Archive for the 'Business' Category

Living wage decision “fantastic” for low income families, say campaigners

News from Living Wage Aotearoa
The Living Wage movement in the Wellington region has applauded Wellington Regional councillors for committing to becoming a living wage council today. Read more »

Porirua’s weather forecasts to get better, with new MetService system

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua residents will soon receive more reliable weather forecasts with the imminent installation of an automated weather station on Elsdon Park. Currently Porirua’s weather forecasts are based on data gathered from Mana Island where the current weather station is located. Read more »

GNS Science names Ian Simpson as its chief executive

Press Release – GNS Science
Ian Simpson, currently the Chief Executive of the Earthquake Commission, has been named as the new Chief Executive of GNS Science. He will take up his new role on 30 January. Read more »

Are councils redundant?

by Ian Apperley
Up till yesterday, only 10,980 Wellingtonians had voted. The last local election saw a 40.85% return with 55,716 voting papers returned. So it’s looking like this year could have an even lower return. Read more »

Council funding arrangements “above reproach” – Lavery responds to critics

Media release from WCC
Wellington City Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery says he is surprised at today’s Dominion Post report regarding the Singapore Airlines deal, and comments relating to his performance that have been carried in the past few hours by the DomPost. Read more »

“Under a bus;” Nick criticises Justin for comment on airline funding

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Whitereia Newswire report by Shar Davis
Nick Leggett today accused Justin Lester of throwing the Wellington City Council’s chief executive “under a bus”. Read more »

Justin announces post-election summit to make consensus plans for growth

News from Justin Lester
Wellington mayoral candidate Justin Lester has announced his intention to hold a post election summit within six weeks of the local body elections to build consensus around a plan to grow Wellington under his mayoralty. Read more »

$150m upgrade for J’ville shopping centre

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News from United Future NZ Party
Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has welcomed news that the Stride Property Group has lodged resource consent applications with the Wellington City Council for resource consents to upgrade the Johnsonville Shopping Centre. Read more »

Boulcott Street Bistro celebrating 25 years

Press Release – Boulcott Street Bistro
Wellington’s Boulcott Street Bistro celebrates 25 years of hospitality this October, making it one of Wellington’s oldest owner-operator dining establishments. Read more »

Eradicating rats and stoats from Miramar – start of predator-free capital project

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News from WCC
The Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and the Next Foundation today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. Read more »

Successes, failures, and propaganda

by Ian Apperley
The Wellington City Council has just released its annual report and it makes for interesting reading. It is, once again, along with the accompanying press release, a masterful exercise in propaganda.
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Noisy protest in CBD against Todd’s oil and gas exploration

News from Oil Free Wellington
Community group Oil Free Wellington will be making noise at Todd Corporation’s Wellington headquarters today to protest against the company’s ongoing oil and gas exploration, including fracking. Read more »

Hutt Valley businesses confident

Press Release – Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce
Hutt Valley business confidence in New Zealand’s economy has significantly improved according to the latest Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Confidence Survey, sponsored by Red Hot Business Coaching. Read more »

Candidates and sustainability

by Dave McArthur
Rating election candidates for their sustainability is based on the question: “What if information is physical? What if the physical world is essentially information?” Read more »

“It’s been a privilege,” says Celia, reporting $6m surplus

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says it has been a privilege to lead the Capital for the past six years and that Wellington is now an even more progressive, smart and diverse city, which is flourishing and growing. Read more »

Survey shows majority of candidates oppose Frank Kitts Park redevelopment

Waterfront Watch today released the results from a survey of candidates’ views on Frank Kitts Park. Of a total of 37 candidates, only two Mayoral candidates and two Council candidates have given full support to the planned $5.5million redevelopment of Frank Kitts Park and creation of a Chinese garden. Read more »

Dude, where’s my surf break?


by Michael Gunson
The Surfbreak Protection Society (SPS) would like to think that its submission opposing the runway extension and artificial swell focus reef is the cause of the airport company’s decision to suspend and revise its consent application. The reality is probably that the submission is only one of a number that led Wellington International Airport Ltd to suspend the process. Read more »

NZ designer wins top WoW award

News from WoW
From a field of 133 garments, New Zealand designer Gillian Saunders’ Supernova won the Brancott Estate Supreme WOW® Award at tonight’s international World of WearableArt™ (WOW®) Awards Show in Wellington. Read more »

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