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.”

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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

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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 »

More direct flights to Invercargill

Air New Zealand announced today that it is doubling the number of direct weekday flights from Wellington to Invercargill. That means there’ll be two flights a day, from Monday to Friday. Read more »

Montessori classroom moves to Hutt shopping mall

Media Release Wa Ora Montessori School, Lower Hutt
People visiting Westfield Queensgate Mall in Lower Hutt next week will have a unique opportunity to learn more about Montessori education. Children from Wa Ora Montessori School will take their classroom to the mall from Monday 6 September until Friday 10 September. Read more »

Wellington composer second in international competition

Press Release – Percussive Arts Society
Wellington based composer/percussionist/pianist Takumi Motokawa’s recent composition for solo timpani “Orochi” has been selected as the second place winner in 2010 Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Composition Contest, Category I – Solo Timpani. Three prizes are awarded in each of two categories. He is the only winner from outside the United States in this year’s overall competition. Read more »

4000 young people tell “how it is” in the Hutt Valley

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Hutt City and Upper Hutt City councils have got a big job ahead of them as they set out to collate the more than 4000 responses to the Hutt Valley youth survey of 12-24 year olds received over the past month. Read more »

Upper Hutt’s Main Street will have blue lights in September

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
On 1 September, the Council will flick the switch on new lights installed in Upper Hutt’s Main Street which will see the street go blue in support of Blue September; a nationwide prostate awareness campaign encouraging men to ‘get blue’ and face up to a disease. Read more »

Free lectures from renowned philosopher

Press Release – The Royal Society of New Zealand
The past president of the British Academy and Cambridge University’s Professor of Philosophy, Baroness Onora O’Neill, is the inaugural speaker for the upcoming New Zealand Aronui Lecture series beginning in mid-September.

Baroness O’Neill will be speaking in Wellington and five other centres around New Zealand, delivering free public lectures on three different topics as the guest of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Read more »

Simpson Grierson welcome new associate

Press Release – Simpson Grierson
Simpson Grierson’s local government and environment group in Wellington is delighted to announce the arrival of senior associate Kathryn McLean. Kathryn comes from the public law team of another large national law firm. Read more »

48 killed, 49,000 injured in Wellington home accidents last year, warns ACC

Media release – Accident Compensation Commission
There were 48 people killed in home accidents in the Wellington region in 2009, according to home injury data released today by the Accident Compensation Corporation. Read more »

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