Archive for October, 2009

Two teenagers die in head-on crash on bridge; passengers thrown into river

Media release – New Zealand Police at 3.55am
Emergency services are currently at the scene of a head-on crash on State Highway 50 on the Napier Hastings motorway. Read more »

More regional opposition to three Kapiti Coast expressway options

Enterprise Kapiti Horowhenua has told the New Zealand Transport Agency that it does not support any of the three expressway options that the Agency has proposed from MacKays Crossing to Otaki . Read more »

Transpower decides on $672m inter-island power link

Press Release – Transpower
Transpower today awarded the principal contract for construction of Pole 3 of the high voltage direct current (HVDC) inter-island link to Siemens.
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Woman arrested and charged after 2 kilos of Class C drug found in Newtown house

Press Release – New Zealand Police
A joint Police and Customs operation in Wellington has resulted in the arrest of 24 year old New Zealand resident on a charge of Importing the Class ‘C’ Controlled drug Ephedrine. Ephedrine is a pre curser ingredient for Methamphetamine.
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The anti-graffiti campaign becomes a health and safety hazard

By Tim Bollinger
I was recently alerted to the Wellington City Council’s sponsorship of anti-graffiti volunteers, with the WCC providing gloves, graffiti remover, paint and scrapers to volunteers in Tasman Street, Mt. Cook.

I am not opposed to graffiti, as at least it is an honest reflection of the state of our community. However, I find nothing more depressing than huge areas of black, grey or brown paint on walls and pavements around our city, which appear almost perfectly designed to provide a blank canvas for the next tagger, thanks to anti-graffiti volunteers. Read more »

Comedy Club: Sunday evening shows

Press Release – The Wellington Comedy Club
Sunday evenings are about to change, there’s going to be a whole new series of Sunday evening pro comedy in Wellington. The ‘Wellington Comedy Club’ returns from Sunday November 8 with four weeks of a new early evening pro comedy show.
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New duty free shops growing fast

Press Release – JR Duty Free
The numbers of kiwis travelling might have slowed in the past 12 months, but duty free newcomer, JR Duty Free is experiencing massive growth since opening its New Zealand doors less than four months ago.
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Manners Street – bus lanes will be wider, so the footpaths will be narrower


A week ago we commented that the Wellington City Council is running a misleading campaign promoting its plan to reopen Manners Street for bus traffic. Today, it seems the council hasn’t been telling the truth.

The council’s urban development and transport director says “6.5 metres is the standard we use for bus lanes.” But council documents have been pretending this isn’t so. They claim the bus lanes planned for Manners Street would be only 6 metres wide.
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National Library closing in December, not reopening till 2012

Media Release – National Library Of New Zealand
The National Library of New Zealand, which houses the Alexander Turnbull Library, is moving out of its Wellington building in early December to temporary locations as it prepares to start work on the building redevelopment.
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Martinborough residents say they will fight against Meridian windfarm plan

Media release – Pure Martinborough Incorporated
More than 150 Martinborough residents have vowed to fight against Meridian Energy’s plan to build a wind farm near a protected ridge of hills after attending a public meeting in their town hall on Tuesday night. Read more »

Day of the Dead: a celebration of life

Press Release – Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group

Diego Rivera Ofrenda at his studio Mexico City 2006
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Sunday Ist November – two events
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Cricket: second day of Firebirds trial today

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
Wellington and Hutt Valley cricket rivalries resume this weekend when the Stewie Dempster Shield is put on the line for the Wellington Firebirds trial match contested between players of the two former separate cricket associations.
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Strikes cause safety concerns at Parliament

Media release – Parliamentary Service
The Parliamentary Service says it is disappointed that the industrial action by its staff, who are members of the PSA, has moved to rolling strikes. Read more »

SCOOP IMAGES: Parliamentary staff on strike for two hours

Scoop Images by Spike Mountjoy
Parliamentary staff picketed parliament today as part of their fight for better pay and the maintenance of redundancy provisions.

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Weight Watchers video wins people’s favourite award

Press Release – Radio Active
With a video that featured loads of colour, plenty of lips and lots of lollies, Parallel Dance Ensemble won the Golden Jandal for best video, as voted by the audience at tonight’s Radio Active 89FM Handle the Jandal DIY Music Video Awards.

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Illegal landings threaten wildlife on Somes Island

Press Release – Department of Conservation
Illegal landings by yachts, one bringing a dog, marred an otherwise positive Labour weekend on predator-free Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour, by threatening the biosecurity of the island’s wildlife.

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Rats and other introduced predators threaten vulnerable native wildlife. Credit: Nga Manu Images

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Project Kākā aims to boost birdsong in Tararuas

Press Release – Department of Conservation
The Tararua ranges should resound with increased birdsong as the result of a new pest control programme to be undertaken by the Department of Conservation.

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North Island kākā at Pukaha Mount Bruce. Photo: Department of Conservation.

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Bats: Brazilian drag queen to confess

Press Release – Bats Theatre
Colour, style, laughs, maybe some tears, live singing, lots of fun and glamour is what people can expect from Confessions of a Drag Queen a new play to hit Wellington’s BATS Theatre in November.

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