Wellington Scoop

Archive for November, 2009

News from Sandwiches

Press Release – Sandwiches
First up, massive thanks to everyone who turned out on Saturday for Akil the MC. The man is a serious entertainer, and boy does he know how to start a party! Things got well out of hand on the dance floor – just the way we like it. Read more »

A lost opportunity on top of the Embassy


The Sky City brand is about to be moved off the Embassy Theatre, not that it’s ever been very noticeable. The Auckland casino operators have sold their cinema circuit to an Australian company, who’ll be taking over all the Sky City cinemas including the Embassy.

But the Dominion Post was wrong last week when it reported that the Australians will be buying the heritage building. What they’ll be getting is Sky City’s lease of the cinema. The landmark 1920s building – with tenants including the International Film Festival – is not part of the deal, because the Embassy is owned by the city. The council took over ownership in 2003 in return for spending several million dollars to complete restoration of the cinema for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King.

A Trust, led by the visionary Hutt lawyer Bill Sheat, had been working since 1996 to save the neglected building and restore it as a permanent home for the Wellington Film Festival. Along with its eagerness for a red carpet event, the city got a good deal: all the tenancies were signed up, and there was annual income of $100,000 from the two billboards on top of the building.

But for the last six months, the council hasn’t been earning this revenue. The billboards – in a prime position overlooking Courtenay Place – have been empty since May. Which is hard to understand when billboards in lesser positions are all being used. The screen between the billboards isn’t carrying any advertising either, though it was also a reliable source of revenue when the council took over. Read more »

Tom Jones in Wellington in February

Press Release – Frontier Touring Company
The Frontier Touring Company and Roundhouse Entertainment are pleased to announce Tom Jones will be coming to Wellington in February. Read more »

Tourism NZ launches contest for five 3-minute commercials

Press Release – Tourism New Zealand
New Zealand will be the star of a new project that’s offering aspiring film-makers the chance to get their work in front of director Peter Jackson. Read more »

Boy drowns when stationwagon crashes into river; mother and brother survive

Media release – New Zealand Police
Police and fire officers fought bravely to rescue a boy from a vehicle that crashed into the Whanganui River last night, but were tragically unable to save him. Read more »

Family “increasingly concerned” about missing 15-year-old Johnsonville girl

The Wellington CIB says it is concerned about a 15-year-old Johnsonville girl who has been missing for the last seven days. Read more »

Wellington helicopter rescues jet skier in Palliser Bay

Press Release – Westpac Rescue Helicopter
The Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter rescued a jet skier who got separated from his ski and was being dragged out to sea earlier this afternoon. Read more »

Mayor receives special Victoria University award

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Mayor Kerry Prendergast was honoured with a special award at Victoria University’s MBA annual dinner on Saturday night. … Read more »

Joanna Newsom at the Paramount in January

Press Release – Mystery Girl Presents
Mixing gothic tales with her ethereal, melodic harp over expansive orchestrations (arranged by Van Dyke Parks), Newsom’s second album, Ys was recently voted by Mojo Magazine and Pitchfork as one of the albums of the past decade. Read more »

Regional Hindu conference in Lower Hutt in February

Press Release – Hindu Council of New Zealand
The Hindu Council of New Zealand Inc. (HCNZ) is organising the Wellington Regional Hindu Conference on Saturday, 27th February 2010, in Lower Hutt. The theme of the conference is “Community Development – A Hindu Perspective”. . Read more »

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