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Four injured in head-on crash at Paekakariki – SH1 closed again

News from NZ Police
State Highway One was closed for more than three hours south of Paekakariki today after a head-on crash which injured four people at about 11a.m.. Read more »

Man in critical condition after hit and run – 61-year-old driver arrested

News from NZ Police
Whanganui Police have arrested a 61-year-old man in relation to the hit and run on Anzac Parade early this morning. Read more »

Man in red car arrested after dangerous driving on Customhouse Quay

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police were alerted to multiple reports of a dangerous driver on Willis Street at approximately 4:30pm this afternoon. Read more »

Chris Calvi-Freeman and Sarah Free take over city’s transport responsibilities

Veteran city councillor Andy Foster has lost his responsibility for the Wellington City Council’s transport portfolio. Read more »

From Andy to Chris: the city’s new and (very) experienced transport leader

Who is Chris Calvi-Freeman, the newly-elected councillor who is taking over from Andy Foster as leader of the Wellington City Council’s transport strategy and operations? His impressive experience in transport planning is detailed on his election website. Read more »

Early childhood centre facing closure – parents blame “callous” Ministry

Press Release – First Five Early Childhood Centre
The First Five early childhood centre in Kenepuru faces closure by Christmas if it can’t find alternative premises. On 22nd June, First Five was told that it would have to leave its Kenepuru site, adjacent to Kenepuru Hospital, as the land housing the childcare centre had been subject to a settlement under the Treaty of Waitangi and the new owners planned to clear the land to make way for a new housing development. Read more »

It’s legal, again: Planet Key didn’t breach electoral laws

There’ve now been two rulings confirming that the satirical “Planet Key” song written and sung by Wellington musician Darren Watson did not breach the Electoral Act. This was the reason given by the Electoral Commission when it banned the song and its music video in 2014. Read more »

Delays forecast for peak weekend traffic on SH1

Press Release – NZTA
Motorists heading north on State Highway 1 out of Wellington for Labour Weekend are advised to pay extra attention to changes to the road layout at both Poplar Avenue and through Peka Peka, as part of the construction works for the new Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway. Read more »

Night-time detours next week: new surface for Vivian St’s 20,000 cars per day

News from NZTA
The NZ Transport Agency is giving Vivian Street in Wellington a new asphalt surface to provide a quieter and more resilient road to cope with the 20,000-plus vehicles using it every day. Read more »

Maintenance on all four Wellington rail lines for Labour weekend

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
There’ll be scheduled maintenance on all Wellington rail lines this Labour weekend with only limited train services running. Read more »

Pilots’ concerns about safety on longer runway described to Court of Appeal

News from NZALPA
The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) today outlined its concerns to the Court of Appeal on the High Court’s decision to turn down a review of the 90-metre safety area for an extended Wellington Airport runway. Read more »

New name for Lambton Quay building when hi-tech company moves offices

Press Release – Dimension Data

Lambton Quay is soon to be at the centre of technological innovation as global ICT company Dimension Data announce the location of its new premises. Read more »

Mayor Lester setting up housing task force to deal with issue of affordability

News from WCC
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has announced the establishment of a Mayoral Task Force on housing to tackle the escalating issue of housing affordability in the Capital. Read more »

Journalist Joseph Romanos named as chief advisor to Mayor Lester

News from WCC
A new role of Chief Advisor in the Mayor’s Office is to be filled by journalist and Wellingtonian Joseph Romanos. Read more »

Soft plastic recycling introduced at 56 Wellington stores

Press Release – The Packaging Forum
The Packaging Forum today launched the Love NZ soft plastic recycling programme at 56 Warehouse, Countdown, Pak’nSave, New World and Moore Wilson stores from Otaki to Wellington. Read more »

Photos from Government House: Dame Jane, Sir Matiu, and Dame Ellen

dame jane and dame patsy

There’ve been two investiture ceremonies at Government House in Wellington this week. At one of them, Jane Campion became Dame Jane, a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to film. She’s pictured with the new Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. Read more »

Four designs for $570,000 French war memorial to be built in Pukeahu

News from NZ Government
Four striking designs for the French memorial to be built at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington go on public display tonight. The designs, selected from 43 entries, will be on show in the foyer of the Great War Exhibition in the Dominion Museum Building until November 20. Read more »

One day only – free train rides to thank ratepayers and commuters

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Trips on all Metlink trains across the region will be free for everyone all day from 5am on Sunday 30 October. Read more »

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