Archive for August, 2013

Homes in Lowry Bay and Mt Victoria win supreme builders’ awards

Press Release – Registered Master Builders Federation
A new home build in Lowry Bay and a renovation in Mt Victoria have been named this year’s top homes, winning Supreme Awards in the Wellington Wairarapa Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year. Read more »

Councillor Morrison’s museum

by Lindsay Shelton
The DomPost’s front-page headline this morning has no connection with the facts in the article which follows. Read more »

We’re paying for Dr Who


by Lindsay Shelton

It’s surprising to discover who’s paying for the Doctor Who shows which have been announced as a feature of next year’s Arts Festival. Read more »

Campaigners want to appeal against legality of approval for Kapiti Expressway

News from Save Kapiti
Save Kapiti Inc has sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court on the legality of the board of inquiry’s decision to grant consent to the Kapiti Expressway. The request was lodged today, 10 days after the High Court decision which declined their initial appeal. Appeal is not an automatic right in this instance. If leave is granted, the Supreme Court may choose to hear the matter themselves or may refer it to the Court of Appeal. Read more »

Future of Porirua harbour – “turning the tide,” or “never safe for fishing again”

Two conflicting reports on the future health of Porirua Harbour have been published in the last 24 hours. The DomPost reports Porirua councillors were told yesterday that urbanised parts of Porirua Harbour are unlikely to be safe for fishing ever again. But a release from the Porirua City Council claims that the harbour will have a brighter future. Read more »

KiwiRail increases operating surplus, after “years of under-investment”

BusinessDesk report by Jonathan Underhill
KiwiRail beat its guidance with a 3.1 percent gain in full-year operating surplus but a net profit is at least a decade away as the railroad continues to spend more than it earns and writes down the value of assets yet to generate enough cash flow. Read more »

2000 customers want Chaffers New World to stop selling cage eggs

Press Release – SAFE
More than 2,000 Wellington residents have signed their support for the central city Chaffers Park New World supermarket to go ‘cage-free’ and remove cage eggs from shelves. Read more »

Cannons Creek community stops new liquor store from opening in town centre

News from Maori Party
The Cannons Creek community have successfully opposed an off-licence application in their town centre in Porirua, and the Maori Party congratulates them. The people have spoken and it’s a big no! And the authorities have heeded their call. Read more »

“Motivated by greed and ego;” two men convicted for tax evasion schemes

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department
Inland Revenue has welcomed the sentences handed to two men in the Wellington High Court today for their involvement in complicated and carefully planned tax evasion schemes. Read more »

“Malaise is lifting:” survey shows Wellington business people gaining more confidence

Press Release – Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
Confidence in the Wellington region’s economy has taken a sharp upturn in the latest Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Business Confidence survey. Read more »

New campaign will tell NZers: every day is a good day in the capital of cool

Press Release – Positively Wellington Tourism
Positively Wellington Tourism (PWT) is embarking on a mission to show the country that every day is a good day in Wellington with the launch of its latest domestic marketing campaign. Read more »

More public transport problems – morning train services suspended

Wellington’s troubled public transport system had more problems this morning. After two days when 28 unsafe buses were ordered off the roads, the problems have now moved to the trains. Read more »

Twenty bus runs cancelled after 28 unsafe buses ordered off the roads

Twenty scheduled bus services were cancelled today as a result of 28 buses being ordered off the road after a police check. Read more »

Four months later – who’s responsible for the unsafe buses?


by Lindsay Shelton
Who’s to blame for the Wellington buses? Responsibility is shared by four organisations – Go Wellington, its parent company NZ Bus, the Regional Council and its offshoot MetLink. In May they all apologised for weeks of disruptions which followed the discovery that some of their buses were unsafe. And this week it it started again. Read more »

Progress on underpass shows it’s a perfect time to switch to Option X

Photo: Architectural Centre
Report from the Architectural Centre
The NZ Transport Agency continues digging the underpass tunnel below Wellington’s future Memorial Park. Read more »

Kapiti continuing with revaluation of land under its roads

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Corporate Business Committee decision to re-value the land under public roads every three years stands. This follows advice from the Office of the Auditor-General. It is also in line with the practice followed by the New Zealand Transport Agency and a number of other local authorities. Read more »

More roads and a longer runway – Property Council’s formula for success

Press Release – Property Council Of New Zealand
The Property Council remains committed to the extension of Wellington Airport’s runway, despite the publically stated reservations of senior National Ministers Bill English and Steven Joyce. Read more »

Let’s have Summer City all year round, suggests Malcolm Aitken

Press Release – Malcolm Aitken
Wellington’s renowned cultural distinction could be enhanced through a few simple, cost-effective new art and cultural initiatives, says Onslow-Western Wellington City candidate, Malcolm Aitken. Read more »

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