Archive for August, 2009

Police Museum reopens in Porirua

Press Release – New Zealand Police
It has been a busy and exciting 7-8 months since the doors were closed in December to reinvent and reinvigorate the NZ Police Museum in Porirua. One hundred years after the NZ Police Museum came into existence, the renovations signal a new and positive direction for the museum that will directly contribute to the Police vision of ‘safer communities together’. Read more »

Zeal cabin crew get pay rise from AirNZ

Press Release – EPMU
After nearly a year of negotiations, Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union members at Air New Zealand subsidiary Zeal 320 have overwhelmingly voted to accept a settlement with the company. (The union members are cabin crew on Air New Zealand’s trans Tasman flights to and from Wellington and other main airports). Read more »

Anti-violence action launched in Banquet Hall

Press release – NZ Government
The Associate Minister of Social Development and Employment, Tariana Turia, spoke in Wellington this afternoon about a new programme of action aimed at addressing and eliminating family violence among Maori and Pasifika communities. Read more »

Flooding closes Wellington roads in three areas

Media release – NZ Police at 3.55am
Police are advising motorists of three road closures in the Wellington region due to flooding. Read more »

Tranz Metro: a slip causes morning delays

It’s been another morning of delays for Trans Metro’s Wellington commuters. A slip has been part of the problem, plus the usual mysterious “operational reasons.” Read more »

Fulbright scholarships for Massey staff

Press Release – Massey University
Two Massey staff have been awarded Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to study separate history projects in the United States.

Military historian Professor Glyn Harper will conduct a reappraisal of the 1944 Battle of Monte Cassino, while senior journalism lecturer Dr Grant Hannis, from the Department of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, will research the depiction of Chinese gold miners as recorded in 19th century newspapers, at a yet-to-be-confirmed institution in the United States. Read more »

VUW award for turning wool into gold

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
A Victoria University scientist has won a prestigious innovation award for turning pure New Zealand Merino wool into gold.
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Random acts of kindness at Queens Wharf

Press Release – RAK Day
We are officially the kindest country in the world on September 1 as New Zealand is the only country that celebrates a national Random Acts of Kindness Day.
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New buildings round Waitangi Park – a temporary delay to a costly plan

By Lindsay Shelton
As the trees start to grow, Waitangi Park is starting to look like a real park rather than just an open space. But most people have forgotten that the Wellington City Council wants more buildings around the park – a big building to the west (next to Te Papa) and two or three to the east.

The council hasn’t forgotten. Its waterfront company has kept a list, and in a planning document which councilors are reading this week it refers to the spaces as “identified development sites.” Read more »

Bodega: Akron/Family in December

Press Release – Arch Hill Recordings
You’ll hear them coming for sure – hollerin’, whoopin’, bashin’ and all together heading for New Zealand in a wonderful way this December. Mystery Girl, Galesburg and 95bFM’s Border Radio are proud to present – for the first time ever in New Zealand. The Akron Family.
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Bats: Steel Ballerina

Press Release – Brave Theatre

At age 41 the ballet world expected Prima Ballerina Margot Fonteyn to retire. However, an unexpected encounter with the young Rudolf Nureyev rejuvenated her and she went on to dance professionally for another 19 years.
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A Hilton Hotel? No, it’s a campervan park

A Hilton Hotel on the waterfront? Well, no. How about a campervan park?

After all the years of negotiating and battling about whether or not to have a Hilton Hotel on the waterfront, the Wellington City Council is being asked to support a different plan for the site in which the hotel is interested. Something much more basic. A temporary but expensive campervan park.

Well, at least it won’t block views of the harbour. Read more »

Wellington trainer wins fitness industry award

Press Release – Fitness Life
A Wellington fitness trainer has won one of twenty annual Fitness Life Awards presented by the industry organisation Fitness New Zealand.

Mish McCormack of the Wellington-based Mishfitness won the PMP Print NZ North Island Contribution to the Community Excellence Award. The judges’ citation:
Mish just lives it! Her ‘Put the Well back in Wellington’ free waterfront fitness classes for summer were an extremely innovative, voluntary initiative that really got Wellington moving and increased the awareness of community fitness in a great number of people. It also gained endorsement from the mayor, tied in local radio stations and media, and brought the importance of fitness to the fore. Mish totally “lives” fitness and has done really well to instigate her community initiatives as an independent PT, without multiple resources behind her.

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Bats: Montana winner becomes flesh and blood

Press Release – Bats Theatre
Mates & Lovers, written and directed by Ronald Trifero Nelson (Bud, Corner 4 AM & Cuba) is based on the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Award winner Mates &Lovers, A History of Gay New Zealand by Chris Brickell .

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Bats: a black comedy for the overworked

Press Release – Bats Theatre
Ever wanted to escape the meaningless, repetitive drudgery of your nine to five existence? Felt the need to bring down the workplace walls with a bloodcurdling scream? Clock your boss? Slow Boat Records and Aro Video presents Postal by Lucy O’Brien at BATS Theatre.

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Scientists seek more information on quake

Press Release: GNS Science

New Zealand Earthquake Report – Aug 28 2009 at 2:10 am (NZST).
Magnitude 5.2, Friday, August 28 2009 at 2:10 am (NZST), 20 km south of Wellington. Read more »

Earthquake highlights lack of emergency planning

Press Release – New Zealand Resilience Trust
An earthquake in the early hours this morning is another reminder to emergency planners that Wellingtonians are living on a ticking timebomb.

The earthquake and aftershock that struck the capital city once again will shift the public’s focus on Wellington’s vulnerability. Many people were shaken awake by a shallow 5.2 magnitude quake that hit Cook Strait at 2am. Read more »

…and the council says ‘head to higher ground’

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington’s City Council’s new Emergency Preparedness Manager says this morning’s magnitude-5.2 earthquake was a “very suitable wake-up call” for Wellingtonians to be prepared for a very large quake or other big emergency.
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