Kia Ora Wellington, Bill Hickman here bringing you the latest news and events in the capital.
1h15: regions of New Zealand without Covid prepare for the arrival of the virus
Regions of New Zealand without Covid are on hold pending the arrival of the Delta Covid-19 strain in their community, with its spread seeming inevitable.
News of two cases in Christchurch has just brought the virus closer to places like the west coast of the South Island, where Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said the Delta strain “was still arriving, it was only ‘a question of when “.
Now Westland – like all of New Zealand – is in a race to increase the number of vaccinations to minimize the impact of the possible arrival of the virus. “It’s kind of like planning an Alpine Rift move,” Smith said.
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster said the city was “just a truck driver or plane ride away” from a Covid-19 return.
“The most important thing we can all do is get vaccinated and Wellingtonians do a fantastic job getting vaccinated,” he said.
Read Tom Hunt’s full story here.
10:45 am: Pogues leader on Wellington drug use and hotel suite he painted blue
Shane MacGowan, lead singer of Anglo-Irish Celtic band The Pogues, has told in a new documentary how he painted a Wellington hotel suite blue while on drugs 30 years ago.
In Crock of Gold: a few tricks with Shane MacGowan, which is screened as part of the upcoming New Zealand International Film Festival, he tells actor Johnny Depp about some of his crazy moments during his tour.
MacGowan mentions that he used drug speed while staying at a Wellington hotel, supposedly built on top of a cemetery. While hallucinating, he says he heard Maori warriors calling out to him, asking him to undress and paint himself blue.
Read André Chumko’s full story here.
7:25 a.m .: Metlink alerts and cancellations
Buses will replace trains on some Johnsonville line services between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today. The changes will affect travel between Khandallah and Johnsonville and are due to a tunnel evacuation training exercise.
Buses continue to replace all weekday services on the Wairarapa line, except peak services, due to scheduled maintenance.
The Solway Station bus stop for train replacement services, for travel to Masterton, has been relocated to Judds Road outside of Breadcraft.
Metlink announced four bus cancellations before 7:20 a.m. this morning.
Follow the link to check your commute to work for more alerts and cancellations.
6:45 am: Two cases of Covid-19 notified in Christchurch
The Ministry of Health was notified Wednesday evening of two positive Covid-19 cases from the same home.
Epidemiologist Michael Baker said the RNZ this morning the discovery of the cases in Christchurch was expected but still a shock.
In a statement, the ministry said information was being collected to identify close contacts and exhibition events, including any place of interest.
For updates, follow the link to Thingthe Covid-19 Live Blog.
6.30am: Weather Wellington
A cloudy start is expected in the morning with areas of drizzle. Rain is forecast for the afternoon but will subside by the end of the evening. There will be light winds. The maximum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature will be 13 ° C.
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Golden Mile or rocky road: Council approves car-free plan after heated debate
Plans to reshape Wellington’s Golden Mile appear increasingly bumpy as business groups and some right-wing advisers turn against the project.
Wellington City Council voted on Wednesday to approve the Golden Mile business case, a Let’s Get Wellington Moving project that will block private traffic from Lambton Quay to Courtenay Place.
A detailed design will be released early next year and construction is expected to begin at the end of 2022.
The vote was a largely procedural step, but things quickly escalated as councilors threw punches and accusations across the (virtual) table.
Councilor Diane Calvert accused Mayor Andy Foster and Deputy Mayor Sarah Free of ignoring retailers.
“I don’t think you are defending your city. I don’t believe you are here listening to what the community wants, ”she said.
The full story on it by Wellington Council reporter Joel MacManus is here.
Wellington and Hawke’s Bay local governments react to water reform decision
The news that the government will announce with the reform of the three waters has divided the councils of the Wellington area.
Porirua Mayor Anita Baker said without reform, Porirua City Council would not have the resources or the borrowing capacity to provide water services at an acceptable level.
“The city of Porirua has already set aside $ 800 million over the next 30 years – and that’s not even half of what’s needed,” she said. “We have 19,000 taxpayers and 59,000 residents – they just can’t pay that bill.”
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced on Wednesday that the government would legislate in early December to create four water entities to take over water assets belonging to the councils to ensure continued access to drinking water infrastructure, wastewater and stormwater without driving up costs for New Zealanders.
Porirua urgently needed hydraulic infrastructure works. Work on a wastewater treatment plant was on hold and storm water issues hit Plimmerton during heavy rains. “There is sewage leaking in the harbor and pipes needing repair,” Baker said.
Read more about it from Kate Green here.
Trainee pilots authorized to return to the country, a “boost” for the aviation industry
A government announcement allowing 400 international trainee pilots in the country is a huge “boost” for an industry battered by Covid-19, an aviation leader has said.
It comes as airlines overseas look to recruit new pilots and international air travel begins to pick up.
The Education Ministry has confirmed that 1,000 international students will benefit from border exemptions to enter the country in 2022, of which 400 are pilot interns.
The rest of the cohort will be made up of 600 higher education students – 300 students at university or higher level, and 300 students at polytechnic or graduate level.
Aviation NZ chief executive John Nicholson said the announcement had allayed anxiety. “It gives certainty and predictability, the industry didn’t know what the future would bring,” he said.
Learn more about this Ellen O’Dwyer’s story.
The Frighteners at 25: Peter Jackson’s horror comedy is now more poignant
It was Sir Peter Jackson’s first real foray into the sometimes nightmarish world of Hollywood. What turned out to be Michael J. Fox’s last leading role in a feature film.
The film that helped the fledgling Weta Digital show its immense potential and surely the only film to feature Angela Bloomfield, Genevieve Westcott and Anthony Ray Parker.
Twenty-five years later and what is striking The scary ones this is how the effects and tension of Jackson has withstood, how beautiful the port town of Canterbury (now a Christchurch suburb) of Lyttelton is, and how confusing and confusing the final act is from a otherwise entertaining roller coaster.
Yes, seen now, The scary ones is a fascinating throwback to a time when Jackson was transitioning from his low-budget independent sensibilities to the blockbuster fantasies to come.
Read James Croot’s full review here.