Archive for May, 2012

Wellington underwear protest supported by mayor and transport experts

News release from Generation Zero
Transport experts and civic leaders have joined a wave of support for the 40 young people who rode a Wellington commuter train in their underwear on Tuesday, to “expose the Government’s unbalanced transport budget”. Read more »

Work together to keep Capital Connection service, says Labour Party

Statement from NZ Labour Party
The Government’s Transport Agency should pull its head out of the sand and start working with KiwiRail and Tranz Metro to find a way to keep the Capital Connection commuter rail service operating, says Labour. Read more »

Bacteria levels rising in Porirua Harbour; council confirms plan to install new pipes

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Reported spikes in bacteria levels in parts of Porirua Harbour are symptomatic of the effect high rainfall has on the city’s aging wastewater infrastructure, says Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett. Read more »

Wellington Prison to close in November; staff offered alternative jobs

News from Corrections Department
The Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections, Ray Smith, has announced final decisions on significant changes to New Zealand’s prison configuration. Wellington and New Plymouth Prisons will close along with some parts of Arohata, Rolleston, Tongariro/Rangipo and Waikeria Prisons. Read more »

Six more arrests as police target methamphetamine syndicate

News from NZ Police
Police have arrested a further six people today in relation to an ongoing investigation targeting an alleged Wellington methamphetamine supply and manufacturing syndicate. Read more »

Armed man steals cash from Silverstream bar

News from NZ Police
At approximately 8.45pm last night, a man entered Charton’s Silverstream Bar & Bistro armed with a firearm. He held out a bag and demanded that the duty manager put the bar takings inside it. Read more »

Wellington school trustees shocked, horrified by cuts to education spending

Press Release – Wellington Wairarapa School Trustees Association
School Trustees are shocked and horrified by the Government’s proposed ‘tinkering’ with teacher student ratios. Read more »

Wellington High teacher returns from study of US technology education

Press Release – Techlink
A Wellington teacher has gone that extra mile to improve technology in New Zealand schools by flying to the USA to see how they do it. Read more »

Samoan translation of NCEA book launched at Porirua College

Press Release – NZ Council for Educational Research
The Samoan translation of a book to help students and parents better understand NCEA has been launched during Samoan language week. Read more »

Wellington Tunnels Alliance wins award for best safety initiative

Press Release – Thomson Reuters
The Wellington Tunnels Alliance won a major award at the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards. Read more »

Chris Gosling is new Deputy Chief Executive of Whitireia

Press Release – Whitireia
Whitireia has announced the appointment of its new Deputy Chief Executive (Operational), Mr Chris Gosling. Read more »

Don Moselen resigns as chair of Otaki Community Board, after court appearances

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Don Moselen has tended his resignation from Chair of the Otaki Community Board with immediate effect, says Deputy Chair James Cootes. Read more »

John Spencer appointed director of Raukawa Iwi Development

Press Release – Ngati Raukawa
Wellington company director John Spencer has been appointed to the board of Raukawa Iwi Development LTD (RIDL), the commercial arm of South Waikato based iwi Raukawa. Read more »

Commerce Commission reviewing Wellington Airport’s information disclosure

Press Release – Commerce Commission
The Commerce Commission has released a process and issues paper for the review of how effectively information disclosure regulation is working in the airports sector. Read more »

Seven new music films announced for film festival

Press Release – NZ International Film Festival
The New Zealand International Film Festival today announced seven music films confirmed for the 2012 programme. The festival’s 41st Wellington season begins on July 27. Read more »

UK comedian Bill Bailey returning to Wellington

Press Release – Elephant Publicity
Bill Bailey Returns To Wellington
Star of TV’s Black Books
“Blissfully funny”
The London Times Read more »

26 Wellington competitors trying for Chamber Music awards

Press Release – Chamber Music New Zealand
Cowbells, temple blocks, bongos, a mandolin and a gong are among the instruments to be played by young musicians competing in Chamber Music New Zealand’s annual New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest this year. Read more »

French researchers to talk at Te Papa about Samoan tattoing

Press Release – Ambassade de France en Nouvelle-Zelande
In 2012, Samoa celebrates 50 years of Independence, with official celebrations beginning on the 1st of June. To commemorate the occasion, the Embassy of France in Wellington has organised two talks on the subject of traditional tattooing in Samoa and New Zealand. Read more »

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