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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 »

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 »

Whitireia training its nursing students to be vaccinators

News from Whitireia
As a result of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout increasing in New Zealand, Whitireia has embedded immunisation training as a focus in its nursing programmes. Read more »

Call for abstracts for ITP Research Symposium

Press Release – Open Polytechnic Whitireia And WelTec
Open Polytechnic together with Whitireia and WelTec will be hosting the national 2021 ITP (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics) Research Symposium, which will be held on 25-26 November at Whitireia, Porirua. Read more »

300 kahikatea being planted at QE11 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 »

Research aims to improve diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries

Press Release – Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs
Research carried out at Te Pae Tiaki Wellington ED and the Hutt Hospital ED, with the support of the University of Otago, Wellington, could soon see traumatic brain injuries (TBI) screened for using a blood test without the need for a CT head scan. Read more »

Another pod sighted – baby orca staying in temporary pool

baby orca in pool
Photo: Dept of Conservation

News from Dept of Conservation
An investigation is underway into an orca pod that has been sighted in the Marlborough Sounds. It is trying to confirm whether or not this is the pod from which the baby orca was separated last weekend. 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 »

Authors and publishers shocked: National Library is “partnering with internet pirates”

News release from NZSA and PANZ
The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc (NZSA) and the Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu (PANZ) are shocked the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) has announced plans to hand over hundreds of thousands of books from its collection to the notorious Internet Archive. Read more »

Authors beware

by Christine Dann
New Zealand authors beware – the National Library is establishing a precedent for breaching your copyright. Read more »

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