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$2.2m for new sports and community hub in Johnsonville

News from WCC
A sports and community hub for Johnsonville’s Alex Moore Park is one step closer after Wellington City Councillors gave the green light to $2.2 million in funding. The funding was approved unanimously by the City Strategy Committee today. Read more »

Kapiti Council approves $4.3m development plans for Otaraua Park

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The council today gave the green light to a plan that will see 60ha of land in the centre of Kāpiti become a multi-purpose recreational and sporting facility in the future. Read more »

Wellington barista named as champion of the year

Press Release – NZ Barista Championship
BP’s top baristas have been battling it out at the annual Wild Bean Cafe Barista of the Year competition in Auckland, with Sarah Harvey from Wellington crowned as the 2018 Champion Barista of the Year. Read more »

More work to make Karori Tunnel (built 1900) safer


News from WCC
Wellington City Council intends to do to work on Karori Tunnel in early 2019, in order to make it safer and more accessible for pedestrians and to stop it from leaking. Read more »

Housing crisis for Hutt domestic violence victims

RNZ report by Ellen O’Dwyer
Hutt City Women’s Refuge says their safe house is at crisis point trying to find long-term accommodation for women in the community. Read more »

Simply not enough houses – the homelessness crisis

Report from RNZ
A housing crisis in Lower Hutt is being exacerbated by people moving into the city from nearby Wellington in search of cheaper rent. Homelessness in the city has got so bad almost half of the Wellington region’s emergency housing grants are being paid to Lower Hutt. Read more »

Wellington property values keep going up – 7.4% increase in city in 12 months

News from QV
New Zealand’s ‘more affordable’ main centres, particularly the wider Wellington region and Dunedin, continue to show a strong rate of growth in a cooling market. The wider Wellington region, with quarterly growth of 4.0%, continues to see values steadily increase as buyers continue to be attracted to the more affordable outer city areas such as Porirua and the Hutt Valley. Read more »

Earthquake-strengthened building, with new steel supports, ‘unwrapped’

Press Release – Cornerstone Group Ltd
The prime Wellington waterfront office block at 36 Customhouse Quay is being ‘unwrapped’ after extensive earthquake strengthening, revealing exterior steel supports never-before seen in Wellington. Read more »

Orchestra Wellington announces Epic! season for next year

Report from RNZ
Orchestra Wellington has announced its 2019 season and it’s an epic one. The orchestra has based its entire year around one word – Epic! Marc Taddei, the music director of OW says 2019 is just that. Read more »

NZSO to perform Star Wars Film Concert series

Press Release – NZ Symphony Orchestra
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will present the Star Wars: Film Concert Series featuring screenings of the complete films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores performed live to the films. The concerts will be led by NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich. Read more »

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