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Wellington introducing minimum standards for rental housing – but it’ll be voluntary

Philippa Howden-Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, and Mayor Justin Lester. Photo: University of Otago, Wellington

News from Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington. Read more »

Rental property owners want cheaper insulation and heating

News from Property Investors’ Federation
The Wellington Council is introducing a voluntary Warrant of Fitness for rental properties that they intend to make compulsory in three years. The council says that they want to raise standards and that “every Wellingtonian deserves a warm dry home”. Read more »

City Mission opening new charity shop in Jackson Street

Press Release – Wellington City Mission
The Wellington City Mission is looking forward to becoming part of Petone’s lively op-shopping scene with the launch of their new City Mission Store on Jackson Street next week! Read more »

What’s happened to the movie museum?


by Lindsay Shelton
It’s now a year since the Wellington City Council voted to spend $150million to build Peter Jackson’s movie museum, with a convention centre on the top floor. A year later, there’s no explanation of why work hasn’t started. Read more »

Palmerston Nth man arrested for importing drugs – maximum penalty is life

News from NZ Police
Following a joint investigation between Police and Customs, a Palmerston North man has been arrested for importing drugs into New Zealand. Read more »

Hutt campaign seeks political support for cross-valley link road

News from Cr Campbell Barry
Today alongside a number of Hutt City Councillors, we’ve launched a campaign asking Political Parties from across the spectrum to support the Cross Valley Link Road as a strategic priority for Lower Hutt. Read more »

Te Moana Road getting safer

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
Work to upgrade the intersection of Te Moana Road and Park Avenue to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and accessibility is almost complete. Read more »

Design problems cause delays for replacing seawall at Paekakariki

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s plans to start building the replacement seawall along The Parade in Paekākāriki this financial year have been delayed. Read more »

Getting a grip on debt: Kapiti Council reduces its spending

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kapiti Council’s Operations and Finance Committee today approved changes to the capital expenditure programme for the 2017/18 financial year, reducing it to a level that better reflects the amount of work that can realistically be delivered within a year. Read more »

Too expensive: Waikanae stops plans for shared gallery and library

Press Release – Kapiti District Council
Plans to build a new purpose-built integrated Public Gallery and Library in Waikanae are being put on hold as the Council re-evaluates its plans. Read more »

Police, NZ Cricket, and Grant Avery win “exemplary” RiskNZ awards

Press Release – Make Lemonade
New Zealand Police and New Zealand Cricket were honoured at RiskNZ’s annual awards in Wellington tonight for their exemplary efforts in managing and mitigating risk management. Read more »

Martin Taylor is Fish & Game’s new Chief Executive

Press Release – Fish and Game New Zealand
Fish & Game has appointed Martin Taylor to take over as Chief Executive from the organisation’s long serving head, Bryce Johnson. Read more »

Such a strange city for a stranger


by Rachel Pommeyrol
“You can’t live here by chance, you have to do and be, not simply watch or even describe. This is the city of action, the world headquarters of the verb.” This sentence by kiwi poet Lauris Edmond welcomes the foreigner in front of the sea. The foreigner feels instructed to discover everything the city has to offer. Read more »

Annual NZ earnings of DomPost’s owners down by 7.7 per cent

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Fairfax Media Group’s New Zealand business, which is appealing against the rejection of a proposed merger with rival NZME, posted a 7.7 percent fall in annual earnings as print advertising revenue shrank faster than the newspaper and online news publisher could cut costs. Read more »

FastPost being abolished – use couriers instead, says NZ Post

Press Release – New Zealand Post
New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. New Zealand Post is making this change following a review of its priority mail network. Read more »

Campaigners welcome recognition of Gordon Wilson Flats heritage values

Media release from Docomomo NZ
Docomomo New Zealand welcomes the decision by the Environment Court to overturn the proposed Wellington City Council District Plan Change to rezone the land on which the Gordon Wilson Flats are located and delist the significant heritage building, thereby facilitating the Victoria University’s intention to demolish. Read more »

Wellington Small Business Group expecting full house at its relaunch

Press Release – Wellington Small Business Group
The Wellington Small Business Group, an informal arrangement of shared interests, is to relaunch on August 23. Read more »

Enjoy Art Book Fair – conversations on art in print

Press Release – Enjoy
On the last day of the Enjoy Art Book Fair, Enjoy is pleased to host a series of conversations that consider the distribution of art and creative practice through printed and online media. Read more »

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