Archive for February, 2012

Meatworkers in Wanganui and Feilding locked out after mediation breaks down

Another industrial dispute began today when members of the Meatworkers Union were locked out of their jobs at the Imlay meatworks in Wanganui and at four other AFFCO factories including Feilding. Read more »

Waitangi Park sprinklers left on by mistake, causing cancellation of festival show

Press Release – International Arts Festival
The Arts Festival announces that, due to circumstances beyond its control, today’s opening night performance of Circus Ronaldo’s Circenses at Waitangi Park has been delayed by a day. Read more »

Wellington’s bus review – why the changes may be delayed

Report from Newswire by Russell Palmer
Changes to Wellington city bus routes may be delayed after strong public reaction to the plans, and one councillor wants another study completed first. Read more »

Pauatahanui actor gets role in ‘Sex And the City’ prequel

Press Release – Film New Zealand
Two of the protégées of Miranda Harcourt, Wellington acting coach and Film New Zealand Board member, have won plum roles playing sisters in the prequel of the iconic television series “Sex in the City”, about to be filmed in New York. Read more »

German jazz saxophonist coming to Wellington

Press Release – National Jazz Festival
“He refined the modest Kraut rock into world class jazz rock” – Suddeutsche Zewitung
Legendary German jazz saxophonist and renowned composer Klaus Doldinger heads to New Zealand in April with his band Passport, performing concerts in Tauranga and Wellington. Read more »

Exciting plans for College of Massage, under new ownership

Press Release – The New Zealand College of Massage
Exciting times lie ahead for the New Zealand College of Massage (NZCM) and for New Zealand’s world-leading sports and physical therapies industries, following the purchase of the NZCM by the New Zealand Institute of Sport (NZIS). Read more »

Porirua wants advice on how to spend money on sports facilities

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua sportspeople and city residents are being asked for their opinion on a draft Council policy document on the future sports infrastructure needs of the city. Read more »

Two Tinariwen band members won’t be at Festival, because of conflict in Mali

Press Release – New Zealand International Arts Festival
Two members of the six-piece Grammy award-winning band Tinariwen are unable to perform at the 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival due to a dramatic escalation in the conflict in the region of north Mali where they live. Read more »

Upper Hutt Council sending representatives to say family violence is not okay

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Throughout the month of March, the Upper Hutt community will see fresh new faces around the city raising awareness of family violence prevention and intervention. Read more »

Campervan found in Porirua after being stolen from Rotorua; two men arrested

News from Porirua Police
Porirua Police have recovered a significant amount of stolen property, including a $45,000 campervan stolen from Rotorua in May last year. Read more »

Stokes Valley man charged with theft of jewellery from 85-year-old’s Tawa shop

News from Wellington City Council
A 34 year old Stokes Valley man will appear in the Porirua District Court today charged in connection to the theft of jewellery at Regent Jewellers in Tawa last month. Read more »

Wellington to be accredited as a safe community, for a second time

News from Wellington City Council
Heads of the District Health Board, the Police, ACC and community leaders will join Mayor Celia Wade-Brown this morning for a ceremony in which Wellington will be re-accredited as an International Safe Community. Read more »

Focus on safety: Wainuiomata Hill road to have new surface and new drainage

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Mayor Ray Wallace has welcomed new road maintenance work being carried out on the Wainuiomata Hill. Read more »

World shearing championships start in Masterton: 500 competitors

Press Release – Federated Farmers
Shearing’s equivalent of the Rugby World Cup kicked off in Masterton today with 500 shearers and woolhandlers participating in the 52nd Golden Shears. This event also doubles as the 2012 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships. Read more »

KiwiRail increases freight earnings, but concerned about its other activities

Press Release – KiwiRail
KiwiRail’s core business of rail freight has experienced an 11 percent increase in revenue to over $220 million contributing to an overall business revenue increase of over five percent for the half year. The stand-out performer for freight was the Import Export (IMEX) division which recorded an increase in volume of 16 percent and a revenue increase of over 12 percent to over $61 million. Read more »

Wellington man appointed general manager of NZ Alpine Club

Press Release – NZ Alpine Club
New Zealand Alpine Club President Stu Gray has announced today that Sam Newton of Wellington has been appointed General Manager of the New Zealand Alpine Club, effective April 10. Read more »

Three Wellington students competing at flower show in Christchurch

Press Release – Ellerslie International Flower Show
Three Wellington landscape design students are competing with six others from throughout New Zealand for the title of Student Designer of the Year at this year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show. Read more »

New director named to lead molecular ecology and evolution research

Press Release – Massey University
Massey University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey announced today that Professor Hamish Spencer, from the University of Otago, is to be the next director of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution. Read more »

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