Archive for October, 2011

$20.2m tax rebate for Hobbit production company’s first year

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
The production company for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit racked up $20.2million for its tax rebate in the first actual year of production, according to its financial statements. Read more »

New cancer therapy developed by VUW team creating wave of interest

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Using viruses and bacteria that normally cause disease to cure disease is an apparent contradiction, but it’s fundamental to the work being carried out by Dr David Ackerley. Read more »

Armed Offenders Squad stops car in Kilbirnie; one arrest for drug offences

News from NZ Police
Shortly before 2pm this afternoon, Wellington Police, with the assistance of the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS), stopped a vehicle on the corner of Duncan Terrace and Kilbirnie Crescent in Kilbirnie. Read more »

Flying Nun: after 30 shows, a closing party at the Bath House

Press Release – Flying Nun
Seeing as it is our 30th Anniversary celebrations this month, it seemed fitting to make it 30 shows around the country throughout November. Read more »

The Dowse: ragtime, knitting, hand-hooking

Press Release – The Dowse
Late Lounge with the Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band Thurs 3 November 2011 | 7-9pm | KOHA Read more »

Toi Poneke: ink, hair and henna tell stories of cultural identity

Press Release – Wellington City Council
In today’s multi-cultural society, how does one find a symbol, an idol, or an embodiment of our nation? Josephine O’Sullivan works with three women from different cultures to investigate how they embody their culture in Body of Work: Athena, at Toi Pōneke gallery from October 28 until November 17. Read more »

New Zealand Post’s Christmas stamp on sale on Wednesday

Press Release – New Zealand Post

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New Zealand Post’s Christmas 2011 stamps, which are being released on 2 November, feature an iconic cast from the Nativity. The stamps, which come in five denominations, feature the baby Jesus in his manger (60c), an angel appearing to shepherds ($1.20), Mary and Joseph with their infant son ($1.90), shepherds cradling the baby Jesus ($2.40) and the Three Wise Men holding the infant ($2.90). Read more »

It shouldn’t be difficult to sort out the Basin roundabout

by Paula Warren
A few facts
Fact 1 – there’s a large roundabout in south Wellington. It happens to have a cricket ground in it. And for the record, it is called the “Basin” because it was to be a shipping basin back in the days before the 1855 earthquake. Kent and Cambridge Terraces were made wide enough for shipping channels, not for cars. But that means it’s perfect for light rail. Read more »

Regional Council gets a second chance to oppose the cheap roading option

Tuesday is the day when the Greater Wellington Regional Council has a second chance to oppose the damage that would be caused by building a cheap flyover alongside the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Tenth birthday next year for historic writers’ cottage in Thorndon

Press Release – Randell Cottage
The historic Randell Cottage in Thorndon, which hosts a French-NZ writers’ residency turning ten next year, is in the midst of its summer changeover with writers leaving and arriving, and applications closing for next year’s NZ writer. Read more »

Film Archive: Typical Girls – 7 video artists

Press Release – New Zealand Film Archive
Curated by Bryce Galloway
“Typical girls get upset too quickly
Typical girls can’t control themselves
Typical girls are so confusing
Typical girls – you can always tell”
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Drumming, boogie, dance showcase in Hutt City

Press Release – Hutt Valley Community Arts
Last chance to do some drumming
Get your rhythm sticks out and be taught by the wonderful, the rhythmical, the fun and fabulous teacher Andreas Lepper. All welcome, no experience needed. The last workshops were a blast with a performance at the Petone Carnival to boot and we’ll be organising a performance at the end of this session. So if you missed it first time around, this is your chance to drum your heart out. Read more »

Volunteer hosts wanted for summer in the Botanic Garden

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Have you enjoyed seeing and meeting visitors to the city during the Rugby World Cup? If so, and you love the outdoors, the city and all it has to offer, you should consider becoming a volunteer host at the Wellington Botanic Garden. Read more »

Workshop aims to help builders apply for licences

Press Release – Designers Institute of NZ
Department of Building & Housing – Want to make getting licensed easier?

Come to a licensing workshop. Read more »

Death of Roger Kerr, executive director of Business Roundtable

Media release from NZ Government
Prime Minister John Key has paid tribute to Business Roundtable executive director Roger Kerr, who died last night in Wellington. Read more »

The Occupied Dominion Post – issue 2

Opinion from Occupy Wellington – issue 2

The Occupied Dominion Post – Issue 2 Saturday 29th October
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Whatever People Say We Are, That’s What We’re Not.

This is the second edition of the Occupied Dominion Post, and it comes out less than a week after the first. We gave away over one thousand copies of the first issue and the PDF has spread all over the internet. Read more »

Dyslexia champions recognised at Porirua business awards

Press Release – Speld

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Speld Mana’s success in helping dyslexic children and their families was recognised on Friday night at this year’s Westpac Porirua City Business Excellence Awards. Read more »

Alison Holst bringing her 100th book to Karori and Coastlands

Press Release: Hyndman Publishing
Alison Holst’s name regularly occurs on most trusted, most Googled and bestseller lists and this November sees the publication of her 100th book. But it’s not a cookbook this time, it’s a memoir. Read more »

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