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Island Bay homes without electricity after unexplained power cut

More than 150 homes in Wellington’s Island Bay were without power for more than three hours tonight. Read more »

VUW Antarctic research team wins top science prize

antarctic research time wins science prize

News from VUW
The world will be better prepared for the worst effects of climate change due to Antarctic ice-sheet discoveries by the Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington-based winners of the 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prize. Read more »

Where’s the focus on saving the Central Library?

Open Letter from ICW to Wellington City Councillors
Inner City Wellington sincerely hopes that the Special Consultative procedure for our Central Library moves ahead with public support. This open letter is prompted by our concern that, if not appropriately focussed and supported by relevant and robust information, the Proposal to be brought to the Council on 21 July may meet the same vociferous rejection that caused the Council to send staff back to rework their recommendations last time. Read more »

InterCity launches bus trips from Wellington to Gisborne

Press Release – InterCity
Long distance bus operator InterCity is increasing services between Napier and Wellington to operate daily from 1 July, as well as additional services four days a week. The additional services will connect with InterCity’s new services between Gisborne and Napier, which start on July 1, allowing connections between Gisborne and Wellington. Read more »

No more collection or recycling of low-grade plastic in Wellington

News from Wellington City Council
Due to a changing global market and a glut in low quality plastics, the Wellington City Council will only accept plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5 in kerbside recycling, public place recycling bins, and at the Recycle Centre from Monday 20 July. Read more »

Kāpiti councillors approve average 2.5 per cent rates increase

News from Kāpiti Coast District Council
The Council has adopted its Annual Plan which sets out the priorities and budget for the coming year, striking a balance between ensuring the Council can continue to deliver essential infrastructure and services and support the community recover from the impacts of the COVID-19, while operating within its financial means. Read more »

Critic from Community Board says Kapiti Council report fails to deliver

Opinion by Guy Burns
The publication of the independent organisational Review of Kapiti Coast District Council by Martin Jenkins, (known by some as the Cootes Report) is a mighty disappointment. Nearly $200,000 dollars of report fails to deliver. The Report lacks depth and doesn’t penetrate the inner workings of the organisation it was tasked to review. Read more »

“We can do better:” Chief Executive welcomes independent review of Kāpiti council

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Wayne Maxwell says he welcomes today’s release of the Independent Organisation Review report commissioned by the Mayor and Councillors in June 2019. Read more »

Interior work starting for new Children’s Hospital; $10m needed for fitout

childrens hospital donors

News from Wellington Hospitals Foundation
Wellington’s new Children’s Hospital took another significant step towards completion at the weekend, when builders McKee Fehl removed the multi-storied crane, allowing the new hospital to be completely enclosed and interior work to take place. Read more »

Choosing improvements for the Golden Mile

by Ellen Blake
Wellingtonians have long said we want to keep our city compact and walkable, building better on the good we have. Since our Covid19 lockdown experiences, we have come to understand how pleasant low traffic, quiet and social our public streets can become, with the main sounds being people talking and birds twittering. People in densely populated areas needed those local walks to green parks or the seaside. This idea of how our city could be is the silver lining to the distress of the pandemic. Read more »

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