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Independent review of Gateway project

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council has engaged consultants Martin Jenkins to undertake an independent process review of Te Uruhi – the Kāpiti Gateway Project. The review follows concerns raised by the community and elected members about how some project decisions were made and how they were communicated. Read more »

National contest for firefighters in Wainui

Press Release – United Fire Brigades’ Association
Each year 20,000 fires threaten homes, businesses, our natural environment and lives across New Zealand. All require one thing – lots of water and brave people to put it there. Come and watch the national waterway competition, a competitive skills event where firefighters practice getting that H2O where it needs to go! Meet some of the 11,500 volunteers who dedicate their lives to protecting their communities 24/7.

Firefighting relies on timing, technical expertise, and teamwork to save lives and property; the branch on the hose, hose to the pump, the standpipe to the hydrant, and each person playing their part.

Spectators are welcome and this is a great opportunity to discover some of the technical complexities of modern firefighting or inspire young people to consider their future as a career or volunteer first responder.

  • UFBA National Waterway, Friday 16 – Saturday 17 April 2021, Wainuiomata, Frederick Wise Park 

Friday 16 April 8am
The event begins with an address by Fire and Emergency NZ CE Rhys Jones and UFBA President Jason Prendergast.

Saturday 17 April ‘Meet the Emergency Services‘
This is an exciting new extension of this event in collaboration with our emergency services partners at NZ Police and Wellington Free Ambulance. Throughout the day enjoy a unique opportunity to meet all three emergency first responders along with local food stalls.

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Funding for bus drivers’ living wage – but operators want more discussion

Report from RNZ by Harry Lock
Bus drivers in Wellington are one stop closer to getting paid the living wage, but there are still some bumps in the road. Read more »

Students march to Parliament demanding stronger action on climate change

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Report from RNZ
Thousands of young people are rallying in New Zealand’s major cities today, demanding stronger action on climate change. School children – and some people older than that – started gathering at 11am this morning in Wellington’s Civic Square. Read more »

Wellington City Council adds two mana whenua members to all its committees

mana whenua vote

News from Wellington City Council
A proposal to add mana whenua representation to Wellington City Council committees later this year – with the representatives having a vote and being paid – received a majority vote to go to full Council this month at yesterday’s Strategy and Policy Committee meeting. Read more »

Choosing expansion for the Central Library

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This 17-storey tower on top of the Central Library is one of three options for the building to be considered by Wellington city councillors at a meeting next week. The options are included in a paper in which staff make recommendations about “building print optimisation and sustainability options.” Read more »

Activities and open space in Civic Square

civic square another look

The Wellington City Council’s draft framework for redeveloping Te Ngākau Civic Square states that as a significant central public space, Te Ngākau must support the provision of high-quality green public space in the central area. Here’s more from the draft framework: Read more »

Hamilton ahead of Wellington in list of world’s top smart cities

Press Release – Hamilton City Council
Hamilton City Council has been ranked 21st in the 2021 Top 50 Smart City Governments by Eden Strategy Institute. Hamilton is New Zealand’s highest placed council, ahead of Wellington (33rd) and Christchurch (43rd). Read more »

Cooler weather = no fire restrictions

Press Release – Fire and Emergency NZ
Wellington is moving from a restricted fire season to an open fire season from 9.00am on Monday.
An open fire season means you don’t need a permit to light an outdoor fire. Read more »

No more lions at Wellington Zoo – last two euthanised


News from Wellington Zoo
We are very sad to announce that we had to make the incredibly tough decision to euthanise our elderly lionesses, Zahra and Djane today. Read more »

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