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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Kakariki numbers up 700%, as capital’s native bird species boom

Boom! It’s not the sound of a kakapo, but many other native bird species are causing an explosive increase in the dawn chorus across Wellington. The capital’s annual bird count shows that all native bird species are on the increase in the city’s reserves, with kakariki numbers increasing about 700 per cent since 2011. Beyond …

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St James fix-up tops $30m; delayed reopening affects NZ Festival

The cost to fix one of Wellington’s most important theatres is likely to be $16 million more than first thought, with required strengthening work keeping it closed until at least September 2020. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] The extended closure of the Courtenay Place theatre – it was expected to reopen late next year –  …

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Historic Wellington wharf recommended for demolition

Much-loved historic wharfs are in need of urgent repairs, say council officers. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] The East by West ferry still uses the Seatoun wharf which needs repairs. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson Officers are asking the council to sign off on $4 million over 10 years to fix the wharfs. They would …

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Nine million-dollar suburbs in Wellington as property values skyrocket

Three suburbs that posted average valuations exceeding one million dollars in the 2015 QV adjustment– Seatoun, Oriental Bay and Kelburn – have been joined by six more in the latest round, as values in those suburbs leap nearly 50 per cent. But the increases shown in Broadmeadows, Hataitai, Khandallah, Mount Victoria, Northland, Te Aro and Thorndon were …

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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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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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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.

Explore Wellington’s heritage this week

Wellington Heritage Week has returned for a second year to showcase the history of the city with events, tours, exhibitions, and sneak peeks behind the scenes of some hidden treasures. Wellington Heritage Week 2018, sponsored by Wellington City Council, Museums Wellington, Wellington Civic Trust and Wellington Community Trust, will feature more than 30 events, many …

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Consultation starts to identify quake-prone ‘priority’ buildings

The Wellington City Council has opened a Government-required consultation to identify priority earthquake-prone buildings, including those on key transport routes, which will need to be strengthened in a shorter timeframe. Changes to the Building Act following the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes mean ‘priority’ buildings must be strengthened in seven-and-a-half years rather than the normal 15 …

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Documents reveal conflict over pay for Sir Peter’s museum plan

Documents released by the Wellington City Council show the lengths the council went to get a movie museum built in its planned convention centre. Story from RNZ by Reporter Laura Dooney  @ljdooney [email protected] In August it was announced Sir Peter Jackson and the team behind the museum were walking away from the project. It was first announced in 2015 …

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Grants worth $450k help heritage building preservation

Today’s meeting of the City Strategy Committee approved a recommended grant of $168,500 from the Built Heritage Incentive Fund for strengthening work on St John’s in the City. Photo of St John’s in the City by Luke Jackson Twelve smaller BHIF grants to properties were approved during the Grants Subcommittee meeting on 19 September, but the …

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Dangerous URM façade fixes meet tight deadline

All but one of the potentially unreinforced masonry (URM) façades of 113 Wellington buildings have now been secured. Maguire’s Building, 168-174 Cuba Street; designed by prominent Wellington architectural firm Thomas Turnbull and Son in 1900, and now well reinforced. Photo by Mark Cubey The owners of the offending buildings have had 18 months to secure the …

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Direct Miramar/Karori service via universities to be restored and extended from Monday

Passenger demand has led to Metlink extending the new 18e route between Miramar and Karori. From Monday, the service will run without transfers and be available as an all-day service rather than just at peak hours. “This change is directly in response to customer feedback,” said Greater Wellington Regional Council chief executive Greg Campbell announcing …

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Troubled bus network: process was correct, officials say

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says it wouldn’t have done anything differently in its implementation of the city’s problematic new bus services, but is committing to fixing it in eight weeks’ time. Story from RNZ by political reporter Gia Garrick @giaisonline [email protected] Politicians have been inundated with complaints over Wellington’s troubled bus network. Photo by RNZ / …

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Get seasonally snapping for Bot Garden’s 150th

The Botanic Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the Wellington City Council 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 Society, NZPhotographer magazine, New Zealand Photography …

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Auditor-General writes open letter to GWRC on public’s bus concerns

The Office of the Auditor-General has written to the Greater Wellington Regional Council after receiving correspondence from the public requesting an investigation into the new bus network and services. John Ryan, who runs the Office of Controller and Auditor-General, the independent organisation that audits public entities, has published the letter to GWRC chair Chris Laidlaw …

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Wellington buses: “You have every right to be angry”

Increased isolation of the elderly, mentally ill and disabled people were some of the concerns residents raised about buses in Wellington at a meeting yesterday. Report from RNZ by journalist Emma Hatton [email protected] Wellington residents, including WCC councillors David Lee and Sarah Free (front row) at Mornington Golf Club yesterday, sharing concerns about changes to …

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Permanent bus hub finally underway in Newtown

Work begins today on the permanent bus hub in front of Wellington Hospital, with carparking options reduced, pedestrian access to the hospital altered, and southbound traffic on Riddiford Street reduced to one lane. The long-awaited work to construct a permanent bus hub for Newtown will continue until early November. During the construction period, pedestrian access …

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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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Bus meeting in Berhampore this afternoon

A meeting for southern suburbs residents on what’s happening with Wellington’s public transport system will take place from 3:00pm this afternoon at Mornington Golf Club, 80 Stanley Street, Berhampore. The meeting will be hosted by Rongotai MP Paul Eagle and Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter, with the opportunity for local residents to provide direct …

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New heritage plaques honour great local women

An iconic and much-loved Wellington broadcaster was remembered this week with the unveiling of a plaque in her honour. The plaque on the Dixon Street footpath outside the Hope Gibbons building remembers Maud Basham, affectionately known as Aunt Daisy, who broadcast from the building on the corner of Taranaki and Dixon streets for 2ZB for …

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Core transport problems remain as urgent bus review promised

Yesterday’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council agreed to commission an independent review of what has gone wrong with the region’s new public transport system. But problems with core assumptions around the system remain, and the refusal of transport operators to negotiate with the drivers’ union remains the elephant …

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Nearly 50 buildings with Grenfell-like cladding identified in Wellington

A high school, a private hospital and several apartment blocks are among the 49 Wellington buildings identified with combustible cladding similar to what fuelled the fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London last year. Report from RNZ by Phil Pennington @pjppenn [email protected] Photo of Grenfell Tower, by ChiralJon (CC2) The Wellington City Council was ordered by the …

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GWRC transport woes to be discussed this morning

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s transport committee is putting a positive spin on the city’s transport woes, while the Wellington City Council decides how to allocate nearly half a million dollars in grants. by Mark Cubey This morning’s monthly meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council will address Wellington’s transport …

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Government to dissolve tertiary institute Council

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to troubled tertiary institutions Whitireia and WelTec in a move to address the financial woes of the two polytechnics. Te Auaha, the Institute of Creativity opened this year by Whitireia and WelTec. Minister Hipkins said today that following consultation and consideration of submissions, …

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Art auction raises $40k in support of national music centre

Nearly $40,000 was raised at the art auction last Thursday night, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington last Thursday night, in partnership with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington City Council. The auction at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel and supported by Dunbar Sloane Ltd, was held to raise funds for the National Music Centre …

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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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St John’s in the City starts $4.2m earthquake strengthening campaign

St John’s in the City, the 132-year-old Presbyterian church on the corner of Willis and Dixon Streets, launched a $4.2 million fund-raising campaign yesterday. The funds are needed to carry out seismic strengthening to 70% of the New Building Standard on the Category 1 historic building, which is currently deemed “earthquake prone” at 25% of …

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New Whairepo Lagoon sign reinforces te reo Māori name

A new sign installed at Whairepo Lagoon on Wellington’s waterfront removes any confusion regarding the name the lagoon has held since 2015. From left, Port Nicholson Block Deputy Chairman Peter Jackson, Wellington Deputy Mayor Jill Day and Tenths Trust Chairman Morrie Love, with the new sign at Whairepo Lagoon. Photo: Wellington City Council The new …

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Eat a pest and get a free rat trap for Conservation Week in Wellington

Wellingtonians can give our native species a helping hand starting this weekend by answering the call to Conservation Week. Today and next Sunday, local food trucks at Harbourside Market will serve pest-themed dishes, with prizes for the first to eat their way through the menu, including wild venison pie and goat dumplings. Department of Conservation …

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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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Traffic lights proposed for Hataitai

The peaceful fast-food mecca of Hataitai, already reeling from the decision by Metlink to terminate the #14 route in the village, may now get traffic lights at its intersection. Wellington City Council is seeking feedback on the proposed installation of traffic lights and signals for drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians at the crossroads in Hataitai …

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Four fledgling food businesses boosted

Four local food businesses, all with a sweet but healthy angle, were last week’s winners of the 2018 Good Food Boost mentoring initiative programme. The winners – Creative Cooking, Wellington Honey, Esther’s and Half Baked – were selected for their potential to successfully promote healthy, nutritious food that contributes to local economies, reduces waste, and …

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Wellington turns out for Te wiki o te reo Māori

Te wiki o te reo Māori has begun and Wellington central was transformed. RNZ report by Te Aniwa Hurihanganui, Te Manu Korihi Reporter @teaniwahuri [email protected] Photo by RNZ / Richard Tindiller (for full gallery see original story) Thousands of school kids, parents, organisations, businesses and government representatives blocked the main street through Lambton Quay to celebrate te …

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Next stops for bus meetings after Khandallah: Miramar, Petone, Berhampore

The southern suburbs have been added to the list of public meetings to discuss Wellington’s public transport woes, after meetings in Kilbirnie, Karori and Khandallah. Tuesday night’s public meeting at the Khandallah Town Hall to discuss bus services covering Broadmeadows, Khandallah, Ngaio and Crofton Downs was “very well chaired” according to Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor. …

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WCC becomes NZ’s largest Living Wage employer

Last night, the Wellington City Council celebrated becoming the country’s largest accredited Living Wage employer. Mayor Justin Lester (right) with WCC workers at last night’s Living Wage celebration Living Wage Aotearoa today officially confirmed the Council had joined the list of more than 100 accredited Living Wage employers, now that directly employed staff have been …

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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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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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Porirua Chamber of Commerce wound up with Wellington takeover

A Special General Meeting of the Porirua Chamber of Commerce has voted unanimously to wind up the organisation, with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce taking over operations. Announcing the move, outgoing chairperson Euon Murrell said that small chambers such as Porirua are increasingly unsustainable, and become focused on running back office administration rather than actively …

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Council lawns get renovation love and hybrid turf for spring

Parks and lawns across Wellington are now being renovated with traditional and new techniques though to October, in preparation for expected high usage in the summer months. Some of the central city’s busiest lawns, including Midland Park and Glover Park (pictured above) will be fenced off for up to 30 days to allow new grass …

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Bus route 18 to be restored after public pressure

The Greater Wellington Regional Council announced yesterday that the route 18 bus service between Miramar and Karori, via Newtown Hospital and Massey and Victoria Universities, will be returned to an off-peak operation, from its present peak-only schedule. This goes part of the way to answering calls for change at last week’s Sustainable Transport meeting. It …

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Special Housing Areas shunned by Council in wake of Shelly Bay decision

An 8-7 vote by yesterday’s meeting of the City Strategy Committee of the WCC removed the special housing legislation that enabled controversial developments in Shelly Bay and Erskine. The legislation enabling nine Special Housing Areas (SHA) in Wellington lapsed this week. Council staff had recommended that this be rolled over until 16 September 2019, in …

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Pipeline across the harbour will provide alternative water supply

A $116 million project aimed at improving water supply resilience for the metropolitan region was approved yesterday at a meeting of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. The Council approved the Cross Harbour Pipeline as the preferred project for an alternative water supply to Wellington City, Wellington City’s water is currently piped from the Hutt Valley …

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Listen to Ray Ahipene-Mercer on the Sweetman Podcast

Ray Ahipene-Mercer is a musician, luthier, conservationist and former Wellington City Councillor. He talked to Simon Sweetman about music, politics, his recent appointment as chair of Orchestra Wellington, and living in Breaker Bay, for Episode 127 of the Sweetman Podcast. As well as maintaining a long-running blog and writing the book On Song, Wellington writer …

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Joint plan for Movie Museum and Convention Centre abandoned

Plans for a proposed Movie Museum as part of a Convention Centre complex in Cable Street have been abandoned. Artist impression of the proposed Convention Centre and Movie Museum The Wellington City Council and The Movie Museum Limited announced yesterday that a joint project for a Council Convention Centre and TMML Movie Museum that had …

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Town Hall deal inked between WCC, NZSO and VUW School of Music

Wellington’s Town Hall moved closer to becoming a centre for civic and cultural events in the city after the signing of a binding Collaboration and Redevelopment Agreement between the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkῑ, and the Wellington City Council. The organisations formally agreed yesterday to redevelop the …

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World Chimpanzee Day celebrated at Zoo tomorrow

Wellington Zoo is celebrating World Chimpanzee Day tomorrow, with the transformation of its chimpanzee zoo habitat underway. Saturday 14 July, World Chimpanzee Day, is the anniversary of Dr Jane Goodall’s arrival in what is now Gombe Stream National Park to study chimpanzees in the wild. Wellington Zoo has a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute …

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Mt Cook Mobilised calls for HNZ consultation on redevelopments

Local community group Mt Cook Mobilised are pleased that Housing New Zealand will be fixing up its 54 apartments in Rolleston Street, but are asking for more consultation on this and other development plans. In an article published in the newsletter of MCM, chair Peter Cooke notes that while the six-decade old apartments at 21 …

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Right whale – or wrong weather – may halt fireworks (photos)

Wellington’s been the right place for a visit by a rare southern right whale since it was first spotted in the harbour on Tuesday. But the presence of the whale in the harbour may postpone the Wellington City Council’s inaugural mid-year fireworks event. Photograph by Sean Gillespie Wellington turned into Whaleywood this week as locals …

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Region’s mayors support new government plan for transport

The mayors of Wellington, Lower Hutt and Porirua have all welcomed the new 10-year plan for transport from Government which promises to unlock record investment in the roads, rail and public transport. Minister of Transport Phil Twyford announced the Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2018 on Land Transport today. It increases investment from $3.6 billion in …

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13 a lucky number for Wellington communities

The community work of 13 locals has proved lucky for many Wellingtonians who’ve benefited from their labours. Contributions to the city’s ethnic, marginalised, arts, sports, conservation and education communities were recognised last night when Mayor Justin Lester presented Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian award certificates to 13 recipients at an event at City Gallery Wellington. “These awards …

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Debt doubled, capital projects pushed in WCC 10-year plan

At last night’s monthly meeting, the Wellington City Council adopted its Long-Term Plan for 2018-28, focusing on the city’s economy, housing, transport, resilience and a decade of culture. Mindful of a growing population and healthy financial position, Wellington City Council has allowed debt to double as part of its 10-Year Long Term Plan, enabling investment …

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Silver fern sphere hangs again over Te Ngākau

The re-creation of the popular hanging sculpture Ferns has just been installed in Te Ngākau (Civic Square). Wellington City Council workers were on the job from 5.00am this morning preparing for the installation of the stainless steel sphere, a replacement for the original Ferns by Christchurch-based artist Neil Dawson. The original 200kg sculpture was installed …

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