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 »

Paraparaumu ticket wins $779,000 in Lotto

Press Release – New Zealand Lotteries Commission
A ticket bought at Coastlands in Paraparaumu has won the Strike Four prize of $779,072 in last night’s Lotto draw. A Waiheke Island ticket won $1 million. It was sold at Ostend Store on Waiheke Island. Read more »

Conflict of interest: the Agency says more

by Lindsay Shelton
The pre-Christmas letter to Mayor Wade-Brown was not the only time that the NZ Transport Agency has gone public about its chair’s conflict of interest. On the same day that the letter was written, the Agency updated its website with similar but differently-worded information.
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Man armed with hammer steals cash from two cashiers in Countdown supermarket

News from NZ Police
The Feilding Countdown supermarket was last night robbed by a disguised man armed with a hammer. Read more »

60-year-old Wairarapa man fractures ribs after quad bike rolls on muddy hill

a very muddy cabin inside the helicopter. Photo: “Life Flight”.

Press Release – Life Flight Trust
The Wellington Rescue Helicopter flew to the Northern Wairarapa last night, after being called to a quad bike accident. Read more »

Phoenix playing best football in club’s history, says coach Ricki Herbert

News from Aust Football Federation/Omnisport
Ricki Herbert believes the 2012 edition Wellington Phoenix is playing the highest quality football in the club’s history. Foundation coach Herbert has steered the Phoenix from its 2007/08 competition debut to finals appearances in the last three seasons. Read more »

Wellington couple win $500,000 in Lotto

Press Release – New Zealand Lotteries Commission
A $500,000 First Division prize from last weekend’s Lotto draw has been claimed by a Wellington couple, who’d bought their ticket at Whitcoulls Taupo when they were there recently – but this wasn’t their first Lotto win. Read more »

Caravanning stars in Toi Pōneke exhibition

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Refuge in Anglesea (Toi Pōneke, 11 January–2 February) is the photographic debut of visual artist Tam Webster. The exhibition examines Australasian leisure activities and particularly focuses on caravanning. Read more »

Paintballs fired at moving cars on SH1; 20-year-old Levin man charged

News from NZ Police
Levin Police were this afternoon called to deal with a group of three men who were firing shots from a paintball gun at passing cars. The group were in a gray/black Toyota Hilux with large wheels. They travelled from Otaki Beach to Levin and fired a paintball gun out the window of their moving vehicle. Read more »

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