Archive for March, 2010

Fletchers chasing final payment for building Wellington’s Holiday Inn

The Fletcher Construction Group has served a creditor’s application on the failed company for which it built Wellington’s new $100million Holiday Inn in Featherston Street. Read more »

Wellington Airport backing down from its Wellywood sign, wants ‘alternative ideas’

Wellington Airport is backing down from its much-derided decision to build a sign saying “Wellywood” on the Miramar peninsula. It announced today that it has decided to seek “alternative ideas.” Political issues seem to be a part of the backdown. Today’s statement from the airport company says the decision was made “after discussing the issue with Mayor Kerry Prendergast,” who had voted in favour of the sign in her capacity as a Board member of the airport company but who seems to have been surprised by the strength of public opposition. Read more »

Wellywood decision shows “power of the people”

Media release – JY&A Media
Mayoral candidate Jack Yan says he is delighted that Wellington Airport has backed down from erecting a ‘Wellywood’ sign on the Miramar cutting. ‘This shows the power of the people. The majority of Wellingtonians are against the sign. It’s a victory to those who took their time to voice their opinions at Facebook and elsewhere that Wellington Airport realizes the strength of public opinion,’ he says.
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Wellingtonians protest at wind energy conference

Five Wellington people protested yesterday outside the Palmerston North Convention Centre where the New Zealand Wind Energy Association was holding its annual conference. Read more »

The politics of urinating

When Sir Anthony Hopkins (playing Burt Munro) urinated on his lemon tree in The World’s Fastest Indian, everyone was charmed and the movie went on to become an international success. When a Sunday newspaper ran a sleazy report claiming that an Auckland mayor had urinated behind a tree, people claimed to be shocked. And now the Wellington City Council has joined the fray, stating that “urinating” is one of the reasons why it needs to ban drinking in public places anytime anywhere in Wellington. Read more »

They’ve closed some passing lanes for Easter

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency
With traffic expected to be heavy over the Easter Weekend, NZTA is advising motorists to plan ahead to avoid expected delays.

During peak travel times, NZTA will be closing the SH 1 northbound passing lanes at Waikanae and Te Horo and the southbound passing lane north of Otaki. Read more »

Armageddon ended yesterday

Press Release – Paul Blomfield
The 40th Armageddon Expo explodes into Wellington this Easter Friday to Sunday at the TSB Arena with three days of action packed entertainment celebrating the good, the bad and the nerdy of the sci-fi, gaming, anime and more. Read more »

Easter liquor laws “out-dated, farcical,” says Wellington Hospitality Association

Media release – Hospitality Association of New Zealand
New Zealand’s out-dated and farcical liquor laws need reform to allow Wellington’s hospitality operators to meet the needs of their community, says Adam Cunningham, President of the Wellington Branch of the Hospitality Association. Read more »

SCOOP IMAGES: Mining protest at Parliament

Scoop images by Rory MacKinnon

“Our wind is fierce/Our sunshine’s strong/Mining in parks/will not go on!”

The chant boomed across Parliament’s grounds as 500 people gathered today to protest against Government plans to allow mining in Schedule 4 protected conservation lands. Read more »

Another chance for the Basin

The Mount Victoria community has been expecting consultation about roading changes around the Basin Reserve since last October. But yesterday, consultation was postponed again. The delay means there’s more time for the Architectural Centre’s innovative cut-and-cover plan (above) to get some serious consideration. Read more »

Basin Reserve transport consultation delayed; “premature” to finalise options

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) expects public consultation on options for planned transport improvements around the Basin Reserve to get underway after plans for upgrading the Buckle Street Memorial Park have been decided by the Government. Read more »

Symphonic haka group from Wellington to perform at World Expo opening

Press Release – Wellington City Council
A group of Wellington performers will wow audiences at the World Expo opening ceremony in Shanghai next month. Read more »

Art filling gaps in empty commercial spaces

Press Release – Creative New Zealand
In a first-off for Wellington’s CBD, artists and property developers are working hand in hand to fill empty commercial sites through a new project, Letting Space. Read more »

Roar Gallery: Pablos group show

Press Release – Roar Gallery
Whodunnit! Pablos Art Studios Group Show
8 April – 24 April 2010

ROAR! gallery, 55 Abel Smith Street.
Level 1 (above Real Groovy)
04 385 7602
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Vector Wellington Orchestra: Eroica

Press Release – Vector Wellington Orchestra
Vector Wellington Orchestra “EROICA”
Saturday 17 April 7.30pm Wellington Town Hall.
Free pre-concert talk one hour prior to the performance Read more »

Wellington chairman replaces Bolger at KiwiRail

Businesswire article by Peter Kerr
Wellington company director John Spencer has been appointed to take over from Jim Bolger as chairman of KiwiRail as the government mulls the railroad’s 10 year strategic plan ahead of the Budget. Read more »

Emergency exercise at Wellington airport

Press Release – Wellington Airport Limited
An emergency exercise will be held at Wellington Airport between 09:30 and 12:30 on Wednesday. Read more »

NZEI’s “standards bus” ends tour at Parliament

Media release – NZEI
The NZEI’s National Standards school bus tour makes its final stop at Parliament on Wednesday.

The bus has spent nine weeks on the road, visiting hundreds of schools and communities from Kaitaia to Bluff. It has been taking the message “Trial National Standards not our Kids” Read more »

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