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Is Hutt City’s 2.3% rates increase the region’s lowest?

News from Hutt City Council
Nearly 600 submissions on the Council’s 2017-2018 Annual Plan have been received since the calling for submissions on 28 March. Submissions close at 5pm on Friday. Read more »

Not till 2020: new and official release dates announced for Avatar sequels


James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels now have official release dates – the first is to be released in December 2020, two years later than previously expected. Read more »

“Not suspicious:” body of middle-aged woman found in water at Queens Wharf

News from NZ Police
Police investigating the death of a woman discovered in the water at Queens Wharf in Wellington on Friday have established that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. Read more »

Helicopter rescues injured mountain biker and boatie

News from Philips Search and Rescue Trust
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Kohitere Forest east of Levin yesterday morning for a man in his 30s injured after he fell while mountain biking. Read more »

Treaty of Waitangi moved from Archives to National Library

News from NZ Government
Three of New Zealand’s most precious constitutional documents were moved to a new location in a unique ceremonial procession in Wellington overnight. Read more »

Rimutaka Hill Road closed for three hours by landslide at summit

News from NZ Police
A landslide on State Highway 2 at the summit of the Rimutaka Hill closed the road in both directions for three hours tonight. Read more »

More concerns about safety of Hutt water supply, so chlorination continuing

News from Wellington Regional Council
Chlorination of Lower Hutt’s water supply is to continue while investigations into the source of recent positive E.coli test results are underway. Read more »

Wellington scientists first to march in global political event

News from PSA
New Zealand scientists were the first in the world to take part in the Global March for Science today. Read more »

Missing for 24 hours; police find 12-year-old girl and she’s “safe and well”


News from NZ Police
Wellington Police have found the 12-year-old girl who was missing from her home in Naenae. She is safe and well. Read more »

Wellington City Chorus wins top award at national competition

Press Release – Sweet Adelines
This weekend the best in a cappella singing wowed audience and judges at the Distinctly Dunedin Sweet Adelines NZ national competitions.

2017 Champions

• The Champion Chorus – Wellington City Chorus, under the musical direction of David Brooks and Henriette Hunkin-Tagaloa, will represent New Zealand at the International Competitions in St Louis, USA in October 2018.

• The Champion Quartet – L’Attitude brings together singers from Gisborne, Nelson and Christchurch. L’Attitude , Carolyn Duggan (Tenor), Toni Griffin (Lead), Patrice Driver (Bari), Virginia Humphrey-Taylor (Bass) will now represent New Zealand at the International Competition in Las Vegas, USA in October this year.

• Quartets and Choruses from around the country performed energetic a cappella uptunes and sentimental ballads as they vied for the champion trophies.

• With sparkling sequins, dynamic choreography and ringing chords, Sweet Adelines know how to wow an audience.

• Over 450 singers from around New Zealand attended the four day competition event. It was the first time the event was hosted in Dunedin.

• A judging panel of four specialists (in the categories of sound, music, expression and showmanship) travelled from the USA to adjudicate the competition. The winning chorus and quartet will represent New Zealand at the International Competitions. The winning quartet will compete in Las Vegas later this year and the winning chorus will compete in St Louis in 2018.

• Sweet Adelines New Zealand is part of Sweet Adelines International, the largest worldwide organisation of women singers, who are committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance.

• There are around 700 singers in 15 choruses across New Zealand who sing and perform a cappella four-part harmony music, barbershop style. |

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Full Results:

Chorus Competition:

Overall Awards

5th – Sounds of Hawkes Bay Chorus (Napier)
4th – Bella A Cappella NZ (Bay of Islands)
3rd – Greater Auckland Chorus (Auckland)
2nd – Faultline Chorus (Wellington)
1st – Wellington City Chorus (Wellington)

Small Chorus Awards (15-30 singers on stage):
3rd – Dunedin Harmony Chorus Sweet Adelines International
2nd – Manawatu Overtones
1st – Bella A Cappella

Mid-Size Chorus Awards (31-60 singers on stage)
3rd – Greater Auckland Chorus
2nd – Faultline Chorus
1st – Wellington City Chorus

Most Improved Chorus (International Award) – Dunedin Harmony Chorus

Most Improved Chorus (Regional Award) – Bella A Cappella

Quartet Competition:

5th – Hopscotch (Christchurch)
4th – RED (Hamilton)
3rd – MOLTO! (Auckland)
2nd – Aftershock! (Christchurch)
1st – L’Attitude (Gisborne, Nelson, Christchurch)

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Kaibosh’s annual appeal: Make a Meal in May

Press Release – Kaibosh
On Monday 1 May, Kaibosh – the Wellington Region’s food rescue organisation – launches Make a Meal in May, its annual fundraising appeal. Read more »

Cyclist dies after collision with truck

News from NZ Police
A 30-year-old cyclist died in Napier on Friday following a collision with a truck. Read more »

Ken Allen recognised as ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Press Release – Sport Wellington
Ken Allen, long-serving Wellington Phoenix volunteer and Sport Wellington’s Volunteer Strategy Senior Advisor, was presented with the “Volunteer of the Year” award at the Phoenix end of season awards. Read more »

British pianist Kathryn Stott in Wellington in May

Press Release – SWPR
“She plays wonderfully, allowed her music fluidity and space; her virtuoso outpourings are formidable” The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Grammy Award winning British pianist Kathryn Stott comes to Wellington in May as part of her first national tour in Chamber Music New Zealand’s Kaleidoscopes 2017 Season. Read more »

Kapiti Run for Youth raises $12,257

News from Kapiti Business Projects
The Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) is delighted to announce total fundraising for the charity event to be $12,257.50. “We are delighted with this effort by everyone involved,” said Richard Calkin of Web Genius. Read more »

Ren Lunicke at Bats

Press Release – Michelle-Ryan Arts

Ren Lunicke (of the international award-winning genderqueer coming-of-age play “Ze”: queer as f*ck!) is the genuine article, a gender non-binary trans individual making their way through a world that knows little to nothing about people like them. Far from the “safe space” university phenomenon or the diversity of the city, Ren seeks community in the only place they can, the minefield of the internet. Read more »

Tami Neilson at Meow (and Paekakariki) in June

Press Release – Mushroom Group

In her most extensive headline tour of New Zealand this year, multi-award winning songstress Tami Neilson and her Hot Rockin’ Band of Rhythm are taking their hit show the ‘Songs Of Sinners’ on the road this May and June. Read more »

David Rowlands dominates masters cycling in Timaru classic

Report from Calder Stewart
Wellington’s David Rowlands (Christchurch Mitsubishi) restamped his authority on masters racing, in the third round of the Calder Stewart Cycling series, the Kiwi Style Bike Tours Timaru Classic held at Pleasant Point today. Rowlands dominated the day’s break and easily winning a sprint finish with Brent Allnut (Placemakers), winning the 109 kilometre race in two hours and forty minutes to move further ahead in the masters series 45 to 49 age group while Allnut’s effort saw him move into the 35 to 44 classification lead. The day’s winning team was Christchurch Mitsubishi. Read more »

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