Hey Neighbourly folk, this week something a bit different - a lizard.
Photographer Louise Thomas snapped the image on a recent expedition to photograph some new bird species.
"I've had an amazing 24-hours. Yesterday, my faithful porter and I went out to Matiu/Somes Island. We saw sooty shearwaters, kākāriki, aka red-crowned parakeet, numerous skinks, and on the way back a spotted shag near the Days Bay wharf.
All three birds are new species for me. I'm afraid I have no idea what sort of skink this is, I think common skink, but it has a dark iris? Suggestions from those in the know much appreciated - I'm going cross-eyed trying to work it out on the internet.
Funny story, both Chris and I thought this was a railway spike holding up the wood on the edge of the step, then Chris said "wait, that spike has little hands."
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster was photographed on Sunday helping pitch a tent in Shelly Bay.
The tent belonged to Anaru Mepham, from Mau Whenua, group opposing the controversial Shelly Bay development. Mepham described himself as a sentry for protesters who are standing by to join him if the bulldozers moved in.
Wellington City Council earlier this month voted nine votes to six to sell and lease its land at Shelly Bay to Shelly Bay Taikuru, owned by developer Ian Cassels and his partner.
Foster campaigned on the promise to stop the development, which is also opposed by Sir Peter Jackson.
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Wellington is rapidly running out of water and water meters may be the only solution.
Water meters in every house and daily water-use reports will be necessary for Wellington to avoid drought-like water shortages.
A new Wellington Water report prepared by Ernst Young and Beca recommended the region adopt a $144 million advanced metering infrastructure, with daily water consumption feedback and leak alerts provided to residents via a smartphone app.
The report warned leaks and over-consumption could put the region’s water stock under severe strain, and potentially cost hundreds of millions to fix.
At the current rate of water use and population growth, the amount of water needed to meet drought resilience water levels could exceed supply by as early as 2026.
Hi Neighbourly folk, take a look at the attached video on Transmission Gully.
On Monday, media were invited to take the first journey along the full 27-kilometre motorway, which Waka Kotahi NZTA says is now 85 per cent complete. It is due to open in September 2021.