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Travel bubble with Australia early next year: PM

Report from RNZ
Cabinet has agreed in principle to establish a travel bubble with Australia early next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Read more »

A sheltered city

by Craig Palmer
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development is inappropriate for Wellington. In favouring widespread high-rise development, it steers this city towards exacerbating its climatic and seismic disadvantages. Read more »

Out of sight no longer – how the city’s water woes must be fixed

by Andy Foster
Collectively, Wellington City Council’s Three Waters network (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater) includes 2,653 km of pipes, 65 reservoirs, 103 pump stations, and three treatment plants, and is valued at approximately $3.86 billion. Read more »

Not in good health: underwater survey shows sediment increasing in Porirua Harbour

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Last month the council conducted the sixth underwater survey in Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour as a part of a programme to assess the environmental health of the highly valued Onepoto and Pāuatahanui estuaries. Read more »

16,500 school lunches every day – new contract for Eat My Lunch

Press Release – Eat My Lunch
New Zealand social enterprise Eat My Lunch announced today it has won a tender for the Government’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako|Healthy School Lunches Programme, with the contract to enable the business to provide lunches for approximately 16,500 Kiwi kids a day from next year; equating to 3.3 million lunches provided for children in 2021. Read more »

Improvements to control and reduce Kāpiti’s Waste

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
Improvements in the way Kāpiti manages waste in the public space and supports waste minimisation – everything from junk mail and event waste to rubbish from multi-unit dwellings – are afoot following a vote at today’s meeting of the Kāpiti Coast District Council. Read more »

Kapiti Airport: a plea to the PM about safety and saving lives

An open letter to the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
From Kapiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan

I write this open letter to your Office as a last plea for your Government to make a clear and comprehensive decision on the current and future role of the Paraparaumu Airport as a strategic operations asset for the Wellington Region during a major civil emergency. Read more »

300 Hautere/Te Horo residents told to boil their water

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
Nearly 300 residents in the Hautere/Te Horo community on the Kāpiti Coast are being advised to boil their tap water before use as a precautionary measure following the recent heavy rainfall. Read more »

After flooding, Porirua mayor wants to double city’s water infrastructure

Report from Michelle Laurenson
Porirua Mayor Anita Baker today announced a proposal to double the city’s spending on its water infrastructure in its next long term plan. Newstalk ZB reported that she said Porirua City’s infrastructure is outdated and the recent flooding in Plimmerton proves it needs urgent repairs. This is good news for Plimmerton, but does she have the money? And, what about Titahi Bay that has twice been flooded by sewage? Read more »

Hutt City establishes committee for climate change and sustainability

News from Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council has established a new Climate Change and Sustainability Committee. Read more »

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