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Saved again: Environment Court again rejects demolition of Harcourts Building

harcourts bldg

Wellington.Scoop
The heritage Harcourts Building has been saved again. The Environment Court has ruled, for a second time, that the building should not be demolished. The court decision says there are alternatives to demolition which will achieve public safety and save the building. It says the building can be repaired to reach 100 per cent of the earthquake code. It adds that such repairs would also remove a threat to part of the neighbouring HSBC Building. Read more »

TSB Bank extends its naming rights to waterfront Arena, and adds Shed 6

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has signed an agreement with TSB Bank which increases the Bank’s investment in the Capital City for another ten years. The deal gives the bank the rights to continue its brand association and leverage with the TSB Bank Arena, and now also with the adjacent Shed 6 convention centre. Read more »

$7.4m to upgrade and strengthen council apartments in Kilbirnie


How the upgraded Kotuku flats will look in 2016.

News from WCC
Homes for 50 more people will be created when the $7.4 million upgrade of the Kotuku Apartments in Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, is complete. Work started this week. Kotuku is the latest Wellington City Council social housing complex to undergo a transformation as part of the council’s $400 million housing upgrade programme. Read more »

100 new apartments and 93 new houses approved for Wellington last month

News from Statistics NZ
A total of 193 new dwellings were consented in Wellington last month – a hundred of these were apartments. Read more »

Bid to establish ICT graduate school in Wellington, to help companies thrive

News from VUW
Three Wellington tertiary providers are working with industry to develop a joint Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate School that addresses the needs of the region. Read more »

Euan Murdoch leaving CMNZ to become new director of Music School

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Willis has announced the appointment of Euan Murdoch as the new Director of Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM). Read more »

Lorde and Joel Little win two “most performed” awards at Silver Scrolls

News from APRA – AMCOS
Lorde’s Ella Yelich-O’Connor and her producer Joel Little won two awards at tonight’s Silver Scroll presentations in Wellington. Their song ‘Team’ won the Most Performed New Zealand Work in New Zealand, and ‘Royals’ won the Most Performed New Zealand Work Internationally. Read more »

Technology from Wellington’s Gibson Group at new Australian Anzac Centre

Press Release – The Gibson Group
A Wellington multi-disciplinary media design company, Gibson Group, is using cutting edge audio-visual technology to bring Anzac stories to life at the new National Anzac Centre in Albany, Western Australia. Read more »

QC to represent Save the Basin group at flyover appeal in High Court

News from Save the Basin
The Save the Basin Campaign Inc has secured the services of Matthew Palmer QC to represent it in the High Court when the NZ Transport Agency appeals against the decision to decline resource consent for a flyover at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Police dig up $310,000 cash in drug raid; 50-year-old farmer in jail

News from NZ Police
Hawke’s Bay Police have seized $310,000 in cash and $175,000 worth of methamphetamine in a major drug operation this week. Read more »

Ticket prices reduced, and prizes offered, for February’s Wellington Sevens

Wellington.Scoop
Ticket prices have been cut for the Wellington Sevens in February. Tickets that were $199 are now on sale for $149. Premium zone seats can now be bought for $195 instead of $235. Read more »

Free wi-fi on new express bus service to link Wellington and Auckland

BusinessDesk report by Fiona Rotherham
Competition has increased in the long-distance bus market with the launch today of a new city-to-city express service, ManaBus.com. Read more »

Te Papa opening an exhibit about Shrek the sheep, a “lovable southern rogue”

News from Te Papa
The children of Central Otago’s Tarras School will be in Wellington on Friday to see their favourite southern rogue, Shrek the sheep, make his debut at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Read more »

70th anniversary reunion this weekend of Polish children’s arrival

Press Release – Joint Press Release
The first invited refugees who arrived in New Zealand on 1 November 1944, ‘The Pahiatua Polish Children,’ will commemorate their arrival and life in New Zealand, together with their families, at 70th reunion events in Pahiatua and Wellington from Thursday until Sunday. Read more »

The Great Wellington Hunt – a race through city history on Sunday

News from the Great Wellington Hunt
How well do you know Wellington? On Sunday at 12:30pm, you can test your knowledge at The Great Wellington Hunt. Read more »

Kim Workman awarded Stout fellowship; plans book on criminal justice

News from VUW
The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Read more »

Tim Corballis to be writer in residence at VUW – a room and $50,000

News from VUW
The Victoria University of Wellington/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2015 is novelist and essayist Dr Tim Corballis. He receives $50,000 and a writing room at Victoria’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Read more »

Kumiko Matsumoto’s Wellington viewpoint wins top prize in student exhibition

Press Release – Weltec
A recent arrival to New Zealand Kumiko Matsumoto has taken out the top creative award in an exhibition of young creative talent showing at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11 on Wellington’s Queens Wharf. Read more »

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