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Archive for August, 2010

Council wants ideas for saving water; “we need feedback,” says Cr Wade-Brown

Media release – Wellington City Council
A free, council-backed plumbing service, installation of grey water and rainwater collection systems, grants or subsidies to help pay for low-flow toilets or shower heads – and encouraging drought-resistant plants. Read more »

Robber attacks dairy employee with hammer, steals cash and cigarettes

Media release – New Zealand Police
Police are investigating an incident in Wellington last night where a dairy store employee was bashed with a hammer during a robbery. Read more »

1233 new business ideas on offer

Press Release – Grow Wellington
1233 bright business ideas poured out of the Wellington region in the inaugural Bright Ideas Challenge.

“It is official, the Wellington region is a bright spot of innovation” says Nigel Kirkpatrick, CEO of Grow Wellington. Read more »

Wellington drug users answer questions for university survey

Press Release – Massey University
Prices for methamphetamine are on the increase, at the same time a notorious drug identified with the 1960s, LSD, could be making a comeback new research has found.

Drug researchers at the Auckland-based Centre for Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE) have released a report into Recent Trends in Ilegal Drug Use in New Zealand, 2006-2009. It was co-authored by Dr Chris Wilkins, Dr Richard Griffiths and Paul Sweetsur from SHORE which is part of Massey’s School of Public Health.

Dr Wilkins says the research is based on interviews late last year with 315 frequent illegal drug users from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The drug users who comprised 105 methamphetamine users, 111 frequent ecstasy users and 99 who regularly injected drugs, were asked about recent trends in the use, availability, price and potency of different illegal drug types and also about any new drugs they had encountered in the past six months. Interviews were largely complete before the announcement of the Government’s Methamphetamine Action Plan aimed at confronting dangers with the drug, in October 2009.

The increase in the price of methamphetamine (also known as P) appeared to be the result of some very large seizures of the drug and pseudoephedrine, Dr Wilkins says.

“We found the price of a gram of methamphetamine rose from $610 in 2006 to $738 in 2009.”

At the same time researchers confirmed a steady rise in the number of frequent drug users injecting methamphetamine.

“This is a great concern as intravenous administration of methamphetamine can greatly increase the problems related to methamphetamine use and also lead to health problems associated with intravenous drug use including the spread of blood borne viruses such as Hepatitis C and HIV,” Dr Wilkins says.

Evidence was also found that one drug, LSD, which appeared to be in decline following the arrival of methamphetamine as well as ecstasy, was staging a revival.

“There was a decade record amount of LSD seized in 2009. Ecstasy users may choose to use LSD out of frustration with the decline in potency of ecstasy. LSD use has been linked to mental health problems and increased risk of serious injury for users under its influence.”

Full details of the research are available at http://www.shore.ac.nz/projects/Final%202009%20IDMS%20report.pdf

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Bank’s chief executive steps down, to begin treatment for cancer

Report from BusinessWire
The Wellington-based ANZ National Bank chief executive Jenny Fagg is to step down immediately from the role to undergo cancer treatment. Read more »

Wellington’s trolley buses to run on batteries for two months

Report from aktnz.co.nz
Wellington’s inner city trolley buses will have to run on battery power for over two months – with people stationed around the city employed just to take the bus poles up and down. Read more »

Another meaningless exercise

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council’s inability to respond to public consultation has been confirmed again. This time, the criticism has come from the Civic Trust, which has told the council that its consultation on the city’s Draft Waterfront Plan has been a meaningless exercise. Read more »

Victoria University wins debating contest – for fifth year

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington has won the prestigious Joynt Scroll university debating competition which concluded on Monday in Wellington. Read more »

Support builds for VUW students’ plan to build solar bach in Washington

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
National and international groups are getting behind a student-led team from Victoria University who will take a solar-powered Kiwi bach to the United States. Read more »

WelTec students win 5 medals in Auckland

Press Release – Wellington institute of Technology
WelTec students from the Hutt Valley and Pukerua Bay have won medals at the National Culinary Fare competition in Auckland. Read more »

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