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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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Wellington to trial bus to zoo

The Wellington Regional Council will trial a bus route to Wellington Zoo after public pressure since the new network was set up. Photo: Supplied / Wellington Zoo When Metlink’s new system was launched, the service running to Wellington Zoo was scrapped. It will now run a six-month trial service leaving Wellington Station every hour, from 3 …

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Wellington Airport given more time for runway extension plans

The Environment Court has given Wellington Airport more time to resubmit its resource consent for its runway extension plans. In 2013, Wellington Airport sought permission to extend its runway by 355m to allow bigger planes to land. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King But the court says the substantial delays in the case reflected badly on the administration …

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Wellington City Council’s 40th Summer City starts on Monday

The Wellington City Council’s Summer City programme kicks-off its 40th year on New Year’s Eve, with more than 90 events over the next three months – and something for everyone.   For 40 years, Summer City has been entertaining locals and visitors with a huge variety of events and activities, and its history is equally …

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Bowlzilla offers international opportunities for skateboarders

New Zealand skaters will be launched on to the world stage via Bowlzilla Wellington 2019 on March 9 at Waitangi Park. Big returns are coming for the skaters of New Zealand with the maturation of their skateboarding Capital Assets.   Photo: RNZ / Nicolas Bennett The road to the Olympic Games for skateboarding begins this …

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Updated: Wellington Traffic Warnings for Friday 21 December – NZTA

There are a number of traffic warnings in place as the annual Christmas exodus begins tomorrow. The Wellington App will keep you up to date with any additional incidents on the roads as the day progresses.   Below is the most up to date list of road closures and traffic warnings as of Thursday 20th …

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Wellington Traffic Warnings for Friday 21 December – NZTA

There are a number of traffic warnings in place as the annual Christmas exodus begins tomorrow. The Wellington App will keep you up to date with any additional incidents on the roads as the day progresses.   Below is the most up to date list of road closures and traffic warnings as of Thursday 20th …

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Record number of international travellers due in Wellington over Summer

A record number of international travellers are expected to pass through Wellington Airport over the summer period. Photo: Philip Capper Approximately 70,000 visitors will fly into the airport over summer, an increase of 9% compared to the previous year. The busiest day for international movements through the airport will be Sunday 6 January, with almost …

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Air New Zealand increases Brisbane-Wellington capacity by 40%

Capping off a bumper quarter of international growth, Air New Zealand’s inaugural Brisbane-Wellington and Brisbane-Queenstown flights depart from Brisbane Airport today. Air New Zealand will operate its A320 aircraft up to four times a week between Brisbane and Queenstown, and up to five times a week between Brisbane and Wellington, increasing the airline’s overall annual …

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What makes Wellington’s new Chimpanzee enclosure so much better?

Wellington Chimpanzee Troops new home “closer to natural than ever before” Wellington Zoos latest exhibit upgrade was officially completed yesterday with an opening ceremony in the new Chimp Park visitor area. The $1.2m changes were made with support from the Jane Goodall Institute NZ and Pub Charity. Part of the ceremony included a personalized video …

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Pouwhenua display opens tonight to highlight Te Matatini

A new generation of urban Māori are on display in the heart of Wellington as the city prepares to host the biggest kapa haka festival in the country. Photo: RNZ / Te Aniwa Hurihanganui The three metre-high pouwhenua mark the arrival of the upcoming Te Matatini competition which expects to bring more than 60,000 visitors …

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$154m convention center approved for Wellington

Wellington City Councillors have voted to proceed with a Five Greenstar Convention and Exhibition Centre (CEC) which will give a major boost to the local economy, create hundreds of jobs and provide stimulus for further regeneration in that part of the city.   Image: Wellington.scoop  The Council’s City Strategy Committee passed the recommendation unanimously yesterday. …

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WCC vote on $154m convention centre this week

The Wellington City Council will decide on Thursday whether to proceed with a new Convention and Exhibition Centre. Artist’s impression of the proposed convention centre on Cable Street It will consider a proposal that the centre be developed on Council-owned land on Cable Street, opposite Te Papa, at a cost of $154.3million. The building with …

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Witchdoctor looks forward to guilt-free air travel

Travel lover PAT PILCHER gets excited about the potential for electro-aerodynamic-powered planes. Can travel finally be guilt free?. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Some people smoke, but my guilty pleasure is travel. …

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Airport expects strong summer traffic as international flights near record highs

Wellington International Airport says it is expecting a strong summer on a mix of new services and increased capacity to and from Australia. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Gavin Evans The company, which yesterday reported an almost 5 per cent increase in …

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Video poem wins trip to Guangzhou for young Wellingtonian

Catharina Lee wrote her first poem, made her first video and became one of five winners of an all-expenses-paid trip to Southern China’s gateway city of Guangzhou. Entries in the competition for New Zealand Chinese Language Week, sponsored by China Southern Airlines and the Guangzhou Tourism Bureau, were required to be submitted via video on …

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Edible art challenge for WoW prompts cocktail trail

As the World of WearableArt enters its second weekend (with standby tickets still available for most shows), locals and visitors have a number of ancillary ways to participate – and win – including cocktail and retail trails. Garments from the World of WearableArt historical collection are on show at the WOW Hub under the sails …

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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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Biggest season for cruise ships anticipated by burgeoning CentrePort

Wellington’s cruise ship season started this week, with an anticipated 50,000 extra passengers expected to make it the biggest yet, according to CentrePort. Radiance of the Seas berthed on Tuesday, opening the season, and the 330-metre Majestic Princess arrived on Wednesday with 4,900 passengers and crew, playing the theme from The Love Boat on its …

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Boulcott Street Bistro chef heading to Niue

Rex Morgan, head chef at the Boulcott Street Bistro will notch up a new first in his 32-year career when he heads to Niue for the first time in November, as guest chef at the KaiNiue Food and Wine Festival. Rex Morgan (above) will collaborate at the Festival with good friend Jeremy Rameka (below), the …

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Wellington picked as New Zealand’s best destination

It will be no surprise to locals that the latest Lonely Planet guidebook has Wellington at number one on its list of the best places to visit in New Zealand. Reiterating the catch phrase it coined in 2010 – “the coolest little capital in the world” – the influential guidebook put Wellington ahead of destinations …

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Wellingtonians invited to run the vines down south

Nearly 200 competitors from across the country attended the first year of the McArthur Ridge Run in Central Otago. Our friends at The Central App have suggested that Wellington App users may want to head south to give the run a go in February 2019. Photo by Dear Lissy Online registrations are now open for …

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Chinese visitors targeted by “Team Wellington”

A new partnership between Wellington’s largest tourism organisations will provide a $2.5 million funding boost to the goal of boosting the number of Chinese visitors to the region over the next five years. WCC Photo of tourists at Weta Cave by Jeff McEwan A new partnership has been formed between the Wellington Regional Development Agency …

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