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Rita Angus mural to be painted on Dominion building


News from WCC
Well-known street artist Askew One starts work next week on a large scale tribute mural of one of New Zealand’s most loved artist Rita Angus on a building in Bond Street. The mural design, based on a portrait photo of Rita Angus taken by Theo Schoon circa 1947, will feature on the west side of the Dominion Building in the centre of Wellington. Read more »

Bus issues: timeliness, capacity, transfers … and route changes

by Daran Ponter
To say that 2018 was a difficult year for Wellington public transport would be an understatement. The new bus network did not roll out smoothly, with frustrating issues for all concerned: timeliness, capacity issues, transferring etc. Read more »

A shrinking culture capital

by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington may claim to be the culture capital – as WREDA has branded us – but the city is now short of 6000 seats for its culture-focussed events. Read more »

The Basin: a better venue than a new arena


by Glen Smith
In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf, the justification being that the lack of such a venue causes performers such as Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift to bypass our city. But there is a better, less costly alternative. Read more »

Brazilian Embassy occupied in protest against new president

Press Release from Organise Aotearoa
Today the Brazilian Embassy in Wellington was occupied by Organise Aotearoa, an emerging socialist organisation based in Aotearoa, to protest against the newly inaugurated far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s first day in office. Read more »

Vanishing points

by Lindsay Shelton
2018 was the year of the vanishing post offices. And banks. And buses. Buildings too. And views. Read more »

Dame Kerry, Dame Gaylene and Dame Diana

The New Year honours list released this morning names three Wellington women as new Dames Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Wellington’s new dames are: Read more »

We listened this year, says the city council

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has been very engaged this year with 29 public consultations, 23 public notices, on-going project work with community groups, a big shift to online submissions, and an award winning design campaign – we asked, you spoke, and we listened. Read more »

Exporters benefitting from reduction in Pacific tariffs

News from NZ Government
New Zealand exporters are among the first to benefit from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership which takes effect today. Read more »

Council’s festive warning to hairdressers: no Christmas drinks for clients

Report from RNZ
Wellington barbers and hairdressers are being told not to spread the Christmas cheer by filling the glasses of their clients with beer or wine. Read more »

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