Archive for February, 2015

Trees and trains and the long-term plan

On the same day that train services between Wellington and the Kapiti coast were halted by a fallen tree, it was ironic to read some of the key ambitions of the Wellington Regional Council. Read more »

Two Wellington filmmakers collaborate on creative degree at WelTec

Press Release – WelTec
New Zealand film director and producer Alex Galvin (Director of Eternity and When Night Falls) and director Theo Baynton (WotWots, Thunderbirds, Art Director of Jane and the Dragon) are getting behind a local degree, the Bachelor of Creative Technologies delivered by the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), allowing students to not only work on the animation and design elements of their current projects, but to also try their hand at illustration, model making, set design and creating the digital and visual elements of two new films. Read more »

Speed networking for top students

News from WCC
Wellington students who were recognised for exemplary community spirit by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown’s Absolutely Positively Student Awards will meet civic leaders next week in an event with a difference. Read more »

Wellington artist offered chance to live, work and exhibit in Beijing

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council and the Asia New Zealand Foundation are again calling for proposals from artists to take part in a residency at Beijing’s Red Gate Gallery, an international centre for artists. Read more »

Adventurous Wellingtonians wanted for round the world yacht race

Press Release – Clipper-Ventures
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is on the hunt for adventurous New Zealanders looking to take on the ‘Race of their Life’ in 2015 and beyond. Read more »

Wellington hotel receptionist to represent New Zealand in Las Vegas

Press Release – CQ Hotels Wellington
CQ Hotels Wellington receptionist Sita Laukau has been awarded a trip to Las Vegas to attend the Choice Hotels International Convention in May. Read more »

Jamie McNee 2nd at Hampton Downs

Press Release – Veritas Communications Ltd
He’s closing in on the title, but Bombay’s Tom Alexander still has plenty to do to win the 2014-2015 Toyota Finance 86 Championship after winning the first race of the final round today at Hampton Downs. The championship finale is part of the Toyota Festival for the first time. Read more »

More nominees needed for Kapiti sports award

Press Release – Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year
Nominations for the 2015 Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards are coming in but according to Judge and SPOY committee member Peter Ellis there should be a lot more. Read more »

Cheaper electricity? Wellington line charges to be cut by 10 per cent from April

News from Wellington Electricity Lines Limited
Wellington Electricity Lines Limited, the electricity lines company for the Wellington region, has today confirmed a reduction in their line charges that will take effect from 1 April. Read more »

Water shortage worsens: sprinkler ban looms as Wellington rivers run low

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News from Wellington Water
Increased garden watering restrictions are looming as the region’s dry summer continues. Read more »

Wellingtonians launch campaign against ‘vocal minority’s’ supercity scheme

News from Best Little Capital
A group of Wellingtonians have launched a campaign to resist the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s scheme to amalgamate Wellington’s existing councils. The group, Best Little Capital, has been formed by Wellingtonians Michael Moughan and Digby Livingston. Read more »

Hutt and Wairarapa councils share concerns on supercity plans

Joint Press Release
The Councils of Carterton District, Hutt City, Masterton District and South Wairarapa have submitted a joint response to the Local Government Commission’s draft proposal for reorganisation in the Wellington region. Read more »

“High cost, high risk;” Hutt council tells Commission to drop supercity plan

News from Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council has told the Local Government Commission that its proposal for a supercity is a “high cost, high risk” option. It recommends the Commission drop the plan and leaves the region’s cities to work out their own efficient arrangements. Read more »

Fran Wilde promises “a big prize” as she continues her supercity campaign

by Lindsay Shelton
No surprise that Fran Wilde refers to a Hutt Chamber of Commerce survey when she writes in the DomPost this morning in support of a supercity. It’s the only survey that isn’t opposing the current amalgamation plans. Read more »

Porirua councillors vote to support supercity, but without Wairarapa

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua City Councillors yesterday confirmed support for the Local Government Commission draft proposal for Wellington Councils to merge, but with Wairarapa standing apart. Read more »

Urzila Carlson at Hannah Playhouse

Press Release – Elephant Publicity
Your favourite ex-pat South African Urzila Carlson delivers your yearly dose of side-splitting witticism in one jam packed hour with Man Up at Wellington’s Hannah Playhouse on the 2nd and 6th – 9th of May. Read more »

Train services resume on Kapiti line after power lines repaired and tree removed

Photo: KiwiRail

Tranz Metro advised tonight that train services were resuming on the Kapiti line, more than 24 hours after yesterday’s damage caused to power lines by a fallen tree. Read more »

Public transport fares to stay unchanged; more users and more investment wanted

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Greater Wellington Regional Council yesterday voted to continue its public transport fare freeze for another year, including it into its Draft 10 Year Plan. Read more »

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