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NZ First wants trams to the airport as alternative to congested roads,

News release from NZ First
A light rail link between Wellington city and the airport is a common sense, smart move, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Strengthening of Wellington Railway Station to be started on Monday

News from KiwiRail
Strengthening work on parts of the Wellington Railway Station is starting on Monday. Read more »

Cancelled, declined: board of inquiry rejects Basin flyover by majority of 3 to 1

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News release from EPA
The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street. Read more »

Rejection of flyover “the only logical decision, based on evidence”

by Joanna Newman
The Save the Basin Campaign congratulates the Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry for declining approvals for the proposed Basin Reserve flyover. Read more »

Alternative Basin traffic options must follow flyover rejection, say MPs

News release from NZ Labour Party
The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. Read more »

Rejection of Basin flyover “a victory for commonsense,” say Greens

News release from Greens
The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority’s draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed. Read more »

Cyclists welcome flyover decision: “time for fresh thinking on transport issues”

News release from Cycle Aware
Cycle Aware Wellington has congratulated the Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry for declining resource consent for the NZTA’s proposed Basin Reserve flyover. Read more »

City Council will seek publically acceptable solution, says deputy mayor

News release from WCC
The Wellington City Council is analysing today’s decision to decline the proposed Basin Reserve flyover. Read more »

Flyover decision a “disappointing setback;” Fran Wilde wants alternative

Media release from GWRC
The draft decision declining resource consent for the construction of the Basin Bridge is a disappointing setback for the Wellington region and work now needs to begin on finding an alternative solution to keep Wellington moving, says Fran Wilde, Chair of the Regional Council and the Regional Transport Committee. Read more »

Nick Leggett devastated by “backward” rejection of flyover

Media release from Porirua City Council
The decision not to proceed with the Basin Reserve flyover is devastating for the Wellington region and is a classic example of why “some form of local government amalgamation needs to happen,” says Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett. Read more »

Flyover decision the only sensible choice, says walking group

Press Release – Living Streets
The Board of Inquiry on the Basin Bridge flyover has made the only sensible choice for a project with no pedestrian benefits despite its position adjacent to three of the largest secondary schools in Wellington and one of the most walkable parts of the city. Read more »

Litter, graffiti: Wellington’s street-connecting walkways could be better

Press Release – University of Otago/Wellington
Graffiti, litter, and insufficient lighting and signage on Wellington’s street-connecting walkways are likely to be discouraging their use, researchers say. Read more »

Air NZ to mark 75th anniversary with exhibition at Te Papa

Press Release – Air New Zealand Public Affairs
Air New Zealand will commemorate its 75th anniversary with an exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington. Read more »

Whittaker’s Chocolates again named as NZ’s most trusted brand

Press Release – Whittakers
Whittaker’s Chocolates is very proud to have been voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand for the third consecutive year in the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands list. Read more »

Book Awards finalists announced – five of them from VUP

News from Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University Press (VUP) has five books shortlisted for prizes at this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards. Read more »

Rimutaka Hill road reopens after overnight snowfall

rimu snow
MetService photo

Wellington.Scoop
The Rimutaka Hill Road was closed by snow this morning. It reopened soon after midday. The Desert Road also reopened after an overnight snowfall. Read more »

Wellington brothers launch world’s first real-time mobile loyalty solution

Press Release – Collect
The world’s first real-time mobile loyalty solution evolves out of Wellington ingenuity. Designed for SME retailers and hospitality venues, it is set to change the in-store and online retail experience. Read more »

Judges to taste over 1,150 wines for annual awards competition

Press Release – SweeneyVesty
With a record number of wines entered in the New World Wine Awards this year, the independent panel of 13 wine experts will spend three days in Wellington in early August, compared to two in previous years, judging every wine using the same internationally recognised system as other leading wine competitions. Read more »

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