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New motorway, new tunnel, and street widening in regional transport plan

Wellington’s latest Regional Land Transport Plan (a statutory document) is to be approved on Tuesday by a meeting of the regional transport committee. Read more »

Passenger killed, driver survives, when car hits tree and crashes over bank

News from NZ Police
A man was killed in a crash overnight in Palmerston North. The crash happened on Tennant Drive and involved one vehicle with two occupants. The second person suffered only minor injuries. Read more »

Cutting-edge design for big new science building at VUW; ready in 2017

building vuw science

News from VUW
Victoria University of Wellington is expanding its Kelburn Campus with a new science teaching and research building. Read more »

“Much to be done,” says WCC after reports on rising sea levels

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council welcomes the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report into the challenges facing New Zealand due to sea level rise (Changing climate and rising seas: understanding the science.) Read more »

Wellington climate-change movie heading for US television screens

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
The success of a Victoria University of Wellington fundraising campaign means the screening of Thin Ice—the Inside Story of Climate Science on United States television next year could coincide with a peak in international interest in dealing with the issue of global warming. Read more »

Opus cutting executive team from twelve to eight, to meet competition

BusinessDesk report by Suze Metherell
Opus International Consultants, the Wellington-based engineering firm, has trimmed its executive team as it restructures its business “in an increasingly competitive market”. Read more »

2000 vacancies: Wellington looking for skilled talent at Sydney jobs expo

News from Grow Wellington
Economic development agency Grow Wellington is heading to Sydney’s New Zealand Jobs Expo this week to pitch the Wellington region as the leading choice for skilled New Zealanders and Australians thinking of re-locating across the ditch. Read more »

Controversial head of MFaT resigning, moving to “fun” at Racing Board

BusinessDesk report by Tina Morrison
The chief executive of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, John Allen, is resigning to head up the New Zealand Racing Board. Read more »

Bud the Otter, suffering from arthritis, has been euthanised at the Zoo

News from Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo staff and volunteers were sad today after the decision was made to euthanise the Zoo’s male Asian Short-clawed Otter, Bud. Read more »

Over the (new) limit? Biometric technology in Central District’s booze buses

News from NZ Police
Central District Police had its two booze buses kitted out this week with a new biometric system which will greatly improve the tools used by officers to remove drunk drivers off our roads. Read more »

Producers will hear three students say what makes great TV

Press Release – New Zealand Children’s Screen Trust
Delegates to this year SPADA Screen Industry Summit in Wellington on Friday will anget opportunity to hear from the audience. Read more »

Young social entrepreneurs to be taught how to “live the dream”

News from VUW
New Zealand’s next generation of social entrepreneurs will gather at Victoria University of Wellington this summer for an intensive enterprise accelerator programme called Live the Dream. Read more »

Theatre Award nominations choose Wellington’s best and brightest

Media Release from Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards
Chapman Tripp are proud to present their annual ceremony in honour of Wellington theatrical excellence and creativity – The Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, 7pm Sunday 14th December at the Paramount Theatre. Read more »

Corrections says murderer’s release was “mis-informed,” should not have happened

The Corrections Department has found that its temporary release from jail of Phillip Smith, who murdered a Wellington man in 1996, was “overly ambitious and mis-informed” and should not have been considered. Read more »

Two apologies, and a call for a resignation, after report on errors by SIS

A political controversy over the Security Intelligence Service has been a major focus at Parliament today, including not one but two apologies. Read more »

“Hour of Code:” free computer programming workshops for all ages

Hack Miramar and the Wellington Makerspace Trust today announced “Hour of Code Wellington”, a day of free one hour introductory programming and technology workshops for Wellingtonians of all ages. Read more »

Selflessness: twenty Wellington local heroes given medals by KiwiBank

Press Release – New Zealander Of The Year Awards
Everyday people doing exceptional things were the toast of the town last night as the Wellington region honoured its “Local Heroes”. Read more »

Students offer stronger future for heritage buildings in Newtown

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Photo: Iona Pannett

Newtown people were tonight given a glimpse of what their suburb’s future could look like as a result of a work by students from Victoria University’s School of Architecture. Read more »

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