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Demand for food from city mission increases by 400% in seven days

News from Wellington City Mission
People and families are beginning to feel the financial impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), with the Wellington City Mission experiencing a sharp increase in demand for food help since the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 took effect. . Read more »

Six German experts will fix broken sludge pipeline next month

News from Wellington Water
Repairs to the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline are critical for Wellington’s wastewater network, and Wellington Water is committed to progressing the work during lockdown. Read more »

Coastal sludge dumping would be “an environmental crime”

Press Release – CORANZ
Dumping sludge in the form of sewerage and waste water into Cook Strait would not only be an environmental crime but would reflect the capital city’s lack of priorities and mis-spending, says the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ). Read more »

Moving city’s homeless into housing during covid-19 crisis

News from WCC
For some of Wellington’s homeless, home during the lockdown can mean a tent in the bush, a park bench or a sheltered spot at the entrance of a high-rise – and that’s where the DCM comes in. The Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) is open and operating and supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – people who DCM call taumai, meaning ‘to settle’. Read more »

Nelson company saves jobs by making PVC face shields

Rep[ort from RNZ
A Nelson company that makes products for the fishing and farming industries has saved its workforce by switching to making re-usable PVC face shields. Read more »

A new world

by Benoit Pette
A few days ago, with a bit of time on my hands, I started sorting out a few photos. They were shot two weeks ago, and now they look as if they’re from another world, a different era. Read more »

Demand for food from Kaibosh stays high, but volunteers on hold

New from Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council supported Kaibosh Food Rescue has had to shut the doors at its Kāpiti and Hutt sites, and has put its 270+ volunteer programme on hold. They are operating with a skeleton crew of seven staff to ensure they can safely observe the strict distancing and health guidelines of Alert Level 4. Read more »

Wellington Mayor wants to defer next rates payment; zero rates increase is an option

News from WCC
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster says he is looking to fast-track a suite of City Council initiatives that aim to soften the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and get Wellington back on its feet. Read more »

Andy Foster on staying safe, controlling dogs, and softening the impact

Media release from Mayor Andy Foster
From what I’m seeing and hearing, you are doing a great job of staying safe, staying home, exercising locally, keeping physical separation, and following the Ministry of Health hygiene procedures. Read more »

CofC wants fix for sewage pipes, Civic Square, transport … and a second tunnel

News from Wellington Chamber of Commerce
The Government’s call for infrastructure projects that are ‘ready to go’ is welcome news for Wellington, given the stalled progress of ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’, says the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

“The whole ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ package should be at the top of the Government’s list,” says John Milford, Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive.

“Wellington has been crying out for transport infrastructure investment for the past decade. What better time than now for the Government to finally put forward investment into the capital city?

“While the rest of the country has benefited from the Provincial Growth Fund, the Wellington region has been excluded. And while Auckland and Canterbury have both had significant investment, Wellington’s gone without.

“Wellington City has some of the oldest water pipes in the country, a Civic Square which is now derelict, vulnerable buildings, and transport corridors that are gridlocked. There are several other regional projects, such as Petone to Grenada, that should be included on the list as well.

“It is becoming clearer by the day that the Wellington City Council does not have the financial capacity to make such significant investments. Wellington City is now looking at a $60 million fiscal shortfall, and that’s just the start.

“When it comes to ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’, we’ve been concerned for some time about the funding split between Central and Local Government. What is currently proposed actually shifts more costs unfairly onto Local Government, and onto ratepayers who right now can’t afford any rates increases.

“Right now we have businesses who are making tough decisions, businesses trying to do whatever they can to keep their staff employed while others are forced to close. Wellington businesses pay nearly half the total rate-take, and pay the highest proportion of rates in the country. Wellington businesses can’t afford more costs right now.

“In our recent business confidence survey, respondents were surveyed about Wellington’s infrastructure priorities, and asked business to rank eleven Wellington infrastructure projects from most important to least important. They told us Wellington needs an improved public transport & mass transit system, a second Mt. Vic Tunnel, and a sewage, stormwater and water system that works.

“All three projects desperately need funding, and the projects are desperately needed by Wellington.

Wellington Regional Chambers of Commerce & Business Central business confidence survey completed in March, respondents were surveyed about Wellington’s infrastructure priorities and how to fund these projects. The survey received 437 responses in total and ran for a 15-day period in March.

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