Archive for the 'Business' Category

KiwiBank, with 903,000 customers, reports increased profit of $127m

BusinessDesk report by Tina Morrison
Kiwibank, the banking unit of state-owned New Zealand Post, will pay its first annual dividend after 13 years of operation, reflecting its increased size, record profits and its ability to fund its own activities. Read more »

Journalists mark National Poetry Day with “Whim Wham” readings

Press Release – NewsRoom_Plus
Wellington-based online news agency NewsRoom_Plus has chipped into National Poetry Day by recording a reading of two satirical and whimsical newspaper verses from the days of ‘Whim Wham’. Read more »

It’s approved: Wellington Airport is getting a leaning tower

Press Release – Airways New Zealand

Resource consent has been granted for a new air traffic control tower for Wellington Airport – a building which will appear to lean into Wellington’s prevailing northerly wind. Read more »

New bus depot opened at Kaiwharawhara

Press Release – NZBus
The Minister of Transport Simon Bridges officially opened NZ Bus’ new depot in Kaiwharawhara today. The strategic location of the depot, near the Wellington Railway Station, provides operational efficiencies and complements the city’s planned network changes. Read more »

Cost-cutting threatens help for 1000 old people in Manawatu

News from PSA
The Public Service Association says cuts to MidCentral DHB funding for home management may result in less work and loss of jobs for workers who support some of Manawatu’s most vulnerable residents. Read more »

Statoil breaking rules to woo iwi by meeting in Wellington café

Press Release – Greenpeace
Norwegian oil giant Statoil has been snapped during a visit to Wellington, trying to win over individual iwi leaders rather than engaging collectively in line with its own protocols. Read more »

$434m spent on essential city services; $800m confirmed for new council projects

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council reports that there are strong financial results in its 2014 -15 Annual Report approved by the full council yesterday. Read more »

Tougher controls on car-washing to stop pollution going into Porirua Harbour

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua City Council last night passed a stormwater bylaw to control what people flush into the stormwater network to better protect Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour. Read more »

Five councils start planning how to provide emergency water supplies

Press Release – Wellington Water Committee
The Wellington Water Committee is taking a regional approach to the challenge of getting Wellington’s water network up and running after a major incident. Read more »

Gambling in Porirua – council asks: are restrictions necessary?

Press Release – Porirua City Council
The Porirua Council is seeking residents’ views on changes to gambling policy as part of its three yearly review of the policy. Read more »

8 startups: NZ’s first Manufacturing Accelerator opens in Lower Hutt

Press Release – Lighting Lab
The doors are open. Lightning Lab Manufacturing kicked off in Lower Hutt this week, welcoming eight hardware startups into the three month programme. Read more »

Environment Court to decide: should there be another new building on the waterfront

Waterfront Watch yesterday ended its case against the plan for Willis Bond to build a new five-level building on the north Kumutoto end of the Wellington waterfront. Read more »

Rail workers’ union going to court on status of Chinese workers at Hutt rail yards

News from Rail and Maritime Transport Union
The RMTU is heading to the Employment Relations Authority to determine whether Chinese engineers, who are removing asbestos from KiwiRail locomotives at KiwiRail’s Hutt yards and elsewhere, are covered under New Zealand employment law, announces RMTU General Secretary Wayne Butson. Read more »

Travelodge Hotel for sale – 132 rooms, four stars

Press Release – Colliers International
The 132 room, four star Travelodge Hotel in Wellington is for sale. Read more »

Making verandahs safer – city council now has new rules

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has adopted a verandahs bylaw, Structures in Public Places – Verandahs. It provides clear obligations for building owners and gives the council a single regulatory framework. The bylaw is effective from 1 September. Read more »

Goodbye Jackson Street? Hello big box … PM launches Bunnings in Petone

Press Release – Acumen Republic
The redevelopment of Petone as a big box retail destination took a step closer last night as Prime Minister John Key officially turned the sod of the Petone development, 47 The Esplanade. Read more »

What to do at the Basin? And who’ll be making the decisions?

basin panorama

by Lindsay Shelton
You thought the Transport Agency made all the roading decisions? Not according to the DomPost, which reports the Prime Minister as saying: “We need to find a solution …. I just don’t have answers to it at the moment.”
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Hutt libraries supporting local businesses with clinics and workshops

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Local businesses and start-ups from across the city are benefiting from new services and workshops at Hutt City Libraries. Read more »

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