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Wellington bus drivers vote for fare strike

Wellington bus drivers have voted for industrial action including a fare strike – driving buses while refusing to take fares – from the 28th of January if their employer NZ Bus continues to force part-time shifts on them. The company’s attempts to use more part-time shifts with fewer hours would see many drivers face loss …

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Hands on with Norton Secure VPN – protecting free public Wi-Fi users

The odds are good that you’ve heard of VPNs. While most media coverage revolves around VPNs, or virtual private networks, as a tool for hiding dodgy online activities, they’re also a useful way of keeping your personal and financial information out of the hands of others. VPNs were originally used as a means of providing …

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Doctors on strike today; but hospital emergency dept staying open

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board Resident Medical Officers who are members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association union will undertake strike action around the country from 7am on Tuesday to 7am on Thursday. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski Patient safety and wellbeing remains our highest priority and focus during this time. Contingency …

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Fundraiser causes anger among deaf community

A deaf Wellington man says he’s furious after a woman apparently pretending to be deaf so she could try to sell sign-language cards, came into his work. Photo: RNZ / 123RF Deaf Action New Zealand has laid a complaint with police after reports of people in Wellington and Auckland trying to sell the cards for …

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Updated: Train services on Hutt Valley line suspended

HVL/MEL: Services on the Hutt Valley line are currently suspended from departing and arriving to Wellington due to a signals fault. Photo: RNZ / Paloma Migone Valid from: 10/01/2019 8:40am All Hutt Valley and Melling line services are currently suspended from departing Wellington and Upper Hutt due to a signals fault between Petone and Trentham. Services …

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Terrace Roadworks – expect delays

Repaving is underway on the southbound lane of The Terrace between RNZ House and Salamanca Rd. Expect delays during your morning commute in this area. Image: Google Maps / Screengrab    

Road closure tomorrow 9am – Wakefield / Taranaki intersection to Cable St

Update 7:15am – it appears that roadworks have begun early in this area – expect delays during morning commute. Due to paving at Wakefield/Taranaki tomorrow, part of the intersection will be closed from 9am for about an hour. Image: Google Maps This will prevent access to Cable St from Taranaki St & Wakefield St. Motorists …

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New feature: Animal of the Week with Wellington Zoo

As part of The Wellington App’s Summer Edition, we are working with Wellington Zoo to showcase some of the amazing animals you and your family can visit while the weather is good! Every Wednesday and Friday during January we will feature a new animal with some general information about the species, but also a bit …

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Update: Kāpiti Expressway lane closure for resurfacing this week POSTPONED

Update: 9:15am – The resurfacing works and southbound lane closure on the Kāpiti Expressway have been postponed. New dates and times have not been given. Photo: Supplied / NZTA The expressway was built to give motorists a quicker route between Paekakariki and Ōtaki. Some of the road has previously been replaced because water and discolouration began …

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Birds distressed or dying after being decorated with tinsel

The SPCA says birds are showing up in Wellington either distressed or dead after being decorated with tinsel, rings and other items. The SPCA wants members of the public to come forward if they know anything about the decorated birds. Photo: SPCA It has reported incidents involving about 30 non-native birds such as sparrows since 2015, but …

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Breakdown blocking lane – SH2 Remutaka

SH2 REMUTAKA HILL – BREAKDOWN – 2:30PM A breakdown is BLOCKING a lane on the Upper Hutt side of the Remutaka Hill. Please take extra care while passing.

Wellington’s Reading cinema closes after earthquake report

The large Reading Cinemas complex on Courtenay Place has closed until further notice following an independent engineers’ report. Reading Cinemas on Courtenay Place. Photo: Google Maps In a post on social media, Reading Cinemas announced it would be closing the cinema complex out of “an abundance of caution”. The company said the draft report, which has not …

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Road still closed as man stands over Terrace Tunnel – Latest photos and information

Wellington police are still negotiating with a man in a distressed condition following a two-vehicle crash at the city-end mouth of The Terrace Tunnel. The Terrace Tunnel in Wellington has been closed off all afternoon. Photo: RNZ / Meriana Johnsen The tunnel has been closed in both directions since a two-car crash just after 12.30pm. Police are …

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Terrace Tunnel remains closed: Police negotiating with man in distressed condition

Wellington police are negotiating with a man in a distressed condition following a two-vehicle crash at the city-end mouth of The Terrace Tunnel. Photo: Terrace Tunnel closed after crash. RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Police are also speaking to a male who is standing above the northbound lane. Police said the man was in a distressed …

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Terrace Tunnel closed in both directions due to crash

SH1 TERRACE TUNNEL – CRASH – 12:35PM Due to a crash the Terrace Tunnel is CLOSED in both directions. Please use an alternate route or delay your travel. Check the NZTA tab in the app to see live updates.

Experts flag ‘high risk’ of train collision and deaths

There is a “high risk” of two trains crashing in Wellington, which could lead to deaths, experts have found, reiterating earlier calls for more safety measures on the back of four investigations into passenger trains that almost crashed. Photo: RNZ / Paloma Migone A new risk report has examined a busy stretch of rail where …

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Hairdressers and barbers warned to ditch ‘thank you’ drink

Wellington barbers and hairdressers are being told not to spread the Christmas cheer by filling the glasses of their clients with beer or wine. Wellington City Council sent out letters to hairdressers and barbers to warn them, without a liquor licence, if they give clients a Christmas tipple, they could be served a $10,000 fine. …

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Traffic Warning: SH1 Aotea Northbound

A vehicle on fire is BLOCKING the northbound lanes between the Porirua on-ramp and Whitford Brown off-ramp. Emergency services are on-site and congestion is building. Please avoid this area if possible. Check the NZTA tab in our local news section for live updates.

Engineering firm raises concerns about Statistics House inquiry

The engineering firm that oversaw the demolition of Statistics House raised serious concerns about the findings of the inquiry into its partial collapse. A 2013 photo of Wellington’s Statistics House, left, with a photo of damage on the ground floor following the 14 November 2017 earthquake (from March 2017 inquiry report). Photo: RNZ / supplied …

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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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Northbound passing lane closed near Te Horo – Expect delays

Due to holiday traffic the northbound passing lane north of Te Horo is now closed. Expected to reopen by 8pm. Road users are advised to take extra care. Map showing location of lane closure and delays. Image: Google Maps + NZTA

Resolved – Crash blocks Southbound lane of SH1 near Tawa

Due to a crash blocking the left southbound lane between the Mungavin on-ramp and Tawa off-ramp, caution is advised in the area. Image showing the location of the crash. Photo: Google Maps / NZTA The crash occurred around 9:30am and the road was operating normally again by around 10:30am. -TWA

Brooklyn Residents asked to conserve water after pump station fire

An electrical fire at Aro Valley’s Epuni Street pump station has damaged important equipment used to control the supply of water to a major reservoir. Damage caused by an electrical fire at Epuni St Pump Station. Photo: Wellington.scoop Group Manager, Network and Customer Operations, Jeremy McKibbin said that “the Brooklyn Reservoir holds 24 hours’ worth …

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Be prepared not to drive impaired

Police launched their summer road safety campaign in Wellington today, warning against driving impaired by fatigue, drugs or alcohol. The message from NZ Police and the NZ Transport Agency to road users is simple: remain focused and drive as if your life and the lives of those around you depend on it. Be courteous, be …

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Buckle up, Wellingtonians!

Police are calling for proper seatbelt action from motorists after 113 people were issued infringements last week in the Wairarapa for not wearing seatbelts. Wellington Police and the Wairarapa Road Safety Council are reminding all motorists that seatbelts safe lives. Checkpoints held last week in the Wairarapa resulted in 113 people being issued infringement notices …

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Be alert tomorrow night (it’s only a test)

NZ Civil Defence are running a nationwide test of their Emergency Mobile Alert system between 6.00 and 7.00pm on Sunday 25 November. In an emergency, these alerts can be really helpful, and the nationwide test is a necessary part of making sure the Emergency Mobile Alert system works well. The test is sent to cell towers …

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Terrace Tunnel now open after crash (updated)

The Terrace Tunnel is now fully open again after a crash this morning inside Tunnel closed the southbound lane into the city. The northbound lane remained open.

Porirua SH1 crash continues Labour weekend delays

A crash has blocked one lane at the Mungavin off-ramp on SH1 at Porirua. Emergency services are currently on site, and NZTA asks motorists to please pass with care and expect delays. This follows the rolled truck accident that is still blocking SH1 north of Plimmerton, and a breakdown on SH2 on the Featherston side …

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Strong wind warning for Remutaka Hill

NZTA advise that hau pūkeri (strong winds) that have been continuing throughout the day may still affect motorists on SH2 Remutaka Hill. Extra care while travelling in this area is required, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.