Archive for August, 2011

Man arrested, charged with theft of 800 military medals worth $256,000

News from NZ Police
A 57-year-old man is appearing in court in Wellington this afternoon accused of the theft of more than 800 military medals from the Waiouru National Army Museum. Read more »

They’re not giving up on the Miramar sign – competition launched for new ideas

Coming ready or not. The foundations are already in place (above) for the airport’s sign – Newswire photo

Press Release – Wellywood or What Competition
The opportunity has arrived for people in the Wellington region to submit and vote on their creative ideas for an alternative to the Wellywood sign on the Miramar Peninsula. Read more »

Airport decides to support the All Blacks by building a sign on the Miramar Peninsula

Press Release – Wellington International Airport Limited
Wellington Airport is installing a 737 sized ALL BLACKS sign on the Miramar Peninsula as a sign of its support for the team during the Rugby World Cup. Read more »

Who’s got the rugby?

by Lindsay Shelton
At first glance, the competing advertising seems to be making identical claims. Posters in Newtown (above) promote the fact that Maori TV will be showing all the games. A billboard in Taranaki Street (below) blasts out the claim that Sky will be showing all the games. Read more »

Images and video: Ceremony at Parliament for swearing-in of new Governor-General

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Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae was sworn in as New Zealand’s new Governor-General, outside Parliament at lunchtime today. Read more »

Where are you going? Wellington bus commuters to be questioned next week

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Bus commuters around the region are to be surveyed next week about their travel habits. Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater Wellington’s Economic Wellbeing Committee, which oversees public transport, says the survey results will help Council staff plan long-term transport needs. Read more »

Ultra-fast broadband rollout begins in Kelson; 7 other areas within 10 months

Press Release – Chorus
Chorus, New Zealand’s largest telecommunications network operator together with Crown Fibre Holdings, has today marked the start of the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) rollout in Greater Wellington by deploying new network infrastructure in Kelson. Read more »

Wellington women urged to have regular cervical smears

Press Release – Ministry of Health
Women in the Wellington region are being urged to use September – Cervical Screening Awareness Month – as a prompt to take control of their own health. Read more »

Asthma Foundation’s conference aims to improve lives of a million people

Press Release – Asthma Foundation
The two-day New Zealand Respiratory Conference, which starts in Wellington tomorrow, is about improving the lives of the nearly 1 million New Zealanders with respiratory conditions, says the Chief Executive of the Asthma Foundation, Angela Francis. Read more »

Cathy Dewes being honoured by Waikato University

Press Release – University of Waikato
Not being allowed to learn Māori at Wellington Girls’ College was the catalyst for a life-long career in Māori teaching and championing Māori rights for Cathy Dewes. Read more »

Queueing for self-service at NZ Post

by Lindsay Shelton
I stood in a queue at the Newtown Post Shop yesterday and thought about New Zealand Post’s plan to replace the staff with self-service kiosks. It wasn’t a long queue, and when I got to the counter the staff, as always, were friendly and polite, apologising, as they always do, for making me wait. There didn’t seem to be any need to apologise. I hadn’t been waiting more than two minutes. Read more »

VUW academic’s protest artwork on show at MOMA

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
An artwork protesting against the deaths of Iraqi civilian casualties, devised by a Victoria University academic and his US collaborator, is currently showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Read more »

Muslims to celebrate in Parliament’s Banquet Hall on Tuesday

Press Release: Department Of Internal Affairs
Members of the Muslim community will be gathering at Parliament on Tuesday to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid ul-Fitr (Eid). Eid-ul Fitr is a festival of feasts, celebrated by Muslims all over the world when the fasting month of Ramadan is completed. Read more »

Fraud, adulteration and more to be addressed at Wellington conference

Press Release – Oritain Holdings Ltd
Forensic experts, food scientists, producers and regulators are meeting in Wellington on the 1 & 2 November for the third annual GoTrace Conference. Read more »

Chilton Saint James swimmer wins 7 titles

Press Release – Chilton Saint James School
Chilton Saint James School Year 13 student Emily McGill took part in the Inaugural New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Hamilton. Read more »

Two Wellington teams to compete in schools’ netball championships

Press Release – Netball NZ
Teams from Wellington Girls’ and St Mary’s are among 16 secondary school teams which have earned the right to compete at the 2011 New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball Championships at Napier’s Pettigrew Arena from the 11th-14th October. Read more »

St James: UK comedy superstar in November

Press Release – Elephant Publicity
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Eddie Izzard is set to bring his STRIPPED show to Wellington in November. Tickets go on sale on Monday 5th September. Read more »

US expert tells Wellington symposium: treatment of drug users must be changed

Press Release – NZ Drug Foundation
A visiting drug policy expert and one-time “Deputy Drug Czar” to the Obama Administration has told a symposium in Wellington today that the historical approach to treating substance use disorders has missed the mark and has had serious costs and consequences for healthcare in general. Read more »

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