Archive for November, 2010

Silent protest against bill changing student association membership

Press Release – NZ Union of Students’ Associations
The New Zealand public has again overwhelmingly declared that students themselves should determine the method of students’ association membership, a week out from the committee stage of a Bill that attempts to remove this choice.

In Wellington on Wednesday at noon, outside Heather Roy’s office, 15 Cambridge Terrace, there will be a silent event with students and members of the public wearing gags (not a rally) to represent the silencing of students under VSM, and the government not listening to the majority of the public’s voices on this issue – particularly given the results of a new poll. Read more »

Waitangi Park Christmas tree lights up in support of women’s refuges

Press Release – Women’s Refuge
Tonight in Wellington the lights are being switched on the Telecom Tree. Waitangi Park will be glittering with over 300,000 lights.

This year, the Telecom Tree is supporting Women’s Refuge as its official charity. People are being asked to donate presents for children who will be spending their Christmas in one of our 47 Refuges this year. Read more »

Wellington business leaders receive national awards

Extract from news release – Institute of Chartered Accountants
Two Wellingtonians were recognised at the annual New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountant (NZICA) Leadership Awards in Auckland tonight. Read more »

Curious, and unacceptable

One of the most curious ideas ever advanced for the Wellington waterfront was proposed in the DomPost’s editorial yesterday morning. The newspaper wrote that a new National Art Gallery could be built “between the existing Te Papa building and Circa Theatre.”

It’s true that the open space between the two buildings is under-used, apart from the temporary sculptures. But there’s no way that either Te Papa or Circa would agree to have their front doors obstructed by a big new building.

The other space that’s been discussed for a new National Gallery is of course equally unacceptable. Read more »

Thousands will be affected by new Kapiti expressway, says local group

Press Release – Alliance for Sustainable Kapiti (ASK)
The new Kapiti expressway plan released by the New Zealand Transport Authority is every bit as bad as we feared. Far from being the ‘cheapest route’ and the one which ‘doesn’t affect properties’, this new route is fast becoming the most expensive, and with upwards of 86 properties directly needed, has a far more severe impact than many people realised. Read more »

Kapiti expressway unpopular, controversial and costly, say Greens

News release – Green Party
The release of the Sandhills Expressway route on a Saturday just one week after the Mana by-election is yet more evidence the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is at the political beck and call of the Minister of Transport, said the Green Party today. Read more »

New opportunities for Wellington domain registry technology

Press Release – Ideegeo
A Wellington software developer sees greater opportunities to promote its domain registrar technology globally after Internet governing body ICANN changed the rules regarding registrar ownership. Read more »

Elite scholarship for aspiring game developers

Press Release – Media Design School
Media Design School and Wellington-based game development studio Sidhe have announced the 2011 Sidhe Elite financial scholarship.

The Sidhe Elite Scholarship is aimed at young aspiring game developers who might not have previously considered tertiary education for financial reasons. The scholarship selection period is open now until January 28, 2011. Read more »

PHOTOS: mini-explosion at Trentham fulfils dream for filmmakers’ project

News release – NZ Film Commission
A year long dream was fulfilled for a group of Wellington film makers on Sunday when their miniature explosion took place at Trentham Army Base for their upcoming action short film Hot Rob. Read more »

Hobbit to use thirty new 3D digital cameras

ScreenHub report from RED
RED announces that Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of The Hobbit will be shot in 3D using RED Digital Cinema’s soon to be released EPIC digital cameras. Read more »

Wellington jazz drummer is twice a finalist for Tui awards

Press Release – Recording Industry Association of NZ
The three finalists for the best Jazz Album of 2010 have been announced and they include one musician who gets two shots at taking home a Tui.

Jazz drummer Reuben Bradley from Wellington is a finalist for his own second album “Resonator”. He also drums as a member of fellow finalist Tessa Quayle’s quartet on her debut album “Whisper Not”. Read more »

Photo exhibition tells stories of personal journeys

Press Release – Once Upon a Time in Asia
Asia:NZ young leaders have created an exhibition of photos entitled Once Upon a Time in Asia as part of their leadership challenge for the Young Leaders Network Forum in Wellington. Read more »

Te Papa: memories are made of what?

Press Release – Massey University
A conference exploring the nature of memory and how it can impact on individual perceptions of personal history and public recollections of historic events is being held at Te Papa, Wellington, next week. Read more »

Book launch: The Carbon Forest

Press Release – Paul Kennett
The Carbon Forest: A New Zealand guide to forest carbon sinks is the first guide book to carbon farming in New Zealand.

Rod Oram will launch the book on the 6th December, 6pm, at the Old Government Buildings, Wellington, in the Salmond Room (2nd floor). Read more »

Ghuznee Street billboard to be launched as new public art project

Press Release – Creative New Zealand
A new public artwork to be launched in Wellington tomorrow challenges viewers to think about history and the often forgotten stories hidden in the landscapes that surround us. Read more »

Coastal marathon for marine sustainability

Press Release – Forest And Bird
A deepening anxiety about the decline of our coastlines and fisheries and a desire to make a difference is driving 26-year-old Alex Asher on a 2,400 kilometre journey around the North Island’s east coast.

Alex will set out for Wellington from Cape Reinga on Wednesday, planning to run and occasionally swim his way down the coast while raising awareness and funds for Forest & Bird and another environmental organisation, Sustainable Coastlines. Read more »

Suite: a cabinet of curiosities

Press Release – Suite
(A cabinet of curiosities)
3 – 24 December
69 Owen Street
Newtown, Wellington

Wunderkrammer brings together works that represent a contemporary take on the Renaissance notion of a cabinet of curiosities; that displayed altogether objects from the worlds of art and antiquities, natural history, geology, archaeology as well as religious and historical relics can create a microcosm of the world. Read more »

Garden Club: Wishing Tree improv

Press Release – Wellington Improvisation Troupe
Following a popular season in 2009, the Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) is bringing The Wishing Tree to the Garden Club. Read more »

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