Emergency

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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The end of the world could have started this month – in the Hutt

It’s the little things that could take us down. MARK CUBEY gets bacterial. Humanity faces its most likely extinction, or at least severely depletion, by the myriad “natural” disasters caused by anthropogenic climate breakdown, allowed to happen by unaddressed CO2 emissions and general governmental slackness and inability to think beyond the next electoral cycle. Then …

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Your (double) high five events for the weekend of 6 and 7 October

It’s always a squeeze trying to get the weekend down to five high-five events, so in a trial exercise we’re running ten tips for what you might do over a spring weekend in Wellington (and extending a bit beyond our usual $20-or-under benchmark). Events exclude the WOW activities we wrote about today – check those …

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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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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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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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NZ central bank vacating Wellington HQ for three months due to asbestos

Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ by Rebecca Howard Aug. 10 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s central bank is vacating its Wellington headquarters for about three months to remediate asbestos issues. The central bank’s currency, payments and settlements, and markets operations will not be affected as …

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Reserve Bank building evacuated for asbestos removal

There will be a planned evacuation today from the Reserve Bank building on the corner of The Terrace and Bowen Street so that job of removing asbestos can begin next week. The building houses public service staff from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, State Services Commission and other organisations, including Defence staff relocated after …

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Petone fire causes health risks, transport changes

Buildings surrounding the Macaulay Metals factory in Seaview Rd in Petone were evacuated this morning as fire and emergency services worked to extinguish a large blaze. Fire and Emergency Hutt-Wairarapa reported that the fire was at the western end of a large scrap metal pile, which included insulation from fridges and other materials, producing toxic …

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Water tank for marae first project for Wellington Resilience Fund

An 800 litre water tank is being installed at an Upper Hutt marae with the assistance of the Nikau Foundation’s new Wellington Resilience Fund. This is the first project for the Fund, part of the Nikau Foundation’s mission to increase grants available for community resilience projects around the region. The water tank is being installed …

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