Thursday, October 28, 2021

Wellington today, October 15: Interislander passenger backlog still to be cleared; Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts releases programme

Malia Johnston's aerial show, Belle, will be held at Wellington's TSB Arena as part of the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

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Malia Johnston’s aerial show, Belle, will be held at Wellington’s TSB Arena as part of the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

Kia ora Pōneke. We hope you’ve got a great weekend lined up. Here’s what you need to know from The Dominion Post today, plus breaking news and events from around the capital.

6.30am: Wellington weather

MetService forecasts a partly cloudy day this Friday. Northerlies will develop over the morning but should remain gentle to moderate through the day with a high of 15 degrees Celsius and a low of 10° C.

It might be worth putting your outdoor activities in place for Saturday this weekend. Sunday will see showers turning to rain late in the day and northerly winds rising to gales, possibly severe in exposed places.

Metlink alerts and cancellations

Buses continue to replace weekday daytime train services on the Wairarapa line, excluding peak services, due to maintenance.

Follow the link to check your bus and train commute for more alerts and cancellations.

KiwiRail says passenger backlog will be cleared today

Peter Mathews, acting executive general manager of the Interislander service operated by KiwiRail, said it expected to have cleared the backlog of passengers delayed by Wednesday’s bad weather by tonight.

The first sailing out of Wellington on Thursday was a freight-only sailing because of continuing bad conditions in Cook Strait, he said, but passenger sailings resumed later in the day, and began clearing the backlog.

“Unfortunately there was a delay in informing some passengers of the change to Thursday morning’s sailing, but all those affected by the weather disruptions should have been rebooked to sail by [Friday] night,” Mathews said on Thursday evening.

KiwiRail says its backlog of delayed passengers will be resolved by tonight.

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KiwiRail says its backlog of delayed passengers will be resolved by tonight.

Snapper payments to be trialled on Johnsonville train line

Snapper cards as payment will be trialled on the Johnsonville train line from November 14. Card readers are being installed at stations along the Johnsonville line for rail passengers to tag on and off.

While there will not be integrated transfers between trains and buses during the trial, passengers will be able to use Snapper on any bus replacements on the Johnsonville line during the pilot.

Canines on the Cable Car

The Wellington Cable Car will trial allowing dogs to travel on board during the month of November ahead of a decision whether to make the service available on a permanent basis.

Well socialised dogs would be allowed to travel on off-peak services for a $2 fare which would be donated to the SPCA during the trial.

The Wellington Cable car will trial allowing dogs to travel on the capital's iconic funicular from November 1-30. Well socialised dogs will be allowed to travel on off-peak services in designated spaces.

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The Wellington Cable car will trial allowing dogs to travel on the capital’s iconic funicular from November 1-30. Well socialised dogs will be allowed to travel on off-peak services in designated spaces.

From the pages of The Dominion Post today...

Government’s Covid-19 policies set to drastically change within weeks

New Zealand could look very different in as little as a fortnight as the Government anticipates hundreds of Covid-19 cases a day overtaking contact tracing capabilities, exceeding quarantine capacity, and cracking open the border for vaccinated Kiwis abroad.

The Covid-19 Delta outbreak, mostly contained to Auckland, grew by another 71 cases on Thursday – a jump Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said was expected but “rising more quickly”.

The virus is expected to spread quicker as the Government prepares to tear apart its Covid-19 response rulebook.

Government ministers spent Thursday at various events detailing their preparations, with projections the virus may, in a worst-case scenario, infect 5200 people a week in Auckland and Northland alone – if a best-case scenario vaccination rate of 90 per cent is reached.

Read the full story by Thomas Manch.

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Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay announces 71 new cases of Covid-19.

‘Like a dungeon’: Windowless Wellington rental ad pulled after legality questioned

A windowless Wellington apartment likened to a “dungeon” has been removed from an online auction site after questions about its legality were raised.

The basement flat – part of an eight-unit residential building on Halleys Lane in central Wellington – was advertised as having two bedrooms and a bathroom, with photos showing an elevator opening directly on to a living space.

The 124-square metre property was described as a “funky haven to retreat to at the end of a long day”, with rent set at $520 a week.

But the seeming absence of opening windows – a requirement under tenancy law – was among several issues identified by a rental advocate.

“The lengths to which [the owners] try to polish a turd are almost funny at this point,” Wellington Renters United spokesperson Ashok Jacob​ said.

Read Ethan Te Ora’s full story here.

What must landlords do when they rent out a house?

Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts begins

Groundbreaking art experiences, fine Māori and indigenous art and cutting-edge premieres make up the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts’ full programme, released today.

While most events run between February 21 and March 20, the festival officially opens today with an unveiling of artist in focus Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit of Venus [infected] – a sweeping digital retort to the French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, which is on show at Te Papa’s Toi Art gallery for free.

Alongside in Pursuit of Venus [infected] Reihana will debut a series of six installations featuring music, inflatable sculptures and augmented reality across Wellington’s waterfront dubbed Kura Moana, which opens February 25.

Read André Chumko’s story.

AOTEAROA NZ FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Lisa Reihana is the Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts 2022 artist in focus.

Also in the arts…

It’s the last weekend of the school holidays and there is plenty to see around the region – from navigating the oceans at Space Place or catching a Disney musical. Have a browse through our Te Karanga Auaga page or our online arts listings.

KC Kelly and Perry Piercy in Hir at Circa Theatre.

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KC Kelly and Perry Piercy in Hir at Circa Theatre.

This article first show on www.stuff.co.nz Source link Author WELLINGTON REPORTERS on date 2021-10-14 17:33:59

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