Wellington today, July 20: Man attempts to crash into police car twice and reports sighting of group of orcas

Kia ora Pōneke. Here is the latest news from Wellington today.

2:20 p.m .: Gully transmission undamaged by the storm

The builder of Transmission Gully CPB HEB has confirmed that last weekend’s storm did not cause any damage to the highway under construction.

Teams performed a full site inspection on Monday and found no problems.

“The road coped with the weather without a problem. It is designed to be super tough, and much safer and more able to withstand storms, earthquakes, etc. as the coastal road… the planned construction work was disrupted this weekend with heavy rain of course, but no drama, ”spokeswoman Natasha told Utting.

The road paving is now 94% complete after asphalt crews laid 13,000 tonnes in June.

Paving or sealing chips in conditions that are too wet and too cold can increase the risk of faulty asphalt, leading to problems such as potholes.

The route is scheduled to open on September 27.

2:05 p.m .: Serious crash on Remutaka hill

One person was seriously injured after an accident on Remutaka hill.

Police were notified of the single vehicle crash at 1:15 p.m. and said in a statement the road would be closed while the severe accident unit scans the scene. Motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

A spokesperson for Wellington Free Ambulance said two ambulances were on their way to the scene, on State Highway 2, Remutaka Hill Rd, along with a helicopter.

Fire and emergency shift supervisor David Meikle said two fire teams were at the scene.

1:45 p.m .: gun incident in Lower Hutt overnight

Police are investigating an incident at a Bluff Close property in Kelson, Lower Hutt, around 11:40 p.m. where a group of people with guns entered a house.

One person sustained minor injuries and the gun was not unloaded, a police spokeswoman said.

“Investigations into the circumstances are ongoing and no arrests have been made at this stage,” she said.

About 20 minutes later, just after midnight, police learned of a reported burglary at a home in Tawa.

A police spokeswoman said it was reported that two people entered a residential address and assaulted the occupant before stealing items from the house.

The victim was slightly injured and police investigations are continuing, she said.

12:40 p.m .: Road alignment changes, State Highway 1 Mackays Crossing

Since Monday, the one-lane two-lane southerly merger lane on State Highway 1 near Mackays Crossing will move north approximately 325 meters.

This change in development aims to allow the safe installation of lampposts at the north end of the transmission ravine.

Waka Kotahi NZ transport agency said delays are expected as motorists get used to the road layout.

New Transmission Gully merger change from Monday.

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New Transmission Gully merger change from Monday.

11:40 am: New bicycle racks to meet growing demand

Just over 50 new bike racks and six bike repair racks will be installed around Wellington over the coming months to help meet growing demand.

Wellington City Council said the work was part of improving facilities and infrastructure to make cycling easier and more convenient, encourage more people to cycle more and help reduce emissions from transport road.

Fifty-two new bike racks will be installed at 18 sites in Karori, Northland, Tawa, Downtown, Oriental Bay, Seatoun, Lyall Bay, Hataitai Beach, Island Bay and Miramar.

The new car park will bring the number of racks to around 650, providing parking for around 1,300 bicycles.

Six new repair stands will be set up at Makara ATV Park, Tawa, Khandallah, Lyall Bay, Strathmore and Happy Valley, adding to the 17 stands already in use, which have bicycle tools and pumps to perform repairs. routine or basic maintenance. .

Starting in August, the council will also install several other “push channels” on public stairs, so that bikes can be pushed rather than carried on the steps.

Learn more about the changes here.

The Conservation Department said sightings were reported Tuesday morning in Seatoun and Makara.


The Conservation Department said sightings were reported Tuesday morning in Seatoun and Makara.

10:30 a.m .: Orca pod sightings in Seatoun and Makara

Air and sea searches will continue today in an effort to find the Baby Orc Toa group.

The Conservation Department said sightings were reported Tuesday morning in Seatoun and Makara.

“Today’s weather gives us the best chance to search for the killer whale pod, especially with credible sightings near Wellington,” said Ian Angus, DOC’s head of marine species.

We will have a boat in the water and the flying club is participating in an aerial search.

The killer whale remains in a temporary pool at the Plimmerton Boating Club while the seawater quality is assessed and weather conditions are monitored.

“Moving the killer whale can create stress for him, so with the bad weather expected from Wednesday night, he can stay in the temporary pool until the weather clears later in the week, rather than move twice, ”Angus said.

Any killer whale sightings can be reported to [email protected] or 0800 DOC HOT.

Critical information includes group location, direction of animal movement, and photographs or videos that clearly show the saddle / back markings of the animals and their dorsal fins.

“If you see a group of killer whales, please report it immediately and make sure you stay within 50 yards,” Angus said.

10:15 am: Man attempts to crash into police car twice in central Wellington

A man was arrested after failing to stop for the police and attempting to hit a police car twice overnight.

Police found a vehicle believed to contain a person of interest on Vivian Street just before midnight Monday. Officers motioned for the vehicle to stop, but it did not.

A police spokeswoman said no pursuit was launched and the vehicle was seen turning on Rue Lavaud shortly after. The vehicle then reversed and attempted to strike a patrol vehicle twice, the spokeswoman said.

“In both cases, the police were able to back up before they were hit. No police were injured in the incident, ”she said.

The man then fled on foot but was located nearby and taken into custody.

6:45 am: Traffic updates:

There are currently no known disruptions affecting traffic around Wellington.

A speed limit of 50 km / h remains in place on State Highway 2 Ngāūranga in Petone. A section of the cycle path after the Ngāūranga interchange remains closed.

The weather today:

The day will start well, but showers are possible later in the morning and evening.

There will be cool southerly winds to start the day and veer north from the afternoon.

In the Dominion Post this morning:

Wheelchair ramp blocked as regional council and Heritage NZ feud

Wheelchair user Laura Stuart started crying when she started taking the train to and from Wellington main station because of “how disabled she felt”.

Stuart is one of many commuters in Wellington still waiting for a wheelchair ramp to be installed outside the city’s main train station, as disagreements continue over who is responsible for the heist .

Read Damian George’s full story here.

Gun violence against police fuels concerns

New Zealand’s top cop said frontline police were concerned after a string of recent gun-related incidents and violence against them.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said he has seen a “really disturbing” trend in which criminals are increasingly likely to turn guns on officers.

Read Danielle Clent’s full story here.

Feathermania, curated by Claire Regnault, depicts the taonga of women's fashion adorned with all kinds of feathers.

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Feathermania, curated by Claire Regnault, depicts the taonga of women’s fashion adorned with all kinds of feathers.

Decades of feathered fashion

Kiwi skins turned into a muff and matching tippets, and a peacock cape – it’s murderous, vile, and fashionable headgear.

At Te Papa Feathermania: Fashion to die for / Te mate huruhuru: He kahu matemate discusses the environmental cost of “plumiferous” fashion, the loss of millions of birds slaughtered for their feathers and the consequent increase in conservation movements to protect birds.

Read the full story of Bill Hickman and Kate Green here.