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Wellington region needs more govt finance for freshwater management: Laidlaw

News from Wellington Regional Council
An OECD report on New Zealand’s environmental performance reinforces the need for regional councils to work with communities on managing freshwater says Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council chair. Read more »

Innovation lab at VUW is part of $400m, five-year NZ investment by Huawei

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Chinese telecommunications group Huawei Technologies will spend $400 million over the next five years to help drive local research and development and support the construction of a cloud data centre. Read more »

Rebecca Priestley wins PM’s $100,000 Prize

Press Release – Te Punaha Matatini
Te Pūnaha Matatini investigator Dr Rebecca Priestley has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize. Read more »

Pedal for Plunket ending in Wellington, after raising $354,000

Press Release – New Zealand Plunket Society
Plunket volunteers and Warehouse staff are nearing the end of a nationwide cycle to raise money for Plunket’s community services. Two parallel relays in the South and North Island will finish tomorrow, with events in Wellington and Invercargill. Read more »

Airport delays runway extension hearing, appeals to Supreme Court on safety ruling

News from Guardians of the Bays
Residents and ratepayers group Guardians of the Bays has welcomed the news that Wellington Airport will postpone the progression of its runway extension resource consent in the Environment Court. Read more »

Hager-Stephenson book describes secret of SAS action in Afghanistan

Media release from Nicky Hager
Author and investigative journalist Nicky Hager and war correspondent Jon Stephenson have teamed up, in a book released today, to tell the story of a dark and guilty secret of New Zealand’s recent history. The book is about what the New Zealand military – and especially the Special Air Service (SAS) – did in Afghanistan in response to the first New Zealander dying in combat in August 2010. Read more »

Auckland driver charged after death of Wellington cyclist on SH1 at Taupo

News from NZ Police
Charges have been laid following two serious crashes in Taupo and one on the Desert Road earlier this year. Read more »

Slashing the trash – working together to reduce rubbish and increase recycling

Joint Press Release – Eight councils
The Waste Management and Minimisation Joint Committee of Wellington’s eight local councils has developed a new draft plan which aims to further reduce waste and increase recycling. Read more »

Local start-up wins major government contract for data exchange platform

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Wellington start-up IT Eight Wire is to be congratulated for securing a major contract to build a data exchange platform for the government. Read more »

Home invasion in Levin: woman tied up at knifepoint and robbed

News from NZ Police
Horowhenua Police are investigating an aggravated robbery early yesterday morning, when a woman was tied up at knifepoint by two men who broke into her Levin home. Read more »

Five-year Wellington research project targetting breast cancer vaccine

News from VUW
A vaccine for breast cancer is on the horizon, thanks to a new partnership between Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand (BCFNZ). Read more »

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 »

Bartercard sponsoring Pulse

Press Release – Bartercard
Bartercard New Zealand is backing Central Pulse Netball for the forthcoming season, which starts on 26 March. Read more »

Art for the Sea goes under the hammer to help surf club’s rebuild

Press Release – Lyall Bay Surf Club
An eclectic array of 20 prominent New Zealand artists have created unique pieces of art out of the old Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s (LBSLSC) clubhouse to raise money for the rebuild. Read more »

Emergency house in Naenae has six bedrooms for vulnerable families

News from NZ Government
Vulnerable families now have a new housing option in Lower Hutt. 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.

CubaDupa’s chocolate-coated virtual reality

Press Release – Cubadupa
The CubaDupa street festival (March 5-26) will offer an unforgettable high-tech showcase with a ‘bean-to-bar’ virtual reality experience at the Wellington Chocolate Factory. Wellington-based property developers, The Wellington Company, one of the festival’s major sponsors, together with The Wellington Chocolate Factory will provide the virtual reality shows to offer festival-goers a novel new encounter in the heart of the historic Cuba-quarter. Read more »

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