Archive for the 'Politics' Category

TSB Bank extends its naming rights to waterfront Arena, and adds Shed 6

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has signed an agreement with TSB Bank which increases the Bank’s investment in the Capital City for another ten years. The deal gives the bank the rights to continue its brand association and leverage with the TSB Bank Arena, and now also with the adjacent Shed 6 convention centre. Read more »

$7.4m to upgrade and strengthen council apartments in Kilbirnie

How the upgraded Kotuku flats will look in 2016.

News from WCC
Homes for 50 more people will be created when the $7.4 million upgrade of the Kotuku Apartments in Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, is complete. Work started this week. Kotuku is the latest Wellington City Council social housing complex to undergo a transformation as part of the council’s $400 million housing upgrade programme. Read more »

Bid to establish ICT graduate school in Wellington, to help companies thrive

News from VUW
Three Wellington tertiary providers are working with industry to develop a joint Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate School that addresses the needs of the region. Read more »

Technology from Wellington’s Gibson Group at new Australian Anzac Centre

Press Release – The Gibson Group
A Wellington multi-disciplinary media design company, Gibson Group, is using cutting edge audio-visual technology to bring Anzac stories to life at the new National Anzac Centre in Albany, Western Australia. Read more »

Hilton’s convention centre: we don’t know the real costs for ratepayers

convention centre

City councillors are next week being asked to support the payment of what could be more than $4m a year for twenty years to subsidise a privately-owned convention centre to be run by the Hilton hotel chain. Read more »

QC to represent Save the Basin group at flyover appeal in High Court

News from Save the Basin
The Save the Basin Campaign Inc has secured the services of Matthew Palmer QC to represent it in the High Court when the NZ Transport Agency appeals against the decision to decline resource consent for a flyover at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Datacom, with 1250 staff, launches new devcloud service for state agencies

News from Datacom
Today Datacom is pleased to announce the availability of a new development cloud environment tailored to the specific and rigorous requirements of New Zealand Government agencies. Read more »

Fran Wilde congratulates NZ Bus for its cycle-friendly commitment award

News from GWRC
The presentation of a national cycle friendly award to NZ Bus is a positive sign for road safety and deserves celebrating, says Fran Wilde, chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Regional Transport Committee. Read more »

Options for Island Bay Esplanade – council encouraging public submissions

News from WCC
Consultation on how to manage coastal hazards for the area of the Island Bay Esplanade between Brighton Street and the Southern end of Shorland Park, will close on November 10 after going for a month. Read more »

Bill Rawiri and Trevor Rigby to receive APW awards

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Selfless commitment to the Māori community and a lifelong dedication to cricket and football will be recognised next Wednesday when Bill Rawiri and Trevor Rigby are given Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Awards. Read more »

City councillors to vote on paying $4.6m a year to support Hilton’s convention centre

Wellington city councillors will next week be asked to make a decision on whether to commit ratepayers’ money to support the proposed Hilton Hotel Convention Centre. Read more »

Convention centre “great investment for Wellington,” says council

News from WCC
Wellingtonians are right behind plans for the convention centre and five-star Hilton Hotel proposed for a vacant site opposite Te Papa according to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown who says public consultation was “overwhelmingly in favour.” Read more »

Using the rates to help pay for a privately-owned vanity project

by Helene Ritchie
Wellington’s proposed new convention centre is a vanity project to satisfy political egos. Read more »

Gone by Christmas: portico above Civic Square entrance to be removed

Civic Square; Portico
The view from Civic Square to Willis Street after the portico is removed

News from WCC
Work will start next week to remove the Portico building which hangs above the Victoria Street entrance to Civic Square. Read more »

Awards presented to walking and cycling champions

Press Release – 2WALKandCYCLE
Gold medal Olympian cyclist Sarah Ulmer and Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade Brown tonight recognised New Zealand’s top champions for walking and cycling, when the winners of the national walking and cycling awards were announced at the 2walkandcycle Conference in Nelson. Read more »

Seven 26-tonne beams to be lifted on to new Johnsonville bridge

News from WCC
This weekend Johnsonville residents will start to see the deck of the new Broderick Road bridge taking shape. Read more »

70th anniversary reunion this weekend of Polish children’s arrival

Press Release – Joint Press Release
The first invited refugees who arrived in New Zealand on 1 November 1944, ‘The Pahiatua Polish Children,’ will commemorate their arrival and life in New Zealand, together with their families, at 70th reunion events in Pahiatua and Wellington from Thursday until Sunday. Read more »

Celia Wade-Brown to announce winners of walking and cycling awards

Press Release – 2WALKandCYCLE
Gold medal Olympian cyclist Sarah Ulmer and Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade Brown will be recognising New Zealand’s top champions for walking and cycling tonight, when the winners of the national walking and cycling awards are announced at the 2WALKandCYCLE 2014 conference in Nelson. Read more »

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