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Waiting no longer

by Lindsay Shelton
Less than 24 hours after publication of Monday’s article about covid vaccination delays in Wellington, I received a text message with an invitation to book a jab. I was quick to respond. Read more »

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 »

Untreated sewage from pumping stations flows into Waiwhetū Stream

News from Hutt City Council
Extreme rainfall in Lower Hutt over the weekend caused untreated sewage from the Hinemoa Street and Malone Road pumping stations to flow into the Waiwhetu stream. 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 »

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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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 »

Danger from pest plants – but help is at hand


Exclusion species Nassella tussock, Chilean needle grass, and Alligator weed

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Dangerous pests Nassella tussock, Chilean needle grass, and Alligator weed have yet to take hold in our region, and the council is urging the community to make use of its pest control services to help keep it that way. Read more »

Nurses call off strike, considering new pay offer after mediation

Press Release – All District Health Boards
Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants will be considering an offer to settle their Multi Employer Collective Agreement which means there will be no strike on 29 July. Read more »

Covid vaccinations for everyone 16 and over in rural Whanganui communities

Report from LDR
Covid-19 vaccinations for entire communities in rural Whanganui have begun. Anyone aged 16 or over is being offered Covid-19 vaccinations in some remote rural areas where it is more efficient and cost-effective to vaccinate the entire population at once rather than according to the Government’s tiered national guidelines. Read more »

Specialist warns of “undue risk” from covid-infected fishermen in isolation in Wellington hotel

grand mercure

Report from RNZ
The best way to mitigate risk posed by Covid-19 infected crew members at a MIQ facility in Wellington is to lock them in their rooms with no breaks, says a professor of medicine. Read more »

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