Archive for January, 2014

State Highway 1 reopened after two-car crash near Taupo

State Highway One on the edge of Lake Taupo was closed for several hours this morning after a two-vehicle crash. Read more »

The Transport Agency shows how not to make friends, again

Property owners in the Takapu Valley north of Wellington are in danger of joining the list of people whose lives are being changed for the worse by the Transport Agency. The Agency has told them that their farms could be cut in half by a new link road from Grenada North to the new Transmission Gully motorway. Read more »

Govt “hell-bent on bulldozing roads through communities,” says Labour MP

Media release from NZ Labour Party
The New Zealand Transport Agency seems set on botching yet another round of compulsory land acquisition, this time over a planned link road to Transmission Gully, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Read more »

Wellington top in Trade Me’s Travelbug awards

Press Release – Trade Me
Wellington came out on top in Trade Me’s annual Travelbug awards announced today, with seven Platinum award winners, ahead of Auckland (5) in second place. Read more »

CityLife on Lambton Quay wins TripAdvisor award as top hotel for families

Press Release – Heritage Hotels
CityLife Wellington A Heritage Hotel has received a ‘Top Hotel for Families’ award in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards. The hotel is the only Wellington property to make the list, out of 25 hotels selected nationwide. Read more »

Building a business: Xero increases its 3-month customer receipts by 14%

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Xero, whose shares have soared 478 percent in the past year, lifted its customer receipts 14 percent in the final three months of 2013 as it gained more traction, while slowing down the pace of its cash burn. Read more »

Changes at Kirks and at the Sevens


It must be almost February. There’s a queue on Lambton Quay outside Kirks, waiting for the annual sale to start tomorrow morning. Read more »

Bowl-A-Rama skateboarding contest starts at Waitangi Park

News from Bowl-A-Rama
The hugely popular skateboarding competition will be kicking off on Saturday at 1.30 at Waitangi Park in Wellington. With the competition drawing some of the biggest names in skateboarding, fans are looking forward to a tough and thrilling battle for an overall prize pool of an impressive A$20,000. Read more »

World championship floorball event at indoor sports centre

Press Release – Floorball New Zealand
New Zealand is hosting the APAC World Floorball Championships Qualification for the very first time from Wednesday through to Sunday – and for the first time ever, the New Zealand team is in with a chance to make it through to the World Champs finals. Read more »

Two new local films premiering at the Roxy

Press Release – Green Eggs
Two new locally written new films are being premiered in Wellington tonight. Read more »

Nature Heritage Fund buys rare forest with giant trees on Wairarapa Plains

News from NZ Government
The Nature Heritage Fund has purchased of seven hectares of rare kahikatea forest on the Wairarapa Plains for $340,000. Read more »

First time in its history: Watties canning Hawkes Bay peaches in January

News from Watties
For the first time in its history Wattie’s is canning peaches in January. For almost 80 years peaches have not processed until the second week in February. Read more »

Sublime confirms major Scoop shareholding; Alastair Thompson to return

Media release from Sublime Group
Sublime Group, recently finalised purchaser of the NZX Newsroom service, has confirmed that it has become a cornerstone shareholder in the new entity Scoop Holdings Limited, securing the future of the country’s pioneering news distribution service and independent voice in New Zealand journalism at
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Police dog bites man on arm and shoulder; ‘justified and reasonable,’ says report

Press Release: Independent Police Conduct Authority
The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its report on the serious injury to a Palmerston North man (Mr W) following a Police dog bite on 14 November 2012. The Authority found that Police followed all relevant policy and acted appropriately during the incident. Read more »

Earthquakes trigger increased demand for premium CBD office space

Press Release – Jones Lang LaSalle
Last year’s earthquakes have sent Wellington office tenants scrambling for space. After numerous periods showing a softening in demand for commercial property, the latest vacancy survey produced by Jones Lang LaSalle shows that vacancy levels across Wellington’s office market are down to single digits for the first time since early 2011. Read more »

Auckland first, Wellington second, in total sales of office space for 2013

Press Release – Jones Lang LaSalle
The New Zealand property market in 2013 has seen the largest value of stock transacted in any year since before the global financial crisis. And cities accounted for most of the commercial property business – Auckland with 80 per cent, and Wellington in second place with approximately 13% of all deals. The remainder of New Zealand took up the rest. Read more »

27 per cent increase in consents for new homes in Wellington last year

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
A total of 21,300 new dwellings were consented in New Zealand in 2013, up 26 percent from 2012, Statistics New Zealand said today. In Wellington, 1573 consents were issued, a 27 per cent increase on the previous year. Read more »

Eleanor Catton among 130 writers coming to Wellington for festival in March

Press Release – New Zealand Festival

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Man Booker Prize-winner Eleanor Catton featured at Writers Week in 2012 and returns to the NZ Festival in 2014 to deliver the NZ Book Council Lecture on 10 March.

From Eleanor Catton to a cast of international authors,  130 of the world’s finest writers and thinkers will come to Wellington to take part in the biennial New Zealand Festival Writers Week from 7-12 March. Read more »

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