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Wellington median house price rises to $812,251, up 18.6 per cent in a year

News from REINZ
The total pool of properties available for sale in New Zealand falls to record lows, continuing to put pressure on house prices, with a new record median house price for the fourth month in a row according to the latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), source of the most complete and accurate real estate data in New Zealand. Read more »

Increasing rents forcing more Hutt families out of their homes

Report from RNZ by Harry Lock
A Whānau Ora provider in Lower Hutt says escalating rents are driving families out of their homes and into emergency housing. Read more »

Foreign students returning to VUW, if they can pay

News from NZ Government
The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April. Read more »

Signals fault causes delays for trains on Kāpiti line

Wellington.Scoop
A signals fault on the Kāpiti line caused delays for peak-hour commuters between Waikanae and Wellington this morning. It followed three days of problems on the Melling line, where trains were stopped because of a similar fault. Read more »

Demonstrators at Parliament oppose lockdowns and vaccinations

billy's beehive demo

Report from RNZ
A ragtag group of about 150 people gathered on Parliament’s forecourt today to demand an end to Covid-19 lockdowns. Read more »

Security review after axe attack at Parliament

beehive damage
Photo from RNZ

by Rafael Gonzalez-Montero, Parliamentary Service Chief Executive
Recent events around the world and this morning’s incident at our own Parliament Buildings have resulted in increased interest in the security measures in place for the New Zealand Parliament and parliamentary precinct. Read more »

Regional Council told to improve our environmental health

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The message from Wellington communities is loud and clear, Greater Wellington needs to prioritise better environment health as part of its 2021-2031 Long Term Plan (LTP). Read more »

We can’t get much satisfaction

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council has a problem that it hasn’t been able to solve – less than a third of residents are satisfied with how it makes its decisions. Read more »

Priorities, and spending

by Ray Chung
Who’s concerned about possible rates increases of around 23% that were being discussed at a Wellington City Council workshop in November? Yes, I know that our water pipes need repairing, and the LGWM proposal hasn’t been moving. But it appears that the council doesn’t want to talk about this anymore. Read more »

A nimby in Newtown

DSP in Newtown
Hanson Street in Newtown

by Claire Nolan
The Draft Spatial Plan is designed to blame the home-owning people of Wellington. It has its own spin aimed at Newtown’s heritage areas – older housing is up for grabs. Read more »

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