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Geotechnical survey to find how to stop slips in Ngaio Gorge


News from WCC
A permanent solution to stabilise the Ngaio Gorge, and make this key transport route stronger and more resilient, moves closer this month with the start of geotechnical investigations. Specialist crews will be removing loose rocks, surveying the slip zones and carrying out subsurface geotechnical investigations to develop geological and survey maps. A topographical survey of the road below will also be completed. Read more »

Sour milk at Parliament, in protest against polluted waterways

RNZ photo

News from Extinction Rebellion
Around 60 members of Extinction Rebellion Te Whanganui-a-Tara gathered in Parliament grounds this afternoon to protest against intensive dairy farming and the associated land damage, greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater pollution, health impacts and species extinction. The action was highlighted by an address from esteemed freshwater ecologist Dr. Mike Joy, and ended with litres of (biodegradable, non-toxic) “sour milk” being poured down the steps of Parliament. Read more »

Demonstration at Parliament highlights extreme rates of water pollution

News from Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion (XR) Wellington will be taking action at Parliament at 3pm today to draw attention to the sour side of our white gold. Esteemed freshwater ecologist Dr. Mike Joy will be speaking about the issues of intensive agriculture, bad water use practices and our extreme rates of freshwater pollution and species extinction – among the highest in the world. Read more »

Open day at Kilbirnie mosque to say ‘Thank you New Zealand’

Press Release – International Muslim Association of New Zealand
Wellington’s main mosque, in Kilbirnie, is having an open day on Saturday 27 April to which all are invited. The purpose is to thank New Zealanders for their empathy and support towards Muslims following the Christchurch massacre. Read more »

Have your say on Kapiti playground upgrades

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s refreshing six Kāpiti playgrounds over the next financial year, and is asking residents to have their say on what they’d like to see. Read more »

Billboard, supporting capital gains tax, removed from CBD building

PHoto: Palaver Media

Debate over tax reform and support for a capital gains tax took an unexpected turn at the corner of Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets today, when a billboard was taken down without any warning. Read more »

Going up – the cost of parking your car in Wellington streets

The Wellington City Council is planning to increase parking charges in the city. It’s proposing an increase of 50 cents an hour in the inner city, and a dollar an hour in fringe areas. Here’s its explanation. Read more »

Coastal bird survey highlights key risk areas for oil spills

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council has conducted a coastal bird survey to assess where wildlife would be most affected by an oil spill around our region’s coast. Read more »

Horowhenua District Council retains A+ credit rating

Press Release – Horowhenua District Council
S&P Global has affirmed Horowhenua District Council’s A+ credit rating for long-term foreign currency and local currency. Read more »

City must end support for airport’s runway extension plan, say Guardians


News from Guardians of the Bays
Wellington International Airport’s decision to withdraw its Environment Court application for consent to extend its runway should mark the end of a protracted and costly process for ratepayers, according to community organisations and concerned Wellingtonians opposed to the project. Read more »

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