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$5m for more research into warm dry homes

News from Health Research Council Of New Zealand
The Wellington-led team whose highly influential research provided the evidence base for such major changes to New Zealand’s housing policy as the EECA Warmer Homes insulation scheme and new national Healthy Housing Standards for rental properties have received a $5 million Health Research Council (HRC) Programme grant to work on interventions that will help all New Zealanders live in warm, dry, mould-free and safe homes. Read more »

VUW Antarctic research team wins top science prize

antarctic research time wins science prize

News from VUW
The world will be better prepared for the worst effects of climate change due to Antarctic ice-sheet discoveries by the Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington-based winners of the 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prize. Read more »

Where’s the focus on saving the Central Library?

Open Letter from ICW to Wellington City Councillors
Inner City Wellington sincerely hopes that the Special Consultative procedure for our Central Library moves ahead with public support. This open letter is prompted by our concern that, if not appropriately focussed and supported by relevant and robust information, the Proposal to be brought to the Council on 21 July may meet the same vociferous rejection that caused the Council to send staff back to rework their recommendations last time. Read more »

No 8 Wire Week in Kapiti

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
No8 Wire Week 2020 is packed full of events to encourage community resilience, DIY resourcefulness and environmental responsibility through fun, hands-on activities and workshops. Read more »

Mural celebrates Miramar’s eradication of rodents

miramar mural
Photo by Mary Anderson; click on image for larger size

Report from Benoit Pette
A new mural was inaugurated at the Miramar cutting today to celebrate the (almost complete) eradication of all rodents on the Peninsula. The painting reminds the community and visitors of this outstanding achievement, a goal that seemed unthinkable only a few years ago. Read more »

VUW students confused, disappointed at more online teaching

Report frpm RNZ
Students at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington are being told their studies will be a mixture of digital learning and physical attendance. It’s a disappointment for some students who after a first trimester of digital learning, were looking forward to the return of face-to-face teaching. Read more »

Volunteers wanted to plant 6000 trees in East Harbour Regional Park

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Friends of Baring Head is calling on sustainably-minded locals to help to plant 6000 native plants to restore the East Harbour Regional Park. Read more »

Anton Killin named as Lilburn Research Fellow for next year

News from Dept of Internal Affairs
The Alexander Turnbull Library and the Lilburn Trust are delighted to announce that Dr Anton Killin has been awarded the prestigious Lilburn Research Fellowship for 2021. Read more »

‘Experience Wellington’ has a new chief executive – have you heard of Experience Wellington?

News from Experience Wellington
New Chief Executive of Experience Wellington, Dr Sarah Rusholme, says the organisation’s visitor attractions have a unique role to play in Wellington’s recovery from Covid-19. Read more »

Y Central commits $100,000 to support families

Press Release – Y Central
Healthy, happy Kiwi families – that’s the YMCA’s goal. Usually that happens through community sport, camps, education and affordable after school care. But this year, the covid-19 lockdown brought all those activities to a halt. Now Y Central has committed more than $100,000 towards initiatives that help local families as they recover from the lockdown, in conjunction with the nationwide Let Kids Be Kids campaign. Read more »

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