Archive for December, 2016

New Year honours: Dame Fran and Sir Brian, and a QSO for Celia

Wellington gains one new Dame and one new Knight in the new year honours list announced today by the Government. Read more »

Arrest warrant issued for driver after man critically injured in hit and run after fight

News from NZ Police
A Napier man is in critical condition in Hawkes Bay Hospital after a hit and run that occurred in Waterworth Avenue, Napier yesterday. Read more »

Afternoon delays of an hour – again – for SH1 motorists on the Kapiti Coast

For a second consecutive day, there’ve been long delays for motorists on the Kapiti Coast. From midday, the Transport Agency reported that congestion from Plimmerton to Otaki was causing delays of “up to 60 minutes.” Read more »

Woman and three men arrested after attempted burglary of house in Upper Hutt

News from NZ Police
Hutt Valley Police arrested four people after an attempted burglary at a home in Upper Hutt last night. Read more »

Helicopter rescues injured mountain biker in Makara park

News from Life Flight Trust
Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter this afternoon rescued a man in his 20s following a mountain bike crash in the Makara Peak mountain bike park. Read more »

Missing jet skier rescued on river – “be prepared,” say police

News from NZ Police
Police yesterday rescued a jet skier who was overdue on the Whanganui River. Read more »

Apology after inmate at Rimutaka Prison posts messages on Facebook

A statement yesterday from Corrections was unbelievable. It said “prisoners don’t have access to the internet or social media in prison.” This was demonstrably not true. Read more »

Free Ambulance rostering extra staff

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance
In the countdown to 2017, Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics and 111 communication centre staff are gearing up for the big night. Read more »

Wellington woman’s backside tattoo was year’s most popular Trade Me auction

Press Release – Trade Me Limited
Millions of items were sold on Trade Me during 2016. Our number 1 spot this year goes to a the tattoo canvas that went around the world, when Wellington woman Bailey put up a cheeky auction for a 9x9cm tattoo on her backside. Read more »

Wellington shaken by “severe” earthquake centred near Seddon

A 5.5 earthquake near Seddon was felt throughout Wellington at 3.34pm this afternoon. Read more »

Featherston St food store in liquidation – drop in business after earthquake

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
Wellington’s Habitual Fix on Featherston Street has been placed into liquidation after seeing a significant drop in turnover following November’s earthquake, with the government’s business support package not applicable as it’s not within cordoned-off areas of the capital city. Read more »

Man dies while diving at Riversdale

News from NZ Police
A man has died while diving off the coast of Riversdale Beach, near Masterton, this afternoon. Read more »

Wellington man dies after crash with milk tanker near Hawera intersection

News from NZ Police
The driver of a car has died in hospital after a crash with a milk tanker in South Taranaki. Read more »

Demolition in Molesworth Street nearing its end

Scoop report and photos by Liana Pantaleo
The year nears its close and the work continues in Molesworth Street. The tall piece of the building that was hardly touched last week is being pulled apart just like the rest of the structure. Read more »

Wellington Firebirds team named for match in Hamilton

Press Release – Wellington Firebirds
The Wellington Firebirds team has been named for the McDonald’s Super Smash match against the Knights in Hamilton on Friday. Read more »

An absurd Christmas mistake – nine days with no trains to the beaches

by Lindsay Shelton
Who’s to blame for cancelling trains to the beaches during the peak summer season? Read more »

SH1 traffic delays – up to two hours between Plimmerton and Otaki

It’s been taking up to two hours to drive between Plimmerton and Otaki today – that’s the warning issued at lunchtime by the NZ Transport Agency. Read more »

Shopping or swimming – record Boxing Day spending in Wellington

Press Release – Paymark EFTPOS
Spending through Paymark totalled $152.7 million on Boxing Day this year. While a new high for the day, this marks a modest 1.9% increase over spending on Boxing Day last year. Wellington experienced the fastest growth of the major cities at 4.8%. Read more »

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