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Four whistle-blowers in Transport Ministry were “disadvantaged,” report finds

News from State Services Commission
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today published the report of the investigation into the treatment of Public Servants within the Ministry of Transport who raised concerns about the conduct of jailed fraudster Joanne Harrison. Read more »

Assessment Board releases Porirua City Council’s report

Press Release – Local Government NZ
The Independent Assessment Board which oversees the new local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ has today released the Porirua City Council assessment report. Read more »

Ground-breaking research: who’s applying, and who’s getting funded

Press Release – Nikau Foundation
Thanks to the generosity of a Nikau Foundation donor, one of the biggest questions facing grant makers in the Wellington Region has been answered. What charities are applying to what grant makers for which projects and who is being funded? Read more »

An alternative to plastic bags: free reusable bags at Sunday markets

News from WCC
Shoppers at Wellington’s waterfront markets will be offered free reusable shopping bags as an alternative to plastic bags this Sunday 23 July, thanks to a collaborative effort between the market and the Wellington City Council. Read more »

Johnsonville left out in the cold

by Kerry Wood
The Regional Council is consulting on a new public transport hub at Johnsonville. After seeing the papers, I didn’t bother: no adequate options and no opportunity for debate. Read more »

One council for the Wairarapa – “many advantages” in final merger proposal

News from Local Government Commission
Local Government Commission Chair Sir Wira Gardiner says the fate of a final proposal released today – for a combined Wairarapa District Council – lies in the hands of the Wairarapa public. Read more »

“Unjust enrichment:” Tenths Trust gets Lorraine Skiffington assets frozen

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
The Wellington Tenths Trust has been successful in getting some of the assets belonging to Lorraine Skiffington, the partner of convicted fraudster and former chairman Ngatata Love, frozen pending a further judgment. Read more »

Warning: man making fraudulent offers to sell emergency torches in CBD

News from Wellington Police
A man has gone into a number of office buildings in Wellington claiming to be contracted by the Wellington City Council. He has advised them that he is there to sell emergency torches, which can be collected from the Wellington Central Police Station. Read more »

Plans to improve safety on Haywards road with barriers, roundabouts, reduced speed

News from NZTA
From now until 21 August, the NZ Transport Agency will engage with the community who use State Highway 58 on a proposed package of safety improvements. Read more »

Desert Road closing twice for safety work

News from NZTA
State Highway 1 Desert Road will close for two short periods on Wednesday morning while urgent safety work is carried out. Read more »

Death of Cliff Whiting – his legacy lives on at Te Papa

Media release from Te Papa
Te Papa staff are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Cliff Whiting, who was instrumental in establishing Te Papa as Aotearoa New Zealand’s national museum. Read more »

US Ambassador visits Kapiti Island to see seabird recovery work

News from DOC
Scott Brown, Ambassador of the United States of America to New Zealand, today visited Kapiti Island to see the work his Embassy has done supporting seabird recovery. Read more »

Regional council calls for spade aid to plant 5000 trees this weekend

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council is looking for spade aid this weekend – it wants the people of Kapiti to dig deep for the future by planting 5000 trees in Queen Elizabeth Park in just four hours. Read more »

Wellington tugboat and hospitality business for sale

Press Release – Bayleys
The tugboat which is permanently moored in Wellington’s Freyberg Lagoon and the operational café business associated with it have been placed on the market for sale. Read more »

Bill’s 38th film festival

by Lindsay Shelton
The film festival which begins in Wellington next week will be the 38th annual event that director Bill Gosden has curated – it’s a record of extraordinary growth and success. Read more »

Slip clearance nearing completion; Ngauranga Gorge lane reopened


News from NZTA
Work to remove overhanging rock above the Ngauranga Gorge slip is now complete. The Transport Agency is to reopen the southbound lane in the Ngauranga Gorge closest to the slip, in time for peak morning traffic on Tuesday, after the removal of residual material and final tidy up of the lane and footpath. Further work is needed to secure more netting to the slip site. Read more »

Smokefree incentive: no outdoor dining fees if there’s no smoking

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has adopted an initiative to encourage cafes, bars and restaurants with outdoor dining areas to go smokefree by offering free outdoor dining licence fees for 2017-2018. Read more »

Author sad that John McIntyre won’t be reading her new book

Press Release – Makaro Press
The launch of Rotorua teacher Kathy Sutcliffe’s new young adult novel Moon Boy is a bitter-sweet time for her. The ‘sweet’ is launching a new novel she’s been working towards for years, but the ‘bitter’ is the sadness she feels that children’s book advocate and bookseller John McIntyre isn’t around to read it. Read more »

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