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Visitor numbers down, but arrivals from China grow

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
In the April 2018 month, visitor arrivals fell 28,000 to 283,900, compared with April last year. Read more »

How they’re spending $49m


When the mayor welcomed the Budget allocation of $50m for Wellington’s commuter trains, there were no details. Today we learnt that $49m of the total is to be spent on the Hutt line – it’s a huge job. Read more »

$49m contract to replace 1274 poles and wires on Hutt line

News from KiwiRail
Work to improve services for Wellington commuters passed an important milestone yesterday with the signing of a $49 million contract to replace the overhead line system that supplies power to Metlink’s commuter trains on the Hutt Line. Read more »

Safer cycling in Newtown – plan to develop new options

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council will soon be starting work with the Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook communities to develop options for safer biking routes. These will be part of the southern connection between Island Bay and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park or the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Health Board finds an interim chief executive

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
The Capital and Coast DHB Board today congratulated Dr Ashley Bloomfield on his appointment to the role of Director-General of Health, and is pleased to announce former Whanganui DHB chief executive Julie Patterson as interim chief executive to replace Dr Bloomfield. Read more »

Wellington landlord awarded profits from tenant’s illegal airbnb

News release from Nice Place
For what is likely the first time in New Zealand, a landlord has successfully been awarded the profits earned by a tenant illegally sub-leasing a rental property on Airbnb. The tenant had been sub-leasing his rented Bellagio Apartment in central Wellington on at least 54 occasions over a 6-month period, making over $12,450 in revenue. Read more »

No apology after criticism of campaign against sexual assaults

Report from RNZ
A Wellington city councillor has been criticised for being heavy-handed in her efforts to rid the city of sexual assault. Read more »

VUW graduate receives prestigious Fulbright-EQC award

Press Release – Fullbright NZ
Fulbright New Zealand and the Earthquake Commission are pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research is PhD researcher Amanda Wallis. Amanda will use the award to research creative ways of encouraging people to be more prepared for natural disasters. Read more »

Three scholarships for outstanding women lawyers

Press Release – Universities New Zealand – Te Pokai Tara
Three remarkable women have this year received New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin scholarships for outstanding women lawyers. Read more »

“Doing the right thing:” Johnsonville Countdown bans plastic bags

News from WCC
Mayor Justin Lester’s local supermarket has become one of the first in the country to go single-use plastic bag free today. Read more »

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