Business News

Pasifika/Māori focus for startup business ideas in Porirua

Press Release – Porirua City Council
People wanting to try their hand at launching a startup business can put their ideas and skills into action at Porirua’s Startup Weekend Pasifika. Read more »

Wellington rents and construction costs rising fast

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
Wellington construction costs rose 1.4 percent in the September 2017 quarter (3.2 percent annually), and rents rose 1.0 percent (3.7 percent annual). This was the largest annual increase in Wellington rents since December 2008. Read more »

The rise and fall of WREDA

The news that WREDA is cutting back its activities to focus on six core ambitions is a reminder of the council-owned organisation’s chequered record over its first three years. Read more »

High Court Judge gets lesson about news on Facebook and Twitter

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
Justice Robert Dobson and his self-confessed “Luddite ways” was shown how news can be shared via social media during day one of Stuff and NZME’s appeal, in the High Court in Wellington, against the Commerce Commission’s rejection of their planned merger. Read more »

Whitireia moving trade training to its Porirua campus

Press Release – Whitireia Polytech
Construction and engineering trades training is relocating to the Whitireia Wi Neera Drive campus in Porirua. Read more »

Porirua looking for great ideas

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Share your great ideas for Porirua’s future as we review our District Plan. Read more »

Scott Court is now Hutt City’s first smokefree town centre

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Scott Court in Stokes Valley has become the Hutt Valley’s first smokefree town centre. Hutt City Council officially designated the space smokefree at a Council meeting on 10 October. Read more »

Cult Wine at Bicycle Junction

Press Release – Cult Wine
Natural Wine retailers Cult Wine are well underway their funding drive to bring the wild wine and beer drinkers of New Zealand two evenings of natural wine and sour beer accompanied by wild and foraged food on the 24th and 25th of February. Read more »

Safety in the Porirua spotlight

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Safety in and around your home will be the focus of an exciting event in Porirua’s city centre next week. Read more »

News media merger appeal hearing starts in High Court

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
New Zealand’s two largest news publishers today took their merger appeal to the High Court in Wellington, following the Commerce Commission’s rejection in May. Read more »

It’s still closed, but there’ll be a Town Hall exhibition during Heritage Week

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council is a proud supporter of the inaugural Wellington Heritage Week, which will showcase the history of the capital through events, tours, exhibitions, and behind the scenes sneak peeks from 23-29 October. Read more »

Silverbeet from Lambton Quay was given away


The Wellington City Council is today preparing to give away the silverbeet that it’s been growing in the centre strips of Lambton Quay. It says due to high interest in the silverbeet which is being removed today, people can now collect it outside the train station at 2pm. Anr more: Read more »

NZ property prices on hold – but not in Wellington (up 10% in a year)

Press Release – Trade Me Property
As the country holds out for an election outcome, so too is the New Zealand property market with the national average asking price in a holding pattern, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Read more »

City icon opening for Heritage Week visits


by David Batchelor
Majestically perched over Oriental Bay, St Gerard’s Church and Monastery is an iconic symbol for Wellington and an architectural centre-piece for Mount Victoria. Read more »

Chinese Language Week: Wellingtonians describe the benefits of learning Chinese

Press Release – NZ Chinese Language Week
A week of fun activities and events kick off today for the first day of New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW). Read more »

New Auckland post-production facility aims to compete with Wellington

Press Release – Department of Post
The Auckland region adds to a growing list of world-class screen production facilities with the most state-of-the-art post production facility in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more »

More communities join predator-free campaign

Press Release – Predator Free NZ
Fourteen more communities have joined Kiwibank and Predator Free New Zealand Trust in the fight to protect New Zealand’s precious native wildlife. Read more »

Controlling quality of apartments – could NSW guidelines be good for Wellington?

Opinion by Geraldine Murphy
Could the NSW approach to apartment design quality work in Wellington? Read more »

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