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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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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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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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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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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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Surf’s up for old club building

Preliminary work has started on the old Lyall Bay surf club, in preparation for its demolition, which is due to start within a fortnight. This project is happening as the old building is in a bad state of repair, and Lyall Bay surf club now has a new home in the nearby purpose-built clubrooms designed by …

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Shifting sands at the bays

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