Archive for December, 2011

Heavy rain causes Moa Point sewage plant to overflow – Lyall Bay polluted

News from Wellington City Council
Swimmers and surfers are warned to stay out of the water in Lyall Bay following an overflow at the Moa Point sewage treatment plant today. The overflow has been caused by today’s heavy and persistent rainfalls. Read more »

Responsibility for Otaihanga road deaths – an open letter to the NZ Transport Agency

To Jenny Chetwynd
Regional Director, NZ Transport Agency

As one of the people who made the decision to pull the funding to install wire median barriers along SH1 between Otaihanga and Waikanae, I hold you responsible for the latest addition to the death toll on this stretch of road. I also hold you accountable for the lost time hundreds of commuters experienced due to the lack of an alternative western link route for them to use. Read more »

Man and woman killed and five injured in head-on crash on SH1 near Otaihanga

News from NZ Police
Police are now able to release the names of the two persons killed in the crash on State Highway 1 at Otaihanga north of Paraparaumu yesterday. They were Stephanie Anne Fox aged 18 years and her stepfather Lance Kevin Reilly aged 39 years of Titahi Bay. Read more »

Woman dies near Eketahuna when car hits embankment

News from NZ Police
There was a fatal motor vehicle crash at about 5:10pm today on Route 52 Alfredton east of Eketahuna. Read more »

Speeding car hits power pole and bursts into flames; driver and passenger killed

News from NZ Police
Police have released the names of two men killed in a high speed crash near Blenheim early this morning. They were Gary Alexander Benseman, aged 22, and Brian James Cooper, aged 23. Both men were locals. Read more »

Wellington road deaths are up by ten per cent, but the NZ total is down by 100

There’s been an increase in the number of road deaths in Wellington this year, unlike almost every other region in the country. The AA today quotes official figures showing that there’ve been ten per cent more road deaths in Wellington, compared with the previous year. Every other region has had fewer road deaths, except for the West Coast where the numbers are unchanged. Read more »

Flooding in Seatoun, Miramar, Karori; council asks residents to clear drains

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Persistent rain is causing surface flooding in some low-lying parts of Wellington today – and the City Council is asking residents to grab a rake or garden fork to help clear street drains to allow water to drain away. Read more »

The rain came, as forecast

The heavy rain warning was lifted tonight. But MetService had been right. The forecast was for heavy rain for Wellington and Kapiti. And that’s what we got. All day today. With flooding in some city suburbs. Read more »

Lonely Hearts in Lower Hutt seeking on-line dates for New Year’s Eve parties

Press Release – Findsomeone
Online dating is hitting record levels across New Zealand with 71% of Kiwis yet to find a date for New Year’s Eve parties. It is also occurring in some unlikely spots including Lower Hutt and Dunedin’s North East Valley. Read more »

First 2012 Wellington babies will be given Olympic t-shirts

Press Release – British High Commission
Olympic 2012 T- shirts will be given to the first baby boy and girl to be born in 2012 in the Wellington region. Read more »

Lower Hutt woman killed in head-on collision on Desert Road; four people injured

News from NZ Police
A 70-year-old woman who was killed in a crash on the Desert Road near Waiouru on Tuesday has been identified as Carol Dawn Gibson from Lower Hutt. Read more »

Turangi 16-year-old arrested and charged with assault on five-year-old girl

News from NZ Police
Police investigating the serious assault of a five-year-old tourist in Turangi have today arrested a 16-year-old youth. Read more »

Wellington Mayor backs alcohol-free fundraiser

Press Release – FebFast
As part of a fitness regime for Round The Bays, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is getting right behind the Drug Foundation’s FebFast community fundraiser. Read more »

Jackie Chan, new in Christchurch from Wellington Zoo, was terrified by the quake

Press Release – Orana Wildlife Park
Just like resilient Cantabrians, some of Christchurch’s exotic residents living at Orana Wildlife Park have learned to adjust to the earthquakes that continue to hit the city. However a recent arrival from Wellington Zoo has not been so calm. Read more »

Wellington Firebirds named to play Otago in Queenstown

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
The Hell Wellington Firebirds team to play the Otago Volts in the fourth round of the HRV Cup Twenty20 competition at Queenstown Events Centre on Saturday is: Read more »

Wellington Blaze squad named to play Auckland Hearts at Kelburn Park

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
The Wellington Blaze squad to play the Auckland Hearts in round four of the 2011-12 domestic Women’s Action Cricket Cup One-Day and Action Cricket Twenty20 competitions on 1, 2 and 3 January 2012 is: Read more »

Helicopter rescues motorcyclist injured on Rimutaka Hill road

Press Release – Life Flight Trust
The Life Flight Trust this afternoon sent the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to the Rimutaka Hill Road, where a motorcyclist had parted company with his bike three miles north of the summit. Read more »

Driver of BMW in serious condition after collision with mik tanker near Sanson

News from NZ Police at 11.34am
State Highway 3 near Sanson has been closed following a serious crash between a milk tanker and a car. Read more »

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