Wellington Live Update, Thursday, June 3: Council calls for government social housing assistance, abandoned house with million dollar sight for sale

An abandoned house in Northland has this million dollar sight - and could well sell for over a million dollars.

Kate Green / Stuff

An abandoned house in Northland has this million dollar sight – and could well sell for over a million dollars.

your mother, Wellington. I’m Bill Hickman with all the latest news to start your day.

8am: Akatawara Rd open to essential traffic only

A trailer stuck near the top of Akatarawa Road remained by the side of the road Thursday morning. The route is only open to essential traffic. Motorists are asked to be careful in the area.

7:35 am: Johnsonville outage resolved

A broken-down car that was blocking traffic in the southbound lane of State Highway 1 just before the Johnsonville exit ramp has been moved to the shoulder and is no longer blocking traffic. Motorists on the route should expect significant delays as traffic remained in line towards the Mungavin interchange.

7:15 am: Crashes and breakdowns, expect delays in morning trips

Delays are expected in the city of Wellington this morning, after two separate breakdowns on State Highway 1.

The southbound lane is partially blocked between Paekākāriki and Pukerua Bay by a broken down vehicle.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Authority asks motorists to be very careful around each of these incidents and to expect delays.

During this time there was a crash on SH2 on the southbound exit ramp of Dowse Drive.

More details to come …

6.30am: Your weather forecast today

It will be fine with some clouds and northerly winds. There are some morning frosts in sheltered places so be careful on the roads and paths. A jacket is essential if you are going as the mercury will only reach 15 degrees Celsius today.

Quai de Jervois closed from this evening

The six lanes of the Jervois wharf close at 7 p.m. this evening, until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, to allow Wellington Water to repair a damaged storm water pipe.

The closures affect the area between Taranaki Street and Whitmore Street (northbound) and Whitmore Street to Willeston Street (southbound).

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* Wellingtonians invited to rethink their plans before major works

In today’s pages Dominion Post:

Wellington City Council is lobbying government to help close social housing funding gap

Wellington City Council is calling for urgent talks with the government to gain access to a rent subsidy that would help the council’s social housing arm out of a huge funding hole.

And he says that if he doesn’t get the funding, he may have to transfer his social housing stock to a separate entity to manage the houses and fund the necessary upgrades.

“Our housing business unit is bleeding – in fact, it’s bleeding to death,” Wellington Mayor Andy Foster said. “He can’t keep doing what he’s doing right now.”

“Our business housing unit is bleeding - in fact, it's bleeding to death.  Mayor Andy Foster is addressing the government to demand access to Wellington City Council's Social Housing Income-Linked Rent Subsidy.

Kevin’s Stent / Stuff

“Our business housing unit is bleeding – in fact, it’s bleeding to death. Mayor Andy Foster is addressing the government to demand access to Wellington City Council’s Social Housing Income-Linked Rent Subsidy.

Abandoned Northland house for sale deemed too dangerous to allow buyers to see inside

This house, located on the corner of Puketiro Avenue in Northland, could be one of the most abandoned properties for sale in the capital – it comes with a ‘dangerous building’ notice issued by the City Council of Wellington.

Prospective buyers cannot attend without permission from council and listing agent Ben Atwill of Ray White Wellington City and access to the interior of the home is restricted at all times.

But he’s valued at over a million dollars and, it must be said, he has a million dollar eyesight.

It could be one of the most abandoned properties for sale in the capital.

Kate Green / Stuff

It could be one of the most abandoned properties for sale in the capital.

And in the arts … we take a look behind the curtain

Wardrobe chef Paul Smith has gone from hand behind the scenes of local amateur drama productions in Porirua to dressing up the stars of major international shows.

Back to Wellington with the Jersey boys, he talks to Bess Manson about his career.

With 750 costumes, wardrobe boss Paul Smith has his work cut out for Jersey Boys.

KEVIN STENT / Stuff

With 750 costumes, wardrobe boss Paul Smith has his work cut out for Jersey Boys.


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