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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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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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Last-gasp effort to resolve industrial action by 21 doctors

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira (Ora Toa Health) will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) in a last-gasp effort to resolve industrial action and prevent a full-day strike on Christmas Eve.   Tomorrow will also see the fifth day of limited strike action when 21 doctors at Iwi health provider …

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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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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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Bus hub budget balloons to $14m

The cost of installing seven bus hubs has blown out from $3.5m to more than $14 million. RNZ story by Senior Reporter Catherine Hutton @Chuttonnz [email protected] The Kilbirnie bus hub in Wellington had to be modified after the WCC announced the cycleway route. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The bus hubs, designed to connect buses from the outer …

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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 lau[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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Kilbirnie Bus Hub opens on Sunday

The long-awaited Kilbirnie bus hub will be open for operations in its permanent location on Evans Bay Parade from 6.00am on Sunday 18 November. Civil works associated with the Kilbirnie stormwater renewal project had made the route impassable for bus services at key times. The stormwater upgrade has now progressed to a stage where Metlink …

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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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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 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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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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Miramar bus “hub” opens on Sunday

The new shelters for what Metlink describe as the Miramar bus hub will be completed on open from Sunday 21 October. Metlink services will operate from what are effectively extended bus stops, with little added “hub” value, on either side of Miramar Avenue. Stop A is in front of the New World carpark, and Stop …

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Trial closure for slip lane on Cobham Drive

The left-turning slip lane on the westbound lane of Cobham Drive, adjacent to St Patrick’s College at the Evans Bay Parade intersection, will be closed to traffic for a three-month trial from Monday 29 October. Wellington City Council is working with the NZ Transport Agency on closing the slip lane as part of determining how …

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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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Lights out in Hataitai

Hataitai residents attending the Mayor in the Chair meeting at the Hataitai Bowlng Club on Tuesday evening were told that a council proposal to install traffic lights at the Hataitai village crossroads is now unlikely to proceed. Mayor Justin Lester told the meeting, also attended by councillors Chris Calvi-Freeman, Diane Calvert and Simon Marsh, that …

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Overnight lane closures on Cobham Drive [updated]

NZTA have advised that partial lane closures continue this week, from 8.00pm to 5:30am on SH1 Cobham Drive from Kilbirnie to Miramar. Lighting upgrades are taking place tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. As always, roadworks are dependent on weather and other factors.

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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Kilbirnie Crescent reopens to traffic

The intersection of Kilbirnie Crescent and Evans Bay Parade has reopened to all traffic following completion of a section of the Wellington Water roadworks. As of yesterday, southbound bus routes 2, 12e, and 36 can travel again down Kilbirnie Crescent. Two bus stops on Kilbirnie Crescent have reopened: #6222 at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, and …

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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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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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Pass of Branda bank work to close Breaker Bay Rd

The stormy weather on Monday night caused slips in Onslow Road, South Makara Road and Grosvenor Terrace, Wadestown, as well as flooding in Ngaio, Seatoun, and on the Hutt Road. The weather also affected the bank at the Pass of Branda (above), which was closed for a few days in June after a slip. The …

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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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Police seek missing Kilbirnie woman

Wellington Police are looking for missing 79-year-old Marion Twitchet. Mrs Twitchet was reported missing around 2:25pm today and was last seen in Kilbirnie around the Kilbirnie Crescent and  Henry Street area. She was last seen wearing a red fleece jumper and a red and white skirt. Mrs Twitchet suffers from dementia and may have become …

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