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Research predicts difficult post-covid economic impacts for region

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
More information is emerging on the likely shape of the Wellington region’s post-COVID-19 economy. New research from economic consultancy BERL paints a picture of the regional economy which, in the short term, shows falling GDP, rising unemployment and lower population growth, with substantial pick-up not expected for a decade. Read more »

Southerly storm hits south coast; snow closes Desert Road

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Owhiro Bay. RNZ photo.

Report from RNZ
The chilly southerly blast that hit parts of the lower North Island has eased. Severe gales hit Wellington overnight, with gusts reaching 125 kilometres per hour. Read more »

After copter crash, concern about pilot’s medical condition and maintenance records

copter crash
The helicopter crashed into the Pauatahanui Inlet near Porirua in May 2017. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King.

Report from RNZ
Non-disclosure of a pilot’s medical condition was a serious concern for the Transport Accident Investigation Commission which has been investigating a helicopter crash near Wellington. Read more »

KiwiRail’s new Manawatu freight hub may include free trade zone

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News from KiwiRail
The announcement of the preferred site for the Regional Freight Hub near Palmerston North is a significant milestone for this nationally important logistics project, KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says. Read more »

More strengthening needed, to secure Carillon’s 74 bells

Report from RNZ by Phil Pennington
Bells that weigh up to 12 tonnes inside the Carillon tower at the National War Memorial in Wellington are at risk of falling on people. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage is today expected to release a detailed seismic assessment that shows this could happen in an earthquake. Read more »

Kelburn homes lose water supply – problem at reservoir

Homes in Kelburn lost their water supply this afternoon for what Wellington Water described as “a short period.” Read more »

Energy savings help move towards zero carbon target

News from WCC
Energy savings made in two central city buildings bring the Wellington City Council closer to achieving its goal of becoming a Zero Carbon Capital by 2050. Read more »

Upper Hutt’s gambling policy “ineffective”

Press Release – PGF Group
The Problem Gambling Foundation is concerned at the Upper Hutt City Council’s draft gambling policy which as it stands will be ineffective in reducing gambling harm from pokies and controlling the growth of gambling in the region. Read more »

Island Bay homes without electricity after unexplained power cut

More than 150 homes in Wellington’s Island Bay were without power for more than three hours tonight. Read more »

$5m for more research into warm dry homes

News from Health Research Council Of New Zealand
The Wellington-led team whose highly influential research provided the evidence base for such major changes to New Zealand’s housing policy as the EECA Warmer Homes insulation scheme and new national Healthy Housing Standards for rental properties have received a $5 million Health Research Council (HRC) Programme grant to work on interventions that will help all New Zealanders live in warm, dry, mould-free and safe homes. Read more »

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