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Sham trams, wishful thinking and the Zhuzhou experiment

by Brent Efford
Last month’s forum on ‘trackless trams’ was clearly no friend of rail, light or heavy. Read more »

Record number of claims for insurance companies

Press Release – Canstar
Recurring natural disasters and extreme events are an ever-present reminder for New Zealanders about the importance of insuring their homes. Earthquakes in Wellington, Christchurch and Kaikoura and Cyclone Gita have hit households and insurers, generating unprecedented interest in the residential insurance sector. Read more »

PaySauce adds Greg Sheehan as CRO

Press Release – PaySauce

SaaS employment solutions platform PaySauce (NZX: PYS) adds Greg Sheehan in a newly created role as Chief Revenue Officer. Read more »

More electricity usage will need more gas-fired generation

BusinessDesk report by Gavin Evans
Accelerating the take-up of electricity for transport and industry will require more gas-fired generation to be kept in the system for longer, projections by the Interim Climate Change Committee show. Read more »

Hutt developers planning more sustainable homes – aiming at zero carbon

News from HCC
Hutt City Council owned developers Urban Plus Ltd (UPL) have made a commitment to building more sustainable homes, as Council works towards a zero carbon target. Read more »

Jasmax announces nine new Associate Principals

Press Release – JASMAX
Jasmax has announced nine New Associate Principals. Read more »

Remembrance Army named as Porirua’s community champions

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua recognised a number of worthy community organisations at the Wellington Airport Community Awards on Tuesday night. Read more »

Ray Grover in authors’ oral history podcast series

Press Release – New Zealand Society of Authors
In the late 1950s, Ray Grover was part of a small circle of Wellington writers that included Maurice Gee, Fleur Adcock and James K. Baxter. Shortly after publishing his first novel, Another Man’s Role in 1967, Ray joined PEN NZ and quickly became involved in the executive. As vice-president he supported Ian Cross in fighting for the author’s fund; by 1974 he was President. Read more »

Little blue penguins stay away from their home under sushi bar outside station

Photo from RNZ

Report from RNZ by Michael Cropp
Nary a flipper, fin or feather was spotted by DOC rangers at the Wellington railway station this morning. Rangers were on the lookout for Little Blue Penguins, after two had to be removed – twice – from under a sushi store near the railway station yesterday, and put in a nesting box on the waterfront. Read more »

Saving and strengthening the Library – early access is possible, at less cost, says engineer

A packed public meeting last night heard a leading architect and a leading structural engineer insist that Wellington’s Central Library can be strengthened and reopened. And they estimated a cost considerably less than the $100million stated by Mayor Justin Lester at the weekend. Read more »

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