Archive for September, 2012

Private messages on Facebook? Jack Yan asks Privacy Commissioner to investigate

Facebook’s claims that it is impossible for private messages to appear on public Timelines are untrue, says Jack Yan, CEO of the Wellington-based Jack Yan & Associates, who has asked the Privacy Commissioner to investigate. He urges others to contact the Privacy Commissioner’s office (via if their Facebook private messages have been published without their consent. Read more »

Wellington cyclist wins women’s title at Taupo duathlon championships

Press Release – Triathlon New Zealand
Conditions proved almost perfect for the Contact National Duathlon Championships and the National School Duathlon Championships at Taupo Motorsport Park today, with the day dawning cool and foggy but soon clearing to blue skies and warm temperatures for the close to 500 participants.

The women’s title was taken out by Elaine Brent (Wellington) after defending champion Mel Burke withdrew late in the first run leg, a troublesome tendon behind her right knee being the culprit. Read more »

Body of missing Nelson woman found in bush

Wellington Scoop
The body of Nelson woman Ann Sheridan, who had been missing since Monday, has been found in bush near the city. Read more »

Stolen Highbury Hilux rams police car in Newlands, driver escapes

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police are seeking the driver of a stolen vehicle who fled from Police and then rammed a patrol vehicle late last night. Read more »

Give yourself up – family’s message to gang member who fled from electronic bail

News from NZ Police
A patched Rebels gang member who escaped from electronic bail is still on the run from Police and his family is urging him to give himself up. Read more »

MPs approve legislation for rapid construction of War Memorial Park

News from NZ Government
Legislation to ensure a fitting National War Memorial Park will be developed at the National War Memorial site in Wellington in time for Anzac Day 2015 was passed by Parliament last night. Read more »

PM apologises for unlawful spying; his critics call for an independent inquiry

The Prime Minister’s extraordinary apology to Kim Dotcom and to New Zealanders has not calmed the uproar about the government’s unlawful spying on Kim Dotcom. Read more »

WOW Awards show opens, with 40 top dancers and Vector Orchestra

Press Release – Brancott Estate WOW Awards Show

Onstage - Tourism New Zealand Avant Garde Section, Brancott WOW Awards Show

An excited sellout crowd of close to 3800 people were entertained from the moment they stepped onto Queens Wharf in Wellington last night as the 2012 Brancott Estate World of WearableArt Awards Show opened for its 24th show. Read more »

Fran Wilde to chair government group aiming to save money for local councils

Press Release – NZ Government
Local Government Minister David Carter has today announced an independent expert advisory group to help local government provide more cost effective infrastructure. The eight-member group is one of the initiatives outlined in the Better Local Government reform programme announced earlier this year. Read more »

Centreport reports record profit, increases dividends

News from Centreport
Wellington’s CentrePort achieved a record $16.5 million profit before tax and fair value adjustments for the year to 30 June 2012, up 10% on last year and supported by further growth in its container, cruise, forestry, oil, property and joint venture portfolios. Read more »

Three more years of KiwiSport money for Wellington school children

Press Release – Sport Wellington
Sport Wellington has received confirmation that it will receive another three years of KiwiSport funding after having its 2012-15 KiwiSport Regional Partnership Plan approved by Sport New Zealand. Read more »

Council renewing vows to protect Town Belt

Press Release – Wellington City Council
“Wellington City Council has announced its intention to renew its more than 100-year-old vows between the people of Wellington and that green belt which makes Wellington unique– the Town Belt,” says Councillor Helene Ritchie. Read more »

Wellington’s Webstock founders targeting multi-million dollar corporate events market

Press Release – Lil Regie
The founders of iconic Wellington tech conference Webstock have set their sights on a slice of the $439 million spent annually on domestic corporate events. Read more »

Hutt council tells young people: have a say about local government reform

News from Hutt City Council
A call has gone out for young people in Lower Hutt to have their say on local government reform. Read more »

Seven weeks to re-fill strengthened water storage lake at Te Marua

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The turn of a tap last Friday signalled the start of filling for Greater Wellington’s newly-strengthened and enlarged southern water storage lake at Te Marua, which has been empty since September last year. Read more »

Wellington’s blue tsunami lines win international award from emergency group

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington’s ‘blue lines’ project – which aims to raise community awareness on how to evacuate from an approaching tsunami – has been recognised with an award from a global emergency-management group. Read more »

Summit challenges tourism industry leaders to “think different”

Press Release – Tourism Industry Association New Zealand
Tourism leaders are being challenged to ‘think different’ at a major Summit on Tuesday (2 October) so as to better place the industry to cope with current challenges and embrace new opportunities generated by a rapidly changing international tourism environment. Read more »

Co-founder of Aptomize joins Catapult in USA

Press Release – Kiwi Landing Pad
New Zealand tech’s home away from home Kiwi Landing Pad formally launched Project Catapult to its San Francisco based supporters this evening. Read more »

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