Archive for September, 2015

City buys historic Flagstaff Hill – to be kept as a green reserve

flagstaff hill
Councillor Lester and Councillor Ritchie with Mike O’Sullivan (centre) on Flagstaff Hill

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has, after more than 40 years, secured ownership of the historic Flagstaff Hill reserve above Willis Street. Read more »

Future uncertain: historic town hall for sale

town hall waverley
Photo: Heritage NZ

News from Heritage NZ
The century-old Waverley Town Hall is on the market, with its future remaining a concern to local and other interests. Read more »

Court recalls Curtis Street decision after council fails to consult residents

The Environment Court has recalled its final decision on the Plan Change 77 and the Curtis Street resource consent appeals, issued yesterday afternoon, after it discovered that the Wellington City Council had consulted with the developer who is seeking the plan change and resource consent, but not with any of the other parties involved in the appeals. Read more »

Gerry Brownlee delivering plan to Chinese for giant pandas at Wellington Zoo

Three media reports today say that Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is making a top-level move to bring giant pandas from China to Wellington Zoo. Read more »

“There are higher priorities than a panda division,” says Andrew Little

News from NZ Labour Party
While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to Wellington, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little. Read more »

Five cars impounded, five drivers charged with illegal street racing

News from NZ Police
For the second time in two weeks, police have arrested a group of drivers for illegal street racing offences on Wellington streets. Read more »

Four arrests after police and Customs seize drugs mailed to local addresses

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police and New Zealand Customs have been targeting the importers of psychoactive substances and controlled drugs ordered over the internet. Operation Venus has seen the seizure of dozens of small packages over the past several months destined to addresses all across the Wellington District. Read more »

$230,000 of fraudulent credit: police seek man who conned local businesses

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police are seeking a man in connection with fraud complaints from trade supply businesses who were targeted between November and May. Read more »

Wellington QC to be High Court judge

News from NZ Government
Wellington Queen’s Counsel Karen Clark has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson announced today. Read more »

Not only new cycle lanes for Island Bay, but also new pedestrian crossings

News from WCC
The upgrade of Island Bay Parade has started and one of the first priorities is to make the shopping centre safer by altering two pedestrian crossings. Read more »

Whitireia’s Māori nursing graduates bring distinct skill set

Press Release – Whitireia Polytech

Whitireia New Zealand will tomorrow hold a graduation ceremony for the last group of Bachelor of Nursing Māori students to finish in July, before the programme moves to a November end date from 2016. Read more »

Wellington startup chosen for IBM SmartCamp in San Francisco

Press Release – Eight Wire
After topping the 2015 IBM SmartCamp in Auckland, Wellington company Eight Wire has been selected from 30 winners around the world to compete at the semi-finals in San Francisco. Read more »

Banqer wins ‘best innovation’ award in Sydney showcase

Press Release – Banquer
Wellington-based startup Banqer, the online platform that facilitates the teaching of financial education in the classroom by creating a virtual ‘classroom currency’, took out the Best Innovation in Show Award at the recent Afiniation FinTech Showcase in Sydney. Read more »

Fiji Airways introduces iPads for business class movies and music

Press Release – Fiji Airways
Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, today announced that all business class passengers travelling on its B737 fleet will be offered iPads for in-flight entertainment (IFE) with pre-loaded movies, TV shows and music. The innovative new offering, which starts from 1st November 2015, is another move by Fiji Airways to become established as a world-class boutique airline. Read more »

Middle leadership in crisis – teachers report to PPTA conference

Press Release – PPTA
Heading a department, teaching in a classroom and caring for stressed students and teachers is just a small part of a day’s work for middle leaders in schools. Middle managers play a vital role in curriculum delivery at secondary schools but the pressure is building with increasing workload demands (particularly around NCEA) compromising this. Read more »

Wellington sisters competing in kartsport grand final in Australia

Press Release – KartSport New Zealand
A seven-strong group of Kiwi karters including Wellington sisters Madeline and Ashleigh Stewart are returning to Australia this weekend to contest the Grand Final round of this year’s Rotax Pro Tour series. Read more »

Team work the key for Wairarapa rally

Press Release – Seabright Motor Sport
To be successful in motorsport you need a great team, especially in rallying. This has been particularly evident for the Trusthouse Racetech Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa over more than a decade. Read more »

Women’s health conference at Te Papa

Press Release – RANZCOG
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) New Zealand Committee will be hosting its Annual Scientific Meeting in Wellington at Te Papa Tongarewa, from today until Friday. Read more »

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