Archive for May, 2014

Electric buses are viable for Wellington, says Celia Wade-Brown after test drive

bus electric

News from WCC
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has test-driven a new electric bus during her visit to China as leader of the Wellington business delegation. After the test-drive in the city of Tianjin, she said she wants Wellington’s public transport to be 100 per cent electric. Read more »

Too many bureaucrats and spin doctors, says Taxpayers’ Union

News from NZ Taxpayers’ Union
The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is questioning public service employment figures released by State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman. Read more »

British MPs discover “warmth and empathy” in Wellington

News from British High Commission
A delegation of British MPs has left Wellington with two distinct impressions, says the delegation leader Lord McNally. Read more »

Concerns about Kapiti water meter billing and rebates

Press Release – Jackie Elliott
“Kapiti Coast District Council is hurtling, eyes wide open, into the biggest public relations disaster in its history, “says Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott, “that is assuming the tree prosecution and coastal lines debacle can be topped. ” Read more »

Youth expo aims to change teenage driver behaviour in Hutt Valley

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
The X-ROADS ‘Good Mates, Good Choices’ is a five day expo event which will reach out to over 2,000 students from eight Hutt Valley schools. Read more »

Actor Antonia Prebble graduates with BA

Press Release – Massey University
With timing any actor would be proud of, Antonia Prebble graduated from Massey University with a week to spare till her 30th birthday. Read more »

Conservationist Jane Goodall in Wellington for 80th year celebrations

Press Release – University of Otago
World-renowned conservationist and ethologist Jane Goodall is coming to Wellington next month to give one of a series of public talks marking 80 years of her extraordinary life. Read more »

National injury prevention conference seeks registrations

Press Release – Injury Prevention Network
Injury Prevention Aotearoa has today launched its national injury prevention conference with a call for abstracts and registrations. Read more »

New businesses opening in Upper Hutt

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Several new businesses are opening in Upper Hutt as the city’s economy begins to grow. There is definitely something other than winter in the air in Upper Hutt. The last few months has seen a significant number of vacant premises filled with new or expanding businesses. Read more »

Upper Hutt’s annual poetry competition seeks poetry

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
The 14th annual Upper Hutt Poetry Competition has begun—this year with two new categories for children. The Upper Hutt Poetry Competition is underway for the fourteenth consecutive year. The introduction of two new categories, specifically for children, will ensure their eligibility to win prizes for first time. The competition categories now include Children 6 – 12 years, Teenagers 13 – 18 years, and Adults over 19 years. Read more »

Two more attacks on Kelburn women identified by police investigation

News from NZ Police

Identikit image of Kelburn attacker

Wellington Police are continuing to investigate sexually motivated attacks which occurred over Easter in the Kelburn-Te Aro area. Read more »

Former gas industry managers sent to jail for $9.75m fraud

Press Release – Serious Fraud Office
A former managing director and a former general manager from the retail gas industry were sentenced in the Wellington District Court today to prison terms in relation to Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office. Read more »

Undercover officer finds black market for rock lobsters; cars and boats seized

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries
Fifty Ministry for Primary Industry compliance officers today wrapped up an undercover operation that targeted recreational fishers catching and selling rock lobster (crayfish) in the South Island. Read more »

Midland Park becomes smokefree “for healthy hearts and lungs”

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Midland Park, in the heart of Wellington’s CBD and a popular lunch-time haven, will be declared smokefree tomorrow May 30, on the eve of World Smokefree Day. Read more »

Health warnings on Pencarrow Road after leak of wastewater from pipeline

Press Release – Hutt City Council
A minor leak in the Hutt Valley’s main outfall pipeline has been found about one kilometre south of Burdens Gate on Pencarrow Coast Road. The pipeline takes treated wastewater from the Seaview Wastewater Treatment Plant to the outfall at Pencarrow Head. Read more »

Meetings in Berhampore and Newtown on safer cycleway planning

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Community meetings are planned in Berhampore and Newtown next week so people can find out more about the process planned to come up with the most promising and viable ways to make cycling improvements work through this part of the city. Read more »

Claudia Batten named as NZ’s youngest Supreme Award winner

Press Release – Russell McVeagh
At the 2014 World Class New Zealand Awards, Russell McVeagh alumnus Claudia Batten was named as the youngest ever Supreme Award winner. Read more »

Grow Wellington’s chair wants housing loan limits removed

Press Release – Grow Wellington
The chair of the Wellington region’s economic development agency Grow Wellington has called for the immediate removal of the Reserve Bank’s Loan-to-Value Ratio limits from some regions, and reconsideration of other economic interventions from a regional perspective. Read more »

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