Archive for October, 2014

TSB Bank extends its naming rights to waterfront Arena, and adds Shed 6

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has signed an agreement with TSB Bank which increases the Bank’s investment in the Capital City for another ten years. The deal gives the bank the rights to continue its brand association and leverage with the TSB Bank Arena, and now also with the adjacent Shed 6 convention centre. Read more »

$7.4m to upgrade and strengthen council apartments in Kilbirnie

How the upgraded Kotuku flats will look in 2016.

News from WCC
Homes for 50 more people will be created when the $7.4 million upgrade of the Kotuku Apartments in Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, is complete. Work started this week. Kotuku is the latest Wellington City Council social housing complex to undergo a transformation as part of the council’s $400 million housing upgrade programme. Read more »

100 new apartments and 93 new houses approved for Wellington last month

News from Statistics NZ
A total of 193 new dwellings were consented in Wellington last month – a hundred of these were apartments. Read more »

Bid to establish ICT graduate school in Wellington, to help companies thrive

News from VUW
Three Wellington tertiary providers are working with industry to develop a joint Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate School that addresses the needs of the region. Read more »

Wellington’s Resn joins Hall of Fame for world’s favourite websites

News from Resn
The Favorite Website Awards are one of the oldest and most respected website awards programs in the history of the internet. Since the FWA were established in 2000, they have consistently recognized the world’s best web design. Over time, a highly select group have been acknowledged as being at the forefront of the field. These companies and individuals have been admitted to the FWA Hall of Fame. So far, there have been only 22 inductees, but today, in an announcement that shocked even us, that number grows to 23. Read more »

Euan Murdoch leaving CMNZ to become new director of Music School

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Willis has announced the appointment of Euan Murdoch as the new Director of Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM). Read more »

Lorde’s Wellington show tonight

lorde nz

Lorde is in town tonight. She’s giving a show in the 4000-seat TSB Bank Arena, as part of her first New Zealand tour. Read more »

Lorde and Joel Little win two “most performed” awards at Silver Scrolls

News from APRA – AMCOS
Lorde’s Ella Yelich-O’Connor and her producer Joel Little won two awards at tonight’s Silver Scroll presentations in Wellington. Their song ‘Team’ won the Most Performed New Zealand Work in New Zealand, and ‘Royals’ won the Most Performed New Zealand Work Internationally. Read more »

Traffic delayed by crash near Paekakariki

A crash on State Highway 1 between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay caused peak-hour traffic delays for more than an hour tonight. Read more »

Technology from Wellington’s Gibson Group at new Australian Anzac Centre

Press Release – The Gibson Group
A Wellington multi-disciplinary media design company, Gibson Group, is using cutting edge audio-visual technology to bring Anzac stories to life at the new National Anzac Centre in Albany, Western Australia. Read more »

Hilton’s convention centre: we don’t know the real costs for ratepayers

convention centre

City councillors are next week being asked to support the payment of what could be more than $4m a year for twenty years to subsidise a privately-owned convention centre to be run by the Hilton hotel chain. Read more »

QC to represent Save the Basin group at flyover appeal in High Court

News from Save the Basin
The Save the Basin Campaign Inc has secured the services of Matthew Palmer QC to represent it in the High Court when the NZ Transport Agency appeals against the decision to decline resource consent for a flyover at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Farmers’ meeting on Hawke’s Bay dam refuses to hear Wellington economist

Press Release – Irrigation NZ
IrrigationNZ says ‘real life’ scenarios presented by farmers with experience of irrigation is the focus of Tuesday’s ‘It’s Now or Never’ Ruataniwha meeting, rather than theoretical economic models. Read more »

Insurance rates more than double in 5 years for Wellington commercial buildings

Press Release – Property Council Of New Zealand
Insurance premiums for commercial property in the Wellington CBD have more than doubled since 2010, according to the Property Council’s annual Operating Expenses Benchmarks. Read more »

Police dig up $310,000 cash in drug raid; 50-year-old farmer in jail

News from NZ Police
Hawke’s Bay Police have seized $310,000 in cash and $175,000 worth of methamphetamine in a major drug operation this week. Read more »

Datacom, with 1250 staff, launches new devcloud service for state agencies

News from Datacom
Today Datacom is pleased to announce the availability of a new development cloud environment tailored to the specific and rigorous requirements of New Zealand Government agencies. Read more »

Wellington interactive storyteller app wins business kick-start award

Press Release – ANZ Bank
A Wellington firm that has developed a mobile ‘storyteller’ guide to visitor attractions has taken out one of New Zealand’s top business awards after pitching its business plan to a panel of expert judges in the capital today. Read more »

Ticket prices reduced, and prizes offered, for February’s Wellington Sevens

Ticket prices have been cut for the Wellington Sevens in February. Tickets that were $199 are now on sale for $149. Premium zone seats can now be bought for $195 instead of $235. Read more »

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