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Why the movie museum should be financed privately, not by ratepayers

by Helene Ritchie
I support a Movie Museum for Wellington and I support the talents of the people who will be running it. But I consider it should be privately financed. Read more »

Starting Monday: consultation on $134m movie museum and convention centre

News from WCC
The public consultation process for Wellington’s proposed Movie Museum and Convention Centre will run from this Monday through to 15 March, after Councillors agreed unanimously today to approve the statement of proposal and begin the public consultation process. Read more »

Concierge and plaza for $19.5m Education Ministry refit in Wellington

News from NZ Labour Party
Parents will be horrified that Hekia Parata is overseeing a $19.5 million refit for Education Ministry staff in Wellington which includes a “concierge style reception” and “Koru Lounge” while some of their children sit in leaking mouldy classrooms, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Read more »

Urban cycleways a “core priority,” for safety and health

News from NZ Government
The thousands of Kiwis taking part in Go by Bike Day today demonstrates the importance of the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges. Read more »

Kāpiti residents get behind the handle bars for Go By Bike Day

News from Kapiti Coast District Council


Cyclists at the Te Ara o Whareroa cycleway in Queen Elizabeth Park on their way to work or school as part of the annual Go by Bike Day.

A resurgence in cycling was celebrated by Kāpiti bike riders today with a free breakfast for the annual Go by Bike Day. Read more »

Landmark climate change conference in Wellington next week

News from Victoria University of Wellington
Over 200 people will gather at Victoria University of Wellington next week to take part in the University’s landmark Pacific Climate Change Conference. Read more »

Free rides on a double decker today

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
A double decker bus is coming to Wellington today and Wellingtonians are encouraged to get on board for a free ride and a taste of the new bus future. , Read more »

Evans Bay’s Zephyrometer re-balanced and moving again

News from WCC
The Evans Bay Zephyrometer sculpture, which was blowing low in high winds last month, has been repaired and is moving freely again. Read more »

Spending millions, with promises

by Lindsay Shelton
We’re being asked to say what we think about plans to spend more than two hundred million dollars of public money. The owners of the two projects are showing every intention of going ahead with their spending, regardless of what’s said in the consultation process. Read more »

Melted bitumen pollutes duckpond in Maclean Park; tadpoles relocated

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The duck pond in Maclean Park was drained and taped-off over the weekend after an oily substance appeared in the water. Read more »

Oscar-nominated filmmaker to screen new documentary in Wellington

Press Release – Palestine Solidarity NZ
Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat will pay a rare visit at the end of this month. Read more »

Death of dog brings warning of toxic algae at Otaki River mouth

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Following the death of a dog this week, the Regional Council is warning river users with dogs to avoid the Otaki river mouth and estuary. Read more »

Waitangi Day “a win” for Wellington, claims Cr Coughlan

News from Wellington City Council
The cricket one day international, where Australia won, creating a series tie between New Zealand and Australia, was a win for Wellington’s economy on a busy Waitangi weekend. Read more »

600 at Kapiti’s Waitangi Day commemorations

News from Kapiti Coast District Council


About 600 people joined in the Waitangi Day commemorations at Whakarongotai Marae in Waikanae on Saturday. Read more »

Council plans to pay for fixing and renewing sewerage connections

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee will next Thursday consider a proposal that the Council accept ownership of, and responsibility for, the repair and renewal of private sewerage service pipes (laterals) where they cross roads and road verges. Read more »

McCully apologises to victim of sexual assault after ‘procedural shortcomings’

News from NZ Government
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has released the Whitehead Report into diplomatic immunity issues surrounding Malaysian Defence attache Mohammad Rizalman. Read more »

McCully knew, but failed to follow up, says Shearer

News from NZ Labour Party
The Whitehead report into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s handling of the Rizalman case confirms Murray McCully and his office knew officials were planning to let the diplomat leave but didn’t intervene, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. Read more »

Holocaust stories in Upper Hutt

Press Release – Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre
Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre is proud to present Shadows of Shoah; a ground breaking exhibition which presents the gravity and significance of the Holocaust in a unique and moving way. Read more »

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