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Happy Hol idays ~

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Wellingtonians feeling safe in 2017 Wellingtonians are reporting feeling safer after dark in 2017, compared with the year before, according to the annual Residents Monitoring Survey. Eighty-one per cent of Wellingtonians report feeling safer in the city centre after dark – an increase of eight per cent from 2016. Meanwhile, the percentage of Wellingtonians who say they feel safer in their neighbour-

hoods has also increased from 86 per cent to 90 per cent. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says feeling safe is an important part of building a liveable city. “Council has been working hard for the past year to exceed expectations and make the city a welcoming and open place for everyone around the clock. Safety is a big part of this,” Justin says.

“As a council, we have been working with the community to identify what they need to feel safe in their own city and I am delighted with the way the results are tracking at the end of the first year of the new triennium,” he says. The Wellington Mayor points to night-time safety initiatives such as replacing all street lights with LED lights as one of the contributing factors.

The survey shows there has been an increase in satisfaction with street lighting in suburban areas, from 54 per cent in 2016 to 60 per cent in this year. The survey also shows a significantly lower percentage of respondents are concerned about city and neighbourhood features that make people unsafe, such as graffiti and threatening people, compared to 2016.

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Clean, cook, and chill The Ministry for Primary Industries wants to stop consumers from getting Campylobacter food poisoning at home by advising them to do three simple things: clean, cook, chill. “Campylobacter bacteria naturally occur in the gut of animals and birds, especially chickens, and you can get food poisoning from it if good food safety practices aren’t followed in the home,” says Roger Cook, MPI’s manager for Food Risk Assessment. “To help families avoid getting sick during the summer months, we want everyone’s mantra in the kitchen to be the three C’s: clean, cook, chill.”

NYE at Frank Kitts Park Come down to Whairepo Lagoon at Frank Kitts Park on December 31, and bring in the New Year with great music, food and fireworks. The Julie Lamb band will be kicking off the night with great music until 10pm. Orchestra Wellington will have the crowd dancing, chatting and swaying with ‘A Night of Rock’ all until midnight when the blast of fireworks will go off around the lagoon. There will also be a special kids’ countdown at 9pm with some fireworks. Food trucks will be close by in Odlins Plaza to ensure hunger is kept at bay.

Internal Affairs relocates

We, the staff of Wellington Suburban Newspapers, wish all our dear readers a happy holiday season. The media landscape is always changing and you may be aware of the fact that local newspapers, including in this region, have folded over the years due to the pressures

their multi-national corporate owners place on them. We want to assure you that the Independent Herald, Cook Strait News and Wainuiomata News are not going anywhere. We will continue to produce quality stories about the people of the areas we cover. We are not tethered to inter-

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addressing residents’ concerns with the council, our journalists look forward to serving and informing you in the new year. In addition, our advertising sales consultants look forward to engaging with their existing clients as they strive to make new ones. All the best for a great 2018!

After 32 years at Lambton Quay, the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is relocating. Over 1000 staff from six separate Wellington locations will begin the move in January 2018 to St Paul’s building, at 45 Pipitea Street. The relocation will not disrupt the DIA’s core frontline services. Final costs will be known when the project is completed early in the New Year. The project is forecasted to come in under budget, which was set at $30.1 million. DIA staff are expected to have completed relocation by the end of January.

Independent Herald 26-12-17  

Independent Herald 26-12-17

Independent Herald 26-12-17  

Independent Herald 26-12-17