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Housing in all main NZ markets now ‘severely unaffordable’

None of New Zealand’s main housing markets are considered affordable any longer, according to a study released today. The annual Demographia International Housing Affordability shows New Zealand has continued to be one of the most unaffordable countries in the world to buy a house, with the median price more than six times the median annual …

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Junior doctors on strike and ‘aren’t going to back down’

Striking junior doctors say they will not back down and district health boards must withdraw planned clawbacks to their current terms and conditions. Esme and Frey Battson, 6 and 4, out in support of their junior doctor mum. Photo: RNZ / Matthew Theunisson About 3000 junior or resident doctors are on strike for 48 hours, which is …

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Hairdressers and barbers warned to ditch ‘thank you’ drink

Wellington barbers and hairdressers are being told not to spread the Christmas cheer by filling the glasses of their clients with beer or wine. Wellington City Council sent out letters to hairdressers and barbers to warn them, without a liquor licence, if they give clients a Christmas tipple, they could be served a $10,000 fine. …

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Engineering firm raises concerns about Statistics House inquiry

The engineering firm that oversaw the demolition of Statistics House raised serious concerns about the findings of the inquiry into its partial collapse. A 2013 photo of Wellington’s Statistics House, left, with a photo of damage on the ground floor following the 14 November 2017 earthquake (from March 2017 inquiry report). Photo: RNZ / supplied …

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Greater Wellington Regional Council responds to independent bus review

Improvements in Wellington’s new bus services are “ongoing and sustained,” an independent review into implementation challenges of the Wellington City and Hutt Valley network has found. The review, prepared by Australia-based consultants L.E.K. and commissioned by the Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency, describes the introduction of the new network as a complex …

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Cause of Wellington’s bus network failure revealed

An independent review into Wellington’s troubled bus network has revealed a raft of failings from the regional council. The new routes weren’t tested because the council did not believe it would give an accurate picture of how they would run. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton It came after the new bus network, launched in July …

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Council focuses on the big issues with latest funding round

The Council recently approved over $300,000 in grants to 59 organisations and community groups with a strong focus on culture, the environment, sustainability and addressing some of the big issues concerning Wellingtonians – homelessness, street begging, and social isolation. In 2018-19, projects delivering meaningful activities with a positive impact for vulnerable individuals and the community …

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Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency names new chair and board member

Experienced businesswoman and professional director Tracey Bridges has been named as the new chair of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA).   A proud Wellingtonian who has lived and worked in the region for 27 years, Tracey is a professional director with experience leading and growing private businesses from start-up. A founding partner of …

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Education Minister declines Victoria University name change

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has declined Victoria University of Wellington Council’s application for a legal name change. Mr Hipkins didn’t think the university had sufficiently canvassed the opinions of stakeholders. The Council formally made an application to change the institution’s name to the University of Wellington on 27 September. While benefits from a name change had …

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Shakti Wellington Refuge launches crowdfunding campaign

Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group has launched a crowdfunding campaign and petition for the immediate survival of Shakti Wellington Refuge and Shakti Youth’s work to end forced and underage marriages. Shakti’s crowdfunding campaign during 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence will feature the release of 16 portraits of 16 activists in Asian, Middle Eastern …

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Dame Annette King heading to Canberra

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Dame Annette King as High Commissioner to Australia. The former Rongotai MP was Parliament’s longest serving female MP, with 30 years’ service, from 1996 to 2017. She held a number of senior Cabinet portfolios in the fifth Labour Government, including Justice, Police and Health, and …

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Armistice Centenary commemorated this weekend

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

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Eleven bells for Armistice centenary, then cacophonous chorus

The Rangimarie peace bell of the National War Memorial Carillon will toll eleven times to mark the start of the two-minute silence of remembrance at 11.00am on Sunday at the official Armistice Centenary National Ceremony in Wellington. Then, at 11.02am, a celebratory fanfare will be played by the full bells of the carillon, the third largest in …

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What will you do when the big one comes?

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

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Rapturous welcome for royals in Wellington

Several thousand people turned out for the couple’s only public walk-about in Wellington yesterday. Story by RNZ (original story with extra photos here) Prince Harry and Meghan receiving a hongi at Government House. Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King |RNZ A scream rang out from the large crowd as the couple arrived at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. …

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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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Wellington scores $1.92b from NLTP, but highway projects on pause

Wellington will receive around an eighth of the record $16.9b to be spent nationwide as part of the 2018/21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), published Friday by the NZ Transport Agency. The region will receive $1.92 billion invested over three years, with $759 million going to the improvement or maintenance of existing state highways (including …

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