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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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Police seek hit-and-run driver who ran away after injuring motorcyclist

News from NZ Police
Whanganui Police are appealing for public help in locating the driver of a car who was last night involved in a hit and run which left a motorcyclist with serious injuries. Read more »

Carol Hirschfeld leaving Maori TV, joining Radio New Zealand

News from RadioNZ
Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson has announced that Carol Hirschfeld, the former General Manager Production for Maori TV, is to join Radio New Zealand as Head of Content and Radio New Zealand Networks Presentation Manager, John Howson, has been appointed to the new role as Head of Radio. Read more »

Australian investors negotiating to buy office tower at 125 The Terrace

BusinessDesk report by Suze Metherell
Quattro Asset Management, an Australian fund manager, is in negotiations to buy two office towers in Wellington and Auckland from Precinct Properties New Zealand, and two Auckland industrial assets from Goodman Property Trust. Read more »

“We managed to keep costs low:” Regional Council reports on its work

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Greater Wellington Regional Council 2013/14 Annual Report, adopted today, highlights the wide variety of the work undertaken by the council. Read more »

Re-cycled Christmas trees – exhibition planned in Hutt CBD

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council has teamed up with Te Omanga Hospice to bring the first Recycled Christmas Tree exhibition to the region. Read more »

VUw researcher awarded five-year $800,000 Rutherford fellowship

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
A Victoria University of Wellington researcher is among a small group of leading New Zealand scientists to receive Rutherford Discovery Fellowships. Read more »

VUW research reveals warnings from warming Antarctic ocean

News from Victoria University of Wellington

Changes taking place in the oceans around Antarctica could result in an abrupt rise in global sea level, according to a Victoria University of Wellington led study. Read more »

Borodin Quartet in Wellington in October

Press Release – SWPR
They are sounding better than ever. Are they now the world’s best? All I know is that I never heard quartet playing at quite that level before” – Ottawa Citizen.
One of the world’s longest-lasting and most revered string quartet ensembles, the Borodin Quartet, will perform in Wellington this October

Chamber Music New Zealand presents the Borodin Quartet as part of the 2014 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season. The tour begins in Wellington on Friday 16 October.

Founded originally in 1945 in Moscow, the quartet’s history maps that of the Soviet era and beyond. The original members were colleagues and friends of Shostakovich – who personally consulted with them on each of his quartets – and played at the funerals of both Stalin and Prokofiev.

Now, almost 70 years later, the quartet’s members come from a new generation, yet have remained true to their roots and to the artistic excellence and integrity that has always been a hallmark of this astonishing ensemble.

The programme for the New Zealand tour features music from the composers for which the Borodin Quartet is renowned: a quintessentially Russian first half, followed by Beethoven’s monumental Op 130, symphonic in scale, the work that pushes to the very limits of expression and considered by many to be the greatest of his late quartets.

The Myaskovsky string quartet is neoromantic, impassioned, stirring Russian writing at its best, while the Shostakovich String Quartet No 11 remains one of his most personal and emotional works, “a crumbling, disintegrating memorial to lost happiness”, dedicated to the memory of one of his close friends.

For full tour details and booking information visit

Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges major funding from Creative New Zealand. The Borodin Quartet is presented in association with Musica Viva Australia and is part of Arts Festival Dunedin 2014.

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Five Wellington artists at the Dowse

Press Release – The Dowse Art Museum
Nine metres of hydrangeas in oil paint, a translucent pyramid, colourful collage, experimental jewellery and captivating performance work are some of the treats that The Dowse Art Museum has to offer as part of biennial exhibition Solo 2014. Read more »

Kirwan coming to Wellington to talk about his book on helping teenagers

Press Release – Penguin Books
Blues rugby coach and spokesperson for mental health awareness, Sir John Kirwan, will be in Wellington for one night this October to talk about his new book,Stand By Me: Helping your teen through tough times. Wellington based clinical psychologists, husband and wife team, Elliot Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell, are JK’s co-authors and will join him on stage for a conversation led by children’s author Kate De Goldi. Read more »

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