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Cost of new reservoir for central Wellington goes up by $10m – new price is $68m

omaromo reservoir

Report from RNZ
The Wellington City Council today approved a nearly $10 million increase to the budget for building the Omāroro Reservoir. Councillors agreed unanimously to the decision, which brings the total cost of the project up to $68m. Read more »

Trains on Kapiti line delayed by signals fault

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Train services on the Kapiti line were “significantly delayed” this morning because of a signals fault on the line. KiwiRail were working to fix the fault. Some services were delayed up to 35 minutes. Read more »

Wellington to Canberra – Australian newspaper predicts test flights in July

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The Australian newspaper reports today that flights between Canberra and Wellington are being considered to test whether the trans-Tasman bubble is safe. Read more »

Better for cyclists and drivers – in support of a Brooklyn Hill bike lane

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Trucks ascending Brooklyn Rd creating pinch points with pedestrian build-outs and parked cars – photo Sam Donald, May 2020.

by Nick Mouat, James Burgess, Sam Bridgman & Sam Donald
A2B (Active to Brooklyn), a local group seeking to support safe, healthy ways to move about in and around Brooklyn, has sent a submission to the Wellington City Council on the plan for a pop-up uphill bike lane on the Brooklyn Road – a very topical subject in the community. We strongly support this proposal. Read more »

Emergency helpline being scaled down

Press Release – Wellington Civil Defence Emergency Management
As the Wellington region starts moving into its COVID-19 recovery phase, Civil Defence is scaling down its support services including the Wellington region COVID-19 0800 Helpline. Read more »

Council preference is to strengthen and upgrade the Central Library building, but all options must be considered

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Wellington city councillors voted today that their preference is to strengthen and upgrade the existing Central Library. They also voted that the council will make “the reopening of a Central Library” one of its top priorities,” given that Wellingtonians place a high value on the service and there is a strong community desire to see this service return.” Read more »

Councillors agree: Central Library is one of the city’s most popular buildings

council second library meeting

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Wellington city councillors spoke persuasively today about why their preference is to strengthen and upgrade the existing Central Library. However they also accepted legal advice that all options must be considered during the process of consultation which is to begin soon. Read more »

Saving the Library? First: draft proposals and practicable options

by Lindsay Shelton
We’re told that today’s meeting of the Wellington City Council is to “expedite” decision making on the future of the Central Library, after last week’s meeting was postponed for a week, to get more information and advice.
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More pollution in Titahi Bay and Porirua harbour

Report from RNZ
Broken pipes and faecal contamination are continuing to pollute Titahi Bay. Read more »

Capital canopy to be celebrated on Arbor Day

Press Release – Wellington City Council

Arbor Day marks the start of the native tree planting season in Wellington – and while the goal of reaching 2 million set in 1997 has been impacted by Covid-19, it will get tantalizingly close this winter. Read more »

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