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Wellington right now, July 23: The Olympics start, the trans-Tasman bubble looks set to pop, and lastly, a wheelchair ramp for Wellington station


Good morning Pōneke, it’s Friday and you’ve bought me, Sophie Cornish, in the breaking information chair this morning. Here’s all you want to know to begin off your Friday and proceed into the weekend.

The climate right now will likely be positive, other than some cloud this morning. There will likely be some southerlies however they’ll be dying out this afternoon. The excessive will likely be a first rate 12 levels Celsius, in accordance to MetService, and a low of 6C. Sunset will likely be at 5.20pm.

Traffic updates

Remutaka Hill closure

Due to the latest extreme climate occasion, there will likely be an in a single day closure of SH2 Remutaka Hill on Monday, July 26, from 9pm to 4am for important repairs. Contractors will escort automobiles throughout the hill, no bookings are required, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency mentioned.

Otherwise there are the traditional bus cancellations. Get the newest right here

This morning’s information

7.22am: How a lot rain fell final weekend?

The Greater Wellington Regional Council has launched the rainfall totals from throughout the area after final weekend’s deluge. During a one-minute interval from 2.41pm on Saturday, there was 3mm of rain recorded at Te Papa and Khandallah.

Urban areas recorded a few of their highest three-day rainfall totals: Paparangi acquired 160mm; Woodridge and Khandallah, 150mm – all ranges anticipated solely as soon as each 20 years. Petone, 140mm; Belmont Trig, 130mm; Tawa,120mm;and Berhampore, 125mm. The quantity of rain in the Newlands, Paparangi and Khandallah areas is anticipated

The rains resulted in lots of storm water flooding points.


Rainfall in Wellington final weekend.

6am: Wastewater pipe on State Highway 1 bursts – once more

A wastewater pipe that was repaired after bursting throughout final weekend’s flooding occasion burst once more on Thursday night time throughout heavy rain.

Wellington Water chief advisor wastewater Steve Hutchison mentioned regardless of the restore, investigations confirmed the pipeline, on State Highway 1, northbound between the Aotea turnoff and Paremata, was in a fragile situation, and Thursday night’s heavy rainfall has precipitated a additional failure.

Further repairs are anticipated on Friday morning. “We advise members of the public to avoid contact with coastal water in the area,” Hutchinson mentioned.


A wastewater pipe on State Highway 1 north of Wellington has now burst twice in a single week due to heavy rainfall.

The Tokyo Olympics start tonight

The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic Games is beginning tonight at 10.15pm NZT. Sky is the official broadcaster of the Olympic Games, and the opening ceremony may be considered live on Tokyo Gold (channel 53). The opening ceremony can even be broadcast live on TVNZ 1 and on the TVNZ web site.

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Foreign journalists carry broadcast tools previous Olympic Rings as they stroll to the media centre at Tokyo Olympics athletes village on July 19, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

From the pages of The Dominion Post:

Kiwis on either side of the ditch will discover out if the troubled trans-Tasman bubble will proceed right now, after Cabinet met urgently on Thursday afternoon. The particular digital Cabinet assembly, organized whereas many senior ministers are on depart, got here as the Delta variant performed havoc in Australia.

While journey is already paused with the states presently experiencing group transmission, it’s understood pausing the total bubble was an possibility on the desk. The Government has already paused journey with New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.

Read Henry Cooke’s report.


Kiwis will quickly discover out if the trans-Tasman bubble will proceed.

Heritage NZ will help wheelchair ramp at Wellington station after assembly with KiwiRail

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has agreed to help a new wheelchair ramp being constructed at the entrance of the Wellington railway station. Building proprietor KiwiRail met with the Crown company on Wednesday to resolve a now two-year-long dispute over the ramp’s design.

“We have met with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and presented our updated design concept to them. They have indicated they are comfortable with it, and we will now work towards implementing it,” mentioned KiwiRail property supervisor Simone Hadley.

Read Joel MacManus’ report right here.


The design idea for the new wheelchair ramp at Wellington station.

Toa the child orca is again in his sea pen

The child orca, Toa, discovered stranded north of Wellington has been shifted again into its sea pen final night time, as the calf’s carers report a dip in its vitality ranges.

“The calf has injuries to his pectoral fins and tail fluke and needs to stretch out in deeper water. It also has an issue with an inflamed eye which vets believe would respond better in salt water,” says Department of Conservation marine species supervisor Ian Angus.

Read our report.


Rescued orca calf Toa is put again in his sea pen at Plimmerton Boat Club.

And in the arts:

Fashion, drag and choral singing – there’s a feast of occasions in the capital this weekend. See our arts occasions listings of all the things that’s on this weekend right here.

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Wellington Festival of Fashion is on this weekend.

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