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Strategy seeks to maximise the Wairarapa advantage

Press Release – Masterton District Council
Wairarapa has set itself an aspirational goal to offer the best of rural and urban living in a strategy for economic development unveiled this evening. Read more »

New signs for Kāeaea Track are rich in history

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
New signs for East Harbour Regional Park’s newest track – the Kāeaea Track – were unveiled and blessed on the officially completed pathway on Saturday, offering a fascinating insight into how the region used to look. Read more »

Gun salute, silence, cacophony, and service to mark Armistice centenary

Report from RNZ
The guns have gone quiet and a two minute silence has been observed to mark the moment our World War 1 soldiers put down their weapons 100 years ago. Read more »

Metlink changing some of its bus timetables

News from Metlink
Pn Sunday we’re making timetable adjustments to a number of Wellington city bus routes which you may need to be aware of. Read more »

All the bells of the Carillon ring out for Armistice Centenary today

Press release from Dept of Internal Affairs
Belltowers throughout New Zealand will be ringing out in the Roaring Chorus on Sunday morning, to commemorate the Armistice Centenary. The Rangimarie peace bell of the National War Memorial Carillon will toll eleven times to mark the start of the two-minute silence of remembrance at 11.00am at the official Armistice Centenary National Ceremony in Wellington. At 11.02am, a celebratory fanfare will be played by the full bells of the carillon, in unison with the Roaring Chorus across New Zealand. A carillon is the largest musical instrument in the world, and Wellington’s example is the thrid largest carillon in the world. Read more »

Holocaust Memorial Exhibition at National Library

Press Release – Department Of Internal Affairs
The Children’s Holocaust Memorial will be officially launched at the National Library in Wellington on 15 November. Read more »

Why prisoners should have the right to vote

by Christine McCarthy
During the recent royal visit to Wellington, Meghan Markle applauded New Zealand for giving women the right to vote 125 years ago. It was a moment we were all rightly proud of, her words fitting recognition of a country that was also an original signatory to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its commitment to “universal and equal suffrage.” Despite this, not all New Zealanders have the right to vote. We deny this universal human right to people in prison, and we have been doing this, in different ways, for more than 125 years. Read more »

Double-decker bike rack – for 59 bikes – now in CBD

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News from WCC
Wellington’s first covered public bike rack will be available for use from Monday. The new Grey Street bike rack is also the first Dutch two-tiered rack that the City Council has installed for public use. It is similar to one next to Victoria University’s School of Architecture and Design. Read more »

Native birds on the increase in Wellington – more of them in more places

Just like honey.
After their population dwindled to just a handful in the mid 1990s, tūi numbers have increased about 200 percent 2011 and the native bird is now widespread in Wellington. Photograph: Paul Ward, Polhill Protectors.

News from WCC
Wellington is now a prime place to see threatened native bird species and hear a dawn chorus, according to a survey which shows numbers are booming. Read more »

“Working together:” Kāpiti Council starts discussions on growth strategy

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Council has kicked off discussions with the business community about working together to unlock the district’s economic potential. Read more »

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