Archive for November, 2014

Winston Peters forecasts purchase of “rust bucket” for Cook Strait service

News from NZ First
KiwiRail’s Cook Strait ferry service will be thrown into further chaos when the company announces shortly after Parliament rises for the year that it has purchased the rust bucket Stena Alegra to replace the aging but reliable Arahura, warns Winston Peter, Leader of New Zealand First. Read more »

VUW professor is first NZer to receive management consulting award

News from Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University academic Stephen Cummings is the first New Zealander to become an International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) Academic Fellow. Read more »

Wellington Somalia team wins community football competition

Photo credit: Rob Georgiou

News from NZ Police
Team Somalia from Wellington became the sixth champions of the New Zealand Communities Football Cup today after winning 2 – 0 against Team Ireland from Nelson. Read more »

Higgison and Perry competing for speed league leadership at Velodrome

News from Burkes Cycles Speed League
Louis Higgison edged one step closer to the overall Burkes Cycles Speed League Spring Series leader Grant Perry, winning two races at the track cycling series at Wellington Velodrome today. The under 19 rider is now just five points behind Perry on the table who has lead the series since round two. Read more »

Wellington man’s murderer back in NZ prison after deportation from Brazil

Convicted murderer and child abuser Phillip Smith was returned to New Zealand from Brazil this morning. He arrived at Auckland Airport at 4am on a flight from Santiago in Chile, and was taken to prison at Paremoremo. Read more »

McNee beaten by Blewett at Pukekohe

Press Release – Veritas Communications Ltd
“That was pretty intense,” Ashley Blewett said after fighting his way to the lead of the first Toyota Finance 86 Championship race of the weekend, then watching Wellington’s Jamie McNee slip past and having to fight off a hard-charging Tom Alexander for most of the ten-lap race. Read more »

New motorway, new tunnel, and street widening in regional transport plan

Wellington’s latest Regional Land Transport Plan (a statutory document) is to be approved on Tuesday by a meeting of the regional transport committee. Read more »

The silence of the lambs councillors

A majority of our city councillors in Wellington will be ending the year as silently as they began it. But not all of them. Read more »

Accountability for losses of $885m; kiwifruit claim filed in High Court

News from Kiwifruit Claim
The Kiwifruit Claim’s statement of claim has been filed in the High Court in Wellington this afternoon. Read more »

VUW’s Tom Dobinson wins prize as NZ’s top architecture student

News from NZ Institute of Architects
Victoria University student Tom Dobinson has won the premier award for New Zealand’s architecture students. Read more »

Stephen Blackburn leaving Capital E after eleven years

News from Capital E
Capital E announced today that Stephen Blackburn has resigned after more than ten years with the organisation, most recently as their National Theatre for Children’s Creative Producer. Read more »

$1.3m grant will pay for redevelopment and strengthening of city to sea museum

News from NZ Government
The Museum of Wellington City and Sea will receive a government grant of $1.3 million for its redevelopment project and earthquake strengthening. Read more »

Hutt City changes three parking rules: they’ll be ticketing again on Tuesday

News from Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council Traffic Bylaw 2007 will come into effect on Tuesday. Of particular note are three matters. Read more »

Free Ambulance aiming to raise $32,000 from a global day of giving

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance
Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, is happening in New Zealand for the first time this year on December 2 and Wellington Free Ambulance is hoping to raise much needed public donations from the event. Read more »

Young engineer solves stormwater problem at Porirua station carpark

News from Weltec
Rachel Harrison is young, talented and passionate about her work as an engineer, designing solutions to protect the environment. Read more »

L’affare launching new Christmas blend coffee to support the City Mission

Press Release – Wellington City Mission
The Wellington City Mission is excited to announce that in line with their ‘Christmas Star Appeal’, L’affare is launching a new ‘Christmas Blend’ coffee and gifting a percentage of proceeds from its sale to the Mission. Read more »

130 writers coming to Wellington to explore their sense of place

Joint Press Release
More than 130 of New Zealand’s top writers and literary academics will gather in Wellington next week for a colloquium exploring how a writer’s understanding of their place in the world affects their writing. Read more »

Kapiti Food Fair ready to roll

Press Release – Kapiti Coast Chamber Of Commerce
“With a week to go before the Kapiti Food Fair, everything is on-track to deliver a taste sensation and a wonderful day out for visitors” says Helene Judge, Fair spokesperson. Read more »

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