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Victoria University taking advice on coronavirus outbreak

News from Victoria University of Wellington
The University is closely monitoring the global outbreak of coronavirus. We are working with health authorities and following their advice. Read more »

Australasia’s first Autism Resource Centre opening in Petone

News from Autism NZ
Autism New Zealand is to open Australasia’s first Autism Resource Centre on the 20th of February. The building, in Petone, was originally a large warehouse. Eventually, the Autism Resource Centre will be a place for all people living with autism to access clinical diagnostic services, intervention and support. Read more »

Classic horror in 3D to launch film society’s new season


News from WFS
The Wellington Film Society will open its 2020 programme with the 3D restoration of Universal Studio’s classic 1954 monster film Creature from the Black Lagoon. Star Julie Adams died a year ago and WFS is looking forward to honouring her contribution to the genre with the screening. Films will screen on Monday nights at the Embassy Theatre through till 30 November, closing with Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be, the final film of screwball superstar Carole Lombard. Read more »

Conference on WW2 North African campaign

Press Release – NZ Military Historical Committee
The North African campaign in the Second World War is to be refought at a conference in Wellington in February. For the first time ever in New Zealand, a leading German historian, Dr Peter Lieb, will discuss the campaign from the perspective of the famed German commander General Rommel. Read more »

Taita College students revive natural wetland

From left to right: Tiara Hemopo (student), Sujata Rajagopal and Simon Hirini (teachers), Travis Moody (River Ranger), and Kyrah O’Carroll (student).

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Taita College students and teachers teamed up with the Regional Council’s River Ranger Travis Moody in a bid to rejuvenate the natural wetland at the back of the school’s field. Read more »

Our buildings and history – how to impress so many tourists

Old Government Buildings in 1877. Alexander Turnbull Library photo Ref: 1/2-070300-F from Wellington City Council

by Lindsay Shelton
When Wellington.Scoop was new, I wrote about tourists (ten years ago there were far fewer of them than now) and why they should be told about our city’s magnificent heritage buildings. With three (!) cruise ships in town today, it’s worth reminding visitors that Wellington offers a far more impressive range of places to see, during their brief stay, than they might realise. Read more »

Reef heron numbers declining, but small island off south coast may save them

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
While some of our precious native coastal birds are thriving in the Wellington region, a survey of 460 kilometres of coastline highlights how some species, including the reef heron, are continuing to decline to a critical degree. Read more »

Banded dotterel make a comeback in the Wellington Region

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
While some of our precious native coastal birds are declining, a survey of 460 kilometres of coastline highlights how banded dotterel are thriving in the Wellington region. Read more »

WelTec and Rimutaka Prison team up to build social housing

Press Release – Weltec
WelTec and Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities (previously Housing New Zealand/HLC/Kiwibuild) have signed a housing supply agreement whereby houses built by WelTec students in Porirua, Petone and Rimutaka Prison will be placed in the Porirua, Hutt Valley and Palmerston North communities for families in need. Read more »

VUW’s name change that isn’t a name change


by Hugh Rennie
A year ago this week, the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced his rejection of VUW’s request for a change of name. Here again is the main part of the Minister’s public statement: Read more »

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