Activism

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

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

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Teachers strike in Wellington today

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

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Your high five events for Friday 16 November

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

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Dignity milestone achieved for second birthday

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

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Buttons push message at Children’s Holocaust Memorial

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

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

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

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Wellington primary schools to close on Friday as teachers strike again

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

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Your high five events for Monday 12 November

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

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Sustain in the brain: go green this weekend

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

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Your high five events for Thursday 8 November

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

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Remember Kristallnacht, fight fascism, embrace hope and violins

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

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

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

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Prepared for an earthquake? Yeah, nah.

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

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Your high five events for Friday 2 November

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

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

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

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Strike over for now, with mediation scheduled

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

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Food rescue milestone as Kaibosh turns 10

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

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Be someone’s star this Christmas

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

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Primary school teachers vote for rolling strikes

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

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

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

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Frustration over disabled parking abuse, design and quantity

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

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Your high five events for Tuesday 16 October

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

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Australian feminist features in pop-up gig following fifth LitCrawl

Pirate & Queen have announced a pop-up event with Melbourne feminist Clementine Ford in the wake of their fifth annual LitCrawl festival programme in November. Clementine Ford (above) is a provocative author, columnist, speaker and feminist thinker who uses humour and distilled fury to lay bare ongoing issues affecting women, and has gained a huge …

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Drivers reach provisional settlement with NZ Bus

The Tramways Union has reached a provisional settlement with New Zealand Bus. Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the settlement will be put to the union members for ratification on Friday 19 October. He said the union negotiators will recommend that the settlement be accepted. Report by Roy Murphy from Wellington.Scoop The NZ Bus agreement …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 3 October

Support bus drivers, experience musical mayhem, join the next generation business community, find out more about the flu epidemic in the Pacific 100 years ago, and get positive about mental health. The Greater Wellington Regional Council are holding an extraordinary meeting from 9.30am at their offices on Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Te Aro. On …

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Your high five events for Monday 1 October

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

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

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

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Bus drivers vote for strike action and dismissal of GWRC

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

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Bus stop work meeting runs later than planned, services revised

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

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Union stop work meeting affects bus services today [updated]

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

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Your high five events for Wednesday 26 September

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

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Your high five events for Monday 24 September

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

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Your high five events for Tuesday 18 September

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

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Wellingtonians among record number of finalists at Sustainable Business Awards

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

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

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

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Your high five events for Thursday 30 August 2018

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

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Laidlaw takes it on the chin at angry bus meeting

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

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Students launch blog to expose sexual harassment

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

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