Archive for December, 2014

Sir Ian, Sir Neville, Sir Patrick, and Sir Paul

High-profile Wellington architect Ian Athfield has become a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year honours list. He’s one of four Wellingtonians who have been similarly honoured. Read more »

Death of Sir Ivor Richardson – a career marked by excellence

News release from NZ Government
A former President of the Court of Appeal and a former Chancellor of Victoria University, Sir Ivor Richardson, has died at the age of 84. Read more »

Music, movies, fireworks and food for New Year’s Eve in Wellington

Wellington was due to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the waterfront tonight with music, films and fireworks by the Frank Kitts Park Lagoon, and a food truck village in the Odlins Plaza. If the weather improves. Read more »

Ready to talk: Quitline expecting a surge in calls on New Year’s Day

Press Release – Quitline
While most New Zealanders will be taking a well-deserved break on New Year’s Day, Quitline’s Wellington office expects to be a hive of activity as staff support smokers to beat their addiction. Read more »

Accident causes SH1 delays at Paekakariki

An accident on State Highway 1 at Paekakariki was causing delays to traffic this afternoon. Read more »

Official Hutt complaint about Regional Council’s supercity “propaganda”

News from Hutt City Council
Hutt City has lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority over “propaganda” run by the Greater Wellington Regional Council in support of regional amalgamation. Read more »

The Clifton-Mallard wedding

dogs at wedding
Facebook photo by Trevor Mallard

No official photographs yet of yesterday’s wedding when the Listener’s political columnist Jane Clifton married Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard. Except on the groom’s Facebook page, where this photo of the couple’s two dogs, dressed for the wedding in Wainuiomata, is captioned “a great day yesterday.” Read more »

“Complete denial:” Wellington’s unique and unresolved transport problems

by Brent Efford
Many Wellington citizens are concerned about combatting the ‘roads of national significance’, adapting to a post-carbon future, and providing a real transport choice for car commuters. Read more »

Girl grabbed at campground – police issue description of balding sunburnt man

News from NZ Police
Nelson Bays Police are trying to identify a man who is reported to have grabbed a young girl at the McKee Domain at Ruby Bay this afternoon. Read more »

Infratil and NZ Super Fund buying Australian retirement village company

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
The Wellington infrastructure investor Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund are to buy Australia’s fourth-biggest retirement village operator RetireAustralia for A$640.2 million, to tap into the ageing demographic across the Tasman. Read more »

Kiwi dollar up to 95.72 Australian cents; parity is possible soon

BusinessDesk report by Tina Morrison
The New Zealand dollar has touched a fresh nine-year high against the Australian dollar. The kiwi reached 95.72 Australian cents over the weekend, its highest level since December 2005, and was trading at 95.41 cents at 8am this morning in Wellington, from 95.21 cents at 5pm on Friday. Read more »

Wellington climate-change documentary on Maori TV

hot air

News from Maori TV
Hot Air, the new documentary by Wellington film-makers Alister Barry and Abi King-Jones about the politics of climate change in New Zealand, screens at 8.30 on Tuesday night on Maori TV. Read more »

MCH moving into strengthened Public Trust Building next October

public trust

News from MCH
Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, is moving into the Old Public Trust building on the corner of Lambton Quay and Stout Street in Wellington in October 2015, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Lewis Holden announced today. Read more »

No boom time for public transport

by Paul Bruce
Yes, I was a strong supporter of the major upgrade of last century’s clapped out trains to the Matangis and I welcome the resulting 8 per cent patronage increase for rail services. But the benefits have not extended beyond the Wellington railway station, have not resulted in boom time for Wellington city commuters, and there is no resolution to bus reliability problems. Read more »

Unity Books breaks sales records for December: Dirty Politics top seller

News from Unity Books
Wellington’s Unity Books broke all sales records this month. Read more »

Searchers find 17-year-old missing for 8 hours in Kaitoke Regional Park

News from NZ Police
A 17-year-old has been found by searchers after he went missing during a day walk in the Kaitoke Regional Park. Read more »

60-year-old man charged with arson after WINZ building set on fire

News from NZ Police
A 60 year old Blenheim man has been charged with arson and burglary following an incident this morning in which a van was driven into the Blenheim WINZ building. Read more »

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to all our readers.
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