Archive for January, 2012

After 108 days, Council removes occupiers’ tents and property from Civic Square

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council this morning took action to shut down the ‘Occupy’ camp next to the City to Sea Bridge in Civic Square. Read more »

Police help council to move occupiers

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police have this morning assisted Wellington City Council staff to move on the Occupy Wellington group from Civic Square. Read more »

Occupiers say they’ll stay in Civic Square, after their tents are removed

Press Release – Occupy Wellington
The occupying group at Wellington’s Civic Square said yesterday it will continue the occupation despite the Council stating it will do everything it can to remove them. If necessary the group will continue the occupation without the structures. Read more »

If there’s a Nelson-Tasman merger, super-city lessons should be applied says PSA

Press Release – Public Service Association
Applying the lessons from the Auckland local government transition process is vital if voters give the go ahead for a merger between Nelson and Tasman councils, says the PSA. Read more »

Number of homes for sale hits four year low

Press Release –
The number of homes for sale in New Zealand’s three largest cities has fallen to its lowest level in four years, according to data released today by Read more »

Wellington housing approvals up by 45% last month, but national totals at record low

Report from BusinessDesk
New Zealand building consents fell to a record low in 2011, underlining a slump in activity that has hurt earnings at construction firms including Fletcher Building. Read more »

Sevens players compete in coffee-making contest at Mojo

Press Release – HSB Sevens
Ahead of the fourth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Wellington, players from the England and Scotland national Sevens teams were able to stir up the rivalry between the two nations ahead of the eagerly anticipated Calcutta Cup clash this weekend, by taking part in a coffee making competition at Mojo coffee shop in downtown Wellington. Read more »

Sevens parade today; weekend ends with Waitangi Day event on waterfront

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Sevens and Waitangi Day fall on the same weekend this year – and that means more people, fun and festivities in the capital. Read more »

MetService predicts fine weather for the Sevens

Press Release – MetService
For those at the International Sevens tournament in Wellington, the weather should be fine with some cloud on Friday and sunny skies on Saturday. Temperatures should reach the low twenties late afternoon, dipping into the high teens by the end of the festivities. Read more »

Seeking sober rugby fans: alcohol council welcomes Sevens campaign

Press Release – ALAC
The Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) has welcomed initiatives by the Wellington Rugby Sevens’ organisers to encourage fans to arrive at the event sober. Read more »

Mayor gives up alcohol to support FebFast

Press Release – FebFast
The New Zealand Drug Foundation’s premier FebFast fundraising event starts tomorrow, with people around the country beginning a month without alcohol. Read more »

Frocks on Bikes organising Valentine’s date with a difference at Island Bay

Press Release – Frocks on Bikes
You may not have a bicycle built for two – but the Love To Roll event, organised by Frocks on Bikes, is a great way to get loved up on two wheels. Read more »

Volunteers needed to restore site of 1930s sawmill near Otaki

News from Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation is again seeking volunteers to restore the site of a 1930s sawmilling operation tucked away in a hidden valley behind Otaki Forks. Read more »

Small grants to improve access to four Wellington events and venues

Press Release – Arts Access Aotearoa
Arts organisations and venues will become more accessible this year, thanks to eleven grants provided by Creative New Zealand for projects ranging from sign language interpretations and audio described performances to music workshops and concerts for disabled children and young adults, and improved physical access. Read more »

Stock Exchange names new chief executive to replace Mark Weldon

Report from BusinessDesk by Hannah Lynch
The New Zealand Stock Exchange has announced in Wellington that Tim Bennett will replace Mark Weldon as its chief executive, effective May. 7. Read more »

NZ String Quartet’s 25th anniversary: Beethoven celebration

Press Release – New Zealand String Quartet

New Zealand String Quartet’s 25th Anniversary: An All-Beethoven Celebration – Robert Catto

The New Zealand String Quartet is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an old friend: Beethoven. Read more »

Kapiti Coast cinema attracting 1000 people a day

Press Release – Downtown Coastlands
With a thousand movie-goers a day over the busy Christmas and New Year holiday period, Downtown Coastlands cinema manager Michelle McConaghty says the cinema is now well and truly connected with the community. Read more »

Toi Poneke: jewellers meet their idols

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Imagine being taught by your hero – your idol and inspiration. Undoubtedly your skills and workmanship would improve. Read more »

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