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Wellington region needs more govt finance for freshwater management: Laidlaw

News from Wellington Regional Council
An OECD report on New Zealand’s environmental performance reinforces the need for regional councils to work with communities on managing freshwater says Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council chair. Read more »

Innovation lab at VUW is part of $400m, five-year NZ investment by Huawei

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Chinese telecommunications group Huawei Technologies will spend $400 million over the next five years to help drive local research and development and support the construction of a cloud data centre. Read more »

Rebecca Priestley wins PM’s $100,000 Prize

Press Release – Te Punaha Matatini
Te Pūnaha Matatini investigator Dr Rebecca Priestley has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize. Read more »

Hager-Stephenson book describes secret of SAS action in Afghanistan

Media release from Nicky Hager
Author and investigative journalist Nicky Hager and war correspondent Jon Stephenson have teamed up, in a book released today, to tell the story of a dark and guilty secret of New Zealand’s recent history. The book is about what the New Zealand military – and especially the Special Air Service (SAS) – did in Afghanistan in response to the first New Zealander dying in combat in August 2010. Read more »

Slashing the trash – working together to reduce rubbish and increase recycling

Joint Press Release – Eight councils
The Waste Management and Minimisation Joint Committee of Wellington’s eight local councils has developed a new draft plan which aims to further reduce waste and increase recycling. Read more »

Rose Kirkup to debut first solo work at Bats

Press Release – Art Access
Using American pop star Beyoncé as her inspiration, Rose Kirkup will perform her first solo work I Am Tasha Fierce at Bats Theatre in Wellington from 28 March to 1 April. Read more »

Evangeline Riddiford Graham at Enjoy

Press Release – Enjoy Art Gallery

Evangeline Riddiford Graham
Look out, Fred!
6 April – April 29
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Five-year Wellington research project targetting breast cancer vaccine

News from VUW
A vaccine for breast cancer is on the horizon, thanks to a new partnership between Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand (BCFNZ). Read more »

Queen Margaret College presents Beauty and the Beast

Press Release – Queen Margaret College
Prepare to be taken on an enchanted journey as Queen Margaret College brings the classic fairy tale Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the stage next month. Read more »

Bartercard sponsoring Pulse

Press Release – Bartercard
Bartercard New Zealand is backing Central Pulse Netball for the forthcoming season, which starts on 26 March. Read more »

Art for the Sea goes under the hammer to help surf club’s rebuild

Press Release – Lyall Bay Surf Club
An eclectic array of 20 prominent New Zealand artists have created unique pieces of art out of the old Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s (LBSLSC) clubhouse to raise money for the rebuild. Read more »

Emergency house in Naenae has six bedrooms for vulnerable families

News from NZ Government
Vulnerable families now have a new housing option in Lower Hutt. Read more »

Chris Bishop campaigning for student fares; $30 a day is “big barrier”

News from National Party
National List MP based in Hutt South Chris Bishop has launched a petition calling on Greater Wellington Regional Council to support fairer fares for tertiary students.

“I’m backing the campaign for fairer fares because it will really help Hutt Valley tertiary students,” says Mr Bishop.

“Last month I presented the case for fairer fares to the Wellington Regional Council with a group of Victoria University students.

“As I told the councillors, a student travelling from Wainuiomata to the Kelburn campus can pay nearly $20 per day in public transport costs, and that’s after Snapper card discounts.

“The cost of travel is a big barrier between students and further education. We can do better,” says Mr Bishop.

At present Wellington is an outlier within New Zealand and internationally, with most comparable cities providing very cheap or heavily discounted public transport fares to tertiary students. Tertiary discounts in Auckland are around 38-40%, Dunedin’s discount is 25%, and Christchurch has a very low flat fare structure that makes it affordable for students.

“This is the right thing to do for our students, who, after all, contribute around $2bn to the regional economy,” says Mr Bishop.

People backing the campaign can sign up at It will be passed on to the Greater Wellington Regional Council which is currently consulting on its annual plan and considering the issue of tertiary student fares.

CubaDupa’s chocolate-coated virtual reality

Press Release – Cubadupa
The CubaDupa street festival (March 5-26) will offer an unforgettable high-tech showcase with a ‘bean-to-bar’ virtual reality experience at the Wellington Chocolate Factory. Wellington-based property developers, The Wellington Company, one of the festival’s major sponsors, together with The Wellington Chocolate Factory will provide the virtual reality shows to offer festival-goers a novel new encounter in the heart of the historic Cuba-quarter. Read more »

A band with no name in a gig at an old hall

Press Release – Old Hall Gigs

When a bunch of musicians got together to play a concert organised by expat-Wellingtonian Age Pryor at his house in Piha not so long ago, it went so well that they decided they didn’t want it to be the last time. Not quite a band, but a collection of like-minded musicians who are all well known in their own right, in April they share their songs as part of the non-profit Wellington series Old Hall Gigs. Read more »

How Wellington kids can be a little wilder this school holidays

Press Release – Sustainability Trust
There won’t be any pig hunting, but the Wilderkids school holiday programme will still be a little bit wilder than the rest. Read more »

Karori locals invited to help develop a vision and a community plan

News from WCC
Karori residents and businesses will have the opportunity to take an active role in helping to plan their suburb’s future. The Wellington City Council’s City Strategy Committee this week agreed the Council would provide support to help the people of Wellington’s largest suburb develop a long-term vision for the area and a Karori community plan. Read more »

We’re getting a virtual and mixed reality centre in Taranaki Street

Press Release – ProjectR
Wellington’s virtual and mixed reality centre PROJECTR will further cement the capital’s reputation as a world-leading hub of digital innovation when it opens in April. Read more »

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