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NZTA stresses community support, downplays opposition to new link road

The concerns of Takapu Valley people don’t get a mention in the Transport Agency’s media release about community consultation on a new road that it wants to build between the Hutt Valley and Porirua/Tawa. The report downplays residents’ concerns and refers to “strong community support.” But the DomPost has this morning looked beneath the optimism. It reports the consultation showed “… ‘significant’ support for upgrading the State Highway 58 route over Haywards Hill rather than developing a new Petone-Grenada road.” This was despite SH58 being excluded from the consultation process.

Here’s the Transport Agency’s view of the consultation results. Read more »

Three injured in SH1 crash – 3 hours of delays for traffic at Te Horo

Emergency services were tonight called to a two-car crash on State Highway 1 at the intersection with Te Hapua Road 3.5km south of Te Horo Beach Road. Read more »

Man arrested after firearm threat phoned to Work and Income staff in Blenheim

News from NZ Police
Police have arrested a 38 year old man at a Koromiko address in relation to a threatening telephone call to Work and Income staff in Blenheim this morning. Read more »

Man with pistol tries to rob dairy

News from NZ Police
A man with a pistol tried to rob the Subway Dairy in Hawera yesterday. He pointed the pistol at the shopkeeper and demanded money. Read more »

Chainsaws, concrete cutters, jack hammers stolen from hire company

News from NZ Police
Marton Police are appealing for help from the public after burglars stole hire equipment including chainsaws and jackhammers from a local mechanical business last Thursday. Read more »

More victims? Man, 63, guilty of indecently assaulting nine children

News from NZ Police
Police say there could be more victims of a child sex offender who taught in schools in Wellington and Hawke’s Bay. Read more »

Pedestrian crossings and traffic lights added to Island Bay cycleway plan

News from WCC
Two extra pedestrian crossings and a new set of traffic lights are among the changes now proposed as part of the plan to install safer cycle lanes along The Parade in Island Bay. Read more »

Safety concerns: survey shows barriers wanted for new cycleways

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has surveyed Wellingtonians to gauge support for improving cycling facilities and to look at what type of improvements people want. The research indicates that providing lanes with some form of barrier to separate bikes and other traffic is likely to be an extremely effective way to get more people cycling – especially if improved facilities are on the most direct routes. Read more »

City Council wants to create “tech hub”

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council today announced the first steps towards establishing a central city tech precinct – with an Expression of Interest to be released later this month. Read more »

$100,000 to help choose Wellington’s water management system

News from NZ Government
Funding of $100,000 is to be contributed for a collaborative approach to fresh water modelling in the Wellington region. The money has been given to the Wellington Regional Council from the Government’s Community Environment Fund. Read more »

March on Parliament to protest at domestic and sexual violence

News from Women’s Refuge
Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand. The growing momentum for action to end New Zealand’s shame of sexual and domestic violence is to culminate in to a march on Parliament on Monday 15 September. Read more »

Porirua shopping centre offering $2500 prize for artwork with “impact”

News from North City Shopping Centre
Powerful paintings and dazzling drawings are being sought from Wellington’s creative talent. With serious prizes and complete creative freedom on offer, the 2014 Unleash Art Competition is the perfect outlet for artists wanting to showcase their work to thousands. Read more »

Haier Pulse to start 2015 with toughest trip of all – to Melbourne in March

Press Release – Haier Pulse
The Haier Pulse will once again face the reigning champions in the first round of the ANZ Championship, with a trip to Melbourne to take on the Vixens on 1 March. Read more »

Hutt Valley student chosen to attend youth rhino summit in South Africa

Press Release – Imake
The first International Youth Rhino Summit will begin this year on World Rhino Day (21-23 September) and a charitable trust – Imake a Difference (est 2013)- will fund the experience for three Kiwi students including one from Lower Hutt. Read more »

Driver arrested on waterfront after armed police chase stolen car from Hutt to CBD

News from NZ Police
A 23-year-old man was arrested on the Wellington waterfront this afternoon after armed Police pursued a stolen blue Toyota Camry, registration ZO6395, from the Hutt Valley to central Wellington. Read more »

Politicians place symbolic poppies on tunnel wall under War Memorial Park

tunnel poppies
Photo: MCH and NZTA

News from NZ Government
Prime Minister John Key, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson today laid the last of 273 symbolic decorative poppies on the wall of the newly named Arras Tunnel, which runs underneath the National War Memorial Park site. Read more »

Council spending $200,000 to help strengthen 11 heritage buildings

News from WCC
Eleven heritage building owners will receive over $200,000 from the Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive fund. The Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee has approved the funding toward seismic strengthening work and preserving the heritage characteristics of each building. Read more »

Slippery tracks on Johnsonville line cause more delays for commuters

Johnsonville trains were having more problems with slippery tracks again today. Read more »

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