Archive for July, 2010

Car and truck collide on “cold and icy” Desert Road – two men killed

Media release – New Zealand Police
Two men were killed in a road crash on the Desert Road north of Waiouru this morning.

The crash happened around 7.45am when a Toyota sedan car travelling south collided with a truck and trailer unit heading north. Read more »

Police ask for help in tracing movements of murdered Newtown woman

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Police are continuing to investigate the death of 42 year-old Allison McPhee (photo above) and are looking for sightings of her before she died. Read more »

NZSO: charismatic Scottish percussion star “hotly awaited”

Press Release – NZ Symphony Orchestra
Turbo-charged Scottish percussion star Colin Currie will rocket around the stage playing as many as 20 instruments in the hotly-awaited Soundscapes national tour with the NZSO in September. Read more »

Chamber music: Piers Lane with Doric String Quartet

Press Release – Chamber Music New Zealand  
Revered London-based Australian pianist, Piers Lane and prize-winning UK string quartet, the Doric String Quartet, head to Wellington in September as part of a New Zealand tour for Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2010 Diamond Anniversary season. Read more »

Afternoon with a cellist – to support waterfront appeal

Media release – Waterfront Watch
Waterfront Watch is presenting “a life of music” – an afternoon with the cellist Christopher Salmon – on Sunday August 8 at 3pm.

The concert is a fundraising event to support the cost of the Waterfront Watch appeal to the Environment Court to preserve open spaces on the waterfront. Read more »

VUW lecture explores untold story of Governor’s wife

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
A hundred and fifty years ago, a woman wrote down her thoughts about the land war in Taranaki, an account that wasn’t published until 100 years later. Read more »

Massey lecture series to begin with talk on charcoal

Press Release – Massey University
Charcoal’s changing use over time is the subject of the first talk in a series of public lectures being held at the Wellington campus. Read more »

City Gallery: life in three colours

Press Release – City Gallery Wellington
If you are suffering from celluloid withdrawal after the New Zealand International Film Festival, be sure to pay a trip to City Gallery Wellington where there will be a special chance to catch New Zealand filmmaker Nova Paul’s most recent film This is Not Dying from 10 August to 5 September. Read more »

Solander Gallery: two artists

Media release – Solander Gallery
Two new exhibitions featuring works by artists Michele Bryant and Nadine Smith open at Solander on Wednesday 11 August, 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Read more »

Light Opera tour: Die Fledermaus

Press Release – Wellington Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Society

Die Fledermaus
by Johann Strauss
Direction by Dr. David Skinner / Musical Direction by Hugh McMillan

Tour: 19th August – 18th September
Wellington, Kapiti, Palmerston North, Wanganui
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One extra day: film festival presents Cannes award-winner from Thailand

The New Zealand International Film Festival has extended its Wellington season.

It has added one extra day, on Monday, to present premiere screenings of a new film from Thailand which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival two months ago. Read more »

Jack Yan: youngest mayoral candidate has ambitious plans for Wellington

By Jimmy Ness and Evelien Kortum

Although well acquainted with the business world, Jack Yan is a new face in Wellington politics.

At 37, Mr Yan is the youngest mayoral candidate this year. He was born in Hong Kong before moving to Newtown at the age of 3, speaks four languages and has traveled widely. Read more »

New cut-price electricity brand launched in Wellington

Report from Businesswire by Pattrick Smellie
Start-up electricity retailer Pulse Utilities Ltd is changing tack to offer cut-price power in Wellington under a new brand, Just Energy, which will not use Pulse’s smart meter technology. Read more »

Violent death at Newtown Park Flats: murder investigation begins

Media release – New Zealand Police
Wellington Police have upgraded the discovery of a body found at the Newtown Park Flats to a homicide investigation. The body of 42-year-old Allison McPhee was discovered on Wednesday afternoon.

Acting Detective Inspector Scott Miller, head of the investigation, says preliminary results of the post-mortem examination carried out last night suggests she died a violent death. Read more »

57-year-old man drowns in harbour at Miramar Wharf

Media release – New Zealand Police
A post mortem examination has been carried out today on the body of a man found in Miramar Wharf yesterday. Detective Inspector Paul Basham, head of the Wellington City CIB, says Police completed the scene examination yesterday and are today continuing background enquiries.

“Provisional results of the post mortem suggest that the man may have drowned and do not indicate any foul play.” Read more »

Wellington police staff support Women’s Refuge

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Wellington Police have today handed over hundreds of cans and other dried foods to the Wellington Women’s Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki Maori Women’s Refuge, following their annual appeal last week. Read more »

NewDowse announces new senior curator

Press Release – TheNewDowse
Cam McCracken, Director of TheNewDowse art museum, today announced the appointment of Emma Bugden as the gallery’s new Programmes Manager / Senior Curator. Emma is currently Director of Artspace in Auckland and will complete her term there before commencing at TheNewDowse in March 2011. Read more »

Award-winning poems launched at Unity Books

Press Release – Auckland University Press
Wellington writer Lynn Jenner launches her debut collection of poems, Dear Sweet Harry (Auckland University Press) today, National Poetry Day. Read more »

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