Archive for February, 2017

Appeal Court wants longer runway for safety; future of extension plan uncertain


BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
The future of Wellington International Airport’s proposed runway extension is unclear after the Court of Appeal ruled the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) must reconsider its decision on the length of a runway safety area. Read more »

Pilots delighted that airport’s extended runway safety area is to be reviewed

News from NZALPA
The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) today expressed their delight at the Court of Appeal decision for the Director of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reconsider his review of the 90-metre safety area for an extended Wellington Airport runway. Read more »

29 Wgtn streets named for parapet and facade strengthening; next – buildings to be identified

Twenty-nine streets in Wellington and five streets in Hutt City have been identified where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry (URM) facades and parapets within a year. Read more »

Not as bad as you think – NIWA explains what went wrong with summer

News from NIWA
Summer officially ends today but for Wellingtonians it feels like it’s only just getting started. NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll explains what went wrong. Read more »

Saving travel time – but what will happen in the CBD?


by Michael C Barnett
They opened the Kapiti Expressway ahead of schedule last Friday – 18 new bridges, 16 kilometres of shared pathways for cyclists, walkers and (along most sections) horses, and 1.4 million new plants. This is the first completed section of the government’s road of national significance, ultimately stretching from Levin to the Wellington CBD and on to the Airport. Read more »

No pests on pest-free islands: Mana and Somes islands cleared by detection dogs

Press Release – Department of Conservation

Students from Papakowhai School en route to the island with Ahu

Two of Wellington’s predator-free islands have been combed by Conservation Dogs and given a clean bill of health by the Department of Conservation after biosecurity scares over the summer. Read more »

Orange guy at O-Week

Press Release – Electoral Commission
Enrolment teams will be at orientation events helping students get enrolled and ready to vote in this year’s General Election. Read more »

Wellington innovation breaks down barriers at Special Olympics

Press Release – Packaworld

Packabocce in action at a Special Olympics event in Wellington’s Civic Square last October

Innovative inflatable sports courts produced by Wellington company Packaworld International will take the field at the Latin American Special Olympics Games in Panama this April, along with more than 800 athletes from 21 countries. Read more »

Yellow-stickered Menzshed closes – no home, after five years

Press Release – City Menzshed Wellington
This afternoon saw the door of 46 Frederick Street close for the last time bringing to an end nearly five years as the home of the City Menzshed. Read more »

Easter Sunday trading in Lower Hutt and Porirua? Councils want to be told

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council is asking members of the community if trading on Easter Sunday should be allowed in Lower Hutt. Read more »

Police remind Homegrown audiences: alcohol ban in the CBD

News from NZ Police
As Wellington prepares to welcome thousands of music lovers for the Homegrown festival this weekend, the message from Wellington Police is simple – enjoy yourself but stay safe. Read more »

WOW Show tickets on sale

Press Release – World of WearableArt
After another sell-out season in 2016, people wanting to attend this year’s spectacular World of WearableArt Show in Wellington are urged to get in quick when tickets go on sale from 1 March. Read more »

The future of NZ cities – planners identify disruptions and challenges

Press Release – NZPI
Artificial intelligence, driverless cars, the shared economy and climate change are disrupting the future of New Zealand cities, according to internationally renowned planning experts. Read more »

Darts tournament in Porirua

Press Release – Porirua City Council
46th North Island Darts Tournament
8-11 March (Wednesday to Saturday)
Porirua Club, 1 Lodge Place, Porirua City.
Nearly 500 of the North Island’s top darts players – including two of New Zealand’s best. Read more »

Stan Walker headlining Creekfest at Cannons Creek Park

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Recording artist and actor Stan Walker will be the headline act at the popular Creekfest festival on 11 March. Read more »

68 shows at Comedy Festival

Press Release – NZ International Comedy Festival
We are more than averagely excited to announce our full contingent of greater than awesome shows for the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. Read more »

Post-quake vacancy survey shows acute shortage of office space in Wellington

Press Release – Colliers International
The first post-quake survey of Wellington office vacancies has found the most acute shortage of space in almost a decade. Read more »

Filtering our water, and talking about it


Soon after the Regional Council decided it had to spend $3.3m on new filters for the water from Wellington’s two storage lakes, the council’s chairman Chris Laidlaw announced plans for for “a conversation” about water. Read more »

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