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Your High Five Events for 28 January

The Wellington App High Five Events are back! This 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. …

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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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Wellington hits peak median weekly rent

Wellington has become the country’s most expensive city to rent in as rents in the capital soared by 5.8 percent in the past year. Higher house prices in Wellington mean more people are staying put in rentals, putting the squeeze on the supply of houses to rent. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Trade Me’s latest figures put …

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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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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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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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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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Animal of the Week – Red Panda

Wellington Zoo is home to four Red Pandas: Khusi and her cub Ngima, Sundar and Manasa. They all have distinct personalities which Zoo visitors can use to tell them apart! Cooler weather makes for the best days to go and see the Red Pandas at Wellington Zoo. They become much more active, and will often be …

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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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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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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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Fundraiser causes anger among deaf community

A deaf Wellington man says he’s furious after a woman apparently pretending to be deaf so she could try to sell sign-language cards, came into his work. Photo: RNZ / 123RF Deaf Action New Zealand has laid a complaint with police after reports of people in Wellington and Auckland trying to sell the cards for …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Infratil agrees to sell NZ Bus

Infratil has agreed to sell its NZ Bus unit to Next Capital for up to $240 million, but will help the Australian private equity firm pay for it.   Announced after the New Zealand market had closed, Infratil said it’s reached a conditional sale with Next Capital, which sold Go Bus to Ngai Tahu Holdings …

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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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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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High Court judge approves Chinese garden on waterfront

A High Court judge has dismissed an appeal against a plan to build a Chinese garden in Frank Kitts Park on Wellington’s waterfront. The lobby group Waterfront Watch had argued the garden would take away green space, block harbour views and make the park less safe. The Environment Court threw out its appeal in April, …

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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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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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Wellington App Launches Summer Edition.

Introducing the Summer Edition of The Wellington App! Photo: Kristina D.C. Hoeppner / Flickr Like all of you, we at The Wellington App change our focus over the summer months, so we’ve decided to roll out a special Summer Edition. You’ll have all the local news and information you’ve come to rely on, including any traffic disruption …

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The beauty of the Basin Reserve

There is something special about attending a cricket Test and watching it at the Basin Reserve is probably as good as it gets in New Zealand, Barry Guy writes. I attended the first two days of the Test in Wellington between New Zealand and Sri Lanka as a spectator and not a reporter. There is always plenty …

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Wellington App Launches Summer Edition.

Introducing the Summer Edition of The Wellington App!   Like all of you, we at The Wellington App change our focus over the summer months, so we’ve decided to roll out a special Summer Edition. You’ll have all the local news and information you’ve come to rely on, including any traffic disruption notifications, but we’ll …

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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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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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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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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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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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$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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Restrengthening plan to close Old St Paul’s

A multi-million-dollar fundraising appeal for building restoration has been launched to strengthen historic Old St Paul’s in central Wellington, ahead of its temporary closure next year to allow the work to be carried out. Old St Paul’s, completed in 1866, is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, with support from the Friends of …

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Fly like a Swan, live in a Garrett: your choice

The WCC is calling for feedback on the future of Swan Lane and Garrett Street. You have 12 days to respond. By Mark Cubey The Wellington City Council want to improve the experience of pedestrians and businesses located in and around Swan Lane and Garrett Street, as part of the Council’s Laneway strategy to improve …

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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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Armistice Centenary commemorated this weekend

At 11am on 11 November, Aotearoa New Zealand will mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. A range of commemorative events are taking place across Wellington. The Government will acknowledge the centenary with a number of events at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, with the National …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 10 and 11 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. As well as Armistice Day …

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Eat, drink and be merrily generous

Gather your $2 coins, take them out to a participating restaurant or café this month or next, and become part of DINEAID. Over nine years ago, a small group of caring New Zealand restaurateurs decided to give a helping hand to New Zealanders in need. Since then, the charitable initiative DINEAID at restaurants and cafés has …

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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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What will you do when the big one comes?

This week’s earthquake is a reminder that no one in the Wellington region can tell when are major disaster might strike. Are you prepared? The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMOnz) are holding a series of Plan and Prepare Workshops, starting this evening in Wadestown. In a hui of korero, sharing and networking among neighbours, …

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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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Making matches on Manners Street

Having set up a bunch of keen comers to fill holes in the saddest stretch of the Golden Mile, commercial property specialists Bryan Block and David Grant are continuing their quest to change Wellington’s retail sector one street at a time. Story and photos by Mark Cubey David Grant (left) and Bryan Block of Crown …

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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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Who’s your safety hero?

The WCC is asking the public put forward nominations of selfless people with a commitment to making the world a safer place for a Council award. The Council’s annual Safety in the City awards recognise and celebrate individuals, groups, programmes and safety heroes that make exceptional contributions to the safety of the city. Wellington has …

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Diawali brings the light to Sunday afternoon

Wellington’s local Indian and South East Asian communities’ most vibrant cultural celebration, Diwali, takes over the waterfront on Sunday afternoon in a festival of lights. The lighting of lamps at the ancient Hindu festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the renewal of life. The colours, sounds, tastes and spicy …

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Sunday’s Open Streets event closes roads to cars

A large section of the Wellington CBD will be closed to cars tomorrow from 9.00am to 1.00pm for the Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke – Open Streets event. Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke is a free, active event for people of all ages and abilities to take over the streets and walk, play, ride and …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 27 and 28 October

This daily 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. There are three fund-raising events …

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Thursday double digital education events extra

Here’s a couple of education-related events extra to our High Five, that you may want to take advantage of this evening… Wellington educators, businesses and parents* are invited to the Future of Education evening presented by Frances Valintine (above), recent recipient of the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Education Futurist and Chair …

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Local open source exponents score awards

Wellington companies and individuals working with free and open source software were celebrated at the 2018 New Zealand Open Source Awards at Te Papa last night. Both of the Open Source special awards went to Wellingtonians: Brenda Wallace (above), in appreciation for the breadth and depth of her community commitment and open source contributions; and …

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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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Ten thousand downloads! New sections! Next level! Toilets! Serving you better! What’s next?

This past weekend, just 16 weeks after The Wellington App launched to smartphones in the Wellington region, we have had 10,000 downloads of the App to iOS and Android devices. We’ve experimented, adjusted, solved technical issues, increased our listings and information and news service – all with the goal of giving Wellingtonians on the go …

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Your high five events for Monday 15 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. Today marks the start of Te Wiki Kaumātua Seniors’ Week, held …

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Saturday community involvement alert

Some activities tomorrow to make you feel good (and do good). A dedicated group of Makara community representatives have been learning about climate change, sea level rise and the local area in order to plan for a future with more water. They’ve heard from a range of specialists, shared local knowledge and have shortlisted some …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 25 September

Language, construction, traffic lights and movement define your Tuesday. New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23-29 September) is an NZ-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Today’s talk, Literary Chinese – The Latin of East Asia, is one of three celebrating Chinese Language Week, and explores the common heritage of …

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Season tickets offered by Phoenix in diversity offering

The Wellington Phoenix football club will offer 2018/19 season tickets for recently resettled refugees and people from low socioeconomic communities as part of their Football Diversity and Inclusion Programme. By Luke Jackson. Photo of Rakesh Naidoo by Malcolm Wood The FDIP is an initiative between Wellington Phoenix, the Human Rights Commission, Red Cross, ChangeMakers, Multicultural NZ and …

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First look at Wellington’s new social housing units

More than 100 new social housing units have been unveiled in Wellington. Report from RNZ, 17 September 2018 The development has one- to four-bedroom apartments and five are designed for people with accessibility needs. Photo: RNZ / Katie Doyle The 104 unit-development, Te Māra apartments in the inner-city suburb of Mount Cook, replaces the 57-unit 1970’s …

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Latest Regenerate focuses on art and yoga

Sellers are out on the streets with the latest issue of monthly Wellington-based street magazine Regenerate. Jason, aka Regenerate Seller 24, used to panhandle at the Newtown Market, and is now working and enjoying being part of the community: “I’m happy to be part of a good team – a lovely bunch of people to …

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Wellington gets mo’ satisfaction

According to a survey released yesterday, people living in the greater Wellington region are happy with their lot, and have a high level of concern for their fellow citizens. The biennial Quality of Life survey conducted by Nielsen, measured the perceptions of over 7,000 New Zealanders in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Christchurch and Dunedin. The survey has …

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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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Pups enjoy Lions win at HUHA event

At fundraising event Pups in the Park, dogs and their owners enjoyed watching the Wellington Lions beat North Harbour on a sunny Sunday afternoon.   Story and photos by Luke Jackson Reggie, a three year old Dogue de Bordeaux wearing a lion’s mane (below) had a lot to say about the Wellington Lions uneven Mitre 10 …

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Your high five events for Friday 7 September

It’s Onesie Day, with the Orange Day Parade, Suffrage in Stitches, the McQueen doco, and a whole lotta folk, metal and Ethiopiques. Today is Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day, the annual appeal for the only emergency ambulance service in the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa area. The appeal extends to Saturday with a long weekend featuring …

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Bus talks head north tonight

Residents from Ngaio, Khandallah and Broadmeadows get their chance tonight to talk about the changes to Wellington’s public transport system. Representatives from Metlink and the Greater Wellington Regional Council will be at a public meeting to discuss the new bus services – numbers 22, 24, 25 and 26 – operated for them by Tranzit. They …

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Cat of the Week

The second in a weekly series where we publish a photograph of a notable neighbourhood cat. Send your photo submissions, and the necessary information (below), to [email protected] Cat for the week of 3 – 9 September Name: Tilly Owner’s name: Anna Suburb: Johnsonville Age: 5 Breed: Burmese Character: Judgemental (but also cuddly) Best feature: All …

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Have your say on the new Berhampore playground

The Wellington City Council are building a new children’s playground at Berhampore’s Wakefield Park, and want your take on the draft plans. Last year, the council consulted with the public about possible locations for a new playground on Wakefield Park and identified two options: next to the Olympic Football Club building just north of the …

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Changes proposed for alcohol ban areas

The Wellington City Council is reviewing the Liquor Control bylaw and has proposed some changes to the alcohol ban areas. The present bylaw expires in December and there have been law changes which mean it needs to be reviewed, says Social Development Portfolio Leader Councillor Brian Dawson. “Alcohol control bylaws are commonly used to manage …

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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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Cosplayers become CAUSEplayers for hospital street appeal

Collectors in character costumes will be volunteering as CAUSEplayers on the streets of the city tomorrow, helping with the annual street appeal for Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital. Cosplay collectors for the Wellington Hospitals Foundation.Photo by Pixie Captured Images Devotees of cosplay (a contraction of the words “costume play”), dress up in self-made costumes and fashion …

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Regenerate 8 focuses on food, expands sales to Hutt

The eighth issue of monthly Wellington-based street magazine Regenerate is out now, providing work opportunities for those affected by homelessness or poverty. This issue is focused on food, and Regenerate has received the green light from Hutt City Council to start selling in the Valley. The new Food issue has features on Visa Wellington On …

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Have your say on a new northern community

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 of the last remaining areas of the region identified for new housing. The Wellington City Council is calling for public feedback on a plan for a …

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Newtown meeting threatens fare revolt

A near-capacity crowd at the Newtown Community Centre last night aired their frustrations at Wellington’s public transport system. Over 100 people attended the meeting, with many speaking out against the changes that have continued to cause problems for passengers and drivers since 15 July. Event organiser Kara Lipski said that a public strike on fare …

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DCM bookfair raises over $85,000

The 23rd annual Bookfair run by DCM last Saturday attracted over 5,300 people, and raised over $85,000. The final figure is to be confirmed. DCM volunteers clean up after the bookfair. Photo by Huup Waagen. The funds raised will go toward the work of DCM (formerly the Downtown Community Ministry) to end homelessness in Wellington. …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 8 August

Apart from the GWRC Sustainable Transport meeting at 9:30am (see yesterday’s news coverage), there is much free writing and talking on offer today. British public health specialist Lucy Saunders was awarded Transport Planner of the Year in 2015, and has developed the Healthy Streets Approach that puts people and their health at the centre of …

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Former councillor Bryan Pepperell dies

Bryan Pepperell, a long-serving Wellington City Councillor until 2013, died suddenly at home last Thursday aged 65. Pepperell served as a southern ward councillor from 1995 until 2013, and stood for the mayoralty at six elections. In a statement, his eldest son Martyn said that “he leaves behind a legacy of empathy, and a huge …

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Diversity, partnership and innovation celebrated at Arts Access Awards

A prominent broadcaster, a solo theatre maker, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and a partnership that ran a creative writing workshop for writers, the public and prisoners were all winners for Wellington at the national Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards last night. The annual Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards, presented in Parliament by …

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Arts Access Awards night includes enhanced name

The Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2018 takes place tonight at Parliament, with a new name, and accolades being given to a range of individuals and organisations improving access to the arts for all New Zealanders. The 2017 Arts Access Accolade winner Olivier Lacoua, General Manager of CQ Hotels Wellington, is presented with his …

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Soup Kitchen scoops up supreme community award

Long-running community care providers Compassion Soup Kitchen were honoured last night as Supreme Winner at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards, for their commitment to helping vulnerable people. Compassion Soup Kitchen has been operating in Wellington since 1899. Based in Haining Street, it provides breakfast and dinner to those in need, alongside access to computers, …

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Public input sought on community facilities and nursery

Workshops tomorrow in Newtown and Wilton will discuss what the public wants for the future of Newtown community facilities, and for the Otari-Wilton’s Bush nursery. The Newtown Residents Association, the Newtown Community Centre and the Wellington City Council are working together to ensure the people of Newtown are at the centre of shaping the future …

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Campaign against hygiene poverty launched today

A new initiative is asking the public to donate toiletry and hygiene products for people in need. A battle against hygiene poverty was launched today by Wellington blogger and policy advisor Lucy Revill. Soap For Society, in partnership with Wellington City Mission, Accor Hotels, Arriba PR and La Chapardeuse illustrator Maureen, will collect beauty and toiletry products …

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