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Ten thousand downloads! New sections! Next level! Toilets! Serving you better! What’s next?

This past weekend, just 16 weeks after The Wellington App launched to smartphones in the Wellington region, we have had 10,000 downloads of the App to iOS and Android devices.

We’ve experimented, adjusted, solved technical issues, increased our listings and information and news service – all with the goal of giving Wellingtonians on the go everything they need to know with just a few clicks on their favourite device.

Now, it’s time to move to the next level.

As you may have noticed, our front page layout has changed overnight to accommodate new features and reposition others.

If you’re wondering where the Metlink app-within-app has got to, it’s now in the Get Around section, which also includes the NZTA Twitter account (the best way of keeping up to date with any traffic on State Highways around the region), live traffic times, airport arrivals and departures, taxis and ferries.

Local news will always be top left, with our Eat|Drink|Stay, Services, Shopping, and Health|Beauty sections forming a quadrant on the top right.

If you want to place your listing there (incredibly affordable!), or place banner ads or in-story ads elsewhere in the app, contact our sales team.

Underneath the news and the What’s On events listings is a new section, City Life.

As well as Visitor Info, and the About Wellington Wikipedia listing (which we hope everyone who signed up to the Edit for Equity we talked about last week has had a go at updating), we have added our first round of useful geo-located listings of essential Wellington facilities: public toilets.

We started with public toilets, because when you got to go, you need to know where. And the App lets you know that, because it knows where you are. But we’d like your help to improve this. Starting with images of the toilets we don’t yet have photos for. And listings of other toilets in your neighbourhood that aren’t official WCC public toilets, but can be freely accessed by pissersby passersby. And maybe, ratings?

For this next phase, we’d also welcome your feedback on what would be most useful to Wellington residents or tourists to have easily locatable by proximity on the App?

Is it free water drinking fountains? Rubbish bins? Recycling bins and depots? Bank ATMs? Post offices or outlets or PO boxes? Or a lost and found registry?

Let us know what you think: [email protected]