Archive for June, 2013

Top ten bands chosen for rockquest regional finals

Press Release – Smokefreerockquest
They came, they tuned up and they played their hearts out. The top 12 bands and two solos from Wellington and Hutt Valley were selected at heats on Saturday at Wellington High School and now go on to the regional final. Read more »

Nine days after the storm, electricity restored to all Wellington homes

News from Wellington Electricity
Wellington Electricity is pleased to advise that the restoration of power supply to the 30,000 customers who have reported a loss of power is now complete. Read more »

Upper Hutt Lotto ticket wins $500,000

Press Release – New Zealand Lotteries Commission
A Lotto player in Upper Hutt has won $500,000 on Lotto’s First Division. Read more »

Six high-school photographers at Thistle Hall

Press Release – Thistle Hall
From 8 – 14 July, Thistle Hall will host to ‘Static Sound’, the inaugural exhibition of six Wellington-based photographers. Read more »

From Galileo to NASA’s space telescope – new film at Carter Observatory

Press Release – Carter Observatory
Join us to celebrate the launch of our new planetarium film “Two Small Pieces of Glass” on Wednesday July 17 at 6.30pm. Read more »

Stabbing in Karori: 21-year-old man in serious condition in hospital

News from NZ Police
A 22-year-old-man is in police custody after a 21-year-old man received multiple serious stab wounds at a Burrows Avenue residential property in Karori. Read more »

Three more charges against David Ross; in court again this week

News from Financial Markets Authority
Further charges have today been laid by the Financial Markets Authority against Wellington financial advisor David Ross, alleging breaches of financial markets legislation. Read more »

Archives NZ to take over Park Road Post’s film processing equipment

News from Park Road Post
Film processing facilities will move from Park Road Post Production in Miramar to Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office under an agreement which will ensure the continual preservation of New Zealand film. Read more »

Six more months for public art in empty city shops; eighth project is paper iceberg

Press Release – Urban Dream Brokerage

Cleave. Image: Gabby O’Connor

Funding has been granted by the Wellington City Council for a further six months for the trial of Urban Dream Brokerage. Working with commercial property partners, Urban Dream Brokerage assists with the revitalisation of Wellington city through brokering the use of vacant shops and commercial spaces by artists for public art and creative businesses. Read more »

Wellington contributes 14.2 per cent of national gross domestic product

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
Taranaki, Southland, and the West Coast experienced the largest increases in gross domestic product (GDP) from 2007–10, while Auckland was responsible for over one-third of the country’s economic production, new research from Statistics NZ showed. Statistics NZ released today GDP for 15 regions across New Zealand. Read more »

Four-week trial tests use of composting toilets for emergencies

Press Release – Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
An initial trial has shown that emergency composting toilets might be an alternative to port-a-loos and chemical toilets if sewerage lines are damaged or broken. Read more »

Coalition concerned by cuts to library staff, says result will be more service cuts

Press Release – Wellington Library Coalition
The Wellington Library Coalition today asked why libraries are being targeted with significant decreases in funding when other areas of council spending clearly show a significant increase in investment? Read more »

Wheelchair stage lift offered free for Wellington venues

Press Release – Positively Wellington Venues
Positively Wellington Venues, home to the only wheelchair stage lift in New Zealand, will lend the lift at no cost to any organisations or venues in the Wellington region. Read more »

Half-price fares for under-19s planned by Regional Council, but not for 2 or 3 years

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Weekend family bus and train passes, half price fares for all young people under 19 years, free transfers and cheaper off peak fares, are some of the proposed changes to Wellington public transport fares, endorsed this week by the Regional Council. Read more »

New public transport fares offer nothing to help us, say university students

Press Release – Victoria University Students Association
Victoria University of Wellington Students Association has today said that the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s new draft fare structure is a spectacular failure of vision. Read more »

“Many people can’t afford more rates;” but Wellington increases rates by 2.5%

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council today approved the 2013/14 Annual Plan, featuring an average rates rise of 2.5 percent. Read more »

Karori’s being left out, says Labour candidate

Press Release – Malcolm Aitken
“The Wellington City Council recommendation to fund a Karori Events Centre to the tune of $260,000 is a fraction of the $2 million required,” says Wellington City Council Onslow-Western Labour candidate, Malcolm Aitken. Read more »

Porirua increasing rates by average 2.7%

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua City Council has adopted its Annual Plan 2013/14 with a focus on core infrastructure while also planning for exciting new things for the city. Read more »

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