Archive for October, 2010

Te Horo woman killed, another injured, when station wagon hits their parked car

News release – New Zealand Police
A woman critically injured in a suspected drink-drive crash near Otaki yesterday has died overnight.

69-year-old Shelagh Cotter, from Te Horo, was sitting in the driver’s seat of her Honda car on a grass verge with the door open, when the car was hit from behind by a Subaru. Mrs Cotter was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital but died from her injuries. Read more »

Shooting of Wellington teacher: police investigation results in charge being reviewed

News release – NZ Police
Members of the Taupo Police investigating the death of Wellington teacher Rosemary Ives at Turangi last weekend have referred the file to the Crown Solicitor at Rotorua to review the circumstances of the death and the current charge. Part of this review will be to consider whether a more serious charge should be laid. Read more »

Strawberries and icecream to raise money for hospices

Press Release – Mary Potter Hospice
8,700 punnets of fresh Spring strawberries and 2,500 litres of ice cream will be sold by New Zealand Hospices around the country in early November. Read more »

Regional Council tells us to mulch

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Mulch your garden this November, and you’ll be set for a healthy summer garden that’s also water efficient. Read more »

Wellington 8-year-old a finalist for Milkybar® Kid commercial

Press Release – Milkybar
Milkybar® Kid Top Ten – It’s Time to Vote!
The search is almost over for one of New Zealand’s most well-known young adventurers – the MILKYBAR Kid – as all Top Ten Finalists are revealed and public voting opens on 1 November. Read more »

Laneway coming to Wellington

Press Release – Laneway Festival
Tuesday 1st February 2011 Wellington music fans will experience a taste of the music festival that has become known for its diverse, forward-thinking line-ups with interesting, surprising bands. Read more »

BathHouse: Ladi6 : The Liberation Of …

Press Release – Funktion Music
Recorded over a feverish two months in Berlin, Germany during the second half of 2010, renowned New Zealand hip-hop soul icon Ladi6’s sophomore album The Liberation Of… is a heart warming work fluid in sound, content and scope. Read more »

eDay: 150 volunteers needed for the stadium

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Want to do your bit to help the environment? Volunteers are needed to assist at Westpac Stadium on Saturday 6 November as part of New Zealand’s annual eDay. Read more »

NZFC to announce four low-budget investments today

Press Release – New Zealand Film Commission
The four successful Escalator low budget feature film teams green lit for production will be announced next week at the Film Commission in Wellington. Each team will be offered production finance of up to NZ$250,000. Read more »

For two nights only: Leonard Cohen in Wellington

by Lindsay Shelton
The great Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is in Wellington for the next 48 hours, with shows tonight and tomorrow night at the TSB Bank Arena on the waterfront. Read more »

Opera House: theatre awards

Press Release – Chapman Tripp theatre awards
A Grand Celebration of Wellington Professional Theatre.
Sunday 5th December, 6pm
The Opera House, 111-113 Manners St
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Thistle Hall: three artists’ time and space

News from Thistle Hall
On Now
1 – 7 NOVEMBER 2010

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Losing our heritage: a 104-year-old building, abandoned and dilapidated

By Ilse Dusart
It had the financial support of Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward and in its glory days its history included being used as a church hall and a music studio. The scruffy, dilapidated building at 30 Arthur Street used to be the Boys’ Institute – built in 1906 by the same architect who designed the Wellington and Christchurch railway stations.

Relocated in 2005 to make way for the inner city bypass, it’s classified as a heritage building in the Council’s District Plan. But looking at it these days, it’s a heritage building in name only. Read more »

Parliament “provides certainty,” approves Hobbit employment law

News release – NZ Government
The security of workers in the film industry and The Hobbit in New Zealand has been secured with the passing of the Employment Relations (Film Production Work) Amendment Bill into law, says Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson. Read more »

Hobbit law makes employment less certain, says Labour Party

News release – NZ Labour Party
Even with a last-minute amendment, National has made employment law less, not more, certain, as a result of the Hobbit bill, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Charles Chauvel. Read more »

Basin Reserve traffic problems – the mayor’s solution doesn’t require a flyover

by Celia Wade-Brown
Some expensive ideas about Basin Reserve traffic flow are being worked on by the New Zealand Transport Agency, the city council and the regional council. I disagree with a flyover or any large increase in capacity. However, we could improve north/south bus flow without expensive and intrusive infrastructure. Read more »

12 ideas for the mayor’s first 100 days

At almost the same time as Mayor Celia Wade-Brown was being sworn in last night, the Prime Minister was announcing the success of his negotiations to keep the two Hobbit movies in New Zealand. The Hobbit decision ensures the continued growth of Miramar, where Sir Peter Jackson’s activities are centred. It also means that the new mayor begins her three-year term with the surety of substantial economic activity for her city.

No doubt she’ll be initiating discussions on many levels to take advantage of last night’s $670m news. But the results of economic planning don’t come quickly. Here are 12 suggestions which could be programmed into her first 100 days. They would enable the new mayor to show that she can deliver results quickly, and they would build on the goodwill which surrounds her election. Read more »

17-gun salute launches popular concert

This was the final shot in a 17-gun salute on the waterfront on Saturday afternoon. The details are in the press release below. Read more »

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