Archive for May, 2015

James Shaw snatches Greens co-leadership from veteran MP Kevin Hague

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Report from BusinessDesk by Pattrick Smellie
First term Wellington-based Member of Parliament James Shaw has snatched the male co-leadership of the Green Party, beating out veteran MP Kevin Hague for the post and saying he believed the Green Party could attract support from people who have been “holding their noses and voting for National.” Read more »

After 40 meetings, James Shaw becomes new co-leader of Greens

News from Green Party
Wellington list MP James Shaw has been elected as the new male Co-leader of the Green Party at its AGM in Auckland today. Read more »

Council to promote new town belt legislation in Parliament

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has formally notified its intention to promote the Wellington Town Belt Bill in Parliament. Read more »

Investment firm spends $33m to buy student accommodation on the Terrace

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
Wellington-based investment firm Caniwi Capital has paid $33.3 million to acquire a newly refurbished Victoria University student accommodation block formerly housing ANZ Bank operations in the Wellington central business district. Read more »

Employers to seek legal advice on council decision to extend living wage

Press Release – Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
The Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce is likely to seek legal advice on the decision by the city council to expand the ‘living wage’ to council controlled organisations and contractors. Read more »

$200m for culture and the arts – council announces ten-year spending plan

News from WCC
Organisations at the heart of Wellington’s arts sector are in line for a funding boost, with the Wellington City Council agreeing to lift its support of the arts in its Long Term Plan 2015-2025. Read more »

Council bans smoking in all communal areas of its housing complexes

News from WCC
To celebrate World Smokefree Day – this Sunday 31 May – and in response to tenant requests, Wellington City Council’s City Housing unit has declared all communal areas in its housing complexes smokefree. Read more »

Wellington innovation offers new technology for privacy online

Press Release – DART Privacy
The Wellington-based DART Privacy Project has successfully developed a new Internet privacy technology (“DART”) which revolutionises privacy on the Internet. DART technology protects online content from interception and cloud server hacking. DART is fundamentally different from encryption. Read more »

Carrello del Gelato wins 11 awards for its icecream

Press Release – Carrello de Gelato
Wellington-based premium gelato producer ‘Carrello del Gelato’ has won eleven NZ icecream awards for its gelato and sorbet and Best in Category, Best of Berries for its Raspberry Sorbet. The awards were announced at the New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers’ Association’s Annual Conference in Auckland. Read more »

Te Aro history creates patterns in new Victoria Street footpaths

News from WCC
Concrete pavers being laid now in Victoria Street will give a feel for how things used to be by roughly showing where early cottages and outbuildings once stood. Read more »

Ninety young Wellington musicians competing in national contest

Press Release – Chamber Music New Zealand
Almost 90 young Wellington musicians are competing in the annual New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest. Read more »

Young professionals’ choir schedules concerts in Masterton and Wellington

Press Release – Wellington Young Professionals Choir
Supertonic, the Wellington Young Professionals Choir, is proud to announce its first concert series for 2015. “The Prisoner Rises: Songs of Resolve and Resistance” will be presented in two not to be missed performances this June. Read more »

$90million, but only if …..

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Photo: Infratil

When city councillors this week reconfirmed their decision that the city should pay $90million towards the unknown cost of extending the airport runway into Cook Strait, some pre-conditions had been added. The key one: that an international airline should have committed to using the runway, before the council hands over the money. Read more »

Council to pay $430,000 for upgrading three school swimming pools

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Water safety is at the heart of a decision to set aside funding in Wellington City Council’s 10-Year Plan for the upgrade of three school swimming pools. Read more »

Guide to NZ’s radio heritage gaining global popularity

Press Release – Radio Heritage Foundation
Since its establishment 10 years ago, the Wellington based global radio memories project best known for its popular website continues to grow. Read more »

Wear white to support NZ under-20 team, suggests Celia Wade-Brown

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is asking Wellingtonians and visitors to wear white and show support for the Junior All Whites who will be playing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Wellington on 5 June. Read more »

Over 150 fans to ring cow bell app at Chiefs v Highlanders game

Press Release – MEA Mobile
Fans at this Saturday’s Chiefs v Highlanders game can expect to see the future of the mooloo cow bell, as one Waikato icon moves into the digital age. Read more »

Gun salutes to mark Queen’s birthday and coronation anniversary

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force
The New Zealand Defence Force will mark the official observance of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with a 21-gun salute at midday next Monday 1 June, and a further 21-gun salute will be fired at midday the following day to mark the 62nd anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation. Read more »

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