Wellington live updates, May 18: House prices continue record-breaking streak, how to get Phoenix tickets, and wild weather continues video

Phoenix players Alex Rufer, Louis Fenton and Clayton Lewis walk out of the international arrival gate.

1 min ago  The big news of the day from the Wellington Stuff team, including traffic and weather updates, and all the latest news you need to go about your day in the region.

Chief Ombudsman to investigate Department of Corrections video

The Chief Ombudsman is launching a systematic investigation into how the Department of Corrections has responded to ...

The investigation will look at how the Department of Corrections has responded to repeated calls for reforms that could improve conditions for prisoners.

Wellington bus drivers offered $10,000 each video

Wellington bus drivers picketed the Kilbirnie depot during their 24-hour strike on Friday in April.

Wellington bus drivers have been offered a cash payment of $10,000 each by employer NZ Bus in exchange for giving up valuable benefits in the company’s new collective agreement.

Health sector needs nearly $22.2 billion just to 'stand still' video

Of the Government’s $50b Covid-19 response and recovery funding announcement in August, an additional $404.8m was ...

An extra $2b in funding is needed in this year's Budget to prevent staff shortages, longer surgery waiting lists and overflowing emergency departments, unions says.

Wellington City Council urged to increase spending on cycleways

Cycling advocates want Wellington City Council to increase its cycleways budget by more than $100 million over the next ...

A cyclist who was knocked off her bike by a car at a Kilbirnie roundabout says investing fully in cycleways is an issue of "natural justice".

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Heavy rain causes crashes, flooding on Wellington's roads

Wellington motorists have been asked to take care in the wet weather. (File photo)

Wet conditions have played havoc on Wellington's roads on Monday, with the region experiencing persistent rain throughout the day

Police name Jason Rangi Paul as missing Māhia diver

Rescue crews searching for a missing diver near Māhia, Hawke’s Bay have located the diver’s body. (File photo)

Jason Rangi Paul's body was found by local boats on Monday morning in Hawke's Bay

Hutt City mayor to head Wellington Water committee video

Hutt City mayor Campbell Barry has been appointed chairman of the Wellington Water committee following the resignation ...

The new appointment comes as the Wellington region faces a multibillion-dollar repair bill for crumbling and ageing water infrastructure.

One dead after Wairarapa house fire

One person has died after a house fire in Martinborough, Wairarapa, early on Monday morning.

A woman died in in a house fire in Martinborough, Wairarapa, early on Monday morning. Another person escaped.

Dancing is fun and it's great for the brain video

Vanessa Teague gives Danzability teacher, Rachel Horwell, a hug after a public performance in Porirua. At left is Brian ...

People who suffer from strokes, Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions are benefiting from the power of dance in Porirua.

Masterton farmer unshaken by proposed nearby dam project

The Wakamoekau reservoir proposal is planned for a valley in the foothills of the Tararua Range west of Masterton.

Hypothetical models of a dam fail on a proposed reservoir would flood large parts of the Wairarapa valley, but engineers are confident it will never happen.

Covid-19 found in Wellington's wastewater, likely a recovered case

Wastewater is tested for traces of Covid-19 at Wellington’s ESR. (File photo)

The virus likely comes from a recently recovered, non-contagious person, but residents are asked to follow public health advice.

Calls for more diversity in care sector video

Luke van Velzen with Adrian, who he supports to live independently.

Older women have been the backbone of the support sector workforce, but now the industry is calling for diversity.

Government on defensive as it chases target for school build programme video

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Education minister Chris Hipkins announces new ECE funding for teachers in a ...

The Government is on the defensive about its flagship school repair programme, which needs to spend $100m in seven months to meet its target.

My Wellington: Sociolinguist and lecturer Julia de Bres

Julia de Bres says Wellington's best features are the sea and the rainbow inclusivity.

Dr Julia de Bres, a sociolinguist and senior lecturer at Massey University talks about living in the Florida of Wellington, school fairs and City Gallery.

News

Support for Te Papa plinth sculptures

Sculptor Ben Pearce has been chosen as the next artist to feature on Te Papa's 4 Plinth installation outside the ...

Family commits to providing $50,000 for the 4 Plinth installation every two years in honour of the late Collin Post who died in 2019.

Long-standing establishment fighting for liquor licence

A bar and restaurant in the Foxton RSA building has had its liquor licence opposed due to its proximity to two schools and a health centre.

Tribunal told lawyer sexually abused four students at Christmas party

Coronavirus killing: Man murdered flatmate with hammer

business

Former Law Society building a prime inner-city refurbishment project

An opportunity to refurbish or repurpose a prime Wellington inner-city building with a penthouse has arisen.

Property is prominently located in the Wellington CBD, a short walk from the government precinct and with the waterfront at its doorstep.

Grand Greytown landmark seeking first tenants in 146 years

The former Bank of New Zealand building at 75-77 Main St in Greytown is for lease. It offers retail space and a ...

Heritage BNZ building is for lease.

Nostalgics and movie buffs rejoice: DVD fundraiser for old-school video store video

Movie lovers rummage through boxes at Aro Video’s DVD Fair, held at the Aro Valley Community Hall on Saturday, and Jimi ...

Locals arrived in droves to support the fundraiser, which could help Wellington stalwart Aro Video stay alive by launching online streaming.

Century-old two-storey villa going for free video

Nick Miller recently sold his Lower Hutt property to a developer and is giving his two-storey villa away for free to ...

While it’s not quite a case of seller’s remorse, Nick Miller is trying to save his old family home from demolition.

Whakatāne mill workers feeling mixed about mill rescue video

Whakatāne's tourism has already been hard hit by Covid and the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December 2019.

An international consortium is in talks to rescue the mill from closure next month.

Comment

A sobering tale about cancel culture

David Gaughan, owner of Eagle Brewing and Port and Eagle Brewpub, pictured here in 2018.

OPINION: We can disagree profoundly with someone like David Gaughan without trying to put him out of business.

Transformers? Climate action will be biggest test

Calls for climate change action are growing louder.

OPINION: As the Covid crisis hopefully recedes, the mother of all transformational challenges is coming into sharper focus.

Some counsel for our councillors video

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Wellington mayor Andy Foster strolls through the botanical gardens on his way to work.

OPINION: Hang in there, Wellington. This dysfunction won't last forever.

Why I changed my mind about Māori representation

Wellington city councillor Sean Rush admits his first instinct was to vote against Māori representation on council ...

OPINION: The current system may appear democratic, but it is not working for huge chunks of our country.

An alternative life for the Prince of Wales

The Queen crowns her son Charles as the Prince of Wales at the climax of the investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle ...

OPINION: What if Charles had stayed in the bosom of the Welsh after his investiture as Prince of Wales and married Angharad, a warm-hearted Welsh poetess.

Culture

Support for Te Papa plinth sculptures

Sculptor Ben Pearce has been chosen as the next artist to feature on Te Papa's 4 Plinth installation outside the ...

Family commits to providing $50,000 for the 4 Plinth installation every two years in honour of the late Collin Post who died in 2019.

Axe-throwers' liquor licence application an accident waiting to happen, opponents say video

Sweet Axe Throwing co-owner Lloyd Bombell is arguing his safety protocols are strong enough to let people safely throw ...

Sweet Axe Throwing Co has applied for a licence to serve drinks on the side, but police, health officials and the upstairs neighbours aren't so keen.

Arts listings for the Wellington region from May 17-20 - comedy, music and books

Laura Davis addresses the upheaving mix of doom and hope that we’re all living with. See her at BATS.

It’s the final week of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and there are still plenty of laughs to be had.

Nostalgics and movie buffs rejoice: DVD fundraiser for old-school video store video

Movie lovers rummage through boxes at Aro Video’s DVD Fair, held at the Aro Valley Community Hall on Saturday, and Jimi ...

Locals arrived in droves to support the fundraiser, which could help Wellington stalwart Aro Video stay alive by launching online streaming.

Local art gives Wellington building sites and empty shop windows a facelift

The Love Local: City Artwork campaign is brightening the central city, and first to be adorned is the fencing on Harris ...

The Love Local: City Artwork campaign will use artworks by Xoë Hall, Miriama Grace-Smith, and Gina Kiel to add vibrancy to areas mid-revamp.

Capital Life

Support for Te Papa plinth sculptures

Sculptor Ben Pearce has been chosen as the next artist to feature on Te Papa's 4 Plinth installation outside the ...

Family commits to providing $50,000 for the 4 Plinth installation every two years in honour of the late Collin Post who died in 2019.

Arts listings for the Wellington region from May 17-20 - comedy, music and books

Laura Davis addresses the upheaving mix of doom and hope that we’re all living with. See her at BATS.

It’s the final week of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and there are still plenty of laughs to be had.

Nostalgics and movie buffs rejoice: DVD fundraiser for old-school video store video

Movie lovers rummage through boxes at Aro Video’s DVD Fair, held at the Aro Valley Community Hall on Saturday, and Jimi ...

Locals arrived in droves to support the fundraiser, which could help Wellington stalwart Aro Video stay alive by launching online streaming.

Local art gives Wellington building sites and empty shop windows a facelift

The Love Local: City Artwork campaign is brightening the central city, and first to be adorned is the fencing on Harris ...

The Love Local: City Artwork campaign will use artworks by Xoë Hall, Miriama Grace-Smith, and Gina Kiel to add vibrancy to areas mid-revamp.

Fantastique: Beautiful touches but just a touch too controlled

Holly Mathieson conducting the NZSO at the MIchael Fowler Centre in Wellington on May 14 for the concert Fantastique

Symphonie Fantastique: From the outset Holly Mathieson conducted with total crystalline clarity and control.

Sport

Hometown hero Liberato Cacace back from Belgium and ready to cheer on the Phoenix video

Former star Liberato Cacace will be in attendance when the Phoenix play their first home game in 433 days.

Liberato Cacace will feel like he’s 13 again when he attends his first Wellington Phoenix game as a supporter since making his professional football debut.

Wellington Phoenix greeted by friends, family and fans upon arrival in capital video

Phoenix players Alex Rufer, Louis Fenton and Clayton Lewis walk out of the international arrival gate.

Phoenix squad touches down in Wellington ahead of first home game in 433 days.

'He's praying for peace': Phoenix defend Israeli star's goal celebrations video

Israeli striker Tomer Hemed (R) of the Phoenix dons a kippah after scoring against Melbourne City.

It was Tomer Hemed's goal celebrations, rather than the goals themselves, that created the biggest talking point from the game against Melbourne City.

Wellington Phoenix defend decision to keep injured keeper on the pitch video

Oli Sail receives treatment after injuring his right elbow during the second half of the Phoenix’s 2-2 draw with City.

Oli Sail winced in pain after taking a heavy knock to his elbow but despite having a capable replacement on the bench, the Phoenix refused to take him off.

Hurricanes playmaker Ruben Love out of Rebels match but avoids serious injury video

Ruben Love was cleared of any serious spinal injury after these frightening scenes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

After frightening scenes, young pivot is cleared of neck damage but will miss Friday's Wellington match due to concussion.

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