Media Releases

Hybrid options for the 2019 RAV4

12 December 2018

The all new RAV4, to be launched in 2019 locally, will be the first Toyota sport utility vehicle to be offered here with self-charging electric hybrid technology.

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Wellington to expand affordable apartment model

8 December 2018

Wellington City Council will expand its New Zealand-first project of providing affordable inner city apartments with the owners of six more buildings wanting to convert their properties.

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Waterfront spot best for a concert arena: Wellington Mayor

29 November 2018

Sites for a new indoor concert arena in Wellington have been narrowed down with the most likely spot at Kings Wharf on the waterfront, says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester

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KIWIS STARTING TO EMBRACE DIGITAL IDENTITY

28 November 2018

NZTech will launch New Zealand’s first formal digital identity organisation in Auckland on Monday.

Digital Identity NZ, a group of organisations and government agencies, has been set up to connect everyone in New Zealand that cares about digital identity.

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Wellington’s Milner-Olsen named best NZ personal trainer of the year

26 November 2018

Wellington’s Ngarama Milner-Olsen of Wellington has been named New Zealand’s best personal trainer at the Exercise NZ awards in Auckland at the weekend.

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Wellington’s heroes recognised for their deeds

22 November 2018

Wellington’s commitment to ending sexual violence was reflected in the Safety in the City awards ceremony at the Wharewaka on the waterfront last night.

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US award to Miramar company for excellence in engineering creativity

22 November 2018

A boutique Wellington software design studio whose tools are being used on TV shows and films such as Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Blade Runner 2049 has picked up an Emmy Award for contributions to the television industry.

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New Zealand can lead the world in financial technology

21 November 2018

New Zealand can lead the world in financial technology, or fintech, which will totally transform the financial services industry economy, Xero small business director Nicole Buisson says.

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Looking for Wellington's Social Media Influencers

10 November 2018

I am both a personal coach and digital marketing consultant and set up Tony Cutting Digital earlier this year. I had over 25 years in the talent management industry prior to moving into digital marketing.

I am now on the hunt to find and/or create Wellington Region's very own Social Media Influencer collective.

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Sister cities plant a seed for future growth

9 November 2018

Wellington and Canberra are working together to protect rare, threatened and symbolic trees and plants from around the world

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‘Waka lab’ among recipients of $14.5m Marsden Fund boost for Victoria University of Wellington

8 November 2018

A ‘waka laboratory’ to sample gas emissions from some of the world’s most inaccessible volcanoes is among 22 Victoria University of Wellington-led projects to receive more than $14.5 million from the Government’s Marsden Fund for innovative thinking by top researchers.

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More Hilux get attitude injection for 50th anniversary

7 November 2018

Toyota has restyled the 14 wide-bodied variants of its 21-ute range as the iconic workhorse of choice celebrates its 50th anniversary globally.

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Wellington’s young people shaping their future

7 November 2018

One hundred and fifty young people are taking the chance to tell the Wellington City Council what their vision is for Wellington at a summit being held today.

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Pride Parade set to ignite the capital

6 November 2018

The Wellington Pride Parade has announced next year's parade will be on the evening of Saturday 16 March 2019 – the same day as Out in the Park – and everyone's welcome.

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Median rents rise to $480 a week in Wellington, $500 in Porirua

29 October 2018

Tenants in the capital can expect to pay $30 more a week in rent compared to last year, after the median rent in Wellington rose 6.7 per cent to $480 per week in September.

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VUW student chosen to host royal couple at Maranui on Monday

28 October 2018

Victoria University of Wellington student Lucia Kennedy has been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Maranui Café’s Youth Mental Health event in Wellington on Monday.

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More fuel competition on way for Wellington

27 October 2018

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has welcomed the news the Commerce Commission will be granted new powers to allow it to investigate fuel prices.

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Royal walkabout: traffic tips and vantage points this Sunday

27 October 2018

Thousands of people are expected to gather at Wellington’s Pukeahu National War Memorial Park this Sunday 28 October for a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Blessing of Rongotai subway and murals

25 October 2018

The new sea-themed murals on the entrances to the subway below the airport runway were blessed and celebrated at a ceremony this morning (Thursday 25 October).

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Funding prospect for walking and cycling in southern suburbs

12 October 2018

Wellington City Council is aiming to secure up to $24 million in Government funding for walking and cycling improvements in the city’s southern suburbs – Island Bay, Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook.

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A fresh crop of Mini Motocross Champions

10 October 2018

There were plenty of fresh faces on the various podiums at the 2018 New Zealand Mini Motocross Championships near Porirua at the weekend.

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Don't miss the Kāpiti Arts Trail

9 October 2018

Want a great weekend out exploring all the artistry the Kāpiti Coast has to offer? Then don’t miss the explosion of colour and creativity that is the Kāpiti Arts Trail.

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New IPCC report marks ‘end of magical thinking’ about climate change - UC expert

9 October 2018

Limiting global warming to 1.5​C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment released today (2pm Monday 8 October NZTime). With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5​C compared to 2​C could go hand-in-hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said today.

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Seniors’ Week as good as gold

9 October 2018

Wellington City Council is proud to be supporting its biggest Te Wiki Kaumātua Seniors’ Week programme – celebrating, engaging and connecting the capital’s older residents.

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First bike share scheme launches in Wellington

7 October 2018

Wellington City’s first bike share scheme was launched yesterday (6 October) as a six-month trial that will see 200 fixed-gear bicycles available for hire around the central city.

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Council grants a tower of strength for heritage

4 October 2018

Thirteen properties have received $450,000 in funding from the Built Heritage Incentive Fund (BHIF), continuing the Council’s commitment to heritage, tourism, the community, and the safety of future generations.

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Lack of exercise putting pressure on Kiwis’ health

2 October 2018

Lack of exercise is putting pressure on the health of many Kiwis, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says.

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Public-space plaudits for our waterfront

28 September 2018

The stunning design of the almost-complete north Kumutoto public space on Wellington’s waterfront has been recognised with two awards for landscape architects Isthmus Group.

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Get the picture and give us your best shot

28 September 2018

Wellington’s Botanic Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and it’s looking pretty as a picture – so give us your best shot..

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Rainbow crossing to shine with pride in capital

27 September 2018

Wellington’s Rainbow Crossing will soon become a reality, with the controlled crossing to be officially opened on 10 October to coincide with the birthday of one of the city’s most iconic transgender activists, Carmen Rupe (1936-2011).

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Council proceeds with HNZ lease

27 September 2018

Wellington City Council has agreed to lease its newly built 104-unit social housing complex in Mt Cook to Housing New Zealand (HNZ) in what has been described as a “win-win-win” deal.

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Blockworks to unveil how NZ business is rapidly changing

26 September 2018

Blockworks, clearly the biggest and most significant event to consider the benefits and impacts of the burgeoning blockchain technology in New Zealand, will be held in Auckland on October 12.

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Change to University of Wellington approved

24 September 2018

Victoria University of Wellington’s Council has confirmed its earlier draft decision to change the University’s name to ‘University of Wellington’.

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NZ facing growing number of cyber incidents

20 September 2018

Kiwis will continue to face record digital threats and cyber incidents every month, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Top staff don’t have to be Aucklanders to be winners – Alpine Energy ceo

20 September 2018


Winner of the New Zealand executive assistant (EA) of the year award Nyia Strachan may come from one of New Zealand’s smallest cities but she would still be the best EA if she worked in Auckland, her boss Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs says.

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The funky C-HR adds even more spice

18 September 2018

Toyota has enhanced the daring styling of the C-HR compact SUV with the availability of a two-tone paint scheme on a new Limited variant.

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New Wellington social housing site completed

17 September 2018

Te Māra apartments – 104 new social housing units built by Wellington City Council – were blessed in a dawn ceremony today (Monday 17 September).

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Waterfront lagoon name highlighted

17 September 2018

Confusion about the name of Wellington’s waterfront lagoon will be no more, with Whairepo Lagoon now etched into the landscape.

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Wellington City Council unveils new rental model for inner city

15 September 2018

A New Zealand-first model to help bring more affordable and quality rental accommodation to the central city has been unveiled in Wellington.

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Wellington eyes flock of te reo reserve names during Te Wiki o te reo Māori

14 September 2018

Wellington City Council is embracing Te Wiki o te reo Māori by proposing to name several new reserves after native birds.

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Eye-watering deal for NZ medical business

10 September 2018

New Zealand company ODocs Eye Care has signed its first overseas international partnership with Riyadh’s King Saud University, which is the biggest medical university in the Arab world.

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A first for NZ: Delta Insurance releases cover for intellectual property

10 September 2018

Kiwi businesses can now afford to protect themselves against intellectual property (IP) risks, thanks to an audacious move by Delta Insurance.

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Mentoring initiative supports food for thought

6 September 2018

Wellington City Council and The Sustainable Business Network are excited to announce the four winners of the 2018 Good Food Boost programme – giving fledgling food businesses the wings to fly.

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Huge number of Kiwis say they will soon start structured exercising

3 September 2018

A total of 176,000 New Zealanders says they will definitely start exercising at a gym or fitness facility in the next 12 months according to a survey by an Auckland research company.

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Council proposes changes to alcohol ban areas

1 September 2018

Wellington City Council is reviewing the current Liquor Control bylaw and has proposed some changes to the alcohol ban areas.

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User pays for weekend car-parking in Wellington

30 August 2018

Wellington City Council has agreed to proceed to a user-pays model with parking at weekends.

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Stay alert at intersections campaign launch

30 August 2018

This spring, drivers across the Wellington region will receive the message to stay alert at intersections.

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Is agritech destined to save New Zealand?

29 August 2018

Agritech could be destined to save the New Zealand economy, leading New Zealand tech expert Graeme Muller says.

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PAs crucial to successful businesses and organisations

23 August 2018

A New Zealand business leader has come in to bat for many unsung personal assistants (PAs), just weeks out from the annual New Zealand Office and PA Show.

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Lyall Bay restoration ‘dune’ the right thing

23 August 2018

Work is well underway in creating a new sand dune at Lyall Bay, and restoring Surfers' Corner at the popular south coast beach.

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Better structure for burgeoning yoga exercise – conference

21 August 2018

Yoga teachers want to introduce quality standards for yoga teacher training and support in New Zealand for yoga teachers.

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City lawns getting spring TLC

18 August 2018

Spring is almost here – and it’s time for Wellington City Council’s lawn renovations programme to get rolling.

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Wellington Mayor pays tribute to basketball stalwart

18 August 2018


Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has paid tribute to local basketball stalwart Justin Toebes following his death earlier this week.

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Whittaker’s launch their first permanent store

16 August 2018

Whittaker’s has launched their very first permanent store which is located through customs in Auckland International Airport. The store opened yesterday and will be accessible to anyone travelling internationally from Auckland.

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Convention Centre & Movie Museum - announcement

16 August 2018

Wellington City Council and The Movie Museum Limited (TMML) have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum, which were proposed for Cable Street in central Wellington. Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects.

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Success stories as strengthening deadline looms

15 August 2018

A clampdown on dangerous buildings in Wellington has sparked some unexpected transformations in the historic Cuba Street quarter as the deadline for remedial work looms

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Boxing classes better for people with brain diseases

15 August 2018

A New Zealand boxing-fitness expert is urging Kiwis with chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s to lead more physically active lives and start boxing.

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WHANGAREI LEADING NZ’S CHARGE IN THE EV WORLD

13 August 2018

Whangarei, winner of the most electric vehicle friendly-town in New Zealand award, has a big advantage over other regions.

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Mayor welcomes plastic bag ban

11 August 2018

The Government’s decision to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags is being hailed by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and local government leaders.

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Johnsonville Community Hub taking shape

10 August 2018

Construction of the $22-million hub, on the corner of Moorefield Road and Frankmoore Avenue, is on track and it is scheduled to open in December 2019.

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Major international agritech announcement expected for NZ

8 August 2018

In less than a fortnight, more than 30 New Zealand agritech leaders will make history in Silicon Valley.

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Wellington City approves record number of dwellings

2 August 2018

Wellington City is on the right track to cope with a population boom after approving a record number of new dwellings, says Mayor Justin Lester.

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Sisters Soup Kitchen named supreme winner at 2018 Wellington City Community Awards

28 July 2018

At the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards last night, long-running community care providers Compassion Soup Kitchen were honoured as Supreme Winner for their commitment to helping vulnerable people.

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Wellington’s inaugural Accessibility Awards honour inclusiveness

28 July 2018

Nine Wellington organisations were last night honoured at Wellington City Council’s inaugural Accessibility Awards for their efforts to help make Wellington more accessible for everyone.

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NZ’s top exercise industry body backs calls for tighter guidelines

24 July 2018

The country’s top exercise industry body, ExerciseNZ, is behind the call for industry-wide guidelines around high intensity workouts including a weekly maximum time limit for this type of training for gym-goers.

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Investor Confidence Rating results for three agencies released

19 July 2018

The Treasury has today released the latest round of Investor Confidence Rating (ICR) results for three public sector agencies. The ICR assesses how well investment-intensive government agencies are managing their investments and assets and highlights areas for performance improvement.

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Explore flavours of the world with new additions to Whittaker’s Destinations

13 July 2018

Whittaker’s have searched the world for the finest ingredients to showcase in their world class chocolate and created three delicious new flavours to add to their premium 100g Destinations. The new flavours give Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers a chance to enjoy the tastes of Colombia, Madagascar, and Australia.

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If the whale’s gone, the fireworks are on

13 July 2018

A sighting of a southern right whale/tohorā in the Moa Point area yesterday morning – and no sightings for at least two days of a whale in Wellington Harbour – raises the prospect that Wellington’s first Matariki fireworks display will go ahead this weekend.

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Victoria University academic curates major exhibition in London

11 July 2018

Victoria University of Wellington’s Senior Lecturer in Art History, Dr Peter Brunt has co-curated the United Kingdom’s first major show to explore Oceanic art, at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

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Lexus’ electrifying start to 2018

6 July 2018

The luxury brand is the only prestige marque to have double figure sales increases – up 17 per cent to the end of June over last year.

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NZTech and NZBio combine tech forces

4 July 2018

New Zealand is beginning to witness unprecedented opportunities in areas of technology convergence as cutting-edge and world-first technology continues to accelerate and merge.

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Technology makes freedom camping more sustainable

3 July 2018

We’re pleased to announce a new trial of a donation scheme launching in Wellington – using existing sensors to support a free travel app designed to make freedom camping easier and more sustainable, with the ability for campers to make a koha.

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AI and IoT changing the face of NZ dairying

2 July 2018

A fledgling New Zealand agritech company run by a rising Kiwi entrepreneur who has worked for Rocket Lab has raised $8 million, from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Data Collective, which is likely to result in massive changes to the nation’s burgeoning dairy industry.

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100TECHWOMEN PROJECT LAUNCHING THIS MONTH

2 July 2018

NZTech Women will this month launch 100TechWomen which will feature a collection of inspiring stories from New Zealand’s brightest female tech talent from around the country.

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Hannah Shand Art Exhibition

1 July 2018

Solo Art Exhibition: Held at Zealandia Ecosanctuary (gallery space on the stairwell up to Rata café)

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Wellington City Council adopts visionary 10-Year-Plan

28 June 2018

Wellington City Council has chosen a course of growth and future-proofing the city for the next 50 years while also bringing forward work on sewage sludge growth and flood protection.

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New era of stylish, dynamic, emotional design at Toyota

21 June 2018

The latest Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid, C-HR, Camry and soon to be launched Corolla are a result of Toyota’s global president Akio Toyoda challenging the company’s designers to create cars that speak to people’s emotions.

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Yoga surging in popularity around NZ

20 June 2018

Tomorrow is international yoga day and yoga is surging in popularity all around New Zealand, while organised sport is in decline, Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie says.

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Funding approved for bike network projects

18 June 2018

More of Wellington City’s cycle network will be under way in the next few months following confirmation that the Government will fund the eastern suburbs cycling projects that the Council has recently approved.

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Customers the winners as insurtech investment ramps up

18 June 2018

The rapid rise of tech companies working in the insurance market and investment by traditional insurance firms into new advanced technologies is expected to lead to better deals for customers in coming years, InsurTechNZ chair Jason Roberts says.

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Thirty solutions to address Wellington housing

17 June 2018

Wellington City Council is looking at a 30-piece tool kit to tackle housing affordability, availability and quality as the capital faces increasing housing demand over the next 25 years – an approach welcomed by the Government.

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Grenfell Tower fire and ACP panel investigation – Wellington City Council update

12 June 2018

Following the tragic fire in the Grenfell Tower in London and, in New Zealand, a nationwide MBIE request to gather information about buildings clad in aluminium composite panels, Wellington City Council has identified 113 buildings with aluminium composite panelling.

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Matariki events shine across the Capital

12 June 2018

ReCut, Ahi Kā, and the Sky Show are all part of the Capital’s Matariki calendar – but we’re also proud supporters of many smaller events, exhibitions, and initiatives celebrating the Māori New Year.

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Digital principles set up to help NZ businesses evolve

12 June 2018

The digital revolution that has begun will change, redefine and disrupt almost every sector across the country, New Zealand Techleaders chair David Kennedy says.

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New communications and digital centre north of Wellington

12 June 2018

New Zealand Police has signed a lease for a new building in Paraparaumu, north of Wellington.

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Wellington City Youth Council celebrates 20th Anniversary

7 June 2018

Wellington City Youth Council is today celebrating 20 years of bringing young people’s voices to the ears of the city’s leaders.

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Wellington to proceed with 10-year plan

7 June 2018

Wellington City Council’s 10-year plan is ready for adoption, after the Mayor and Councillors passed the proposed plan at today’s deliberation session.

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Bronze plaques stolen from Botanic Garden

7 June 2018

Scrap metal dealers around the region are asked to keep a watch-out for a number of distinctive bronze plaques stolen from Wellington’s Botanic Garden last weekend.

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Teachers need to be better paid for the tech revolution

7 June 2018

Teachers need to be better paid as they adjust to educating kids in the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, - technology, an award-winning Maori chief executive of a fast growing ed-tech company says.

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Help shape safer Newtown bike connections

5 June 2018

People who live or regularly travel in Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook are being asked to share their thoughts and local knowledge as planning gets under way to develop safer bike connections in the area.

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Wellington’s scorching summer tourist boom

30 May 2018

Eco-sanctuary Zealandia continues to be increasingly popular with tourists and in the January-March quarter more than 42,000 people visited, up 14 percent on the same time last year. Fifty-seven percent of visitors were from outside Wellington.

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Psychedelic cave figures in the heart of Wellington

30 May 2018

Where can you feast your eyes on some psychedelic cave figures “cavorting wildly around large canvases” in the heart of the capital?

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Kiwi kids need to be more active, getting to and from school

30 May 2018

Being active during childhood helps with brain development and leads to lower rates of degenerative diseases later in life, a national exercise expert says.

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Whittaker’s welcomes awards voted by NZ public

25 May 2018

Whittaker’s is delighted to have been named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand for the seventh consecutive year, and thanks the New Zealand public for their ongoing support.

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Wellington tops world quality of life rankings for second year in a row

25 May 2018

Wellington shocked many when it was ranked the most liveable city in the world last year, but it won’t surprise Wellingtonians to learn it has kept that number one spot in 2018, says the capital’s Mayor Justin Lester.

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Awards celebrate social enterprise in the city

25 May 2018

Three local organisations were celebrated in a Social Enterprise Showcase presentation at the Wellington Gold Awards finalist announcement event at Te Wharewaka last night.

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Survey shows Wellingtonians want art in their lives

24 May 2018

A recent survey shows Wellingtonians are proud of their city’s creativity, and are backing investment in art and culture to make the Culture Capital a vibrant and interesting place to live, says Mayor Justin Lester.

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Fiscal responsibility but can we wait for wellbeing – BERL

21 May 2018

Budget 2018 oozed fiscal responsibility, but for many a shift to a truly wellbeing Budget cannot come quick enough, BERL chief economist Dr Ganesh Nana says.

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Launch of the UpStarters – NZ tech and innovation story

21 May 2018

The New Zealand Tech and Innovation Story, the UpStarters, launched this morning by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Techweek ’18, is a key milestone in supporting our tech and innovation companies to promote themselves on the world stage.

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Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand to be saved after council vote

18 May 2018

The Museum Stand will remain a fixture at the Basin Reserve after Wellington City Council agreed the 94-year-old structure is worth preserving.

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Council proposes new name for Wellington waterfront

17 May 2018

The capital’s increasingly popular waterfront walkway could get a new official name – Ara Moana – following a proposal at a meeting of Wellington City Council’s Regulatory Processes Committee today.

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Technology will make NZ rivers cleaner

15 May 2018

Technology will soon help make New Zealand’s farms more productive while also making lakes and rivers cleaner, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Fire, fun and fireworks for Matariki ki Pōneke

11 May 2018

Wellington’s winter will light up with fire, fun and fireworks over three events for the first Matariki ki Pōneke festival.

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Future of Basin Reserve Museum Stand to be decided

11 May 2018

A proposal to save, refurbish and strengthen the Basin Reserve’s heritage-listed Museum Stand will be debated by Wellington City Council next week, with Mayor Justin Lester strongly behind the proposal.

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$11m earmarked for Ngaio Gorge resilience

10 May 2018

As part of its draft 10-Year Plan, Wellington City Council has earmarked $10.7 million to ensure Ngaio Gorge Road remains useable in the event of a disaster or severe weather.

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Final straw for plastic straws in the capital

25 April 2018

It’s the final straw for plastic straws on the Wellington waterfront, with the area now 100 percent free of them thanks to two American exchange students, Wellington City Council and Sustainable Coastlines.

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Diverse workforce helping strengthen mental health services

20 April 2018

The changing face of local communities is being increasingly reflected by those working to support people with mental health needs.

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New Oriental Bay bike path to go ahead

20 April 2018

The most congested part of the Oriental Bay pathway will be made safer for people on bikes and on foot later this year with no loss of parking.

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NZ highly regarded for global tech talent

11 April 2018

Tech is the fastest growing and third biggest industry sector in New Zealand contributing more than $6.3 billion in annual exports and now other countries are chasing the cream of our tech crop.

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Kiwi company selected in women-only Australian tech accelerator

10 April 2018

A New Zealand start-up company, RIP Global, is among eight companies to be selected for the next women-only Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE) accelerator programme.

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Govt may force NZ’s umbrella rural health organisation to close

6 April 2018

New Zealand’s umbrella rural health organisation will move to shut down if it does not receive government funding next week.

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Toyota and the changing face of personal mobility

29 March 2018

The motor industry and personal mobility are changing radically and Toyota is leading the way in making changes to its overall business to keep pace.

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New Zealand becoming global centre for blockchain

26 March 2018

New Zealand is becoming a global blockchain centre, FintechNZ general manager James Brown says.

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NZ part of global exercise explosion

23 March 2018

New Zealand is about to see an explosion in the number of people taking up yoga, 24/7 gyms, boutique studios, boot camps and mobile trainers, a leading exercise expert says.

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Karori community designs shape of things to come

20 March 2018

The Karori Project was formed in 2017 when the Council agreed to provide the support necessary to help the people of Karori develop a long-term vision for their community.

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AI now bringing exciting possibilities to NZ

15 March 2018

In Phoenix, Arizona, cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are speaking to digital assistants, with the machines responding.

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NZ seen as the world’s living global tech lab

15 March 2018

The announcement of the world’s first self-driving electric air taxi being piloted in Christchurch is just one of the examples of New Zealand becoming a living tech laboratory, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller said today.

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Hopelessly addicted inventor saving native birds with AI

12 March 2018

A researcher described as a hopelessly addicted inventor who is using artificial intelligence (AI) to find native bird predators such as rats, stoats and possums, will be an interesting speaker at AI Day in Auckland on March 28.

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Lexus Sport Yacht concept wins international recognition

12 March 2018

The unique Lexus Sport Yacht concept was recognised with a special award by Japan’s “Boat of the Year” committee at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama on Friday.

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Wellington to get New Zealands first rainbow pedestrian crossing

10 March 2018

Wellingtonians will be walking on rainbows later this year when the city becomes home to New Zealand's first rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing, with the city's Mayor announcing that work will commence on Cuba Street to prepare the site.

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Encouraging signs of more Kiwi women in tech

6 March 2018

The worm has turned in the tech world as a wave of females are joining the tech community, according to national and global reports.

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10-year plan seeks to deliver on Wellington’s housing vision

2 March 2018

Wellington City Council’s 10-year plan sets out a clear road map to deliver on our vision for all Wellingtonians to have safe, dry, warm homes, says Mayor Justin Lester.

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Investment in Arts and Culture will keep Wellington at the top of the game

2 March 2018

Wellington will enjoy a refreshed and reinvigorated arts, events and culture scene as a result of a $127 million investment over the next 10 years.

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10-Year Plan prioritises Wellington being predator-free and eco-friendly

2 March 2018

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is giving Wellington’s predator-free projects extra priority and is bolstering the city’s efforts to be eco-friendly.

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Silicon Valley Amazon Kiwi manager speaking at AI-Day

27 February 2018

A New Zealander who is leading one of the world’s most exciting artificial intelligent (AI) teams at Amazon in Silicon Valley is working on cutting-edge social impact projects such as catching game poachers and child sex traffickers.

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New Look, New Office, Same Award-Winning Service

26 February 2018

Kapiti Coast, Monday 26 February - Craig Pope has announced its new location and refreshed brand, shortly after being confirmed as one of ‘NZ Advisor’s Top 10’ Mortgage Advisors for 2017.

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What does 2018 hold in store for NZ?

22 February 2018

A leading economist says New Zealanders will have to wait until later in the year to see where the needle settles on the government’s ‘superficial change v substantive change’ spectrum.

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Chief tech officer appointment critical for NZ

20 February 2018

The appointment of a chief technology officer for New Zealand is critical for the future of the country if we hope to be a thriving digital nation by 2030, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Textbooks and landline phones likely to be gone by 2030

19 February 2018

Spark Digital chief executive Jolie Hodson, who is speaking to the international Digital Nations summit in Auckland starting today, has painted a picture of dramatic tech changes in New Zealand over the next 12 years.

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Luke Willis Thompson debuts new work in first major New Zealand solo exhibition

19 February 2018

Internationally acclaimed London-based New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson will open his first major solo exhibition in this country tomorrow at Victoria University of Wellington’s Adam Art Gallery.

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How will tech be impacting NZ by 2030?

15 February 2018

More than 500 tech people are gathering at the international Digital Nations Summit in Auckland on Monday to share ideas and thoughts about what sort of country New Zealand will be like in 2030 and the role technology will play, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Kiwi kids to give world tech experts coding lessons

13 February 2018

Some of the world’s leading tech experts, including tech Ministers from other countries, will attend a coding session with a bunch of young New Zealand’s school children at the Young Coders Showcase during the international Digital Nations tech summit in Auckland next week.

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Give some thought to your heart on Valentine’s Day

13 February 2018

Kiwis should think seriously about their heart and their loved one tomorrow on Valentine’s Day, a leading New Zealand health expert says.

Heart diseases is the single biggest killer of New Zealanders. Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease and cardiovascular disease accounts for 30 percent of Kiwi deaths every year. The Heart Foundation says many of the deaths are preventable.

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Demand for portable units to help hospitals increasing

12 February 2018

The demand for portable operating departments to ease hospital surgical strain is growing substantially, Mobile Health chief executive Mark Eager says.

Over the Christmas break, Mobile Health’s surgical bus unit was busy working in Auckland at the Counties District Health Board as an extra theatre helping them to get through their elective surgery lists, Eager says.

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Handling Telephone Interruptions When Running a Home-Based Business

9 February 2018

Whether from your dining table, a converted garage and everything in between, it’s important to set certain boundaries when you are running a business from home. One of the biggest time thieves – apart from the Internet, is the telephone. Not only does it steal precious time (usually at the most inopportune moment), it can also raise havoc on your busy schedule.

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Worser Bay tree swing saved from chop

8 February 2018

Wellington City Council is saving a much-loved Worser Bay tree swing from the chop following requests from the community.

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Whittaker’s spices up their Artisan Collection with two new flavours

8 February 2018

Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers are in for a treat with the addition of two exciting new flavours to the Artisan Collection: West Coast Buttermilk Caramelised White Chocolate with Gingerbread Biscuit, and Marlborough Sea Salt and Caramel Brittle with Saffron in 62% Dark Chocolate.

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Wellington takes lead on sexual harassment

8 February 2018

Newly-sworn in Southern Ward Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons will start her term mandated to tackle sexual violence in Wellington, with Mayor Justin Lester announcing Cr Fitzsimons as portfolio lead for City Safety.

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Attitude injection for the Hilux range

8 February 2018

Toyota Hilux will ramp up its attitude with the introduction of the SR5 Cruiser variant, which sits above the SR5 and replaces the outgoing SR5 limited in the 21 strong range.

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Go by Bike Day to celebrate growing pedal power

6 February 2018

Go by Bike Day this Wednesday 7 February will be a big celebration for the growing number of Wellingtonians who are choosing to make some trips by bike.

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Making Wellington a te reo city

6 February 2018

Wellington City Council wants to hear from the public on how it can achieve the goal of making Wellington a te reo Māori city, Deputy Mayor Jill Day announced today.

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Te Rā o Waitangi – fun for the whole whānau

2 February 2018

The Capital will be celebrating Te Rā o Waitangi in style this coming Tuesday with an exciting line-up of entertainment and activities at Waitangi Park, and along the waterfront.

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AI, the new tech frontier, changing the world

1 February 2018

Some of the top cutting-edge tech companies, academics and leading tech chief executives will unleash all the latest information and how AI (artificial intelligence) is impacting on New Zealanders’ lives at a major event in Auckland in March.

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Wellington hoping to expand mentoring programme for Māori young people

30 January 2018

Wellington is hoping to double its involvement in a national Māori mentoring programme this year, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says.

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Rainbow vision to delight Cable Car riders

30 January 2018

The ride up in Wellington’s Cable Car is now brighter and more colourful thanks to a new mural.

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Open letter to the PM on improving NZ fitness levels

29 January 2018

The New Zealand 2017 personal trainer of the year winner has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, pleading for more government input to help Kiwi school children get fitter.

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New air route gives Wellington a world of opportunities

26 January 2018

Changes to Singapore Airlines’ route linking Wellington to the world will enhance economic opportunities for the region.

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13 hot summer tips to keep the Coolest Little Capital cool

25 January 2018

We all know Wellington is renowned for its great weather, but this summer has been something else. It’s hot – so Wellington City Council’s experts have compiled the following tips to help locals beat the heat:

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Three big tech trends critical for Kiwis in 2018

23 January 2018

Digital learning skills, smarter homes and medical drone deliveries will be major tech developments that will significantly impact lives of Kiwis, a leading New Zealand tech expert says.

NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says while the tech talk is often about issues such as robots stealing jobs or virtual reality worlds New Zealanders may sometimes overlook some of the advances that are happening already that will be important for Kiwis in the coming days of 2018.

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Ngaio Gorge Road strengthening

18 January 2018

Major strengthening work will continue on Ngaio Gorge Road next month as part of the long term project to improve resilience on this key transport route.

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Exercise still #1 new year’s resolution

15 January 2018

Exercise is still the #1 new year’s resolution for most Kiwis, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says.

Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie says just doing something is better than nothing, and people wary of huge fitness challenges should start with things they enjoy.

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Digital era, matter of survival for Kiwi companies

10 January 2018

Kiwi businesses are having to substantially change how they operate with the rapid arrival of the digital age, a leading New Zealand business expert says.

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Council to offer electric vehicle chargers in residential streets

21 December 2017

Wellington City Council has launched the application phase of a national-first programme – trialling electric vehicle charging points in residential streets.

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Economic obstacles likely but future growth expected

20 December 2017

The incoming government has hit the ground running but will face many obstacles in 2018 as it seeks to sustain a stable economy, leading New Zealand economic forecaster BERL says.

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Construction on Johnsonville Community Hub to begin in the new year

20 December 2017

Construction will begin in January 2018 on the new Johnsonville Community Hub and public library, Deputy Mayor Jill Day announced today.

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Electrified vehicles to be available across the entire Toyota and Lexus line-up by around 2025

19 December 2017

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today its plans toward the popularization of electrified vehicles for the decade 2020-2030.

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Investment critical for a digital Kiwi nation

18 December 2017

The future of New Zealand’s economy hangs on its ability to swiftly embrace and invest in digital tech skills, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Digital skills shortage should sound warning bell

18 December 2017

A major report released today shows that New Zealand has a significant and growing digital skills shortage, primarily due to the speed and scale of the increase in demand for tech skills.

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New sensors to make Karori Tunnel safer for people on bikes

13 December 2017

New sensors installed at each end of Karori Tunnel will detect people on bikes as they approach the tunnel, and flashing signs will let drivers know to slow down and let the bikes go first.

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Council calls on public to report myrtle rust sightings

13 December 2017

Wellington City Council is asking the public to report suspected myrtle rust infections in the city, after the tree disease was recently confirmed to have infected a ramarama tree in Lower Hutt suburb Naenae..

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Significant tech changes for mobile bus service next year

13 December 2017

The national surgical bus, possibly the only one of its type in the world, is looking for a significant change next year to keep up with demands and with high technology.

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Enjoy Christmas, but keep up the regular work-out activities

11 December 2017

People wanting to be more active in 2018 should, first of all, enjoy the luxuries and pleasures of Christmas through the festive season, one of New Zealand’s leading exercise experts says.

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Wellington develops ‘people first’ housing affordability model

8 December 2017

Wellington City Council today adopted a draft Housing Strategy that is expected to set a new standard for measuring housing affordability.

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World’s first official kererū road safety signs installed in Wellington

8 December 2017

In an effort to make our streets safer and reduce cars killing kererū, Wellington City Council has installed “Slow for kererū” road signs at key locations around Zealandia and Otari Wiltons Bush.

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IoT devices topping Christmas wish lists in 2017

8 December 2017

Exciting tech advances are playing a much greater part in Christmas gifts in New Zealand than ever before, Kriv Naicker, executive director of the New Zealand Internet of Things (IoT) Alliance says.

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Wellington arts and culture projects receive boost from Council grants

8 December 2017

Wellington City Council allocated $131,760 to 35 arts and culture groups and projects – with recipients representing a wide and diverse range of creative talent from all over the capital.

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Financial advice Bill puts Kiwis needs first

8 December 2017

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says the first reading of the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill in Parliament today is the first step in a significant package of changes to ensure all Kiwis can get good quality financial advice based on their individual needs.

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Smooth ride along Hutt Road to be extended

7 December 2017

The new improved walking and biking paths being built along Hutt Road will be extended next year, creating another important link in the planned route from the north and Hutt Valley.

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Bird numbers are soaring in Wellington

7 December 2017

A 2017 bird report by Wellington City Council today revealed that tui, kaka and kakariki numbers have all increased significantly in Wellington Reserves since 2011, and there has been no decrease detected for any other species.

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A growing divide, but watch this tech space…

6 December 2017

The government is right to raise this concern that there is a growing digital divide, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says in response to a digital report released today.

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Wellingtonians quick to adopt online service

6 December 2017

More than 60 percent of building consents made to Wellington City Council are now received online through GoShift, a new initiative to improve the building consents process.

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Fine for fishing in Wellington marine reserve

5 December 2017

A public tip-off has led to the conviction of a man who illegally fished in Wellington’s Taputeranga Marine Reserve.

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Wellington continues strong S&P credit rating streak, looks to future

5 December 2017

International credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has this week reaffirmed Wellington City Council’s strong credit rating, with an AA rating for longer-term and an A-1+ rating for short-term.

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Victoria signs partnerships with Māori organisations

1 December 2017

Victoria University of Wellington is building partnerships with iwi and other Māori organisations to boost opportunities for Māori students and foster research collaborations.

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Council responds to public queries about its water restrictions

1 December 2017

Wellington City Council has already started working to minimise the watering of lawns and gardens in light of the drought conditions that are hitting the region.

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From petrol to electric vehicles, like cars replacing horses

29 November 2017

Some overseas reports say petrol cars may be obsolete by 2026 but either way the massive switch to electric vehicles will be the biggest disruptive change to people’s lives in more than 100 years, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Northland, Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland win top exercise awards

28 November 2017

Northland’s Corinne Austin and Wellington studio Power Living New Zealand have won two of the major awards at the at the annual New Zealand’s exercise industry awards.

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Civic Square artwork kicks off Wellington’s Art on Walls

25 November 2017

A new public artwork being put up near Civic Square will kick off Wellington City Council’s Art on Walls programme, says Mayor Justin Lester.

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Proposed zipline flies past its first hurdle

24 November 2017

The City Strategy Committee has unanimously approved a proposed lease of Council land to go to public consultation, before making a final decision on a new tourism venture for the site.

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The biggest Christmas party is coming to town this weekend – and you’re all invited

22 November 2017

Christmas is coming, and so is A Very Welly Christmas – the fun, fabulous and family-friendly festival which stretches along Lambton Quay is back again this weekend, and it’s even bigger and better than before.

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Claiming expenses when away on business

22 November 2017

You can claim for lots of daily expenses when you’re travelling for work. If you take a holiday as part of the same trip, you can only claim for the parts of the trip that were work-related.

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New Zealand to be at the forefront of AI

22 November 2017

Auckland University’s Michelle Dickinson and Soul Machines business chief Greg Cross are among top key speakers at the biggest artificial intelligence (AI) event ever to be held in New Zealand next year.

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Who will be honoured at the giant Exercise NZ awards?

21 November 2017

Many of the country’s fitness experts and exercise facilities of all types and sizes who help half a million Kiwis get healthier will be vying for the annual Exercise NZ annual awards in Auckland on Saturday night.

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Moana Jackson to receive honorary doctorate

21 November 2017

Treaty of Waitangi expert, indigenous rights legal scholar and Māori leader Moana Jackson (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Porou) will receive an honorary doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington at a graduation ceremony in December.

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New research finds plants release up to 30 per cent more CO2 than previously thought

21 November 2017

New research co-authored by a University of Canterbury scientist and academics from around the world, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning.

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Digital summit to build vision for more prosperous New Zealand

20 November 2017

The biggest and most important international tech conference to be staged in New Zealand will be held in Auckland early next year which may pave the way for faster advances for the Kiwi economy.

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Wellington Te Reo Policy to honour Billie Tait-Jones

17 November 2017

Wellington City Council’s proposed Te Reo Māori policy will honour Billie Tait-Jones, the organisation’s Cultural Advisor, who passed away earlier this month.

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‘Tis the season to be festive

17 November 2017

The festive season kicks-off this weekend with Christmas trees appearing in the capital, then Santa will be popping up all over the place, and there’ll be free events and activities happening around the city for all to enjoy.

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Time to have your say on once-in-a-generation transport plan

17 November 2017

Wellingtonians have a once-in-a-generation chance to shape the future of their city’s transport and need to make sure their views are known, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says in response to today’s Let’s Get Wellington Moving consultation launch.

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Funding for research into Pasifika and Māori traditional remedies

16 November 2017

A PhD student from Victoria University of Wellington has been awarded $345,156 to research the chemical and biological properties of plants found in the Pacific that are traditionally used for medicinal purposes.

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Silent porpoise: Whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep with half a brain

10 November 2017

Ever wondered how and where whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep? New work by University of Canterbury researcher Andrew Wright at the released this week reveals for the first time that harbour porpoises sleep during diving.

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Urgent attention needed to look at automation impact

8 November 2017

Automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation issues facing the country could become threats, leading to increased social and economic difficulties and a strain on government resources unless they are immediately addressed, New Zealand’s tech leader say.

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A sugar tax will do little to change Kiwi attitudes

7 November 2017

The government needs to do much more if it wants to make a difference to New Zealand’s appalling obesity levels than look at a sugar tax, leading New Zealand exercise expert Richard Beddie says.

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Vensa wins top NZ health it award

6 November 2017

Cutting-edge, life-changing Auckland mobile solutions developer Vensa Health has won the top New Zealand Health IT accolade.

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Special cover for Kiwi manufacturers cautious about food risk

6 November 2017

A New Zealand insurance underwriting agency is providing an exclusive cover for manufacturers which are facing major challenges in relation to recall of contaminated food and beverage products.

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Regular exercise can improve lives for people with Parkinson’s

1 November 2017

Parkinson’s is a condition that affects more than 13,000 New Zealand and can affect anyone of any age but exercise and movement have been shown to significantly improve the lives of those who have the disease, a national exercise expert says.

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Open source platform reinventing home building awarded €50,000 by European Commission

1 November 2017

The Buildx project by WikiHouse Foundation has been announced as one of three winners in the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition. Selected from a total of nearly 800 entries from more than 40 countries, the project was awarded a €50,000 prize at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 26 October.

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2017 Wellington Sky Show

31 October 2017

Ensure you have a prime view of the harbour this Saturday 4 November for New Zealand’s largest annual fireworks display – Wellington Sky Show.

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Victoria releases database of imperial soldiers who fought in Land

31 October 2017

Research from at Victoria University of Wellington has identified the names and details of 12,000 imperial soldiers who fought in the New Zealand Land Wars of the 1860s.

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World's largest tech firm confirms NZ on right track

30 October 2017

The world’s largest tech firm Apple has confirmed New Zealand is on the right track to become a great global tech story, just like tourism, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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XBody NZ founder brings EMS fitness revolution to NZ Fitness and Health Expo

27 October 2017

XBody New Zealand founder Sabine Parry will this weekend present the cutting-edge Germany body-shaping technology that has revolutionised the fitness industry in Europe at the NZ Fitness and Health Expo in Auckland.

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Free cat microchipping

27 October 2017

Cat owners – get in quick if you still need to microchip your cat before a Wellington City bylaw makes it compulsory in February.

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Arts Trail begins this weekend - Tutere Gallery

26 October 2017

Kapiti's annual Arts Trail kicks off this Saturday the 28th of October at 10:00 am. The trail which has been running for 17 years showcases a diverse range of artists from Paekakariki in the South all the way through to Otaki in the North.

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Black Flu book asks ‘could it happen again?’

25 October 2017

The lessons of the 1918 influenza pandemic could help inform planning for a future pandemic in New Zealand, according to historian Dr Geoffrey Rice.

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Dynamic Lexus electric hybrid hatch meets sporty sophistication

25 October 2017

Facelift and specification upgrades for the exclusively-electric hybrid CT 200h have further enhanced its desirability for young drivers who enjoy sporty driving while still maintaining their sustainable lifestyle.

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Rural health group calls for urgent meeting with government

24 October 2017

The national rural health group is calling for urgent meetings with the incoming health and primary industries ministers to help solve the serious rural health crisis.

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Kiwi tech advances will help drive greater food supply

24 October 2017

Tech advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) might help New Zealand move toward a solution for helping feed the world which will require food production to double to meet a growing population demands, says a Kiwi tech expert.

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Wellington City Council reappoints Chief Executive

20 October 2017

Wellington City Council has agreed to reappoint its Chief Executive Kevin Lavery, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has announced.

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Rocket Lab wins supreme accolade at the NZ Innovation Awards

20 October 2017

Rocket Lab has won the supreme accolade at the New Zealand Innovation Awards in Auckland last night.

Rocket Lab, named the Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation for 2017, has pioneered a Kiwi space programme, with purpose-built rockets for regular commercial satellite launches.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Wellington safety hero!

20 October 2017

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Safety in the City awards – recognising every day super heroes that live amongst us.

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Kiwi virtual reality and augmented reality getting real

19 October 2017

The New Zealand virtual reality and augmented reality (VRAR) industry sector’s forecast revenues are estimated to be worth more than $320 million within two years, a report release today says.

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All businesses should commit to being living wage employer

19 October 2017

Leading economic researcher BERL challenges all businesses to become Living Wage employers to make a real difference to New Zealanders and their communities.

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Fresh tech advances driving growth in Fintech

19 October 2017

The New Zealand financial sector will be able to provide their clients with unprecedented online advice from next year and a leading fintech expert today urged companies to start looking to the process sooner rather than later as the FMA is expecting substantial submissions early next year.

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More Kiwis buying into artificial intelligence

17 October 2017

New Zealanders are buying into the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) as it is creeps into many walks of everyday life, an AI specialist says.

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New app will help to catch mobility parking cheats

14 October 2017

Finding a mobility parking space in Wellington is set to get easier for people with access issues.

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Council supports sleepover to address homelessness

13 October 2017

This weekend, Wellington City Council will be supporting the 14 Hours Homeless event to help raise funds while shining a light on the plight of the one in 100 Kiwis currently homeless in New Zealand.

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New Wellington City Council portfolio responsibilities

13 October 2017

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has completed a reshuffle of councillor portfolios following Paul Eagle’s election to Parliament and resignation from Council.

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UC Engineer wins Royal Society award for quake-safe buildings that ‘absorb energy and carry on’

11 October 2017

University of Canterbury Associate Professor Geoff Rodgers has received a prestigious award for developing new technology for earthquake-safe buildings less likely to require repair after large earthquakes.

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BERL to celebrate 60 years in business

11 October 2017

Leading New Zealand economic research company BERL next week celebrates 60 years in business with a special event in Wellington.

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Victoria offering New Zealand’s first bicultural MOOC

10 October 2017

Through the lens of one culture, the city of Wellington was formed by geological forces that include a network of jittery fault lines running through the region. Through another, the landscape was shaped through the actions of two taniwha, Ngake and Whātaitai.

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Top Kiwi exercise experts vying for NZ awards

9 October 2017

Top experts from Whangarei, Palmerston North, Dunedin, Hamilton and Auckland have been named best personal trainer of the year finalists in ExerciseNZ’s annual exercise industry awards.

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Lecture examines climate change using Mātauranga Māori art and design

9 October 2017

Victoria University of Wellington’s 2017 Dr Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture will examine the impact of climate change on coastal farming through art and design.

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Leading tech businessman honoured at AUT excellence awards

5 October 2017

A leading tech businessman, who has possibly done more to improve trade ties with Vietnam than any other New Zealander, has last night recognised for his leadership at the Auckland University of Technology Business School NZ Business Support Excellence awards.

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Council purchases Karori residential property

5 October 2017

Wellington City Council has today officially confirmed that it has purchased a residential property at 6 Campbell Street in Karori.

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New Deputy Mayor to help showcase Wellington in Canberra

5 October 2017

Wellington’s new Deputy Mayor will spearhead a Wellington delegation to Canberra this week, cementing the sister city relationship formed last year.

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BRÖTZMANN / LEIGH NZ TOUR 2017

5 October 2017

Altmusic and the Audio Foundation are proud to present a nationwide tour of renowned saxophone/pedal steel guitar duo, Brötzmann / Leigh.

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Next steps in Island Bay compromise to include $1 million town centre upgrade

3 October 2017

Wellington City Council will work closely with the community to perfect the detailed design of the new cycleway and the $1 million upgrade and beautification of the town centre and The Parade, Council’s Community Planning and Engagement Portfolio Leader Diane Calvert says.

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Wellington to introduce online building consents

3 October 2017

Building consents in Wellington can now be handled through an easy, streamlined online application service, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has announced.

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Wellington set to celebrate World Champion Black Ferns

3 October 2017

Wellington is set to celebrate the World Champion Black Ferns and their success at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup with a public event this Wednesday.

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New trial proves micronutrients effective for childhood ADHD

3 October 2017

New Zealand researchers have shown that vitamin-mineral treatment improves aggression and emotional regulation in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in the first published results from a new trial.

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War is coming to Wellington: No Weapons Expo campaign launch

2 October 2017

Peace Action Wellington has launched a campaign of resistance to the upcoming Weapons Expo which will be held at the Westpac Stadium on 10-11th October. The campaign has begun with a striking art piece that questions, "how close does war have to get before it makes you uncomfortable?"

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Wellington to make Matariki a major city event

1 October 2017

Wellington will formally make Matariki, the Māori New Year, a major city celebration in 2018, Mayor Justin Lester has announced.

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Christchurch – will be a city of choice

29 September 2017

As the rebuild takes effect, Christchurch has a golden opportunity to become New Zealand’s number one city of choice, says outgoing Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend.

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Nominations open for Southern Ward Councillor

29 September 2017

A by-election will be held to fill the seat vacated by Councillor Paul Eagle who was elected MP for Rongotai last weekend in the general election.

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Shelly Bay land deal gets Council go-ahead

29 September 2017

Wellington City Councillors have today voted in favour of the sale and lease of land at Shelly Bay.

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Triple win for 17-year-old Olympic hopeful at Victoria’s sports awards

28 September 2017

A first-year Marine Biology student and star swimmer from American Samoa has won Sportsperson of the Year at Victoria University of Wellington’s annual sports awards.

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Plan to improve more of Hutt Road pathway

28 September 2017

New changes proposed for Hutt Road could see improved walking and biking facilities extended further south to the Tinakori Road intersection – as well as some new on-road car parking north of Westminster Street.

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First ever NZ Tech Leaders group launched

28 September 2017

A new national group of New Zealand’s leading tech experts was formed in Auckland today, because the country is facing unprecedented growth and change in tech – which is now the nation’s fastest growing sector.

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Universities important but many skills can be learned on the job

27 September 2017

If New Zealand raises its education outcomes over a period of 20 years to a level comparable with Finland, it can generate a 204 percent increase in GDP worth an additional $US258 billion, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Work starts on Cobham Drive bike path and footpath

27 September 2017

Wellington City Council contractors started work this week to build a new two-way, off-road bike path and footpath on the harbour side of Cobham Drive.

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Celo, Vensa and Orion Health named NZHIT award finalists

25 September 2017

Cutting-edge, lifechanging e-health companies Celo, Vensa and Orion Health have been named finalists in the New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) annual innovation awards.

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Celebrating twenty years of Deaf Studies at Victoria University

25 September 2017

Victoria University’s New Zealand Sign Language Studies (NZSL) programme is celebrating two decades of helping to make more New Zealanders understood.

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No political party has answer for rural health crisis

20 September 2017

None of the political parties have an answer to solve the growing rural health crisis, a leading rural health expert says.

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Scholarship fund to launch in memory of Teresia Teaiwa

19 September 2017

Victoria University of Wellington and Va’aomanū Pasifika, Victoria’s Pacific and Samoan Studies programme, will launch a new scholarship fund in memory of Dr Teresia Teaiwa, who passed away in March 2017.

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Major parties’ views on exercise and fitness

19 September 2017

ExerciseNZ has asked the major political parties for their stance on health-related fitness in the run up to Saturday’s national election, so more Kiwis are better educated about exercise.

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Final leg of NZ marine mural pollution mural tour

18 September 2017

Queenstown based artist Tess Sheerin has almost completed the final leg of her five-city giant mural of New Zealand to highlight marine pollution.

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Proposed Kiwi Point Quarry expansion: consultation to start

15 September 2017

Wellington City Council’s City Strategy Committee has today agreed to consult on expansion plans for the Kiwi Point Quarry in the Ngauranga Gorge.

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Council grants support social good in the city

15 September 2017

The Council recently approved almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars in grants to 48 diverse projects around the city – from underwater awareness to undergrowth activists.

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Me Heke Ki Pōneke

13 September 2017

This Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is encouraging Wellingtonians to have a go.

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Commemorative Limited Edition enhances 86

8 September 2017

Toyota New Zealand has built on the driving pleasure of its 86 sports coupé with a limited-edition ‘Chris Amon Edition’ GT86 which is available in a unique Solar Flare exterior colour.

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Island Bay cycleway submissions - update

8 September 2017

Work is continuing on the analysis of the 3763 submissions received on proposed options for a revamp of the cycleway on The Parade, Island Bay.

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Whittaker’s named Most Loved Brand for sixth consecutive year

8 September 2017

Whittaker’s is proud to have been named New Zealand’s ‘Most Loved Brand’ for the sixth consecutive year, sharing the number one spot with the All Blacks for the first time, in the annual Colmar Brunton ‘Brands I Love’ survey.

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Grants protect heritage buildings’ past, present, and future

7 September 2017

Ten heritage buildings will benefit from the latest round of Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund (BHIF) – continuing to make the Capital safer and stronger, while preserving the past.

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Parking fee increase in central Wellington

5 September 2017

The fee rise of 50 cents an hour will affect the area bounded by Bunny Street, Lambton Quay, Bowen Street, The Terrace, Boulcott Street, Willis Street, Dixon Street, Cuba Street, Jervois Quay and Waterloo Quay.

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Faster internet connections bringing more cyber attacks

31 August 2017

Growing evidence shows that the downside of super-fast connectivity and ultra-fast broadband is producing an equivalent lift in cyber-attacks, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Region’s mayors agree to further work on indoor arena proposal

30 August 2017

A new indoor arena for Wellington is a step closer today, with mayors instructing the region’s economic development agency to begin work towards a business case for the project.

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NZ needs to invest in promoting tech

28 August 2017

It's time New Zealand seriously started to invest in promoting technology, the country’s third largest export industry and fastest growing sector of our economy, a leading New Zealand tech businessman says.

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Reimagine Tory Street – winning design announced

25 August 2017

A group of three landscape architecture students from Victoria University of Wellington has won the Reimagine Tory Street concept design competition with their project 'It’s Tory Time'.

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Returning Pacific Climate Change Conference draws big names

25 August 2017

The Prime Minister of Samoa, a New Zealand QC, a top business journalist and academics from universities in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and the United States are among the line-up of speakers to present at Victoria University of Wellington’s second Pacific Climate Change Conference in February next year.

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NIX News

24 August 2017

Another week, another big player signing!

Yesterday saw Phoenix sign their fourth Internationally-capped player join us for season 2017/18, with Iraqi international Ali Abbas signing on for two seasons.

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New technologies helping clean up NZ’s waterways

24 August 2017

New Zealand farmers and companies are starting to use Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, data analytics and automation to decrease impact on New Zealand rivers, a leading national tech expert says.

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New Zealand School of Dance - Solo Season ONCE

22 August 2017

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), is celebrating 50 years of training and inspiring world class professional young dancers. Show attendees will be moved and inspired in this year's contemporary solo season ONCE.

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Police, NZ Cricket, Avery win annual RiskNZ awards

18 August 2017

New Zealand Police and New Zealand Cricket have been honoured at RiskNZ’s annual awards in Wellington last night for their exemplary efforts in managing and mitigating risk management.

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Rental Warrant of Fitness for Wellington

18 August 2017

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced.

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Environmental innovation 20 years in the making

18 August 2017

Now in its fourth generation, the Prius has sold more than 4 million cars worldwide since its introduction in Japan in 1997, and internationally from 2000. Toyota took the car’s name from Latin meaning “to go before”.

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Comprehensive Wellington mission to Singapore a key step to increasing trade

18 August 2017

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) continues to leverage the opportunities unlocked by the Singapore Airlines Capital Express service, with a comprehensive business and tourism trade mission recently giving the Lion City a high-profile taste of 'the coolest little capital'.

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New Zealand team reaches global green solutions contest finals in Paris

17 August 2017

Two University of Canterbury MBA students are heading to Paris as the only New Zealand team to compete in the finals of the Schneider Electric global competition Go Green in the City 2017.

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Baby boomers providing demand in Kiwi fitness market

16 August 2017

New Zealand is seeing a substantial increase in demand from the older ageing population for fitness, exercise and personal trainers, according to ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie.

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Master of disaster

16 August 2017

The role of engineers in post-disaster recovery will be brought to light at an upcoming lecture at Victoria University of Wellington.

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Golden business egg in Vietnam for Kiwi companies

15 August 2017

Kiwi companies are queueing up to do business with Vietnam and other similar sized Asian countries, a leading New Zealand tech businessman says.

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Johns and Sutton the supreme kitchen and bathroom winners

13 August 2017

Christchurch’s Davinia Sutton and New Plymouth’s Glen Johns were the Supreme winners at the New Zealand’s kitchen and bathroom Excellence in Design Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

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Kiwi kids to take part in breaking world record

13 August 2017

School children all over New Zealand on Tuesday will be part of a world record setting event to get the most kids coding in 24 hours.

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NZ artist to feature in world’s biggest online art exhibition

11 August 2017

A leading New Zealand artist, Auckland’s Rewa Walia, will soon feature in one of the world’s biggest digital online art exhibition.

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Health research should be a government priority – poll

9 August 2017

Three quarters of New Zealanders believe more funding for health and medical research should be a government priority and that the government should invest more funding in health research, according to a survey just released.

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John Waller Memorial Scholarships announced by BNZ and PwC

8 August 2017

BNZ and PwC New Zealand are pleased to announce a new scholarship programme established at the University of Canterbury to honour former BNZ Board Chairman and respected PwC Managing Partner John Waller, ONZM, FCA.

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Sir John Key to receive Honorary Doctorate from University of Canterbury

7 August 2017

The University of Canterbury will bestow former Prime Minister and UC alumnus Rt Hon Sir John Key with a Doctor of Commerce (honoris causa) honorary degree at an official Graduation ceremony on Friday 15 December.

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NZ not alone in struggling to attract tech women

3 August 2017

Andrea Hancox, NZTech’s national director of government relations, says the whole world faces the issue of attracting and retaining women in tech and introducing tech to young women as a choice of career.

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Most Kiwis do not want to follow President Trump’s lead

3 August 2017

A total of 92 percent of New Zealanders do not want their nation to follow President Donald Trump’s lead and withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement set in 2015.

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Rural health fronting suicide prevention training all over NZ

3 August 2017

A national rural organisation says it is concerned the public may believe nothing is happening in suicide prevention training.

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Pride of place for urban Māori

2 August 2017

With over 85 percent of Māori now living in urban areas, a Victoria University of Wellington researcher is exploring how whānau have adapted their environment to fit cultural needs.

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Schools and students among early beneficiaries of Karori campus divestment

2 August 2017

The education sector and the community are early beneficiaries of Victoria University of Wellington’s divestment of its Karori campus with the University establishing new scholarships for students from low decile schools and giving surplus equipment away free to North Island schools.

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NZ health sector learning to embrace the tech world

1 August 2017

A leading digital health expert says the New Zealand health sector is still slow to embrace the tech world.

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NZ cannot hide from the tyranny of distance

31 July 2017

New Zealand cannot hide from the tyranny of distance anymore as it faces a multitude of threats similar to any other developed nation, an international risk management expert and University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor says.

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UC and IBM in brainy neuroscience study agreement

28 July 2017

The University of Canterbury (UC) and IBM Research are bringing together their collaborative brain power to develop better computer modelling for the human brain in a new joint study agreement.

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Using social media to help save women’s lives

27 July 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new website and social media campaign will help encourage women to have regular cervical smear tests and mammograms.

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NZ to stage international tech event before D5 summit

26 July 2017

Living up to New Zealand’s reputation as a standout digital nation, the tech sector and the government will stage a major international tech summit in Auckland next year, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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NZ has major fitness problem

24 July 2017

New Zealand has a major problem committing to active participation, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says.

Too many of the government messages in the early 2000s focused on slogans such as walk to the bus stop when that was never the answer to the looming inactivity, diabetes and obesity issues, Beddie says.

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Festival of strong Pasifika performances - tradition, leadership and excellence

22 July 2017

The Tu Tangata Wellington Secondary Schools’ Poly festival 2007 will take place this Tuesday, 25 July at the Michael Fowler Centre, featuring 9 student led groups with close to 700 students showcasing Pasifika performance.

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Hollywood star Bryce Dallas Howard labels Wellington her ‘favourite city’

20 July 2017

US actress Bryce Dallas Howard is telling the world of her love for Wellington as part of a new tourism campaign.

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UC study aims to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in pregnant women

20 July 2017

One emerging treatment option is nutritional supplementation. Nutritional demands are increased during childbirth which may potentially result in nutritional deficiencies. There is also emerging evidence that poor diet and nutritional deficiency may be correlated with postnatal depression. It would therefore make sense to increase the nutritional intake of pregnant women which can be done by supplementing their diets.

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Using milk protein to 3D-imprint muscle and bone cells

19 July 2017

A University of Canterbury PhD student is using milk protein to 3D-imprint muscle and bone cells and one day she hopes her research may be used to regrow missing body parts.

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New animal welfare regulations progressed

19 July 2017

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has confirmed 46 new animal welfare regulations will be developed this year.

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Whittaker’s takes Chocolate Lovers on a journey with new Destinations Collection

14 July 2017

Whittaker’s new Destinations Collection showcases the finest ingredients from around the world combined with Whittaker’s delicious chocolate. This exciting new range gives Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers a chance to enjoy a taste of India, Canada, Italy and Nicaragua with hero ingredients for each sourced from world-class producers in those locations.

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Wellington weather update 14/7/2017: 8.30am

14 July 2017

It’s rough out there – and travellers are warned to take care around Wellington as the region continues to be battered by severe gales and rain today.

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Victoria University of Wellington offers Health scholarships

14 July 2017

Victoria University of Wellington is offering inaugural scholarships to mark the official launch of its new Bachelor of Health degree this week.

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Lottery Grants Board 2017/18 grants announced

14 July 2017

New Zealand Communities are set to get a boost in funding to help provide a range of services and conserve some of our most precious taonga thanks to the Lottery Grants Board.

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Gardens Magic

14 July 2017

Wellington City Council showcases a wide variety of local legends and rising stars on the Botanic Garden Soundshell stage. As the sun goes down, the surrounding gardens are transformed with a magical lighting installation. Eighteen nights perfect for a summer picnic with family or friends.

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The Hilux Gladiator Concept – a bold and brawny beast

13 July 2017

Decked out in bold, brawny accessories, the Hilux Gladiator Concept vehicle turned plenty of heads during the 2017 Mystery Creek Fieldays®, near Hamilton.

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Is New Zealanders’ health information safe from attackers?

13 July 2017

Recent cyber-attacks have shown that Kiwis’ health information is vulnerable and at risk and a global expert says that it's a matter of when not if the next attack will occur.

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Wellington benefactor to build and gift a new $50 million children’s hospital

10 July 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the generosity of Wellington benefactor Mark Dunajtschik, who will build and gift a new $50 million children’s hospital for the region.

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An Environmental Ambassador of Hope

9 July 2017

Here there is much goodness—one very good and strong lady who is leading such good community action to save our planet and all the species that exist upon it accompanied by my good chance to have the opportunity to photograph her in action.

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Genetics a game changer in getting Kiwis fitter

6 July 2017

The role of genetics, and how it relates to people’s nutrition, exercise and health is an absolute game changer when it comes to Kiwis improving their lives, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says.

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NZ food network helping fast rising water extractor

6 July 2017

New Zealand’s top food innovation network is helping fast rising clean-tech company Hydroxsys with its amazing water extraction technologies aimed at mining, dairy and other industries that need water extraction or remediation.

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UC researchers funded $350,000 for Better Start for dyslexic children

5 July 2017

University of Canterbury researchers looking into strategies for addressing dyslexia and related language learning disabilities have been awarded $350,000 in funding by the National Science Challenge, A Better Start, in partnership with the child health research charity Cure Kids.

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A major cyber-attack in NZ a matter of when

5 July 2017

A leading New Zealand digital health specialist says it is not a matter of if but when a major cyber-attack will cause massive disruption to the country’s health sector.

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Team New Zealand is really “Humming along”

3 July 2017

Kiwi singer-songwriter and Toyota New Zealand ambassador, Jason Kerrison, has released a song – Humming along - to celebrate Emirates Team New Zealand’s victory in the America’s Cup.

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Bold new plan for Wellington’s housing: Taskforce recommendations launched

30 June 2017

The Mayor’s Housing Taskforce has unveiled a bold new plan for fixing Wellington’s housing issues.

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Comments on irresponsible DomPost campervan story

30 June 2017

Wellington City Council is getting slammed this morning due to a piece of seriously irresponsible journalism in the DomPost regarding Lions tour campervans. This is unfair – and we’re calling out the DomPost on their story.

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IoT will be supported by artificial intelligence by 2020

30 June 2017

It is predicted that within three years 100 percent of all effective IoT efforts will be supported by cognitive or artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, a landmark New Zealand IoT Alliance study says.

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Spies Publishing launches The Magic Pencil, the latest new children’s book by young author Ben Spies

30 June 2017

Introducing the fantastic new book for children, actually written by a child! Young eleven-year old New Zealand author, Ben Spies, publishes his second fiction title for children

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New bus hubs: commuters and residents asked for views

30 June 2017

New bus hubs are planned for Kilbirnie and Johnsonville next year – and it’s essential that commuters have their say about the proposals.

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Landmark pay equity deal among July 1 changes

30 June 2017

A landmark pay equity deal is just one of a number of government policy changes coming into effect tomorrow that deliver for New Zealanders, Prime Minister Bill English says.

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IoT could be worth more than $2.2 billion to NZ over 10 years

29 June 2017

An historic and landmark national research study estimates the roll out of IoT (internet of things) is likely to produce a benefit for the New Zealand economy of billions of dollars. The study found that just across a mere nine common IoT applications the potential net benefit over 10 years could be $2.2 billion in present value terms.

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Press Release by Natraj School of Dance

24 June 2017

Natraj School of Dance is proud to present “Tamil” a thematic classical Indian dance production on the Saturday of 15 July 2017, at 6.30 pm at the Sacred Heart College, Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington.

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New signalised pedestrian crossing for Wallace Street

24 June 2017

Work to change a busy zebra crossing on Wallace Street, Mount Cook into a pedestrian-operated signalised crossing starts on Sunday 25 June.

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Interactive exhibition set to build our city – and our communities

24 June 2017

Come along to the #wellynextdoor exhibition opening at the Wellington Museum Flux space next week, as we start building a paper version of our city – with every picture telling a different story.

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Northland Tunnel strengthening work nearing halfway

24 June 2017

Earthquake-strengthening work on the Northland Tunnel is progressing well, with 40 percent of work now complete.

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Wellington welcomes a week of celebrations for Matariki and the DHL New Zealand Lions Series

23 June 2017

Wellingtonians and visitors will be treated to a jam-packed programme of events to celebrate the annual Māori festival and welcome the DHL New Zealand Lions Series, as Wellington sees the busiest weekend in the city’s history.

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New off-road cycleway and footpath for Cobham Drive

23 June 2017

Walking and biking along Cobham Drive will be made safer and easier with new paths to be built on the harbour’s edge as part of an enhancement for the city’s eastern gateway.

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Island Bay cycleway – next steps decided

23 June 2017

A working party of Wellington City Councillors is to oversee the final engagement process and design options on the future of the Island Bay cycleway in preparation for public consultation due to commence by the end of July.

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Regional council calls for aid to plant 5000 trees

23 June 2017

Greater Wellington Regional Council is looking for spade aid this weekend – it wants the people of Kapiti to dig deep for the future by planting 5000 trees in Queen Elizabeth Park in just four hours.

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Future of ‘Wellington’s best building’ decided

23 June 2017

The national music centre will be developed in collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and Wellington City Council to establish a world-class centre of musical excellence and centre for culture and the arts.

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ANIVA PROGRAMME CELEBRATES SUCCESS

21 June 2017

The success of New Zealand's Pacific nurses will be the focus of a special event at Te Papa Museum this evening with the Prime Minister and a number of Pacific health leaders in attendance.

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Yoga major part of soaring Kiwi exercising momentum

20 June 2017

If exercise was considered a sport, it would be the biggest sport in New Zealand, by more than 50 percent, Exercise New Zealand chief executive Richard Beddie says.

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Caught, Cut & Cooked being served on Visa Wellington On a Plate

16 June 2017

Visa Wellington On a Plate is getting ready to warm up Winter with two weeks of food related fun from 11 to 27 August. 100+ events, 100+ special menus, 100+ burgers and 40+ cocktails, and a new Festival Dish Award at participating eateries.

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Lombard laneway upgrade – the works begin

15 June 2017

Works get underway on a major upgrade of Lombard Street, Denton Park, and Bond Street in the central city this week.

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Mobile Health leads the Fieldays’ health hub

15 June 2017

At least 22 health nationwide organisations have been inundated with the rural community seeking advice from the landmark health hub at New Zealand’s Fieldays in Hamilton this week.

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Wellington City Council sweeps Social Housing awards

14 June 2017

The Council’s social housing team won all four award categories it had been nominated for in the New Zealand branch of the Australasian Housing Institute Awards.

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Council frustrated by more dog-related penguin deaths

14 June 2017

Another dog attack resulting in the death of two penguins has highlighted the importance of careful supervision of dogs – even in off-leash exercise areas.

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NZ agriculture needs to latch onto tech faster

14 June 2017

New Zealand’s primary industries need to latch on to technology faster to support the economic growth of its agri sector and become a world leader in a fast growing agritech market, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Wellington Mayor to hand out reusable shopping bags

13 June 2017

The Mayor will be stationed at the Love Food Hate Waste stall at the Countdown supermarket in Newtown today (Tuesday 13 June, 4pm) to give out reusable shopping bags to shoppers.

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House in danger of collapse: pedestrians asked to avoid walkway

13 June 2017

The risk that a dilapidated and earthquake-damaged house in Mt Cook, Wellington, may collapse in strong winds or a moderate quake has forced Wellington City Council to temporarily close a popular walkway over the weekend.

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Reservoir at Prince of Wales Park – have your say

13 June 2017

Wellington Water Ltd has applied under the Wellington Town Belt Act (2016) to construct a new water reservoir at Prince of Wales Park on the Town Belt.

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NZ needs to move faster in embracing technology

12 June 2017

A leading Kiwi tech expert has slammed New Zealand’s slow progress to embrace technology.

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NZ a nation of sports watchers on the couch

12 June 2017

New Zealand guys need to get out and start exercising more or the severe preventable death rate will continue to soar, a leading national exercise expert says.

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Virtual cyber defender one of the first in NZ

9 June 2017

A fledgling, cutting-edge cyber security Wellington company has launched a virtual chief information security officer (vCISO) service aimed at helping New Zealand businesses to respond as cyber-crime begins to bite.

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Polhill Reserve proposed track changes – have your say

9 June 2017

Do you love biking, running, or walking in Polhill Reserve? Wellington City Council and Brooklyn Trail Builders are proposing changes to tracks in the reserve, and we’d like to know what you think.

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Wellington ranked as third-best top town for biking

9 June 2017

Wellington City has been rated as the third top biking town in the NZ Transport Agency’s annual Favourite Places to Ride competition.

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Wellington City Council seeks to develop new social and affordable apartments

8 June 2017

Mayor Justin Lester has announced that Wellington City Council will seek to partner with developers and community housing providers to redevelop inner-city buildings into new social and affordable apartments.

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World-leading tech experts in NZ for premier innovation challenge

8 June 2017

Three international experts are travelling to New Zealand next week to share their expertise in wearable technology with entrants in NZ’s premier innovation challenge.

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NZ aspiring to be southern hemisphere’s AI capital

1 June 2017

The launch next week of the New Zealand Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum is a strong sign Kiwi tech companies are keen to not just get onboard the burgeoning AI industry, they want to lead from the front, Forum chair Stu Christie says.

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Wellington economy energised as unemployment continues to fall

1 June 2017

Wellington’s economy continues its strong run, despite last year’s earthquake, with 2.2% economic growth for the year to March.

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Winter’s the perfect season to maintain exercise levels

31 May 2017

A number of Kiwis struggle to keep active and healthy when winter temperatures plummet, but a leading New Zealand exercise expert says gym membership numbers actually go up in winter.

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13 Reasons Why most sought-after show for Kiwis

29 May 2017

The hit TV show 13 Reasons Why has been the most sought-after top 10 digital show in New Zealand over the last 30 days, Hollywood-based Kiwi artificial intelligence company Parrot Analytics says.

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National AI group launching next month

24 May 2017

Artificial Intelligence or AI is fast being used to make people more efficient and it will touch every element of New Zealanders’ lives from better healthcare and education to faster service and more personalised products, tech leader Stu Christie says.

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Too many Kiwi women tolerate bladder leaks, says top personal trainer

24 May 2017

National award-winning personal trainer Renee Riley is encouraging more discussion about pelvic health because too many Kiwi women tolerate bladder leaks unnecessarily.

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Join us for a preview of the Children’s Garden this weekend

24 May 2017

The Children’s Garden will be officially opening late-September, but we’re giving Wellingtonians a sneak peek to see the progress on this exciting project.

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Ransomware cyber-attacks impact growing on NZ

23 May 2017

Barely five percent of New Zealand companies have taken out cyber insurance, despite a predicted rise in ransomware and other cyber issues, a leading New Zealand specialist underwriting agency says.

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Council supports sportswomen of past, present and future

23 May 2017

Wellington City Council is proud to be sponsoring the Emerging Sportswoman of the Year category at next month’s Wellington Hospitality Group Sportsperson of the Year Awards – adding to their current support of Wellington sportswomen in the capital.

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Sevens decision an opportunity to refresh Wellington's events

23 May 2017

The decision to send the annual Rugby Sevens Tournament to Hamilton is an opportunity for Wellington to refresh its events calendar, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says.

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Portable operating theatres key for NZ hospitals

22 May 2017

Mobile operating theatre units will soon significantly help struggling New Zealand hospitals during periods of high patient surgery demands, Mobile Health chief executive Mark Eager says.

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The wait is almost over: Lexus LC dynamic luxury coupe lands in July.

19 May 2017

Lexus aficionados will be relieved to know the wait is almost over – the arrival in New Zealand of the unprecedented Lexus LC coupe is set to deliver an amazing driving experience from mid-July.

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Father-daughter achievement at Pasifika graduates’ celebration

19 May 2017

It’s been a double celebration for the Puka family of Lower Hutt this week, as father and daughter donned matching gowns and trenchers to graduate from Victoria University of Wellington.

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Extra emergency ambulance resources will really help rural NZ

18 May 2017

Emergency ambulance crews are under greater pressure in remote areas of New Zealand as ambulance staff should provide more robust emergency response services, a rural health leader says.

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Navilluso recognised for outstanding hi-tech health services

17 May 2017

One of New Zealand’s leading Maori health companies, Navilluso, has again been recognised for its enormous work helping people’s health all over New Zealand.

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Council funding not taken for granted by recipients

16 May 2017

None of the recipients from the latest rounds of Council funding will be taking their allocations for granted – with a wide range of community groups and organisations benefiting from the latest distributions.

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Don’t click strange links, to avoid cyber-attack, NZTech says

14 May 2017

This weekend the largest ever ransomware attack in the world has been hitting computer systems of private and public organisations in hundreds of countries, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Trade trip to Japan great boost for NZ tech exporters

14 May 2017

New Zealand tech exporters are likely to benefit from an accelerating market in Japan following this coming week’s economic and trade trip lead by Prime Minister Bill English, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Research led to breakthrough for recovery of severely maltreated, vulnerable children

12 May 2017

A set of psychiatric scales designed to measure mental health difficulties experienced by severely maltreated children is creating new possibilities for treatment and support around the world.

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Rat monitor trial provides eradication insights

12 May 2017

A pest monitoring trial undertaken on the Miramar Peninsula is a first step to understanding the scale of the predator issue facing the peninsula as the community gears up to eradicate pests and bring back birds and other native animals to the region.

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$3.1 million more for Northern Community Hub

12 May 2017

The planned redevelopment of the Johnsonville Library is to be expanded into a $22.5 million Northern Suburbs Community Hub following a Wellington City Council decision today to spend an additional $3.1 million on the project.

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Bright future for NZ businesses embracing AI

11 May 2017

The future is looking bright for New Zealand businesses when they begin integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and new technologies into products, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Bilingual book teaches te reo Māori to new generation

11 May 2017

A new bilingual children’s book written by a Victoria University of Wellington academic is using te reo Māori to connect with a new generation of speakers.

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IoT changing the face of the nation

10 May 2017

Future tech realities are beginning to change the face of how New Zealanders operate in their daily lives – at home and work, and coming research results will help shape the nation’s future, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Future NZ health facilities will not have patients in them

10 May 2017

Future health facilities in New Zealand are unlikely to have patients in them, a leading health IT expert says.

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University of Canterbury and NZ Transport Agency launch new student challenge to help Kaikoura

9 May 2017

Quake affected Kaikoura businesses are set to benefit from a joint University of Canterbury and New Zealand Transport Agency initiative to boost visitor numbers to the area.

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No, you can’t have a moa - the risks of resurrecting extinct species explored

9 May 2017

Can the huia escape the re-extinction vortex?

The perils of resurrecting extinct species, such as the moa or huia, will be discussed when a new paper, led by University of Canterbury (UC) conservation geneticist Dr Tammy Steeves, is published in international journal Functional Ecology this week.

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Wellington humming as city tops world quality of life rankings

5 May 2017

Wellington is the best city in the world to live in, according to a global survey published in the Financial Times, acting Wellington Mayor Paul Eagle says.

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Wellington leading the way with commitment to car sharing

5 May 2017

Electric car share company Mevo will open its second waterfront car share pod next week (Tuesday 9 May). The move is indicative of Wellington City Council’s strong commitment to car share, says Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman, the Council’s Portfolio Lead for Transport Strategy and Operations.

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Biggest week long-tech event ever held in NZ

5 May 2017

New Zealand Techweek, which is the biggest festival of tech events ever held in New Zealand, begins all over the country tomorrow.

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Waterfront makeover gets underway

5 May 2017

A further section of Wellington’s waterfront is about to get a makeover to open it up to the public as part of the North Kumutoto redevelopment project starting this month.

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Free cat microchipping in May

4 May 2017

Wellington City Council is partnering with the Wellington SPCA to offer free microchipping of cats on Saturdays throughout the month of May.

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More Kiwis should exercise for mental health

2 May 2017

The Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) says Kiwis with mental health illnesses should be encouraged to exercise but it advises against starting off with extravagant exercise regimes.

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Special Topic: Illustrating forecast uncertainty

2 May 2017

The Treasury publishes economic forecasts at least twice during the year. These forecasts are communicated as a central track which represents our view of the most likely path the economy will take over a forecast horizon.

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Public to get their say on Shelly Bay

29 April 2017

The community is to be consulted on the proposed sale or lease of 1 ha of Wellington City Council-owned land to a joint-venture company seeking to develop and transform the Shelly Bay area.

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Non-invasive joint implant diagnostics – the missing link

28 April 2017

Research on early detection of wear and tear of hip joint implants is set to make significant new progress following an infusion of funding.

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Questions of national identity on the block in The Butcher Shop

27 April 2017

Is New Zealand a butcher shop or a milking shed? Do Kiwis live on the sheep’s back with a glass of sauvignon blanc? These and other questions will be addressed when Victoria University of Wellington hosts a series of lively public discussions exploring primary products’ place in the national imagination and how they define us as New Zealanders.

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NZ light years ahead of UK and US exercise facilities

23 April 2017

New Zealand exercise facilities score significantly higher than United Kingdom and United States operators when it comes to customers recommending the business and this has been put down to an exceptionally high standard of personal trainers and customer focus.

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‘Brain fingerprinting’ has crime-solving potential for New Zealand, pilot study finds

20 April 2017

Forensic brainwave analysis – or ‘brain fingerprinting’ – could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project led by the University of Canterbury has found.

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Digital health conference breaking down barriers

20 April 2017

More than 800 New Zealanders from the health and tech sectors will unite at the annual Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) conference in Rotorua later this year which aims to help break down silo barriers and support the success of complex digital health projects to improve health outcomes for New Zealanders.

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Substantial opportunities for women seeking tech jobs

20 April 2017

Computer programming jobs have previously struggled to attract women, but new technologies are providing substantial opportunities for a growing number of young girls seeking tech jobs, NZTech government relations director Andrea Hancox says.

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Toyota wins back-to-back World Green Car of the Year awards

19 April 2017

Toyota has won back-to-back World Green Car of the Year awards, reaffirming its global leadership in automotive environmental responsibility.

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International artist residency forum in the capital

11 April 2017

Wellington City Council and the Goethe Institut are proud to support the third annual artist residency forum, International Connections, at City Gallery Wellington on Wednesday 12 April at 5.30pm.

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New cycle road markings for 30 city locations

11 April 2017

Wellington City Council will mark more roads with bicycle arrows, or ‘sharrows’, in 30 new locations across the city after a trial found they improved safety for everyone.

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Mayoral taskforce discussing comprehensive housing plan

11 April 2017

Wellington’s Housing Taskforce is investigating a comprehensive range of initiatives to help the Capital City avoid a housing crisis, Taskforce Chair and Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle says.

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Seven years of uninterrupted annual expansion…but, BERL says

10 April 2017

As leading New Zealand economic forecaster BERL celebrates its 60th year, the Kiwi economy has just celebrated its seventh year of uninterrupted annual expansion, BERL chief economist Dr Ganesh Nana says.

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Proving the benefits of music therapy

9 April 2017

A Victoria University of Wellington academic has been awarded nearly $100,000 in funding to research the effectiveness of music therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Wellington parking officers now using body-worn cameras

8 April 2017

Following a successful trial last year, Wellington City Council parking officers will now use body-worn video cameras as part of their regular uniform and gear.

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Council building confidence in the capital

8 April 2017

The Council’s Grants Subcommittee has approved the funding towards seismic strengthening work and conservation to ten buildings in the city through its Built Heritage Incentive Fund (BHIF).

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Personal development on a budget #3

6 April 2017

The next book I recommend you invest in if you are truly interested in developing your personal skills – The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

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Digital service collaboration brilliant for rural NZ

6 April 2017

A rural health leader says she’s absolutely thrilled digital service providers and rivals Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees are joining forces to help with rural broadband.

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Cenotaph Precinct project takes the win

6 April 2017

Wellington City Council Urban Design team, along with Wraights + Associates Ltd, are the proud winners of this year’s New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Award for the Urban Spaces category.

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Wellington City Council Approves $75,000 engagement fund

6 April 2017

Wellington City Council has voted unanimously to include an extra $75,000 to enhance community engagement in this year’s draft of the Annual Plan, says Council’s Community Planning and Engagement portfolio lead Diane Calvert.

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Pioneers in e-health for children, up for two awards

5 April 2017

It’s hardly big news that a ground-breaking, game-changing virtual digital health business, Navilluso, has reached the finals in two innovative categories of the New Zealand Hi-Tech awards.

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Urban design competition re-imagines Porirua city decolonised

3 April 2017

Victoria University of Wellington in collaboration with Ngāti Toa is today launching an urban design competition asking people to imagine what a decolonised city might be like using two sites in Porirua.

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Online map follows the course of nature in the capital

3 April 2017

An interactive online map has recently been launched in Wellington, highlighting the unique connection the city has to its natural surroundings, environment, and local wildlife.

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Creative app developer named among NZ’s top 100 CIOs

30 March 2017

A small but innovative Christchurch app developer is today rubbing shoulders with the cream of New Zealand’s top chief information officers (CIO) by being named among the top 100 CIOs in the country.

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Iwi and City Council partnering for the future

30 March 2017

Yesterday Pipitea Marae was a place full of celebration as Mayor Justin Lester led Wellington City Council in its first ever Council meeting at the marae, and in renewing formal partnerships with local iwi.

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Wellington to encourage new developments on city fringes

30 March 2017

The Capital will look at ways to encourage the development of thousands of new homes on the city fringes over the next ten years, says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester

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Significant increase in drone insurance cover, expert says

29 March 2017

New Zealand can expect many more people taking out drone insurance as the number of drones rapidly multiply meaning potential for accidents significantly increases.

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Personal Development on a budget #2

26 March 2017

Once you understand that whatever your age you should be learning, keeping your mind active becomes even more crucial as we grow older. Committing to personal development will help you stay young and of course provide you with new skills and awareness.

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Exercise the golden ticket for elderly independence

23 March 2017

The golden years can be the most enjoyable years of people’s lives and New Zealand exercise experts say regular exercise is a golden ticket for those who strive for elderly independence.

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UC earthquake researcher receives PM’s science honour

21 March 2017

A University of Canterbury professor leading worldwide research into the effects of ground-shaking caused by earthquakes has been presented with one of New Zealand’s top science prizes.

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Club Rugby Results – 18 March 2017

19 March 2017

Please note: these results are provisional until all clubs submit their weekly club result sheets and team cards.

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Fight for rural health a key election issue

19 March 2017

New Zealand is potentially at risk of damaging its economy, unless the government does not act on improving rural health services, a national rural leader says.

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Kilbirnie's Kotuku Apartment residents celebrate upgraded homes

17 March 2017

Residents at Kotuku Apartments are now enjoying warmer, drier, and healthier homes thanks to the Council’s Housing Upgrade Programme says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester.

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NZ needs to clean up its environmental act, insurer says

16 March 2017

The increase in pollution and contamination incidents in New Zealand means businesses are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the potentially high financial cost of such events, a leading insurance expert says.

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Wellington unveils its comprehensive urban resilience strategy to prepare the city for the next 100 years

15 March 2017

Created in conjunction with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Resilience Strategy will help the city thrive in the face of seismic risk, a changing society, and new climate realities

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Victoria University summer scholars gain confidence, new skills

15 March 2017

A group of undergraduate students who have just completed Summer Research scholarships at Victoria University of Wellington’s Te Kawa a Māui—School of Māori Studies have contributed to research projects and lent a youth perspective to current te ao Māori and New Zealand issues.

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Who are the people in your neighbourhood?

14 March 2017

According to the Sesame Street song, these are the people you meet each day, but in real life that’s not always the case – which is why Neighbours Day Aotearoa is all about connecting with your community.

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Report shows more options needed to meet cost of tourism

14 March 2017

The $1.4 billion dollar cost of new infrastructure to support the tourism boom shows new funding options are needed to avoid ratepayers being forced to bear the full cost alone, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says.

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$5000 rates discount for new first homes extended to apartments

14 March 2017

Mayor Justin Lester has announced that a $5000 rates discount for first-home builders will take effect from July 1 and is being extended to cover new apartments.

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New report reveals untapped export opportunity

9 March 2017

Leading national food and beverage innovators say non-dairy powdered food products are in high demand world-wide and New Zealand needs to act quickly to take advantage of an untapped export growth opportunity.

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Plea to pay tribute to rural women tomorrow

7 March 2017

Rural women are vital to resilience in rural communities and families and New Zealanders should pay tribute to their role tomorrow, which is International Women’s Day, a rural health leader says.

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Wellington living up to coolest little capital moniker

6 March 2017

Wellingtonians and visitors are going to be spoilt for choice with the number, diversity, and range of events and exhibitions happening in the capital over the next few weeks – and the Council is right behind them all.

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Wellington welcomes fare freeze

3 March 2017

Wellington residents will welcome the Regional Council’s proposal to freeze bus fares for another year and the promise of a comprehensive package of improvements and initiatives to come in the near future, says Mayor Justin Lester.

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Wellingtonians asked for views on proposal for new harbour-side paths on Cobham Drive

3 March 2017

A proposal for new walking and biking paths on the harbour side of Cobham Drive is part of Wellington City Council’s programme to build a safe connected cycle network and improve travel for people who walk or take the bus.

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HAMPTON DOWNS TO HOST TOYOTA FESTIVAL

2 March 2017

Toyota owners will get a rare opportunity to drive their pride and joy on the Hampton Downs full international race circuit, when the annual Toyota Festival is held there on Saturday 1 April.

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UC mathematicians get crafty around New Zealand

1 March 2017

Armed with knitting needles and origami paper, University of Canterbury mathematicians Dr Jeanette McLeod and Dr Phil Wilson are on a mission to bring maths to the masses, through craft.

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Happy Tenth Anniversary!

27 February 2017

Wellington Phoenix is celebrating it's tenth year in the Hyundai A-League and throughout it all, through the highs and the lows, there's been one man - Vince Lia.

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Hospital upgrades scanner technology

25 February 2017

All hands were on deck on Thursday when Wellington Regional Hospital took possession of its new CT scanner.

The Toshiba Aquilion ONE / GENESIS Edition scanner is the first of its kind to be installed in New Zealand. It is the first of two replacement scanners to be installed at the hospital this year.

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Whitireia Graduate Forges Way for Young Women in Building

25 February 2017

Azaria Felagai has gone from carpentry training at Whitireia last year to working on projects for construction firm Hawkins.
Whitireia Graduate Forges the Way for Young Women in the Building Industry

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LEXUS EXPANDS MOTORSPORT INVOLVEMENT IN 2017

23 February 2017

Aucklander Nick Cassidy will be part of the expanding Lexus motorsport involvement worldwide in 2017 when he competes in Japan’s SUPER GT series.

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Council’s arts and culture funding branches bear fruit

23 February 2017

Every year Wellington City Council funds a wide range of arts, culture and community projects, and as the new funding rounds closing dates approach many of the past recipients are happening around town now.

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Wellington sees strong growth in housing consents

21 February 2017

Wellington is making good progress against its annual targets for new building consents, with 1204 new dwellings or sections consented in the last six months – well over half the 1500 targeted for the year.

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‘Check Yourself’ campaign launches in Wellington

21 February 2017

‘Check Yourself’ has launched today (Monday 20 February) – a Wellington City Council and NZ Police collaboration urging young Wellingtonians to understand the consequences of their actions.

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Mayor welcomes Pasifika Film Festival

20 February 2017

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester warmly welcomes the Pasifika Film Festival beginning in Wellington on Thursday, as it crosses the ditch for the first time.

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It’s sold out, but you can run for Christchurch at Round the Bays on Sunday

18 February 2017

Wellington’s sold out event Cigna Round the Bays has opened up a number of charity entries to help fundraise for the Christchurch Disaster Relief Fund.

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Predator Free Wellington Community hero - Jim Tait

18 February 2017

Not everyone would enjoy getting emailed pictures of dead rats on a regular basis but for Wilton resident Jim Tait it is proof of success.

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Wellington City Council launches safety initiative on University walkway

18 February 2017

Wellington City Council is working with Victoria University to keep the streets leading from the university into the Wellington CBD safe, Mayor Justin Lester has announced.

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NOTABLE EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES IN 2016

17 February 2017

2016 saw a host of changes to employment laws aimed at improving the productivity and fairness of New Zealand workplaces. To help you prepare for a successful 2017, we have identified the most notable developments that took place in the past year.

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Cyclone-proof Vanuatu education centre opens thanks to Victoria community

15 February 2017

Children in the Vanuatu village Manua have a new cyclone-proof early education centre after Victoria University of Wellington, its staff, students and two student groups joined forces to fundraise over $28,000 in aid.

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No more spectator fees at Council pools

10 February 2017

Taking children for a swim in Wellington will soon be cheaper with Mayor Justin Lester announcing the Council will waive spectator charges for guardians.

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Bumper weekend of arts and culture coming to Wellington

10 February 2017

Wellington prides itself on being the cultural capital of New Zealand, and the weekend coming reinforces this idea – with something for everyone all over the city.

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Mayor directs Council to find $8 million worth of savings

1 February 2017

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is announcing he has tasked Wellington City Council with saving ratepayers at least $8 million.

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Wellington mourns loss of Bernie Portenski

1 February 2017

All of Wellington will be mourning the loss of local hero and notable Wellingtonian Bernie Portenski, says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester.

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Skate Park wins Mural Masterpieces Award

26 January 2017

Porirua Skate Park has had an award-winning makeover, with its new 3D mural winning first place for Best Professional Mural in the 2016 Resene Mural Masterpieces Awards.

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3 Million fund to help make Wellington's buildings safer in earthquakes

26 January 2017

Wellington’s Mayor Justin Lester welcomes today’s announcement from the Government of a $3 million fund to assist Wellington building owners to secure unreinforced masonry on their buildings and says it will go a long way to keeping people safe in future earthquakes.

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Quake-related leak puts Wellington's water supply at risk

25 January 2017

Wellington Water staff and contractors worked all night Friday to find and repair a leak affecting the main supply pipe to Wellington City.

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Community base opens its doors in Newtown

21 January 2017

Wellington City Council has teamed up with the Newtown community to open the doors to a new community base

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Celebrate Wellington Anniversary Day with a taste of the Pacific

21 January 2017

Wellingtonians can celebrate the capital’s anniversary with a taste of the Pacific at the annual Wellington Pasifika Festival at Waitangi Park this Monday.

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Wellington Cup Day a positive event for the whole region

21 January 2017

Wellington Cup Day, today, is a great way to shake off the back-to-work blues, with over 15,000 people expected to attend the event, says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester.

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Mayor welcomes record business confidence despite earthquakes

18 January 2017

Business confidence in Wellington has hit a two year high, showing the city’s businesses have been resilient in the face of the earthquakes, says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester.

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CHRIS GIBBES APPOINTED LIONS HEAD COACH

12 January 2017

Chris Gibbes has been appointed as the Wellington Lions head coach for the next three years.
The 43-year-old former Waikato coach is heading home to New Zealand after four successful years as the forwards coach at top Welsh club Ospreys.

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Summer calendar highlight set to shine

10 January 2017

One of the highlights on Wellington’s summer calendar kicks-off tomorrow, with Meridian Gardens Magic showcasing a host of great Kiwi talent over three weeks on the Botanic Garden’s Soundshell stage.

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Northland Tunnel strengthening to start soon

15 December 2016

Earthquake-strengthening work on Northland Tunnel is due to get under way early in the New Year and will take about six months.

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Molesworth Street demolition - cordon to be reduced today

15 December 2016

The cordon around the post-quake demolition site in Wellington’s Molesworth Street was to be reduced from 7am this morning.

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Big new street lights on Hutt Road will improve travel for all road users

12 December 2016

Street lighting along Hutt Road will be better and brighter with the installation of new poles and LED lights over the next few months. This work is part of updating Wellington City’s lighting infrastructure and starts the first phase of work to upgrade the Hutt Road shared walking and cycling path.

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Christmas comes early

12 December 2016

City Gallery Wellington security staff are getting an early Christmas present - they will be paid the same as Council security contractors for all hours worked.

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Setting up a fabulous 2017

10 December 2016

As Christmas, fast approaches, and then we celebrate the start of a new year I am preparing myself for my annual ritual of reviewing my lifelong dreams and goals and setting the course for a successful 2017.

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Reading car park building to be demolished

9 December 2016

The decision has been made that the car parking building beside the Reading Cinema complex at Courtenay Central is to be demolished as a result of the earthquake on 14 November.

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NZ health on cusp of bright new digital era

8 December 2016

New Zealand health is on the cusp of an exciting new era in bettering the country’s healthcare for all Kiwis, New Zealand Health, Information and Technology (NZHIT) chief executive Scott Arrol says.

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The Halo Project

5 December 2016

What: The Halo project
Where: The Wind Garden, Wellington Waterfront Walkway near Waitangi Park.
When: 2nd Dec 2016 - 7th Feb 2017

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Tough Hilux TRD hits the road

1 December 2016

A limited TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Special Edition Hilux ute has been developed, arriving with matte black TRD accessories and a remote locking motorised ABS plastic hard lid - a New Zealand first, and exclusive to the TRD Toyota.

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Methamphetamine syndicate arrests

30 November 2016

Wellington Police have arrested seven people after executing search warrants in Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua targeting a Wellington city-based methamphetamine dealing syndicate.

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Three Council buildings to be demolished following quake

25 November 2016

Wellington City Council is to organise the quick demolition of three of its buildings around the city in light of inspections following the 14 November quake.

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Mayor and Councillors welcome strong economic growth

25 November 2016

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester welcomes the news that Wellington’s economy has performed strongly over the last twelve months.

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Wellington Quakes Update

19 November 2016

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has welcomed the comments today by the Hon. Gerry Brownlee, Acting Civil Defence Minister, that the city has responded appropriately throughout the week to the earthquake and aftershocks.

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Central Library to reopen

19 November 2016

Wellington’s Central Library will reopen on Saturday morning (19 November) for normal working hours.

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Māori artists to ‘flash frequently’ at Toi Pōneke

12 November 2016

Five Wellington Māori artists have combined to produce an audio-visual exploration of the conflated socio-political interests and multi layered tensions that underpin culture in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Canberra comes to Wellington next week

12 November 2016

Wellington will be hosting a large Government and business delegation from Canberra next week looking at ways to increase tourism, economic growth, job creation and closer ties between the two capitals, Mayor Justin Lester says.

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Japan Festival to blossom in Capital

12 November 2016

Ichi, ni, san, shi, go! The fifth Japan Festival Wellington is springing into the Capital this November, bringing the best of the Land of the Rising Sun to the Coolest Little Capital in the World.

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Have your say on mountain bike master plan

7 November 2016

From today, Wellingtonians will be able to give their views on the proposed development of Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park.

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Then and Now: the Wellington Sky Show edition

3 November 2016

Make sure you have a prime view of the waterfront this Saturday 5 November for the country’s largest annual fireworks display, the Wellington Sky Show, presented by Wellington City Council, and supported by CentrePort.

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Mayor wants Wellington to be Digital Capital

2 November 2016

Mayor Lester says he will work with Councillor David Lee – who holds the new Technology, Innovation & Enterprise (TIE) and Climate Change portfolio - and other stakeholders to further boost and support the growing tech sector in Wellington.

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Expos to boost Māori and Pasifika science learning

2 November 2016

Two thousand school students from the Wellington region will attend free expos aimed at inspiring Māori and Pasifika youth and their communities into science, technology, engineering, art, maths and design (STEAMD).

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Wellington ready for Sky Show fireworks display

2 November 2016

The country’s largest annual fireworks display, the Wellington Sky Show, presented by Wellington City Council, and supported by CentrePort takes place on Saturday 5 November. Entertainment on the waterfront kicks off around 7pm with an exciting new addition to the programme, presented by our sister city Canberra, to be announced this week.

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Wellington City Council and David Jones have partnered for a Very Welly Christmas celebration

2 November 2016

Wellington City Council has partnered with David Jones to bring a two-day, fun-filled festival to Lambton Quay from 10 to 11 December.

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24 hour race to find climate change solutions

27 October 2016

An upcoming 24 hour event co-hosted by Wellington City Council and Victoria University of Wellington aims to identify new ways for Wellington to adapt to climate change.

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Greater Wellington Regional Council elects chair and deputy

27 October 2016

A chair and deputy chair were elected and sworn in today at the first meeting of the newly elected Greater Wellington Regional Council, the term of which will run from October 2016-October 2019.

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Economic rock star is back but caution required

19 October 2016

New Zealand’s economic rock star – strong gross domestic product - is back but caution required, a leading Kiwi economist says.

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New model kindergarten for cyclone-stricken Vanuatu

19 October 2016

The devastation caused by Cyclone Pam is still being felt in Vanuatu 18 months after the Category 5 cyclone wreaked havoc across the Pacific, but help is arriving this week as on-site construction begins on a new cyclone-resistant model kindergarten.

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Indian music, food and dance to spice up the capital

17 October 2016

Indian music, food and dance to spice up the capital at Labour Weekend Captivating artists and performers from four states of India will entertain audiences at Wellington’s 15th Diwali Festival of Lights at Labour Weekend. Organised by Wellington City Council …Indian music, food and dance to spice up the capital at Labour Weekend

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Wellington Police jump to support Safer Boating Week 2016

13 October 2016

The winter temperatures aren’t quite over but this Friday, Wellington Police will be jumping at the opportunity to encourage safer boating this summer.

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New Mayor signals change to unite Council

12 October 2016

New Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has signalled major changes to how Wellington City Council will operate, with a new committee structure designed to give Councillors more input into decision-making and open up more spending decisions to public oversight.

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Vodafone announces superfast broadband services for Wellington

6 October 2016

Superfast one gigabit per second (1Gbps) fibre broadband services will soon be available to Vodafone customers within reach of the government-backed ultra-fast broadband (UFB) network.

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International students "join the police"

5 October 2016

A group of 16 international students studying at Victoria University of Wellington have been invited by New Zealand Police to become International Student Ambassadors.

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Whitaker’s Skink recovers at Wellington Zoo

5 October 2016

A Nationally Vulnerable Whitaker’s Skink has returned to a breeding programme after veterinary treatment at Wellington Zoo.

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100s of driverless cars on NZ roads by end of next year, tech expert says

4 October 2016

NZTech head Graeme Muller predicts hundreds of driverless cars will be seen on New Zealand’s roads by the end of next year.

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Phoenix link up with New Zealand football supporter McDonald’s

4 October 2016

Wellington Phoenix will be linking up with long-term supporter of New Zealand grassroots football McDonald’s, as the club’s official Community Partner.

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WORLD PREMIERE OF LEXUS UX CONCEPT

30 September 2016

A new Lexus compact crossover concept vehicle, the UX Concept, makes its world debut at the 2016 Paris motor show, showcasing Lexus’ vision for a compact SUV of the future. Designed by ED2, Lexus' design centre in the South of France, the UX Concept represents a new step in the company's design journey and a redefinition of the driving experience.

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