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Wellington’s median house prices up 22 per cent in a year

Press Release – Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand
Median house prices have risen and sales volumes have stayed flat or fallen across New Zealand in December 2016 when compared to December 2015, according to the latest figures released today by REINZ, source of the most recent, complete and accurate real estate data in New Zealand. Read more »

Three-vehicle crash closes SH1 south of Otaki; three people injured

Wellington.Scoop
State Highway One was closed this morning after a crash between three vehicles south of Otaki, which injured three people, one of them critically. Read more »

MetService warns: 150km/h gales tomorrow

News from MetService
Damaging northwest gales are expected to affect much of central New Zealand for a time on Wednesday and Thursday. Read more »

Too late to save the Sevens?

by Ian Apperley
There are signs that the Sevens Wellington brand is dying. After last year’s dismal turnout, this year isn’t looking much better. It may be too late to save this event, and the city should be considering moving on rather than flogging a dead horse. Read more »

Nowhere to go: Wellington to lose its only Menzshed

Press Release – City Menzshed Wellington
After five years of caring for the older men in our city, the City Menzshed faces extinction. It has to move from its earthquake prone building in Frederick Street and has nowhere to go. Read more »

Mayor welcomes survey showing business confidence after quakes

Media release from Wellington City Council
Business confidence in Wellington has hit a two year high, showing the city’s businesses have been resilient in the face of the earthquakes, says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. He’s quoting the latest NZIER quarterly survey of business opinion which shows that a net 33 per cent of businesses surveyed in the Wellington region expect business conditions to improve in the coming months, the strongest reading since September 2014. Read more »

Regional businesses’ confidence in economy drops from 62% to 34%

News from Wellington Chamber of Commerce
Business confidence in the Wellington region’s economy has declined, according to the latest Wellington Chamber of Commerce Business Confidence Survey. Read more »

Junior doctors start strike at 7am; 570 outpatient appointments deferred

News from CCDHB
Contingency planning is in place at the Wellington Regional and Kenepuru Hospitals for the junior doctors’ strike this week. The strike will take place around the country from 7am on Tuesday until 8am on Friday. Read more »

Rents up 9.8% – Wellington ends year as one of NZ’s strongest rental markets

Press Release – Trade Me Property
Wellington was one of the strongest rental markets in the country last year, according to the latest Trade Me Rental Index – median weekly rents were up by 9.8 per cent to equal the record national median of $450. Read more »

Freight trains running again from Blenheim; 50 track faults repaired

News from KiwiRail
The first freight train to leave the Blenheim Freight Hub heading south has successfully completed its journey to Lake Grassmere this morning, opening the way for commercial goods to run again on this section of the South Island’s Main North Line following November’s 7.8 earthquake. Read more »

Zoo’s “walk-through Kea experience” opens this weekend

Press Release – Wellington Zoo



Wellington Zoo’s walk-through Kea habitat is to open to visitors this weekend, with themed talks and activities planned for the occasion. Read more »

NZ Jazz Awards coming to Wellington

Press Release – APRA
The 2017 New Zealand Jazz Awards are heading to the capital, in a new partnership with the Wellington Jazz Festival, 7-11 June. Read more »

Judges including Hurricanes’ partners announced for Cup Day fashion contest

Press Release – NZ Racing Board
The scene is set for Wellington’s biggest annual celebration of fashion with the announcement of the judges for the Rydges Wellington Fashion in the Field on Cup Day, Saturday 21 January. Read more »

2000 motorcyclists expected at Bike Fest on Kapiti Coast

Press Release – Shiny Side Up Bike Fest
Shiny Side Up Bike Fest returns to Southward Car Museum on the Kapiti Coast on Sunday 29 January, promising a great day out for riders. Read more »

Refugee trauma recovery staff join Red Cross in Wellington

Press Release – NZ Red Cross
Refugee Trauma Recovery (RTR) has today joined the New Zealand Red Cross family; a move that will provide coordinated resettlement and mental health services to former refugees in the Wellington region. Read more »

Making the Sevens great again – Paul Eagle says the event needs to be improved

Wellington.Scoop
With ticket sales reported to be slow, Wellington city councillor Paul Eagle said today it’s time to find ways to improve the Wellington Sevens, which start in two weeks. Read more »

Farm fun at Battle Hill includes “romp in the hay”

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Fun on the farm will be the order of the day on 21 January at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park near Pauatahanui as the regional community is invited into the park to find out what farming is all about. Read more »

Upper Hutt murder: police release descriptions of four suspects and two cars

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News from NZ Police
Police investigating the murder of Lois Tolley in Upper Hutt on 9 December have identified CCTV images of two vehicles of interest. Read more »

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