Archive for August, 2012

After 15 years as council chief executive, Garry Poole must reapply for his job, again

News from Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council has agreed to advertise for the role of Chief Executive, following Wednesday evening’s full Council meeting. Read more »

Will he keep his job?

We’ve had a rare window into the politics of employment at the Wellington City Council this week, with two closed meetings where councillors discussed the work of their chief executive Garry Poole (seen above in July 2010).
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555 jobs abolished in “more efficient” public service; 383 more to be cut

News from NZ Government
The size of the core public service has reduced by 555 positions in the six months to June, which is 574 positions below the “cap”, the State Services Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman announced yesterday. Read more »

Ten instead of thirteen – Porirua reduces the number of councillors

Press Release – Porirua City Council
The number of councillors will reduce from 13 to 10 at the next Porirua City Council general election on 12 October 2013. Read more »

Public health conference will showcase Māori expertise

Press Release – Public Health Association
The Public Health Association Conference which will be held in Wellington from 3-5 September will showcase Māori expertise in public health. Read more »

New app for planning cycling or walking

News from Regional Council
If you enjoy walking and cycling in the Wellington region you can now plan or change your journey en route with the Walk Cycle Wellington mobile app. To install the free app go to Read more »

Great Harbour Way – Ngauranga to Petone cycling and walking path within 3 years

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The inclusion of the Ngauranga to Petone section of the Great Harbour Way cycle and walking path in yesterday’s announcement of the Government’s transport priorities is an exciting development, says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Read more »

Council bans smoking in 43 parks – benefits highlighted at Waitangi Park

Press Release – Wellington City Council
A get-together is planned at Waitangi Park playground this Sunday morning to help highlight the benefits of smoke-free sports parks and playgrounds. Read more »

Queen Margaret student wins NIWA award, best of 410 school projects

Press Release – NIWA
The winners of the NIWA Wellington Science Fair have just been announced. The overall prize winner is Lydia Hingston, a Year 13 student from Queen Margaret College, for her project “Antibiotics versus Probiotics”. Read more »

Mangere tenor wins Lexus Song Quest; judge says he has potential to be superstar

Press Release – Lexus Song Quest

Amitai Pati Wins the 2012 Lexus Song Quest

Tenor Amitai Pati has joined the elite ranks of New Zealand opera singers after winning the 2012 Lexus Song Quest at the competition’s Grand Final Concert at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington tonight. Read more »

Waterfront light festival begins with murals by pirates’ street collective

Press Release – Wellington Lux Festival
The Wellington Lux Light Festival kicks off with a bang on Saturday when street art collective, The Pirates paint murals on Storybox’s After Light installation in Odlin Plaza from 1pm. Read more »

Concert in Porirua to oppose state asset sales

Press Release – Aotearoa Is Not For Sale
Aotearoa is Not For Sale (Wellington) is joining with the community of Porirua, and supported by Ngati Toa rununga, in holding a “No State Assets Sales” event in protest against National, Act and United Future’s planned partial-asset sales – Saturday morning 1 September, from 9-11am, near Cobham Court in the Porirua Township. Read more »

“Absolutely brilliant” that harbour-edge cycleway and walkway will be funded

Mary Varnham, who originated the concept of the Great Harbour Way in 2003, says the news that funding has been approved for the Petone-Ngauranga gap to be fixed is ‘absolutely brilliant. All great Wellington projects take at least 10 years to get from whoa and go and we’ve made it in nine.’ Read more »

What did the WCC decide about its chief executive?

Wellington City Councillors met yesterday morning to discuss the employment of the council’s chief executive Garry Poole. Read more »

Post-mortem completed, but cause of Naenae teenager’s death not yet known

News from NZ Police
Hutt Valley Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 16 year old near the Hutt River yesterday. A post-mortem examination was carried out this morning on the body of Michael Lafou, of Naenae. Read more »

David Shearer supports launch of living-wage campaign in Wellington

News from NZ Labour Party
Labour Leader David Shearer today attended the Wellington launch of Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand to support the movement to give Kiwi workers a decent income. Read more »

Agreement signed to settle Whanganui RIver claims, first sought in 1873

News from NZ Government
The Crown and negotiators for Whanganui Iwi today signed a framework agreement setting out certain key elements that will form the basis for a settlement of Whanganui Iwi’s historical claims relating to the Whanganui River, Minister for Treaty for Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced. Read more »

Cuba Street’s Quality Hotel wins gold award, and its manager is a champion

Press Release – Choice Hotels
A Wellington hotel manager has been named as one of four outstanding New Zealand employees within Choice hotels. Read more »

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