Archive for June, 2011

Wellington home-owners’ rates to increase by average of 4.3 per cent

The Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council last night approved its annual plan for the 2011/12 financial year. Read more »

5.2% rate increase for Porirua City; core services not compromised, says mayor

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua City Council adopted its Annual Plan 2011/12 last night with an average increase to ratepayers of 5.2% to fund the works and services planned for the next year. Read more »

40-year-old woman dies after being hit by bus while jogging in Willis Street

Press Release – Massey University
Massey University staff and students extend sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of student and staff member Venessa Green, 40, who died in hospital last night after being hit by a bus while jogging in Willis St, Wellington. Read more »

Wellington company signs $20million funding deal in Florida

Press Release – Endeavour Capital
Endeavour Capital, one of New Zealand’s leading private equity and venture capital companies, today signed a $20 million cash investment partnership in Florida, USA. Read more »

Interislander cancels sailings because of illnesses

Press Release – The Interislander
Interislander Cook Strait ferry services are being disrupted this week because of issues caused by staff illness and weather. Read more »

Jetstar cancels all Wellington flights, again

Press Release – Jetstar
The Chilean volcanic ash cloud continues to impact some of Jetstar’s New Zealand operations.

The cloud will affect New Zealand domestic services and some Trans Tasman services today, Thursday.

All flights to/from Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington have been cancelled for today.

A full list of cancelled flights is listed on

All other Trans Tasman and international services continue to operate as normal.

Jetstar is closely monitoring the ash cloud in conjunction with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and the Bureau of Meteorology. We continue to assess the situation and will provide updates to customers as soon as information becomes available.

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Air New Zealand sponsoring a category at Kapiti business awards in November

Press Release – Electra Business Awards
Coinciding with its new direct Kapiti-Auckland flights, Air New Zealand has joined the list of businesses sponsoring a category in this year’s Kapiti Horowhenua Electra Business Awards. Read more »

VUW cutting technology education staff

Column – Association of University Staff
Victoria University of Wellington is proposing to cut technology education staff at the Faculty of Education from 2.0 FTE to 1.0 FTE. Read more »

Three young Wellington producers making documentaries for new BBC channel

Press Release – BBC Worldwide
Real New Zealand experiences including the story of the daughter of a Nazi war criminal, one man’s struggle to reignite his sex life, and the quintessential tale of a Kiwi bach will air on BBC Knowledge this year following five successful submissions by New Zealand’s young producers, three of them from Wellington. Read more »

22 Fulbright Scholars announced; list includes five VUW graduates

Press Release – Fulbright NZ
Fulbright New Zealand last night announced 22 New Zealand students who have been granted Fulbright scholarships to undertake postgraduate study or research in the United States of America in the next academic year. Read more »

World food fair in Kilbirnie this Saturday

Press Release – Capital Productions
The Flavours! World Food Fair will visit Kilbirnie this Saturday 9 July, bringing foods from around the world for locals to try. The event, which is free entry, will be held in St Patrick’s College hall, in Evan’s Bay Parade, between 10am–3pm. Read more »

Heart Politics holding a winter gathering at Island Bay marae

Press Release – Heart Politics
After more than 20 years of meeting in Taupo, the Heart Politics community is holding its 2011 Winter Gathering in Wellington, at the Tapa te Rangi Marae in Island Bay on 28 – 31 July. Read more »

Toi Whakaari: Hamlet for the first time in five years

Press Release – Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School
O heart, lose not thy nature.
Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most performed play worldwide, is to be staged in Wellington for the first time in five years. Read more »

Paramount: There Once Was An Island

Press Release – Elephant Publicity
There Once Was An Island: Te Henua E Nnoho
Directed by Briar March

After over 50 international festivals and more than 10 international prizes including two Jury Grand Prix, two Best Documentary, a Qantas Award for editing and the prestigious Leipziger Ring award, There Once was an Island: The Henua e Nnoho by rising NZ director Briar March now plays at the Paramount in Wellington. Read more »

Hua Parakore, Maori indigenous food label. to be launched in Wellington

Press Release – Maori Organics
Healthy, delicious, pure kai is what you will find on the supermarket shelves in the coming months with the launch in Wellington of the new indigenous label ‘Hua Parakore’. Read more »

Bodega: Mt Eden have 70m Youtube plays

Press Release – George FM
George FM is pleased to announce that MT EDEN are set to hit the road on a national tour, playing at Bodega in Wellington in August.
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Mighty Mighty: Miriam Clancy

Press Release – Touring Musicians
MIRIAM CLANCY MAGNETIC / Francesca Rudkin, TVNZ • A Voice To Move Mountains , B est Albums of The Year, NZ Herald
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Nine-year-old abducted while walking to school; parents asked to stay vigilant

News from NZ Police
A nine-year-old schoolgirl was abducted yesterday as she walked to school along Shamrock Street in Palmerston North at about 8.30am.

An appeal has been made to parents in the area to remain calm and vigilant. Read more »

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