Archive for September, 2013

Wellington SMEs’ political scorecard: National 58%, Labour 17%, Greens 3%

Press Release – MYOB
New research released today by MYOB, New Zealand’s largest accounting software provider, shows the National Government enjoys the trust of the majority of small and medium businesses (SMEs) when it comes to the economy. It also shows there is considerable scope for improving the sector’s satisfaction with Government support. Read more »

Masked man with knife robs dairy in Whitby; police seek witnesses

News from NZ Police
Porirua Police are appealing for witnesses after a Whitby dairy was robbed by a man with a knife. Read more »

Mayors allocate $880,500 to help eleven of the region’s “cultural treasures”

News from WCC
Eleven attractions that help make the Wellington region a great play to live, work and play are in line for a financial boost, following the latest meeting of the Wellington Regional Amenities Fund. Read more »

Merged rural fire service will share resources and increase safety

Press Release – Porirua City Council
A chopper, monsoon bucket and four fire trucks will converge on the site of one of Wellington’s most spectacular rural fires tomorrow to launch the region’s new merged rural fire service. Read more »

Wellington to be training ground for Georgie Pie bakers

Press Release – McDonalds New Zealand
McDonald’s New Zealand confirmed today that following a successful trial in selected restaurants, the Kiwi legend Georgie Pie will be available in two thirds of its restaurants nationwide by Christmas. Read more »

Wellington reviewing its emergency plans for tsunami evacuation

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) is reviewing the region’s tsunami evacuation procedures and a report released today will be useful. WREMO has arranged a meeting with the author of the report to better understand if changes are required for existing plans. Read more »

Fares going up – they could have come down

by Daran Ponter
Bus fares are increasing again on Tuesday, this time by an average of 2% (GWRC Notice). This will result in increases in the cost of Snapper and Mana card fares by 3.8% for Zone 1 fares and approximately 2.5% in most other fare zones. On average, fares have risen by 8% over the past three years. Read more »

Mt Victoria community given no voice in planning decision for eight townhouses

News from Mt Victoria Newsletter
A recently demolished house on the prominent corner of Pirie Street and Brougham Street in Mt Victoria is to be replaced by a block of townhouses that will clash with the weatherboard Victoriana theme of the neighbourhood. Read more »

Pioneer woman who died 172 years ago to be remembered with Glenside memorial

News from WCC
A ceremony in Glenside next week, alongside the city’s newest road, will remember a pioneer woman who died 172 years ago and a time when getting from one place to another was much harder than it is today. Read more »

An over-optimistic take-off


by Neil Douglas
An aspect of the recent print advertising for Wellington Airport has been disingenuous. Read more »

Thunderbirds Are Go! British voices announced

Press Release – Joint Press Release
ITV Studios and Wellington’s Pukeko Pictures today reveal the voice cast for Thunderbirds Are Go! Read more »

Rydges Wellington wins three hospitality awards

Press Release – Rydges
Rydges Wellington has fended off challengers in the Hospitality New Zealand national awards for the third year running by winning a trifecta of awards. Read more »

UK comedian Jimmy Carr at Opera House in January

Press Release – Blackout Music Management

A comedy hero for our times”  – Guardian

One of the most original and distinctive stars on television, radio and the stage in the UK, Jimmy Carr is set to tour New Zealand for the first time with his hit solo show, Gagging Order. Read more »

Free blood pressure checks in the council foyer

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance
Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics and event medics will be giving free blood pressure checks at the Wellington City Council foyer on Tuesday as part of a Stroke Foundation initiative. Read more »

Jake Whitaker runner-up at start of enduro series

Report by Andy McGechan for Bikesport NZ
The winning season just keeps on going for Auckland’s Chris Birch. The 32-year-old Kiwi international was a convincing winner of the opening round of the KTM Extreme Enduro Series — the Nut  Buster  Enduro — in Canterbury on Saturday, setting the tone for what could be another steak of wins for the KTM rider. Read more »

One win and one loss for Wellington in netball champs

Press Release – Lion Foundation Netball Champs
Three teams remain unbeaten after the opening day of competition at the Lion Foundation Netball Champs at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin. Read more »

Light rail, again


With public submissions on the controversial Public Transport Spine proposal closing tomorrow, Generation Zero has created this graphic to summarise the arguments for light rail and against buses. Read more »

Anger from businesses and residents about AirNZ’s regional cutbacks

News from NZ Airports Assn
Businesses in New Zealand’s regional centres are suffering as a result of cutbacks in services by Air New Zealand, and the national flag carrier needs to clarify its policy regarding flights to smaller centres, says the NZ Airports Association. Read more »

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