Archive for February, 2013

Council secrecy about its assessment of Basin Reserve roading options

Wellington City Councillors are this morning holding a workshop about Basin Reserve roading changes. But it’s a secret meeting. The issue is a major one for Wellingtonians. But the public are excluded. Read more »

Jetstar blamed for failing to help Paraparaumu relative of man killed by shark

Kapiti Independent Report by Alan Tristram
Kāpiti Coast District Councillor K Gurunathan has castigated Jetstar airline officials for failing to help a relative who was trying to rush to Auckland after the death of shark victim Adam Strange. Read more »

IMAGES: Dolphins in Wellington Harbour

wellington harbour, dolphin pod
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Photos by Lyndon Hood
A large pod of dolphins made its way into Wellington’s inner harbour this afternoon. Scoop arrived just in time to see them heading away from the area of Queen’s Wharf. Read more »

“Stressful time:” all health and safety inspectors told to reapply for their jobs

News from PSA
The Public Service Association is warning that a major restructuring of health and safety inspectors risks creating an inspector shortfall. All 135 health and safety inspectors within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have been told this week that their roles have been disestablished. They now have to reapply for new positions through a very rigorous process which includes psychometric testing. Read more »

New Australian contact centre will offer 100 new jobs in Wellington’s CBD

Press Release – Grow Wellington
Wellington has scored an early year economic win with Contact Centres Australia (CAA) opening their first New Zealand contact centre in the CBD early in March. Read more »

Clean energy campaign launched with 16-turbine wind farm in Midland Park

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Press Release – Generation Zero
Young campaigners today set up a mock 16-turbine wind farm at Midland Park in Wellington, handed out flyers and chatted with passersby about New Zealand’s opportunities for a clean energy future. Read more »

Kapiti Speakers’ Corner to be re-launched in April

Press Release – Kapiti Speakers’ Corner
The re-launch of the new Kapiti Coast Speakers’ Corner – Paepae Kai Korero — has been postponed for five weeks to allow more public participation. Read more »

Zealandia aiming for pre-human state, recovers native fish

Press Release – Zealandia
Another step on the way to restoring Wellington’s Zealandia as closely as possible to its pre-human state has been achieved with the eradication of introduced fish from its upper waterways. Read more »

Chapman Tripp applauds RMA changes, Forest and Bird says they must be stopped

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
The law firm that hosted today’s launch by Environment Minister Amy Adams’ of a government discussion paper on reform to the Resource Management Act has praised the initiatives, saying they are not before time. But a triumverate of environmental advocates has expressed alarm. Read more »

From Russia to NZ, and now she’s in the barista contest

News from Gravity
Gravity Coffee Barista Trainer Alla Heta is getting nervous as she heads into the home straight before competing at the NZ Barista Championship (NZBC) in Wellington in 7 days’ time. Read more »

Quick curriculum responses to Christchurch earthquakes

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University researchers have found that thanks to the quick response of science and geography teachers across New Zealand, most senior secondary school students were learning about the Christchurch earthquakes almost immediately after the event. Read more »

Peace celebration at Te Papa on International Women’s Day

Press Release – Women’s Refuge
Show the world that Wellington is a Peace city by joining in a walk or attending a Peace Celebration at Te Papa on International Women’s Day Friday, March 8th. Read more »

Bike the Trail in Upper Hutt

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Dress up and celebrate St Patrick’s day with Bike the Trail on Sunday 17 March. For the fifth year running, Upper Hutt and Hutt City Council bring you this popular free family friendly event. Read more »

Ministry’s “earthquake-prone” report is alarmist and incorrect, says engineer

News release from Ian Harrison
Proposals released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in December on the earthquake strengthening of existing buildings, used a test of ‘earthquake prone’ building which is much more severe than defined in law, leading to the incorrect conclusion that there are 15,000 to 25,000 earthquake prone buildings in New Zealand likely to collapse in a moderate earthquake. Read more »

Stephen K Amos at the Opera House

Press Release – NZ International Comedy Festival




“No compelling case” for demolition – historic Harcourts Building is saved

News from Historic Places Wellington
The application for consent to demolish Harcourts Building in Lambton Quay has been declined. This is a very important decision, not just for this building, but for future cases where owners wish to get rid of heritage buildings which may require work to bring them up to an acceptable seismic standard. Read more »

2 per cent instead of 3 per cent – public transport fares are going up, again

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
A smaller than usual increase in Metlink bus, train and harbour ferry fares this year has been proposed by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Read more »

500 train passengers wear yellow ribbons supporting public transport

News from Generation Zero
500 Wellington train passengers pinned on yellow ribbons this morning to show their support for public transport, while a group of young people sailed around Wellington harbour with a large banner bearing the phrase “100% Possible”. Read more »

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