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Newtown’s new bookshop is part of a worldwide trend

Press Release – Booksellers NZ
Since January last year, Booksellers NZ has gained seven brand new members from everywhere from Vulcan Lane in Central Auckland through to Twizel in South Canterbury, as well as online store Five Dogs Books. Read more »

Dip in housing prices, but apartment prices keep rising

Press Release – Trademe
Property prices in Wellington followed the seasonal trend and dipped in December, with the average asking price falling 1.6 per cent on November to $606,900. Read more »

Electric buses waiting for new fast charger pick-up


Report via Facebook from Daran Ponter
Many of you will be aware of Wellington’s new fleet of ten double decker electric buses – the first such buses in the Southern Hemisphere …. designed and built in New Zealand. Read more »

Meetings continue for Wairarapa economic strategy

Press Release – Grow Wairarapa
Work will continue on the Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy following the Christmas holiday period. Meetings to discuss the regions priorities will commence again this week. Read more »

Two appointments complete Reserve Bank’s leadership team

BusinessDesk report by Rebecca Howard
Simone Robbers and Christian Hawkesby will round out the Reserve Bank’s senior leadership team, joining as assistant governors, said RBNZ governor Adrian Orr today. Read more »

Runway extension process “protracted and flawed;” increasing costs to ratepayers

Media release from GotB
A decision by the Environment Court to proceed with Wellington International Airport’s runway extension application is disappointing given the length of delays, increasing costs and strong public opposition, according to community groups opposed to the proposal. Read more »

Safety upgrades for five highways in Manawatu and Wanganui

News from NZ Government
Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced an extension of the Government’s Safety Boost Programme targeting rural roads in Manawatu-Wanganui. The NZ Transport Agency is to invest $20 million in lower cost safety improvements on rural State highways. This will include five Manawatu-Wanganui roads: Read more »

Wellington’s most stolen cars – Mitsubishi Lancers

Press Release – MoneyHub
The desire for a stolen Toyota Hilux, Subaru Legacy and Subaru Impreza shows no signs of diminishing, with at least two reported stolen every day around New Zealand. Read more »

Metlink starting a “trial” bus service from Station to Zoo (one bus per hour)

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Metlink is introducing a six month trial bus service between Wellington Station and the Zoo on 3 February. The hourly service, named the 23z, will run between Wellington Station and Wellington Zoo, snaking its way down Courtenay Place, round the Basin Reserve and finally up Newtown to the Zoo and will operate seven days a week. Read more »

Housekeeper in hospital after car crashes into Berhampore rest home

Report from RNZ
A Wellington retirement village worker remains in hospital after suffering serious injuries from a crash yesterday. Emergency services were called about 1.25pm after a car crashed into the side of a building and through walls at Arvida’s Village at the Park facility in Berhampore. Read more »

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