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Teachers’ pay talks – 21st day of negotiations begins

News from NZEI
Principals and teachers today enter their 21st day of talks since May, and are hopeful negotiations will lead to progress towards a settlement following strike action and an out-pouring of public support last week. Read more »

A new/old idea for the Chinese Garden

Wellington.Scoop
With a High Court appeal next month challenging the city’s plans to remake Frank Kitts Park and to build a walled Chinese Garden on part of the park, it’s time to suggest that reverting to the original site for the garden could be a way of avoiding more costly court battles. Read more »

41 affordable Newtown apartments sold before start of construction

Press Release – Century 21 Real Estate


Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, Craig Walton, Alen Moshi, and Greg Walton.

A soon-to-be built 56-apartment development in Newtown will provide much-needed affordable first-home options for Wellingtonians, with interest incredibly strong despite the development only just being launched onto the market. Read more »

Asking prices for Wellington homes up by .2 per cent

Press Release – Trademe
The average asking price for Wellington homes rose 0.2 per cent in June to $581,500. Read more »

Metlink’s bus problems: “what we’re doing to make it better”

News from Metlink
Some months ago, we told you our public transport network would be better. Some of you have told us they’ve noticed an improvement, many have said it’s not working for them yet. It’s still early days, but we know the change has been uncomfortable, disruptive and at times inefficient. Read more »

Hutt project engineer wins award for women in construction

Press Release – National Association of Women in Construction
Winners of the fourth annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards have been celebrated as “stellar achievers who are adding their unique voices to New Zealand’s construction industry” during last night’s ceremony at the Auckland Town Hall.
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Regional Council given AA rating for “standout” performance

Wellington.Scoop
Wellingtonians who are concerned about the Regional Council’s less than satisfactory bus changes will be bemused to know that a report from the local government “excellence programme CouncilMark” says we are being well served by the Council. Read more »

Apologising for the buses

by Lindsay Shelton
There’s been a second apology about the buses from Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw. Read more »

Heritage Week: a chance to visit the City Archives

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by Lenette Breytenbach
The Wellington City Council Archives will be opening to the public this Labour Day 22 October as part of the events for Wellington Heritage Week. Read more »

Rules and bollards to control cars on beaches

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Territorial authorities, regional councils, the Department of Conservation (DOC), and the Police all have important roles to play when taking care of the Kāpiti Coast’s beaches. A range of rules exist to keep people safe while they’re walking on the beach and to protect important coastal ecology. Read more »

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