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VUW and NZSO sign deal for music centre to occupy part of new building on MFC carpark

carpark building

News from VUW
Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) have reached another milestone in their development of the national music centre, with leasing of space in the new Michael Fowler Centre carpark development. Read more »

Average home value in Wgtn now $1.2m, up 24% in 12 months

News from Quotable Value New Zealand
Rising interest rates, combined with further tightening of credit availability, appear to be dampening the enthusiasm of investors and first home buyers. While house values continue to rise, what lies beneath QV’s latest figures is growing evidence that price pressure has shifted from the lower valued properties popular with investors and first home buyers, onto the higher valued housing stock where buyers are less impacted by credit availability and affordability constraints. Read more »

“A lot of work to do” before Transmission Gully can open

News from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Waka Kotahi expects to be able to provide an update within a week on Transmission Gully opening. The contractor, Wellington Gateway Partnership (WGP), and their sub-contractor, CPB HEB Joint Venture, still have a lot of work to do before the road can open. Read more »

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 »

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 »

KiwiRail not re-starting Wellington-Auckland scenic trains till mid 2022

News from KiwiRail
KiwiRail will not restart its Northern Explorer train service until mid-2022, while the tourism market remains difficult and improvements are made to the services, KiwiRail Acting Group Chief Executive Todd Moyle says. Read more »

KiwiRail workers withdraw plans for strike next week – “a good pay outcome”

Report from RNZ
The union representing KiwiRail workers has withdrawn strike notices after getting a new offer from management. Read more »

Watch out: part of SH1 is now renamed SH59

News from NZTA/ Waka Kotahi
People travelling in or out of Wellington will now see a new state highway number, with part of State Highway 1 (SH1) becoming State Highway 59 (SH59) today. The section of state highway between Linden and Mackays Crossing has been renumbered State Highway 59 as Waka Kotahi continues to prepare the wider state highway network for the opening of Transmission Gully. Read more »

Wellington company wins international Innovation & Excellence awards

Press Release – Armstrong Downes Commercial
Wellington company, Armstrong Downes Commercial (ADC), is the Asia-Pacific Region Winner of the Operational Improvement Award at the World Commerce & Contracting Innovation & Excellence Awards 2021. 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 »

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