Good evening, it’s Laura Wiltshire here with all the latest breaking news in Wellington.
7:10 p.m .: Reopening of the motorway
Waka Kotahi NZ transport agency confirmed that the crash on National Highway 1 near the Newlands slip road was cleared, but warned people there would be delays, with queues backed up to Kaiwharawhara.
A police spokesperson said the crash happened between a bus and a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist is deemed to be seriously injured.
Crash closes the way on the highway
Accident blocks left lane northbound on State Highway 1 near the Newlands slip road. Waka Kotahi NZ transport agency said contractors and emergency services were at the scene.
The accident occurred after a breakdown that blocked the way between the Aotea slip road and the Ngauranga interchange at around 6 p.m. This incident has now been resolved.
5 p.m. ICYMI: People with disabilities call for better transportation options
People with mobility issues today submitted a petition to Green MP Jan Logie, calling for more equitable transportation choices for their communities.
During a hui in Parliament before the transfer, Susan Williams, who is blind, recently described her own experiences of traveling from her home in Karori to a medical appointment in Crofton Downs.
The round trip takes about 50 minutes by car, but for Williams it dragged four and a half hours and involved two cab rides, two bus rides, two train rides, crossing a main road and an hour on foot. . Read the full story here.
4 p.m. Clearance of the sky for the evening
The showers are expected to begin to clear, and the strong southerly winds will subside and then die off, bringing a lovely evening.
2:30 p.m. Bus strikes pending
Wellington bus strikes are on hiatus as NZ Bus tries to strike a last-minute deal with Greater Wellington Regional Council and Waka Kotahi NZ transport agency.
Streetcar secretary Kevin O’Sullivan said on Tuesday the union “agreed to suspend industrial action” for at least a week. More information on this story from infrastructure reporter Joel Macmanus.
1:30 p.m .: Will Barry and Bishop face the rivalry in the ring?
Hutt City Mayor Campbell Barry challenged MP Chris Bishop to a boxing match for charity via Twitter on Tuesday morning.
The pair recently faced off for the best ‘manu’ off Days Bay wharf in celebration of its reopening after two years of renovations.
That day Bishop graciously accepted defeat. Today, he has yet to confirm whether he will face emboldened Barry in the boxing ring.
ROSA WOODS / STUFF and HUTT CITY COUNCIL / FOURNI
Hutt City Mayor Campbell Barry takes the plunge when the Days Bay wharf reopens, which was closed for two years following a $ 4.6 million upgrade.
12:30 p.m. Advice on forestry truck trailers near Masterton
A fully loaded logging truck lost half of its load when a tire exploded and a trailer overturned.
A witness said the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. and left logs all over Masterton-Castlepoint Rd about eight miles east of Masterton.
Another empty logging truck with a crane arrived at the scene shortly after and cleaned up the spilled logs. The witness said it appeared that a tire had exploded on the trailer causing it to tip over.
Police said they were unaware of the incident.
12:30 p.m .: Foodies rejoice, the Wellington on a Plate program and tickets go online
Check out the official new Visa Wellington on a Plate Festival Program Guide in your copy of The Dominion Post today.
Feast your eyes on the wide array of events, restaurants, cocktails, burgers and beers that will be presented in the capital in August.
From donuts and brisket to wild foraging for dumplings, there really is something for all tastes, preferences and curiosities.
The full program and ticket links are online today at visaWOAP.com.
Wellington visa on a plate
Visa Wellington on a Plate has announced its lineup for the 2021 festival.
9.45am Flooding of the Wellington Opera House basement and weather incidents
The Wellington Opera House experienced extensive flooding in its basement due to heavy rains yesterday.
Wellington City Council has reported 55 weather incidents in the past 48 hours, the majority of which were surface flooding and manhole covers moving through large volumes of water.
The contractors were currently working on a slide in Karaka Bay, but all other issues had been resolved by this point.
7am: Maintenance affecting certain train services and bus cancellations
Buses replace trains on some daytime services on the Hutt Valley, Melling and Wairarapa lines until June 3. Buses will also replace some evening services on the Hutt Valley line until June 4. Metlink recommends that passengers allow more time for travel.
Metlink posted 18 bus cancellations as of 7am. Make sure your bus is running here.
6.30am: Wellington weather: clear and cool
There will be a few persistent showers this morning, but they will disappear in the evening. The strong southerly winds that start the day will subside this afternoon and then die off in the evening. MetService predicts a high of 12 degrees centigrade.
A reminder that from 7 p.m. on Thursday until 6 a.m. on Tuesday June 8, the six lanes of Jervois Quay will be closed from Taranaki Street to Whitmore Street (northbound) and from Whitmore Street to Willeston Street (southbound).
The road closure allows Wellington Water to replace a damaged storm water pipe.
Lanes will also be closed northbound on State Highway 1 near Kaiwharawhara for the next two nights from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. while contactors replace signs.
On the pages of the Dominion Post today:
Wellington City Council failed to present a review of the Apartments Act
A unit title reform designed to make apartment living easier will not have a contribution from Wellington, after Wellington City Council decided not to submit a bill that would improve the way corporate businesses are run .
Auckland and Christchurch City Council submitted the bill, saying the reform was important in alleviating housing shortages and helping unit title holders prepare for earthquakes.
But Wellington City Council had more pressing priorities at the time, “despite housing shortages and earthquakes, both of which are issues facing the capital.”
Teachers without staff due to roller expansion at Porirua school
Teachers at the Papakōwhai School in Porirua had to abandon their staff room, after it was transformed into a new classroom to accommodate an expanding role.
The school was built in 1976 to accommodate around 200 students. Its roll is currently 550.
Four new classrooms, which were already supposed to be on site, were only due to be on site in the fourth term, with students potentially having to abandon their libraries in the meantime.
Meanwhile in the arts …
A new confidence that will see the return of great musical productions is launched today.
The Capital Theater Trust kicks off tonight at the Opera House, where it plans to tease its first major musical production, which will perform at the St James Theater next year.
The hit musical Jersey Boys had ended a dry spell for musical performances in the capital, President Sandy Brewer said.