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Second fixed speed camera installed on ‘high risk’ motorway near Horokiwi

News from NZ Police
Motorists driving between Wellington and Petone will now see a new fixture – the housing for a second fixed speed camera on this stretch of motorway. Read more »

Banner above Midland Park protests at oil exploration in Northland

News from Oil Free Wellington

Today members of Oil Free Wellington targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading ‘Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil’ to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil’s New Zealand office is located. The Norwegian oil company has been granted 15 year exploration permits off the coast of Northland. Read more »

Infratil lowers earnings guidance after selling Australian energy companies

BusinessDesk report by Suze Metherell
Infratil, the Wellington-based infrastructure investor, has lowered earnings guidance for the coming year by as much as $40 million, reflecting the sale of its Australian energy assets. Read more »

Weta’s experts to share stories and images at Te Papa for 20th anniversary

News from Te Papa
Weta Digital and Weta Workshop are celebrating 20 years of creativity and innovation in entertainment. Over the month of October, these companies are sharing behind-the-scenes stories and imagery in a series of events at Te Papa that will provide a rare look into how they work. Read more »

Wellington architect receives inaugural women’s leadership award

News from South Pacific Architecture Ltd
Wellington architect Cecile Bonnifait is won of three women acknowledged in the inaugural Architecture+Women:NZ Awards, a programme set up to celebrate the oft-overlooked contribution of women to the New Zealand building industry. Read more »

After 8-week convalescence, little blue penguin released at Himatangi

News from Wildbase

Ian McKelvie assists Wildbase Technicians with the release of the little blue penguin at Himatangi Beach

Having spent eight weeks regaining weight, waterproofing and practising her swimming prowess, a little blue penguin was released this morning at Himatangi Beach.

Found on a Whanganui beach, the penguin was sent to Wanganui Bird Rescue, where wildlife rehabilitator Dawne Morton provided first aid before sending her on to Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital. The penguin was lucky to be alive. While blood tests, x-rays and samples indicated there was nothing medically wrong, it was starved and emaciated, weighing a mere 543 grams.

Wildbase Hospital staff slowly reintroduced food, until the penguin was readily eating salmon, which is kindly donated by Wildbase supporters King Salmon. Once back to her optimum body weight, the penguin was given daily swims in a shallow, free-flowing water pool, where she worked on her waterproofing. Her fitness was then tested in deeper pools. Two months later and a healthy 900gms, she was considered fit for release back into the wild.

Wildbase veterinarian Dr Kerri Morgan says whenever possible wildlife are returned to the same location they were found. “But there are no known local little blue penguin colonies at Whanganui, so we suspect she may have been a bit off course. We’ve erred on the side of caution and decided to release her at Himatangi, where there is an existing population.”

“Releases are done early in the morning to allow the bird time to orientate itself with the area, and hopefully find friends and a place to sleep for the night,” Dr Morgan says. “Weather conditions must be right too. We do our best to eliminate any further stress.”

Rangitikei MP and Wildbase Recovery Community Trust ambassador Ian McKelvie joined the release team. Wildbase Recovery Community Trust is a charitable trust tasked with raising funds that will be granted to Palmerston North City Council for the sole purpose of building, operating and maintaining a community funded wildlife recovery centre in Palmerston North’s Victoria Esplanade. In a unique collaboration, Wildbase Recovery will be built and owned by Palmerston North City Council and co-managed by Massey University’s veterinary school.

“The little blue penguin’s release was the most exciting thing I’ve done since my time in the public eye,” says Mr McKelvie. “Combining Massey University’s expertise with the rest of our community, Wildbase Recovery is well placed to take all the things we are good at in our region and lead the rehabilitation and conservation of New Zealand’s native species.”

It’s patients like this little blue penguin who will most benefit Wildbase Recovery, which will include three aviaries with 16m2 recovery pools for ocean, shore, and wetland birds. The pools are specifically designed to help injured and sick seabirds to regain their strength and regrow their waterproofing feathers.

Little blue penguins are the world’s smallest penguin, standing at just 25cm. While found throughout New Zealand, they come ashore only at night to live in underground burrows, which means they are rarely seen. Their population has been declining, and their status is “near threatened”. The biggest threat to their survival is predators such as unleashed dogs.

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Teachers say draft legislation is sloppy, will unleash a monster

Press Release – Post Primary Teachers Association
The legislation around the government’s EDUCANZ body is so sloppy it is impossible to know what kind of monster will eventually be unleashed, says PPTA president Angela Roberts. Read more »

Two hours of speed networking with radio programmers

Press Release – Music Managers Forum
The Music Managers Forum (MMF) will present a speed networking session in Wellington this month for music managers interested in gaining valuable insight into local radio, as well as the opportunity to sit face to face with a line-up of esteemed radio industry personnel. Read more »

Free rugby tickets will take 1500 Hutt children to Lions match at Stadium

Press Release – Hutt City Council
In a couple of weeks 1900 kids and their parents from Lower Hutt will watch the rugby at Westpac Stadium in Wellington – for a large number, this will be a new experience. Read more »

Black Sticks to play Japan and Australia in Kāpiti

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Hockey New Zealand has announced the Black Sticks will play two matches against Japan at the Kapiti Sports Turf in Paraparaumu on 21/22 November. Read more »

Wellington Orcas challenge dominant Auckland in youth tournament

Press Release – New Zealand Rugby League
Central Vipers and Wellington Orcas hold the hopes of a nation, as they challenge an Auckland domination at the “Got A Trade?” NZRL National Youth Tournament in Rotorua. Read more »

Bubbles Week will raise money for people with cystic fibrosis

Press Release – Cystic Fibrosis Association
It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it’s for a good cause. Bubbles Week from 13 to 19 October is New Zealand’s national awareness week for Cystic Fibrosis and will see thousands of Kiwis helping to raise money for those living with the condition. Read more »

Kevin Lavery ‘exceeds expectations,’ council gives him a 2 per cent pay rise

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council’s Performance Review Committee has completed its annual review of the performance of Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery and it says his performance has exceeded expectations in his first year. Read more »

Live from the city council – full direct coverage of tonight’s meeting

News from WCC
Forget the mainstream TV news shows – if you want to watch drama, a bit of humour, and real democracy in action – as it happens – then you can watch full live coverage of this evening’s meeting of the Wellington City Council – starting at 5.30pm. Read more »

Specialists and doctors oppose privatisation of hospital lab services

News release from Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is worried that public hospital managers are poised to privatise all or part of the hospital laboratories that look after the health needs of the greater Wellington region. Read more »

$120,000 donated for “very grateful” local ambulance service

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance
The Greater Wellington and Wairarapa communities have collectively donated $120,000 to support their local ambulance service for another year. Read more »

Rally supporting Hong Kong at Chinese Embassy in Wellington today

News release from Bevan Chuang
A rally supporting the rights for universal suffrage and the democratic rights of Hong Kong will take place on Wednesday at 1pm outside the Chinese Embassy in Wellington. Read more »

Two men assault Marton newspaper delivery contractor, and steal his car

News from NZ Police
A newspaper delivery contractor was assaulted and his vehicle was stolen when he was conducting a delivery early this morning. Read more »

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