Archive for September, 2016

Green laser strikes plane heading for Wgtn Airport; Auckland planes also targetted

News from NZ Police
Police are investigating reports from pilots of laser strike attacks on planes above the Hutt Valley and Auckland overnight. Read more »

Farewell to a cycling mayor

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by Ron Beernink
How wonderful it has been to have had a mayor who cycled the talk! Celia Wade-Brown has done a fantastic job at helping to set a vision and strategy for Wellington that ensures strong support for cycling and walking. Read more »

Johnny Overton ends his mayoral campaign with statement on localisation

Press Release – John Overton
The end result of thirty years of neo-liberal globalisation, which has had a devastating effect on our society, environment & nation, is that we’re now totally dependent on the rest of the world for our survival. Read more »

Helene Ritchie calls on Justin Lester to resign over airline subsidy

Wellington.Scoop
Councillor Helene Ritchie today called on Councillor Justin Lester to resign. The reason: “his role in the Singapore Airlines negotiation and money promised.” Read more »

It’s on again: airport’s application for longer runway is re-started

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
Wellington International Airport has asked the city and regional councils to re-start its application to extend the runway. Read more »

Runway extension “core issue” in mayoral campaign, say campaigners

Media release from Guardians of the Bays
Public scrutiny has pushed Wellington International Airport to get its runway extension resource consent application back in process, says resident and ratepayer group Guardians of the Bays. Read more »

Voting them in, voting them out

by Tony Jansen
As if it couldn’t get any worse. The Auditor-General has now been asked to investigate the Wellington City Council’s “corporate inducement” deal benefitting one of the world’s largest and most profitable airlines to the tune of up to $800,000 per annum. And it could be for ten years. Read more »

667 Maipuia voters didn’t receive voting papers; error by NZ Post

News from WCC
New Zealand Post has identified an issue with the non-delivery of mail in Maupuia. This has affected 667 voters in 13 streets in Maupuia, Miramar. Read more »

30 resilience initiatives – to help us cope with shocks and stresses

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has been presented with 30 initiatives aimed at making the city more resilient to acute shocks and chronic stresses resulting from major natural, social or economic events. Read more »

CofC thanks Celia Wade-Brown

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is to be congratulated on her more than 20 years’ service to Wellington City, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Police seeking leave to appeal against judge’s discharge of Losi Filipo

News from Family First
Family First NZ is welcoming the Solicitor-General’s direction to the police to file an application for leave to appeal the weak sentence handed to Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo. Read more »

Hutt council accepts zoning change: from golf course to retirement home

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Hutt City Council has accepted an independent hearing panel’s recommendation to change the zoning of former golf course land in the Boulcott area. Read more »

Growth in Newlands – feedback on protecting the neighbourhood

News from WCC
The Newlands community has shared its views with the Wellington City Council on increasing the number of people able to live around the Newlands Town Centre. The consultation covered housing density and building design standards. This is part of the Council’s planning for Wellington’s future housing needs as signalled by the Wellington Urban Growth Plan. Read more »

117 frail residents in rest homes show benefits from exercise

Press Release – Massey University


Study participants Madeline Mason and Beryl Hawthorne complete WBV and SIM exercise sessions

Increased frailty in the elderly means a higher risk of falls, fractures, lack of independence and an overall decreased quality of life. Now a new Wellington study from Massey University’s School of Sport and Exercise has highlighted the benefits of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) therapy for the frail elderly. Read more »

Thomas Oliver wins Silver Scroll

Press Release – APRA – AMCOS
Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. Read more »

Salina Fisher wins contemporary music award

Press Release – SOUNZ
SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music and APRA are delighted to announce that Salina Fisher has won the 2016 SOUNZ Contemporary Award with Rainphase. Read more »

American, 29, killed in Martinborough crash

News from NZ Police
A man was killed in a single vehicle crash in Martinborough this morning. Read more »

Orcon launches one-gig residential plans

Press Release – Orcon Internet
Super high-speed internet from $135 a month, 24 month plans include an Xbox One S
New Zealand’s fibre expert, Orcon, was the first to offer Kiwis Ultra-Fast Broadband, the first to offer a Gigatown plan and is now continuing the ethos of innovation by launching Gig plans in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Christchurch. Read more »

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