Business News

After the election: time to keep the trolley buses, and start planning for light rail

by Lindsay Shelton
The Regional Council has stubbornly ignored public support for the city’s trolley buses. But today it should be expected to start an urgent reconsideration of its unpopular policies, given that two of the partners in the new coalition government are on record as saying the trolley buses should be retained. Read more »

QC raises issue of competition at fifth day of media merger appeal

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
In the fifth day of the media merger appeal in the High Court in Wellington, the Commerce Commission’s lawyers have begun their arguments against overturning the regulator’s rejection of the country’s two largest print media companies joining together. Read more »

Roadworks – day and night – will cause weekend delays on SH58 at Haywards


News from NZTA
Motorists should allow extra time for their journeys on State Highway 58 over Labour weekend, as work continues (weather permitting) on the tie-in between the road and the new Haywards Interchange. Read more »

Virtual reality preview of urban development ideas for Karori


News from VUW
The Karori community will be able to visualise urban development in their neighbourhood through virtual reality, thanks to Victoria University of Wellington Master of Architecture student Daniel Innes. Read more »

Interactive virtual reality travel experience created at the airport

Press Release – Wrestler

Wellington International Airport engaged Wrestler, leaders in VR/AR storytelling, to create a unique and interactive VR experience that takes users on a trip to some of Singapore Airlines’ destinations from Wellington. Read more »

New report forecasts strong virtual reality sector growth

Press Release – NZVRARA
The New Zealand VR/AR Association Inc. has today released the first of two studies commissioned on the New Zealand VR/AR Ecosystem. Read more »

WCC reappoints Kevin Lavery as chief executive for two more years

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has agreed to reappoint its Chief Executive Kevin Lavery, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. Read more »

Dreamliner flight to Wellington for World Cup football fans

Press Release – Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand will operate a flight between Auckland and Wellington on Saturday 11 November using its 302 seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to help football fans see the All Whites take on Peru in the FIFA World Cup – Intercontinental Playoff. Read more »

All businesses should commit to being a living wage employer – economist

Press Release – Make Lemonade
Leading economic researcher BERL has challenged all businesses to become Living Wage employers to make a real difference to New Zealanders and their communities. Read more »

Alexi’s story: helping others to stay housed


by Lee-Anne Duncan of the Community Comms Collective
Sometimes it’s not just about getting housed, but about staying housed. After spending four years on the street himself, Wellington local Alexi knows what it’s like to be homeless more than most. These days, he’s a proud part of the team at the Downtown Community Ministry who offer a helping hand to taumai at risk of losing their accommodation. Read more »

Property values increase across Kāpiti Coast

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Newly-released rating revaluations for the Kāpiti district show strong increases in property values. Read more »

Koraunui Stokes Valley community hub ready to open

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The new Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub will be officially opened by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace on Friday 27 October. Read more »

Most popular with cruise ships: Auckland, Wellington, Fiordland, Dunedin

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
New Zealand was visited by 222,000 cruise ship passengers in the year ended June 2017. This was down 7 percent from the June 2016 year, but was 14 percent higher than the June 2015 year. The drop from 2016 partly reflected fewer ships being available. Read more »

Wellington cricket software developer in receivership; ran out of options

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
CricHQ, the cloud-based cricket software developer, has been tipped into receivership after failing to convert interest in the product into commercial success. Read more »

Air New Zealand offers extra flights for World Cup football fans

Press Release – Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is deploying additional capacity between Auckland and Wellington over the weekend of 11-12 November to help football fans see the All Whites take on Peru in the FIFA World Cup – Intercontinental Playoff at Westpac Stadium. Read more »

Lawyers disagree on “moveable feast” in media merger appeal case

BusinessEesk report by Sophie Boot
Lawyers in the media merger appeal case in Wellington’s High Court have clashed over a second appeal made by lawyers for Stuff and NZME, which the Commerce Commission says has been undisciplined and inappropriate. Read more »

The Courage to Act – conference at St Andrew’s

Press Release – St Andrews Trust
The St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society finishes its 2017 programme with a mini-conference on 3 and 4 November on the Courage to Act. Read more »

City Mission re-launching its “be a star” campaign for Christmas

Press Release – City Mission
Last Christmas the Wellington City Mission was encouraged to see thousands of people across Greater Wellington come together to be stars to families and individuals in need. Because of this generous support, they were able to feed around 3,000 people through their Christmas food parcels and provide kids with over 9,300 gifts to enjoy on Christmas Day! Not only that, they were also able to support 31 other local agencies with food and goods, making a real difference right across the Wellington region. Read more »

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