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Mayor promises 750 new units of social and affordable housing over ten years

News from WCC
The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. Read more »

Council housing plan a “superb initiative,” says Grant Robertson

News from NZ Labour Party
The Wellington City Council’s plans to boost their social and affordable housing portfolio is proof that delivery of warm, dry and affordable homes can be achieved when there is a strong will, says Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central. Read more »

“How to solve the housing crisis;” Greens welcome council’s plan

News from Green Party
The Green Party has today welcomed the Wellington City Council’s proposed social and affordable housing plan as an example of how to help solve the housing crisis. Read more »

“No choice;” Hager files case against Westpac with Human Rights Tribunal

Media release from Felix Geiringer
Nicky Hager has filed a case against Westpac with the Human Rights Review Tribunal. This is another step in Mr Hager’s response to the unlawful search of his Wellington home and private information by Police. Read more »

Te Papa closing fish and natural history collections for earthquake strengthening

Te Papa marine scientist Dr Clive Roberts shows visitors specimens in the museum’s Spirit Collection – a state-of-the-art facility where marine specimens are preserved in alcohol. Photo credit: Kate Whitley, Te Papa.

News from Te Papa
The National Fish Collection and the natural history spirit collections held by Te Papa at its Tory Street research facility have been closed temporarily while the building undergoes earthquake strengthening. Read more »

Live crabs in a chilly bin from Thailand seized at Wellington Airport

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries
Faced with record numbers of international visitors this summer, Ministry for Primary Industries biosecurity staff have intercepted risk goods ranging from the bizarre to the potentially devastating for New Zealand’s economy and environment. Included in the interceptions was a chilly bin of live spanner crabs from Thailand presented to officers at Wellington Airport. Read more »

TradeMe profit up 16% to $41m; revenue up 9%

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Trade Me has lifted its first-half profit 16 percent, signalling an end to an investment phase for the online marketplace and business, although the result fell just short of analyst expectations. Read more »

$60,000 to help science activities for Hutt school children

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The success and great potential of Hutt Science’s after school activities and hands-on science in schools has been recognised with nearly $60,000 in funding from the government’s Unlocking Curious Minds fund. Read more »

National recognition for Sue Paterson, as Senior NZer of the Year

Sue Paterson has been named as Senior New Zealander of the Year. Read more »

Laidlaw promises community conversations about clean water

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
A new national report on water quality reinforces the need for regional councils to work with communities on managing freshwater says Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council chair. Read more »

Survey shows strong opposition to DomPost/Herald merger

News from Horizon Research Ltd
Nearly three times as many New Zealanders oppose the proposed merger of the country’s two largest media companies than support it. Read more »

$1.1m to build two new modular classrooms at Raroa Intermediate School

News from NZ Government
Around $1.1 million is to be invested to build two new classrooms at Raroa Normal Intermediate School in Wellington. Read more »

Tisa the giraffe dies under anaesthetic at Wellington Zoo

Photo: Wellington Zoo

News from Wellington Zoo
Zoo staff and volunteers were deeply saddened today after the Zoo’s eldest female giraffe Tisa died on Tuesday night. Read more »

Man fined $1500 for death of neighbour’s cat in leg-hold possum trap

Press Release – SPCA
A Masterton man who caused a neighbour’s cat to die while hanging by its leg in a leg-hold trap was sentenced yesterday in the Masterton District Court. Read more »

20 years ago today: Wellington Zoo’s sun bear rescued in Cambodia

Press Release – Wellington Zoo

Sean, one of Wellington Zoo’s two Sun Bears, was rescued from outside a shop in Cambodia 20 years ago today, on 22 February 1997. An Australian businessman found Sean chained outside a shop in Phnom Penh and rescued him on the back of his motorbike. After keeping him for a short while at his house he worked with Free the Bears to find a suitable home for Sean’s long-term care. Read more »

Students ask regional councillors to vote “yes” for travel discount

Press Release – VUWSA
The Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) will vote next week on whether to review fares on public transport and consider a tertiary student discount – and the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) is urging them to vote yes. Read more »

Rarely seen VUW art on show at Adam Art Gallery

Press Release – Adam Art Gallery

A section from John Reynolds’ Looking west, late afternoon, low water (2007) , Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection

Adam Art Gallery brings rarely seen artworks from Victoria University of Wellington’s art collection into view in its latest exhibition. Read more »

Westpac breached Nicky Hager’s privacy – ruling from Privacy Commissioner

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
The Privacy Commissioner has censured Westpac Banking Corp for releasing without a court order more than 10 months of bank records belonging to the Wellington political activist and journalist Nicky Hager during a police investigation into leaked information published in Hager’s 2014 pre-election book, ‘Dirty Politics’. Read more »

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