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Young, skinny masked man with knife robs dairy in Lower Hutt

News from NZ Police
A dairy in Waterloo Road, Lower Hutt, was robbed by a man with a knife yesterday afternoon. Read more »

Labour Weekend warning: a ticket if you’re more than 4kph over the speed limit

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police will be enforcing a reduced speed tolerance over Labour Weekend. Anyone who drives more than 4kph over the permanent posted speed limit is liable to be ticketed from 4pm on Friday through to 6am on Tuesday. Read more »

City Council highly commended for housing upgrade and town belt

News from WCC
Two Wellington City Council teams were highly commended when the International Association of Public Participation named the best in Australasia at its annual Core Values awards event in Sydney on Wednesday. Read more »

15 Wellington high-tech companies listed in NZ’s top 100

Press Release – Grow Wellington
Wellington’s status as New Zealand’s high tech capital has been confirmed with the release of this year’s Tin100, which measures the performance of New Zealand’s largest export-focused technology companies. Read more »

“Outside the law;” Nicky Hager challenging police seizure of his documents

News release from Terrace Chambers
Nicky Hager’s home in Wellington was searched by police on 2 October. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources. Read more »

Weta Workshop’s global footprint: “even larger and more impressive”

As the Weta brand expands, its global footprint gets even larger and more impressive. That’s yesterday’s verdict from the US edition of the international entertainment newspaper Variety, in an article about the prolific output of Wellington’s Weta Workshop. Read more »

Access to Parliament Buildings restricted after shootings in Canada

Access to Parliament Buildings is to be reduced to two entry points, after today’s shootings in Ottawa. Read more »

Wanganui to celebrate the centenary of its unique Dublin Street Bridge

News from Wanganui District Council

Images courtesy of H&A Memories Collection

There is to be a public celebration of the centenary of the Dublin Street Bridge. It was opened on 3 November 1914 “for traffic, trams, vehiculars, and the people of Wanganui.” Read more »

VUW research casts Katherine Mansfield in a different light

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
A fresh interpretation of early writing by author Katherine Mansfield has not only enhanced understanding of her work, but also sheds light on an important period in New Zealand’s history. Read more »

Naked Bus launching lie-flat sleeper beds between Wellington and Auckland

Press Release – Naked Bus
Kiwi travel company Naked Bus is launching its new Sleeper service, introducing lie-flat beds for customers travelling between Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Wellington. Read more »

20,000 expected at this year’s Christmas in the Hutt event, plus Santa

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Les Mills Christmas in the Hutt is to take place on Saturday 6 December at the Hutt Recreation Ground, and will be the largest in the district. Read more »

89% of Wellingtonians proud of their city, but 74% of us see a problem with alcohol

A “quality of life” survey released today shows that 89 per cent of Wellingtonians are proud of their city’s look and feel. But 74 per cent of them perceive alcohol and drugs as “a bit of a problem” or worse. The survey was released on the same day that the police were challenging city council policies about liquor sales in the CBD. Read more »

12 million train passengers – Auckland beats Wellington, for the first time

News from Auckland Transport
Auckland has pulled ahead of Wellington for train patronage – for the first time. In the year to September, Aucklanders made 12 million passenger trips – a record. In the same period, 11.9 million passengers used Wellington’s trains. Read more »

Hobbit fans coming to Wellington for preview screening with Sir Peter

News from Tourism New Zealand
Gearing up for the 11 December release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, four of New Zealand’s most passionate and dedicated Hobbit fans are about to set off for a real life Middle-earth experience they would once have only dreamed possible. Read more »

Beer Expo organisers reveal details of this weekend’s “adventurous” festival

Press Release – Pacific Beer Expo
With just days left until the 4th Pacific Beer Expo in Wellington, organisers Hashigo Zake and Beer Without Borders can announce more details about what will be on offer. Read more »

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra sells out its first Auckland show

Press Release – Noise PR
Making great Kiwi songs even more singalongable, the wildly popular Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra today announce that their first Auckland show at Civic Theatre’s Wintergarden has sold out. Read more »

Backyard bird-feeders spending millions, but not cleaning the containers

Press Release – University of Auckland
The first-ever study of New Zealanders’ bird-feeding habits – carried out in six cities including Wellington – has found more than 5 million loaves of bread per year are fed to birds, with an estimated $12.3 million spent annually on bird food, according to researchers at the University of Auckland. Read more »

‘Unmanageable workloads;’ million hours of unpaid overtime by public servants

News from PSA
A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue. Read more »

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