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Politics

Mayor thanks Swampy for his service to the city

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester today thanked retiring City Councillor Simon Marsh for his long-standing civic service.

Cr Marsh announced today he would be standing down from Council at the local body elections in October. He was first elected as a councillor in 2010.

Youth Parliamentarians pass motion declaring climate emergency (17 July 2019)
Wellington City Council's $20,000 bike light investigation is absurd - NZTU (17 July 2019)
Used oil recycling programme extended (17 July 2019)

Business

Drone integration a flight closer

Airways and AirShare welcome today’s launch of the Government’s plan for developing a safe, innovative and thriving drone sector in New Zealand.

SMEs will welcome digital platform to cut compliance - WECC (17 July 2019)
Strawberry growers commodity levy proposal vote successful (17 July 2019)
RSE scheme boosting employment in the regions (17 July 2019)

National

Powerball and Strike roll over

Powerball and Strike have both rolled over tonight, meaning there is a combined prize pool of $17.3 million up for grabs on Saturday.

Litter survey helps shape project to tackle harbour rubbish (17 July 2019)
Te Araroa Trust plots a course for next three years (17 July 2019)
NZEI Te Riu Roa taking legal action over pay delay (17 July 2019)

Sport

Cricket Wellington supports Basin Reserve naming plans

Cricket Wellington is supportive of the Basin Reserve Trust’s plans to crowd-fund the naming rights for the Basin Reserve via the Support Women’s Sport group.

New name proposed for Basin Reserve to support women’s sport (17 July 2019)
Star two-year-old sold to Hong Kong (17 July 2019)
First stakes test for Helena Baby (17 July 2019)

Entertainment

NZSO Music Director to take role as Conductor Laureate

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra announces that Music Director Edo de Waart will conclude his term as NZSO Music Director at the end of the 2019 Season and take up the role of Conductor Laureate, returning for concerts in 2020 and 2021.

Attention all single Kiwi men: The Bachelorette wants you (17 July 2019)
NZ On Air celebrates 30 years of reflecting NZ’s identity and culture (16 July 2019)
Hilary Barry talks to On the Rag about ageing (16 July 2019)

Lifestyle

Kakapo, weta and whio great topics for speeches

"[Our species] are our national monuments. They are our Tower of London, our Arc de Triomphe, our pyramids. We don’t have ancient architecture that we swoon over in wonder, but what we do have is something that is far, far older than that.

Designer gardens open their gates this November (17 July 2019)
Serving up August menu of new events in Heart of the City (17 July 2019)
First NZ made, organic toddler milk meets growing demand (17 July 2019)

Health

Hutt Valley Matariki achieving excellence in Maori Health Awards 2019

An outstanding community health worker and an organisation changing the lives of people suffering from respiratory conditions were the supreme winners at Hutt Valley DHB’s first ever Matariki Achieving Excellence in Māori Health Awards.

Mosque attack survivors urged to access counselling services (17 July 2019)
NZ's aged care sector to gain from new cardiovascular research focus (17 July 2019)
Measles on weekend trip from Auckland to Palmerston North (17 July 2019)

Technology

Educational tool developed at Otago makes international launch

Real-time decision making equals empowered students. That is the essence of SimPHARM, a state of the art simulation tool developed at the University of Otago and now commercially licensed by a United States-based company to help pharmacy students learn via a realistic clinical experience.

Symantec: Attackers after WhatsApp and Telegram users (16 July 2019)
Massey students win spot at global competition in New York (16 July 2019)
Sony boosts full-frame lens line-up with 35mm F1.8 lightweight prime (15 July 2019)