Archive for October, 2012

Kapiti expressway a waste of taxpayers’ money, reports Campbell Live

Campbell Live, which has established itself as NZ television’s leading current affairs show, revealed last night that the finances of the Kapiti Expressway do not stack up. It reported that the cost of the project has risen by $80m, and as a result the benefit to cost ratio has fallen into a negative position. The road will cost more than any gains that can be expected over the next thirty years. Read more »

Cancel the Kapiti expressway, numbers don’t add up, says Twyford

News from NZ Labour Party
Labour is calling on the Government to pull the plug on the Mackays to Peka Peka section of the Kapiti expressway after a leaked NZTA document reveals the project has a “shockingly low” benefit to cost ratio. Read more »

Kapiti locals want expressway; MP says constituents tired of traffic jams

Report from Kapiti Independent
Otaki MP Nathan Guy says that Kapiti locals will be horrified at comments from Labour party transport spokesman Phil Twyford wanting to scrap the Kapiti Expressway. Read more »

More frequent trips by Airport Flyer next year

Press Release – Wellington Regional Council
More frequent Airport Flyer services and a more direct route between Wellington Station and the airport is good news for Wellington commuters, says Wellington Regional Council Chair Fran Wilde. Read more »

Air NZ’s first new ATR 72-600 will make first flight from Wellington soon

Press Release – Air New Zealand

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Air New Zealand today took delivery in Toulouse of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft, which is painted black as part of the airline’s support for New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks. The airline and ATR announced in October 2011 a contract for seven firm 68-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft, plus options for another five, in a deal worth more than US $270 million. Read more »

Buildings or no buildings? A forum on the future of North Kumutoto

News from Wellington City Council
A public forum on the revised design brief for the north Kumutoto area of Wellington’s waterfront will be held this Thursday from 5.30–7pm (refreshments from 5.15pm). Read more »

Architects reward their best Wellington projects

News from Wellington Architecture Awards
Twenty-seven projects ranging from schools and office fitouts to houses and heritage buildings have been acknowledged in the 2012 Wellington Architecture Awards. Read more »

$10m spent on warmer homes scheme; 5700 houses have been improved

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Over ten million dollars of support for home insulation and clean heating has been provided to homes in the Wellington region through the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Warm Greater Wellington scheme. More than 5,700 households in the Wellington region are now warmer, healthier and will cost less to heat, thanks to the scheme. Read more »

Firearms and drugs found in gang member’s home; but police can’t find him

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News from NZ Police
Police are attempting to locate 26-year-old gang member Tama Michael Rawhiti who is wanted on a parole recall warrant after a search of his address last Friday recovered loaded firearms and drugs. Read more »

Cutting-edge technology will provide quick access to maps

Press Release – Splice Group
Wellington geospatial company Splice Group is this week launching its latest application that allows people to quickly, and easily, view detailed geospatial map data out in the field. Read more »

A rewrite of the SuperCity plan

by David Thornton
Despite Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s protestations to the contrary, his Wellington Region Review Panel’s proposals for a single Greater Wellington Council are a rewrite of the original Royal Commission proposal for the Auckland SuperCity. Read more »

The Lord Mayor’s horse and carriage

A claimant to the title of the First Lord Mayor of Wellington has emerged overnight on Twitter. Read more »

Council re-structuring has taken its toll, but the money could be wasted – PSA

Press Release – Public Service Association
The Public Service Association says a new local government structure for the Wellington region could make a nonsense out of current Council restructuring and pour hundreds of thousands of dollars down the drain. Read more »

Research shows how paramedics can cut number of patients going to hospital

Press Release – University of Otago
New research from Otago University has revealed that sending extended care paramedics to emergency ambulance visits dramatically cuts the number of patients going to hospital. Wellington Free Ambulance says the research results support the use of extended care paramedics for after-hours emergency care in Kapiti. Read more »

Tararua Shield starts this weekend

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
The Tararua Shield competition commences this Sunday with the Wellington City and Hutt Valley Representative teams travelling outside the region to play One Day games against Manawatu and Wairarapa. Read more »

Super Rugby jerseys get injection of pride for 2013

Press Release – Adidas
For 2013 adidas has stitched a bit of extra pride into the Investec Super Rugby jerseys for the New Zealand teams. Each team’s jersey will carry the names of the provincial unions that joined forces to form their franchise. These names will be incorporated into each jersey’s inside collar. Read more »

WelTec’s Pasifika students ready to start work as carpenters

Press Release – Wellington Institute of Technology
15 carpentry students of Pacific Island descent are today putting the finishing touches to a house they have been building all year as part of their study towards a Certificate in Carpentry at the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec). Read more »

Lords or ladies? The debate about the future of a united Wellington

If the first Lord Mayor of the new super city envisaged by Sir Geoffrey Palmer and his panel is Celia or Fran or Kerry or Annette or Jenny, will she become a Lady Mayor? You can’t help thinking that the panel’s report got off to a bad start by recommending such an antediluvian title as Lord Mayor. Read more »

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