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Get moving already: mass transit

The centrepiece of Let’s Get Wellington Moving is mass transit. Here’s some basic stuff for when you’re grumping to fellow Wellingtonians at the bus having missed your connection… Stuff’s transport reporters have done a nice piece “The long and winding road to the start line for Wellington’s proposed mass transit system” . It’s got a good …

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The streams beneath the streets

Next time you’re out and about, walking or driving, have a think about whether there might be fish under your feet. Two pipes running out into Island Bay on Wellington’s South Coast carry the waters of Paekawakawa Stream as well as the suburb’s storm water. Photo: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Stewart Baird Photography / Flickr If you live …

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Building Choice – Part 6 of 6

Part six of a six-part series, compiled by Talk Wellington, that outlines a sensible vision for transport. This is a space that needs filling even as Let’s Get Wellington Moving prepares to spend $4 billion on transport in the capital. In parts one, two, three and four we covered the logic behind the better vision for transport in Wellington. Part five was a …

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Streets for people – Part 5 of 6

Part five of a six-part series, compiled by Talk Wellington, that outlines a sensible vision for transport. This is a space that needs filling even as Let’s Get Wellington Moving prepares to spend $4 billion on transport in the capital. We’ve covered the logic behind the better vision for transport in Wellington. Now in Parts …

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Smart choices – Part 4 of 6

Part four of a six-part series, compiled by Talk Wellington, that outlines a sensible vision for transport. This is a space that needs filling even as Let’s Get Wellington Moving prepares to spend $4 billion on transport in the capital. This Saturday: transport is how Wellington can tackle climate change, and here we learn about making …

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Transport for our children’s future – part 3 of 6

Part three of a six-part series, compiled by Talk Wellington, that outlines a sensible vision for transport. This is a space that needs filling even as Let’s Get Wellington Moving prepares to spend $4 billion on transport in the capital. Last week we were introduced to the series and heard Wellingtonians’ hunger for better transport choices. This Saturday: …

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Smart Moves – Part 2 of 6

Part Two of a six-part series, compiled by Talk Wellington, that outlines a sensible vision for transport. This is a space that needs filling even as Let’s Get Wellington Moving prepares to spend $4 billion on transport in the capital. Having been introduced to the series, Part Two finds regular Wellingtonians hungry for better transport choices …

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New departures: Wellington’s wheels and deals – Part 1 of 6

Part One of a six-part Saturday series, compiled by Talk Wellington, that outlines a sensible vision for transport. This is a space that needs filling even as Let’s Get Wellington Moving prepares to spend $4 billion on transport in the capital. We make our streets, but they make us, too. The shape of our streets, …

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Micro-grants help support Wellington charities

A micro-grant provided by Thankyou Payroll Charitable Trust to Newtown Community Centre has meant that their ‘Boomerang Bags ’ initiative to help remove single use plastic bags from the Newtown community was able to get off the ground. Rosie Morrison, one of the key people behind Boomerang Bags. Photo: Supplied / Hamish McCormick “Boomerang Bags …

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Climate change expected to cause dramatic increases in fire risk in Wellington

Parts of the country with low or moderate fire risk are likely to see dramatic increases in danger as climate change occurs. A fire burning in Nelson Photo: Supplied / Fire and Emergency Fire fighters are currently battling a 2000 hectare blaze near Nelson, and the conditions they are facing – hot, windy days and a long dry …

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Are Wellington public transport users waking up?

Wellington’s had pretty decent public transport for a long time, but our aspirations for the services had plateaued at “pretty OK”.  Is this changing? It’s been an interesting year or so for public transport. With a new government directing public spending to a stronger balance between public transport, active transport and private car / freight, …

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Wellington’s Chimpanzee Community – A profile

This week we are profiling three of the most important members of Wellington Zoo’s Chimpanzee community!   They are Kitwe, Alexis, and Sally. If you get the chance to go and see Wellington Zoo’s Chimpanzees, you should really try and spend a lot of time watching them – they exhibit fascinating social dynamics. The baby …

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Cyclists want law change after near-misses with buses

Cyclists in the capital say bus drivers are leaving them scared for their safety. Photo: Supplied / Island Bay Healthy Streets Wellington’s regional transport operator Metlink has received 103 complaints of buses getting too close to cyclists in the last 12 months, two of which resulted in injury. Robert Fiddes cycles 40km to work everyday, …

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Everyone’s job and no-one’s: regional planning in Wellington

Derek’s guest post has some pretty interesting ideas about moving stuff around in our region so things work better.  It made us think: who’s actually in charge of figuring that out what goes where? There’s no Boss Baby but surely..? Ummm… well…. actually no-one.  Bits and gaps, but no Boss   Since enough Wellington cities rejected the …

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Moving the stuff so we can move better

Guest poster Derek experiences transport FOMO: he ponders whether Wellington is missing out on solving traffic woes by failing to consider alternative locations for major infrastructure such as Wellington Airport.    Back when the Basin flyover was being debated and dismissed I took scant interest. I only occasionally ventured to that side of town, and when I did it …

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Deactivated by Uber: ‘They’re going to listen to the rider and not listen to the driver’

More Uber drivers have said they’ve been locked out of the ride-sharing app because of customer complaints they weren’t even notified about. Photo: 123RF Earlier this month, an Uber driver said he was living in fear everyday of his income being taken away, after he was deactivated twice without being told. Five more deactivated drivers have …

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The Meerkat Mob at Wellington Zoo!

In 1991, Wellington Zoo became the first Zoo in New Zealand to have Meerkats. Ever since then they have been an absolute favourite for thousands of visitors. The black patches around a Meerkats eyes act as natural sunglasses – helping to reduce the glare from the harsh sun. They are extremely endearing animals, which means …

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“Whatever happened with…” – Stebbings Valley and Less Deathly Speeds

Talk Wellington is happy to bring you the latest edition of Whatever happened with… updates on things we cared about once but actually still do! Urban development: Stebbings Valley Last year Wellington City Council did some good engagement, asking Us The Public what we want to see from new-greenfields places to live.  Talk Wellington had three posts …

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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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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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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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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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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The Wellington City Council celebrates 40 years of Summer City, with its Gardens Magic series of free concerts at the Botanic …

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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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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features three big attractions: the world cup of kapa haka Te Matatini in February, …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens …

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Witchdoctor enjoys installable smart templates for home voice control

Smart home, smart speakers, smart Amazon… PAT PILCHER gets to grips with installable templates that create new, personalised “skills” for Alexa, Amazon’s voice control technology. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Alexa Skill Blueprints Free …

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Sports clubs fighting for survival

A number of Wellington sports clubs are featured in a nationwide survey that has revealed nearly two-thirds of them are either losing money or just breaking even. RNZ story by digital and sport journalist Bridget Tunnicliffe In the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association’s inaugural national survey of clubs, 22 per cent of respondents said their …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Witchdoctor looks forward to guilt-free air travel

Travel lover PAT PILCHER gets excited about the potential for electro-aerodynamic-powered planes. Can travel finally be guilt free?. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Some people smoke, but my guilty pleasure is travel. …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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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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Huge schedule of events for Wellington this summer

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Witchdoctor asks why we pay what we do for Netflix and Amazon content

Why do New Zealanders pay more per show from Netflix and Amazon Prime than our overseas counterparts? PAT PILCHER investigates. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ At Witchdoctor we’ve frequently bemoaned the sad state …

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Witchdoctor loves the style of the affordable Nokia 7.1

It looks more like a piece of designer jewellery than a phone… PAT PILCHER checks out Nokia’s newest shiny thing. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Nokia 7.1 RRP $598.00 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 …

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Witchdoctor stays safe with Norton Security Premium

PAT PILCHER dives deep into security to check out Norton’s latest offering. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Norton Security Premium RRP $114.99 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 Critics argue that one of the ironies …

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Witchdoctor sees Panasonic play a winning OLED hand

Can Panasonic grab back some of the limelight with its new OLED TV? PAT PILCHER offers his verdict. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Panasonic FZ950 OLED TV RRP $4,878.00 (65”) Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 …

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Artfully remembering Mighty Mighty

An online collection of poster art recalls the glorious days of Wellington’s greatest 21st century bar. Mighty Mighty, which took over a long, narrow first floor space in Cuba Street that used to house a Pakistani restaurant, was undeniably the best bar that Wellington has seen this century, and would also be a sitter for …

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Witchdoctor experiences pure coolness

Snuffling up a storm thanks to pet hair or high pollen counts? PAT PILCHER takes a look at air pollution and a potential problem solver from Dyson. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ …

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Blog: Work and family balance

This month I am going to change what I would normally write about, and talk about a subject that I believe every successful professional person struggles with in today’s fast-paced world. by James Copeland Recently I have been faced with a very unfamiliar situation that revolves around the loss or passing of a loved one. …

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Witchdoctor casts from the couch with new Chromecast

It’s one the least-hyped pieces of hardware recently launched by Google, but does the low profile of the latest Chromecast mean it isn’t a good buy? PAT PILCHER checks it out. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming …

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Listen to Bronwyn Turei on the Sweetman Podcast

Bronwyn Turei is one of the new mainstays at Circa Theatre, performing in comedy, drama, musicals, pantomimes and playing different genders, species, ethnicities – all part of the job of making it as an actor. She’s also been on screen, as the character Cody on the Go Girls television series, and has been in bands …

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Witchdoctor says it’s “she-oh-me” as Chinese giant lands in NZ

Electronics brand Xiaomi, China’s equivalent to Apple, hits the Kiwi market. PAT PILCHER gets hands on with one of the company’s smartphones. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S RRP$799 Witchdoctor …

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Witchdoctor susses budget telly smarts

In his quest to bypass broadcast TV, PAT PILCHER checks out the Alfawise TV Box. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Alfawise TV Box RRP $61.00 Witchdoctor rating: 8/10 At Witchdoctor, we have …

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Listen to Gerry Paul on the Sweetman Podcast

Gerry Paul is a musician, children’s entertainer, tour promoter, event organiser, session player and creative live wire. He co-created the music festival Coastella, is one of the event organisers of CubaDupa, and has been instrumental in forging connections between New Zealand and Ireland, most recently with a  big Irish Festival across three cities in New Zealand that kicks …

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Witchdoctor lays new cables and connections for a Supra audio experience

RICHARD VAREY discovers a Supra feast of fidelity while auditioning audio offerings. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read this story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ This is just what my audio system has been waiting for. It started a few …

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Witchdoctor says “maaaaate” to the Mate 20 Pro – a perfect 10

PAT PILCHER continues his love affair with Huawei smartphones with the Mate 20 Pro. So what’s to love about this phone? Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read this story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Huawei Mate 20 Pro RRP $1,499 …

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Witchdoctor travels with an enviable companion

PAT PILCHER settles in for the long haul as he checks out HP’s Envy x360. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ HP Envy x360 RRP $1,803 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 When heading overseas, be …

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Listen to Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking on the Sweetman Podcast

Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking aka Pirate & Queen talk to Simon Sweetman for Episode 139 of the Sweetman Podcast. In their second podcast chat (the first one was podcast # 86 last year in which they explain their history creating LitCrawl), Mabey and Laking (above) are joined by the new addition to their family – baby Charlie who …

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Eastern Porirua to receive $1.5b housing regeneration

The Government has announced that it will spend $1.5 billion over 25 years to revitalise housing in eastern Porirua, with plans for 2000 new KiwiBuild homes and 2900 renewed state houses. The Eastern Porirua regeneration will transform the suburbs of Ranui, Cannons Creek, Waitangirua and Ascot Park. The partnership with Ngāti Toa in the west …

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Rita scores trifecta at hospitality awards

Boutique Aro Valley restaurant Rita received three awards at the recent 2018 Felix Wellington Hospitality Awards, as the industry celebrated outstanding hospitality professionals and establishments making a positive impact on Wellington’s café and dining scene. Rita co-owners Kelda Hains (third from left), Paul Schrader (right) and Matt Hawkes (second from right), with the Rita team. …

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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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Home team sees off Northland trio in Epro8 Challenge heat

SWIS Vegans, one of two home teams at the latest Year 7-8 Wellington heat of the Epro8 Challenge, were the clear winner at South Wellington Intermediate School yesterday evening. Story and photos by Mark Cubey The SWIS Vegans – Perry, Frances, Tulip and Jed – took first place in the Epro8 Challenge heat at their …

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Witchdoctor ponders Marvel’s Spider-Man: Game or Movie?

Is it a game? Is it a movie? No, it’s Marvel’s Spider-Man and it’s both, as DAMIAN REID discovers. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Marvel Spider Man PS4 $95.00 to $120.00 Witchdoctor rating: …

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Listen to Ross Jolly on the Sweetman Podcast

Ross Jolly is an actor and director. He’s been on TV, in film and has worked both in front of audiences and behind the scenes in live theatre and radio drama. He was a founding member of Circa Theatre and is still a member of its governing council. Photo by Stephen A’Court.  ©Stephen A’Court Ross …

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Witchdoctor checks out the Oppo AX5: solid bang for your bucks

PAT PILCHER gets his hands on the latest Oppo offering. So what’s the verdict? Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Oppo AX5 $399 Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 While flagship smartphones capture headlines, another significant smartphone …

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“Slasher” appears, frightens locals

A promotion for the new sequel to the classic 70s horror Halloween remake left some Wellingtonians creeped out and confused, explains MARK CUBEY. Yesterday, we received an email at The Wellington App from “Christine” with the following intriguing information: “Hey I saw 2 Michael Myers clones on the way to work. One on Willis & …

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Witchdoctor experiences record-filing blues and the loss of the man-cave

GARY STEEL has a mid-to-late-life crisis as he loses his man-cave and pontificates the importance of exactitude in the filing of record collections, and other related ephemera. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ …

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Witchdoctor gets a hub for the home with Amazon’s 2018 Echo Show

Looking to set up a smart home? PAT PILCHER checks out Amazon’s new Echo Show smart home hub and discovers an elegant and useful addition for his kitchen bench. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear …

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Premiere scares as Terror-Fi festival returns for Halloween

The Terror-Fi Film Festival returns to The Roxy this Halloween with a second celebration of horror, thriller and sci-fi films from around the world. This year’s schedule from 31 October to 4 November includes eight New Zealand premieres and two Wellington premieres, with many films screening shortly after world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival and …

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Listen to Mary McCallum on the Sweetman Podcast

Novelist, children’s author, journalist, broadcaster, songwriter, musician and publisher Mary McCallum recently published her first book of poems, XYZ of Happiness. She heads Makaro Press and new venture, The Cuba Press, and is dedicated to publishing poetry through he HOOPLA Series. As a poet, she studied under Bill Manhire at his original poetry class, and went on to …

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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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Listen to Rhian Sheehan on the Sweetman Podcast

Rhian Sheehan is a musician whose work includes a series of studio albums, soundtracks to soundtracks to TV, short film, documentary and feature-length movies, video games and even a theme-park ride. He has just released his new album, A Quiet Divide, and opens a special series of shows across New Zealand, transforming venues into spectacles …

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Four Seasons, in ten days

Tribute show Oh What a Night!, celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, returns to Wellington on 16 October. MARK CUBEY explores the ongoing popularity of the music and the production. From left: Rob Hyatt, Paul Holmquist, James Bullard and George Solomon in Oh What a Night! Photo by James Marlena I came …

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Witchdoctor gets down and dirty with a spring clean for records

Have you tried a Spin Clean with The Groovinator? Or L’Art du Son? RICHARD VAREY has used them on his records, and he’s here to tell us all about it. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and …

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Witchdoctor wonders why Sky has declared war on pirates

How to become a millionaire? Own a pay TV company, but make sure you are a billionaire beforehand, says PAT PILCHER. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Sky TV are going after pirates. …

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Witchdoctor checks out a small but feature-packed Kiwi amp

RICHARD VAREY checks out a Kiwi-designed desktop amp that blows the lid on his preconceptions, and proves to be so much more. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ IMS X8 Integrated Desktop Amplifier …

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Two Wellington landmarks win design awards

The north Kumutoto public space on the waterfront and the He Tohu Document Centre in the National Library were recognised for their design and construction at the NZ Timber Design Awards this week. The Kumutoto project also won a gold pin at the NZ Best Design Awards. The He Tohu Document Centre within the National …

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Listen to Martyn Pepperell on the Sweetman Podcast

Martyn Pepperell is a Wellington-based DJ, broadcaster, publicist, promoter and writer. Most recently he’s been directly involved with the reissue of Our Garden Needs Its Flowers by Jess Sah Bi and Peter One on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label. Martyn Pepperell talked to Simon Sweetman, who has known him for over ten years, for …

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Witchdoctor finds one remote to rule them all

PAT PILCHER settles in with the Logitech Harmony Elite remote and discovers not only is there no need to move from his seat and no more searching piles of remotes, but the wife is happier too. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, …

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Hop into the history of The Wide Mouth Frogs

The latest addition to Audioculture, the “noisy library of New Zealand music” tells the story of the short but glorious career of Wellington’s all-female rock/pop band The Wide Mouth Frogs. This tour poster for the Wide Mouthed Frogs, designed by Peter Chester, was banned from appearing in the Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune. By Mark Cubey It’s …

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Home & Garden Show returns to capital – with Wellington App partnership

Over 200 exhibitors with displays and information about everything from flooring, mini avocado trees, drains and gutters, home financing, bathroom design, artists, sculptors, chocolate – and The Wellington App – will feature at the 2018 Wellington Home & Garden Show at Westpac Stadium this weekend. From 10am Friday through to 4:00pm Sunday, exhibitors from around …

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Creative wealth on display at Visual Art Splash Gallery

Art work from school students throughout the Wellington region is on display for the last day today at the Renouf Foyer upstairs in the Michael Fowler Centre. Photos by Mark Cubey The free-entry Visual Art Splash Gallery is part of the young people’s arts festival Artsplash, which brings together primary and intermediate schools throughout Wellington …

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Witchdoctor explains the Victory of the Musical Magpie

Don’t worry, it’s the 21st Century, it’s okay to like pop music and weird shit too, writes GARY STEEL. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ I well remember the litmus test of rock credibility …

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Free haircuts give students hands-on experience

The students learning barber skills at Te Auaha are giving Wellingtonians free haircuts to gain practical experience. Story and photos by Luke Jackson The difference between a barber and a hairdresser is hard to explain according to Daimon Johnson, the tutor of Te Auaha’s first-ever New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills programme. He settles on …

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Witchdoctor: Vacuum maker Dyson eyes up electric car market

A vacuum maker plans to build cars. Can they succeed? The short answer is probably yes, says PAT PILCHER. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ The path to garnering a fortune usually involves building a better mousetrap than your competitors. …

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Listen to Peter Black on the Sweetman Podcast

Peter Black is a Wellington-based photographer. He talked to Simon Sweetman for Episode 132 of the Sweetman Podcast at Off the Tracks about his life and work in photographs and books, Instagram, and Wellington. Photos above and below by Peter Black from  the 2010 project, I loved you the moment i saw you As well …

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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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Capital muso Bill Lake gets three-part treatment from Audioculture

Songwriter, blues and roots music enthusiast Bill Lake grew up in another capital – Canberra – but is as much a part of Wellington as the bucket fountain or the wind that inspired one of his band’s names. As well as wearing out many soles on Wellington’s streets as a postie, he has been the …

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Witchdoctor gets hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

PAT PILCHER unboxes Samsung’s latest premium offering to find a galaxy of peeper pleasing, high performance delight… Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Samsung Galaxy Note 9 $1,999 (512GB) Witchdoctor rating: 9/10 10 September 2018 Unboxing the Note reveals a solid, …

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Aladdin Sane eaten by bird-human in Ghuznee Street

A carefully crafted paper creation has been artfully pasted to the window of one of the doomed yellow-stickered Ghuznee Street buildings east of Cuba Street. As well as capturing the reflected triptych tribute to David Bowie’s classic 1973 album Aladdin Sane that celebrates the 30th anniversary of JAM hairdressing and its virtuoso owner Tony Barrett,  …

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WHS Roots and Shoots group runs ZWAW

A group of Wellington High School students have organised a week of environmental activism to promote waste management and recycling to their peers. Gwen briefs the group while Alexa cuts up raffle tickets Story and photos by Mark Cubey Last Monday lunchtime, I sat on a stool in one of the science rooms in one …

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Cat of the Week

The third 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 of the week for 10-16 September Name: John Paul Owners: Raewyn and Nathan Suburb: Kingston Age: 11 Breed: Domesticated Moggy Character: cheeky and adorable and loved by …

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Tumbleweeds in central city as free-parkers stage protest

The central city was a dead zone on the weekend, as thousands of motorists spat with venom on the first weekend of Wellington City Council’s imposition of paid parking charges for places on weekends, which has been widely reviled with 600 complaints. By Mark Cubey The weekend dissolved into chaos early on as motorists who …

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Listen to Bill Manhire on the Sweetman Podcast

Bill Manhire is Wellington’s premier poet and founder of the International Institute of Modern Letters. On New Zealand Poetry Day, he talked to Simon Sweetman for Episode 130 of the Sweetman Podcast about teaching, growing up in the South Island, his time in England and 40 years in Wellington, his trip to Antarctica, long-running collaboration …

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Spring is here – swingers, meet syphilis

Unwanted pregnanacy? Genital warts? Chlamydia? Herpes? HIV? The biggest worry right now for sexual adventurers who like a bit of the old “natural” is a very old, very contagious STD. by Mark Cubey Syphilis is back. Not that it went away. The sexually transmitted disease that first thrust its way into pubic, sorry, public consciousness …

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Witchdoctor reports on new Xbox titles from Gamescom

At the annual gaming trade fair in Cologne, Microsoft announced a bunch of incoming titles for the Xbox. DAVID BUTTERFIELD asks: are they worth your time? Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Fallout 76, the first online multiplayer game in …

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Best burger, dish and cocktail announced for VWOAP 2018

Wilson Barbecue, Field & Green and C.G.R. Merchant & Co were the big winners at Visa Wellington On A Plate for 2018, winning the awards for best burger, Festival dish and cocktail last night. A judging panel of six experts rated five finalists in three categories – Best Burger, Best Festival Dish and Best Cocktail …

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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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World class music course ready to roll at Massey

As part of Tertiary Open Day on Friday, the Commercial Music course at Massey University will showcase its brand new studio facilities packed with top-end gear in a music course that’s “shamelessly vocational”. By Mark Cubey.Photos supplied, unless noted. It’s hard to ignore the Neve. No, not the Prime Minister’s baby, though Jacinda and Clarke …

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Metlink Live gets underway with Kilbirnie forum

Last night saw the launch of Metlink Live, a Facebook forum “developed to listen further” to concerns about changes to Wellington’s public transport network. Mark Cubey got amongst it. Metlink Live: On Our Way is a new initiative: digital, live-chat sessions that lets communities question the Metlink transport team, and share experiences so they might …

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Timing your sale to beat the market

Real Estate transaction volumes follow very predictable seasonal trends. Spring is the busiest time of the year – the general theory being that homes benefit from better presentation when the weather is fine – with an increased number of homes listed for sale from August through to the absolute peak in November. This creates a …

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#whyWellington: a lost pannier, recovered

A tale of honest and lovely Wellington, via Twitter:  

Cat of the Week

The first in a new 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 27 August – 2 September Name: Bubbles Owner’s name: Arnel Suburb: Brooklyn Age: Six Breed: Domestic Character: Spy Best feature: White paws …

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Blood, sweat and tears (of joy) at Richter City Roller Derby

By day, they are mothers, office managers, waitresses and trapeze artists. But on Saturday night at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, they swapped their shoes for skates, and came together to play the all-female full contact sport that is Flat Track Roller Derby. Story and photos by Luke Jackson Skater ‘Suffer Jet’ formed the Wellington league …

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Globe-trotter to play Hamlet for Wellington Summer Shakespeare

Wellington actor Stevie Hancox-Monk will play the lead role in Wellington Summer Shakespeare’s gender-bending 2019 production of Hamlet, directed by renowned theatrical practitioner David O’Donnell, Associate Professor in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington. The production, which will be staged from Friday 15 February to Saturday 2 March, will be the first time that Summer …

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Wellington to host Worldcon and George R.R. Martin in 2020

Wellington has been selected as the host for the 78th World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) from 29 July to 2 August 2020, the first time the event has been held in New Zealand. The convention will be called CoNZealand, and George R.R. Martin, author of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire which …

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VR, robots, drones and Lego attract potential engineers

Virtual reality displays, technical challenges, and fun with machines, water, paper, mud and Lego attracted over 2200 parents, students and children to Shed 6 on Queen’s Wharf on Saturday for the annual free public Engineering Expo. Story and photos by Mark Cubey unless credited otherwise The Engineering Expo capped off the third annual Week of …

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Newtown apartments sell off the plans as house prices keep rising

The Wellington property market is showing no sign of slowing down, at a time of year when prices are expected to stall. TradeMe reports that the average asking price for Wellington homes rose 0.2 per cent in June, to $581,500. “There are plenty of buyers actively looking at properties in the capital,” said Head of …

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Good food gets a boost for a second year [UPDATED]

Entries close tomorrow for The Good Food Boost, which gives Wellington start-up food businesses the chance to apply for a six-week mentoring programme. Photo of pomegranates by Nathalie Jolie on Unsplash Applications are open until 5:00pm on Tuesday 21 August for businesses with the potential to successfully promote ‘good food’ across the region – including a focus on …

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Don’t feed the kākā

An ecological message to be sung to the tune of Don’t Feed the Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult. Cowbell optional. Mating time is here Kākā start to pair People, don’t feed the kākā Not in the wind, the sun or the rain (they can’t be like we are) Come on baby, don’t feed the kākā Baby …

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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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When Satan rocked the high school social

“Come, come, come to the Sabbat, come to the Sabbat: Satan’s there!” chanted the wildly dancing students. Psychedelic lights swirled and intoxicating rhythms poured from Marshall amps as Timberjack, dubbed “the nation’s most evil band”, brought their black magic rock to the Wellington High School social in 1971. By Mark Cubey It was my first year …

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The Sweetman Podcast: Pip Adam

As well as maintaining a long-running blog, Wellington writer and broadcaster Simon Sweetman is closing in on publishing 125 podcasts, many with notable Wellingtonians. We will be providing occasional links to them on The Wellington App. Pip Adam. Photo by Victoria Birkinshaw For episode 122, from late June 2018, Sweetman talked with author, teacher and …

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 “I was the most hated man in town”

Long before social media, audience trolling of TV personalities was a thing. Something a music video compilation show host found out to his cost very quickly… Phil O’Brien at Radio Windy in 1980, at the time of his Radio With Pictures hosting. Listeners to RNZ now know them best as radio-without-pictures hosts. But back in …

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Help thyselves, sisters

Do you have a question or problem you are trying to solve professionally or personally? Are you a womxn*? Are you free next Thursday evening? Help a Sister Out may be what you need.. The second in a series of six monthly events, Help a Sister Out takes place next Thursday evening. Run by the …

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New podcast sampling gig for This Way Up producer

Lyall Bay resident Richard Scott is moving on from producing one of RNZ’s most consistently entertaining programmes into a new on-air role. Last Saturday after nearly 13 years on the airwaves and internet, the weekly RNZ National programme This Way Up with Simon Morton, which combined science and digital coverage, consumer advice and a whole …

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Bike racks and lanes enhance city cycling plan

A series of improvements designed to make central city cycling more pleasant include improved waterfront connections, covered parking for bikes, and new and extended bike lanes. Bike rack with knitted foot by Wellington City Library. New racks in Grey Street are promised to be much flasher. Motorbike parking on Grey Street moves around the corner …

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Wellington research shows how junk food dominates sport

A University of Otago, Wellington, study has highlighted the contrast between the healthy activity on the court or field and the food sold at sports venues. Junk food dominates New Zealand sport venues, according to new research led by the University of Otago, Wellington. The study, funded by the Health Research Council of NZ, investigated …

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Come on Welli, take a plastic safari

Local residents and community groups are invited to take a tour of the city’s Southern Landfill to see the effects of discarded plastics at close range. The Wellington City Council is reinforcing its commitment to Plastic Free July with the return of its Bags in the Wild landfill tour, following a positive public response for …

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Traplordz scheme brings pest control plan to youth

Three young Seatoun residents have set up an incentive-based conservation scheme – Traplordz – designed to revitalise conservation culture amongst their peers. GREGOR THOMPSON Jack Tully (centre) receives his new trap from Traplordz Claude Ramsden Bradley (left) and Tait Burge Tait Burge, Hugo Reeve and Claude Ramsden Bradley of Seatoun have set up a self-funded …

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Blog: Should you buy or sell first?

This is nearly always a bit of a juggling act. However, there are definitely ways to optimise the process. After 15 years and hundreds of property transactions in which either a buyer or a seller was making this kind of decision I believe I have a unique perspective on the pros and cons of the …

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Treemendous opportunity for young sprouts

The arrival of Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford has been celebrated with the launch of Trees for Kiwi Babies, a new initiative from conservation charity Trees That Count. The charity is building a movement to help New Zealand plant more native trees, counting how many native trees planted each year and helping to plant more. …

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Blog: Timing is everything

Unlike a good book, houses have a limited shelf life, at least when they’re for sale. Blog by JAMES COPELAND Timing is critical if you want to maximise the value of your home and getting the time-frame of your sale strategy wrong, could cost you a fortune. In many ways, releasing a house to the …

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Wellington 1980s night club profile a big hit

An article about the Wellington night club scene of the 1980s is the most popular story on the online musical archive site Audioculture, the “noisy library of New Zealand music”, which recently celebrated its fifth birthday. DJ Tee-Pee (aka Tony Pene) MARK CUBEY The historical feature by local writer Michael Holloway is illustrated with many photos and …

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