Archive for November, 2015

King, Robertson and Hipkins retain portfolios in Labour front-bench reshuffle

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
Three of Wellington’s Labour MPs have retained their portfolios in Labour’s front bench reshuffle, unveiled today by party leader Andrew Little. Deputy leader Annette King retains the health portfolio, Grant Robertson, ranked number three, remains finance and employment spokesperson, while Chris Hipkins retains the education portfolio. Read more »

Heart problem: Governor-General in hospital after cardiac surgery

News from Government House
The Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae is recuperating in hospital after undergoing cardiac surgery this morning. Read more »

Call for apology from PM after diplomat’s guilty plea on sexual assault

News from Green Party
The Prime Minister needs to immediately apologise to Tania Billingsley for the Government’s handling of her case and he must instruct Murray McCully to immediately release an unredacted version of the John Whitehead report into the matter, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Cafés and apartments at Seaview marina? Plan change to be discussed

News from Hutt City Council
The Seaview Marina Board has requested a change to the District Plan to allow development at the Marina, located in the northeast point of Wellington Harbour. Read more »

Knowing better than the locals

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington Airport campaign to promote a longer runway is similar to the Transport Agency’s campaign about building a flyover at the Basin Reserve. Both commissioned large numbers of experts to support what they wanted to do. Both failed to connect with the communities who would be most affected. Read more »

Four months of Summer City events

News from WCC
The summer edition of the Wellington City Council’s seasonal magazine will be arriving in mailboxes, libraries, recreation and community centres and the i-SITE on Wakefield Street this week. In it you’ll find four months of Summer City events so you can start planning your summer. There are over 200 events to choose from and most are free. Read more »

Information Leadership wins local government

Press Release – Information Leadership
New Zealand information and knowledge management solution provider Information Leadership won ICT Vendor of the Year at last week’s Annual Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) Awards. Read more »

Firebirds squad for eighth super smash game

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
The Mighty Ape Wellington Firebirds squad to play in their eighth game of the Georgie Pie Super Smash against the Canterbury Kings at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday December 2nd is: Read more »

The Proclaimers at the St James in April

Press Release – Plus1
Scotland’s favourite sons The Proclaimers will tour New Zealand during Anzac Weekend next year. Read more »

Caught in the act on Lambton Quay: man arrested, charged with 13 burglaries

News from NZ Police
A man has been arrested and charged with 13 counts of burglary in central Wellington. The arrest was made on Saturday night after the release on Friday of this CCTV image showing a man breaking into a Lambton Quay shop. Read more »

Walking the talk on climate change – march from Civic Square to Parliament

climate demo 2
Photo via Twitter from Mariam Parwaiz

Wellington today joined the world-wide campaign of people’s climate marches, on the eve of the Paris conference which will try to agree on measures to deal with the dangers of climate change. Read more »

Facts, or spin, about the runway

airport before and after
Before and after a longer runway

by Sea Rotmann
We hoped this week that TV One News would give us the chance to provide some counter to the big bunch of airport spin that was headlined on Tuesday. That was unfortunately not the case. However the pilots and the airline association have come out with serious doubts and concerns about extending the runway, following the airport’s dump of 27 impact reports. Read more »

Wellington helicopter rescues two hunters and their dog, after fall in bush

News from Life Flight Trust
Two hunters and their dog were rescued this morning from bush near Ward in Marlborough. Read more »

Flag change is vital: beverage seller describes experience in Seoul

News from Shott Beverages
Wellington company Shott Beverages says the cost of New Zealand retaining a flag virtually identical to Australia’s far outweighs the cost of changing it. Read more »

Foxglove bartender Jessie Algar off to global contest in London

Press Release – Beefeater

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Carrello Del Gelato opening new concept store on Oriental Parade

Press Release – Carrello de Gelato
Wellington-based premium gelato producer Carrello del Gelato is opening a ‘Gelato Concept Store’ on Monday at 228 Oriental Bay in time for summer. Read more »

Coffee Club celebrates 10th anniversary

Press Release – The Coffee Club
The Coffee Club New Zealand, one of the most successful and fastest growing café groups in the country, is celebrating 10 years in business on Monday. Read more »

Eighteen bands and Djs added to Homegrown lineup for April

Press Release – Jim Beam Homegrown
Wellington’s iconic Kiwi music festival Jim Beam Homegrown has beefed up its line-up with another 18 of New Zealand’s favourite Bands and DJs, including David Dallas, Katchafire, Blacklistt, Home Brew, The Feelers, P Money and Maala. Read more »

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