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Hutt partnership to build affordable homes for needy families

Press Release – Hutt City Council
A new Council, Māori NGO and Iwi-led housing partnership was launched today to coincide with the Government’s announcement of Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – a national Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action (MAIHI). Read more »

Levin making plans for 2500 new houses – soon to be less than an hour from Wellington

Press Release – Horowhenua District Council
The Taraika Master Plan is a proposal to develop 420 hectares of land, previously known as Gladstone Green, to the southeast of Levin – it will be the most significant residential development in the history of the district. Read more »

Messages on twenty dollar notes – but who from?

message on money

Wellington.Scoop report by Gregor Thompson
New Zealand twenty dollar notes with the text “This twenty dollars can give a woman a safe place to stay at women’s refuge – safenight.nz” have been spotted around Wellington over the last week, with reports of one as far north as Upper Hutt. The person or organisation responsible for the stickers does not indicate who they are and has not come forward. Read more »

Transport plans: the good, the bad and the ugly


by Conor Hill
National released its transport package for Wellington and the Hutt Valley last week. Everything in it is familiar to anyone following Wellington transport plans, but it’s worth a look. Read more »

Rail Safety Week: time to end near misses on railway crossings

News from KiwiRail
Every day on average, somewhere in New Zealand there is a near-miss on a railway line. KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says while people might walk or drive away after a near miss, these split-second decisions can cause long-term effects for everyone. Mr Miller launched Rail Safety Week today at Wellington Railway Station. Read more »

Reading lists redevelopment in Courtenay Place, without details

Reading International, the American owners of Wellington’s Courtenay Central multiplex that has been closed for more than 18 months, refers obscurely to its Courtenay Place venue in its latest financial report. It says “we’re pleased to have advanced our biggest future-value opportunity projects” which it lists as Union Square in New York and Courtenay Central in Wellington. It later refers to “redevelopment” at Courtenay Central but it provides no details of what this means. There is no sign of any work being carried out on the site. Read more »

New Services section at Porirua’s Whenua Tapu cemetery

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Fallen soldiers will have a new resting place at Whenua Tapu. A new Services section was unveiled at the Porirua cemetery, near Pukerua Bay, by Porirua Mayor Anita Baker, joining representatives from Veterans Affairs, the RSA, Ngāti Toa, and members of the public. Read more »

Upper Hutt Repair Café returns this weekend

Press Release – Upper Hutt Summer Repair Cafe
Upper Hutt Repair Café is making a post-COVID comeback this weekend, after lockdown and COVID-19 precautions forced the cancellation of their highly anticipated March event and two further dates earlier this year. Read more »

Creating communities, not demolishing old homes

by Roland Sapsford
Some thirty years ago, faced with urban sprawl and an exploding volume of traffic, parents who were too scared to let their children walk or cycle alone and the lack of quality housing, people around the globe asked if a different future was possible for cities. Read more »

Construction starts on $140m building with 123 apartments, and base isolators

Mark McGuinness, Andy Foster, Grant Robertson and Dave McGuiness during the groundbreaking.

News from Willis Bond
Construction officially kicked off today to mark the start of Willis Bond’s Victoria Lane Apartments, the city’s first base-isolated apartment building. Read more »

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