Artist’s impression of the Golden Mile redesign of Courtenay Place, Mercer, Midland Park and Lambton Quay proposed as part of Let’s Get Wellington Moving.
Kia ora PÅneke. Here’s what you need to know about The Dominion Post today, as well as the latest news and events from across the capital.
7am: Covid-19: peak in new cases shatters hopes for level change
Ministers will find it difficult to justify lowering alert levels anywhere in New Zealand next week if the peak in Covid-19 cases continues over the next two days.
Forecast alert levels will not change next week after Auckland cases drop from eight on Tuesday to 45 on Wednesday.
The increase in the number of cases also coincided with a sewage sample collected in Tauranga last week that tested positive, with follow-up results not expected until Thursday.
Previously, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had warned that if Auckland remained at Alert Level 3 or 4, the rest of the country would remain at Level 2.
The news has all but dashed hopes of hotel and tourism companies desperate for a loosening of restrictions.
Read the full story here.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Health Director General Dr Ashley Bloomfield are reporting 45 new cases in Auckland.
6.30am: Weather Wellington
MetService is forecasting a few showers this morning and early afternoon so fine. The cool northwesterly winds will be briefly strong as they move south in the morning, but change to mild southeasterly winds in the evening.
Residents of Wellington can expect a high of 13 degrees Celsius.
Nearly 165,000 migrants eligible for accelerated residency
About 165,000 migrants with temporary work visas have the option of applying for a single visa that will allow them to live and work in New Zealand permanently.
The government today announced the 2021 resident visa, which will allow 5,000 health and elderly care workers, 9,000 primary sector workers and more than 800 teachers to apply for permanent residence.
“We recognize the uncertainty and hardship that Covid-19 and our closed borders have caused our migrant community,” Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said.
âWe have carefully worked on this residency option to provide the certainty they need to truly make New Zealand their home.â
Read Dileepa Fonseka’s full story here.
What is Let’s Get Wellington Moving?
Let’s Get Wellington Moving is regularly mentioned by critics and supporters. Transport and infrastructure journalist Joel MacManus aims to clarify who is behind the program and how it will shape the capital in today’s explainer:
Let’s Get Wellington Moving is a $ 6.4 billion transportation project program that will be built in Wellington over the next 10+ years.
This is Wellington’s largest transport infrastructure program and has the potential to completely change the way the city lives and moves in the future.
The program is jointly funded and managed by three partners: Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the central government through the Waka Kotahi NZ transport agency.
The stated goal of Let’s Get Wellington Moving is to move more people with fewer vehicles. It aims to make Wellington less cluttered, more compact and more durable.
Read the full explanation here.
Nature Inspired Lower Hutt Student Wins First Prize at IHC Art Awards
A Lower Hutt student beat 400 other artists in New Zealand at the national IHC Art Awards, taking home a prize of $ 5,000.
Taita College student Danni-Lee Kokiri, 18, stepped into her job, called Chakra forest, in the competition, open to artists aged 13 and over with an intellectual disability.
She is inspired by the nature that surrounds her, in particular the color and details of the trees. âThey have this feeling that makes me want to fly over them like a bird.
Read the full story of Ellen O’Dwyer here.