Archive for August, 2014

Early-morning fatality: woman dies in hospital after being hit by car in Vivian St

A woman died in Wellington Hospital after being hit by a car in Vivian Street early this morning. Read more »

Car rolls down 30m bank into swamp, driver seriously injured

News from NZ Police
A woman was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash on State Highway 3, just north of Te Roti Rd in South Taranaki, at about 9am this morning.

The woman, 67, who was the sole occupant, lost control of the car she was driving. It left the road and rolled down a 30 metre bank, ending up on its wheels in a swamp.

The woman was cut free from the vehicle and taken to Taranaki Base hospital by the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter. She received head, spine, and rib injuries and is described as being in a serious but stable condition.

SH3 was reduced to one lane for a short period but was then reopened with traffic flowing normally. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Justice Minister Judith Collins resigns from Cabinet – PM’s announcement

Key re resignation

Scoop report and photo by Jeremy Wilkinson
The Minister of Justice Judith Collins has today resigned from the Cabinet because of allegations that she tried to undermine a senior civil servant through a blog. Read more »

Ocean to Table in Kapiti

Press Release – Kapiti Business Projects
Visa Wellington on a Plate, Ocean to Table Kapiti Style served up two magnificent days in Kapiti on 23 & 30 August by serving two wonderful seafood immersion experiences. Read more »

“Far more serious allegations” lead to Judith Collins resignation

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
Prime Minister John Key has been handed a cast-iron excuse to rid his government of its troublesome Justice Minister Judith Collins, using an email supplied anonymously to his office at Parliament yesterday which appears to show Collins conspiring with the Whaleoil blog run by National Party activist Cameron Slater to unseat the then head of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley, in 2011. Read more »

Evidence in Judith Collins’ office must be protected, says David Cunliffe

News from NZ Labour Party
Evidence crucial to any inquiry into actions by Judith Collins and other National ministers and staff must be protected from being destroyed, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Read more »

Adam Feeley was strong head of Serious Fraud Office, says Iain Rennie

News from State Services Commission
“The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister’s Office over the last 24 hours on the issue of the former chief executive of the Serious Fraud Office,” said State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today. Read more »

The cycleway that hasn’t been built – how slow can they go?

by Lindsay Shelton
Back in 2008, the need for an off-road cycleway between Petone and Ngauranga was being described as “urgent.” The urgency was clear because a prominent cyclist had been killed at the Petone roundabout. We had a reminder of the urgency this week, when another cyclist was injured. Read more »

Cyclist tells of accident on SH2 at Petone, knocked off bike by car

crash petone
Photos: NZTA

The Transport Agency and the police failed to report that Wednesday’s serious crash on SH2 at Petone involved a cyclist, who was taken to hospital with head injuries. But yesterday the cyclist contacted Wellington.Scoop to tell us how the accident happened, 50-60 metres before the Petone overbridge. He said: Read more »

Accolades for local heroes on Thursday

Press Release – Wellington Airport Community Awards
Quick-thinking teenagers, brave first-aiders, resolute pedestrian advocates and a special 6-year-old are just a few of the remarkable Wellingtonians who will be honoured for going above-and-beyond to help keep their fellow Capital residents safe. Read more »

An Unseasonable Fall of Snow – return season at Circa

Press Release – Circa Theatre
An Unseasonable Fall of Snow
by Gary Henderson
Starring Jed & Riley Brophy
Directed by Geraldine Brophy
Circa Two from 24 Sept to 4 Oct 2014
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The Loft, above Meow, Wellington’s newest secret place

Press Release – Szinergia Digital
A new top secret place is opening above, almost kitty-cornered to Meow. We’d like to think it’ll be the cat’s meow, but you’ll need to find out for yourself when it officially opens on Sunday, 28 September. Read more »

Mulholland at Moon in October

Press Release – Lucy Macrae


Mulholland, one of New Zealand’s most talented composers, musicians, sound engineer and “visionary” will release his sophomore album Stop And Start Again, this coming Friday 5th September. Read more »

Wellington Zoofari welcomes Russell School from Porirua

Press Release – Wellington Zoo
35 students from Russell School in Porirua will visit Wellington Zoo at 11am on Thursday as part of the Warehouse Wellington Zoofari programme. Read more »

Vipers end slump, defeat Wellington Orcas at Porirua Park

Press Release – New Zealand Rugby League
After almost two years without success, Central Vipers have broken their losing run in the Pirtek NZRL National Premiership, with a 32-22 road win over Wellington Orcas at Porirua Park. Read more »

Location, location, location: office rental rates up 4% in CBD, down in fringe areas

Press Release – Bayleys
Rental returns for commercial property in Wellington are reflecting a two-speed economy – with properties either showing healthy dividends, or struggling, according to latest real estate research data. Read more »

Kiwibank profit hits $100 million; after 12 years, it has 860,000 customers

Report from BusinessDesk by Paul McBeth
Kiwibank, the state-owned lender, lifted its annual profit 3 percent as it widened net interest margins, and is looking to start paying dividends to its owner in the next three years. Net profit rose to $100 million in the 12 months ended June 30 from $97 million a year earlier, the Wellington-based bank said in a statement. Read more »

72 villas plus hospital planned for retirement village in Wainuiomata

Press Release – Masonic Villages
The Masonic Villages Trust, a Lower Hutt-based charity, is planning a $30 million retirement village on former reserve land in the heart of Wainuiomata. Current plans are for it to include a 48-bed rest home and hospital as well as 72 villas. Read more »

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