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Lambton Quay emergency: the suspicious package didn’t contain explosives

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Photo: Lyndon Hood

Police revealed today that the item which caused yesterday’s closure of Lambton Quay did not contain any explosive material. Read more »

Turakina Maori Girls’ College to be closed – “dire financial situation”

News from NZ Government
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that Turakina Māori Girls’ College will close on 27 January. Read more »

Extending the runway: one truck every minute, for ten hours every day

by Lindsay Shelton
The brutal reality of constructing a longer runway at Wellington Airport is revealed in one of the 27 reports that were published this week. It provides startling details of the number of trucks-with-trailers that will be needed to carry rocks through the city for the reclamation – one every minute, for ten hours every weekday. Read more »

In only five years? The airport’s runway campaign reaches new heights

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by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington Airport’s overpowering campaign in support of extending its runway has reached new heights this morning, with this advertisement showing flights from here to … almost everywhere. Read more »

NZ will benefit by $2billion from longer runway, claims airport report

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Media release from Wellington Airport
Wellington Airport today released draft reports which assess the effects of the runway extension project, including a Benefit Cost Analysis which predicts a net economic benefit for the country of $2 billion, and commenced the start of public consultation. Read more »

John Milford agrees on economic benefits from longer runway

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce welcomes the economic impact report on extending the airport runway which shows great benefits for the city, the region and for New Zealand. Read more »

Case for longer runway is “compelling,” say property owners

Press Release – PropertyNZ
The Property Council welcomes the report on extending Wellington International Airport’s runway as strong evidence of a compelling business case for the project. Read more »

Man suffers facial injuries and broken jaw in assault outside Reading Cinemas

News from NZ Police
Can you identify these men? At about 4:05am on Sunday 8th November, a man was walking with a friend past Reading Cinemas in Courtenay Place when he was knocked to the ground and seriously assaulted by an unknown group of males. Read more »

Secure your trailer – more of them are being stolen “quickly and quietly”

News from NZ Police
The Wellington Police District Car Squad was set up in February to target organised criminal groups linked to vehicle crime. On Monday the Car Squad arrested a man in Stokes Valley for the theft of a trailer. Read more »

Plans to create rejuvenation and new life in Strathmore Park

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council, with Housing New Zealand and the New Zealand Police, is supporting a community-led rejuvenation of Strathmore Park. The community have been asked to identify strengths, challenges and opportunities for their suburb at recent community meetings and consultations. Read more »

Chinese deal for new animation series to be made in Miramar

Press Release – Pukeko Pictures
Wellington’s Pukeko Pictures has signed a development deal with Chinese entertainment group Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company to produce ‘Kiddets’, a sister series to Pukeko Pictures’ hit pre-school animated series, The WotWots. Read more »

Refugees and police competing in annual Communities Football Cup

News from NZ Police
Somalia Wellington will this weekend defend its title at the New Zealand Communities Football Cup (NZCFC). Read more »

Hutt signs up for new-look Safe City contract

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Lower Hutt residents will notice new-look Safe City Ambassadors from next week, after the contract was awarded to Recon Security. Read more »

Emergency department getting extra support from Women’s Refuge

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Wellington Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department now has 24/7 support for victims of domestic violence, thanks to a new partnership with Wellington Women’s Refuge. Read more »

Survey shows 84 per cent support for more smoke-free areas in Wellington

News from WCC
Wellington City Councillors will discuss the results of a survey on extending Wellington’s outdoor smoke-free areas at this week’s Community Sport and Recreation committee meeting. Read more »

Losing their jobs before Christmas – Youth Ministry cutting its staff

News from PSA
The Public Service Association (PSA) will be supporting members at the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) who will find out if they are losing their jobs the week before Christmas. Read more »

Five activists board government research ship, in protest against oil search

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Photos from Greenpeace

News from Greenpeace
Five Greenpeace activists stormed on-board a New Zealand Government ship this morning in Wellington and are now locked to it, after discovering it has been searching for oil. Read more »

Poles and cones sculpture to be taken down, for safety and repairs

News from WCC
Wellington’s iconic sculpture Akau Tangi on Cobham Drive is to be dismantled for repairs due to failures in the section of pipe that supports the cones on the top of the poles.
Designed by Phil Dadson and installed in 2010, the sculpture features 11 vertical poles with spinning cones attached to each. Read more »

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