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Losing our heart

civic square from the air

by Helene Ritchie
Have I got this right? The Wellington City Council’s draft District Plan is proposing to remove the heritage listing protection of the heart of the city – Te Ngakau/Civic Centre, which is listed as a heritage area in the current District Plan. There’s also no regard for legal protection of the city’s two waterfront parks. Read more »

Court case challenges cancellation of visas for immigrant partners

Report from RNZ
A Levin man is heading to court today in a case that could affect thousands of migrants and their families. Read more »

Wetland restoration reaches milestone – 10,000 plants


From left: Judy McKoy (FOTSC), Steve Wilson (Te Rito Gardens – plant supplier), CR Jenny Brash, Bill McAulay (FOTSC), Mike Jebson (Former QEII NT CEO).

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Ten thousand wetland plants have now been added to Taupō Swamp, a milestone in restoration work supported by Ngāti Toa Rangatira and the Regional Council. Read more »

Janryll Fernandez appointed to Tawa Community Board

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Janryll Fernandez has been appointed as a member of the Tawa Community Board, replacing Malcolm Alexander who resigned in October. Read more »

Community knowledge and expert information helping to improve rivers and streams

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Whaitua Committee has completed its work to develop a programme to improve the quality of streams and rivers in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. Read more »

Kete-like tiles to be baskets for harbour marine life

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Special concrete tiles with a woven surface reminiscent of harakeke kete are being attached to the new rock embankment at the southern end of Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour) to help marine life establish there. Read more »

The real risk from sewage in Titahi Bay

by Michelle Laurenson
Yesterday’s claim that there is “very small risk” to the public from the latest sewage overflow into Titahi Bay is misleading, and such propaganda used by Wellington Water is extremely concerning. Read more »

Why more buses is wrong

Wellington.Scoop
A vigorous defence of why Wellington needs light rail has been posted by Nemo over on his eyeofthefish website. He doesn’t hold back: Read more »

So many closed-door workshops

Report from Local Democracy Reporting (LDR)
Almost 200 closed-door council workshops have been held in Wairarapa over a two-year-period. South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] has racked up the highest number out of the three Wairarapa councils. However, it also meets publicly the most – more than twice as much as the other Wairarapa councils. Read more »

Orange: in or out?

Wellington.Scoop
Upper Hutt has become an outlier. It’s taking a different approach to protecting its communities under the Orange Traffic Light system, and isn’t requiring a vaccination pass for entry to its libraries, pools and council offices. Which means it’s admitting non-vaccinated people to these venues. Read more »

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