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Wellington artists to deliver two new environmental murals

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

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

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

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Billboard, supporting capital gains tax, removed from CBD building

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

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

Wellington International Airport has withdrawn its application for consent to extend its runway and plans to reapply early next year.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

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Unreliable Wellington buses lead residents to charter their own

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

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Landslip blocking left Northbound Lane – SH2 Northbound

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

High-risk Wellington buildings handed shorter quake-strengthening deadline

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

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Wahine Trust’s 60 collected stories released at Turnbull Library

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

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

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

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

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

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Free entry to Terracotta Warriors on Tuesday – for residents only

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

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Wellington infrastructure woes: ‘We need to see action’

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

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Wellington councillors debate ‘Tangaroa’ reference in document

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

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Wellington broadcaster “breached good taste and decency”

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

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Protestors gather as public hearing for Operation Burnham opens

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

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

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

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New rest-break law tipped to cause more bus delays

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

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Armageddon bans military-style clothing, guns from convention

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

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Wellington starts planning for up to 80,000 more residents

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

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Cost-cutting Catholic authorities to close churches

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

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Name suppression extended for person accused of attacking James Shaw

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

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

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

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Wellington City councillors move to oppose Victoria name change

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

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Fifteen electric-vehicle chargers to be installed in suburban streets

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

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Belonging in the Capital

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

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

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

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Wellington council tight-lipped on possible Uber partnership

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

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

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

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E-scooters allowed on Wellington streets despite calls to ban

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

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Wellington Central Library closed from tonight over quake concerns

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

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Condolence Book opened at National Library

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

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

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

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

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

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Interim name suppression for alleged assailant of James Shaw

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

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300 apartments planned for Wellington in HNZ and city council partnership

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

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Parking price hikes in Wellington backed by councillors

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

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

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

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RAW Comedy Quest Review

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

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IAG turning down new property insurance in Wellington region

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

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NZTA changing SH1 intersection to stop shortcuts at Hawkestone Street

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

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Plea for Earthquake Commission rethink as insurers withdraw from market

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

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

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

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Rain prompts warning not to swim in Wellington

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

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Breakdown – SH1 Johnsonville Northbound – expect delays

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

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

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

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

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

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The transport ecosystem: in praise of reference group geeks

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

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

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

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

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

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Scientist worried for Te Papa’s biological collections

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

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Unanimous backing for $100m spend on Wellington Town Hall

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

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Expect Significant Delays – SH2 Northbound – Melling – Breakdown

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

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

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

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Metlink Suspending some morning peak services due to driver shortage

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

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Relief teachers: Music schools set to rethink hiring policies

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

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Wellington Zoo euthanises baboons after fighting, anxiety

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

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Fears sex offender taught music lessons held at Wellington primary school

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

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Crash on SH1 Southbound – Ngauranga – Expect significant delays

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

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

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

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Power outage in Aro St area

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

Union blames Regional Council for shortage of bus drivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday High Five Events!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Wellingtonian tops 2018 problem parkers’ list with a ticket every two and a half days

A Wellington driver was the most ticketed in New Zealand’s three largest cities, collected 149 parking fines in 2018, totalling $5855. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The driver received a new ticket every two and a half days on average. The person was one of eight people in Wellington to be fined more than 100 …

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Climate change expected to cause dramatic increases in fire risk in Wellington

Parts of the country with low or moderate fire risk are likely to see dramatic increases in danger as climate change occurs. A fire burning in Nelson Photo: Supplied / Fire and Emergency Fire fighters are currently battling a 2000 hectare blaze near Nelson, and the conditions they are facing – hot, windy days and a long dry …

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Are Wellington public transport users waking up?

Wellington’s had pretty decent public transport for a long time, but our aspirations for the services had plateaued at “pretty OK”.  Is this changing? It’s been an interesting year or so for public transport. With a new government directing public spending to a stronger balance between public transport, active transport and private car / freight, …

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NZ Bus drivers get pay increase and maintain working conditions

Wellington and Hutt Valley Bus drivers working for New Zealand Bus in the Wellington region have ratified their collective agreements with the company maintaining their terms and conditions and increasing their pay.   Photo: RNZ The drivers’ union says the settlement is a wake-up call to the region’s other major bus company, Tranzit. “It’s taken …

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SEVERE DELAYS REMAIN – Terrace Tunnel now OPEN in both directions

Update: 4:29pm: The Terrace Tunnel is now open in both directions. However traffic remains severely congested throughout the city as a result of the closure. Please continue to expect significant delays. Update 4:16pm: Police said the incident had now been resolved and a person had been taken to hospital in a critical condition.   Update 4:08pm: …

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UPDATED 12:25pm: Police operation – Situation resolved – Roads reopened

Final update 12:25pm: All affected roads have reopened. Road users should expect delays while traffic clears. Update 12:15pm: Reports indicate that the situation has been resolved successfully. The individual is no longer on the roof of the hotel and it appears that no harm has come to anyone.   RNZ reports that one person has …

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Everyone’s job and no-one’s: regional planning in Wellington

Derek’s guest post has some pretty interesting ideas about moving stuff around in our region so things work better.  It made us think: who’s actually in charge of figuring that out what goes where? There’s no Boss Baby but surely..? Ummm… well…. actually no-one.  Bits and gaps, but no Boss   Since enough Wellington cities rejected the …

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Temporary relief for Wellington students in housing struggle

A Wellington property developer has come to the rescue of students struggling to find short-term accommodation. Wellington Company is offering 20 short-term accommodation rooms to students for just $20 a day. Photo: RNZ / Jonathan Mitchell   The Wellington Company has decided to open up empty rooms at its Willis Street complex for those who desperately need …

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Final push to remove rats, stoats and weasels from Miramar Peninsula

The final push to make Miramar Peninsula predator free is about to begin – this means no rats, stoats or weasels and more kākā, kākāriki, kereru and geckos. James Willcocks, Project Director, Predator Free Wellington said this is the first stage of the wider plan to make the whole of Wellington city predator free. “It …

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Hot days bring call for ‘mindful’ water use – demand unprecedented

Wellington Water is asking residents to be mindful with their water use as the hot weather enters a fourth day. One of Wellington’s reservoirs. Photo: WikiCommons While long term water storage levels are good, unprecedented daily demand has been putting the supply system under pressure, said Jeremy McKibbin, acting general manager of operations for Wellington Water. …

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Deactivated by Uber: ‘They’re going to listen to the rider and not listen to the driver’

More Uber drivers have said they’ve been locked out of the ride-sharing app because of customer complaints they weren’t even notified about. Photo: 123RF Earlier this month, an Uber driver said he was living in fear everyday of his income being taken away, after he was deactivated twice without being told. Five more deactivated drivers have …

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How high temperatures disrupted your rail service

On Tuesday we experienced significantly high temperatures in the Wellington region which caused major issues to the infrastructure on the Wellington Rail Network. Commuters waiting for their train on Tuesday. Photo: RNZ / Kate Gudsell There is permanent temperature monitoring equipment on the rails across the network. Precautionary speed restrictions are applied to any stretch of line …

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“Whatever happened with…” – Stebbings Valley and Less Deathly Speeds

Talk Wellington is happy to bring you the latest edition of Whatever happened with… updates on things we cared about once but actually still do! Urban development: Stebbings Valley Last year Wellington City Council did some good engagement, asking Us The Public what we want to see from new-greenfields places to live.  Talk Wellington had three posts …

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Hospital’s emergency dept staying open during strike by resident doctors

Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) who are members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA) union are to undertake a second strike action around the country. Photo: 123RF A number of our RMOs who are NZRDA members will withdraw their services during the strike, from 8am tomorrow to 8am on Thursday. We have also received …

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The Ōtaki Kite Festival 2019, 16 – 17 February at Ōtaki Beach

Festival organisers are counting down the last few weeks to the seventh international Ōtaki Kite Festival at Ōtaki Beach. Begun in 2013 the festival was the inspiration of Yvonne de Mille, an Ōtaki artist and kite expert. With financial support from the Kapiti Coast District Council’s Major Event fund it has grown into a popular …

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Name suppression lapses for academic who sexually assaulted elderly woman

An academic who sexually assaulted an 82-year-old woman at a resthome can now be named as Grant Hannis, a former associate professor of journalism at Massey University’s Wellington campus. Grant Hannis awaits sentencing at the Wellington District Court. Photo: RNZ Name suppression for the 55-year-old academic, who admitted indecently touching an elderly woman at a lower North …

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Unwelcome Australian invader gets under the skin in Wellington

The so-called “blister beetle” could be making a comeback in Wellington due to the warm summer weather. An Australian native, the lax beetle, releases a toxin when crushed, which leaves welts or blisters on the skin. The beetle was thought to be responsible for a rash of skin complaints among the city’s residents last summer. …

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Kaibosh Food Rescue benefits from Wellington’s iconic fun run

For the first time Kaibosh Food Rescue is 2019’s official charity partner of Wellington’s iconic fun run, Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays. One dollar from every registration will be donated to Kaibosh, helping reduce food waste and providing meals for those who are struggling. Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays takes place on February …

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Help wanted to clean up shoreline for round the bays – Today 1:30pm

If you love Wellington, its waters, and getting out and about around the capital’s coastlines, Sport Wellington could use your help. On Wednesday 23 January, Sport Wellington staff, sponsors and volunteers will spend the afternoon cleaning up the shoreline along Shelley Bay Road and Massey Road. Their efforts are in preparation for the Round the …

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First Responders Festival this weekend

The First Responders Festival with live music, outdoor cinema, BBQ and family fun day has been created to celebrate and support our city’s amazing free ambulance service. And what better way to celebrate than with a landmark collab beer!  Two of Wellington’s favourite breweries, Tuatara and Black Dog have created a brew together – The …

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Local businesses “substantially” more confident and positive

Businesses’ views on New Zealand’s economic outlook are increasingly optimistic, according to a survey by the Wellington Regional Chambers of Commerce and Business Central. “Overall, business respondents across central New Zealand show a net 7 per cent of businesses expect the economy to be better in 12 months’ time, a pleasing rebound from the negative …

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Interislander ferries to be replaced with rail ready fleet

KiwiRail has confirmed plans to replace its three ageing Cook Strait ferries with two new, larger, purpose-built rail ferries. The Aratere docked in Wellington Harbour. Photo: RNZ Interislander’s current fleet, comprising the Kaitaki, Kaiarahi and the Aratere, is due to be replaced by 2024. KiwiRail’s decision follows a two-year consultation process which found rail-enabled ferries …

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Ethiopians celebrate one of their oldest festivals in Wellington

Wellington’s Ethiopian Community have been celebrating one of their country’s most prestigious events – Timkat. Wellington’s Wakefield Park has been filled with singing and prayers this weekend. Timkat, which they celebrate to mark Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, is held outside and involves 48 hours of praying, singing and fasting, before being broken with …

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Housing in all main NZ markets now ‘severely unaffordable’

None of New Zealand’s main housing markets are considered affordable any longer, according to a study released today. The annual Demographia International Housing Affordability shows New Zealand has continued to be one of the most unaffordable countries in the world to buy a house, with the median price more than six times the median annual …

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Wellington Pasifika Festival tomorrow

The Wellington Pasifika Festival attracts over 15,000 people each year. It’s a standout event in both the Wellington regional, and the national calendar. The festival highlights our tight-knit Pacific communities, our arts, cultural and political landscape and user-friendly city parks and environments. It is an opportunity for all Pacific people to celebrate and share their …

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New plans for quashed Shelly Bay development lodged

A new resource consent will be lodged for a multi-million dollar development in Wellington. Shelly Bay. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp The $500 million development in Shelly Bay had its consents quashed by the Court of Appeal last month. The resource consents were lodged in September 2016, but were legally challenged by a local business group called Enterprise …

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Wellington rats face death by chocolate in trapping trial

Wellington’s councils are putting a new twist on the idea of death by chocolate. \ Photo: 123RF The regional and city council plan to use chocolate to lure rats into traps that will kill them instantly, to see how well rats can be controlled without poison. The regional council’s biosecurity team has set up several …

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Crash on SH2 near Petone – Expect lengthy delays both Northbound and Southbound

Delays from a crash north of the Petone interchange extend back to Petone for southbound traffic and for 1km south of the interchange for northbound traffic   UPDATE 12:30PM Delays from the #crash north of the interchange are still extending back to Petone for southbound traffic and to approximately 1km south of the interchange for …

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Wellington bus drivers vote for fare strike

Wellington bus drivers have voted for industrial action including a fare strike – driving buses while refusing to take fares – from the 28th of January if their employer NZ Bus continues to force part-time shifts on them. The company’s attempts to use more part-time shifts with fewer hours would see many drivers face loss …

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Wellington houses worth 7.4% more; Upper Hutt house values up 12.1%

House values across the Wellington region rose 7.8% in the year to December and increased 3.2% over the past quarter and the average value is now $688,074.   Wellington City values increased 7.4% year on year and by 2.3% over the past three months and the average value there is now $813,052. Meanwhile, values in …

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Wellington showcasing Pacific arts this weekend

New Zealand’s capital will host its 15th Pacific arts festival this weekend. Photo: Wellington City Council The Wellington Pasifika Festival coincides with the city’s anniversary weekend and showcases the region’s diverse Pacific communities, cultures and cuisines. Wellington City Council’s events producer Suzanne Tamaki said since its beginning in 2005, the festival has grown and morphed …

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Student desperation for rental properties hitting new highs in Wellington

Wellington students desperate to find rentals are getting creative to try and find housing, while others with rentals are struggling to make rent. A group of Wellington university students have taken a novel approach to trying to find a new rental home. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller But experts have warned it will only get worse. Massey …

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Two drones come dangerously close to airports every week

In the past year, rogue drones have caused major disruptions to Auckland and Wellington airports, they’ve come within 10 metres of the police Eagle helicopter and within five metres of a plane carrying 278 people. Photo: 123RF Such incidents have aviation authorities hoping to ensure future incidents don’t end in catastrophe. The national air traffic control agency Airways …

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Lime working to win over Wellington, but it’s not easy

Wellington is the last in line for Lime’s expansion across New Zealand’s biggest cities and its sights are set on the capital – but they’re not alone. Lime e-scooters have been launched in some of the country’s major cities. Photo: RNZ/ Nick Monro The Wellington City Council (WCC) isn’t completely convinced the scooters are safe enough for …

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Bus strike: List of last morning services and first afternoon services

Route Last Regular Morning Service From Destination First Scheduled Regular Afternoon Service 2 8.00am Karori – Allington Road Seatoun Park – Hector Street 4.00pm 2 8.00am Seatoun Park – Hector Street Karori – Karori Road 3.40pm 3 8.00am Tirangi Road near Kingsford Smith Street (near 95) Wellington Station – Stop D 4.00pm 3 7.40am Lyall …

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All services cancelled on 20 Wellington bus routes tomorrow between 8am and 4pm.

According to Metlink, 20 Wellington bus routes will have all services cancelled tomorrow between 8am and 4pm due to strike action by the 240 members of The Tramways Union. The services which will be affected are 2, 3, 12, 14, 18, 18e, 20, 21, 22, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 81, 83, 84, …

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Hands on with Norton Secure VPN – protecting free public Wi-Fi users

The odds are good that you’ve heard of VPNs. While most media coverage revolves around VPNs, or virtual private networks, as a tool for hiding dodgy online activities, they’re also a useful way of keeping your personal and financial information out of the hands of others. VPNs were originally used as a means of providing …

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Junior doctors on strike and ‘aren’t going to back down’

Striking junior doctors say they will not back down and district health boards must withdraw planned clawbacks to their current terms and conditions. Esme and Frey Battson, 6 and 4, out in support of their junior doctor mum. Photo: RNZ / Matthew Theunisson About 3000 junior or resident doctors are on strike for 48 hours, which is …

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‘Juicers’ In Limelight – meet the scooter rechargers

If you happen to see a man carrying two lime scooters over his shoulders, shoving them into a car boot and driving away into the night don’t be alarmed.   Mark Pearce from Wellington is a registered lime juicer, a fairly new profession in New Zealand involving ‘harvesting’ or gathering lime e-scooters and ‘juicing’ or …

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Doctors on strike today; but hospital emergency dept staying open

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board Resident Medical Officers who are members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association union will undertake strike action around the country from 7am on Tuesday to 7am on Thursday. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski Patient safety and wellbeing remains our highest priority and focus during this time. Contingency …

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Resident scared after gang brawl in Stokes Valley

A Stokes Valley resident who witnessed yesterday’s gang brawl says she no longer feels safe in the suburb. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindillier Police maintained a presence in the Lower Hutt suburb of Stokes Valley overnight following a brawl which witnesses said involved machetes, guns and gang members. After the incident on George Street, officers …

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Almost 33,000 homes consented in 12 months; 21% increase in Wellington

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand A total of 32,783 new homes were consented in the year ended November 2018, up 5.3 percent from the November 2017 year. Auckland drove the increase in new homes consented, followed by Wellington. “Stand-alone houses accounted for nearly two-thirds of new homes consented in the year ended November,” construction …

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Runway extension process “protracted and flawed;” increasing costs to ratepayers

Media release from Guardians of the Bays A decision by the Environment Court to proceed with Wellington International Airport’s runway extension application is disappointing given the length of delays, increasing costs and strong public opposition, according to community groups opposed to the proposal. Richard Randerson, Co-Chair of Guardians of the Bays representing more than 600 concerned individuals …

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Pride of Wellington – Djembe, Djane, and Zahra

As part of The Wellington App’s Summer Edition, we are working with Wellington Zoo to showcase some of the amazing animals you and your family can visit while the weather is good! Every Wednesday and Friday during January we will feature a new creature with some general information about the species, but also a bit …

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Wellington building shutdown: Cinemas at risk in earthquake

Engineers who have assessed the Reading Cinemas building in Wellington say it is the cinemas themselves that are a risk in the event of a major earthquake. Photo: Google Maps The cinema complex on Courtenay Place was closed on Saturday because of the earthquake risk. Reading Cinemas’ engineers met with Wellington City Council officials yesterday, and detailed what was …

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Teenager rescued from drowning at popular swimming jump-off spot

A security guard is being praised after helping to pull a drowning teenager from the water north of Wellington. Photo: Google Maps Falelua Leitupo was keeping watch at a boat ramp at the mouth of the Pauatahanui Inlet. It was his first day at the site, his firm was hired by the Wellington Regional Council …

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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 Wellington City Council celebrates 40 years of Summer City, with its Gardens Magic series of free concerts at the Botanic …

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Reduced peak train timetable and delays on the Hutt Valley line tonight

The signals fault on the Hutt Valley line remains an issue and will cause delays between Petone and Trentham. Services to Taita cancelled News from Metlink “We are able to run trains on the Hutt line during peak this afternoon, but the signals issue has not yet been fixed. We are running a reduced train …

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Watch: Rescuers save two dolphins trapped in Wellington bay

A group of friends scrambled down a rocky cliff face to rescue dolphins stranded on rocks in Wellington Harbour yesterday.    Melissa Prowse told Summer Report she and her friends were watching a big pod of about 50 dolphins play and feed near Houghton Bay on the capital’s south coast. She said as the tide went …

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Updated: Train services on Hutt Valley line suspended

HVL/MEL: Services on the Hutt Valley line are currently suspended from departing and arriving to Wellington due to a signals fault. Photo: RNZ / Paloma Migone Valid from: 10/01/2019 8:40am All Hutt Valley and Melling line services are currently suspended from departing Wellington and Upper Hutt due to a signals fault between Petone and Trentham. Services …

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Road closure tomorrow 9am – Wakefield / Taranaki intersection to Cable St

Update 7:15am – it appears that roadworks have begun early in this area – expect delays during morning commute. Due to paving at Wakefield/Taranaki tomorrow, part of the intersection will be closed from 9am for about an hour. Image: Google Maps This will prevent access to Cable St from Taranaki St & Wakefield St. Motorists …

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New feature: Animal of the Week with Wellington Zoo

As part of The Wellington App’s Summer Edition, we are working with Wellington Zoo to showcase some of the amazing animals you and your family can visit while the weather is good! Every Wednesday and Friday during January we will feature a new animal with some general information about the species, but also a bit …

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Update: Kāpiti Expressway lane closure for resurfacing this week POSTPONED

Update: 9:15am – The resurfacing works and southbound lane closure on the Kāpiti Expressway have been postponed. New dates and times have not been given. Photo: Supplied / NZTA The expressway was built to give motorists a quicker route between Paekakariki and Ōtaki. Some of the road has previously been replaced because water and discolouration began …

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Updated: – Road reopens after crash closes intersection of SH1 and Beach road, Paekākāriki

UPDATE 5:25PM following a crash at the intersection with Beach Rd, #SH1 is now OPEN. Southbound traffic is being diverted through the old service station at the intersection. Please take extra care and continue to expect significant delays. SH1 PAEKĀKĀRIKI, SOUTHBOUND – CRASH – 5:10PM Location of road closure due to crash. Image: NZTA / …

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Wellington Airport given more time for runway extension plans

The Environment Court has given Wellington Airport more time to resubmit its resource consent for its runway extension plans. In 2013, Wellington Airport sought permission to extend its runway by 355m to allow bigger planes to land. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King But the court says the substantial delays in the case reflected badly on the administration …

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Gardens Magic begins tonight at Botanical Gardens

Wellington’s iconic concert series returns to fill your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest! Come early to grab a good picnic spot, and as the sun goes down see the gardens transform with a magical light display by MJF Lighting. It’s a very special Gardens Magic season with Summer City turning …

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Long read: A shrinking culture capital

With the closure of Event Cinema on Courtney Place, Wellington has lost another 2000 seats for culture focused events. Lindsay Shelton of Wellington.scoop examines the contradiction between WREDA’s “culture capital” branding and the alarming loss of culture-focussed venues in the city. Wellington may claim to be the culture capital – as WREDA has branded us – but …

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Birds distressed or dying after being decorated with tinsel

The SPCA says birds are showing up in Wellington either distressed or dead after being decorated with tinsel, rings and other items. The SPCA wants members of the public to come forward if they know anything about the decorated birds. Photo: SPCA It has reported incidents involving about 30 non-native birds such as sparrows since 2015, but …

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Wellington’s movie street loses another cinema

It was the street that brought the Lord of the Rings premieres to life about two decades ago, but now Wellington’s Courtenay Place leaves a gap for movie buffs. Photo: Google Streetview Reading Cinemas suddenly announced on Saturday it was closing its building because of the earthquake risk. A draft engineering report prompted the move and now further …

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Technology shield developed to help women report abuse without a trace in browser history

Women’s Refuge says technology is increasingly being used as a way to control women in abusive relationships, so it has found a way for it to it help victims. Image: Screengrab / RNZ On the websites of many New Zealand companies women can now access information about the services offered by Women’s Refuge via a …

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Corner of Grey Street and Lambton Quay to be refurbished

The Council plans to upgrade Grey Street/Lambton Quay to form a small scale square known as a pocket square. Image: Wellington City Council This upgrade will provide a refreshed and more pleasant streetscape that will better reflect the atmosphere of the Wellington’s Golden Mile. Grey Street forms the main link between the city and the sea …

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Police charge man in 10-hour standoff over Terrace Tunnel

A man who sparked a 10-hour standoff with police on top of Wellington’s Terrace Tunnel has been charged. The man sitting on top of the tunnel, with the two-car crash that sparked the incident down below. Photo: RNZ / Meriana Johnsen He has been charged with dangerous driving causing injury and possession of an offensive weapon. He was …

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Wellington’s Reading cinema closes after earthquake report

The large Reading Cinemas complex on Courtenay Place has closed until further notice following an independent engineers’ report. Reading Cinemas on Courtenay Place. Photo: Google Maps In a post on social media, Reading Cinemas announced it would be closing the cinema complex out of “an abundance of caution”. The company said the draft report, which has not …

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Road still closed as man stands over Terrace Tunnel – Latest photos and information

Wellington police are still negotiating with a man in a distressed condition following a two-vehicle crash at the city-end mouth of The Terrace Tunnel. The Terrace Tunnel in Wellington has been closed off all afternoon. Photo: RNZ / Meriana Johnsen The tunnel has been closed in both directions since a two-car crash just after 12.30pm. Police are …

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Terrace Tunnel remains closed: Police negotiating with man in distressed condition

Wellington police are negotiating with a man in a distressed condition following a two-vehicle crash at the city-end mouth of The Terrace Tunnel. Photo: Terrace Tunnel closed after crash. RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Police are also speaking to a male who is standing above the northbound lane. Police said the man was in a distressed …

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Longform read – The Basin: a better venue than a new arena

In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf. Glen Smith argues for a better, less costly alternative. In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf, the justification …

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Experts flag ‘high risk’ of train collision and deaths

There is a “high risk” of two trains crashing in Wellington, which could lead to deaths, experts have found, reiterating earlier calls for more safety measures on the back of four investigations into passenger trains that almost crashed. Photo: RNZ / Paloma Migone A new risk report has examined a busy stretch of rail where …

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Three Wellington women named Dames Companion of the New Zealand order of Merit

The New Year honours list released this morning names three Wellington women as new Dames Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.   Wellington’s new dames are: former mayor Dame Kerry Prendergast, honoured for services to governance and the community; Photo: Dame Kerry Prendergast film-maker Dame Gaylene Preston, for services to film; Photo: Dame …

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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 three big attractions: the world cup of kapa haka Te Matatini in February, …

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Wellington City Council’s 40th Summer City starts on Monday

The Wellington City Council’s Summer City programme kicks-off its 40th year on New Year’s Eve, with more than 90 events over the next three months – and something for everyone.   For 40 years, Summer City has been entertaining locals and visitors with a huge variety of events and activities, and its history is equally …

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Weta Workshop installs a Massive 3D printer

Weta Workshop has installed a Massivit 1800 3D printer. The deal is reported by Wide Format Online.   Photo: Richard Taylor with Massivit 1800 3D printer “We manufacture super-sized, hyper-realistic human figures, creatures, vehicles, and other huge props for film and television and have always been on the search for technology that can produce large parts …

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Bowlzilla offers international opportunities for skateboarders

New Zealand skaters will be launched on to the world stage via Bowlzilla Wellington 2019 on March 9 at Waitangi Park. Big returns are coming for the skaters of New Zealand with the maturation of their skateboarding Capital Assets.   Photo: RNZ / Nicolas Bennett The road to the Olympic Games for skateboarding begins this …

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Man who died while Freediving in Wellington named

The man who died while diving off the Wellington coast on Christmas Eve has been named. Photo: Worser Bay, Seatoun Photo: Supplied / Wikimedia Commons / Pseudopanax He was 58-year-old Gary Hibbs, from Upper Hutt. Emergency services were called to Seatoun on Monday shortly after 4pm when the man – who it’s believed was free diving – …

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More Wellington families struggling at Christmas – City Mission

Working families are increasingly seeking support from the Wellington City Mission. Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge and the Mission’s Community Programmes Manager Olivia Lange. Photo: RNZ / Meriana Johnsen City Missioner Murray Edridge​said rising rental costs in the capital mean many working families have little left over for other expenses. Mr Edridge said the added …

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Top chef’s Christmas dinner tips: ‘Don’t practise on people’

Cooking on the festive day can be stressful but owner of Boulcott Street Bistro in Wellington, Rex Morgan, says it doesn’t have to be that way. Rex Morgan, chef and owner of Boulcott Street Bistro, Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Charlie Dreaver His first tip to make the cook’s life easier is to prepare food the day before …

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Charity warns of debt increases over Christmas

The Wellington City Mission has urged people not to go into debt for their loved ones this Christmas. Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge and the Mission’s Community Programmes Manager Olivia Lange. Photo: RNZ / Meriana Johnsen The warning comes as the Mission prepares for an increase in the number of people accessing the charity’s financial …

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Hairdressers and barbers warned to ditch ‘thank you’ drink

Wellington barbers and hairdressers are being told not to spread the Christmas cheer by filling the glasses of their clients with beer or wine. Wellington City Council sent out letters to hairdressers and barbers to warn them, without a liquor licence, if they give clients a Christmas tipple, they could be served a $10,000 fine. …

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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 …

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Cute lambs for Christmas – but not for eating

The sheep dubbed the world’s cutest have given birth to their first lambs in New Zealand. Wairarapa farmer Christine Reed and her business partners imported Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep as embryos from the United Kingdom about 18 months ago. Over the past two weeks, Ms Reed’s sheep have brought five tiny bundles of fluffy cuteness …

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Engineering firm raises concerns about Statistics House inquiry

The engineering firm that oversaw the demolition of Statistics House raised serious concerns about the findings of the inquiry into its partial collapse. A 2013 photo of Wellington’s Statistics House, left, with a photo of damage on the ground floor following the 14 November 2017 earthquake (from March 2017 inquiry report). Photo: RNZ / supplied …

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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 …

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Free shoes for Active Families participants

Fifty children and adults will be receiving free shoes this Christmas to assist them with their health and fitness journey. Round the Bays Wellington – Photo: Ari Bakker / Flickr Shoe Clinic and Sport Wellington have joined forces to provide families involved in Sport Wellington’s Green Prescription Active Families programme with shoes to help support their …

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Updated: Wellington Traffic Warnings for Friday 21 December – NZTA

There are a number of traffic warnings in place as the annual Christmas exodus begins tomorrow. The Wellington App will keep you up to date with any additional incidents on the roads as the day progresses.   Below is the most up to date list of road closures and traffic warnings as of Thursday 20th …

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Updated: Wellington trains disrupted due to mechanical work

Updated: Wellington train services will be disrupted at peak times today due to urgent mechanical work. Click here to go to Metlink for live information A large number of train services will not be running and people are expected to have to switch to buses, which might cause long delays. RNZ understands 20 trains have …

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Wellington Traffic Warnings for Friday 21 December – NZTA

There are a number of traffic warnings in place as the annual Christmas exodus begins tomorrow. The Wellington App will keep you up to date with any additional incidents on the roads as the day progresses.   Below is the most up to date list of road closures and traffic warnings as of Thursday 20th …

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Greater Wellington Regional Council responds to independent bus review

Improvements in Wellington’s new bus services are “ongoing and sustained,” an independent review into implementation challenges of the Wellington City and Hutt Valley network has found. The review, prepared by Australia-based consultants L.E.K. and commissioned by the Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency, describes the introduction of the new network as a complex …

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Cause of Wellington’s bus network failure revealed

An independent review into Wellington’s troubled bus network has revealed a raft of failings from the regional council. The new routes weren’t tested because the council did not believe it would give an accurate picture of how they would run. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton It came after the new bus network, launched in July …

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Record number of international travellers due in Wellington over Summer

A record number of international travellers are expected to pass through Wellington Airport over the summer period. Photo: Philip Capper Approximately 70,000 visitors will fly into the airport over summer, an increase of 9% compared to the previous year. The busiest day for international movements through the airport will be Sunday 6 January, with almost …

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Brooklyn Residents asked to conserve water after pump station fire

An electrical fire at Aro Valley’s Epuni Street pump station has damaged important equipment used to control the supply of water to a major reservoir. Damage caused by an electrical fire at Epuni St Pump Station. Photo: Wellington.scoop Group Manager, Network and Customer Operations, Jeremy McKibbin said that “the Brooklyn Reservoir holds 24 hours’ worth …

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Council focuses on the big issues with latest funding round

The Council recently approved over $300,000 in grants to 59 organisations and community groups with a strong focus on culture, the environment, sustainability and addressing some of the big issues concerning Wellingtonians – homelessness, street begging, and social isolation. In 2018-19, projects delivering meaningful activities with a positive impact for vulnerable individuals and the community …

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Last-gasp effort to resolve industrial action by 21 doctors

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira (Ora Toa Health) will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) in a last-gasp effort to resolve industrial action and prevent a full-day strike on Christmas Eve.   Tomorrow will also see the fifth day of limited strike action when 21 doctors at Iwi health provider …

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Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency names new chair and board member

Experienced businesswoman and professional director Tracey Bridges has been named as the new chair of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA).   A proud Wellingtonian who has lived and worked in the region for 27 years, Tracey is a professional director with experience leading and growing private businesses from start-up. A founding partner of …

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Loose stones causing traffic delays on Kāpiti section of SH1

The Transport Agency is promising lengthy delays north of Wellington won’t extend into the Christmas period, but frustrated commuters are not holding their breath. The entire express way was bumper to bumper, a local said. Photo: RNZ / Catherine Hutton Traffic travelling to and from the Kāpiti Coast north of Wellington was brought to a …

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Education Minister declines Victoria University name change

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has declined Victoria University of Wellington Council’s application for a legal name change. Mr Hipkins didn’t think the university had sufficiently canvassed the opinions of stakeholders. The Council formally made an application to change the institution’s name to the University of Wellington on 27 September. While benefits from a name change had …

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Air New Zealand increases Brisbane-Wellington capacity by 40%

Capping off a bumper quarter of international growth, Air New Zealand’s inaugural Brisbane-Wellington and Brisbane-Queenstown flights depart from Brisbane Airport today. Air New Zealand will operate its A320 aircraft up to four times a week between Brisbane and Queenstown, and up to five times a week between Brisbane and Wellington, increasing the airline’s overall annual …

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What makes Wellington’s new Chimpanzee enclosure so much better?

Wellington Chimpanzee Troops new home “closer to natural than ever before” Wellington Zoos latest exhibit upgrade was officially completed yesterday with an opening ceremony in the new Chimp Park visitor area. The $1.2m changes were made with support from the Jane Goodall Institute NZ and Pub Charity. Part of the ceremony included a personalized video …

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Police to conduct large road safety operation throughout Wellington Region this week

Wellington Police are on a mission to ensure drivers keep themselves and other road users safe this holiday season. From Monday 17 to Saturday 22 December, Police will be conducting a road safety operation throughout Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, focusing on seatbelts and impairment. “Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the four main contributors …

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Pouwhenua display opens tonight to highlight Te Matatini

A new generation of urban Māori are on display in the heart of Wellington as the city prepares to host the biggest kapa haka festival in the country. Photo: RNZ / Te Aniwa Hurihanganui The three metre-high pouwhenua mark the arrival of the upcoming Te Matatini competition which expects to bring more than 60,000 visitors …

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Work delayed while Town Hall remains “Earthquake Prone”

Strengthening work on the Wellington Town Hall, which was due to begin before Christmas, has been delayed till next year. Photo: Wellington.scoop Wellington’s Town Hall complied with less that 33% of the new building standards introduced in 2009. The Town Hall sits on reclaimed land and is anchored on ageing, unreinforced piles. This combination can …

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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 …

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Best Beaches for Wellington – Sunday 16 December

Today’s wind is predominantly coming out of the South/South-East.   This means that the best beaches to be on in Wellington today will be North facing, or otherwise sheltered from Southerly winds. The Wellington App recommends Oriental Bay, Baleana Bay, Evans Bay, or Hataitai Beach. Check out our “Beaches and Bays” category for for more information. …

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Wellington City rents match Auckland City for the first time – Trademe

Wellington City rents now match Auckland City for the first time, after the median rent in the capital rose 5.8 per cent on last year to $550 per week in November, according to the latest Trade Me Rental Price Index. Head of Trade Me Rentals Aaron Clancy said rents in Wellington City had been hot …

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Opposition stops electric charging stations plan in its tracks

Wellington City Council has been forced to park a plan to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in the city after strong opposition. Council documents said 750 Wellingtonians had electric vehicles – but not all had somewhere handy to plug them in. The council wanted to set up 19 charging stations, each with …

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Transpower reminds boaties to be aware of fishing and anchoring in CPZ

Transpower is reminding all those heading out on the water this summer of restrictions in the Cook Strait Cable Protection Zone (CPZ). Map showing Cook Strait CPZ  The CPZ protects vital submarine electricity and telecommunication cable links between the North and South Islands. The cables form part of the HVDC inter-island link which transfers power …

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$154m convention center approved for Wellington

Wellington City Councillors have voted to proceed with a Five Greenstar Convention and Exhibition Centre (CEC) which will give a major boost to the local economy, create hundreds of jobs and provide stimulus for further regeneration in that part of the city.   Image: Wellington.scoop  The Council’s City Strategy Committee passed the recommendation unanimously yesterday. …

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New Chimp Park gets grand opening weekend

The new Chimp Park opens this weekend at Wellington Zoo with a new enriched environment for the troop of ten chimpanzees, one of the largest in Australasia. The new park involved close liaison with habitat design experts, and incorporates more climbing structures, hammocks and ropes which aim to improve the primates’ wellbeing and encourage natural behaviours …

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Police to conduct road safety operation throughout Wellington next week

“Road safety operation – Wellington” Wellington Police are on a mission to ensure drivers keep themselves and other road users safe this holiday season. From Monday 17 to Saturday 22 December, Police will be conducting a road safety operation throughout Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, focusing on seatbelts and impairment. “Not wearing a seatbelt is one …

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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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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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