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“We’re the infrastructure government;” Steven Joyce promises to spend $11b more

Finance Minister Steven Joyce spoke today about the government’s commitment to infrastructure spending, including the expressways being built north of Wellington. He said the government is planning a big increase in this spending. Read more »

Govt is “playing with numbers,” says Grant Robertson

News from NZ Labour Party
Steven Joyce’s much vaunted pre-Budget speech is an underwhelming response to the infrastructure deficit National has created, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. Read more »

Porirua reviews the wellbeing of its children and young people

Press Release – Porirua City Council
A report by the Porirua City Council on the status of children and young people is the first to examine a range of local data that will help the wellbeing of Porirua’s children. Read more »

Truck fire delays traffic on replacement Manawatu Gorge road

News from NZ Police
There was a backlog of traffic on Saddle Road, near Palmerston North, this afternoon after emergency services dealt with a truck fire. The road is the main route between Ashhurst and Woodville while SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge is closed by a slip. Read more »

Amora Hotel closing for refurbishment, reopening next year

Press Release – Amora Hotel Wellington
Wellington’s Amora Hotel will temporarily close its doors on 27 May to undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment of all rooms and public areas. Read more »

After Kapiti allegations, PSA offers support for sexually-harassed workers

News from PSA
The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is aware of allegations made against a councillor at Kapiti Coast District Council. Read more »

800 postcards supporting more refugees given to Peter Dunne

News from Action Station
in Wellington today, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees. Read more »

Tibetan Prime Minister (in exile) to visit Wellington next week

News from Friends of Tibet
Tibetan Prime Minister Dr. Lobsang Sangay will visit Wellington for the first time next week. Dr. Sangay is the first democratically elected political leader after the Dalai Lama stepped down from his political role in 2011. With a doctorate from Harvard Law School, he is now in his second term as Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, based in India. Read more »

Disney professor at Te Papa

Press Release – Te Papa
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Florida State University and Creative Program Manager at Walt Disney’s Imagineering, Mk Haley, will be delivering a series of talks hosted by Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub. Read more »

Immersive and playful: Electro Jungle to feature in Light Festival

Press Release – Capital E
Capital E will be part of the Playground Precinct in Frank Kitts Park at the LUX Light Festival from 12-21 May with the vibrant and dynamic Electro Jungle installation. Read more »

Historic cars (and newest too) coming to Wellington for centenary show

Press Release – Motor Trade Association
Over the next few days, more than 150 of New Zealand’s most treasured, historic, fastest, greatest and latest cars will be brought to Wellington for the MTA centenary Car Show of the Century. Read more »

500 earthquake engineering experts meeting here this week

Press Release – NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering
Experts from New Zealand and around the world will attend the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering’s annual technical conference in Wellington this week. Read more »

Lebanese architect and artist to install ‘politicised” art work

Press Release – Letting Space
Public art programme Letting Space announces its first international residency, hosting Lebanese architect and artist collaborators Rana Haddad and Pascal Hachem. The pair have recently arrived in Wellington where they will be resident until mid May. Read more »

R&B superstar Keith Sweat at Opera House in July

Press Release – Frontier Touring Company
Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring are thrilled to confirm that R&B sensation and New Jack Swing pioneer Keith Sweat will tour New Zealand for the very first time this July. Read more »

Foundation offering cash to help outstanding young performers

Press Release – Dame Malvina Major Foundation
Young performing artists in the Wellington region can get a cash injection towards achieving their dreams thanks to Arts Excellence Awards being offered by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation. Read more »

Is Hutt City’s 2.3% rates increase the region’s lowest?

News from Hutt City Council
Nearly 600 submissions on the Council’s 2017-2018 Annual Plan have been received since the calling for submissions on 28 March. Submissions close at 5pm on Friday. Read more »

More concerns about safety of Hutt water supply, so chlorination continuing

News from Wellington Regional Council
Chlorination of Lower Hutt’s water supply is to continue while investigations into the source of recent positive E.coli test results are underway. Read more »

Kaibosh’s annual appeal: Make a Meal in May

Press Release – Kaibosh
On Monday 1 May, Kaibosh – the Wellington Region’s food rescue organisation – launches Make a Meal in May, its annual fundraising appeal. Read more »

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