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Six German experts will fix broken sludge pipeline next month

News from Wellington Water
Repairs to the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline are critical for Wellington’s wastewater network, and Wellington Water is committed to progressing the work during lockdown. Read more »

Coastal sludge dumping would be “an environmental crime”

Press Release – CORANZ
Dumping sludge in the form of sewerage and waste water into Cook Strait would not only be an environmental crime but would reflect the capital city’s lack of priorities and mis-spending, says the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ). Read more »

Sludge dumping idea fails to get support

Thanks again to Georgina Campbell on the NZ Herald – this time for revealing a Wellington city councillor’s suggestion that sludge from the sewage treatment plant should be poured into the sea off the south coast. Read more »

Moving city’s homeless into housing during covid-19 crisis

News from WCC
For some of Wellington’s homeless, home during the lockdown can mean a tent in the bush, a park bench or a sheltered spot at the entrance of a high-rise – and that’s where the DCM comes in. The Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) is open and operating and supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – people who DCM call taumai, meaning ‘to settle’. Read more »

A new world

by Benoit Pette
A few days ago, with a bit of time on my hands, I started sorting out a few photos. They were shot two weeks ago, and now they look as if they’re from another world, a different era. Read more »

Demand for food from Kaibosh stays high, but volunteers on hold

New from Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council supported Kaibosh Food Rescue has had to shut the doors at its Kāpiti and Hutt sites, and has put its 270+ volunteer programme on hold. They are operating with a skeleton crew of seven staff to ensure they can safely observe the strict distancing and health guidelines of Alert Level 4. Read more »

Wellington Mayor wants to defer next rates payment; zero rates increase is an option

News from WCC
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster says he is looking to fast-track a suite of City Council initiatives that aim to soften the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and get Wellington back on its feet. Read more »

Porirua sets up a new phone line for those most in need

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua people struggling to get essentials like food and medication because of COVID-19 can now call a new welfare support number and be put through to the Council for help, says Porirua Mayor Anita Baker. Read more »

Kāpiti sets up a new phone line for those most in need

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti Coast residents struggling to get essentials like food and medication because of COVID-19 can now call a new Council welfare support number, says Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan. Read more »

Andy Foster on staying safe, controlling dogs, and softening the impact

Media release from Mayor Andy Foster
From what I’m seeing and hearing, you are doing a great job of staying safe, staying home, exercising locally, keeping physical separation, and following the Ministry of Health hygiene procedures. Read more »

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