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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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New handrail, lights and paint job next year for Seatoun Tunnel

The Seatoun Tunnel will have its pedestrian handrail extended and receive new LED lighting alongside earthquake strengthening work in early 2019. The work is part of an ongoing programme by the Wellington City Council to improve the safety and accessibility of Wellington’s earthquake prone structures. Alongside the essential strengthening work, plans include extending the existing …

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Consultation closing on a new community for Upper Stebbings Valley

Public feedback on a Wellington City Council plan for a future community in Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West closes at 8.00pm next Sunday, 16 December. With 80,000 more people expected to be living in Wellington by 2043, more homes are urgently needed. The Council wants public feedback on a future northern community in one …

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Sports and community benefit with $2.2m funding nod for Johnsonville

A sports and community hub for Johnsonville’s Alex Moore Park is one step closer after Wellington City Councillors unanimously approved $2.2 million in funding at yesterday’s meeting of the City Strategy Committee. Six local organisations ­ Johnsonville Cricket Club, Johnsonville Rugby Club, North Wellington Senior Football Club, North Wellington Junior Football Club, Olympic Harrier and …

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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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Electronic counters monitoring increased cycling activity

New electronic counters installed in the roads on key Wellington traffic routes will provide more accurate and up-to-date monitoring of cycling patterns. The installation of the new counters and improved provision of online data, will help with the planning of paths, lanes and other changes to make it safer and easier for more people to …

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Consents quashed for $500m Shelly Bay development

The Court of Appeal has quashed resource consents that were granted for a $500 million development in Wellington at Shelly Bay. Story by RNZ Artists impression of Shelly Bay development. Photo supplied. The Court of Appeal found that the Wellington City Council made an error of law when determining whether or not to grant the …

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Streets closed on Sunday for Thorndon Fair

Thorndon’s annual fair returns this weekend (as always, the first Sunday in December), from 10.0am to 3.00pm. The event usually attracts over 20,000 people and 250 stallholders, with an entertainment zone and varied food options. Thorndon Fair is run by Thorndon School, and is the School’s main annual fundraiser. Entry is by gold coin donation, …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 28 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. Public Share collective is celebrating the anniversary …

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Dump runway extension, say Eastern suburbs residents

Locals opposed to the lengthening of Wellington Airport’s runway are asking for an application for resource consent to be thrown out. RNZ story by Wellington Issues reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Last month the airport asked the Environment Court for more time for its application for consent. In March this year the airport asked for proceedings to …

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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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Tawa flies flags to celebrate vibrant community

Forty-three flags are now fluttering from power poles in Tawa, promoting local spirit and the community. Tawa Business Group, Tawa Residents Association, and Tawa Community Board dreamed up the project to highlight the northern suburb community, and engaged locals to take the project from logo and flag design to completion over a two-year period. Local …

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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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Body at beach confirmed as missing Khandallah woman

The body recovered at a Wairarapa beach yesterday has been formally identified, with Police confirming it is Sonam Shelar, who was reported missing on Saturday from Cashmere Avenue, Wellington. The body was found by surfers around lunchtime, and a  post mortem is now complete. The investigation continues, with the Police National Dive Squad undertaking a …

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Police concerns grow for missing Khandallah woman

As the search for 26-year-old Khandallah woman Sonam Shelar moves into another day, Police concerns are growing for her safety. Sonam Shelar, who is five months pregnant was last seen at 8.30am on Saturday 17 November, on Cashmere Avenue, Khandallah. “We are urging residents in the neighbourhood to please ensure they check their sheds, backyards …

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Police continue search for pregnant Khandallah woman (updated)

Wellington Police have increased the size of the team searching for Khandallah woman Sonam Shelar. Sonam Shelar, who is 26 years old and five months pregnant was last seen at 8.30am on Saturday 17 November, on Cashmere Avenue, Khandallah. “We have real concerns for her safety and need people to keep an eye out for …

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Consultation ends next week for Karori improvement project

Your feedback on the proposed options outlined as part of the community engagement for the Karori Town Centre’s Public Space Improvement Project is due by next Tuesday, 28 November. You can provide feedback on four design options on display at the Karori Library and Karori Community Centre, or this Have Your Say page on the WCC …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 20 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. Cook’s Voyages – The True Cost opened …

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Your high five events for Monday 19 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. Want to know the legend behind the …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 17 and 18 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. In response to World Day …

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Your high five events for Friday 16 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. Enjoy a fun morning today (from 10:00am) …

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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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Capital commemorates centenary of city’s worst natural disaster

The influenza pandemic that started in 1918 killed 757 people in Wellington. with most of those people buried in Karori Cemetery. This Sunday at the cemetery the 1918 Influenza Project will acknowledge of the centenary of this momentous event in the capital’s history. Ambulances in front of Town Hall REF: natlibgovtnz:emu:PAColl-748969 The 757 people killed …

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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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Your high five events for Wednesday 7 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. Watch a free performance of Kapa Haka …

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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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Plaque commemorating “Robin Hyde” unveiled in Northland today

The short, troubled but productive life of one of New Zealand’s most accomplished writers, Iris Wilkinson, will be honoured today in a ceremony outside her childhood home in Northland. Wilkinson, born in 1906, wrote under the pen name of Robin Hyde and her novels and poetry gained her worldwide recognition. As part of Wellington City …

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Rongotai subway and murals celebrated

The new sea-themed murals on the entrances to the subway below the airport runway were blessed and celebrated at a ceremony yesterday morning.   Rongotai College students with Weta Workshop Art Director Paul Tobin and artist Sheyne Tuffery in front of the subway murals The murals – which feature real and imagined sea creatures and …

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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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KM short story award won by WEGC student

Wellington East Girls’ College student Elsie Christoffel was announced winner of the annual Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award at Wednesday night’s award ceremony at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Elsie Christoffel with judge Pip Adam Elsie Christoffel’s story, Letter to Love, is an experimental story of love viewed through an unusual lens and won her the …

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Island Bay cycleway repair may cost $10m

Making changes to the 1.7 kilometre cycleway in Island Bay that cost about $1.8 million to build has been estimated to cost $10 million. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Island Bay cycleway, Wellington. Photo: Supplied Wellington city councillors have asked council officers how much it would cost to change the Island Bay cycleway to appease …

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Heritage buildings in Island Bay, Cuba Street and Newtown receive $715,000 help for strengthening

Four significant buildings in Wellington will receive Heritage EQUIP funding to help with earthquake strengthening in the latest round administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. New Zealand’s Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme, provides private building owners with up to 50 per cent of the funding required for seismic strengthening of heritage listed buildings. …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 17 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. 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. Two free NZ Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Kids are on today …

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to meet youth at Maranui Café and Courtenay Creative

As part of their first visit to New Zealand as a couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will talk to young people in Wellington as part of their official engagements. The royal couple arrive in Wellington on Sunday 28 October for the four-day visit, after attending the Invictus Games in Sydney and making visits …

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Predator tracks trigger hunt at ZEALANDIA

Mustelid tracks, likely from a weasel, have been found inside the fence at Karori ecosanctuary ZEALANDIA, triggering an immediate hunt for the unwelcome predator. Conservation and Research Manager Dr Danielle Shanahan said that while incursions are very rare, ZEALANDIA is well-prepared to deal with the situation and is working with experts to plan and carry …

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Extended Route 18e service starts today

From today, 1 October, the 18e bus route is extended as a seven-day-a-week service, including buses between 6.00pm and 8.00pm, from Miramar North to Karori South. It will provide direct connections to Newtown, the hospital, Massey University and Victoria University’s Kelburn campus. Metlink advise that this service will run without transfers and be available as …

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Wellington buses: “You have every right to be angry”

Increased isolation of the elderly, mentally ill and disabled people were some of the concerns residents raised about buses in Wellington at a meeting yesterday. Report from RNZ by journalist Emma Hatton [email protected] Wellington residents, including WCC councillors David Lee and Sarah Free (front row) at Mornington Golf Club yesterday, sharing concerns about changes to …

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Traffic lights proposed for Hataitai

The peaceful fast-food mecca of Hataitai, already reeling from the decision by Metlink to terminate the #14 route in the village, may now get traffic lights at its intersection. Wellington City Council is seeking feedback on the proposed installation of traffic lights and signals for drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians at the crossroads in Hataitai …

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Crash closes left lane after J’ville off-ramp [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The crash ins now cleared and all lanes are open. Congestion remains back past the Newlands off-ramp and will take a while to clear.   EARLIER STORY: Motorists heading north out of Wellington are advised that a crash around 3:00pm today has blocked the left northbound lane of SH1 after the Johnsonville off-ramp. NZTA advises …

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Next stops for bus meetings after Khandallah: Miramar, Petone, Berhampore

The southern suburbs have been added to the list of public meetings to discuss Wellington’s public transport woes, after meetings in Kilbirnie, Karori and Khandallah. Tuesday night’s public meeting at the Khandallah Town Hall to discuss bus services covering Broadmeadows, Khandallah, Ngaio and Crofton Downs was “very well chaired” according to Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor. …

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Have your say on the new Berhampore playground

The Wellington City Council are building a new children’s playground at Berhampore’s Wakefield Park, and want your take on the draft plans. Last year, the council consulted with the public about possible locations for a new playground on Wakefield Park and identified two options: next to the Olympic Football Club building just north of the …

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Your high five events for Thursday 30 August 2018

The cool kids will be at the sold-out Courtney Barnett gig at the Opera House tonight, while western suburbs residents concerned about public transport will be at the meeting to discuss problems with the new transport system (Karori West School, from 7.30pm). There’s plenty more to do. Sustainability Trust present a green cleaning workshop Make …

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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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Public bus meetings extend to northern suburbs

A meeting for public transport users in Ngaio, Khandallah, Broadmeadows and surrounding areas will be held next Tuesday, joining already scheduled consultation meetings in Karori and Miramar. The meeting for northern suburbs residents is an opportunity to find out from Greater Wellington Regional Council (Metlink) about the new bus services in the area (numbers 22, …

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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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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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GWRC transport meeting owns bus problems, suggests solutions

This morning’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council saw councillors fronting up to the problems that have plagued Wellington bus passengers since the changes to the public transport system from 15 July. by Mark Cubey The meeting discussed a staff report to councillors that called the city’s ongoing bus …

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Public input sought on community facilities and nursery

Workshops tomorrow in Newtown and Wilton will discuss what the public wants for the future of Newtown community facilities, and for the Otari-Wilton’s Bush nursery. The Newtown Residents Association, the Newtown Community Centre and the Wellington City Council are working together to ensure the people of Newtown are at the centre of shaping the future …

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Snapper upgrade and Foodbank offer in Newlands

As part of the public transport changes happening on Sunday 15 July, northern suburbs residents will be no longer be able to use their Mana/Newlands bus cards. But they shouldn’t throw them away. Wellington community centre advocate Vanessa Lyall at Newlands Community Centre Northern suburbs residents with a Mana/Newlands bus card will not be able …

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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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Mt Cook Mobilised calls for HNZ consultation on redevelopments

Local community group Mt Cook Mobilised are pleased that Housing New Zealand will be fixing up its 54 apartments in Rolleston Street, but are asking for more consultation on this and other development plans. In an article published in the newsletter of MCM, chair Peter Cooke notes that while the six-decade old apartments at 21 …

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Fit-out funds still needed for Karori Event Centre

The construction of a new, enclosed and secure building for the long-awaited Event Centre in Karori is complete. But the Trust administering the community project needs $816,000 to finish the internal fit-out. The Karori Event Centre, waiting for its interior fit-out The western Wellington suburb of Karori is one of the biggest in the country. …

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