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Jock Phillips, Jack Lasenby and Ian Wedde win awards for literary achievement

Wellington writers have dominated this year’s Prime Minister’s awards for literary achievement, which were announced this morning. The awards are to be presented to Jock Phillips, Jack Lasenby and Ian Wedde. Read more »

MCH staff congratulate Jock Phillips: PM’s award this week, retiring next week

Press Release – Ministry For Culture And Heritage
Staff at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage are delighted to see their colleague Jock Phillips recognised for his achievement in receiving the 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement for Non-fiction, says Lewis Holden, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Read more »

Being proactive about ‘legal highs;’ where should they be sold in Wellington?

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council is to seek community views on its policy to control where psychoactive products – or “legal highs” – can be sold in the city. Read more »

“No radical shakeup:” city council to review its social housing policy

News from WCC
A five-yearly review of its social housing policy is to be started this year by the Wellington City Council. The council is a major provider in the affordable rental housing sector in Wellington and it’s keeping to its commitment to review its policy every five years. Read more »

Paula Bennett announces plan to cut local red tape; ‘tell us what bugs you’

News from NZ Government
Local Government Minister Paula Bennett has today launched the Rules Reduction initiative, opening the way for people to submit examples of property regulations and local rules that don’t make sense. Read more »

New generation of leadership: Robertson names Adern as choice for deputy

grant and jacinda 2

Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson today announced that Jacinda Adern, one of the youngest MPs in Parliament, is his choice for deputy leader if he wins the contest for leadership of the Labour Party. Read more »

The Prime Minister was wrong


Ill informed and simplistic. That’s the response from the Architectural Centre which has identified incorrect statements about the Basin Reserve flyover decision that were made by the Prime Minister during an interview last Sunday on TVNZ’s Q+A. Read more »

Permissive but protective? New rules for freedom campers in Wellington

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council’s environment committee has agreed to allow campers visiting the Capital to freedom camp in some parts of the city. Read more »

No camping in Civic Square

civic square

by Lindsay Shelton
It’s strange to read that the city council is banning camping in Civic Square, because I’ve never seen a tourist’s tent or campervan on the hard brick paving of this under-used mid-city space. Read more »

Capital Connection fares going up by an average of 7.3 per cent

News from KiwiRail
KiwiRail has today announced that Capital Connection fares for passengers travelling from Levin, Shannon and Palmerston North will increase for travel from 1 November. Read more »

Five days a week: breakfast at Porirua’s Windley School makes a difference

Report from NZEI by Judith Nowotarski
When it came out this week that Treasury had advised the government that school breakfasts had no measurable impact on educational performance, principals of low decile schools around the country were flabbergasted. Read more »

New Karori retaining wall completed, two months behind schedule

News from WCC
Work on the new Karori Road retaining wall was completed today. The original wall at 181 Karori Road was damaged and its replacement is part of Wellington City Council’s work programme to upgrade the city’s infrastructure and resilience. Read more »

40 people losing their jobs – Upper Hutt manufacturer closing its doors

News from EPMU
An Upper Hutt manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Read more »

“Nonsensical” to move KiwiRail’s Zero Harm team from Wellington to Auckland

News from RMTU
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. Read more »

Making up for a million dollar loss

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by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council, after ten years, has decided to resume earning an income from the two billboards on top of the Embassy Theatre. Read more »

Community group to set water quality standards for Porirua Harbour

News from GWRC
Here’s a chance to help make a difference to the future of water quality standards across the catchment of Porirua Harbour. The Greater Wellington Regional Council is seeking people with a keen interest in land and water management issues to be part of Te Awarua o Porirua Whaitua Committee. Read more »

Interpretative sign unveiling marks centenary of WW1 troops’ departure

News from Ministry For Culture And Heritage
No noise, anchor got up quietly and each ship seemed to slip away and take up its place in line…A most impressive sight, grim but harmonious. All was grey bar men. – Lieutenant Colonel George Malone, describes the dawn departure of the fleet of ships from Wellington on 16 October 1914. Read more »

WW1 Lest We Forget event supported by volunteer Battalion Band

News from 7 Battalion Band
The all-volunteer 7 Battalion Band Inc will play tonight in support of the Wellington – Lest We Forget Departures centennial, which marks the centennial of the sailing of the Main Body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War One. Read more »

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