Archive for August, 2015

“Life is hell:” the fate of 9 families next to the Kapiti expressway construction site

by K Gurunathan
I urge the NZ Transport Agency to seriously look into the purchase of about nine properties significantly affected by construction of the Kapiti Expressway. Read more »

Managing it, or losing it

harbour porirua
Photo: PCC

by Jim Mikoz
If we don’t get better management of the Porirua Harbour, we will be the last generation to use it. Read more »

Zoo’s last chance to save chimpanzee’s infected ear

News from Wellington Zoo
A Wellington Zoo chimpanzee will this undergo a groundbreaking procedure in a last-ditch effort to save her remaining ear. Read more »

“No choice:” midwives file pay parity discrimination case in High Court

midwives 1
Photo from PSA

News from NZ College of Midwives
“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepared to file a pay parity discrimination case, on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act, in the High Court in Wellington today. Read more »

$45 to Nelson: Jetstar promises low fares, more competition on five new routes

jetstar at wgtn airport
Photo from Wellington Airport

News from Jetstar
Jetstar today unveiled its new regional network, launching low fares on five routes between Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington. Read more »

Jetstar adding 21 flights a week between Wellington and Nelson

News release from Wellington Chamber of Commerce
Wellington will benefit from new regional air services announced by Jetstar today, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Cheaper Nelson fares, a boost to business and leisure travel

News from WCC
The cheaper air service between Wellington and Nelson announced today by Jetstar will boost business and leisure travel between the two cities, says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Read more »

Palmerston North expecting more tourists with new Jetstar flights

Press Release – Palmerston North City Council
Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith is delighted Jetstar has named the city as one of its new regional destinations. Jetstar announced in Wellington this morning that Palmerston North will become one of four new regional links for the airline. Read more »

Removal of trees bringing sediment into Pauatahanui Inlet

battle hill 1

Report and photos by Jim Mikoz
Sediment is coming into the Pauatahanui Inlet at present from the removal of the plantation forest up behind the Battle Hill Station. Read more »

Creswick Valley residents welcome protection from Environment Court

News from Creswick Valley Residents Association
Creswick Valley residents today welcomed a decision from the Environment Court which provides for increased protection for the site at 55 – 85 Curtis Street. Read more »

Success in memory game wins Nissan Navara for Wellington student

nissan truck winner

Scoop report by Bayley Kite
Wellington civil engineering student James Libeau proved he’s got what it takes by winning a brand new Nissan Navara NP300. James was one of thousands of hopeful applicants to enter the ‘Simon Says’-inspired competition, Navara Says, completing five rounds of memory-based gaming in the hope of winning the latest pickup. Read more »

Triathlon expansion will benefit 1500 Hutt Valley children

Press Release – Impact PR
More Wellington and Hutt Valley children will have the opportunity to take part in large scale triathlon events following the expansion of a national junior triathlon series to the region. Read more »

Onesie auction to help free ambulance

Press Release – The PR Company
Wellington designer Sophie Voon is helping to help raise funds for Wellington Free Ambulance this Onesie Day, 11 September, by creating a one off designer onesie for auction. Read more »

Young Wellington baritone wins award to help study in New York

Press Release – Dame Malvina Major Foundation
Talented young baritone Christian Thurston has just had a boost to his study funds thanks to a $5,000 Arts Excellence Award from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation’s Wellington Committee. Read more »

Helicopter rescues two injured women

Press Release – Life Flight Trust
Life Flight was called today to the Colonial Knob walkway near Porirua where a woman in her 20s had sustained injuries after being thrown from her horse. Read more »

Michael Papps to captain Wellington Firebirds for 2015/2016 season

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
The Wellington Firebirds will be captained by Michael Papps in all three competitions during the 2015/16 season. Read more »

PHOTOS: All Blacks named at Parliament

all blacks with pm
Twitter photo from John Key

allblacks at parlt
Twitter photo from Andrew Little

News from All
The All Blacks squad for the Rugby World Cup was unveiled by New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey in front of a packed audience at Parliament in Wellington this evening. Read more »

Bats show captures LGBT stories

Press Release – Jess Green
New theatre production Scene takes an unusual approach to sharing stories from New Zealand’s LGBT/Queer/Gay community. Over six months, three local queer theatre makers conducted interviews in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland to document how life differs for one of our most marginalised but vibrant communities. Read more »

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