Archive for October, 2015

Celia will “probably” stand again, and she’s willing to help the Phoenix

bridge celia
Celia Wade-Brown officially opening Johnsonville’s new Broderick Road Bridge today.

News from The Nation
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said today she will “probably” stand for re-election in Wellington. She was being questioned on TV3’s The Nation, with the mayors of Auckland and Christchurch. Read more »

Robbie’s show brings two hours of cheering and singing at the Basin

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Photo: Celia Wade-Brown

More than twelve thousand Robbie Williams fans stood and sang and danced in the Basin Reserve tonight for a spectacular two-hour show by their hero. Read more »

Not needed or wanted

chris billboard
Chris Hipkins – Facebook

You’d expect that no one would disagree with MP Chris Hipkins when he says this billboard near Taita disgusts him, and “we don’t need an American-style gun culture here.” Read more »

Evita opens on Saturday

Press Release – Skip Ink
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s masterpiece Evita – the story of the glamorous first lady of Argentina, Eva Perón – opens in Wellington next Saturday. Read more »

Louis Baker at San Fran in December

Press Release – Aston Road
Soulful singer-songwriter Louis Baker completes a stellar year with the release of The Way, a future beat remix by Devin Abrams, and announces a New Zealand tour. The Way, originally recorded at the Red Bull Music Academy in New York, was inspired by the concept of what it is like for a human being to accept change in their lifetime. Read more »

Two Wellington apartment buildings win national architectural awards

clyde quay
Photo by Jason Mann

News from NZIA
Twenty-eight projects, including two Wellington apartment buildings, have won awards in the country’s premier architectural competition, the New Zealand Architecture Awards. Read more »

Architect Stuart Gardyne wins gold medal for career achievement

gardyne's wharewaka
Te Wharewaka o Pōneke-Te Raukura. Architect: Stewart Gardyne. Photo: Jeremy Hansen.

News from NZIA
The New Zealand Institute of Architects has conferred its premier individual honour, the Gold Medal for career achievement, on Stuart Gardyne, a director of the Wellington firm architecture+. Read more »

Mayor thrilled by national award for new council flats in Miramar

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News from WCC
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has welcomed tonight’s NZIA national award (in the multi-unit category) for the City Council’s new Marshall Court social housing apartments in Miramar as “thoroughly well-deserved”. Read more »

Local companies join consortium to provide shared ICT for 3 councils

News from WCC
Councils in the Wellington region have joined-up to share ICT infrastructure services to improve resilience and save money. Read more »

Ray Wallace recommends free-parking trial for Lower Hutt’s CBD

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has recommended that the council trials free-parking in the city’s central business district. Read more »

After bridge collapse, one week before residents’ access is restored

News from Upper Hutt City Council
Upper Hutt City Council’s Asset Management team has worked with engineers and local emergency services to better understand the cause of yesterday’s bridge failure and to restore the services severed by the collapse. Read more »

Nine world premieres to mark Douglas Lilburn centenary

Press Release – Stroma
Nine composers and fifteen musicians will mark Douglas Lilburn’s centenary on Monday night with a unique world premiere, funded by music lovers. Read more »

Berhampore golf course marking its first hundred years

celia golfing

News from WCC
The Berhampore ‘municipal’ golf course in Wellington will be the focus of a festival on Saturday to mark 100 years since it was built to cater for the ‘working class’ and to provide a healthy sporting activity for people with consumption. To mark the occasion, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will don a 1920s golfing outfit and try her hand at swinging a golf club. Read more »

Fourteen poems set to music – Wellington choir to premiere song cycle

Press Release – Elizabeth Crayford
On Sunday 15 November, Wellington will be the location of the world premiere of an exciting collaboration of poetry and song. Local composer and Capital Choir Director Felicia Edgecombe has set the work of fourteen New Zealand poets to music in a song cycle entitled Shaky Places. The work will be performed by Capital Choir in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill Street at 4pm. Read more »

Kirks’ sales fall, and loss falls too

BusinessDesk report by Jonathan Underhill
Kirkcaldie & Stains narrowed its full-year loss while recognising one-time costs and impairments related to exiting its 152-year-old Wellington department store. The loss was $4.5 million in the 12 months ended Aug. 30, from a loss of about $6.5 million a year earlier, the Wellington-based retailer said in a statement. Sales fell 10 percent to $31.9 million, while cost of sales climbed 12 percent to $19 million. Read more »

Capital E announces 2016 education programme

Press Release – Capital E
Educators can expect a range of applied and creative programmes for school and early childhood students between years 0-13 from Wellington’s Capital E in 2016. Read more »

Not perverse, not illogical, and not unfair – the council does the right thing

by Lindsay Shelton
So much anger about paying security guards more than $14 an hour. The anger is coming from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, which till recently was calling itself the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce but has now removed “employers” from its name. Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union threatens legal action against city council

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union
The Taxpayers’ Union is joining other organisations in considering legal action against the Wellington City Council in relation to its decision to pay a living wage to contracted security staff.

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“Like others, our initial legal advice is that the Council is highly likely in breach of the Local Government Act which requires Council to provide services in the most efficient manner. If the property and business groups decide against seeking judicial review of the Council the Taxpayers’ Union will almost certainly file an application for review itself.”

“While we have had an offer from a lawyer to take the case on pro bono, our main hesitation is the Council may throw good money after bad in paying lawyers to defend the decision. But that might be a necessary evil for councils around the country to be reminded that they are stewards of ratepayers’ money.”

“Choosing to pay someone more than is necessary for him or her to do the job does not alleviate poverty when the people paying for it include those struggling on the minimum wage. Wellington City Councillors are choosing to implement this costly measure for reasons that amount to mere virtue signalling.”

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