Archive for March, 2012

After crashing into three cars, man drives vehicle on to railway tracks at Waikanae

News from NZ Police
Kapiti Police have charged a 59 year old man in relation to an incident on the railway lines in Waikanae tonight. His vehicle was on the tracks about 200 metres north of the Elizabeth Street crossing. earlier this evening. Read more »

One killed, two critically injured, when car and van crash on motorway near Tawa

News from NZ Police
A man was killed last night when a van and a car crashed on State Highway 1, in the south bound lane between Tawa and the Churton Park turn off. Read more »

Helicopter rescues mountain biker, injured in Belmont Park

Press Release – Life Flight Trust
At 11:30am this morning the Life Flight Trust responded to Belmont Regional Park in Lower Hutt where a 62 year old man from Alicetown had been mountain biking with a group of friends when he fell from his bike while riding down a hill. Read more »

Unpopular camera car canned because of its “corrosive reputation”

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council’s parking enforcement camera car has been withdrawn from service. The vehicle has been taken off the road permanently following a review, in the past two months, of its duties. Read more »

Geoff Bascand reappointed as Government Statistician for three years

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
Geoff Bascand has been reappointed as Government Statistician for a further three years, until May 2015. Geoff has been in the position since May 2007 and was previously the Deputy Government Statistician responsible for Macro-economic, Environment, Regional, and Geography Statistics. Read more »

The future, and how to choose it

wellington city council – amalgamation options, super city, unitary authority
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Wellington.Scoop
By the time the Wellington Regional Council voted this week to hire independent experts to write a proposal for local government reform, the eight other councils had agreed to do things differently: to consult with their communities first, and then to decide on options for change. Read more »

Pro-Palestine activists demonstrate outside Israeli Embassy


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Scoop report by Anne Russell
Around 50 pro-Palestinian activists gathered at midday today outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington. The demonstration was arranged in solidarity with the Global March to Jerusalem. . Read more »

Liquidators tell Wellington students to continue with their Computer Power studies

Press Release – PricewaterhouseCoopers
John Fisk and Jeremy Morley, of PwC, as the Liquidators of Computer Power (NZ) Limited (In Liquidation) today provided an update on the progress of the Liquidation. Read more »

Borrowing to live – the government’s plan for university students?

Press Release – NZ Union of Students’ Associations
The announcement that the government has frozen the income levels for access to allowances is a concern in itself, but even more worrying has been a series of announcements that the Tertiary Minister Steven Joyce is looking at more wide-ranging restrictions on access to student support, based on flawed assumptions, according to NZUSA President Pete Hodkinson. Read more »

Te Papa named as one of the world’s top 40 museums – better than Guggenheim

Press Release – Te Papa
One of the world’s most popular arts publications has ranked Te Papa in its top 40 museums, above institutions like New York’s Guggenheim and the Getty Centre in Los Angeles. Read more »

Age Concern’s new president will emphasise health, isolation, respect

Press Release – Age Concern
Evelyn Weir is the new leader of New Zealand’s leading organisation for older people. Mrs Weir was elected as Age Concern New Zealand’s National President at Age Concern New Zealand’s Annual General Meeting, held today in Wellington. Read more »

VUW graduate designs affordable, innovative new prosthetic leg

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Getting a product from the drawing board to the shop shelves is notoriously slow and difficult, as Victoria University industrial design graduate Cameron Lightfoot is finding out. But it hasn’t swayed the 27-year-old from his goal of improving life for people who wear a prosthetic leg. Read more »

Christchurch kiwi being released in Rimutakas, in search of girlfriends

Press Release – Orana Wildlife Park
This Sunday, Otautahi – a kiwi who hatched at Orana Wildlife Park – will be released to the wild in the Rimutaka Forest Park near Wellington. As an egg, Otautahi was rocked about inside the incubator during last February’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake, but miraculously he still hatched. Read more »

Wellington research shows link between poverty and respiratory disease

Press Release – Asthma Foundation
The connection between poverty and respiratory disease is well established. Poverty affects respiratory health in many ways with overcrowding and cold, damp houses known to cause respiratory illnesses and admissions to hospital. Poor access to health care can often prevent these illnesses from being treated adequately. Read more »

Bats: see the Cast of Glee assassinated

Press Release – Fresh Dada
Want to see the Cast of Glee assassinated one by one? Society Slump Superstars – a Musical by Joshua Hopton Stewart.
Get ready to suspend your disbelief and witness the hilarious debut musical theatre work of Joshua Hopton Stewart. Read more »

Downstage & Out of Bounds present Live at Six

Press Release – Downstage Theatre
Downstage & Out of Bounds present
Live at Six
by Dean Hewison & Leon Wadham
Truth is Overrated
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No prison: $100,000 fine and 300 hours of community work for Sir Douglas Graham

Report from BusinessDesk by Pattrick Smellie and Paul McBeth
All four directors of Lombard Finance and Investments have escaped prison sentences although former chief executive Michael Reeves only escaped prison or home detention because of ill health and family obligations.

In the High Court in Wellington today, Judge Robert Dobson said expressions of remorse by former chairman Doug Graham and fellow director Lawrie Bryant are mitigating factors in final sentencing. The other director, Bill Jeffries, declined to express remorse. Read more »

No prison for old men – a humiliating day for Sir Douglas Graham

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
The Lombard decision took a long time to read, a lot longer than it took Sir Douglas Graham to walk through the media scrum outside the Wellington High Court, down Lambton Quay and away from what must have been the most humiliating hour of his life. Read more »

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