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National Library reconsidering plans to send thousands of books overseas

News from National Library
Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa National Library is reconsidering its plans for the Overseas Published Collections in light of concerns raised by interested parties, including issues associated with copyright. The National Library will not export any of the Overseas Published Collections until it considers its next steps. Read more »

Wellington Zoo wins tourism environment award

Press Release – Tourism Industry Aotearoa
Outstanding tourism businesses and individuals who are leading the way in creating the future of New Zealand’s tourism industry have been recognised in the industry’s most respected annual awards. Award winners were revealed at an online event after a three-month postponement due to COVID-19 disruption. Read more »

Fishery officers trialling body cameras – to keep them safe

News from MPI
Fishery Officers and Honorary Fishery Officers in the Wellington region are taking part in an evaluation of body worn cameras to help keep them safe on the job. Read more »

Waste Levy payments to 15 Kāpiti projects

Press Release – Kāpiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council Grants Allocation Committee has awarded Waste Levy funds to 15 recipients across three categories. Read more »

Airport Christmas tree raising money for for Cystic Fibrosis

Press Release – Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand
Help make a difference by visiting the Cystic Fibrosis Christmas Tree Festival at Wellington Airport, 24 November – 9 January. The harsh realities of life with cystic fibrosis (CF) can be especially tough on a child at Christmas. Read more »

Safety improvements before Christmas on SH1 south of Levin after fatal crash kills 4 people

News from Waka Kotahi/NZTA
The first stage of crucial safety improvements to State Highway 1 (SH1) between Ōtaki and Levin will be completed ahead of the summer holidays, with the implementation of a safer road layout through Kuku beginning next week. Read more »

SH1 on-ramps and off-ramps being closed to stop drivers going the wrong way

News from Waka Kotahi/NZTA
The NZ Transport Agency will close on-and-off-ramps overnight while critical work is done on State Highway 1 (SH1) to avoid a repeat of incidents where drivers have attempted to drive the wrong way up a motorway off-ramp. Read more »

Kāpiti housing crisis puts 40 children in emergency housing

Report from Kāpiti Independent News by Jeremy Smith
The housing crisis in Kāpiti is now so bad that 50 adults and 40 children are in emergency housing. At the same time 190 are on the public housing waiting list — and even this does not reflect the actual need. Read more »

Metlink to test free and discounted fares next March

News from Metlink
Metlink has announced that it will be trialling a range of new fares in March, including free or heavily discounted fares on weekends. Details of the trial are yet to be fully developed but could include a range of discounted, bundled and even free fares on bus and train services. Read more »

Porirua City Council staff must be fully vaccinated next year

News from Porirua City Council
The Porirua City Council will require all staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from 17 January, and vaccination passes will be required at all Council premises when the traffic light framework comes into force on 3 December. Read more »

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