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Students march to Parliament for action against climate change

RNZ photo

This was the crowd of 2000 students who gathered in Civic Square this morning before marching through the CBD to Parliament. Read more »

Bowen House being investigated – is it an earthquake risk?

Bowen House at left

Report from RNZ
A 22-storey tower-block in central Wellington that houses the offices of government ministers, MPs and staff is being investigated by engineers for earthquake risk. Read more »

Porirua man fined $2000 for obstructing WorkSafe investigation

News from WorkSafe NZ
Joshua Junior Nanai was sentenced at the Porirua District Court this week on a representative charge of obstruction after failing to cooperate with WorkSafe while an investigation took place. He was also sentenced on a substantive charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of other persons. Read more »

Metlink testing announcements on its buses – they want them to work

News from Metlink
You may soon notice a new on-board announcement service when travelling on one of our Metlink buses. We’re testing ways of helping customers who are unfamiliar with the area and the bus network, people who have impairments or disabilities. Read more »

Wairarapa Water gets $800,000 from provincial fund

Press Release – Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy
Wairarapa Water Ltd has scored a substantial win for the region by securing $800,000 of funding from the government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for its Wakamoekau community water storage project. Read more »

Dismantling a writing course at Whitireia

by Mandy Hager
For the last 10 years I’ve been lucky to be employed as a novel-writing tutor on New Zealand’s oldest creative writing programme at Whitireia. Read more »

Local low-carbon businesses win place in Challenge

Press Release – Zero Carbon Challenge
You may have noticed Wellington’s own car share program Mevo, or a cargo bike delivery service called NoCarCargo around your streets. Did you know they are both alumni of a program called the Zero Carbon Challenge? Now, our next wave of low carbon generating businesses have been selected to grow and change the city for the better. Read more »

Kapiti councillors vote to be carbon zero by 2025

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is to become carbon zero by 2025, following a unanimous vote at today’s Council meeting. Read more »

Kapiti candidate announces climate change action plan

Media release from Gwynn Compton
Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton has announced a plan for real action to tackle the climate change challenge facing the Kāpiti Coast, including the ambitious goal of the Kāpiti Coast being net carbon neutral by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the rest of New Zealand. Read more »

At last: designs released for harbourside pathway from Ngauranga to Petone


News from NZ Government
Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today unveiled designs for public consultation on the Ngauranga to Petone shared walking and cycling pathway. She also announced funding approval to begin construction on the Petone to Melling pathway. Read more »

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