Archive for September, 2014

Kevin Lavery ‘exceeds expectations,’ council gives him a 2 per cent pay rise

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council’s Performance Review Committee has completed its annual review of the performance of Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery and it says his performance has exceeded expectations in his first year. Read more »

Live from the city council – full direct coverage of tonight’s meeting

News from WCC
Forget the mainstream TV news shows – if you want to watch drama, a bit of humour, and real democracy in action – as it happens – then you can watch full live coverage of this evening’s meeting of the Wellington City Council – starting at 5.30pm. Read more »

Specialists and doctors oppose privatisation of hospital lab services

News release from Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is worried that public hospital managers are poised to privatise all or part of the hospital laboratories that look after the health needs of the greater Wellington region. Read more »

$120,000 donated for “very grateful” local ambulance service

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance
The Greater Wellington and Wairarapa communities have collectively donated $120,000 to support their local ambulance service for another year. Read more »

Rally supporting Hong Kong at Chinese Embassy in Wellington today

News release from Bevan Chuang
A rally supporting the rights for universal suffrage and the democratic rights of Hong Kong will take place on Wednesday at 1pm outside the Chinese Embassy in Wellington. Read more »

Two men assault Marton newspaper delivery contractor, and steal his car

News from NZ Police
A newspaper delivery contractor was assaulted and his vehicle was stolen when he was conducting a delivery early this morning. Read more »

Police seek hit-and-run driver who ran away after injuring motorcyclist

News from NZ Police
Whanganui Police are appealing for public help in locating the driver of a car who was last night involved in a hit and run which left a motorcyclist with serious injuries. Read more »

Carol Hirschfeld leaving Maori TV, joining Radio New Zealand

News from RadioNZ
Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson has announced that Carol Hirschfeld, the former General Manager Production for Maori TV, is to join Radio New Zealand as Head of Content and Radio New Zealand Networks Presentation Manager, John Howson, has been appointed to the new role as Head of Radio. Read more »

Australian investors negotiating to buy office tower at 125 The Terrace

BusinessDesk report by Suze Metherell
Quattro Asset Management, an Australian fund manager, is in negotiations to buy two office towers in Wellington and Auckland from Precinct Properties New Zealand, and two Auckland industrial assets from Goodman Property Trust. Read more »

“We managed to keep costs low:” Regional Council reports on its work

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Greater Wellington Regional Council 2013/14 Annual Report, adopted today, highlights the wide variety of the work undertaken by the council. Read more »

Re-cycled Christmas trees – exhibition planned in Hutt CBD

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council has teamed up with Te Omanga Hospice to bring the first Recycled Christmas Tree exhibition to the region. Read more »

VUw researcher awarded five-year $800,000 Rutherford fellowship

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
A Victoria University of Wellington researcher is among a small group of leading New Zealand scientists to receive Rutherford Discovery Fellowships. Read more »

VUW research reveals warnings from warming Antarctic ocean

News from Victoria University of Wellington

Changes taking place in the oceans around Antarctica could result in an abrupt rise in global sea level, according to a Victoria University of Wellington led study. Read more »

Timber company fined $57,000 after employee’s finger caught in dryer

News from WorkSafe NZ
Forestry and timber processing company, Juken New Zealand Limited, was fined $57,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $12,000 today after an employee in its Carterton plant was seriously harmed when his finger was caught in a timber veneer dryer. Read more »

Exhibition for Mental Health Awareness Week

Press Release – Vincents Gallery

‘Keep Learning’ is an exhibition celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week.
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Borodin Quartet in Wellington in October

Press Release – SWPR
They are sounding better than ever. Are they now the world’s best? All I know is that I never heard quartet playing at quite that level before” – Ottawa Citizen.
One of the world’s longest-lasting and most revered string quartet ensembles, the Borodin Quartet, will perform in Wellington this October

Chamber Music New Zealand presents the Borodin Quartet as part of the 2014 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season. The tour begins in Wellington on Friday 16 October.

Founded originally in 1945 in Moscow, the quartet’s history maps that of the Soviet era and beyond. The original members were colleagues and friends of Shostakovich – who personally consulted with them on each of his quartets – and played at the funerals of both Stalin and Prokofiev.

Now, almost 70 years later, the quartet’s members come from a new generation, yet have remained true to their roots and to the artistic excellence and integrity that has always been a hallmark of this astonishing ensemble.

The programme for the New Zealand tour features music from the composers for which the Borodin Quartet is renowned: a quintessentially Russian first half, followed by Beethoven’s monumental Op 130, symphonic in scale, the work that pushes to the very limits of expression and considered by many to be the greatest of his late quartets.

The Myaskovsky string quartet is neoromantic, impassioned, stirring Russian writing at its best, while the Shostakovich String Quartet No 11 remains one of his most personal and emotional works, “a crumbling, disintegrating memorial to lost happiness”, dedicated to the memory of one of his close friends.

For full tour details and booking information visit

Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges major funding from Creative New Zealand. The Borodin Quartet is presented in association with Musica Viva Australia and is part of Arts Festival Dunedin 2014.

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Five Wellington artists at the Dowse

Press Release – The Dowse Art Museum
Nine metres of hydrangeas in oil paint, a translucent pyramid, colourful collage, experimental jewellery and captivating performance work are some of the treats that The Dowse Art Museum has to offer as part of biennial exhibition Solo 2014. Read more »

Kirwan coming to Wellington to talk about his book on helping teenagers

Press Release – Penguin Books
Blues rugby coach and spokesperson for mental health awareness, Sir John Kirwan, will be in Wellington for one night this October to talk about his new book,Stand By Me: Helping your teen through tough times. Wellington based clinical psychologists, husband and wife team, Elliot Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell, are JK’s co-authors and will join him on stage for a conversation led by children’s author Kate De Goldi. Read more »

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