Archive for July, 2016

Queue at Unity for new Harry Potter book


There was a queue outside Unity Books in Willis Street this morning, waiting for sales of the new Harry Potter book to begin at 11am. Read more »

New indie radio station based in Rough Peel’s record shop

Press Release – Rough Peel Radio
Heard the one about the little indie radio station that made its home in a record shop? When it broke the records, the shop owner had to give it a vinyl warning. Read more »

Smokefree Coalition closes its doors, after state funding ends

Press Release – Smokefree Coalition
The organisation that provided a platform for unity and collaboration in New Zealand tobacco control is no more. Read more »

Green candidates backing plan for 50% cut in students’ bus fares

News from Green Party
Green Party local government candidates in Wellington and the Hutt Valley are pledging to make Wellington a student-friendly city by working to deliver 50 percent student bus fare discounts and a warrant of fitness for rental homes. Read more »

Bumper weekend ahead, says John Milford

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Wellington retailers and the hospitality scene can look forward to a bumper weekend as the city hosts the Super Rugby final, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

It was a great week, says Jo Coughlan

Press Release – Jo Coughlan
Wellington has won the jackpot with a home Super Rugby final said Jo Coughlan, Wellington City Councillor and Chair of the Economic Growth and Arts Committee. Read more »

Hollie Smith at Thistle Inn in September

Press Release – NicNak Media
NZ’s First Lady of Soul and Jazz will play a series of up-close-and-personal shows this September and October Read more »

Council planning new rules for dogs, cats, roosters, pigeons … even bees

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee meeting next Thursday will consider a raft of recommendations stemming from public consultation earlier this year over possible rule changes affecting cats, dogs, roosters, pigeons, bees and other animals in the city. Read more »

Mayor glad amalgamation no longer being considered for region

Press Release – Celia Wade-Brown
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has welcomed today’s Local Government Commission recommendations on local governance in the Wellington region. Read more »

Sir Wira reports good progress on regional changes, but no details

News from the Dept of Internal Affairs
The Local Government Commission today reports that good progress has been made on its work with councils and communities to strengthen local government in the Wellington region, following the decision in June 2015 not to proceed with a proposal for a unitary council for the region. Read more »

Laidlaw welcomes Wairarapa merger

News from Wellington Regional Council
Regional COuncil Chair Chris Laidlaw has welcomed the Local Government Commission’s decision to explore in detail the possibility of a single district council for the Wairarapa. Read more »

Antique vestments stolen from St Peter’s in Willis Street

News from NZ Police

Several antique items have been stolen from St Peter’s Anglican Church in central Wellington. Read more »

Council to talk with Newlands residents about housing changes

News from WCC
To address the need for more housing and housing choices, the Wellington City Council has started the next stage of consultation with the Newlands community on a draft District Plan Change. Read more »

Lavery wants new Council to capitalise on strong growth to ‘transform’ city

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council Chief Executive Officer Kevin Lavery today released his Pre-election Report, which shows the Council has sound finances and is in a strong position to invest in projects that will transform the city. Read more »

Coughlan says ‘I can win,’ accuses other candidates of hidden agendas

Press Release – Jo Coughlan
Mayoral Candidate Jo Coughlan said today it has become clear that mayoral candidates are running with hidden agendas and some still clearly did not understand they are running in a STV not FPP election. Read more »

Phoenix defeat Beijing in match marking sister cities’ tenth anniversary

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington and Beijing, the capital cities of New Zealand and China, celebrated the tenth anniversary of their sister city relationship with a match last night between the Wellington Phoenix F.C. and Beijing BG. Read more »

Torrential rain on Haywards Hill Road; warning to drivers

News from NZ Police
Motorists were warned to take care travelling on SH58, the Haywards Hill Road, this morning. Read more »

$1m to improve Tawa’s town centre

News from WCC
Wellington City Council has earmarked $1 million for Tawa town centre improvements, and locals are being asked to work with the Council to help decide which improvements to fund and get under way. The improvements are designed to define the shopping area, manage traffic and improve the town centre’s overall character. Read more »

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