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Porirua’s makeover begins with green astro-turf under the canopies

Press Release – Porirua City Council
A green carpet of astro-turf is to be rolled out under the canopies in the first stage of a city centre makeover. Read more »

Survey in Newtown shows renters need help to improve their housing

Renters are living in poorer conditions than homeowners and are less empowered to improve their housing situation, according to a study carried out in Newtown. Read more »

Local spyware – CityLink offers wi-fi advertising targetting where you are

Press Release – CityLink
CityLink Wi-Fi is providing location based advertising services, the first of its kind in New Zealand. Read more »

Small cats with big ears arrive in new Grasslands home at Wellington Zoo

News from Wellington Zoo
Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. Read more »

Pro bono: Wellington consultants offering free policy and evaluation services

Press Release – Allen And Clarke
We are calling for organisations, whether government, non-government or community-based, to express their interest in pro bono research, policy, or evaluation services during late 2014. Read more »

Tobias Buck (short fiction) and Beth Rust (novice) win BNZ Literary Awards

Press Release – BNZ Literary Awards
Winemaker Tobias Buck won New Zealand’s top short fiction prize for his work Islands in the Stream, at the BNZ Literary Awards in Wellington tonight. His winning story was selected from almost 850 entries in the Katherine Mansfield Award category, up from 750 in 2013. Read more »

Waikanae woman chosen as NZ’s first “young nurse of the year”

Press Release – New Zealand Nurses Organisation
The first NZNO Young Nurse of Year, Plunket nurse Katrina Coleman was honoured this evening at an awards dinner in Wellington. Read more »

Bikes and buses – big problem with fast-tracked $11m plan for Victoria Street

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by Patrick Morgan
Expensive new plans for Victoria Street have failed to consider cyclists. Why do the concept plans show that the street will be rubbish for people on bikes? Read more »

VUW proposing to close its Māori business programme

Press Release – Tertiary Education Union
The Victoria Business School at Victoria University of Wellington has proposed closing the Māori Business programme, with a likely loss of two Senior Lecturer positions, and significant implications for the school and faculty as a whole. Read more »

Breast-screening company moves to larger Wellington offices

News from Matakina
Breast screening software developer Matakina Technology officially opened their new larger Wellington offices yesterday. Read more »

Road safety messages delivered to 70 offenders at car museum

News from Dept of Corrections
Wellington Community Corrections yesterday partnered with emergency services, government agencies, organisations and Kapiti Coast District Council to deliver an innovative road safety programme to 70 community-based offenders at Southwards Car Museum. Read more »

Semi-Permanent announces Wellington participants for November event

News from Semi-Permanent
The Semi-Permanent design symposium will be back in the capital on the 4th and 5th of November. Following the success of its tenth anniversary events. and a mind-blowing Auckland season in February, it’s again time to turn Wellington’s Embassy Theatre into a hive of energy, as designers from every discipline converge to share the innovation and inspiration synonymous with the Semi-Permanent experience. Read more »

Qantas adds four extra Australian flights to Wellington in December

Press Release – Qantas
Qantas has added four additional return Boeing 737-800 services to Wellington from 19 to 23 December to cater for increased demand over the holiday period. Read more »

Too many fat people? $3m to be spent on reducing obesity in Lower Hutt

News from National Party
National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes the news that Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. Read more »

Planning for 50,000 more Wellingtonians in 2043; where will they live?

News from WCC
An extra 50,000 people are expected to be living in Wellington City in 30 years’ time and planning has started, to make sure that the necessary new housing and services are sustainably developed in areas that will benefit the city most. Read more »

VUW and MetService join forces to offer degree in weather forecasting

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington will offer the country’s first Master’s degree in meteorology, in partnership with New Zealand’s official weather forecaster MetService. Read more »

Warning from VUW: it’s unhealthy to obsess about pregnant celebrities

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Obsessing over celebrity baby bumps can have a negative impact on women’s attachment to their babies during pregnancy and after birth, Victoria University of Wellington research has found. Read more »

Award-winning Fringe living-room solo show coming to Bats

News from my accomplice theatre
Originally performed in living rooms around Wellington as part of this year’s New Zealand Fringe Festival – where it won Best Solo and was nominated for Best Theatre – Everything is Surrounded by Water is the latest show from award-winning, audience-favourite theatre company My Accomplice. Read more »

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