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Vets couldn’t save him: stranded baby orca dies

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Report from RNZ
Toa, the orca calf separated from its pod and stranded in Plimmerton, has died. He was thought to be between three and six months old. Read more »

Largest-ever annual increase: Wellington house prices rise 24% in a year

News from Trade Me Property
Wellington house prices sky-rocketed in June, seeing the largest annual increase on record, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Read more »

Peak hour delays on SH1 – lane closed for repairs to broken wastewater main

News from NZ Transport Agency / Waka Kotahi
There are major delays for northbound traffic on State Highway 1 (SH1) north of Wellington this evening, due to emergency works by Wellington Water. Read more »

No AirNZ flights between Wellington and Australia during covid suspension

Press Release – Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand has adjusted its trans-Tasman schedule as a result of the eight-week suspension to quarantine-free travel from Australia announced by the New Zealand Government today. The airline will continue to operate quarantine-free services from all states except New South Wales until 11:59pm on Friday 30 July to allow people who normally reside in New Zealand to get home without needing to go into managed isolation. Read more »

How will they be removed? 660 barriers to migrating fish identified in Kapiti Coast rivers and streams

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The regional council has identified 660 fish passage barriers in Kāpiti Coast waterways across public and private land, a project that involved local iwi to ensure our native freshwater fish can migrate and spawn. Read more »

No public money given to They Are Us, says new NZFC chief executive

News from NZFC
Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) today confirmed that no Government money has been given or promised to the They Are Us project, and the NZFC has had no role in the development of the concept or script. Read more »

Blessing in Upper Hutt for NZ’s first electric-vehicle mobile library service

News from Upper Hutt City Council
New Zealand’s first electric vehicle mobile library service, Mangaroa, is coming to Upper Hutt Libraries. Blessed this morning by Matua Kura Moeahu of Te Āti Awa, this service will be in addition to the mobile library bus Pūrehurehu and will help to provide access to library resources around Upper Hutt. This EV service will begin in early September, visiting community spaces including schools and rest homes. Read more »

Wellington’s Fix and Fog nut butter to be on sale in 500 US stores

News from Fix and Fogg
After making their US debut in early 2018, Fix & Fogg, the award-winning nut butter company from Wellington, New Zealand, has just announced their partnership with Whole Foods Market – the world’s number one natural grocer. Fix & Fogg nut butters will be on shelves in all 500 Whole Foods stores across the USA, a rare feat for a New Zealand brand. Read more »

Jetstar launches “Explore NZ” Sale with fares from $32

Press Release – Jetstar
Jetstar is today launching the Explore NZ Sale with 40,000 low fares across its domestic network starting from $32^ (Christchurch to Wellington). Travel periods start next month and run until March. Read more »

Local businesses wanted for rebuild of Naenae Pool

News from Hutt City Council
Local Hutt Valley businesses are encouraged to express interest in being part of the Naenae Pool rebuild, to benefit from a slice of up to $68 million being invested in the project. Read more »

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