Archive for the 'Business' Category

Saved again: Environment Court again rejects demolition of Harcourts Building

harcourts bldg

The heritage Harcourts Building has been saved again. The Environment Court has ruled, for a second time, that the building should not be demolished. The court decision says there are alternatives to demolition which will achieve public safety and save the building. It says the building can be repaired to reach 100 per cent of the earthquake code. It adds that such repairs would also remove a threat to part of the neighbouring HSBC Building. Read more »

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 »

100 new apartments and 93 new houses approved for Wellington last month

News from Statistics NZ
A total of 193 new dwellings were consented in Wellington last month – a hundred of these were apartments. 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 »

Wellington’s Resn joins Hall of Fame for world’s favourite websites

News from Resn
The Favorite Website Awards are one of the oldest and most respected website awards programs in the history of the internet. Since the FWA were established in 2000, they have consistently recognized the world’s best web design. Over time, a highly select group have been acknowledged as being at the forefront of the field. These companies and individuals have been admitted to the FWA Hall of Fame. So far, there have been only 22 inductees, but today, in an announcement that shocked even us, that number grows to 23. 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 »

Farmers’ meeting on Hawke’s Bay dam refuses to hear Wellington economist

Press Release – Irrigation NZ
IrrigationNZ says ‘real life’ scenarios presented by farmers with experience of irrigation is the focus of Tuesday’s ‘It’s Now or Never’ Ruataniwha meeting, rather than theoretical economic models. Read more »

Insurance rates more than double in 5 years for Wellington commercial buildings

Press Release – Property Council Of New Zealand
Insurance premiums for commercial property in the Wellington CBD have more than doubled since 2010, according to the Property Council’s annual Operating Expenses Benchmarks. 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 »

Wellington interactive storyteller app wins business kick-start award

Press Release – ANZ Bank
A Wellington firm that has developed a mobile ‘storyteller’ guide to visitor attractions has taken out one of New Zealand’s top business awards after pitching its business plan to a panel of expert judges in the capital today. Read more »

Free wi-fi on new express bus service to link Wellington and Auckland

BusinessDesk report by Fiona Rotherham
Competition has increased in the long-distance bus market with the launch today of a new city-to-city express service, 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 »

Bullet proof, fire proof, quake proof – Spark’s digital future

Press Release – Spark NZ

Spark Digital today opened one of New Zealand’s safest, most secure buildings but the $60 million Takanini Data Centre is designed to protect data not people as Spark Digital continues its investment programme in cloud services. 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 »

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