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Rare breeding takahē pair coming to Zealandia from Mana Island

Press Release – Zealandia
A breeding pair of takahē are to be released into the Zealandia eco-sanctuary next Monday. The pair, named Nio and Orbell, are 14 and 17 and currently on Mana Island Scientific Reserve, west of Porirua. Read more »

Doll’s House marks sponsor’s 30 year partnership with Circa

Press Release – Circa Theatre
The production of A Doll’s House marks 30 years of Chapman Tripp’s sponsorship of Circa Theatre. The production, re-imagined from Ibsen’s original by writer Emily Perkins, is showing at Circa until 2 September. Read more »

Wellington chef is semi-finalist in salmon cooking contest

Press Release – Ora King
A Wellington chef is one of the New Zealand semifinalists for this year’s Ora King awards. The selected dishes include deconstructed sushi presented as a map of Japan and broth inspired by Queenstown’s lakes. Read more »

The sad centenary of the Paramount


by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington should be celebrating this month’s hundredth anniversary of the Paramount, which is New Zealand’s oldest operating cinema. Instead, the city is allowing the centenary of the Paramount to be marked by its closure. It’s a dismal situation. Read more »

Writers living differently win $10,000 mind-body-spirit awards

Press Release – Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust
A social entrepreneur and a web developer are the winners of the 2017 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards, with works announced this evening by the judges’ convenor Adonia Wylie as ‘accessible and profound.’ Read more »

Wellington introducing minimum standards for rental housing – but it’ll be voluntary

Philippa Howden-Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, and Mayor Justin Lester. Photo: University of Otago, Wellington

News from Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington. Read more »

Rental property owners want cheaper insulation and heating

News from Property Investors’ Federation
The Wellington Council is introducing a voluntary Warrant of Fitness for rental properties that they intend to make compulsory in three years. The council says that they want to raise standards and that “every Wellingtonian deserves a warm dry home”. Read more »

City Mission opening new charity shop in Jackson Street

Press Release – Wellington City Mission
The Wellington City Mission is looking forward to becoming part of Petone’s lively op-shopping scene with the launch of their new City Mission Store on Jackson Street next week! Read more »

What’s happened to the movie museum?


by Lindsay Shelton
It’s now a year since the Wellington City Council voted to spend $150million to build Peter Jackson’s movie museum, with a convention centre on the top floor. A year later, there’s no explanation of why work hasn’t started. Read more »

Palmerston Nth man arrested for importing drugs – maximum penalty is life

News from NZ Police
Following a joint investigation between Police and Customs, a Palmerston North man has been arrested for importing drugs into New Zealand. Read more »

Hutt campaign seeks political support for cross-valley link road

News from Cr Campbell Barry
Today alongside a number of Hutt City Councillors, we’ve launched a campaign asking Political Parties from across the spectrum to support the Cross Valley Link Road as a strategic priority for Lower Hutt. Read more »

Te Moana Road getting safer

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
Work to upgrade the intersection of Te Moana Road and Park Avenue to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and accessibility is almost complete. Read more »

Design problems cause delays for replacing seawall at Paekakariki

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s plans to start building the replacement seawall along The Parade in Paekākāriki this financial year have been delayed. Read more »

Getting a grip on debt: Kapiti Council reduces its spending

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kapiti Council’s Operations and Finance Committee today approved changes to the capital expenditure programme for the 2017/18 financial year, reducing it to a level that better reflects the amount of work that can realistically be delivered within a year. Read more »

Too expensive: Waikanae stops plans for shared gallery and library

Press Release – Kapiti District Council
Plans to build a new purpose-built integrated Public Gallery and Library in Waikanae are being put on hold as the Council re-evaluates its plans. Read more »

Police, NZ Cricket, and Grant Avery win “exemplary” RiskNZ awards

Press Release – Make Lemonade
New Zealand Police and New Zealand Cricket were honoured at RiskNZ’s annual awards in Wellington tonight for their exemplary efforts in managing and mitigating risk management. Read more »

Martin Taylor is Fish & Game’s new Chief Executive

Press Release – Fish and Game New Zealand
Fish & Game has appointed Martin Taylor to take over as Chief Executive from the organisation’s long serving head, Bryce Johnson. Read more »

Such a strange city for a stranger


by Rachel Pommeyrol
“You can’t live here by chance, you have to do and be, not simply watch or even describe. This is the city of action, the world headquarters of the verb.” This sentence by kiwi poet Lauris Edmond welcomes the foreigner in front of the sea. The foreigner feels instructed to discover everything the city has to offer. Read more »

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