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Runway extension process “protracted and flawed;” increasing costs to ratepayers

Media release from Guardians of the Bays A decision by the Environment Court to proceed with Wellington International Airport’s runway extension application is disappointing given the length of delays, increasing costs and strong public opposition, according to community groups opposed to the proposal. Richard Randerson, Co-Chair of Guardians of the Bays representing more than 600 concerned individuals …

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Sun, Sand, Sea & Surf Report – January 11th

Jan 11th 2018 Today the weather is fine however a southerly change around midday brings a shower or two. All the main beaches will be nice for swimming this morning such as Oriental Bay, Scorching Bay and Lyall Bay. As we head into the afternoon Oriental Bay beach will be the best option as sheltered …

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Teenager rescued from drowning at popular swimming jump-off spot

A security guard is being praised after helping to pull a drowning teenager from the water north of Wellington. Photo: Google Maps Falelua Leitupo was keeping watch at a boat ramp at the mouth of the Pauatahanui Inlet. It was his first day at the site, his firm was hired by the Wellington Regional Council …

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Watch: Rescuers save two dolphins trapped in Wellington bay

A group of friends scrambled down a rocky cliff face to rescue dolphins stranded on rocks in Wellington Harbour yesterday.    Melissa Prowse told Summer Report she and her friends were watching a big pod of about 50 dolphins play and feed near Houghton Bay on the capital’s south coast. She said as the tide went …

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Sun, Sand, Sea & Surf Report – Janurary 9th

Jan 9th 2018 Fine until evening, then cloud increasing. Northerlies developing in the afternoon and becoming strong in the evening. All beaches are pretty good for swimming today such as Lyall Bay, Oriental Bay and Scorching Bay. As we head into the afternoon the winds pick up a little so if you’re looking for a …

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Sun, Sand, Sea & Surf Report – Janurary 7th

Jan 7th 2019 Cloudy with a few showers, clearing this afternoon and becoming fine. Southerlies turning northerly this evening. The best beach for swimming today will be oriental bay as will be the most sheltered from the wind. In the evening Lyall Bay will be a good options as wind turns northerly. The Wellington water …

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Cook Strait ferry service being removed for urgent repairs

A Bluebridge ferry is being removed from service for urgent repairs because of a gearbox fault. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller StraitNZ said the ferry, which operates a service to Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton, would be out of action from this evening and for the rest of the week while the work was …

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Sun, Sand, Sea & Surf Report – December 28th

Dec 28th 2018 Weather is fine today with light winds. We have great beach weather for swimming all day today. Some of the main beaches to head to will be Oriental Bay, Scorching Bay and Lyall Bay for waves. The Wellington water temperature is rather cool (19°C) and the air temperature (18°C) Surf Lyall Bay …

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Man who died while Freediving in Wellington named

The man who died while diving off the Wellington coast on Christmas Eve has been named. Photo: Worser Bay, Seatoun Photo: Supplied / Wikimedia Commons / Pseudopanax He was 58-year-old Gary Hibbs, from Upper Hutt. Emergency services were called to Seatoun on Monday shortly after 4pm when the man – who it’s believed was free diving – …

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Sun, Sand, Sea & Surf Report – 27th December

Dec 27th 2018 Fine apart from morning cloud. Light winds. We have great beach weather for swimming today as not much wind and will be plenty of sun later in the day. Some of the main to head to will be Oriental Bay, Scorching Bay and Lyall Bay (South Coast). The Wellington water temperature is …

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High Court judge approves Chinese garden on waterfront

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

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Sun, Sand, Sea & Surf Report

Dec 24th 2018 High cloud with rain developing overnight with light south east winds. The best beach for swimming today will be Oriental Bay as sheltered from the southerly. The Wellington water temperature is rather cool (16°C) and the air temperature (19°C) as the day goes on. Surf Lyall Bay has messy onshore waves this …

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Sun, Sand, Sea & Surf Report

Dec 23rd 2018 Showers with a strong southerly change early morning, then clearing to long fine spells in the afternoon and winds tending lighter southeasterly. The best beach for swimming today will be Oriental Bay as sheltered from the southerly. The Wellington water temperature is rather cool (15 °C) and the air temperature becomes more …

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Free shoes for Active Families participants

Fifty children and adults will be receiving free shoes this Christmas to assist them with their health and fitness journey. Round the Bays Wellington – Photo: Ari Bakker / Flickr Shoe Clinic and Sport Wellington have joined forces to provide families involved in Sport Wellington’s Green Prescription Active Families programme with shoes to help support their …

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Sun, Sand, Sea & Surf Report

Dec 21st 2018 Cloudy periods in the morning. A few showers about the city, clearing mid morning and southerlies dying out. The best beach for swimming this morning will be Oriental Bay as sheltered from the southerly. As we head into the afternoon the southerly wind will die away making it nice beach weather on …

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Transpower reminds boaties to be aware of fishing and anchoring in CPZ

Transpower is reminding all those heading out on the water this summer of restrictions in the Cook Strait Cable Protection Zone (CPZ). Map showing Cook Strait CPZ  The CPZ protects vital submarine electricity and telecommunication cable links between the North and South Islands. The cables form part of the HVDC inter-island link which transfers power …

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Ferry terminal or concert arena?

This week, Kings Wharf was mooted as one of two possible sites for a new ferry terminal. It’s also been proposed as the best site for a new indoor concert arena. LINDSAY SHELTON of  Wellington.Scoop looks at the options. Only six days after the Regional Council announced that Kings Wharf had been chosen as one of …

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One terminal to ferry them all

All Cook Strait ferries could share one multi-user terminal if a new plan is adopted. Now-retired Cook Strait ferry Arahura loading at the Kaiwharawhara terminal. Photo by John Markos O’Neill A joint programme has been established by Greater Wellington Regional Council to examine the best options for a new ferry terminal in Wellington. As well as …

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Your high five events for Monday 26 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Joy is… Christmas at Capital E (4 …

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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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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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Captain Cook sighted in Wellington

A famous explorer who’s been dead for 240 years was resurrected yesterday, leading a walking tour down Taranaki Street and across the waterfront. Story and photos by Mark Cubey Next year marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival in New Zealand of Captain James Cook on HMS Endeavour. To commemorate the anniversary, Tom Clarke and …

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Ferry sailings restricted on Harbour this afternoon

Metlink advise that adverse weather conditions have forced a restricted timetable for ferry harbour sailings this afternoon. Ferries will depart Queens Wharf at 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm, and from Days Bay Wharf at 4:55pm, 6:00pm and 6:55pm. There will be  no sailings in or out of Seatoun this afternoon. Metlink apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Restricted Harbour Ferry sailings this morning

Metlink advise that the weather conditions this morning (Wednesday 5th September) have restricted Harbour Ferry sailings to the following timetable: Departing Queens Wharf: 7.15am, 8.20am Departing Days Bay Wharf: 7.45am, 8.45am This means there will be no sailings in or out of Seatoun this morning. Metlink apologise for any inconvenience.