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Archive for January, 2017

Owners struggling to raise money to pay for seismic strengthening

News from ICA and BCCG
‘Good start – but more is needed’ say the Wellington Inner City Association (ICA) and the Body Corporates Chairs’ Group (BCCG), which are calling for the government to establish a financial and advisory support infrastructure to support all owners faced with seismic strengthening. Read more »

“Significant” increase on online spending by Wellingtonians after November quake

Press Release – BNZ
Shoppers in the Wellington region increased their online spending significantly in the 2 weeks immediately after the Kaikoura earthquake, particularly in the grocery and food segment. Read more »

City Council wins dispute: Meridian must pay $1.4m in rates for wind farms

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
Meridian Energy has lost its dispute with the Wellington City Council over $1.2 million in rates paid for its wind farms, with the High Court ruling the council acted lawfully in how it calculated the bill. Read more »

Challenging the road planners

by Michael C Barnett
The Regional Council, the City Council and the Transport Agency are currently engaged in their “Let’s Get Wellington Moving” initiative on how to resolve traffic and transport issues in the city. Read more »

DB buys Tuatara but “we’re not changing the recipe”

News from Tuatara
The award-winning Tuatara Brewing Company has today been sold to DB Breweries. Tuatara will continue to produce its award-winning craft beer from its premises on the Kapiti Coast and from its pilot brewery – The Third Eye, in Wellington. Read more »

Greens choose constitutional lawyer as candidate for Hutt South

News from Green Party
The Green Party has selected constitutional lawyer Susanne Ruthven as their candidate for the Hutt South electorate. Susanne Ruthven has strong roots in Lower Hutt. Born and bred in the valley, she now lives in Maungaraki with her husband and four young children. Read more »

Police seek driver of black vehicle that collided with motorbike on SH2

News from NZ Police
Police are seeking help to find the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash on State Highway Two in Upper Hutt on Sunday. Read more »

Routine coastal patrol discovers two men with illegal (undersized) paua

Press Release – Ministry of Primary Industries
A routine weekend patrol for two Wellington fisheries officers and an honorary fisheries officer resulted in the discovery of an illegal haul of almost 300 undersized paua. Read more »

Red Cross wants emergency intake of refugees as “the kiwi way”

News from NZ Red Cross
The New Zealand Red Cross is encouraged by the Prime Minister’s response to the suspension of the United States refugee programme and would like to see a practical response from New Zealand through an emergency refugee intake. Read more »

Riparian planting to improve water quality of Mangaroa River

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
The Upper Hutt City Council and Forest & Bird are looking to partner with local farmers and land owners to improve the Mangaroa River’s water quality. Read more »

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