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Council spending $200,000 to help strengthen 11 heritage buildings

News from WCC
Eleven heritage building owners will receive over $200,000 from the Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive fund. The Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee has approved the funding toward seismic strengthening work and preserving the heritage characteristics of each building. Read more »

On the waterfront: another private building on public land

by Mary Munro
The Wellington City Council last week voted 11 to four in favour of allowing an office block to be built on Site 10 at North Kumutoto, and granting a 125-year land lease to Willis Bond and Co. Waterfront Watch remains deeply concerned about these decisions. Read more »

Slippery tracks on Johnsonville line cause more delays for commuters

Johnsonville trains were having more problems with slippery tracks again today. Read more »

Location, location, location: office rental rates up 4% in CBD, down in fringe areas

Press Release – Bayleys
Rental returns for commercial property in Wellington are reflecting a two-speed economy – with properties either showing healthy dividends, or struggling, according to latest real estate research data. Read more »

Kiwibank profit hits $100 million; after 12 years, it has 860,000 customers

Report from BusinessDesk by Paul McBeth
Kiwibank, the state-owned lender, lifted its annual profit 3 percent as it widened net interest margins, and is looking to start paying dividends to its owner in the next three years. Net profit rose to $100 million in the 12 months ended June 30 from $97 million a year earlier, the Wellington-based bank said in a statement. Read more »

72 villas plus hospital planned for retirement village in Wainuiomata

Press Release – Masonic Villages
The Masonic Villages Trust, a Lower Hutt-based charity, is planning a $30 million retirement village on former reserve land in the heart of Wainuiomata. Current plans are for it to include a 48-bed rest home and hospital as well as 72 villas. Read more »

900 people coming to Wellington next week to talk about disasters

Press Release – New Zealand Fire Service
Almost 900 people from Australasian and Pacific fire and emergency services will meet in Wellington next week to discuss the latest in disaster-related research and experience. Read more »

Open letter to Justin Lester: time to make the city better for pedestrians

To Justin Lester,
Deputy Mayor of Wellington.
Dear Justin,

In Thursday’s Dominion Post you lamented the failure of your colleagues to agree to reduce the speed limit on a few CBD streets to 30km/hr. From my point of view as a pedestrian advocate, this is a victory rather than a defeat. Read more »

Surprised and aghast – but where’s Plan B for the Basin?

by Mike Mellor
From media reports there’s a sense that the Regional Council is surprised and aghast at the Board of Inquiry decision to reject the Basin flyover. The council should have had a “Plan B” at the ready as a normal management precaution for a work of this scale. Read more »

Two men arrested in Motueka, charged with people trafficking

News from Immigration NZ
The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand. Police arrested two men in the Motueka area this morning and the men made their first appearance in Nelson District Court. No pleas were entered and they were bailed until next Thursday. Read more »

What went wrong? CBD speed limits stay the same for a second time

In a marathon session last night, the Wellington City Council voted down the proposal to reduce the speed limit on selected CBD streets to 30km/hr. It was a defeat for Transport portfolio leader Andy Foster. Read more »

Conrad Smith and Cory Jane become Wellington’s first Uber passengers

Report from AJ Tills
Two of Wellington’s favourite sons, Conrad Smith and Cory Jane, became the city’s first Uber riders when they needed a lift to a gym sesh. Read more »

Cycleways versus car parks

by Maximus
Cyclists are, at all times, at danger of getting hurt, maimed and killed by clashes with motored vehicles unless they are in completely separated bicycle lanes. You might think therefore, that given the chance, any sane resident in Wellington would leap at the chance of a network of cycle routes being planned through Wellington. Read more »

Special housing areas in J’ville, Kilbirnie, Adelaide Rd, Te Aro, Thorndon

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council today approved eight special housing areas and qualifying development criteria under the Wellington Housing Accord. Read more »

Jill Trevelyan’s story of Peter McLeavey wins book of the year award


News from Booksellers NZ
The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his Cuba Street gallery won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year in a ceremony in Wellington this evening. Peter McLeavey: The life and times of a New Zealand art dealer was also the winner in the Awards’ General Non-fiction category. Read more »

The Luminaries winner gives prize money to establish writers’ grant

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Eleanor Catton will use the prize money she won at this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards to set up a new reading grant to support New Zealand writers. Read more »

Attack on patrons in Wellington gay bar condemned by Human Rights Commission

News from Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Commission has condemned a violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in central Wellington last Friday. GayNZ reported that the alleged attackers were abusive and violent when they realised the bar and the people in it were gay. Read more »

Future of Porirua’s US Marine Hall – repair, restore, demolish?

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Consultation around the future of the US Marine Hall in Titahi Bay is attracting plenty of community feedback. Read more »

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