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$5m for more research into warm dry homes

News from Health Research Council Of New Zealand
The Wellington-led team whose highly influential research provided the evidence base for such major changes to New Zealand’s housing policy as the EECA Warmer Homes insulation scheme and new national Healthy Housing Standards for rental properties have received a $5 million Health Research Council (HRC) Programme grant to work on interventions that will help all New Zealanders live in warm, dry, mould-free and safe homes. Read more »

Inquest clears hospital staff after patient’s suicide

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Report from RNZ by Harry Lock
An inquest into the suicide of a man while at a mental health unit in Wellington has cleared the staff of any wrongdoing. Samuel Fischer, who had a history of self-harm and suicide attempts, died while staying at a Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) secure mental health unit in April 2015. Read more »

Interior work starting for new Children’s Hospital; $10m needed for fitout

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News from Wellington Hospitals Foundation
Wellington’s new Children’s Hospital took another significant step towards completion at the weekend, when builders McKee Fehl removed the multi-storied crane, allowing the new hospital to be completely enclosed and interior work to take place. Read more »

Mural celebrates Miramar’s eradication of rodents

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Photo by Mary Anderson; click on image for larger size

Report from Benoit Pette
A new mural was inaugurated at the Miramar cutting today to celebrate the (almost complete) eradication of all rodents on the Peninsula. The painting reminds the community and visitors of this outstanding achievement, a goal that seemed unthinkable only a few years ago. Read more »

Roads for people, not parking

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by Sam Donald for FIT Wellington
Roads are public space and are primarily intended for the safe and efficient movement of people and freight, by whatever means is most appropriate and cognisant of the declaration of climate and ecological emergency, which must remain front and centre of all of the Wellington City Council’s decision making. Read more »

Metlink adding 98 more electric buses – 31 will be double deckers

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From left to right: Cr Daran Ponter – Chair, Regional Council; Keven Snelgrove – Tranzit; Brendan Prince – NZBus; James Howard – Tranzit; Cr David Lee and Cr Roger Blakeley – Regional Council

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Metlink is to boost electric buses from 2 to 22 per cent of its fleet to meet climate change goals and passenger growth. Read more »

Returning NZers taken to hotel on the Terrace, for 14-day isolation

grand mercure isolation

Report from RNZ
New Zealanders returning home on a repatriation flight from South Korea were taken to a managed isolation hotel in Wellington today, a first for the capital. They are staying at the Grand Mercure on The Terrace. Read more »

Quake-risk policy causing life-changing losses and disruption

by Geraldine Murphy for ICW
Hundreds of people in Wellington are suffering the consequences of owning an apartment home in a building that has been assessed as earthquake-prone. They are being forced to manage and bear the full costs and risks of delivering a public benefit without any protections or compensation. Read more »

Second woman in Hutt isolation recovers from covid-19; three new cases from offshore

News from Ministry of Health
The second woman with covid-19 who has been isolating in the Hutt Valley is now considered to have recovered, meaning we now have 13 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand, all in managed isolation or quarantine facilities. Read more »

City Council spending $1.5m to help community recovery after covid-19

Press Release – Wellington City Council
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Wellington City Council has allocated $1.553million to support social and community agencies with the recovery – with funding going to 73 city projects. Read more »

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