Archive for July, 2013

Drug raid in Porirua: ten searches, seven arrests, police seize property worth $2.5m


News from NZ Police
Police from the Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) together with multiple Wellington District Police teams seized $2.5 million worth of property, a shotgun and air rifles in a raid on a Porirua based drug ring this morning. Read more »

Representatives from 18 countries here for earthquake disaster exercise

News from NZ Government
Military personel from 18 countries are this week taking part in a multinational and interagency planning exercise based on a major earthquake disaster in Wellington. Read more »

Welcome to Wellington


by Lindsay Shelton
I went out to Wellington Airport the other afternoon to meet a friend arriving on one of the Sydney flights. You have to wait for international visitors in a cramped and gloomy space, in no way reflecting the airport’s ambition to attract long-haul flights from Asia, and in no way showing visitors that they’ve arrived in a city which claims to be the best little capital. Read more »

VUW gives distinguished alumni awards to six graduates, including John Campbell

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
About 500 guests attended a prestigious black tie dinner in Wellington tonight to honour some of Victoria University’s top alumni. Read more »

Economic growth: 65 VUW students to question 100 local business people

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Wellington Regional Strategy Committee has teamed up with Victoria University and Grow Wellington to introduce a new initiative that will see students gain onsite industry experience as part of their studies by interviewing the region’s top business minds. Read more »

Reporting pollution: VUW students use technology to clean up waterways

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
A smartphone app and website which the public can use to report incidents of environmental pollution have been developed by students at Victoria University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Read more »

Nicotine inhaler showing potential as new way to quit smoking

Press Release – University of Otago
A ground-breaking trial of a world-first nicotine inhaler developed by the University of Otago, Wellington has been underway for a month now, with some significant results. Read more »

Auction marks partnership between Turners Auctions and Transfield Services

Press Release – Turners Auctions
An auction in Wellington today marked a new deal signed by Transfield Services with Turners Auctions for operations, maintenance and construction services. Read more »

WelTec engineering graduate helps with quake inspections

Press Release – Weltec
The last 6 weeks have been the most exciting and energising of Ben Stocker’s professional career. Over most of last week he was part of an emergency earthquake inspection team mobilised by Beca to help commercial building owners satisfy themselves and their tenants that buildings were safe to occupy in the wake of the Wellington earthquakes. Read more »

Prison art providers recognised in Big A awards

Press Release – Department Of Corrections
Arts activities in prisons, including quilting, painting and Māori cultural arts, were among those recognised when the Big ‘A’ Awards 2013 were presented in Parliament last night. Read more »

Wellington has a quarter final and three pool games for Cricket World Cup

Press Release – Acumen Republic
The local organising committee of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia from 14 February to 29 March, has today announced its 14 host cities and a 49 match schedule that will see every team play matches in New Zealand. The announcements were made at simultaneous launch events held in Wellington and Melbourne, and attended by the respective Prime Ministers of the two host nations. Read more »

“Huge fun” when Barmy Army returns to Wellington for cricket at the Stadium

News from the WCC
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says it’s great news that England will play two matches in the Capital during the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015. Read more »

Multicultural Council names Executive Committee

Press Release – Multicultural Council of Wellington
The MCCW welcomed six new executive members to its board at the AGM held on 9th July 2013 and the Council announced its current officers. Read more »

Lukes Lane reopens after repairs to shaky lift tower – but who will pay?


Lukes Lane has reopened this morning following work to repair and stabilise the lift tower that was damaged by the earthquake on 21 July. Read more »

St Mary of the Angels closed for quake strengthening; fund-raising to begin

News from St Mary of the Angels
The beautiful St Mary of the Angels Church on Boulcott Street in Wellington closed on Sunday for up to eighteen months while scheduled seismic strengthening work is undertaken. Read more »

Court v conference – horticulture aiming to become $10billion industry by 2020

Press Release – Horticulture NZ
It’s a big week for Horticulture New Zealand, as it holds its national conference to celebrate industry growth on one side of Wellington while across town in the High Court it is battling against decisions which could stop the industry in its tracks. Read more »

YMCA national hui at Camp Kaitoke will focus on empowering young people

Press Release – YMCA
What’s special about the Y these days is the organisation’s expansion to become a major provider of youth services in New Zealand and its focus on empowering young people to take leadership roles. The YMCA is on a roll which is why it is expecting its National Youth Hui at Wellington’s Camp Kaitoke in August to be the best yet. Read more »

World Press Photo exhibition opening here on Saturday

Press Release – World Press Photo Exhibition
Wellington’s turn to be moved, inspired, horrified and impressed by some of the world’s top press photos has arrived. Read more »

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