Archive for December, 2012

Southbound traffic backs up from Pukerua Bay to Otaki after truck breakdown

News from NZ Police at 6.54pm
A truck has broken down on State Highway 1 Pukerua Bay. This has caused large delays back to as far as Otaki for southbound traffic. Read more »

Man attacks young woman, alone in her Wainuiomata home

News from NZ Police
Police are investigating what they believe to be a sexually motivated assault on a young woman alone in her Wainuiomata home between 4.00 and 5.15am yesterday morning. Read more »

Boxing Day shopping in Wellington: we spent 12 per cent more than last year

Report from BusinessDesk
New Zealanders spent 13.4 percent more on Boxing Day than they did a year ago, the first double-digit growth in sales for five years. In Wellington, Boxing Day sales rose 12 percent to $10.7 million. Read more »

Conflict of interest – Transport chair withdraws from Basin flyover planning

by Lindsay Shelton
In a sudden development five days before Christmas, the NZ Transport Agency has admitted that its chairman Chris Moller has a conflict of interest with regard to planning roading at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Council’s new chief executive starts in March; $400,000 a year for five years

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has confirmed the appointment of Kevin Lavery as the new Chief Executive of Wellington City Council. Dr Lavery, currently the Chief Executive of Cornwall Council in southwest England, will take up his new role in March. Read more »

Happy Christmas, a perfect Wellington day

8am – harbour seen from Brooklyn
The forecasts were correct. Wellington had a perfect Christmas Day. With a temperature of 24 and rising to 28 in the late afternoon.
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28 degrees in Kapiti; fine weather forecast for Christmas Day

Raumati South beach today – photo by Callum Llewellyn
Is the Kapiti Coast the warmest place in New Zealand today? A temperature of 28 was recorded at lunchtime, and locals said it felt much warmer. Read more »

Wellington Airport reopens after fog, Air NZ resumes flights, adds extra services

News from Air NZ
Air New Zealand has resumed flights into and out of Wellington this morning and will continue to operate scheduled services and some additional services, as the weather conditions permit. Read more »

Mitsubishi driver killed in collision with truck on SH2

News from NZ Police
A man was killed in a crash between a car and a truck on SH2 in the central Hawke’s Bay this morning. Read more »

Disguised man robs two Palmerston North supermarkets

News from NZ Police
Palmerston North Police are investigating two aggravated robberies at city supermarkets last night. Read more »

Round the Bays registrations reach record 4300

Press Release – Round the Bays
Registrations for the AMI Round the Bays fun run are at a new pre-Christmas record of 4,300, eclipsing last year’s tally of 1900 people registered as at 24 December. Read more »

World Cup orienteering attracting athletes to Hawke’s Bay

Press Release – Hastings District Council
Representatives from 20 different countries will make their way to Hawke’s Bay for the final two races in the Orienteering World Cup series. Read more »

A seasonal singalong: “Let’s Bring Christmas to Johnsonville”

Press Release – Powertool Records
We have some cool Christmas news. Our resident pop genius Vorn has distinguished himself by winning the Tranz Metro “Metro Factor” Award for his Christmas song ‘Let’s Bring Christmas to Johnsonville’, and the news is spreading quickly via YouTube. Read more »

30-year-old in hospital with head injuries after fight in Cannons Creek

News from NZ Police
Porirua Police are investigating a fight which occurred near the intersection of Bedford street and Northumberland street, Cannons Creek, at approximately 10.45pm on Friday night. Read more »

Don’t mention it’s 9m high and 380m long

flyover sunbathers

The Dominion Post has today succeeded in writing an editorial in support of the Basin Reserve flyover, without mentioning what it’ll look like. Read more »

It must be Christmas: traffic delays between Paekakariki and Paraparaumu

News from NZ Police
Police this afternoon reported traffic delays north bound between Paekakariki and Paraparaumu. Read more »

Police raid drug lab making party pills for music festivals; three men arrested

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police yesterday searched inner-city commercial premises which they believe were a major drug-manufacturing site, set up to distribute thousands of pills at new year music festivals. Read more »

Wellington woman arrested after drugs found in parcel from North America

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police have pulled apart a sophisticated drug ring overnight with further arrests likely. A joint New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs Service investigation has uncovered a drug syndicate distributing the drug MDMA. Read more »

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