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Big increases in Wellington jobs for hospitality, tourism, retail

Press Release – SEEK
Job advertisements on Seek rose 6.5 per cent this September when compared to the same period last year. In Wellington, advertisements for jobs in hospitality and tourism rose 28 per cent. Advertisements for Wellington jobs in retail and cousumer products increased even more – by 44 per cent. Read more »

Teenage refugee (from Vietnam in 1985) becomes chair of NZTech

Press Release – Make Lemonade

Thirty one years after arriving in New Zealand as a 13 year old refugee from Vietnam, Mitchell Pham has been appointed the chair of NZTech. Read more »

Barnett says hold fire on “brutal, blunt” loan-to-income restrictions

Press Release – Century 21 Real Estate
The head of Century 21 New Zealand, Geoff Barnett, is cautioning Wellington’s decision-makers over increasing calls for the Government to give the Reserve Bank the power to introduce loan-to-income restrictions. Read more »

Andrew Crisp appointed as LINZ chief executive

Press Release – Land Information New Zealand
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the appointment of Andrew Crisp as Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). Read more »

Out of work with mounting debts: a welfare system that’s failing

by Michael Barnett
For the past eight years Joe worked as a cleaner employed by a Wellington organization requiring cleaning services. Recently his employer contracted out the work to a commercial cleaner and Joe was transferred to the contractor’s payroll. Within a month he was laid off with no redundancy. Joe went to WINZ to seek assistance, but was informed he did not qualify for a benefit as his family income (his wife Lotte also works as a cleaner) was above the income threshold. Read more »

Porirua kiosk wins awards for design, colour, and architecture

Press Release – Porirua City Council
The vibrant kiosk in the city centre’s Cobham Court has won awards for design, use of colour and for its architecture in three separate competitions. Read more »

Loans on offer to improve energy efficiency

Press Release – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Universities, polytechnics, local councils and hospitals are being given a leg up to get started on projects to improve their energy management to save money, reduce emissions and improve the quality of services they provide. Read more »

Steampunk fantasy announced as next production from Peter Jackson

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A new Peter Jackson feature film has been announced today, to begin production early next year in Wellington. But though Sir Peter is producing and co-writing the new film, he won’t be directing it. Read more »

Salvation Army opening two new social housing units in Wellington

Press Release – Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is celebrating new steps in helping homeless New Zealanders and families battling addiction in Wellington. Read more »

Housing crisis? What housing crisis?

There’s a perception around town that the capital’s property market is on the verge of a boom, and that the city may need to act fast to prevent the sort of housing affordability crisis that has enveloped Auckland (and by extension, the National government). It’s sufficiently concerning that newbie mayor Justin Lester has created a Housing Task Force to look at housing affordability and availability, and has appointed deputy mayor Paul Eagle as leader of the newly-created Housing portfolio. Read more »

Extra buses – painted blue, not yellow – for Karori travellers

Press Release – Metlink
Karori bus customers are getting extra buses today to ease the work and school commute into the city. Read more »

One day only – free train rides on Sunday to thank ratepayers and commuters

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Trips on all Metlink trains across the region will be free for everyone all day from 5am on Sunday. Read more »

Night-time detours this week: new surface for Vivian St’s 20,000 cars per day

News from NZTA
The NZ Transport Agency is giving Vivian Street in Wellington a new asphalt surface to provide a quieter and more resilient road to cope with the 20,000-plus vehicles using it every day. Read more »

Winners of Open Source awards announced

Press Release – New Zealand Open Source Awards
The winners of the 2016 New Zealand Open Source Awards were announced at a gala dinner in Wellington tonight. Read more »

Paint and gas cylinders not wanted at Hutt Valley waste collection

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
The Hutt Valley hazardous waste collection will not be accepting gas cylinders or paint this year.

Every year, the Upper Hutt and Hutt City Councils provide a collection day for household hazardous waste. This is an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of hazardous waste they may have around their properties. This year’s collection days are Saturday 29 October in Park Street, Upper Hutt and Sunday 30 October in Riverbank carpark, Lower Hutt. Both collections will operate from 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

This year there are 2 items that the councils will not be collecting as they have done in previous years.

LPG Cylinders

We are unable to take LPG cylinders this year because our waste contractor is no longer taking them.

The smaller LPG cylinders (the ones used for barbecues and heaters) can be swapped or filled at petrol stations (subject to certain conditions). The larger cylinders for home heating should be left for professionals to change. Some scrap metal dealers may take empty cylinders, but we advise contacting them first to check.


We are no longer able to accept paint.

Paint should be disposed of responsibly and not poured down drains or sewers. However brushes and rollers may be cleaned in the sink. Hardened paint within old containers can be disposed of in your normal household rubbish, and clean containers may be recyclable.

Residents can take up to 20 litres of water-based or oil-based Resene paint to Upper Hutt’s Resene ColorShop for FREE recycling. For non-Resene paint there is a charge of 25 cents per litre. For larger and commercial quantities additional charges apply. For more information go to Resene’s website:

We are able to accept the following items:

• Petrol and oil

• Paint stripper

• Thinners and degreasers

• Pool chemicals

• Batteries

• Cleaning chemicals

• Garden chemicals

• Fluorescent bulbs

We will NOT accept gas bottles, paint, electronics, asbestos, medical waste or needles, ammunition or explosives.

For more information on hazardous waste disposal go to our

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CofC welcomes Park Hotel

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Park Hotel is an excellent addition to Wellington’s CBD, offering the growing number of visitors another great accommodation option, says Wellington Chamber Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Portfolios, expectations, overlaps

by Ian Apperley
On the face of it, the Wellington City Council’s reallocated portfolios look fresh and hopeful, a significant change to the last term. The question is how they will play out over the next term with a council that needs to get some runs on the board. Read more »

Desiree in Khandallah fashion show raising money for Life Flight

Press Release – Desiree
On Saturday, nearly 300 people will be at two fashion shows in the Khandallah Town Hall to help raise funds for the Life Flight Charity. Read more »

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