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Wellington home values up 21.5% in a year; Hutt home values up 25%

Press Release – QV Valuations
The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows that nationwide residential property values for February increased 13.5% over the past year. For the wider Wellington Region the index continues to rise with home values up 21.5% year on year and 4.3% over the past three months. Read more »

Trolley bus delays continuing, power supply problems not yet fixed

News from MetLink
we are continuing to experience delays to some trolley bus services due to a problem with the power supply. This is impacting services along Adelaide Road between the Basin Reserve and Newtown School. John Street is also affected. Read more »

Wellington Electricity’s lines charges staying the same

Press Release – Wellington Electricity
Wellington Electricity Lines Limited (Wellington Electricity), the electricity lines company for the Wellington region, has today announced that its overall weighted average prices for lines charges for the 2017-18 period will remain unchanged. Read more »

Appeal Court wants longer runway for safety; future of extension plan uncertain


BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
The future of Wellington International Airport’s proposed runway extension is unclear after the Court of Appeal ruled the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) must reconsider its decision on the length of a runway safety area. Read more »

Pilots delighted that airport’s extended runway safety area is to be reviewed

News from NZALPA
The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) today expressed their delight at the Court of Appeal decision for the Director of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reconsider his review of the 90-metre safety area for an extended Wellington Airport runway. Read more »

29 Wgtn streets named for parapet and facade strengthening; next – buildings to be identified

Twenty-nine streets in Wellington and five streets in Hutt City have been identified where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry (URM) facades and parapets within a year. Read more »

Not as bad as you think – NIWA explains what went wrong with summer

News from NIWA
Summer officially ends today but for Wellingtonians it feels like it’s only just getting started. NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll explains what went wrong. Read more »

Saving travel time – but what will happen in the CBD?


by Michael C Barnett
They opened the Kapiti Expressway ahead of schedule last Friday – 18 new bridges, 16 kilometres of shared pathways for cyclists, walkers and (along most sections) horses, and 1.4 million new plants. This is the first completed section of the government’s road of national significance, ultimately stretching from Levin to the Wellington CBD and on to the Airport. Read more »

No pests on pest-free islands: Mana and Somes islands cleared by detection dogs

Press Release – Department of Conservation

Students from Papakowhai School en route to the island with Ahu

Two of Wellington’s predator-free islands have been combed by Conservation Dogs and given a clean bill of health by the Department of Conservation after biosecurity scares over the summer. Read more »

Wellington innovation breaks down barriers at Special Olympics

Press Release – Packaworld

Packabocce in action at a Special Olympics event in Wellington’s Civic Square last October

Innovative inflatable sports courts produced by Wellington company Packaworld International will take the field at the Latin American Special Olympics Games in Panama this April, along with more than 800 athletes from 21 countries. Read more »

Yellow-stickered Menzshed closes – no home, after five years

Press Release – City Menzshed Wellington
This afternoon saw the door of 46 Frederick Street close for the last time bringing to an end nearly five years as the home of the City Menzshed. Read more »

Easter Sunday trading in Lower Hutt and Porirua? Councils want to be told

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council is asking members of the community if trading on Easter Sunday should be allowed in Lower Hutt. Read more »

The future of NZ cities – planners identify disruptions and challenges

Press Release – NZPI
Artificial intelligence, driverless cars, the shared economy and climate change are disrupting the future of New Zealand cities, according to internationally renowned planning experts. Read more »

Post-quake vacancy survey shows acute shortage of office space in Wellington

Press Release – Colliers International
The first post-quake survey of Wellington office vacancies has found the most acute shortage of space in almost a decade. Read more »

Filtering our water, and talking about it


Soon after the Regional Council decided it had to spend $3.3m on new filters for the water from Wellington’s two storage lakes, the council’s chairman Chris Laidlaw announced plans for for “a conversation” about water. Read more »

Victoria offers accredited courses for patent attorneys

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
In a first for a New Zealand university, Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law is now offering accredited courses under the new trans-Tasman patent attorney registration scheme. Read more »

‘Rule of Law’ author to speak in Wellington on “the politics of decency”

Press Release – Winton Higgins
Winton Higgins, author of a recently published novel, Rule of Law (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2016), will be visiting Wellington from Sydney from 23 April to 30 April for a series of events around his latest book. Read more »

$630m Kapiti Expressway open for traffic: faster, but noisier for the locals

The Transport Agency has today opened the 18km expressway from Mackays Crossing to Peka Peka. Read more »

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