27 days ago

What will regional hubs mean for Wellington City?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Labour is planning to build regional state service hubs in areas like Lower Hutt and Kāpiti .

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins says hubs outside main centres such as Wellington and Auckland cities would take pressure off existing offices.

Wellington’s public sector employs about 27,000, while there are about 37,000 in the private sector. A Cabinet paper tabled last year revealed the State Services Commission wanted to “reduce the footprint” of government workers in the Wellington and Auckland regions, and move agencies elsewhere when possible.

What do you think of moving state servants out of Wellington City?

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45 minutes ago

Newlands property goes for $630,000

Property Sale Alert from homes.co.nz

A home on Newlands Road in Newlands has sold for $630,000.

At 90sqm the home is much smaller than most homes in the suburb, which has a median size of 140sqm.

The house at No. 123 was sold on September 3, 2020. It has three-bedrooms and one bathroom. Its capital valuation is $510,000, compared with the median CV in the suburb of $610,000.

This information is courtesy of homes.co.nz. It becomes available as soon the sale is processed by the local council. This can sometimes take up to three months.

4 hours ago

Monday Sport Blast From The Past

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Gordon Llewellyn is a name you have probably never heard off but he played a pivotal role in the birth of the Special Olympics movement in New Zealand.
In 1983, he and three other Hutt athletes – Colin Bailey, Peter Spijkerman and Brent Busy – made history when they attended the Summer Special Olympics in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The trip was organised by Grant Quinn, who later said Gordon Llewellyn proved the perfect poster boy for the Special Olympics movement in New Zealand.
Llewellyn was a larger than life character with a bold personality and a fascination with the TV character Magnum PI.
Years later Quinn recalled the flight over and an announcement that came over the intercom.
"This is your captain speaking … I have a very special passenger with me in the cockpit. His name is Gordon Llewellyn from New Zealand."
Llewellyn quickly took over the microphone and proceeded to entertain the whole plane.
"Next minute Gordon was asking, or should I say demanding, that everybody on board give the team a rousing three cheers to wish the team a successful time in Baton Rouge," recalled Quinn.
The team performed well at the Olympics and athletes returned home heroes, proudly wearing their medals for weeks to make sure nobody missed their success.
Llewellyn died in August 2014 and Quinn gave the eulogy. He told mourners that Llewellyn and the other three Hutt swimmers had changed the public's perception of the intellectually disabled.
They had helped win mainstream acceptance and played a key role in promoting an organisation that now had more than 7000 active members.

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45 minutes ago

Newlands property sells for $1.25 million

Property Sale Alert from homes.co.nz

A property in Newlands has sold for 45 per cent above its capital valuation (CV). The property at No. 36 Epic Way sold for $1.25 million, significantly above its $860,000.

The 195sqm home is larger than most homes in the suburb. The median home in Newlands is 140sqm.

This home sold on September 10, 2020.

This information is courtesy of homes.co.nz. It becomes available as soon the sale is processed by the local council. This can sometimes take up to three months.