Archive for July, 2009

Wellington land settlement welcomed

Press release – NZ Government
The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson has welcomed the enactment of the Port Nicholson Block (Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika) Claims Settlement Bill in Parliament. Read more »

Shield parade, then Lions defeat Otago

Wellington.Scoop
The Ranfurly Shield Parade started at 12.45pm today at the Parliament end of Lambton Quay. And tonight the Wellington Lions retained the Shield and defeated Otago. Read more »

AC/DC sets new box office records

Press Release – Skip Ink
The world’s greatest rock band AC/DC smashed Wellington box office records when tickets to their BLACK ICE WORLD TOUR went on sale this week.
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Secret brief to seek design ideas

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Architecture students are preparing for sleep deprivation as they count down to Superstudio, a 24 hour design ideas competition, which kicks off in Wellington tonight.
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Police warn of high winds, and a crash

Wellington.Scoop
Police are this morning warning of high winds. They have also released details on a crash in Grenada North. Read more »

A warning about our water supply

Wellington.Scoop
The weekly Wellingtonian newspaper, reinvigorated under the editorship of Joseph Romanos, has done a good job this week with revelations and a warning about the Wellington water supply. Read more »

City Council defends its record of reducing pollution in Wellington harbour

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Water quality in the harbour and around Wellington’s coast has been steadily improving in recent years as a result of hundreds of millions of dollars’ investment in infrastructure upgrades, says Wellington City Council Environment Portfolio Leader Celia Wade-Brown.
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Weta Digital gets government investment

Press release – NZ Government
A major TechNZ investment of $5.8 million in a research partnership with Weta Digital over three years announced today has been welcomed by Minister of Research, Science and Technology Wayne Mapp. Weta’s dollar investment will be on a basis of at least two-for-one. Read more »

New digital technology at film festival

Media release – NZ International Film Festival
This morning in Wellington, Film Festival staff test-screened our first ever “studio-quality” digitally delivered “film”. Read more »

Unity Books wins top NZ award

Press Release – Booksellers NZ
Unity Books of Wellington has won the 2009 Independent Bookseller of the Year Award at the annual Booksellers NZ Conference in Auckland.
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How booksellers are beating the recession

Press Release – Booksellers NZ
The independent booksellers of New Zealand are in a buoyant mood. The vast majority are trading at levels comparable with or better than the previous year, according to feedback at the annual Booksellers N.Z. conference.
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It was a cellphone, not a bomb in Petone

Media release – NZ Police
Lower Hutt Police were alerted to a suspicious parcel making ticking noises in Petone this morning. Read more »

Māori language research revealed

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
As Aotearoa celebrates Māori Language Week, a three-year study by Victoria University has identified some differences between the language of leaders in Māori and Pākehā organisations.
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Chefs to compete in wild food challenge

Press Release – Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge
Chefs have a reputation for sometimes getting hot under the collar but finalists in a national cooking competition in Wellington will have good reason to be ‘wild’.
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Opera House: Yeomen of the Guard

Press Release – Wgtn Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Society
Wellington G&S Light Opera opens its 2009 main production at the Wellington Opera House on Friday 14 August, and takes it on its regular tour to regional centres Paraparaumu, Wanganui and Palmerston North, closing there on 5 September.
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Try carpooling says Regional Council

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Next Wednesday is Carpool Day and people in the Wellington region are encouraged to give carpooling a go.
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Man dies in Paekakariki Hill crash

Media release – NZ Police
At approximately 11.35pm on Wednesday night, a Subaru car travelling south on the Paekakariki Hill road crossed the centreline and crashed into a tree. As a result of the collision the driver a 26 year old male from Palmerston North was killed. Read more »

Council paying $450,000 for cricket pitches at Basin

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Work has begun on the construction of 10 off-field practice pitches at the Allied Nationwide Finance Basin Reserve that are expected to be completed in time for next year’s Australian test match.
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