Kia ora Pōneke. Here's what you need to know from The Dominion Post today, plus breaking news and events from around the capital.
7am: Buses replacing trains on Johnsonville line
Buses will replace all Johnsonville line train services including peak services until October 10 due to major works at the Johnsonville railway station.
Buses will stop at Moorefield Road instead of the usual stop behind the station building and Park and Ride at Johnsonville Station is closed.
25 temporary parking spaces will be available in the Johnsonville mall carpark for Metlink customers.
Buses continue to replace daytime train services on the Wairarapa line, excluding peak services, due to upgrade works.
Metlink posted no bus service cancellations ahead of 6.55am.
Follow the link to check your bus and train route for alerts and cancellations.
6.30am: Wellington weather
Scattered rain is forecast to clear in the morning with fine breaks increasing. Northerlies will strengthen to moderate in the evening with a high of 16 degrees Celsius during the day.
Wellington vaccination rate disparity ‘not disastrous’, but work to be done
Wellington is one of the most jabbed cities in the country, but new data breaking down vaccination rates by suburb reveals clear disparities depending on where you live, and more work to do.
The detailed breakdown released by the Ministry of Health on Thursday showed more than three quarters of Greater Wellington's suburb-size areas – 78.15 per cent – had a vaccination rate that is at or higher than the national average.
It showed 39.8 per cent of suburbs in the region had a second, or full, vaccination rate at or above the national average.
According to Stuff research , the national average for a first dose of the vaccine is 77.92 per cent, and for a second dose it is 49.72 per cent.
But the data clearly showed the region's most affluent suburbs had the highest rates of vaccination, and the most deprived areas the lowest.
Read the full story by Ellen O'Dwyer here.
Two-tier social housing system ‘unfair’ and ‘completely unnecessary’
Wellington City Council has charted two paths forward in an attempt to save its social housing from financial collapse.
The 1900-unit portfolio is in a financially perilous state and forecast to become insolvent by June 2023 , impacting 3500 tenants.
The subsidy sets the rents of social housing tenants at 25 per cent of their income, with the Government picking up the rest of the bill.
The council instead charges its tenants 70 per cent of the market rate, but doesn't receive government input, in effect creating a two-tier system within social housing .
Read the full story by Joel McManus here.
Catch up on What's going on around Wellington in the arts
If you need something to entertain the kids these school holidays head to the Arts listings section of The Dominion Post.
There's Shakespeare, Mary Poppins, music, art, comedy and amazing journeys at Space Place all on offer in the capital this weekend.
Read the full listings here.
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