

Kiwi could soon be roaming through Wellington backyards if an ambitious project to kill their predators is successful. RNZ story by journalist Dan Dalgety @DanDalgetyNZ [email protected] Capital Kiwi founder Paul Ward and Terawhiti Station director Michael Grace. Photo: RNZ / Dan Dalgety The community group Capital Kiwi wants to set 4400 traps to eradicate stoats, ferrets …

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Listen to Gerry Paul on the Sweetman Podcast

Gerry Paul is a musician, children’s entertainer, tour promoter, event organiser, session player and creative live wire. He co-created the music festival Coastella, is one of the event organisers of CubaDupa, and has been instrumental in forging connections between New Zealand and Ireland, most recently with a  big Irish Festival across three cities in New Zealand that kicks …

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Wellington primary schools to close on Friday as teachers strike again

In the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, more than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. RNZ story by reporter Katie Scotcher @katiescotcher [email protected] In August, teachers and principals …

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Your high five events for Monday 12 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The New Zealand Psychological Society is holding …

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Witchdoctor lays new cables and connections for a Supra audio experience

RICHARD VAREY discovers a Supra feast of fidelity while auditioning audio offerings. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read this story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ This is just what my audio system has been waiting for. It started a few …

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Armistice Centenary commemorated this weekend

At 11am on 11 November, Aotearoa New Zealand will mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. A range of commemorative events are taking place across Wellington. The Government will acknowledge the centenary with a number of events at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, with the National …

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Sustain in the brain: go green this weekend

The Go Green Expo, New Zealand’s Largest Green Living & Sustainable Lifestyle Show, is at the TSB Arena this weekend from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. If you’re trying to live a healthy, environmentally friendly, sustainable lifestyle, check out the stands featuring eco building, food and beverages, advisory services, supplements, organic products, health and wellness, beauty …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 10 and 11 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As well as Armistice Day …

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Kakariki numbers up 700%, as capital’s native bird species boom

Boom! It’s not the sound of a kakapo, but many other native bird species are causing an explosive increase in the dawn chorus across Wellington. The capital’s annual bird count shows that all native bird species are on the increase in the city’s reserves, with kakariki numbers increasing about 700 per cent since 2011. Beyond …

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St James fix-up tops $30m; delayed reopening affects NZ Festival

The cost to fix one of Wellington’s most important theatres is likely to be $16 million more than first thought, with required strengthening work keeping it closed until at least September 2020. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] The extended closure of the Courtenay Place theatre – it was expected to reopen late next year –  …

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Your high five events for Friday 9 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In the Dr Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture …

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Remutaka Hill SH2 now open (update)

NZTA advise that SH2 Remutaka Hill is now open. It was closed earlier today  due to hau pūkeri (strong winds). Severe gale northwesterlies continue to batter Wellington and the southern Wairarapa, so please take extra care when driving, especially in high-sided vehicles or on motorcycles.  

Witchdoctor says “maaaaate” to the Mate 20 Pro – a perfect 10

PAT PILCHER continues his love affair with Huawei smartphones with the Mate 20 Pro. So what’s to love about this phone? Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read this story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Huawei Mate 20 Pro RRP $1,499 …

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Your high five events for Thursday 8 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. To celebrate the stories, potential, and hope …

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Eleven bells for Armistice centenary, then cacophonous chorus

The Rangimarie peace bell of the National War Memorial Carillon will toll eleven times to mark the start of the two-minute silence of remembrance at 11.00am on Sunday at the official Armistice Centenary National Ceremony in Wellington. Then, at 11.02am, a celebratory fanfare will be played by the full bells of the carillon, the third largest in …

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Remember Kristallnacht, fight fascism, embrace hope and violins

On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, it’s time to look back 80 years and ask: who makes the Nazis? Then look forward with hope and music. By Mark Cubey Smashed windows of a Jewish business in Germany after Kristallnacht, 1938 In case you were wondering, it’s fine after the events of the last 12 months to call …

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Historic Wellington wharf recommended for demolition

Much-loved historic wharfs are in need of urgent repairs, say council officers. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] The East by West ferry still uses the Seatoun wharf which needs repairs. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson Officers are asking the council to sign off on $4 million over 10 years to fix the wharfs. They would …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 7 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Watch a free performance of Kapa Haka …

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Clyde Quay, St Mary’s and Wellington East students win new digital awards

Teams from Clyde Quay School, St Mary’s College and Wellington East Girls College were announced Wellington regional winners of the inaugural Tahi Rua Toru Tech national championship at a ceremony last night. The new digital technology championship launched in April with the backing of the Ministry of Education and is open to all New Zealand …

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PM presents Porirua teacher with inaugural music award

The inaugural Tui award for Music Teacher of the Year was presented last night to Porirua teacher Elizabeth Sneyd at the third annual Artisan Awards, alongside awards for producer, engineer, music video and album cover. The awards for behind-the-scenes achievers are part of the annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, and were held at Massey …

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Witchdoctor travels with an enviable companion

PAT PILCHER settles in for the long haul as he checks out HP’s Envy x360. 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/ HP Envy x360 RRP $1,803 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 When heading overseas, be …

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WelTec to swallow Whitireia in merger, closing Kāpiti campus

A proposal announced yesterday would see two troubled tertiary institutes in the Wellington region merge, with Whitireia Community Polytechnic integrated into the Wellington Institute of Technology in an effort to strengthen their combined financial position. The organisational change proposal, E Tū Ma Tātou – Our People, Our Challenges, Our Future, would also see the closure of Whitireia’s …

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Nine million-dollar suburbs in Wellington as property values skyrocket

Three suburbs that posted average valuations exceeding one million dollars in the 2015 QV adjustment– Seatoun, Oriental Bay and Kelburn – have been joined by six more in the latest round, as values in those suburbs leap nearly 50 per cent. But the increases shown in Broadmeadows, Hataitai, Khandallah, Mount Victoria, Northland, Te Aro and Thorndon were …

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Listen to Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking on the Sweetman Podcast

Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking aka Pirate & Queen talk to Simon Sweetman for Episode 139 of the Sweetman Podcast. In their second podcast chat (the first one was podcast # 86 last year in which they explain their history creating LitCrawl), Mabey and Laking (above) are joined by the new addition to their family – baby Charlie who …

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Phoenix succumb to weather and Wanderers in 3-0 defeat

Results didn’t go Wellington Phoenix’s way on the weekend as the football team were soundly beaten 3-0 at home by Western Sydney Wanderers. The Westpac Stadium game was the Phoenix’s first defeat of the A-league 2018/19 season. The tough weather conditions had an effect on both teams with long passes going astray for the majority …

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“Frankincense” gifts gold to Spelling Bee champ

Marlborough Boys’ College Year 10 student George Turner spelled the word “frankincense” correctly yesterday to be named New Zealand Spelling Bee 2018 champion at City Gallery. In his second run at the national competition Turner triumphed over hundreds of students from more than 100 schools, after coming runner-up in the 2017 competition. He takes away …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 3 and 4 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The Clyde Quay School Spring …

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Prepared for an earthquake? Yeah, nah.

A survey of Wellington residents revealed that only 15% of respondents had completed more than half of 18 recommended earthquake preparedness actions. The project, carried out in November 2017 by Victoria University of Wellington PhD students Amanda Wallis (above left) and Lauren Vinnell (right), and funded by Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, collected data from over …

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Eastern Porirua to receive $1.5b housing regeneration

The Government has announced that it will spend $1.5 billion over 25 years to revitalise housing in eastern Porirua, with plans for 2000 new KiwiBuild homes and 2900 renewed state houses. The Eastern Porirua regeneration will transform the suburbs of Ranui, Cannons Creek, Waitangirua and Ascot Park. The partnership with Ngāti Toa in the west …

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Your high five events for Friday 2 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Come and hear two inspiring speakers – Chlöe Swarbrick MP and …

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It’s all about the plant-based meals on World Vegan Day

Today is World Vegan Day, and as well as delicious plant-based meals on many menus, there is karma in the air. William Sitwell, the editor of upmarket UK magazine Waitrose Food, has resigned after outraged reaction to a BuzzFeed News story on Monday. The article revealed that Sitwell responded to an email from freelance journalist …

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Rita scores trifecta at hospitality awards

Boutique Aro Valley restaurant Rita received three awards at the recent 2018 Felix Wellington Hospitality Awards, as the industry celebrated outstanding hospitality professionals and establishments making a positive impact on Wellington’s café and dining scene. Rita co-owners Kelda Hains (third from left), Paul Schrader (right) and Matt Hawkes (second from right), with the Rita team. …

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Bid for Mojo by Cooks Global Foods falls through

The bid by Cooks Global Foods to buy Wellington-based Mojo Coffee Cartel for $19 million fell through yesterday when conditions weren’t met. 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 Rebecca Howard Cooks had offered to pay $11.7 million in cash, about $2 million in …

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What will you do when the big one comes?

This week’s earthquake is a reminder that no one in the Wellington region can tell when are major disaster might strike. Are you prepared? The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMOnz) are holding a series of Plan and Prepare Workshops, starting this evening in Wadestown. In a hui of korero, sharing and networking among neighbours, …

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Wellington climber survives avalanche that killed two guides

Two mountain guides have died and climber Jo Morgan has survived after an avalanche near Aoraki / Mt Cook. Story by RNZ Jo Morgan Photo: Facebook Jo Morgan, a well-known adventurer, was with two professional mountain guides on Harper Saddle on Mt Hicks, near Aoraki / Mt Cook when they were caught in the avalanche. The bodies …

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Bus stopped by armed cops after Berhampore robbery

Armed police stopped a bus in Kent Terrace this morning following a report of a robbery in Berhampore shortly after 7.00am. Police were seeking a male following the attempted robbery of an individual on the street in Berhampore. The victim was not hurt in the incident, but initial information suggested the robbery may have involved a weapon, …

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Neologisms, oxymorons and onomatopoeia will test sagacious orthographers

Nineteen of New Zealand’s top young orthographers will be challenged with difficult words as they battle to become the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee champion this Saturday. Year 9 and 10 students competing at the event’s national final at City Gallery have emerged from hundreds of entries from secondary schools and colleges around New Zealand …

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Free Christmas Day travel on public transport

Yesterday’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of Greater Wellington Regional Council approved a proposal for passengers to travel free on Christmas Day on the Wellington region’s buses and trains. In a press release from the GWRC, Sustainable Transport Committee Chair Cr Barbara Donaldson said she was “delighted” that the proposal from Chief Executive Greg …

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Strike over for now, with mediation scheduled

Wellington bus drivers taking strike action returned to work from 2.00am this morning as a sign of good faith ahead of mediation tomorrow. Wellington Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the strike, which began last Thursday, resulted in a withdrawal of labour by around half of the drivers employed by Tranzit’s subsidary businesses Tranzurban Wellington …

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Food rescue milestone as Kaibosh turns 10

Wellington’s food rescue charity Kaibosh is celebrating 10 years of rescuing and redistributing food in the Wellington region. George and Robyn Langlands of Kaibosh in 2009. Photo by  Mike Heydon During that time, Kaibosh has rescued more than one million kilos of quality surplus food, provided 2.9 million meals worth of healthy food to people …

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Wellington Zoo globally recognised for sustainability

Wellington Zoo, the capital’s oldest conservation organisation, has won the inaugural World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Environmental Sustainability Award. Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield with the WAZA Award The Zoo cemented its pace as a world leader for progressive zoos and aquariums in sustainability when it received the award at the 73rd Annual WAZA Conference …

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Porirua community demands help after six suicides: ‘It’s just too many’

Porirua people are demanding urgent help after six suicides and a death in a car accident since June. RNZ story by reporter Phil Pennington @pjppenn [email protected] Porirua College principal Ragne Maxwell says “It’s just too many”. Photo: RNZ / Phil Pennington Five of the suicides were of people under 30 and many of them had left high school …

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Rents keep rising in Wellington – and nationwide

Tenants in Wellington should expect rents to keep rising, with median rents up 6.7 per cent compared to last year, hitting $480.00 per week in September. And the increases are being experienced all across the region. “While the median weekly rent in Wellington City has seen strong annual growth of 9.3 per cent to $530.00, …

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Be someone’s star this Christmas

The Wellington City Mission’s Christmas Star Appeal launched today, giving you the chance to “be someone’s star” and help people in need across the Wellington region this Christmas. Mayor Justin Lester and Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge at the launch this morning. Photo by Huup Waagen Last Christmas hundreds of people across the Wellington region …

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Rapturous welcome for royals in Wellington

Several thousand people turned out for the couple’s only public walk-about in Wellington yesterday. Story by RNZ (original story with extra photos here) Prince Harry and Meghan receiving a hongi at Government House. Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King |RNZ A scream rang out from the large crowd as the couple arrived at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. …

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Your high five events for Monday 29 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is the great ocean continent. For those Indigenous to …

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Royal visit adds to Diwali and Open Streets in crowded Sunday schedule

The royal visit by Harry and Meghan to Pukeahu will cap off a busy day on Wellington’s streets tomorrow, with the Ta Ara Tapere ki Pōneke – Open Streets event in the CBD and the annual Diwali Festival on the waterfront also expected to draw big crowds. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make …

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Diawali brings the light to Sunday afternoon

Wellington’s local Indian and South East Asian communities’ most vibrant cultural celebration, Diwali, takes over the waterfront on Sunday afternoon in a festival of lights. The lighting of lamps at the ancient Hindu festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the renewal of life. The colours, sounds, tastes and spicy …

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Airport expects strong summer traffic as international flights near record highs

Wellington International Airport says it is expecting a strong summer on a mix of new services and increased capacity to and from Australia. 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 The company, which yesterday reported an almost 5 per cent increase in …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 27 and 28 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. There are three fund-raising events …

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Primary school teachers vote for rolling strikes

Primary school teachers and principals will strike again across the country next month, with industrial action affecting the Wellington region on Friday 16 November. Story by RNZ Teachers march on Queen Street, Auckland, in a bid for better pay rates. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook The New Zealand Educational Institute, the country’s largest education trade union, says …

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Plaque commemorating “Robin Hyde” unveiled in Northland today

The short, troubled but productive life of one of New Zealand’s most accomplished writers, Iris Wilkinson, will be honoured today in a ceremony outside her childhood home in Northland. Wilkinson, born in 1906, wrote under the pen name of Robin Hyde and her novels and poetry gained her worldwide recognition. As part of Wellington City …

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Rongotai subway and murals celebrated

The new sea-themed murals on the entrances to the subway below the airport runway were blessed and celebrated at a ceremony yesterday morning.   Rongotai College students with Weta Workshop Art Director Paul Tobin and artist Sheyne Tuffery in front of the subway murals The murals – which feature real and imagined sea creatures and …

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Home team sees off Northland trio in Epro8 Challenge heat

SWIS Vegans, one of two home teams at the latest Year 7-8 Wellington heat of the Epro8 Challenge, were the clear winner at South Wellington Intermediate School yesterday evening. Story and photos by Mark Cubey The SWIS Vegans – Perry, Frances, Tulip and Jed – took first place in the Epro8 Challenge heat at their …

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Bus drivers strike is on: here’s what you need to know (update)

Planned industrial action by the Tramways Union will affect Tranzurban bus services in Wellington City, the Hutt Valley and Porirua from today, Thursday 25 October. When does the strike begin? It’s on now. When will it finish? The end date advised by the union is 30 November, but union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says that this …

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Thursday double digital education events extra

Here’s a couple of education-related events extra to our High Five, that you may want to take advantage of this evening… Wellington educators, businesses and parents* are invited to the Future of Education evening presented by Frances Valintine (above), recent recipient of the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Education Futurist and Chair …

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Shifting sands at the bays

Freyberg Beach and Oriental Bay closed yesterday after a promisingly beachy Labour Weekend, so that sand can be shifted from the former to the latter in preparation for summer basking. Sand is being shifted from Freyberg Beach (above) t0 Oriental Bay (below) The WCC have advised that the beaches will be closed until Thursday 25 October.

Local open source exponents score awards

Wellington companies and individuals working with free and open source software were celebrated at the 2018 New Zealand Open Source Awards at Te Papa last night. Both of the Open Source special awards went to Wellingtonians: Brenda Wallace (above), in appreciation for the breadth and depth of her community commitment and open source contributions; and …

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Witchdoctor ponders Marvel’s Spider-Man: Game or Movie?

Is it a game? Is it a movie? No, it’s Marvel’s Spider-Man and it’s both, as DAMIAN REID discovers. 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/ Marvel Spider Man PS4 $95.00 to $120.00 Witchdoctor rating: …

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Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love dies

Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love died on Wednesday in his Korokoro home, his family have confirmed. Story by RNZ Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love has died. Photo: Facebook / Ngatata Love Ngātata Love, 81, led Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development, and was an Emeritus Professor at both Massey University and Victoria University …

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Wellington’s TeamTalk plans digital radio and fibre expansion

Telecommunications provider TeamTalk is planning to raise up to $8.7 million to help fund the expansion of its digital radio network and the upgrade of its Wellington fibre business. By Gavin Evans Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ TeamTalk will raise $2 million through …

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Explore Wellington’s heritage this week

Wellington Heritage Week has returned for a second year to showcase the history of the city with events, tours, exhibitions, and sneak peeks behind the scenes of some hidden treasures. Wellington Heritage Week 2018, sponsored by Wellington City Council, Museums Wellington, Wellington Civic Trust and Wellington Community Trust, will feature more than 30 events, many …

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Sportsfreak reports on the second round of cricket’s Plunket Shield

Another report involving Wellington sport from the popular blog Sportsfreak, including Wellington’s high-scoring victory over Otago at the Basin Reserve. You can read all columns, including reader comments at https://www.sportsfreak.co.nz/ and follow on Twitter at @Sportsfreakconz Pigeons at the Basin Round 2 of Plunket Shield is done, and now we wait until December, briefly, and …

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Wellington Pride win Championship final, advance to Premiership

The Wellington Pride will be playing in the Women’s Farah Palmer Cup Premiership division in 2019 after a home win in the Championship final over Otago Spirit at Jerry Collins Stadium on Saturday. News from the WRFU The Pride won the final 57-5, outscoring their southern opponents nine tries to one. Fullback Timena Tuma’ai and …

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Witchdoctor checks out the Oppo AX5: solid bang for your bucks

PAT PILCHER gets his hands on the latest Oppo offering. So what’s the verdict? 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/ Oppo AX5 $399 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 While flagship smartphones capture headlines, another significant smartphone …

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Consultation starts to identify quake-prone ‘priority’ buildings

The Wellington City Council has opened a Government-required consultation to identify priority earthquake-prone buildings, including those on key transport routes, which will need to be strengthened in a shorter timeframe. Changes to the Building Act following the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes mean ‘priority’ buildings must be strengthened in seven-and-a-half years rather than the normal 15 …

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Your high five events for Labour Weekend, 20 to 22 October

This feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible on the weekend for $20.00 or less. You may want to check our previous daily entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Get new plants and seedlings on Saturday from …

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Rolled truck between Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay closes SH1 (2pm update)

State Highway 1 is now expected to be closed until at least 8.00pm tonight. The road has been closed since early this morning, after a truck carrying potentially hazardous chemicals rolled about 2km south of Pukerua Bay township about 3.45am. Due to the dangerous materials spilled, the extraction of the vehicle and clearing of the …

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KM short story award won by WEGC student

Wellington East Girls’ College student Elsie Christoffel was announced winner of the annual Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award at Wednesday night’s award ceremony at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Elsie Christoffel with judge Pip Adam Elsie Christoffel’s story, Letter to Love, is an experimental story of love viewed through an unusual lens and won her the …

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The end of the world could have started this month – in the Hutt

It’s the little things that could take us down. MARK CUBEY gets bacterial. Humanity faces its most likely extinction, or at least severely depletion, by the myriad “natural” disasters caused by anthropogenic climate breakdown, allowed to happen by unaddressed CO2 emissions and general governmental slackness and inability to think beyond the next electoral cycle. Then …

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Buses to replace most train services over Labour Weekend

Metlink have advised that buses will replace most train services over Labour Weekend, from Saturday 20 until Monday 22 October, to allow major engineering work to take place. The majority of maintenance and upgrade work takes place at night or during weekends to avoid disrupting the thousands of passengers commuting in and out of Wellington …

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Wellington mathematician awarded Rutherford Medal

The Rutherford Medal, the top award at this year’s Research Honours Aotearoa, was awarded last night to Professor Rod Downey FRSNZ for his revolutionary research into mathematical logic and computer science. Mathematician Rod Downey. Photo by Victoria University of Wellington Research Honours Aotearoa, hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi, celebrated the achievements of New Zealand researchers, scholars …

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Witchdoctor experiences record-filing blues and the loss of the man-cave

GARY STEEL has a mid-to-late-life crisis as he loses his man-cave and pontificates the importance of exactitude in the filing of record collections, and other related ephemera. 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/ …

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NZ screen sector needs special employment carve-outs to stay competitive

New Zealand’s screen sector needs its own employment framework to remain globally competitive, a working group says. 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 Film Working Group was set up by the government in January to deal with concerns of a …

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Paekākāriki Hill Road closed this Friday afternoon

Paekākāriki Hill Road will be closed temporarily to through traffic from noon this Friday 19 October, finishing at around 9.00pm or when traffic eases on State Highway 1. The NZ Transport Agency in collaboration with NZ Police, Kapiti Coast District and Porirua City Council are making the Labour Holiday Weekend closure of Paekākāriki Hill Road …

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Island Bay cycleway repair may cost $10m

Making changes to the 1.7 kilometre cycleway in Island Bay that cost about $1.8 million to build has been estimated to cost $10 million. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Island Bay cycleway, Wellington. Photo: Supplied Wellington city councillors have asked council officers how much it would cost to change the Island Bay cycleway to appease …

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Low-priced self-serve fuel stop for Wellington in 2019

Hamilton-based fuel supplier Waitomo Group will open a self-serve fuel stop in Wellington in early 2019, delivering more competitive fuel pricing to the capital. Managing Director Jimmy Ormsby says it’s something the third-generation family-run business has long-wanted to offer Wellingtonians. “We needed to find the right site and get the consents in place. I’m really …

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Te Omanga Hospice highlighted as charity partner for Hutt lights carnival

HighLight: Carnival of Lights returns to Lower Hutt on Friday and has chosen Te Omanga Hospice as its 2018 charity partner, raising money to help with its rebuilding. The free annual event illuminates Riddiford Garden in central Lower Hutt over Labour Weekend with a carnival of live entertainment and performances, interactive light installations, fireworks and …

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Heritage buildings in Island Bay, Cuba Street and Newtown receive $715,000 help for strengthening

Four significant buildings in Wellington will receive Heritage EQUIP funding to help with earthquake strengthening in the latest round administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. New Zealand’s Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme, provides private building owners with up to 50 per cent of the funding required for seismic strengthening of heritage listed buildings. …

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Driver of silver Mazda identified in Porirua homicide investigation [updated]

Police have identified and spoken to the driver of a silver Mazda RX8 they were looking for in relation to the homicide investigation into the death of Sosiua Helotu Ula in Porirua on Sunday 7 October. Police thank the public for assisting in the identification. EARLIER STORY FROM 16 OCTOBER Police believe Mr Ula was …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 17 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Two free NZ Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Kids are on today …

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Wellington restaurants snap up gongs and hats at Cuisine Good Food Awards

Logan Brown won the Long-Term Player award and Monique Fiso was singled out as Future Food Legend during last night’s 2018 Cuisine Good Food Awards at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. Logan Brown co-owner-head chef Shaun Clouston (right) with chef Alex France. Fourteen Wellington restaurants were awarded either one or two of the coveted Cuisine Good Food …

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Witchdoctor gets a hub for the home with Amazon’s 2018 Echo Show

Looking to set up a smart home? PAT PILCHER checks out Amazon’s new Echo Show smart home hub and discovers an elegant and useful addition for his kitchen bench. 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 …

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Frustration over disabled parking abuse, design and quantity

Frustration is building in the disability community over able-bodied people using mobility car parks that have also been poorly designed. RNZ story by journalist Jonathan Mitchell  @RNZjonathan [email protected] Advocacy group CCS Disability Action says Wellington city has lost a handful of dedicated parks because of construction work, creating another unnecessary barrier for vulnerable people to get …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 16 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. On the occasion of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary …

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Sportsfreak reports on the first round of cricket’s Plunket Shield

This week we are glad to welcome our first report involving Wellington sport, from the popular blog Sportsfreak. You can read all columns, including reader comments at https://www.sportsfreak.co.nz/ and follow on Twitter at @Sportsfreakconz October at the Basin by Graeme Beasley First class cricket in New Zealand starting on 10 October was always going to …

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Ten thousand downloads! New sections! Next level! Toilets! Serving you better! What’s next?

This past weekend, just 16 weeks after The Wellington App launched to smartphones in the Wellington region, we have had 10,000 downloads of the App to iOS and Android devices. We’ve experimented, adjusted, solved technical issues, increased our listings and information and news service – all with the goal of giving Wellingtonians on the go …

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Thriving Wellington resident kererū voted Bird of the Year

The kereru or wood pigeon, which is thriving in Wellington with a stable population, has been declared 2018 Bird of the Year for the first time.   Photo by Craig McKenzie Described as “in some trouble” on the Bird of the Year site, the kererū received 5833 votes in the public competition to fly to …

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Premiere scares as Terror-Fi festival returns for Halloween

The Terror-Fi Film Festival returns to The Roxy this Halloween with a second celebration of horror, thriller and sci-fi films from around the world. This year’s schedule from 31 October to 4 November includes eight New Zealand premieres and two Wellington premieres, with many films screening shortly after world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival and …

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