Archive for December, 2013

Motor-cyclist from Auckland killed in crash near Bulls; holiday road toll now six

Wellington.Scoop
The holiday road toll rose to six this morning with the death of a motorcyclist in a crash on State Highway 1 near Bulls. Read more »

PHOTOS: Enormous cruise ship in Wellington on New Year’s Eve

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Wellington.Scoop
The enormous Celebrity Solstice attracted a score of tourist buses at the cruise ship terminal in Wellington at 8a.m. this morning. Read more »

Guyon Espiner to take over from Geoff Robinson on Morning Report

News from RadioNZ
High profile political journalist and broadcaster Guyon Espiner will replace Morning Report presenter Geoff Robinson on Radio New Zealand’s top- rating news programme. Read more »

Open spaces versus buildings – the battle against Variation 17

by Lindsay Shelton
I decided that cleaning-out the garage would be a good holiday chore this week. But I was easily distracted when I found a file of newspaper clippings from 14 years ago. They reminded me of a time when Wellingtonians were roused to defend their waterfront. And how the hated plans were never completely defeated. Read more »

Baby girl dies in hospital after crash at Raumati South; mother in intensive care

Wellington.Scoop
An 11 month-old girl has died in Wellington Hospital after yesterday’s crash on State Highway One at Raumati South. Read more »

Child killed when car crosses centre line and crashes near National Park

News from NZ Police
A young child has died as the result of a single-vehicle crash between National Park and Owhango. Read more »

Another international hit from Miramar: Hobbit 2 grosses more than $US500m

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Photo from Warner Bros

Wellington.Scoop
Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit feature has become the top-grossing Christmas release in North America. The made-in-Miramar movie has kept the number one position every day since it opened on December 12. And its total world-wide box office gross is already more than $US500 million. Read more »

Tramper’s body found by search team; missing for 13 days in national park

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News from NZ Police
Police say they are confident the body recovered from Nelson Lakes National Park yesterday afternoon is that of missing British tourist Andrew Ian Wyatt. Search Coordinator Constable Dave Cogger said Mr Wyatt had an unsurvivable fall from Lake Constance Bluff. Read more »

Searching helicopter finds body of missing Greytown man below bluff at Castle Rock

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News from NZ Police
A helicopter searching at Castle Rock south of Castlepoint has found the body of a man below a bluff system. Police believe the death was a result of a fall. Read more »

Woman assaulted in alleyway next to park in Stokes Valley

News from NZ Police
The Wellington Crime Squad is appealing for witnesses following a sexual assault that occurred last night in an alleyway next to Delaney Park, Stokes Valley. Read more »

Holiday congestion: Kapiti Coast traffic faces 60-minute delays on SH1

News from NZ Police at 2.57pm
Traffic on State Highway One heading north from Wellington up the Kapiti Coast is extremely heavy and delays of over an hour can be expected. Read more »

Record Christmas Eve spending in Wellington – 12.9% more than last year

Press Release – Paymark
Figures released today by leading payments provider Paymark show that Christmas Eve this year was Paymark’s biggest day on record with $238.4 million spent through the national network, 18.5 per cent up on the same day in 2012. Christmas Eve spending in Wellington was up 12.9 per cent, from $18.6m to $21m. Read more »

Worth 35 Avatars each year: NZ’s $6b red meat industry planning reforms

News Release – Federated Farmers
Federated Farmers members are currently mulling the options for how to best to reform New Zealand’s $6 billion red meat industry. Read more »

Advertiser fails to remove billboard after Authority says it breaches the rules

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Wellington.Scoop
The Advertising Standards Authority this week ruled that this billboard in the Wellington CBD should be removed, because the advertisers had failed to identify themselves. Its ruling has since been flouted. Today, the offending billboard was still in position. Read more »

Doctor Who coming to Queens Wharf in February

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Wellington.Scoop
Doctor Who is on Prime TV tonight – in a Christmas special in which the old Doctor Who makes way for the new. But wait. There’s more. Not only the two February concerts in the arts festival, but also a Doctor Who exhibition at Capital E. Read more »

Kawasaki’s Nick Cole makes history, wins three events at Cemetery Circuit

Report by Andy McGechan for Bikesport NZ
Waikato’s Nick Cole gave himself a late Christmas present as he wrote his name into the history books today. The 27-year-old Kawasaki rider won both Formula One (Superbike) races at the famous Cemetery Circuit Boxing Day race meeting, the traditional third and final round of the annual Suzuki Series, and then capped off the day by also winning the stand-alone 10-lap Robert Holden Memorial feature race, the Wanganui event’s signature race. Read more »

Society of Beer Advocates names its 2013 award winners

Press Release – Society Of Beer Advocates
The Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural SOBA Awards. Read more »

Happy Christmas

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Wellington.Scoop wishes you a happy Christmas. Read more »

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