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Two new purpose-built inter-island rail ferries due in 2024

Report from RNZ
KiwiRail has confirmed plans to replace its three ageing Cook Strait ferries with two new, larger, purpose-built rail ferries. Read more »

Housing “severely unaffordable” in Wellington and seven other cities

Report from RNZ
None of New Zealand’s main housing markets are considered affordable any longer, according to a study released today. The annual Demographia International Housing Affordability shows New Zealand has continued to be one of the most unaffordable countries in the world to buy a house, with the median price more than six times the median annual household income. Read more »

Wellington houses worth 7.4% more; Upper Hutt house values up 12.1%

News from QV Valuations
House values across the Wellington region rose 7.8% in the year to December and increased 3.2% over the past quarter; the average value is now $688,074. Read more »

Car on tracks stops trains on Johnsonville line

Report from RNZ
Some train services on the Johnsonville Line in Wellington were suspended late this afternoon after a car drove on to the tracks at Khandallah station. Read more »

Lime scooters running safety sessions in Hutt Valley

Report from RNZ
The Lime Scooter company is running safety sessions today in the Hutt Valley. Read more »

Hutt City ready for building boom

News from Hutt City Council
A building boom is on the way for Lower Hutt, with building consents and applications for new buildings reaching an all-time high. Read more »

Two stores reopen in Reading’s Courtenay Central building

Report from RNZ
Two stores have reopened on the outside of the Reading Courtenay Central complex, which has been closed since concerns were raised in an engineering report. Read more »

Death by chocolate – trial aims to kill rats without poison

News from GWRC
The Wellington Regional Council and the Wellington City Council are taking the phrase ‘death by chocolate’ to a new level with an innovative rat control method – using chocolate instead of poisonous bait. The councils are partnering to investigate how well rat numbers can be controlled without poison at Te Ahumairangi (formerly Tinakori) Hill. Read more »

Well-known (but old) Titahi Bay macrocarpa to come down


News from Porirua City Council
A decades-old macrocarpa tree in Titahi Bay is to be removed, after regular branches falling off were deemed a hazard to a nearby homeowner and users of a public walkway. The large tree, outside 39 Terrace Road, is predominantly on land owned by the Porirua City Council. Read more »

New resource consent planned for Shelly Bay development

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Report from RNZ
A new resource consent will be lodged for a multi-million dollar development in Wellington. The $500 million development in Shelly Bay had its consents quashed by the Court of Appeal last month. Read more »

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