Archive for the 'Business' Category

Spending $250,000 on a problem that doesn’t exist

by Kent Duston
The city council’s traffic engineers have recently proposed that the speed limit on some CBD roads be reduced to 30 km/hr. On the surface, this sounds like a good idea – after all, the laws of physics would tell us that slower crashes will equal fewer injuries. But a more detailed reading of the proposal says that it’s the dumbest way to spend $250,000 imaginable. Read more »

The council system for stopping drinking

by Lindsay Shelton
The city council was directly involved in the process that has stopped a cinema selling wine or beer to moviegoers on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Read more »

No drinking allowed at Easter movies – unless you’re eating as well


by Kate Larkindale
I thought it was important that all our Penthouse customers know what is happening over Easter weekend. The new liquor licensing laws that came into effect in December are making it so we are not permitted to sell alcohol on Good Friday or Easter Sunday unless you are at the cinema for a meal (and that’s not just a bowl of fries, apparently). Read more »

Supreme Court rules against one salmon farm in Sounds, approves three others

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
The Supreme Court has upheld resource consents for three salmon farms to be developed in the Marlborough Sounds by the King Salmon company, but in an important win for the protection of “outstanding landscapes”, it has ruled against a fourth site. Read more »

Harbour views from new $5m lounge at Westpac Stadium

stadium lounge

The Westpac Stadium has a new mezzanine lounge, with harbour views. Read more »

$20,000 in prizes for winner of Wellington’s biggest property competition

Press Release – Nouvo
Rachel Smart has pocketed $20 000 in prizes as part of one of Wellington’s biggest property competition. Read more »

Kaituna farmers win supreme farm environment award

Press Release – Ballance New Zealand Farm Environment Award Trust
Kaituna sheep and beef farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth are Supreme winners of the 2014 Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Read more »

Rates going up by average 2.49%: city’s operational spend totals $406m

News from WCC
Wellington City Councillors have agreed on the city’s budget and plans for the coming year – including an average rates increase of 2.49 percent – following strong community support during consultation. Read more »

Employers disappointed by rates increase

Press Release – Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
The Wellington City Council’s decision to increase rates is disappointing says Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Raewyn Bleakley. Read more »

A tale of two cinemas

by Lindsay Shelton
A second cinema has been affected by city council actions (or lack of them). Read more »

Loomio exceeds its crowd-funding goal of $US100,000 for new app

With less than one day remaining in its crowd-funding campaign, Wellington’s Loomio has raised more than $US108,000 – with almost 1500 people helping it to achieve 109 per cent of its goal of $US100,000. Read more »

Wellington Zoo welcomes conservation superstar

Press Release – Wellington Zoo

Daniela Biaggio is Wellington Zoo’s new Conservation Manager – a brand new full-time role created to integrate conservation and sustainability across all areas of the Zoo. Read more »

Wellington having its first CryptoParty

Press Release – New Zealand Institute for Cryptography and Freedom
Wellington’s first CryptoParty will take place on Saturday, 26th April. Read more »

Guerrilla gardeners offered a ‘license to occupy’ land on Mt Crawford

Press Release – Save Mt Crawford
Those of us who occupied the former Wellington prison garden last year for the purposes of establishing a community garden/art-park, & protesting against the disposal of the land by the government, have now come in from the cold. Read more »

Mark Wilton elected as regional vice-president of NZ Law Society

Press Release – New Zealand Law Society
The New Zealand Law Society’s Council has elected Wellington lawyer Mark Wilton as its Vice-President (Wellington). Read more »

New whisky to be launched in Wellington

Press Release – Ardbeg
Ardbeg, four-time winner of the World’s Best Scotch Whisky award, will launch its highly anticipated Limited Edition, Ardbeg Auriverdes on Ardbeg Day at Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington. This year, Kiwis beat the rest of the world and will be first to taste the new single malt. Read more »

New complicated liquor laws forcing Easter closures

Press Release – Hospitality New Zealand
A national survey this week of Hospitality establishments shows that just over half are planning to close on Good Friday and over a third plan to close on Easter Sunday. Read more »

Self-storage fire: Johnsonville man arrested and charged with arson

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police have arrested a 34-year-old Johnsonville man and charged him with arson in relation so the fire that damaged the Kiwi Self Storage facility on Rongotai Road in Kilbirnie in the early hours of 4 April. Read more »

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