Archive for the 'Business' Category

15 Wellington high-tech companies listed in NZ’s top 100

Press Release – Grow Wellington
Wellington’s status as New Zealand’s high tech capital has been confirmed with the release of this year’s Tin100, which measures the performance of New Zealand’s largest export-focused technology companies. Read more »

Weta Workshop’s global footprint: “even larger and more impressive”

As the Weta brand expands, its global footprint gets even larger and more impressive. That’s yesterday’s verdict from the US edition of the international entertainment newspaper Variety, in an article about the prolific output of Wellington’s Weta Workshop. Read more »

Warning to Todd Energy and Shell after illegal drilling breaches new law

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an October 10 document released yesterday by the Green Party. Read more »

30 protestors demonstrate at oil and gas expo in New Plymouth

News release from Climate Justice Taranaki
About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth’s biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium. They surrounded the venue entrance over the lunch break holding placards and chanting, leaving many of the expo attendees too uncomfortable to exit the building. Read more »

Naked Bus launching lie-flat sleeper beds between Wellington and Auckland

Press Release – Naked Bus
Kiwi travel company Naked Bus is launching its new Sleeper service, introducing lie-flat beds for customers travelling between Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Wellington. Read more »

Fishy nightlife, and a pest-fest – planned for Conservation Week

Press Release – Department of Conservation
Conservation Week, from 1-9 November, has the theme of “discover the world where you live”. This is about encouraging New Zealanders to explore their ‘local treasures’ – the scenic reserves, tracks, campsites, forests, wetlands, and marine reserves on your doorstep. Read more »

Pixar co-founder to launch Project Connect networking event in Wellington

Press Release – AUT University
Co-founder of Pixar and Altamira, Dr Alvy Ray Smith ,is coming to New Zealand to launch Project Connect, a new series of quarterly networking events. The computer graphics pioneer and Academy Award Winner will host an event in Wellington on December 4. Read more »

89% of Wellingtonians proud of their city, but 74% of us see a problem with alcohol

A “quality of life” survey released today shows that 89 per cent of Wellingtonians are proud of their city’s look and feel. But 74 per cent of them perceive alcohol and drugs as “a bit of a problem” or worse. The survey was released on the same day that the police were challenging city council policies about liquor sales in the CBD. Read more »

Police vs councillors

The feud between the police and Wellington city councillors was in its second day yesterday. Read more »

12 million train passengers – Auckland beats Wellington, for the first time

News from Auckland Transport
Auckland has pulled ahead of Wellington for train patronage – for the first time. In the year to September, Aucklanders made 12 million passenger trips – a record. In the same period, 11.9 million passengers used Wellington’s trains. Read more »

Sam Neill in Wellington to launch latest section of online encyclopedia

Press Release – Ministry For Culture And Heritage
New Zealand’s creativity and thinking will be on show when Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand – launches its latest theme, ‘Creative and Intellectual Life’, today. The launch also marks the successful completion of the first build of Te Ara. Read more »

NZTA to help pay for new cycleways and walking paths in Upper Hutt

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
The Upper Hutt City Council have announced approval from the New Zealand Transport Agency to fund the development of new and improved cycle ways and walking paths across the city. Read more »

Beer Expo organisers reveal details of this weekend’s “adventurous” festival

Press Release – Pacific Beer Expo
With just days left until the 4th Pacific Beer Expo in Wellington, organisers Hashigo Zake and Beer Without Borders can announce more details about what will be on offer. Read more »

‘Unmanageable workloads;’ million hours of unpaid overtime by public servants

News from PSA
A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue. Read more »

Kirks report loss of $6.5million; uncertainty about its retail business

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Kirkcaldie & Stains, the upmarket Wellington department store, sank back into the red after a series of write-downs, including the loss on the sale of its Harbour City Centre building, wiped out an operating profit in the year. Read more »

Wellingtonians not so keen on online shopping – we prefer a trip to a store

Press Release – Canstar
Wellingtonians are the least likely New Zealanders to spend more money shopping online than they do on a shopping trip to a store (only 29%) but they are also the least likely to refuse to buy from overseas-based online department stores (only 17%). Read more »

MCH staff congratulate Jock Phillips: PM’s award this week, retiring next week

Press Release – Ministry For Culture And Heritage
Staff at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage are delighted to see their colleague Jock Phillips recognised for his achievement in receiving the 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement for Non-fiction, says Lewis Holden, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Read more »

Being proactive about ‘legal highs;’ where should they be sold in Wellington?

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council is to seek community views on its policy to control where psychoactive products – or “legal highs” – can be sold in the city. Read more »

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