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Thursday March 22, 2018

inbrief news Buses to allow pets Goats, guinea pigs and rabbits will be among the pets now allowed on Wellington’s buses and trains. Greater Wellington’s sustainable transport committee yesterday voted to allow domestic pets on its public transport vehicles, with the new law to be rolled out in July. Committee chairwoman Barbara Donaldson says under the policy any animal considered a domestic pet would be allowed on off-peak services for free as long as they were in a suitable carrier or could fit on the owner’s lap.

Wellington houses worth $88 billion The Property Institute of New Zealand says that new data showing that the residential value of Kiwi cities is closing in on $1 trillion is both good and bad news for the New Zealand housing market and wider economy. The report measured the combined value of residential housing stock in New Zealand and found that, taken as a single entity, residential housing is now worth $941,611 - up from $667,718 in 2015. It says the total value of residential housing in Wellington is worth over $88 billion, up from around $60 billion in 2015.

Nominations open for New Zealand Youth Awards On Thursday March 15, Minister of Youth, Hon Peeni Henare announced that nominations for the 2018 New Zealand Youth Awards are now open. These annual awards recognise and celebrate young New Zealanders who have achieved outstanding results, as well as those who have made a significant contribution in their communities. The awards will recognise 18 rangatahi across six different awards categories. Henare has also introduced junior and senior supreme awards. The supreme winners will be identified within the six award categories. Applications close at midday on April 26, 2018. There will be a celebratory events ceremony on June 28, 2018 where all the award winners will be formally recognised. For more information on the New Zealand Youth Awards and how to make nominations, visit http://www.myd.govt. nz/young-people/new-zealand-youthawards.html.

Local writers play their part in unprecedented SpecFic anthology By Jamie Adams

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