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Bold action and investment needed to deal with ageing water infrastructure

News from Wellington Water
The Wellington Water Committee met yesterday, following the government’s latest announcements on three waters reform. Newly appointed chair Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry said the meeting was positive and established a refreshed, more accessible, way of working. Read more »

300 kahikatea being planted at Queen Elizabeth Park, to re-create historic landscape

News from Regional Council and Maclean Trust
“It’s great to see the return of these forest giants,” commented Daran Ponter, Chair of the regional council, as he planted the first of 300 kahikatea on the Mataihuka block at Queen Elizabeth Park. “It has long been known that these wonderful trees, such an abundant mahinga kai for Maori, once dominated this landscape.” Read more »

52 more bike racks to encourage more cycling

News from Wellington City Council
Just over 50 new bike racks and six cycle repair stands are being installed around the central city and suburbs during the next few months to help meet growing demand. Read more »

Waiting to be vaccinated

by Lindsay Shelton
A consignment of 370,000 Pfizer doses arrived in New Zealand yesterday. But it’s hard to believe that this will do much to reduce the evident shortage of vaccines in Wellington, where our health board said two weeks ago it was preparing to vaccinate 200,000 people.
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Shelly Bay Road intersection to be closed for five nights this week

News from Wellington City Council
People wanting to drive on Shelly Bay Road after 7pm for up to five nights from Monday will have to take a longer alternative route while a new raised crossing and new stormwater pipes are installed. Read more »

Govt commits $2.5b for overhauling local water services

News from NZ Government
The Government today announced a $2.5 billion package to support local government transition through the reforms to New Zealand’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services. The package will also stimulate local economies while creating jobs and unlocking infrastructure for housing. Read more »

Kāpiti mayor concerned about “lolly-scramble” for water funding

News from KCDC
A $2.5 billion support package is an initial salve for ratepayers facing collateral damage from the Government’s Three Waters Reform but a one-off lolly scramble of funding doesn’t address the longer-term burden the proposal has them bearing, says Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan. Read more »

Protecting the town belt (again)

by Helene Ritchie
The Wellington City Council wants to turn our Town Belt into an amusement park so that the city can be “revitalised.” If the council is successful, there will be nothing stopping a music festival, a beer festival, and a host of “vibrant” activities attacking our city’s most precious natural environment, in pursuit of the mighty dollar. Read more »

Twelve nominations for Hutt by-election

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Nominations for the Hutt City Council by-election closed at noon today with twelve candidates putting forward their names to fill the vacant Central Ward seat. Read more »

Animal Evac wins top Community Award

Wellington Community Award winners 2021

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Animal Evac has taken out the Supreme Winner award at this evening’s Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for Wellington City at an event at the National Library. Read more »

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