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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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Rolling road closures for Thursday’s Vic Uni parade

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

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Engineers warned council over quake-damaged building’s design

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

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Get summer snapping for Bot Garden’s 150th

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

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Sports clubs fighting for survival

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

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

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

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Thinking about public transport costs (opinion)

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

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

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

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

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

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WCC vote on $154m convention centre this week

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

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Man injured in gang shooting in Stokes Valley

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

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

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

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Witchdoctor looks forward to guilt-free air travel

Travel lover PAT PILCHER gets excited about the potential for electro-aerodynamic-powered planes. Can travel finally be guilt free?. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Some people smoke, but my guilty pleasure is travel. …

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Consultation closing on a new community for Upper Stebbings Valley

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

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

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

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Kumutoto public space blessed at opening

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

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Wellington councillors push for wider liquor ban

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

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Song of celebration sets the stage for Te Matatini 2019

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

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Fairfax raids Stuff kitty in lead up to Nine merger

Australia’s Fairfax Media Group raided Stuff’s kitty ahead of a planned merger with broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co, which doesn’t see a home for the New Zealand unit. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ by Paul McBeth Stuff paid $22.5 million in dividends to its Australian parent …

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

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

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Helpers needed for next Friday’s Night Shelter appeal

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

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

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

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

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

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Huge schedule of events for Wellington this summer

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

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Trade Me attracts another suitor with a sweeter offer

Trade Me has attracted a second private equity suitor willing to pay $2.56 billion for the country’s dominant online marketplace. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ by Paul McBeth The Wellington-based company said yesterday it has received a non-binding indicative offer from Hellman & …

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Playground feedback needed by Friday

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

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QV data for November shows Wellington house prices still rising

The wider Wellington region recorded a 4 per cent quarterly increase and an 8.1 per cent annual rise in the latest Quotable Value house price index. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ by Jenny Ruth Quotable Value says its nationwide house price index rose 3.5 …

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Electronic counters monitoring increased cycling activity

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

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Orchestra Wellington release epic 2019 programme and live double vinyl LP

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

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Man charged with murder after Petone decapitation

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

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

Why do New Zealanders pay more per show from Netflix and Amazon Prime than our overseas counterparts? PAT PILCHER investigates. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ At Witchdoctor we’ve frequently bemoaned the sad state …

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Consents quashed for $500m Shelly Bay development

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

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Decapitation confirmed in Petone homicide

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

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

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

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Six drivers didn’t care about impairment, say Police

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

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

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

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Journalists: think vertical, think phones, think diversity

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

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Witchdoctor loves the style of the affordable Nokia 7.1

It looks more like a piece of designer jewellery than a phone… PAT PILCHER checks out Nokia’s newest shiny thing. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Nokia 7.1 RRP $598.00 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 …

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

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

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Wellington Advent Calendar returns – with Mittens

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

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Streets closed on Sunday for Thorndon Fair

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

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Sound and screen consolidation eyed with MediaWorks and QMS merger

Local broadcaster MediaWorks and ASX-listed outdoor advertising firm QMS Media have signed a conditional deal to merge the New Zealand businesses in the latest round of media industry consolidation. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Paul McBeth The media companies have entered into a heads …

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Your high five events for Friday 30 November

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

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Witchdoctor stays safe with Norton Security Premium

PAT PILCHER dives deep into security to check out Norton’s latest offering. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Norton Security Premium RRP $114.99 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 Critics argue that one of the ironies …

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Test offers last chance to visit Cricket Museum before strengthening

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

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Your high five events for Thursday 29 November

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

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Shakti Wellington Refuge launches crowdfunding campaign

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

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Your high five events for Wednesday 28 November

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

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Wellington personal trainer judged best in NZ

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

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Despite the rain, garden water restrictions still in place

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

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Witchdoctor sees Panasonic play a winning OLED hand

Can Panasonic grab back some of the limelight with its new OLED TV? PAT PILCHER offers his verdict. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Panasonic FZ950 OLED TV RRP $4,878.00 (65”) Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 27 November

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

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Dump runway extension, say Eastern suburbs residents

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

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Your high five events for Monday 26 November

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

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Missing man found safe and well

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

Witchdoctor experiences pure coolness

Snuffling up a storm thanks to pet hair or high pollen counts? PAT PILCHER takes a look at air pollution and a potential problem solver from Dyson. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ …

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

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

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Don’t Guess the YES campaign launches today

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

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Kiwibank customers “appalled” by branch closures

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

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

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

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

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

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Tawa flies flags to celebrate vibrant community

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

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Bus diversions and road closures for Petone Twilight Xmas Parade tonight

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

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Your high five events for Friday 23 November

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

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Body at beach confirmed as missing Khandallah woman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trade Me Group says British private equity firm Apax Partners has approached it with a non-binding indicative offer to take it over for $6.40 per share. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Jenny Ruth The share price offer is a 25.5 percent premium to Tuesday’s close …

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Witchdoctor casts from the couch with new Chromecast

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

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Police concerns grow for missing Khandallah woman

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

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NZSO partners with City Mission for Christmas

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

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Listen to Bronwyn Turei on the Sweetman Podcast

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

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

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

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Your high five events for Wednesday 21 November

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

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Police continue search for pregnant Khandallah woman (updated)

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

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

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

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Consultation ends next week for Karori improvement project

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

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Your high five events for Tuesday 20 November

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

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

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

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