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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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Resident scared after gang brawl in Stokes Valley

A Stokes Valley resident who witnessed yesterday’s gang brawl says she no longer feels safe in the suburb. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindillier Police maintained a presence in the Lower Hutt suburb of Stokes Valley overnight following a brawl which witnesses said involved machetes, guns and gang members. After the incident on George Street, officers …

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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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Cute lambs for Christmas – but not for eating

The sheep dubbed the world’s cutest have given birth to their first lambs in New Zealand. Wairarapa farmer Christine Reed and her business partners imported Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep as embryos from the United Kingdom about 18 months ago. Over the past two weeks, Ms Reed’s sheep have brought five tiny bundles of fluffy cuteness …

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Updated: Wellington trains disrupted due to mechanical work

Updated: Wellington train services will be disrupted at peak times today due to urgent mechanical work. Click here to go to Metlink for live information A large number of train services will not be running and people are expected to have to switch to buses, which might cause long delays. RNZ understands 20 trains have …

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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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Police to conduct large road safety operation throughout Wellington Region this week

Wellington Police are on a mission to ensure drivers keep themselves and other road users safe this holiday season. From Monday 17 to Saturday 22 December, Police will be conducting a road safety operation throughout Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, focusing on seatbelts and impairment. “Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the four main contributors …

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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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Man injured in gang shooting in Stokes Valley

Police are continuing to make enquiries after a 39-year-old man was shot in Stokes Valley. The man received moderate injuries after being shot at an address on Hanson Street shortly before midnight on Saturday, and  remains in hospital. A short time after the incident, Police received a barrage of calls from the public describing what sounded …

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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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Man charged with murder after Petone decapitation

A man has appeared in Lower Hutt District Court charged with murder in relation to the death of a 71-year-old man in Petone on Friday night. Police confirmed speculation in the Petone community yesterday that the homicide involved a decapitation. Police have confirmed that the deceased was Francis Tyson, of Petone. Police are continuing to …

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Decapitation confirmed in Petone homicide

Police have confirmed speculation in the Petone community that the homicide of a 71-year-old man on Friday involved a decapitation. Detective Inspector Shane Cotter said that Police were called to a Jackson Street address around 9.50pm on Friday, where a 71-year-old man was found dead. A 41-year-old man was arrested on unrelated matters and appeared …

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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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Kiwibank customers “appalled” by branch closures

Kiwibank customers are outraged at news their local branches in Johnsonville, Petone and Stoke are being closed. RNZ story by Alex Ashton @AlexGPAshton [email protected] Photo: RNZ The state-owned bank yesterday announced the closures, but plan to open 13 new, stand-alone bank branches, which would not be associated with a post shop. Outside the Johnsonville branch yesterday, locals …

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Bus diversions and road closures for Petone Twilight Xmas Parade tonight

The Petone Twilight Christmas Parade 2018 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm tonight will involve road closures and changes to bus services. Jackson Street will be closed from Petone Avenue to Cuba Street. Elizabeth Street will be closed from Jackson Street to Buick Street. Buick Street will be closed from Elizabeth Street to The Esplanade. Bus services on …

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Your high five events for Friday 23 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. In October, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked …

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Teachers strike in Wellington today

Primary teachers conclude a week of industrial action today, with schools closed throughout the Wellington region. A meeting for Wellington, Wellington North and Te Kura branch members will take place at the Opera House at 11.00am this morning, followed by a march to Civic Square for a rally. Other 11.00 meetings will be held for …

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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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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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WelTec to swallow Whitireia in merger, closing Kāpiti campus

A proposal announced yesterday would see two troubled tertiary institutes in the Wellington region merge, with Whitireia Community Polytechnic integrated into the Wellington Institute of Technology in an effort to strengthen their combined financial position. The organisational change proposal, E Tū Ma Tātou – Our People, Our Challenges, Our Future, would also see the closure of Whitireia’s …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 3 and 4 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. The Clyde Quay School Spring …

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Prepared for an earthquake? Yeah, nah.

A survey of Wellington residents revealed that only 15% of respondents had completed more than half of 18 recommended earthquake preparedness actions. The project, carried out in November 2017 by Victoria University of Wellington PhD students Amanda Wallis (above left) and Lauren Vinnell (right), and funded by Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, collected data from over …

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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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Food rescue milestone as Kaibosh turns 10

Wellington’s food rescue charity Kaibosh is celebrating 10 years of rescuing and redistributing food in the Wellington region. George and Robyn Langlands of Kaibosh in 2009. Photo by  Mike Heydon During that time, Kaibosh has rescued more than one million kilos of quality surplus food, provided 2.9 million meals worth of healthy food to people …

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Porirua community demands help after six suicides: ‘It’s just too many’

Porirua people are demanding urgent help after six suicides and a death in a car accident since June. RNZ story by reporter Phil Pennington @pjppenn [email protected] Porirua College principal Ragne Maxwell says “It’s just too many”. Photo: RNZ / Phil Pennington Five of the suicides were of people under 30 and many of them had left high school …

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Rents keep rising in Wellington – and nationwide

Tenants in Wellington should expect rents to keep rising, with median rents up 6.7 per cent compared to last year, hitting $480.00 per week in September. And the increases are being experienced all across the region. “While the median weekly rent in Wellington City has seen strong annual growth of 9.3 per cent to $530.00, …

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Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love dies

Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love died on Wednesday in his Korokoro home, his family have confirmed. Story by RNZ Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love has died. Photo: Facebook / Ngatata Love Ngātata Love, 81, led Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development, and was an Emeritus Professor at both Massey University and Victoria University …

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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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Paekākāriki Hill Road closed this Friday afternoon

Paekākāriki Hill Road will be closed temporarily to through traffic from noon this Friday 19 October, finishing at around 9.00pm or when traffic eases on State Highway 1. The NZ Transport Agency in collaboration with NZ Police, Kapiti Coast District and Porirua City Council are making the Labour Holiday Weekend closure of Paekākāriki Hill Road …

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Te Omanga Hospice highlighted as charity partner for Hutt lights carnival

HighLight: Carnival of Lights returns to Lower Hutt on Friday and has chosen Te Omanga Hospice as its 2018 charity partner, raising money to help with its rebuilding. The free annual event illuminates Riddiford Garden in central Lower Hutt over Labour Weekend with a carnival of live entertainment and performances, interactive light installations, fireworks and …

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Police seek help to identify man in critical condition after Porirua incident

Wellington Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man in a critical condition who was involved in an incident in Porirua yesterday. Police reported that a man had “exited a car” on Warspite Avenue, with police and other emergency services attending the scene from 4.00pm on Sunday. The man was taken to Wellington Hospital …

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Man charged with murder after stabbing in Upper Hutt [updated]

Police have charged a man with murder, after his arrest for assault on Golders Road, Elderslea in Upper Hutt shortly before 4:30pm yesterday afternoon. Emergency services were called to a scene after reports that a man had been stabbed. Despite efforts to revive him, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The 37-year-old man …

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