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“Not correct;” city council tells the DomPost it was wrong

The Wellington City Council today said the DominionPost had published incorrect information about the city’s housing activities. Read more »

Monolingualism no longer logical – need for new policy on languages

News from the Royal Society of New Zealand
Growing levels of diversity forecast for New Zealand make a national approach to languages more urgent, according to speakers at a Royal Society of New Zealand workshop in Wellington today. Read more »

New Wellington company to develop potential treatment for treating cancer

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
An immunotherapy technology for treating cancer and other diseases, jointly developed by Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, has been patented and will be the initial focus of a newly-formed company. Read more »

Two Kapiti councillors challenge reappointment of Pat Dougherty

Joint media statement by Jackie Elliott and David Scott
Crs David Scott and Jackie Elliott would like to reassure the Kapiti public that we played no part whatsoever in the re-employment of KCDC Chief Executive Pat Dougherty as CE of KCDC for a further five years.

We dispute the Mayor’s media statement which starts with the words ‘Council has reappointed Pat Dougherty.’

We did not take part in his selection. We would like the public to know we had no opportunity to take part given the Mayor’s last minute bringing forward of the selection meeting, held under extraordinary special meeting conditions at the office of a private recruitment company in Wellington at an unspecified time, all to be challenged as a breach of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act or LGOIMA.

This meeting occurred while Cr Elliott was on her first leave of absence since being elected in October 2013. She says: “the last minute change of the meeting date to select a candidate while I was on leave completely thwarted my stated intention to fully represent the people of Kapiti by voting for the next CE. This, I considered to be one of the most important decisions I make in this triennium.”

“I intended to take part fully despite repeatedly being threatened by the Mayor and KCDC legal Counsel Tim Power of legal action against me personally if I voted against the incumbent CE.”

Newly elected Waikanae Ward Councillor Cr Michael Scott was on leave of absence and did not take part in this important decision. He is unavailable to comment.

Since his election, Cr David Scott has expressed the need to look at the CE employment process and re assess the high level of salaries paid nationally and voted accordingly.

The Mayor has said ‘ Pat needed to be the glue among all this change because he has so much institutional knowledge.’ It is arguable that throughout 7 years of KCDC entering unquestionably murky waters and lurching from disaster to disaster, that despite many changes in councillors, Mayors, staff and community board members, the only constant has been the presence of the same CE attempting to steer the boat.

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council – May 18
Kāpiti Coast District Council today reappointed chief executive Pat Dougherty for a further five-year term. Mr Dougherty’s previous contract was due to expire in August, seven years after he first took up the position. This was the maximum term allowed under the Local Government Act and the council was required to re-advertise the role.

Mayor Ross Church says Mr Dougherty was reappointed after a robust, widely-advertised recruitment process.

“We have appointed the candidate we believe is best placed to lead the council in delivering on our vision of a vibrant, diverse and thriving Kāpiti Coast.

“This follows a comprehensive selection process and we were very impressed by the number of high calibre applications we received. Clearly, this council and the Kāpiti Coast district are seen as desirable places to work,” says Mayor Church.

Mayor Church says Mr Dougherty’s reappointment ensured stability at a time when the council had already experienced significant change.

“In the last 18 months we have seen a new Mayor, a number of new councillors, and significant change in the senior leadership team. There’s a new vision for the district that’s guiding the development of the 2015-2035 Long Term Plan and a culture change programme focussed on making sure council is easy to do business with.

“Our decision to reappoint Pat reflects our confidence in his ability to lead the change we’re looking for.”

Mayor Church says Mr Dougherty’s remuneration remains the same and there will be a review of the key performance indicators for the chief executive, with changes likely.

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Coastlands expanding its food court, and adding view of a stream

Press Release – Downtown Coastlands
Coastlands has announced a new expanded food court that is to open later this year, providing visitors to the shopping centre with more choice and a unique new dining experience.

The project, which commenced on the 4th of May, takes over the space previously held by Café Brie and Kodak, with a total floor area of 400m2 being repurposed to incorporate the expanded food court area.

Chief Executive for Coastlands, Richard Mansell says the new work will include a revamp of these tenancies and a makeover of the bridge area. “The new layout will provide our shoppers and diners with a truly unique experience,” says Mr Mansell.

“We were keen to utilise the outlook of the stream that runs between the expanded food court area,” he explains. “This is a feature that sets us apart from all other shopping centres, so we wanted to incorporate it into our new design. As a result, the expanded food court will be in a U-shape, providing our visitors with a great outlook of the stream.”

A temporary hoarding has been placed around the area to allow the demolition work to begin. “This part of the project will take around four weeks to complete and then we can begin the actual construction of the new food court, which will link in well with the existing food court,” explains Mr Mansell.

“Our current food court is trading extremely well and there is customer demand for an even greater food offering. We’re excited by the opportunity to deliver more choice and an even better customer experience.”

The new and expanded food court is set to open later this year, and will feature up to four new food outlets and 120 additional seats for diners. Jan Forrest, Centre Manager said that the leasing of the tenancies is underway and that the first lease has now been signed. “We’re pleased to confirm that Tank Juice will occupy the front site in the expanded food court area, bringing their delicious range of fresh juices, smoothies, salads and wraps to Kapiti Coast shoppers.”

Mr Mansell says the expanded food court will not only allow for the addition of new tenants, but will also help to attract more traffic to the shopping centre’s existing stores as well as surrounding businesses.

The expanded food court is one of several changes planned for the shopping centre this year. “We expect to be able to make a number of other exciting announcements over the next few weeks,” says Mr Mansell.

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Wellington’s Parrotdog Brewery wins ‘champion’ award in Melbourne

Press Release – The Brewers Guild
A Wellington brewery won a major award at the Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne tonight. Read more »

The rain, the drains, the buses

by Ian Apperley
A week or so after 30 year, 50 year, 80 year, and 100 year rain events, no answers are forthcoming about why the city was shutdown because of a slip and a large puddle. Nor are any answers forthcoming on what the Wellington City Council in particular is going to do about the woeful state of its storm water. It’s a shambles and, in the middle of all of this, emergency management was really nowhere to be seen. Read more »

After three severe rainstorms, Council may spend extra $8m on flood prevention

News from WCC
A proposal to bring forward $8 million in flood mitigation spending – prompted by the three severe rainstorms that have hit the capital in the past month – is to be recommended as part of Wellington City Council’s 10-year Plan. Read more »

Consumer tells Jetstar to ditch the ‘”confusing and misleading” ticks

Press Release – Consumer NZ
Consumer NZ is calling on Jetstar to stop confusing customers and ditch the use of pre-ticked boxes that risk misleading people into paying for extras. Read more »

Enspiral and BizDojo co-founders, and Zing CEO, joining business meetings in Asia

Press Release – Asia New Zealand Foundation
Three Wellingtonians are among five of New Zealand’s top tech entrepreneurs who are to gain an introduction to a market of more than 620 million people on a forum run by the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Read more »

Presbyterians move to the cloud, for savings and innovation

Press Release – Fronde Systems
Presbyterian Support Central (PSC), one of New Zealand’s largest and most respected not-for-profit organisations, is embarking on a cloud technology journey as way to improve productivity, reduce costs and drive innovation. Read more »

Inspirational stories at Kea event

Press Release – Kea New Zealand
Wellingtonians will have a rare opportunity to hear from a philanthropic hero, a survivor of Congo’s raging civil war, a Kiwi who sold her business to Google and more this June and July at Kea Inspire. Read more »

New street lights for Cuba Mall will be “easier on the eye,” but first a trench

News from WCC

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Clean-up continues: Kapiti flood damage will take months to repair

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Clean-up work in the wake of flooding in Kāpiti continued over the weekend. Read more »

MPs blame Transport Agency for failing to protect Manawatu Gorge from rock falls

News release from NZ First
New Zealand First List MPs, Ron Mark and Darroch Ball, believe that underinvestment in SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge is why this key route has become vulnerable to rock fall. Read more »

Andrew Fagan in VUW panel discussing music rights

Press Release – NZ Institute Of Patent Attorneys
New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA) and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) will celebrate World IP Day with an engaging discussion about intellectual property (IP) rights in music. Read more »

Burgerfuel opens in Upper Hutt

Press Release – BurgerFuel
As BurgerFuel gears up for scalability and growth, today the company tested its own systems by opening two new restaurants in two different countries; BurgerFuel in Upper Hutt, and BurgerFuel Rosalie, in Brisbane. The two new outlets take the company’s global total to 76. Read more »

After slips and flooding, Hutt and Johnsonville train services start again

TranzMetro announced this afternoon that trains would start running again on the Hutt Valley line. The first to run was the 3.05 service from Wellington. Read more »

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