Archive for March, 2017

Investigation reveals “unacceptable” design flaw in Statistics House


News from NZ Government
Design standards and building laws will be reviewed in response to an investigation into structural damage to Wellington’s Statistics House in the Kaikōura earthquake. Read more »

What happened and how – CentrePort welcomes report on quake damage

News from CentrePort
CentrePort has welcomed the conclusions of the technical investigation into the performance of Statistics House in the 14 November Kaikoura earthquake. Read more »

What next for Statistics House?

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
“I welcome the release of the investigation into the performance of Statistics House in the 14 November earthquake. It is my sincere hope that the insights arising from the investigation will prevent future failures of this kind,” says the Government Statistician Liz MacPherson, commenting on the results of the investigation released today. Read more »

Investigation will make buildings safer, say engineers

Media release from NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering
Engineers say results from the Statistics House investigation will help build more resilient buildings. Read more »

“People would have died;” questions unanswered after investigation, says MP


News from NZ Labour Party
The report on the partial collapse of Statistics New Zealand House in November’s earthquake highlights changes that are needed to our building and design standards, but also leaves important questions unanswered, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. Read more »

CentrePort didn’t tell tenants about quake risks, says PSA

News from PSA
The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is deeply concerned at the findings of a report into the performance of Statistics House in the November earthquake. Read more »

Port safety questioned, reports RNZ

RNZ News is reporting today that people in senior local and regional government positions, who did not want to be identified, say that if there was another earthquake as large as November’s quake in the next three months, it was clear the Wellington port would fail. Read more »

Bluebridge ferry service sold to Australian investors, as part of $100m deal

Report from BusinessDesk
The Overseas Investment Office has approved Australian private equity raids on New Zealand food and transport businesses, each worth more than $100 million. Read more »

MP criticises “busybody” health officer for threatening supermarket’s liquor licence

News from National Party
National List MP Paul Foster-Bell has criticised the medical officer of health after news that a prominent Wellington inner-city New World faced losing their liquor license over the placement of liquor aisles. Read more »

Why we need to save the Paramount – we don’t need bedrooms or offices


by Lindsay Shelton
There’s been consternation this week as local groups learnt that the operators of the 100-year-old Paramount cinema are not renewing their lease, and the owners of the building want to destroy the auditorium. Read more »

Police apologise: “genuine human error” left man in court cells for weekend

News from NZ Police
Wairarapa Police have concluded their investigation into how a man was inadvertently left in Masterton District Court cells for a weekend in January this year. Read more »

One hour-free parking ending in Lower Hutt

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The one hour-free parking trial in central Lower Hutt comes to an end this Sunday. Read more »

Doing the right thing for the Town Hall


by Lindsay Shelton
At last, the Wellington City Council is doing the right thing to save the Town Hall, with today’s announcement by Mayor Justin Lester of a new plan that aims to strengthen the beautiful auditorium, though the work won’t be completed till 2021. Read more »

Mayor unveils new plan to strengthen and reopen Town Hall by 2021


News from WCC
Wellington’s Town Hall is on track to be restored and reopened, with a new plan for earthquake strengthening being presented to the City Council next week. Read more »

Paramount operators closing the cinema, after failing to negotiate new lease

News from Paramount Cinema
After 100 years of nearly continuous operation as a cinema, Wellington’s iconic movie house the Paramount will close at the end of September. Read more »

Film Society fighting to save the Paramount for the community

News release from Wellington Film Society
The current operators of the Paramount cinema, CPL, have decided not to continue their lease, and will exit at the end of September. The future of the cinema itself is still an open question. Read more »

Xero surpasses one million subscribers


Press Release – Xero
Xero Limited today announced it has surpassed one million subscribers* worldwide on its global cloud accounting platform. Read more »

Xero jewel in city’s tech crown, says CofC

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Xero continues to prove itself as the jewel in Wellington’s technology crown, in signing on its millionth customer, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

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