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Armed man robs Westpac Bank in Petone

News from NZ Police
The Westpac Bank on Jackson Street in Petone was robbed by an armed man just before noon today. Read more »

Council approves “modest” 3.6% rates increase, plans to start work on Town Hall

A rates increase of 3.6 per cent was announced last night by the Wellington City Council, after it adopted its Annual Plan. It’s a “modest” increase, says the council. Other decisions confirmed last night include establishing the controversial Urban Development Agency, which the council says will “rapidly increase” the supply of accordable housing, and (at last) starting work on strengthening the Town Hall.

The Town Hall news comes in the last sentence of the council’s press release, along with building the Movie Museum and Convention Centre which are defined as being “subject to council approval.” The Town Hall strengthening has already been approved by the council – twice. Read more »

Te Papa cancels $140,000 purchase of Snell singlet

News from Te Papa
Cordy’s auction house has confirmed today that it will not be proceeding with the sale of a singlet, which had been described as the one worn by Peter Snell in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Read more »

Bus services reduced on Tuesday during union meeting

Press Release – NZ Bus
On Tuesday 5 July GO Wellington and Valley Flyer bus services will be disrupted due to a meeting of the Tramways Union. Read more »

Water quality at Island Bay and Owhiro Bay “not so great”

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Many places in Wellington City are good for swimming but a few spots are not so great, especially after rain, a new Recreational Water Quality report card shows. Read more »

New app turns mobile phone wallpapers into prime time

Press Release – Ad Cloud Company
Soon the home screen on your mobile phone will be much more than just a ‘pretty face’ – or a place for ‘nice’ wallpaper – following the launch of a Wellington-developed app that turns your home screen into a communications channel for creatives, friends, family, NPOs and brands. Read more »

Ice rink opens on waterfront on Saturday; 20,000 skaters expected

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington’s waterfront will be transformed into a winter wonderland from Saturday when the Wellington City Council hosts the Resene Cool Colour Ice Rink & Slide for the second year running. Read more »

They’ll be judging pork, bacon and ham in Wellington today

Press Release – NZ Pork
New Zealand pork, bacon and ham lovers pay attention – the ninth annual judging of the 100% New Zealand Pork, Bacon & Ham Competitions kicks of this Friday in Wellington. Read more »

Island Bay parking changes to improve visibility from driveways

Wellington city councillors will tomorrow be asked to agree to reduce parking on The Parade in Island Bay so that residents will have better visibility when moving their vehicles in and out of their driveways. Read more »

City Council re-thinking the future of Jack Ilott Green

News from Cr Helene Ritchie
Jack Ilott Green is on the way to being saved by Wellington City Council. Read more »

Chapman Tripp welcomes a new Chief Executive Partner

Press Release – Chapman Tripp
Chapman Tripp farewells the firm’s current Chief Executive Partner, Andrew Poole, and welcomes his incoming replacement, corporate partner Nick Wells. Read more »

Russell McVeagh gets a Rainbow Tick

Press Release – Russell McVeagh
Following a six month audit process, New Zealand’s premier commercial law firm, Russell McVeagh, is proud to have been awarded Rainbow Tick certification. Read more »

Celebrating 115 years of the Soup Kitchen

Press Release – Compassion Soup Kitchen
“You picked me up off the street, fed me, loved me back to health.” This is what one guest said of the Compassion Soup Kitchen. Read more »

Sam Morgan leaving board of Xero

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Trade Me founder and serial tech investor Sam Morgan will step down from the board of Xero at the accounting software developer’s annual meeting next month. Read more »

US students gaining smart business experience in Wellington

Press Release – Massey University
Nine American university students are making the most of their summer break with a unique tour of New Zealand that combines tourism with business field trips and a work experience placement. Read more »

Teenage Stewart sisters boost NZ entry at Aussie Kart Champs

Press Release – KartSport
Wellington karting siblings Ashleigh and Madeline Stewart have boosted Kiwi numbers entered in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Kart Championships at Ipswich in Queensland this weekend. Read more »

Crushing end to topflight netball career for Elias Scheres

Press Release – Central Pulse
A serious knee injury has brought an abrupt end to the top flight netball career of hard working and humble Pulse midcourter Elias Scheres. Read more »

Orchestra Wellington presents Capriccio, with Anna Leese

Press Release – Orchestra Wellington
New Zealand soprano Anna Leese is coming from Italy to sing one of Kiri Te Kanawa’s favourite roles with Orchestra Wellington. Read more »

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