Archive for February, 2017

Westpac breached Nicky Hager’s privacy – ruling from Privacy Commissioner

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
The Privacy Commissioner has censured Westpac Banking Corp for releasing without a court order more than 10 months of bank records belonging to the Wellington political activist and journalist Nicky Hager during a police investigation into leaked information published in Hager’s 2014 pre-election book, ‘Dirty Politics’. Read more »

Lyall Bay “disinfected” after network fault causes another wastewater spillage

There’s new pollution in Lyall Bay this morning. Read more »

Two-year trial will test centralisation of air ambulance services

Press Release – St John
A two-year trial to centralise the co-ordination and dispatch of national air ambulance helicopter services will get underway today. The trial, funded by the Ministry of Health and ACC to the tune of $591,000 a year, is the result of collaboration between St John, Wellington Free Ambulance and the Air Rescue Group. Read more »

Council campaigning to teach young people how to avoid bad behaviour


News from WCC
‘Check Yourself’ has launched today. It’s a Wellington City Council and NZ Police collaboration urging young Wellingtonians to understand the consequences of their actions. Read more »

Rapid response

by Lindsay Shelton
My garage in Brooklyn was broken into the other night. I almost didn’t notice. Walking down the path on my way out of the house, everything seemed normal. But then I saw bits of the lock on the ground. And then I noticed that the side door of the garage wasn’t shut. Read more »

Lavery tells why 17 parking wardens lost their jobs; “new higher standards”

The City Council today released information about why some workers lost their jobs when the parking warden roles were brought in house. Read more »

Three northern councillors campaigning to save Tawa’s bush reserve

News from WCC
The Northern Ward Councillors will be urging their fellow councillors to support tendering for acquisition of the 36 hectare Forest of Tane, following a call from the community at a packed public meeting in Tawa this weekend. Read more »

It’s significant and valuable, but will the city council save Tawa’s bush reserve?

News from Forest and Bird
A 36 ha block of land known as Forest of Tane is being offered for sale. This block is below Colonial Knob on the western side of Tawa. It consists of about 20 ha of pine forest with a surprisingly well-developed under-storey of regenerating native bush; 16 ha of vigorous regenerating indigenous bush and a forest remnant. It is the largest block of forest in Wellington not owned by the Council. Read more »

Twice missing: 76-year-old woman found dead in Woodridge bush


News from NZ Police
Wellington Police and Search and Rescue have found the body of 76 year old Kebai Liu, who had been missing since Friday morning. Read more »

Greens suggest extending electric rail services and commuter trains

News from Green Party
The Green Party would look at extending the electric rail line and commuter trains north of Waikanae to improve access to Wellington and relieve congestion around Ōtaki and Levin, instead of building more monster motorways. Read more »

Diesel spill closes Rimutaka Hill Road

A diesel spill closed the Rimutaka Hill Road in both directions this morning. Read more »

Upset winners roll NZ’s premier mountain bike race

News from Karapoti Classic
Celebrating 32 years today, Upper Hutt’s Cactus Karapoti Classic continued its renown as the Southern Hemisphere’s longest running mountain bike race. But defending championship among both men and women played second fiddle to standout rides from the other side of the Tasman. Read more »

Temporary closure of Ngauranga on-ramp

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency
The State Highway 1 northbound on-ramp at the bottom of the Ngauranga Gorge will be closed for resurfacing and new road marking on the night of Thursday from 10pm until 5am Friday. Read more »

Mayor welcomes Pasifika Film Festival

Press Release – Pasifika Film Festival
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester warmly welcomes the Pasifika Film Festival beginning in Wellington on Thursday, as it crosses the ditch for the first time. Read more »

Extra CCTV camera aims to increase safety on university walkway

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council is working with Victoria University to keep the streets leading from the university into the Wellington CBD safe. Read more »

Four lanes to the planes – not the answer

by Michael C Barnett
One of the issues identified in the Let’s Get Wellington Moving progress report is congestion on the key routes into and through the CBD, resulting in delays and unreliable journey times. It’s a problem that exists for only a few hours per day. Read more »

Wellington man arrested for September assault in Hastings holiday park

News from NZ Police
Hawke’s Bay Police have arrested a 33-year-old Wellington man today in relation to a serious assault that occurred at a local holiday camp ground last year. Read more »

Vigil outside Australian High Commission for murdered asylum seeker

News from Doing Our Bit
Dozens of Wellingtonians held a vigil outside the Australian High Commission today to mark the third anniversary of the murder of Reza Berati. Berati was 23 when he was killed while detained on Manus Island by the Australian government. Read more »

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