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No drinking allowed at Easter movies – unless you’re eating as well


by Kate Larkindale
I thought it was important that all our Penthouse customers know what is happening over Easter weekend. The new liquor licensing laws that came into effect in December are making it so we are not permitted to sell alcohol on Good Friday or Easter Sunday unless you are at the cinema for a meal (and that’s not just a bowl of fries, apparently). Read more »

PHOTOS: Flowers and puppies, rain and shine for royals’ last day in Wellington

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Twitter photo from British Royals

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were presented with flowers during their walk through Civic Square this morning. Read more »

Rates going up by average 2.49%: city’s operational spend totals $406m

News from WCC
Wellington City Councillors have agreed on the city’s budget and plans for the coming year – including an average rates increase of 2.49 percent – following strong community support during consultation. Read more »

Employers disappointed by rates increase

Press Release – Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
The Wellington City Council’s decision to increase rates is disappointing says Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Raewyn Bleakley. Read more »

A tale of two cinemas

by Lindsay Shelton
A second cinema has been affected by city council actions (or lack of them). Read more »

Loomio exceeds its crowd-funding goal of $US100,000 for new app

With less than one day remaining in its crowd-funding campaign, Wellington’s Loomio has raised more than $US108,000 – with almost 1500 people helping it to achieve 109 per cent of its goal of $US100,000. Read more »

$250,000 approved to start planning new library in Johnsonville

Media release from Councillor Helene Ritchie
A cunning political manoeuvre has ensured that the construction of a new Johnsonville library will be brought forward – with detailed design drawings and resource consent application commencing immediately. Read more »

Wellington having its first CryptoParty

Press Release – New Zealand Institute for Cryptography and Freedom
Wellington’s first CryptoParty will take place on Saturday, 26th April. Read more »

ANZAC photography exhibition will highlight common values

Press Release – Australian High Commission
Between Australia and New Zealand there is no greater unifying force than ANZAC Day. In the lead up to ANZAC Day 2014, the Australian High Commission in Wellington will open its doors to host ‘Common Values’, an ANZAC photography exhibition. Read more »

Guerrilla gardeners offered a ‘license to occupy’ land on Mt Crawford

Press Release – Save Mt Crawford
Those of us who occupied the former Wellington prison garden last year for the purposes of establishing a community garden/art-park, & protesting against the disposal of the land by the government, have now come in from the cold. Read more »

New complicated liquor laws forcing Easter closures

Press Release – Hospitality New Zealand
A national survey this week of Hospitality establishments shows that just over half are planning to close on Good Friday and over a third plan to close on Easter Sunday. Read more »

MAP: Plans for royal walk in Civic Square include road closures

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Civic Square map, showing access points and designated areas.

News from WCC
Wellingtonians will have the opportunity to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday during their final public appearance in New Zealand, when they take a walk in Civic Square. Read more »

Royal couple visit Police College, 33 years after its royal opening

News from NZ Police
Police will welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to The Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua tomorrow, thirty-three years after it was opened by the Prince of Wales. Read more »

How many council staff are needed to change the Embassy’s light bulbs?

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Lights out at the Embassy since last month

by Lindsay Shelton
I didn’t want to tell a bad joke for a third time. So I gave the council a third chance to show that it could replace some faulty light bulbs. But it’s been unable to do the job. Read more »

Results of Pacific Advisory Group elections

News from WCC
The results of elections for Wellington City Council’s Pacific Advisory Group have now been finalised. Read more »

Regional Council organising Easter ride from Oriental Bay to Mt Victoria

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Cyclists are invited to take part in Wellington’s inaugural Easter ride tomorrow evening from Oriental Bay to Mt Victoria – via the Miramar Peninsula and Lyall Bay. Read more »

“Anathema:” flyovers represent car-dominated city, says NZTA witness

News from Save the Basin
Landscape architect Gavin Lister, appearing for the New Zealand Transport Agency, has made a revealing admission at the Board of Inquiry hearing into the proposed Basin Reserve flyover. Read more »

What are they hiding? Flyover opponents call for 3D model

Opponents of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover have called for NZTA to produce a three-dimensional model of the project and put it on public display. Read more »

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