Archive for June, 2009

Council decides on 3.27 % average increase in rates

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council finalised its Long-Term Council Community Plan last night – agreeing on a plan that will mean an average real rates increase for 2009/10 of 3.27 percent.
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Exhibition marks 10 years of Wellington campus

Press Release – Massey University
Massey’s Wellington campus will this week celebrate its first decade with an exhibition showcasing some of the best work of students and staff, and a photographic display featuring the construction and refurbishment of the landmark Museum building, which has become the campus’s defining feature.

Wellington regional chief executive Professor Andrea McIlroy in the Great Hall of the Museum Building where the exhibition marking the campus’ tenth anniversary is being held.
Wellington regional chief executive Professor Andrea McIlroy in the Great Hall of the Museum Building where the exhibition marking the campus’ tenth anniversary is being held.

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Marketing boot camp to help small businesses

Press Release – The Marketing Company
With the recession affecting the nation’s estimated 280,000 SMEs hard, an Essential Marketing Boot Camp in Wellington will help small businesses market themselves smarter so they can survive and thrive.
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Review of Wellington public transport

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Wellingtonians are encouraged to take part in the first comprehensive review of public transport in Wellington City for many years. Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater Wellington’s Transport and Access Committee, said the review would look at public transport routes, when and how often services run, and how they connect with each other.
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Record numbers at Mardi Gras: 11 arrests

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Despite thousands of revellers packing into Ohakune for the 2009 Ruapehu Mountain Mardis Gras police are pleased to report a very peaceful weekend with only 11 arrests.
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Maori fashion design winners announced

Press Release – Tu Mai Magazine
In what was described as ‘Project Runway stylz’, by a budding fashion designer, the inaugural Miromoda Maori Fashion Design Award’s first time outing was a resounding success in Wellington at the weekend.

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Chamber values free trade deals

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Export statistics released today show the importance of Free Trade Agreements and suggest that New Zealand’s eventual economic recovery is likely to be export-led according to the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce. Read more »

Wellington’s technology sector bucking recession

Press Release – Potentia
Amidst the challenges of the worldwide recession, the Wellington IT sector appears to be bucking the wider economic trends and thriving in many areas, according to the findings of a recent survey of hundreds of senior IT professionals.
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World record: 54,527 cans in Civic Square

Press Release – On The Edge Trust
On the 26th and 27th of June 2009, Wellington Secondary School leaders and the ON THE EDGE Trust planned a Guinness World Record attempt in Wellington’s Civic Square for the Largest Canned Food Structure.

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Adam Gallery: new work from nine NZ artists

Press Release – Adam Art Gallery
The Adam Art Gallery has invited nine New Zealand artists, designers and writers to produce new works that respond to our uncertain times – and speculate on the future.
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Wellington driver eighth in offroad event

Press Release – Offroad Association NZ
The 2009 offroad racing national championship is shaping up to be a duel between the fastest unlimited-class and Super 1600 cars in the country, with the smaller classes fighting over points at events where the big class one cars miss a top-points tally.

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Event outright winner Clive Thornton of Whakatane.

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Harbour Capital Marathon – McLean’s fifth win

Press Release – Harbour Capital Marathon
Wellington’s Grant McLean held off a record field to win his fifth consecutive Shoe Clinic Harbour Capital Marathon in Wellington today.
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Yeah right. Faster buses will make us internationally competitive

by Lindsay Shelton

A very strange claim was made in the mayor’s announcement that the council is going against public opinion and reopening the Manners Mall to traffic … well, at least to buses. Defending this decision, even rejoicing in it, Mayor Prendergast said it was necessary “if we want an internationally competitive city that’s easy to get around.”

I’ve been thinking about this claim since I first read it earlier this month. And I’ve decided I don’t believe it. I don’t believe there’s any link between international competitiveness and the speed of Wellington buses. I have also decided I don’t believe that reopening the Manners Mall to traffic will do anything to improve the experience that people have in Wellington or to make the city more vibrant (more claims made by the mayor).

Indeed I don’t believe that the world will pay any attention if our buses get through the centre of the city a minute or two faster.
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New format for Hawke’s Bay wine festival

Press Release – Hawkes Bay Winegrowers Inc.
Hawke’s Bay’s iconic annual Harvest Hawke’s Bay Wine Festival, now into its 15th year, is to benefit from a format makeover to ensure it continues to appeal to locals and is better positioned to attract wine lovers from other regions.
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Bats: Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre

Press Release – Young and Hungry
OYSTER, SIT ON IT & URBAN HYMNS; 10-25 July: 6.30pm, 8.00pm & 9.30pm; BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
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Circa: Entertaining Mr. Sloane

Press Release – Circa Theatre
Entertaining Mr Sloane is a hilarious no shame romp of filthy goings-on in British suburbia! Middle-aged homebody Kath and her brother Ed are more than happy to accommodate the young and extremely sexy Mr. Sloane into their home.
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“Cowardly” robbery in Webb Street

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Police are appealing for witnesses and any information concerning an aggravated robbery that occurred between 4:45am and 5:20am on Sunday 28th June in Webb Street, Wellington.
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Police need more information on murders

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Porirua police say they still need key information from the public in the investigation of two young women murdered in Titahi Bay yesterday.
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