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New cycle track for Naenae

Press Release – Hutt City Council
This Friday Rata Street School’s new bike track will be opened. Read more »

Queen Margaret College presents Beauty and the Beast

Press Release – Queen Margaret College
Prepare to be taken on an enchanted journey as Queen Margaret College brings the classic fairy tale Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the stage next month. Read more »

Chris Bishop campaigning for student fares; $30 a day is “big barrier”

News from National Party
National List MP based in Hutt South Chris Bishop has launched a petition calling on Greater Wellington Regional Council to support fairer fares for tertiary students.

“I’m backing the campaign for fairer fares because it will really help Hutt Valley tertiary students,” says Mr Bishop.

“Last month I presented the case for fairer fares to the Wellington Regional Council with a group of Victoria University students.

“As I told the councillors, a student travelling from Wainuiomata to the Kelburn campus can pay nearly $20 per day in public transport costs, and that’s after Snapper card discounts.

“The cost of travel is a big barrier between students and further education. We can do better,” says Mr Bishop.

At present Wellington is an outlier within New Zealand and internationally, with most comparable cities providing very cheap or heavily discounted public transport fares to tertiary students. Tertiary discounts in Auckland are around 38-40%, Dunedin’s discount is 25%, and Christchurch has a very low flat fare structure that makes it affordable for students.

“This is the right thing to do for our students, who, after all, contribute around $2bn to the regional economy,” says Mr Bishop.

People backing the campaign can sign up at It will be passed on to the Greater Wellington Regional Council which is currently consulting on its annual plan and considering the issue of tertiary student fares.

Brutal by design, brutal by decision


by Diane Calvert
The irony is not lost. Karori Campus (the old Teachers College) is among the best examples of the “Brutalist” style of architecture in New Zealand. To some people this type of building may well seem austere and cold. To some of us it is just like the decisions now being made on its future. Read more »

How Wellington kids can be a little wilder this school holidays

Press Release – Sustainability Trust
There won’t be any pig hunting, but the Wilderkids school holiday programme will still be a little bit wilder than the rest. Read more »

Virtual programme to help women’s careers and lives

Press Release – Kate Taylor
Business mentor Kate Taylor is planning a Wellington launch for her virtual coaching programme: Killing It (A girl’s guide to kicking ass in her career and life). Read more »

The indomitable Aro Valley cyclist

Alastair Smith at the end of the St James Cycleway.

by Sarah Bennett
In the mid-1970s a group of young New Zealanders were discussing plans for their big OE. One said he would go to Europe, buy an E-Type Jaguar, and tour the Continent in style. But another, Alastair Smith, had just read the Limits to Growth report produced by the political think-tank Club of Rome, in which dire predictions were made about the environmental impact of motoring. This was, of course, long before such effects were widely acknowledged and any moves were made to cut carbon emissions. Read more »

Explore virtual realities with experts – events at Te Papa

News Release – Te Papa
The ways virtual and augmented reality are changing the way we live, work and play will be explored during a four-day public programme at Te Papa. Read more »

Children ask for “more nature play”

Press Release – Wellington Playcentre Association
Children from Wellington Playcentres had their voices included in feedback given to the Wellington City Council on the new draft Play Spaces Policy. Read more »

Rape culture: Wellington College disciplines two students for their online comments

The Wellington College board of trustees tonight announced that disciplinary action has been taken against the two students who last week wrote rape comments on social media. Here is the board’s announcement: Read more »

Rape culture: apologies from two Wellington College students

The two Wellington College students who last week made rape comments on social media have today apologised for what they said. The students are not being named, as they are minors. Read more »

VUW establishes Faculty of Health

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington has established a Faculty of Health. Read more »

Te Auaha signs three-year deal with China Cultural Centre

Press Release – Te Auaha NZ Institute of Applied Creativity

Te Auaha NZ Institute of Applied Creativity has signed a three-year agreement with the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand (CCCNZ). Read more »

Worldskills and WelTec celebrate work of volunteers

Press Release – Weltec
WelTec and WorldSkills New Zealand this week celebrated the significant contribution of long-serving staff volunteers. With a combined service of well over a century, WelTec staff volunteers champion the goals and activities of WorldSkills by being mentors, coaches, managers and experts enabling WorldSkills to flourish. Read more »

Wellington hosting NZ’s first mixed reality hackathon

Press Release: ProjectR
Wellington Virtual and Mixed reality centre ProjectR is to host New Zealand’s first Mixed Reality Hackathon as part of a lineup of Virtual and Augmented Reality events in Wellington this month. Read more »

Toi Whakaari welcomes three directors as tutors

Press Release – Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School
Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School are pleased to announce that this year’s Toi Films are to be helmed by three celebrated Kiwi directors: Florian Habicht, Jonathan King and Michelle Savill. Read more »

Hundreds of students demonstrate at Parliament against rape culture


Wellington.Scoop photos by Liana Pantaleo
Hundreds of school students demonstrated at Parliament today – in solidarity against statements about rape culture that had been published on social media by a group of male students. Read more »

Rape culture: tertiary students support protest at Parliament

News from NZUSA
The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) and Thursdays in Black today stand in solidarity with students from three Wellington high schools as they take their protest against rape culture to Parliament. Read more »

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