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Time to strike back: Wasp Wipeout spreads to Wellington for the first time

They’re a buzzing annoyance, a painful pest, and a backyard barbecuer’s worst nightmare. And even more than that, wasps are a threat to our environment and the economy, costing the country more than $130 million each year. Martin De Ruyter/Stuff Now it’s time to wipe them out. Stuff, the Department of Conservation (DOC), the Tasman Environmental Trust, and …

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Wellington Zoo celebrating 10 years of The Nest Te Kōhanga

The Nest Te Kōhanga, Wellington Zoo’s award-winning animal hospital, is celebrating its 10th anniversary on 9 December 2019. Vet Emily with Korora “The Nest Te Kōhanga is a world leading facility that enables us to provide Zoo animals with amazing veterinary care, and it is a regional hub for treating and rehabilitating injured native wildlife …

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Fire and Emergency respond to ‘major gas leak’ in Paraparaumu

A ‘major gas leak’ at a Paraparaumu intersection has been contained, after a gas main was shut off. Google Maps Reports of the leak on the corner of Arawhata and Kāpiti roads were received shortly before 10am Monday and prompted a swift response from Fire and Emergency. A Stuff reporter at the scene said Kāpiti Rd had been closed …

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Wellington City Council wins Skeptics award after contractor divines for water

Wellington City Council has been awarded for “showing the most egregious gullibility in the past year”. The New Zealand Skeptics conference has awarded the council its annual “bent spoon” accolade for its contractor’s use of water divining to find underground pipes. “Generally we like getting awards but we can’t accept this one,” council spokesman Richard MacLean …

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Tuia 250 flotilla expected in Wellington this afternoon

The Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla will arrive in the capital this afternoon, performing a sail-by around Wellington Harbour between one and three o’clock.   The commemorative voyage has been travelling Aotearoa for the past two months to mark 250 years since Captain James Cook’s landfall. Raukura Hoerara-Smith – Kaiwhakahau Māori Museums Wellington, wrote an interesting …

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Transmission Gully motorway construction ‘considerably behind’ schedule

“Considerable” delays could see the Transmission Gully motorway only just make a 2020 opening. Mark Coote Construction began on the 27 kilometre-long road in 2015, with April 2020 initially touted as the month traffic would finally flow onto four-lanes connecting Linden in north Wellington to Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast. Earlier this year, the New …

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Rare white rātā in Lower Hutt, rarer than the kākāpō

It is rarer than the kākāpō and most people have never heard of it but a population of Bartlett’s white rātā is thriving in Lower Hutt. Te Papa Hutt City Council staff recently used a drone to survey trees in Percy Scenic Reserve and made an unexpected discovery. One of the seven Bartlett’s rātā was flowering, which means it has the potential …

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Launching The Wellington Apps new Jobs tab

We are launching our new job tab.  Only  $50 a listing. Discounts for bulk listings from agencies.  With over 20,000 downloads 95% based in Wellington you can target Wellingtonians to find the perfect person for the role. Daily latest jobs push out. Jobs listed on our social media Email [email protected]  

Concerns for penguins after diesel spill while cruise ship refuelled in Wellington

About 400 litres of diesel has spilled into Wellington Harbour while mega-cruise ship Radiance of the Seas was taking on fuel. Monique Ford/Stuff Harbour master Grant Nalder confirmed that there were reports of penguins in the area of the spill, which happened on Monday afternoon. Initially, there were fears of up to 800 litres being spilled. The official estimate was closer …

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Review: New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2019

The New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2019 is a two hour programme consisting of an eclectic mix of styles: the graceful and traditional to the gritty and dark – no moment or movement is wasted in this fast paced show that holds attention throughout. Eight technically challenging works are performed with two intervals, giving the audience …

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Meeting about the Southern Landfill proposed extension

Come along to the meeting to find out more about the proposed extension of the Southern Landfill. The council has been busy testing the assumption that extending the Landfill is the most viable solution, by assessing alternative waste management technologies. The assessment concluded that extending the Landfill remains the most viable solution for now. Come …

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Wellington restaurants old and new celebrated in Cuisine magazine’s top 100

Wellington is a foodie’s dream and that vibrant restaurant scene has been reinforced with 24 of the city’s eateries making Cuisine magazine’s top 100. Robert Kitchin/Stuff Throughout the year more than 40 food and drink experts assessed restaurants throughout the country, judging food, service, and ambience. One of the capital restaurants named has been open for just three months. Atlas on …

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Driver shortages continue to sting Wellington bus services

​Efforts to bring back buses and ease public transport pressures on Wellington’s system are being paralysed by a driver shortage. Monique Ford/Stuff ​It’s been three weeks since Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Daran Ponter promised to fix Wellington’s public transport system but the number of bus services cancelled every day has been stagnant since August. The city was 35 drivers short, Ponter said, and while that …

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First things first: Wellington City Councillors vote on giving themselves a pay rise

Wellington city councillors can pop the champagne – today they will vote on giving themselves a hefty pay rise after the Remuneration Authority allocated more dosh to spend on salaries. Voting in the pay packet will be one of the first things the newly formed council get done after new members say their maiden speeches on Wednesday. …

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Long lost film of Napier earthquake devastation rescued from rusty tins

Long lost footage of the destruction caused by the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake has been saved for posterity after turning up in an Upper Hutt garage. COURTESY OF GLORIA PATTERSON AND THE WHETTON WHĀNAU/NGĀ TAONGA SOUND & VISION The footage was taken by freelance news cameraman Thomas Henry Whetton, who was active in the 1920s …

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Cannabis club opening in historic Temperance building

Wellington’s historic Temperance building will once again open its doors to the public by housing the Cannabis Science Institute of New Zealand and Wellington’s first cannabis social club, The Daktory. Cannabis clubs are popular around the world. The Temperance building has long been associated with early development of Courtenay Place and the commercial and economic …

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Bottom-trawled coral “stolen by Talleys” dumped on Parliament’s lawn

Greenpeace protesters have covered Parliament lawn with replica coral this morning, calling on the Government to take urgent action on bottom trawling.                   Oceans campaigner Jessica Desmond says the activity coincides with new figures that reveal up to 3,000 tonnes of coral was destroyed by New Zealand …

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Ovation of the Seas cruise ship comes to a brief stop in Wellington harbour

A mega-liner is heading to sea after mechanical issues stopped it near the mouth of Wellington harbour. The Ovation of the Seas – the largest cruise ship to regularly visit Wellington – came into trouble Monday evening. Harbour master Grant Nalder told Stuff the mammoth ship called for tugs just after 7.30pm while it was exiting the …

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WELLINGTON TRAIN SUSPENSION – KAPITI LINE

WELLINGTON TRAIN SUSPENSION – KAPITI LINE – 2:25PM @metlinkwgtn advise train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington & Porirua have been CANCELLED this afternoon, due to a power fault. Please plan ahead & expect delays. More info, click here

Hutt Council affordable housing change puts native trees at risk – Forest & Bird

Hutt City Council has been accused of being undemocratic and abusing process over a decision that could allow trees to be cut down to make way for more affordable housing. Hutt City Council voted two weeks ago on a wide-ranging initiative to boost affordable and medium-density housing in the city. Known as Plan Change 43, …

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Wellingtonian of the Year supreme award shared for first time in 31 years

Not in three decades of the Wellingtonian of the Year awards has the supreme winner been literally too close to call. But that was the case on Thursday night, when the 31st edition of the annual awards saw the major prize shared between climate change activist Sophie Handford and Muslim community leader Tahir Nawaz. Sophie Handford won the …

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Zinefest is back for 2019

A zine (pronounced zeen) is an independently or self-published booklet, often created by physically cutting and gluing text and images together onto a master flat for photocopying, but it’s also common to produce the master by typing and formatting pages on a computer.   Historically, zines have been around since 1776 when Thomas Paine self-published …

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Uplifting works from the New Zealand School of Dance

Classical ballet and contemporary choreography at New Zealand School of Dance Photo: Stephen A’Court The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) 2019 Graduation Season promises outstanding performances of both classical and contemporary dance. Expect a showcase of powerful, timeless classics and striking new works from NZSD, 20-30 November at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama …

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Police say firearms and drugs have been recovered in Masterton incidents

Police have seized firearms and drugs in three separate incidents in Masterton recently. Around 1.45am on Friday 8 November Police noticed a disqualified driver behind the wheel on Chapel Street, the vehicle was searched and a shotgun was recovered. A 20-year-old man was charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm, driving while disqualified and possession of an …

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Police need public’s help to halt bike thefts

Wellington Police remind cyclists to secure bicycles following thefts In the last few months Wellington Police have received numerous reports of bicycles stolen by opportunistic thieves throughout the CBD, and despite two youths being arrested and an ongoing investigation, bikes are still being targeted. Wellington Area Prevention Manager Inspector Wade Jennings says the police know …

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Monopoly Wellington edition!

It has been a source of disputes among families for 80 years – Is anyone going to play Wellington Monopoly/cause arguments at the after-Christmas-dinner-family-get-together? The Wellington version of the game has been around for a couple of years, but it has only just come to my attention as it’s currently on sale at Whitcoulls and …

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Five gigs happening in Wellington this weekend

Quadraphonics When: Fri Nov 8th, 2019 Where: Wellington Museum, Wellington An immersive evening of cutting edge, audiovisual artworks, sound art installations, and live performance. This is an ‘After Hours’ event created on the back of last year’s successful Aotearoa Arts Festival, which showcases artists working with four-channel loudspeaker configurations. It is for people who want to …

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Wellington Beach Reviews: Days Bay – A Hutt gem, just don’t tell Katherine Mansfield

Days Bay is fantastic stretch of beach where you can rent kayaks, buy yummy ice cream, or go for a bush walk. Even better – to celebrate the ‘International Day of People with Disabilities’, Hutt City Council is launching an access mat for people with mobility issues in December. Days Bay is an out-of-the-way beach …

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“Single-vehicle crash at Terrace Tunnel” The southbound lane is closed and northbound traffic is down to one lane.

UPDATE: Terrace Tunnel reopened” The Terrace Tunnel is now open following a crash this afternoon. The crash involved two vehicles, not one, as mentioned in an earlier release. Police were called to the collision around 4.40pm. Early indications are a person may have suffered a medical event. They have been transported to hospital. ENDS   …

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Tales from the Wellington commute: Do robots have to deal with ‘Hump Day?’

The moaning woman from work now catches the same train  as me. She waits for me at the station, like a lion stalking its prey, to regale me of tales about our other workmates.   I’ve only been there a few months and she’s already managed to dissect and analyse the worst aspects of everyone’s character – …

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Proposal to tackle housing supply and affordability gets the go ahead in the Hutt

A Hutt City Council initiative to improve housing supply and housing affordability was given the green light at an extraordinary Council meeting last night.   District Plan Change 43 will permit medium density residential housing of up to three storeys in eight suburban areas that have good access to transport, shopping, schools and parks. It …

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Book Giveaway

Wellington writer Lawrence Patchett’s new book The Burning River is set in a radically changed New Zealand.   The main character’s life in the swamp is hazardous, as he mines plastic and trades with others in order to survive. He must undergo a perilous journey to have any prospect  of being a part of the …

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Traffic signals out at Silverstream

SH2 SILVERSTREAM – SIGNALS FAULT – 6:15PM Traffic signals on SH2 Silverstream at the intersection with Western Hutt Rd are currently flashing yellow. Please apply give way rules and take extra care. ^EH pic.twitter.com/x2g8HCFqQi — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) November 4, 2019

Mt Victoria tunnel now clear

NZTA Wellington @NZTAWgtn FINAL UPDATE  This #breakdown is now CLEAR and the Mt Victoria Tunnel is now fully OPEN. Thank you for your patience as congestion eases. ^EL

Crash at Belmont CLEAR but traffic backed up

UPDATE 5:10PMThis northbound #SH2 crash is now CLEAR, but resulting queues are currently just north of the #Dowse interchange. Please continue to expect significant northbound DELAYS while congestion eases. ^CR https://t.co/1AjGaLBXti — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) November 1, 2019

Wellington Zoo Devil duo arrive just in time for Halloween

Wellington Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of two female Tasmanian Devils, Cassia and Clove who have recently joined the Zoo’s existing female, Dash. “Cassia and Clove arrived from the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment at the end of September, and since completing their quarantine period, they have now been …

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Masterton Police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen a blue Mazda vehicle driving erratically about midday on Friday 25 October.

“Masterton Police seek vehicle sightings” Masterton Police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen a blue Mazda vehicle driving erratically about midday on Friday 25 October. The vehicle was involved in a fleeing driver incident in the Lansdowne area, which was quickly abandoned due to the nature of driving. Enquiries to date suggest …

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Coles in Savea out

Dane Coles with start in the 3rd/4th playoff, but  Ardie Savea, who picked up a knee injury against England is out.   All Blacks team: Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (c), Sam Cane, Shannon Frizell, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Reserves: Liam Coltman, Atu Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Matt Todd, Brad Weber, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie Barrett.

Paekakariki hosts ‘The World’s Shortest (unofficial) Pride Parade’

Paekakariki village burst into life this weekend, with a loud, proud, colourful Pride Fest. Queer fire trucks, excited drummers, twirling banners and dancing dogs were all part of the  third annual unofficial ‘World’s Shortest Pride Parade’ at Paekakariki on Saturday. A crowd of hundreds made its way from Campbell Park next to the beach to the …

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Bird of the year is here!

Voting is about to open for the fiercest, most exciting competition in Aotearoa – Forest & Bird’s Bird of the Year. The competition to elect the nation’s favourite bird has been heating up with alliances, rivalries, and meme-wars taking over the internet. In a new twist to the competition, the voting system has changed. Instead …

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Five sporting events to see in Wellington this weekend

Cricket 3 top premier cricket matches Saturday 26th. See Wellington’s top cricketers in action Football We’re a fresh squad of young, hungry players ready to emblaze our mark on this Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season. With new motivated leadership at the helm, confident direction in our appointed skipper and the build-up of our local kiwi talent, …

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SH1 KAPITI COAST, NORTHBOUND – HOLIDAY CONGESTION

NZTA Wellington @NZTAWgtn SH1 KAPITI COAST, NORTHBOUND – HOLIDAY CONGESTION – 11:30AM Due to increased northbound holiday traffic, there is CONGESTION on SH1 between Te Horo & #Ōtaki. Queues are building towards Peka Peka. Please expect DELAYS, as heavy traffic is not expected to ease until after 6pm. ^CR

Wednesday date night

Every Wednesday a member of the Wellington app team is going on a date…and reviewing how it goes.   Dinner at Loretta 23rd October, reviewed by Brendon, who went with his lovely wife. Loretta is a bustling little restaurant on Cuba street which serves up creative food. We arrived for an early 6pm dinner and Loretta …

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A family-friendly need for speed at Wellington Speedway this Sunday

If your family has a need for speed, don’t miss the sound of roaring engines and blaze of lights at the Max Motors Wellington Family Speedway this Sunday, as the 51st season gets underway. It’s going to be another season of high octane family entertainment: all major racing classes are competing, including saloons, stock cars, mini-stocks, and …

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SH1 CAMBORNE, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 8:30PM

SH1 CAMBORNE, NORTHBOUND – CRASH – 8:30PM A crash is BLOCKING the right northbound lane near the intersection with Steyne Avenue. Please take extra care while passing. For more information overnight, please check our Traffic Map here: http://journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/wellington… 

Trains The first two morning services from WAIK to WELL for Tuesday 22 October will be replaced by Bus

Valid from: 21/10/2019 9:00pm Train services will be running between Wellington and Plimmerton with bus replacements between Plimmerton and Waikanae for the remainder of the evening. We now have more bus replacements running between Plimmerton and Waikanae. Some bus replacements my be delayed due to heavy traffic. The traction crew are now on site and have …

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WE WANT YOUR SPORTS NEWS

The Wellington app is expanding its local sports coverage and we want your sports news. Here at The Wellington app we love sport. We want to share what is happening in the local Wellington sport seen with the masses. So get your club or association to share your sports results, news and fundraisers with us …

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Crash update Ngauranga – cleared but delays

UPDATE 8AMThis crash on SH2 between Petone and Ngauranga has now been CLEARED and all lanes are OPEN. Please continue to expect significant delays as southbound queues are back to Melling. ^EHhttps://t.co/QCjDGflryK — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) October 20, 2019

SH1 ŌTAKI PASSING LANE CLOSED

 The southbound passing lane north of Ōtaki will be CLOSED PERMANENTLY from Monday 21 October. There be traffic control in place on Monday and Tuesday from 8am-5pm while the closure is put in place. (Dependent on weather & other factors). NZTA Wellington

“Delays expected after Upper Hutt crash”

“Delays expected after Upper Hutt crash” Police are responding to a single-vehicle crash on River Road, Moonshine Valley, Upper Hutt. Police were alerted around 12.25pm. No serious injuries have been reported. The northbound lane is blocked. Motorists are advised to avoid the area or use alternative routes. ENDS Issued by Police Media Centre

UPDATE: SH2 NGAURANGA, NORTHBOUND – FLOODING –

FINAL UPDATE 3:40PM This #flooding on the Hutt northbound on-ramp is now CLEAR. Drive safely. ^EL #Flooding is currently impacting the Hutt northbound on-ramp. Please take extra care and SLOW DOWN while travelling through the area. SH2 NGAURANGA, NORTHBOUND – FLOODING – 2:45PM#Flooding is currently impacting the Hutt northbound on-ramp. Please take extra care and SLOW …

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Update: Reported threat on Interislander ferry

“Update: Reported threat on Interislander ferry” Cordons are being stood down following Police enquiries after a reported threat on the Interislander ferry. Police attended the ferry in Wellington and have confirmed there is no suspicious item on-board and no cause for concern. Interislander are working to move passengers to their destinations.  Enquiries are continuing as …

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Top five Friday

A quick look at five things happening in the city this evening. 1. Jazz on the Hilltop Wellington SPCA, 140 Alexandra Road, Newtown, Wellington Friday 18 October 2019 7:30pm – 10:00pm General Admission: $25.56 ($22.50 + $3.06 fees) SPCA’s Wellington Centre is celebrating its buildings 100 year anniversary. In collaboration with the Wellington Jazz Cooperative, …

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Two new millionaires from massive $38m Lotto jackpot

Two lucky Aucklanders are splitting a massive $38 million Powerball jackpot. Both winning tickets were sold on MyLotto, with the winners each taking home $19,142,857. They weren’t the only prizewinners, though. Five Kiwis won $142,857 with Lotto First Division. Those winning tickets were sold at Countdown Manukau City Mall, New World Southmall and Porchester Road Superette in Auckland, MyLotto in Hawke’s Bay, and New World Merrilands in …

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Advertising for bus drivers removed after discovery of racist tweets

The Wellington Regional Council scrambled to remove advertisements promoting a career in bus driving after it discovered a string of racist tweets by one of its poster boys. Official information obtained by RNZ shows the council asked its bus drivers to front a campaign explaining why they joined the profession to encourage others to do …

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SH1 JOHNSONVILLE, NORTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN

Now Cleared SH1 JOHNSONVILLE, NORTHBOUND – BREAKDOWN – 3:20PMA bus breakdown is BLOCKING the Johnsonville northbound off-ramp. Please take extra care while passing and expect delays. ^EH pic.twitter.com/2P6w8qvDfy — NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) October 16, 2019

Widespread defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel revealed

New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. RNZ Concrete investigators say their scanning shows many buildings have not been constructed according to the plans. They were “astounded” and “appalled”, Jane Roach-Gray of Wellington company Concrete Structure Investigations said. It is using ultrasound technology developed …

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The Bucket Fountain turns fifty!

It’s been vilified, dye-bombed and wee’d in by a hobbit, and now on October 12, Cuba Mall’s iconic Bucket Fountain is celebrating its fiftieth birthday. Following the phasing out of trams and removal of tracks in 1967, Cuba Street became temporarily pedestrianised. Businesses loved it, and  petitioned the Council for the layout to become a …

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Coastal Challenge round one preview: PCC vs Weraroa

Horowhenua -Kapiti teams do battle in round one Round one is a split round with the Horowhenua-Kapiti teams in action this week.  Wanganui and Wairarapa teams play this round on 25 January 2020 to fit around representative commitments Paraparaumu Cricket Club vs Weraroa Cricket Club Paraparaumu Cricket Club were the Coastal Challenge champions two seasons …

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Why is no-one voting?

Wellington residents are usually the first to give their opinions on the various issues that affect our region; including transport, roading, housing and the environment – yet voter turnout is currently at an all time low for this years local body elections. RNZ The elections roll around every three years,  with constituents given the chance …

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All Blacks Vs Italy canceled

TYPHOON HAGIBIS IMPACT ON RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019 MATCHES TOKYO, 10 Oct – After extensive evaluation, World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced an update regarding the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on this weekend’s Rugby World Cup 2019 pool matches. This includes the decision to cancel matches on safety grounds. Based …

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Transmission Gully contractor suing NZTA for $352million

Transmission Gully contractor Wellington Gateway Partnership is seeking $352 million from the New Zealand Transport Agency over delays in starting the work. Photo: 123rf The claim would increase the $850 million construction cost to almost $1.2 billion, amounting to a 41 percent increase. The government’s 2019 accounts noted the size of the claim as a contingent …

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Wellington council turns down liquor store application for Khandallah

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

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

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

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Curtain Bank in desperate need of donations as demand outstrips supply

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

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

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

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Council defends leasing wetlands to farming company

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

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

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

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KiwiRail, council dispute Wellington railway station quake status

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

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Wellington railway station being assessed for earthquake harm

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

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Political compromise on roading is unacceptable – Andy Foster

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

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Helene Ritchie says government should pay for all new trains

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

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Council votes against Shelly Bay development processes probe

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

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Shelly Bay: Claims Sir Peter Jackson funding dissident iwi group

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

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Mayoral task force meets to discuss rising insurance premiums

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

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

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

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

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

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Nearly $800k spent on controversial Shelly Bay development

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

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

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

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Crash blocking Southbound lane on SH2 before Ngauranga Interchange

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

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

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

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List of nominated candidates for local elections released

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

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Mayoral candidate Jenny Condie welcomes review of Shelly Bay decisions

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

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

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

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

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

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Voters get chance to grill local candidates on Wellington transport

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

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Helene Ritchie aiming for seat on regional council

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

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Plans for new Archives building next to National Library

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

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Conor Hill is candidate for council as well as Wellington mayoralty

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

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Wellington trains briefly suspended: power issue could cause delays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wellington regional councillors explore water-bottling options

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

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Ombudsman investigates after Julie Anne Genter refuses to make letter public

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

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Hundreds turn out for Ihumātao solidarity rally in Wellington

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

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Candidate wants different rating system, to encourage more housing

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

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Wellington multiple sclerosis sufferer fundraising for stem cell treatment

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

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

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

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Man in Terrace Tunnel standoff sentenced to community detention

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

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

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

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Operation Burnham: Third public hearing begins in capital

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

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Wellington City Council – Technical issues causing major delays

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

All Blacks at MetService to help give the Test weather forecast

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

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Review recommends significant increase of midwives at Hutt DHB

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

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Breakdown blocking Northbound lane – SH1 Ngauranga Gorge

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

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

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

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

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

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Greenpeace activists scaling Wellington high rise

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

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Labour candidates commit to better school holidays in Wellington

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

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Fog causes flight disruptions in Wellington and Christchurch

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

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Election nominations now open – with councils’ encouragement

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

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

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

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Mayoral candidate backs thriving communities, not urban sprawl

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

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Chris Laidlaw rules himself out of council elections

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

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Trades Hall bombing case re-opened, evidence released

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

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

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

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Design thinking for libraries

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

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Police collecting prohibited firearms at Trentham on Saturday and Sunday

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

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

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

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Councils lacking knowledge about seismic strength of buildings – SCNZ

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

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

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

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Local parking payment company losing WCC contract after 15 years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rare Wellington snails under threat from mountain bikers

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

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Massive urban pest eradication effort launched

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

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Wellington City Council seeks more consultation as bus network woes continue

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

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Architects organise public meeting on fate of Central Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Safety concerns: investigation begins into freight train derailment

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

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75 Wellington motorists ticketed for using cellphones while driving in CBD

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

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Wellington trains running again after transport chaos

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

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Commuters should expect significant delays: advised to delay travel

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

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Major travel disruption as Wellington trains cancelled by derailment

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

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

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

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

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

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Wellington predicted to be economic powerhouse in new report

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

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Ice causes delays on Hutt Valley and Wairarapa trains

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

Wellington bus network troubles blamed on city’s challenges

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

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Crash blocking southbound lane on SH2 prior to Ngauranga interchange

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

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Average rates increase for Wellington will be 3.9 per cent

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

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Measles outbreak: Warning to Wellington residents as more cases detected

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

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Wellington mayor warns rule-benders over Len Lye sculpture

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

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Terrace Tunnel closed to Southbound traffic – UPDATE – Tunnel Open

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

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Northbound crash on SH2 Silverstream causing significant delays

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

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City councillors unanimously vote to support LGWM traffic plan

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

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Doctor has registration cancelled after sex with vulnerable patients

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

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

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

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

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

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Family doctor admits having sex with vulnerable patients

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

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Breakdown blocking southbound lane on SH2 Melling

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

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Heat map reveals Wellington drivers get fewest speeding tickets

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

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

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

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Housing First aims to shelter 200 homeless people in Wellington

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

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Wellington Central Library’s rare book collection gets new home

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

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Public transport becoming a more popular option in Wellington

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

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Fault puts a halt to Wellington cable car service

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

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

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

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Wellington’s waterfront to host Matariki spectacle

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

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

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

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

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

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