Good afternoon Pōneke, this is what happened today.
1.50pm: Unexplained death in Strathmore
Police are investigating an unexplained death at a home in the Strathmore suburb of Wellington.
A police spokeswoman said a deceased person was found at the Strathmore Ave property at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.
“The death is currently being treated as unexplained while we investigate the circumstances.”
11:45am: The country’s first EV mobile library
New Zealand’s first mobile electric vehicle library service, Mangaroa, has launched in Upper Hutt.
The service, which will start in September and visit community spaces such as schools and retirement homes, will complement the existing mobile library bus, Pūrehurehu.
It is intended to provide better access to library resources around Upper Hutt.
It was custom built to fit the purpose with the chassis and cab purchased from a local dealer in Lower Hutt and construction of the custom storage area at the rear of the vehicle completed by a local manufacturer.
11:20 am: No change in Orca Toa’s condition, next steps will be determined by weather
Ian Angus, manager of the Department of Conservation, said Toa has been well fed and rested overnight and remains stable.
“We are reviewing the feeding regime to ensure the orca calf is getting the right feed and consulting with international orca experts about the nutritional needs of the species.
“Whether the killer whale calf will remain in the temporary pool today or go back to a sea pen will be determined after a detailed assessment of the weather forecast,” he said.
There’s a DOC boat on the water today, but since orca pods in New Zealand have been recorded moving up to 100 miles a day, they remain valuable, Angus said.
Any sighting of orcas across the country should be reported to DOC HOT 0800 362 468 or to [email protected]
Today, MetService predicts showers in the morning before the rain clears. By mid-afternoon the showers will return as the strong northwest winds change to the south.
To the north of the harbor there is a possibility of thunderstorms and hail showers before sunrise and the weather deteriorates towards the evening.
It will be 14 degrees Celsius and 8 degrees Celsius.
Outage in some Hutt Valley buses today due to union meeting
Hutt Valley bus customers may experience some interruptions in their journey between 9:30am and 2:30pm today as some Tranzurban drivers attend a Tramways Union meeting.
Scott Gallacher, chief executive of Metlink, said in a statement that the union meeting would not affect school services, but some customers using off-peak hours would.
“Tranzurban is working hard to cover as many driver services as possible, to minimize potential disruptions.
“We will keep customers informed through our website and social media channels, as well as through public information on the radio.
“Use the Metlink app or website that day to check for canceled services, or call our Metlink team on 0800 801 700,” said Mr Gallacher.
The affected routes are: 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 120, 121, 130, 145, 150, 154, 160, 170.
Due to recent severe weather, there will be an overnight closure of SH2 Remutaka Hill from 9pm-4am for essential repairs on Monday, July 26.
Contractors guide vehicles over the hill, no reservation necessary, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said.
Shelly Bay Road intersection closed overnight this week
People wishing to drive on Shelly Bay Rd after 7pm will need to take a longer alternate route while a new elevated crossing and stormwater pipes are being installed.
The road closure will take place at the intersection of Shelly Bay Rd and Miramar Ave, this week from 7pm every night until 6am Friday, July 23, weather permitting. Although five nights had been set aside for work, it might not last that long.
People who live or work on Shelly Bay Rd can still drive to and from their properties during these hours by taking the longer route around Massey Rd, via Awa Rd or Seatoun Tunnel.
From the pages of The Dominion Post:
Wellington City Council has a clear message for its tenants: don’t rent from us
The country’s second-largest landlord, Wellington City Council, says its tenants are better off renting from someone else.
It’s a stunning admission from the council, which has 3,500 low-income tenants in a portfolio of 1,931 properties, while more than 500 people are on the waiting list.
But the reasons were clear: lower rents, better living conditions, shorter waiting times. Wellington Mayor Andy Foster said the government was simply better equipped than the borough’s troubled housing unit.
Read Ethan Te Ora’s full report here.
RSV outbreak: Intensive care specialists say ‘we’ll make it’ after record week
They care for some of the sickest babies in the country, but the chiefs of the intensive care unit at Wellington Regional Hospital say they can “manage” the demands of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Last week, the ward treated seven babies for the highly contagious virus — the highest number of infants ever in the ICU. With 735 cases reported nationwide in the past week, the outbreak has grown to 2,543 cases, shrinking the number of cases from the past six years.
A look through the glass of the unit’s dimly lit isolation rooms offered a confronting insight into this crisis.
Read Katarina Williams’ full report here.
Café changes name Afghan cookie to reflect ‘changing world’
A cafe has changed the name of the Kiwi classic Afghan cookie because “the world is constantly changing”.
Foundation Cafe in Christchurch has renamed the crunchy chocolate treat “1908” after the Covid-19 lockdown.
The move comes after cookie kingpin Griffin’s changed its version to Milk Chocolate Roughs, with the tagline “Same bikkie. New name”.
Read Charlie Gates’ report here.
And in art:
Artists embedded in offices and interacting with other employees encourage new ways of working, interacting and behaving, Mark Amery writes.