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They can’t fix the slippery tracks; eighth day of problems for Johnsonville trains

For the eighth day in two weeks, Johnsonville trains have been running late this afternoon because of track problems. Here’s the advice from MetLink at 6.30pm: Read more »

Hutt City Libraries leading online learning with 2500 free tutorials

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Hutt City Libraries is the first public library in New Zealand to offer access – a world-renowned online tutorial service. Read more »

Open day at Kilbirnie Mosque on Saturday

Press Release – International Muslim Association of New Zealand
There’ll be an open day at the Kilbirnie Mosque on Saturday from 10 till 3 at 7-11 Queens Drive, Kilbirnie. Read more »

NZ seafood “best in the world,” PM tells Wellington conference

Press Release – Seafood New Zealand
The Prime Minister John Key called New Zealand’s seafood ‘the best in the world’ in opening the Seafood Industry Conference in Wellington. Read more »

Powertool Records release ‘Election EP’ asking its listeners to vote

Press Release – Powertool Records
We at Powertool Records – and our indefatigable artists – are not a team that sits still for long, especially when something big is looming. So we’re sticking it to the ballot box with the release of ‘The Election EP’: 8 artists with few stylistic similarities, but each with a passionate request that we vote – or at least think about what this election means to you. Read more »

Hutt City planning to spend $3m more to help cycling and walking

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Hutt City Council’s Policy and Regulatory Committee has recommended that the Council should increase its investment in cycling and walking infrastructure by $3,012,000 over three years to encourage greater participation in active travel in the city. Read more »

Wellington employers release regional election manifesto with four issues

Press Release – Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce has released its election manifesto for the region ahead of its Business Election Year Debate tonight. Read more »

$10million in exchange for demolition?

Wealthy developer Mark Dunatschik has offered to pay $5m to help strengthen St Gerard’s, and another $5m to help strengthen St Mary of the Angel’s. But there’s a condition. He’ll write the cheques only if he’s allowed to demolish the heritage Harcourts Building in Lambton Quay. Read more »

Five myths about the Island Bay cycleway

by Regan Dooley
One of the biggest issues in the debate about the proposed Island Bay Cycle Way (Section 1 of the full cycle route to the city, from Shorland Park to Wakefield Park) has been a lack of understanding about the real pros and cons of the cycleway. Here’s an analysis of five of the most common myths. Read more »

“Sense of pride:” Upper Hutt excited by plans for new railway station

News from Upper Hutt City Council
A new modern station for Upper Hutt signals a new beginning for Upper Hutt, say city and regional leaders.

“We’re really excited about the draft plans that have now been released. The new station will provide a modern look for Upper Hutt, a much needed face lift for the centre of town and will bring a sense of pride and place to the community”, says Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy.

Fran Wilde, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council, says the new station will provide a proper transport hub for the city. “It provides a modern transport hub in the heart of the city. It will give passengers and staff an open, light, safe and visible facility that reflects the station as an attractive gateway to Upper Hutt.”

The draft plans include a light modern waiting room and ticket office for train users, protection from the wind and rain for bus users, public toilets, improved lighting and CCTV to improve safety at night and better access for pedestrians and cyclists. The new building will have facilities for train and bus staff given the station is a terminus.

Fran Wilde says the station designers explored the possibility of refurbishing the old building, but concluded that it was easier and cheaper to start from scratch. “Quantity surveyors who assessed the building told us it wouldn’t be commercially viable to refurbish and it may be more expensive trying to alter and extend certain sections of the existing facility than it would be to demolish and completely rebuild.”

This significant investment in the Upper Hutt transport hub has been achieved through collaboration with Upper Hutt City Council, the Regional Council and the NZ Transport Agency. “Without this approach, the station upgrade could well have continued to sit on the backburner for years,” says Mayor Guppy.

“Boosting public transport patronage is integral to keeping Wellington’s transport network flowing efficiently,” says Transport Agency Regional Planning and Investment Manager Lyndon Hammond. “By investing in the upgrade of Upper Hutt Station, we can make public transport more attractive and encourage people to take advantage of our region’s renewed train fleet.”

Upper Hutt regional councillor Paul Swain says he is thrilled with the plans for the new station.

“The important thing for Upper Hutt is that a new station is about to become a reality that will serve public transport users for years to come. That day can’t come soon enough,” says Mr Swain.

Construction is due to start sometime this financial year, and is likely to take at least a year to complete.

Property owners want international promotion for convention centre

Press Release – Property Council Of New Zealand
Property Council Wellington strongly supports the proposed Convention Centre for Wellington. Read more »

Fifteen Wellington buses break down in four days – what’s the problem?

Fifteen breakdowns in four days. What’s the problem with Wellington’s buses? Read more »

“This building should not be there at all”

kumutoto - aug 2014
Willis Bond

by Mary Munro
Waterfront Watch notes with interest the re-designed building planned for Site 10 on North Kumutoto. The main concern of Waterfront Watch, and most of those who submitted to the city council in opposition, is that this building should not be there at all. Read more »

Kāpiti’s refurbished Civic Building achieves ‘excellent’ energy rating

Press Release – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Kāpiti Coast District Council’s refurbished Civic Building in Paraparaumu has been awarded 4.5 stars out of 6 for energy performance under NABERSNZ, the energy rating scheme for office buildings. Read more »

Regional election issues to be debated at Massey

News from Massey University
Wellington regional issues, from the flyover to extending the airport, will be in the spotlight at an election debate at Massey University’s Wellington campus on Thursday. Read more »

More buses or less buses? A problem with truthiness at the regional council

Nicky Hager isn’t the only one uncovering dodgy dealings through email – we’ve recently come into possession of a couple of documents that seem to indicate the Greater Wellington Regional Council might have a problem with truthiness. Read more »

Collins must resign after leaking public servant’s name to blogger – PSA

News release from PSA
The Public Service Association says Ministers should not be leaking neutral public servants’ details so they can be attacked for partisan politics, as Judith Collins has admitted following allegations in Dirty Politics by Nicky Hager. Read more »

Mayor hopes $100m from government will boost cycling in Wellington

News release from Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has welcomed today’s announcement by the Government that it will provide new funding for urban cycleways. Read more »

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