People will get to have their say on Wellington's blueprint of its future. Councillors on Thursday voted on its draft spatial plan and gave the green light for city-wide engagement. The draft plan shows six-storey buildings in places like Johnsonville, as well as buildings of up to 10 storeys in Te Aro. How would you like Wellington to look in 30 years?
Shaun Duseigneur died, went to heaven, and then came back to life.
In January, he set off to do the Paekākāriki escarpment track, including he section known as the Stairway to Heaven.
Although he was not feeling well, he did not want to let his partner Chantal Lynch down and decided to push on.
Halfway along the track, he suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing. A bystander began doing CPR and after 20 minutes, Duseigneur began to breathe for himself.
In Wellington Hospital he was placed in a coma and he needed surgery to put a stent in his heart. He has made a good recovery, although his memory of that day is not good.
A central Wellington park has become a magnet for “anti-social behaviour” with a new report detailing reports of drug dealing, violence, and sexual assault.
The Wellington City Council report, published, found “a consistent level of anti-social behaviour” at Te Aro Park on Wellington’s Golden Mile, which was higher than other central city parks.
Wellingtonians of earthquake-prone units can now apply for cheap Government loans to fix their home, but some are already slamming it as “coercive debt”.
From today, owner-occupiers of units and apartments in earthquake-prone buildings can apply for up to $250,000 in low-interest loans.
There are still 561 buildings overall, including units and apartments, registered as earthquake prone in Wellington City.
The average cost of earthquake repairs for apartments has been estimated at $500,000.
Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa said the scheme aimed to help owners avoid being forced to sell their home or face “huge financial hardship”.