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After 3 weeks, they’ve decided: Reading car park is “not safe,” must be demolished


The Wellington City Council announced yesterday afternoon that the car parking building in Tory Street, alongside the Reading Cinema complex at Courtenay Central, is to be demolished because of earthquake damage on 14 November. Read more »

61 Molesworth Street demolition only one-third completed

Report and photos by Liana Pantaleo
This morning, it was eerily quiet at 61 Molesworth Street, with few people around. I could see some workers on the site, but not the usual crew around the barrier fences. The building looks maybe about one third demolished. Read more »

Pop-up plans after youth centre closes in Ghuznee Street due to quake risk

Press Release – Zeal Wellington
The Zeal Wellington youth centre has closed due to concern over the building’s earthquake risk, with the organisation now operating through citywide pop-ups. Read more »

After quake closure, Hutt New World opening pop-up shop in marquee

Press Release – Foodstuffs Limited
New World Hutt City owners Steve and Sarah Williams have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from long-time customers who are keen for them to be back up and running with Christmas just around the corner. With typical Kiwi ingenuity they’re installing a pop-up shop in a giant marquee in a safe zone outside the cordoned store to cater to a patient horde of loyal shoppers. Read more »

Giveaway bananas from Kaibosh, appealing for help after earthquakes

Press Release – Kaibosh
This weekend, Kaibosh Food Rescue is launching their Earthquake A-Peel – a quirky fundraising campaign in collaboration with All Good Bananas that’s guaranteed to put smiles on people’s faces. Read more »

The post-quake facts: 16 closed office buildings, displacing 50 organisations

The first full survey of earthquake damage in the Wellington CBD has been released by CBRE Research. It shows that sixteen office buildings are closed. This represents eleven per cent of the total CBD office space – 167,300sqm and 50 tenants. Read more »

Council spends $300,000 to focus on resilience

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council’s Grants Subcommittee has approved over $300,000 in funding to 61 recipients from a range of applications across heritage, the arts and culture, and community groups – with a strong focus on further developing resilience. Read more »

Mayoral summit discussing vision, feedback and ideas for the future

News from WCC
The Wellington Summit is being held on Friday morning – a meeting of over 100 key Wellington business and community leaders to discuss the future of the city. Read more »

Councillors vote for cheaper weekend bus fares till Christmas

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has voted unanimously to support cheaper weekend bus fares for Wellingtonians over the Christmas period. The fares began last weekend. Read more »

“All recommendations implemented” says council after report on 2 Melling crashes

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council (GWRC) welcomes the report by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission into the incidents at Melling Station in April 2013 and May 2014 and says all of the safety recommendations made to KiwiRail by the Commission have been implemented. Read more »

$70m “transformational” campus opened for a preview

Press Release – Te Auaha
The construction of Te Auaha – the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity – was halted temporarily today to allow Wellington’s creative and arts community to have a behind the scenes viewing of the $23M+ internal fit out of the campus being built on Cuba/Dixon Streets. Read more »

Police seek Liam Carpenter after two people assaulted in Trentham

News from NZ Police

Police are seeking Liam Carpenter, 33, following an assault on two people at a residential address in Trentham last night. Read more »

Threat of land sale by VUW: Karori campaigning to save kindergarten

Press Release – Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens
The Karori community is rallying behind a campaign to save Campbell Kindergarten and Karori Kids childcare service while Victoria University is threatening to sell the land from under them. Read more »

Lambton Quay closed this weekend for two-day Christmas Festival

News from WCC
Wellington’s two-day Christmas festival – A Very Welly Christmas – is to be held this weekend. Read more »

Coastella’s early bird tickets sold out

Press Release – Coastella
Coastella Music Festival has sold out of early bird tickets, three weeks before the anticipated closing date. 500 of the 2000 tickets to next February’s event in Kāpiti were made available for early bird purchase before 28 December, and these have all been sold, with a strong take up from families taking advantage of the early bird price. Read more »

Overnight Wellington to Auckland sleeper service launched by ManaBus

Press Release – ManaBus
Wellington and Auckland are now just a good night’s sleep away with the launch of’s premium overnight sleeper bus service, the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Read more »

Youthline Wellington needs money

Press Release – Youthline
Youthline Wellington has been running for 45 years, and we desperately need your help. Local government funding cuts mean we may be forced to reduce – or possibly even terminate – our services, potentially putting thousands of vulnerable young people at risk. Read more »

Search and rescue dogs use Transmission Gully for training

Press Release – Wellington Gateway Partnership

John Appleby and Monty

Urban Search and Rescue Dogs have been using the Transmission Gully motorway project for training. Read more »

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