Archive for June, 2010

Wellington man murdered in Hamilton; victim’s car found in Auckland

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Police investigating the weekend murder of a Wellington man in a central Hamilton street believe tracing the movement of the victim’s car is a crucial part in their inquiry.

Homicide inquiry head, Detective Inspector Lance Burdett of the Waikato CIB, said Police believe they have identified the victim who was found by a street cleaner lying outside a building on London St about 6am Sunday. Read more »

“Vile” sewage smells continue from Moa Point, after ten years of promises

Media release – Moa Point Waste Water Community Liaison Group – (CLG)
After more than 10 years of operation, there are still major odour problems in the vicinity of the Moa Point Inlet Pump Station (IPS). This is after the wider community and the CLG had been promised and guaranteed from the outset that there would be no odour beyond the plant boundaries. Read more »

Protesters seek new ways to delay fare increases

Report from Newswire
Protesters who failed to stop Wellington regional councillors pushing ahead with public transport fare increases say they are not giving up.
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Masterton district councillor Lyn Patterson, who presented yesterday’s Greater Wellington Regional Council meeting with a 400-signature petition against planned rises, could not convince councillors to hold off the rises. She says the issue now needs to go to central government.

Councillors are feeling pressure from Transport Minister Steven Joyce and a lack of central government funding, she says. Read more »

Mind your Manners: the upheaval begins

People still oppose the Manners Mall reconstruction – even as the pavers are lifted from under their feet. 
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Traffic noise, pollution, interruption to business and the loss of space to “hang out” in an iconic Wellington area are among the reasons they oppose the mall work, according to an informal NewsWire poll. 

NewsWire talks to mall users as the $11 million project to transform the busy pedestrian route into a bus lane begins. Read more »

Regional Council confirms its rates increase

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
 The Greater Wellington Regional Council decided at its meeting yesterday to increase its income from rates and levies by 1.72% for the 2010/11 financial year. This decision follows the recent process of public submissions and hearings in response to the Council’s Proposed Annual Plan for the 2010/11 financial year. Read more »

Hutt City seeks help to fight illegal dumping

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Hutt City Council is urging people to report incidents of illegal rubbish dumping. Read more »

Council wants to find city safety heroes

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Mayor Kerry Prendergast has called for nominations for Wellington’s sixth Safety in the City awards, which seek to recognise people who have helped keep our city safe. Read more »

SCOOP IMAGES: pay equity campaigners want “no stone unturned”

Scoop images by Rory MacKinnon

The lawn outside Parliament today was as immaculate as always, but that didn’t stop several dozen demonstrators saying they wanted “no stone unturned” as part of their campaign to close New Zealand’s gender pay gap. Read more »

Wakefield’s bid for share of Tauranga Hospital stumbles again

Article – Businesswire
Wakefield Health Ltd.’s offer for Norfolk Investments, part-owner of Grace Hospital in Tauranga, has stumbled for a second time after failing to garner enough support from the target company. Read more »

VUW launches unique diploma to focus on clinical research

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University is launching a unique postgraduate diploma that will strengthen clinical research in New Zealand. Read more »

VUW research shows value of teacher relationship

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
High achieving students believe making a special connection with at least one teacher was crucial to their scholarship success, Victoria University PhD research has found. Read more »

Meeting plans to end homelessness by 2020

Press Release – Downtown Community Ministry
The New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness (NZCEH) met this week in Wellington to discuss the planning and strategies around their vision to end homelessness in New Zealand by 2020. They were hosted by Downtown Community Ministry (DCM). Read more »

Radio Active links with US network

Media release – CMJ
For over 30 years CMJ has been the go-to place for US and Canadian college and community stations to promote themselves on a national and international scale. Now we at CMJ are very excited to welcome new reporters from across the globe. New Zealand stations 95bFM (Auckland), RDU (Christchurch), Radio One (Dunedin) and Radio Active (Wellington) are CMJ’s first intercontinental reporters. Read more »

Lambton candidate criticises carnival neglect

Press Release – Jevan Goulter, candidate for Wellington City Council
It is no surprise how disappointed Wellingtonians will be to know that there will be no Carnival taking place due to lack of funding from the Wellington City Council. Read more »

Hutt support for “fare rise rebels”

Press Release – Valley Action Network
Members of Hutt City’s grassroots council ticket, VAN – Valley Action Network, will be attending the Greater Wellington Regional Council meeting today, supporting a group of commuters, dubbed the “fair rise rebels” by the Dominion Post, protesting against train fare hikes on the Wairarapa Line. Read more »

Hutt City provides property information via computer

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Searching for property information at Hutt City Council has just got easier – and cheaper. Decades of property records previously held on microfiche can now be viewed on computers located at council’s main reception on Laings Road. Read more »

Top Argentine footballers to clash with Phoenix at Stadium

Media release – Embassy of Argentina
Just when Football mania in NZ looked like it might take a bit of a breather following the All Whites’ stunning performance in the World Cup, New Zealand is set to see more Football history in the making. July 23rd will see the first ever South American Football Club, Club Atletico Boca Juniors, run out onto the pitch at the Westpac Stadium to face the mighty Wellington Phoenix. Read more »

US rugby managers to visit Wellington

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The visit to Wellington this Wednesday by USA Eagles rugby team management, to check out facilities and preparation for Rugby World Cup 2011, continues a long and interesting tradition of US sporting links with the Newtown area. Read more »

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