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Predator-free campaign good for human health, says Wellington researcher

News from University of Otago – Wellington
The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says public health researcher Dr Mary McIntyre from the University of Otago, Wellington. Read more »

Unions protest at Fiji Airport’s lockout of baggage handlers

News from NZCTU
Fifty people protested outside the Fiji High Commission in Wellington today as part of an international mobilisation for 200 ground handling workers at Nadi airport who have been locked out by Fiji Government-controlled Air Terminal Services.
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Cutting costs, by cutting bus drivers’ incomes

The Tramways Union secretary says that Wellington bus drivers are facing a “massive cut in income” because of the Regional Council. Read more »

Kāpiti Coast Council seeking new CFO

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advertising for a new Chief Financial Officer following Mark de Haast’s appointment to the role of Chief Financial Officer at the Hutt City Council.
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Citizen scientists checking water, algae and rubbish in Hutt River

News from NIWA
A group of volunteers who love the Hutt River is helping to care for it over summer. Read more »

Rain clears poison from Hutt River – but no-swim warning in Wainui

News from Regional Council
Recent rain has flushed toxic algae from the Hutt River/Te Awakairangi and the Greater Wellington Regional Council has given the all-clear for people to use it for recreation following an assessment today. Read more »

Water pollution – our second highest concern

News from Choose Clean Water
A poll released by Fish & Game today finding water pollution is New Zealanders’ second highest concern, just behind the cost of living, shows the new Government has a mandate to take firm action to address the country’s freshwater crisis, say freshwater campaigners. Read more »

Harbour search continues for new fresh water supply

News from Wellington Water
With the New Year, the harbour bores project has resumed its drilling programme with the barge and drilling rig Tuhora heading back out. Drilling is expected to continue for up to 30 days, weather dependent, at a new location near Somes Island. Read more »

The shrinking Music Hub


by Lindsay Shelton
Strange that a council employee is pretending it’s only a “hiccup” that Victoria University has pulled out of the plan to use the Municipal Office Building for teaching and administrative rooms for the proposed Music Hub. Read more »

Carless on the coast


by Norma McCallum
Fed up with traffic jams and tailbacks as far as you can see? Here’s an idea. You can do without your car if you want a day or a few days away. Hop on the train at Wellington’s grand station and head north to the historic little station at Waikanae. Read more »

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