Archive for April, 2014

Woman injured during violent home invasion in rural house at Opiki

News from NZ Police
Manawatu Police have launched an investigation after a violent home invasion at a rural Opiki property early this morning. Read more »

More state funding welcomed by Wellington agencies helping sexual violence victims

Joint media release
Wellington’s key survivor agencies, Wellington Rape Crisis and Wellington Sexual Abuse Help Foundation, have responded to Paula Bennett’s announcement today that the Sexual Violence Sector will receive a $10.4million dollar boost over the next two years, aimed at providing stability to the sector. Read more »

How to involve high school students in humanitarian causes

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
International humanitarian organisations should focus on raising awareness of international issues with high school students rather than always persuading them to fundraise for their cause, new research suggests. Read more »

It’s not a logo


It’s not a logo. Read more »

Manufacturing and retail sectors embrace internet benefits

Press Release – MYOB
The manufacturing and wholesale industry and the retail and hospitality sectors have emerged as clear leaders online, as more New Zealand businesses begin to embrace the benefits of the internet. Read more »

Who’s to blame? Bus operator in court

go bus

Back in August we asked: “Who’s to blame for Wellington’s unsafe buses?” At that time, no one was willing to reply. But this week the police have given an answer, by levelling eleven health and safety charges against Wellington City Transport Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NZ Bus, which operates the Go Wellington, Valley Flyer and Airport Flyer services. Read more »

Creative writing course with focus on Māori and Pasifika perspectives

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
For the first time, Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) will offer a creative writing course for students to write from or about Māori and Pasifika perspectives. Read more »

Māori diva unveils Matariki music extravaganza

Press Release – WaaHuu Creations
Award-winning singer-songwriter Toni Huata will unveil three new music projects at a Matariki showcase of Ngāti Kahungunu talent in Wellington in June. Read more »

Whitireia artist in residence presents ‘Country of Origin’ exhibition

Press Release – Whitireia Polytech
Whitireia Artist in Residence, Yen-Yi Chen from Taiwan, is exhibiting her works titled Country of Origin at the Whitireia Porirua Library. Read more »

Wellington Phoenix to play top English team at Westpac Stadium in July

News from Wellington Phoenix
The Wellington Phoenix will make history when they host two English Premier League sides in New Zealand for the first time in July. Read more »

NZ’s most expensive staff car park, funded by Wellington ratepayers

Media release from NZ Taxpayers’ Union
The Taxpayers’ Union has uncovered what is probably the most expensive staff car park in the country, located at Z Energy on Customhouse Quay in Wellington. Read more »

Pedestrians told to be more attentive, less distracted when crossing the road

The Wellington City Council today launched a second campaign aimed at encouraging pedestrians to take more care when crossing roads in the CBD. The council has been told that pedestrians suffer from “distraction and low attentiveness.” Read more »

With or without a flyover – council witness challenged at board of inquiry

The effects of building a flyover and a Gateway Building on the northern edge of the Basin Reserve were analysed in considerable detail at yesterday’s board of inquiry hearing. It was the 48th day of the hearing, and Graeme McIndoe, an urban design witness for the Wellington City Council, was being cross-examined by Philip Milne representing the Architectural Centre and the Newtown Residents Association. Read more »

“No one moves to a city because it has a fancy logo,” says Jordan Williams

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union
Responding to the Wellington City Council’s decision to ditch the $24,000 logo which the Council launched in November, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, says: Read more »

Palmerston North man convicted for dog’s pain and distress

News from SPCA

Tony Bruce Thornton ignored his dog’s misery for months despite the animal suffering from multiple illnesses, including obvious tumours and infections. Read more »

Helicopter rescues five men and four dogs, lost in Tararua Ranges

News from NZ Police
A hunting group of five men and their four dogs were air-lifted from the Northern Tararua Ranges in the Mangahao area yesterday afternoon. Read more »

A waterfront miscount

by Alana Bowman
Wellington City Council staff summarised public submissions about the proposed new building at North Kumutoto for this month’s meeting of the Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee. The meeting recommended that the full council support the new building. But councillors should be concerned by three claims in the staff summary. Read more »

CQ Hotels win “good business egg” award for helping community health

News from Business and Community Shares
Wellington’s CQ Hotels in Cuba Street were one of three winners of the Good Business Egg Awards announced at a presentation hosted in Auckland tonight. Read more »

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