Wellington Scoop

Archive for December, 2012

One of NZ’s top policemen on patrol in Wellington for New Year’s Eve

News from NZ Police
NZ’s three most senior police officers hit the streets tonight to support thousands of staff working to keep people safe this New Year’s Eve. Deputy Commissioner Mike Bush will be with staff in Wellington, Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard is working at the Rhythm and Vines music festival near Gisborne, and Commissioner Peter Marshall is out in the Auckland City Police District. Read more »

Fireworks cancelled – waterfront entertainment continues

The New Year’s fireworks promised by the City Council were cancelled tonight because of strong winds. But four hours of entertainment on the waterfront went on, as scheduled. Read more »

No sign of Palmerston North tramper missing for nine days in national park

News from NZ Police
An aerial search was completed this afternoon in Kahurangi National Park for the missing Palmerston North tramper Alistair Levy. The search over the Castle Basin and bluff areas failed to find any trace of him. Read more »

Oscar winner drowns when raft capsizes in Waiohine River

A man who drowned while rafting in the Waiohine River yesterday has been identified as Michael Alexander Hopkins, 53, from Greytown. He was a long-term collaborator with Peter Jackson, and he had won two Academy Awards for his sound editing of Jackson’s features. Read more »

Missing for two wet and windy nights in the Tararuas – searchers find lone runner

Police announced this morning that searchers have found Alastair Shelton, the Wellington runner who had been missing for two nights in the Tararua Ranges. They say he was “a bit cold” but otherwise fine. Read more »

Search volunteers reject call for payment – “victims shouldn’t be billed”

Press Release – LandSar
Wellington’s search and rescue volunteers are rejecting editorial calls by the Nelson Mail for people at the centre of search and rescue operations to be charged for the cost of rescues. Read more »

Meteorites, comets and asteroids – holiday programmes at Observatory

News from Carter Observatory
It’s all about meteorites, comets and asteroids at Carter this summer. Carter Observatory offers some great family fun over the school holidays. Read more »

New Year advice — check your Kiwisaver balance

Press Release – Financial Services Council
2013 New Year financial tip for young KiwiSavers: Check your account balance and get ready for a pleasant surprise, suggests Financial Service Council chief executive Peter Neilson. Read more »

Summer music at Botanic Garden starts again

News from Wellington City Council
The annual Gardens Magic music series at the Botanic Garden will return to its traditional early-January start this month, after organisers experimented with later dates last summer. Read more »

Wellington man in hospital after being injured by stingray

Press Release – Life Flight Trust
A man who believed he was injured by a stingray was flown to Masterton Hospital from Riversdale yesterday. Read more »

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