Archive for October, 2016

New mortgage registrations increase in Wellington, decline in Auckland

Press Release – myvalocity
New figures released by myvalocity for September show the number of new residential mortgage registrations has declined nationally by 21% on the same time last year – reinforcing the view the market is beginning to soften. Read more »

Wellington building consents going up: 30% increase in 12 months

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
Almost 30,000 new homes were consented in the year to September 2016, up 14 percent from the September 2015 year. Within this, North Island dwelling numbers were up 25 percent, but South Island numbers fell 3.9 percent. Read more »

Investment completed in new software company from Victoria University

Press Release – Powerhouse Ventures Ltd
Powerhouse, the developer of intellectual property based businesses, is pleased to announce that EdPotential Ltd, a new ed-tech software company, has been spun-out from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Education in conjunction with Macleans College Auckland. Read more »

Peer-to-peer deals aim to solve shortage of rental vehicles

Press Release – Impact PR
The strategic investment in a peer-to-peer car rental company is expected to help ease a shortage of vehicles throughout New Zealand according to a leading tourism operator. Read more »

Bi-partisan approach needed to fix transport problems

by Ian Apperley
It’s 3:30 on Saturday afternoon and traffic from the airport to the motorway is back to back. As I drive in the other direction, I am astounded by the queues, sadly now commonplace. Read more »

Health Board offering doctors only $4 an hour for working during strike

News from NZ Resident Doctors’ Assn
Members of NZRDA who gave up their right to strike to provide life preserving services at their employer’s request are being offered only $4.00 an hour for their services. Read more »

Wellington’s Connect Global wins top Pacific Business Trust award

Press Release – Pacific Business Trust
Wellington contact centre services business Connect Global won the Supreme Award at the 10th National Pacific Business Trust Awards in Auckland on Friday. Read more »

Virginia Andersen to be Labour candidate for Hutt South next year

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News from NZ Labour Party
Virginia Andersen has been selected as the Hutt South Labour Party candidate in the 2017 General Election. Read more »

Featherston men arrested and charged with drug offences

News from NZ Police
Two Featherston men will appear in Masterton District Court on Thursday charged with a range of drug and firearms offences following the execution of two search warrants in Featherston last week. Read more »

Don Juan…with a twist

Press Release – Slightly Isolated Dog
A Slightly Isolated Dog presents
Don Juan…with a twist
Directed by Leo Gene Peters Read more »

Classical and contemporary: graduation season at NZSD

News from NZSD
The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) 2016 Graduation Season promises outstanding performances of both classical and contemporary dance. Read more »

Queenstown woman wins national freediving title, Titahi Bay diver second

Press Release – Kathryn Nevatt


Guy Brew & Kathryn Nevatt underwater. Photo: Gemma Cookson

Freedivers from across the country met in Wellington over the weekend for the New Zealand Indoor Freediving Nationals hosted by the Lazy Seal Freediving Club and held at Porirua and Naenae pools. Kathryn Nevatt from the Queenstown Freediving Club took the women’s national title with 265.5 points, 10.5 points ahead of the men’s champion Guy Brew from Titahi Bay and Wellington’s Lazy Seals. Read more »

Massey fashion student wins $3000 craft-design award with recycled blankets

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News from Friends of the Dowse
Talia Betham, a fashion design student at Massey University in Wellington, has taken out the Supreme Award at this year’s ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Award with Broke, a fashion line exploring the effects of unemployment on young New Zealanders. Betham’s use of recycled woollen blankets is a nod to one of our greatest natural products, currently underused and not contributing economically as it could. Betham also received the Rembrandt Textile and Fashion Award bringing her prize money to $3000. Read more »

$2.1m to build six new classrooms

News from NZ Government
Around $2.1 million is to be spent on huilding six new classrooms at schools in the Wellington and Kapiti regions. Read more »

Looking for solutions: Wellington’s six top transport challenges

by PCGM
Transport is the perennial contentious issue in the capital. From court cases about the Basin Reserve to arguments over the Island Bay cycleway, barely a mayoral term goes by without some part of the community up in arms about transport issues. This time around, new councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman has the transport portfolio, and has inherited a whole collection of long-running challenges. Read more »

Three-car crash closes SH1 on Kapiti coast – fifth closure this month

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State Highway 1 was closed by a crash on the Kapiti Coast this morning – for the fifth time this month. Read more »

Civic service celebrates life and achievements of Helen Kelly

News from WCC
A civic memorial service for Helen Kelly is being held in Wellington today. The service started at 1pm at the Michael Fowler Centre.

The complete service: Farewell to Helen Kelly
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Whitireia ranked among top tertiary education providers in NZ

Press Release – Whitireia NZ
Whitireia Community Polytechnic has performed strongly in the Tertiary Education Commission’s latest education performance report published last week. Read more »

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