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More than 500 submissions oppose plan for extending airport runway

More than two thirds of the 775 submissions about the runway extension at Wellington Airport show public opposition to the proposal. Read more »

19 evicted from Stadium, 14 arrested in Courtenay Place

News from NZ Police
One person was arrested for disorder at tonight’s sold-out Bledisloe Cup game at the Westpac Stadium. And nineteen were evicted for intoxication. Read more »

Another Weta exhibition coming to Te Papa – this one’s about bugs


Weta Workshop’s Joel Ahie-Drought creating components for the Bug Lab exhibition. Photo credit: Weta Workshop.

News from Te Papa
Te Papa and Weta Workshop have joined forces to bring a blockbuster science exhibition to Te Papa this summer. Bug Lab will be a high impact, hands-on experience for the whole family. Read more »

“Fatigued” doctors starting mediation with DHBs to reduce 12-day shifts

News from NZRDA
Mediation between the NZ Resident Doctors Association and the District Health Boards has been set down for Monday, September 12.

The DHBs and NZRDA are in negotiation for renewal of the Resident Doctors and DHBs National Collective Employment Agreement (MECA), negotiations for which have stalled largely over the issue of safer hours for the doctors.

NZRDA is seeking to change current rostering patterns which see resident doctors work 7 (10 hour) night shifts in a row, and 12 day shifts in a row including two days of up to 16 hours with only 2 days off before returning to work.

“We are asking to work no more than 4 consecutive 10 hour night shifts and no more than 10 days in a row, with adequate recovery time before we return to work.” says Dr Deborah Powell, National Secretary of NZRDA.

“Resident doctors will still work all the nights and all the weekends just as they always have, we just want to break these long stretches up, so the doctors don’t get so fatigued”.

After trying to resolve the issue at a local level for 4 years with only limited success, NZRDA has turned to the bargaining of their MECA to get definitive resolution. “The doctors are suffering from significant levels of fatigue on these long stretches and are a risk to themselves, their patients and members of the public.” says Dr Powell. “We can no longer wait in the hope the DHBs will do the right thing, sometime.”

NZRDA acknowledges Tairawhiti DHB which has improved all their rosters, as well as Northland and most recently Taranaki DHBs who have improved at least half of the affected rosters. “However of the 144 affected rosters identified nationally, over 80 remain unresolved and over 40 are only partially rectified.” Says Dr Powell. “This rate of change is simply too slow.”

Specialists and ultrasound reducing pain and surgery at Wellington Hospital

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Two highly-trained specialists and the latest in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) technology are enabling Capital & Coast DHB to detect some cancers earlier, reduce the need for surgery, minimise pain, and lower recovery times for many patients. Read more »

Two men charged with knife-point robbery of Porirua dairy

News from NZ Police
Police have arrested two men for the aggravated robbery of a dairy in Porirua on 6th of August. Read more »

CofC wants “wiser spending” and reduced rates for city businesses

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has released its Local Government Manifesto for the region, ahead of the October council elections. Read more »

Nick Leggett to abseil down the Harcourts Building

Press Release – Graeme Dingle Foundation
This year Drop Your Boss will dare ‘droppers’ to plummet off the Harcourts Building to raise funds towards the re-introduction of the Kiwi Can Programme to the Wellington region. Read more »

Jo Coughlan states her case for opposing “wasteful expenditure” on light rail

News from Jo Coughlan
“Renewed talk about the need for investment in light rail for Wellington comes as a surprise and would cost a huge amount of money and be a white elephant within a very few years,” Mayoral Candidate Jo Coughlan said today. Read more »

Fraud trial: Crown prosecutor alleges Ngatata Love set up secret payments

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
Former Treaty negotiator Ngatata Love was fully aware of and approved a $1.5million payment from a land developer into a trust controlled by his partner Lorraine Skiffington, which is at the heart of his fraud trial, the Crown says. Read more »

$1.14m will complete $3m children’s garden in Botanic Garden

News release from Cr Helene Ritchie
Today the Wellington City Council took a significant step to complete the funding for the Children’s Garden in the Botanical Gardens, approving $1.14million to enable the completion of this approximately $3million project. Read more »

Māori students marching to support West Papuan freedom

Press Release – Te Mana Akonga
Māori students will march for the freedom of West Papua today as they gather for the annual conference Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga this year hosted by Ngāi Tauira, the Māori Students’ Association at Victoria University of Wellington. Read more »

Hutt Trust accredited as living wage employer

Press Release – Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust
The Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust has formally been accredited as a Living Wage Employer 2016/17 by the Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand. Read more »

Lower Hutt lists its five oddest items from Clean-Up Week

Press Release – Hutt City Council
When it comes to what people will illegally dump in Lower Hutt, Hutt City Council has seen it all – and then some. Read more »

Free festival in Cuba Street aims to increase awareness of harm from gambling

Press Release – Problem Gambling Foundation
A free community festival is being held on Saturday 3 September on Cuba Mall from 11am – 3pm, kicking off Gambling Harm Awareness Week for 2016. Read more »

Phoning home helps threatened languages live on – VUW research

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Mobile phones, computers and other technology are often thought to erode the unique cultural identities of small communities, but Victoria University of Wellington Professor of Linguistics Miriam Meyerhoff argues the opposite can be true. Read more »

International students raise $1800 for DCM

Press Release – Campbell Institute
English language students at the Campbell Institute have held a charity auction to raise money for the Downtown Community Ministry (DCM), which is a non-denominational organisation working to support people through personal hardship. Read more »

Police planning “to keep people safe” at sold-out All Blacks match

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Extra Police staff will be on duty to keep people safe when Wellington hosts the All Blacks v Wallabies in the second test of the Bledisloe Cup this Saturday. Read more »

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