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Woman attacked on Adelaide Road; “an alarming assault,” say police

News from NZ Police
A 26 year old woman was attacked by a man while walking on Adelaide Road in Newtown early this morning. Read more »

Homes and cars seized after 4 arrested for importing Class C drug from China

News from NZ Police and NZ Customs

Three men and one woman aged between 24-26 have been arrested and face charges relating to the importation and supply of class C drugs, and have had in excess of $1 million in assets seized, following a joint Police and Customs operation. Read more »

Great War Exhibition is open, with ANZ as principal partner

dominion museum
Photo via Twitter by Andrew W Burns

The new Great War Exhibition, in the former Dominion Museum building behind the Carillon, was opened today by the Prime Minister and the Governor-General. With them was Sir Peter Jackson, who has had a key role in creating the exhibition. Read more »

First look at Te Papa’s $8m Gallipoli show

Scoop report and photos by Francis Cook
Te Papa today previewed its new exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War, which opens tomorrow. The exhibition was curated with help from Weta Workshop to deliver an immersive, realistic and even disorienting experience. Read more »

$3 an hour for Chinese at Hutt railway workshops? Wage records not available

News from First Union
The government must guarantee New Zealanders that Chinese engineers working on KiwiRail’s locomotives are at least receiving the minimum wage, says Rail and Maritime Transport Union spokesperson Todd Valster. Read more »

Air NZ to offer 135,000 more seats between Wellington and Auckland

Press Release – Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand will increase its total domestic capacity by more than 650,000 seats in the coming financial year. Read more »

Commerce Commission approves Wellington Airport’s revised landing fees

BusinessDesk report by Tina Morrison
Wellington International Airport’s revised landing fees are “just within” the Commerce Commission’s acceptable range of returns, the regulator said today. Read more »

How can we support the runway, when we don’t know how much it’ll cost?

airport from moa point

by Dr Sea Rotmann
In light of the looming Long Term Plan submissions due today, our citizens’ group the Guardians of the Bays have kept delving deeper into the various questions about lengthening the airport runway which should be answered before the Council decides to sign us up to huge generational debt, rate hikes and asset sales. Read more »

Duplicity, spin and politics in Wellington’s public hospital laboratory crisis

Extract from paper to Australian Medical Association
by Ian Powell, Executive Director, NZ Assn of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs at the bottom of the North Island are involved in a huge controversy over a determined effort to have their hospital laboratories run by a private company (Healthscope), despite strong clinical advice not to go down this path. Read more »

Anzac events will disrupt CBD travel next Friday and Saturday

News from WCC
Anzac Day services and the previous day’s commemoration parade will disrupt travel around and through Wellington’s CBD next Friday and Saturday. We are expecting big crowds and people going to these events are asked to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel and get there early to avoid disappointment. Read more »

Gun salute to mark Queen’s birthday

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force
Personnel of the 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery will mark the 89th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with a 21-gun salute at midday on 21 April at Point Jerningham in Wellington. Read more »

Wellington breast-density software sells to medical institute in India

Press Release – Volpara Solutions
Wellington breast density software Volpara Solutions has made its first sale into India as the technology continues its rapid global expansion, now in 31 countries and with revenues doubling year on year. Read more »

Singin’ in the Rain opens at the St James

Photo credit: Megan Gattey

Scoop report and photos by Megan Gattey.

Singin’ in the Rain, the musical that originated at the Chichester Festival and then moved to London’s West End, officially opened at the St. James Theatre in Wellington tonight. Read more »

Protecting tenants from damp housing – researchers uncover law from 1947

News from VUW and OUW
A law, developed in the 1940s to protect people from living in unhealthy homes, could be used to require landlords to provide housing that is free from dampness, according to researchers from Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago in Wellington. Read more »

China becomes “a priority” for NZFC, says Dave Gibson in Beijing

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth in Shanghai
The New Zealand Film Commission, the Wellington-based government entity tasked with supporting the local film sector, is putting more emphasis on building links to China, which local film-makers have largely ignored. Read more »

More supercity hearings next week

Press Release – Local Government NZ
The Local Government Commission will be holding more public hearings on its draft proposal for reorganisation of councils in the Wellington region. Read more »

21% increase in city cycling commuters in a year (up 200% in 10 years)

News from WCC
Recent surveys are showing that record numbers of Wellington people are commuting by bike. The Wellington City Council’s 2015 Transport Monitoring Survey shows that cycling commuter numbers continue to rise – up 21 percent from 2014, and 200 percent over the last 10 years. Read more »

Plaque to celebrate cable car’s 113-year-old engineering heritage

Press Release – IPENZ Engineers NZ
A plaque celebrating the engineering heritage of Wellington’s Cable Car was unveiled today by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Read more »

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