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Crowds on waterfront for festival’s opening night with waka fleet, choirs and kapa haka

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:00:39 +0000

Photo: Katie Shaw News from NZ Festival A mass assembly of waka hourua (twin-hulled ocean-going waka) from around the Pacific and Aotearoa arrived in Wellington Harbour at dusk tonight, opening the New Zealand Festival with a spectacular work by A Waka Odyssey Creative Team Anna Marbrook, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and Kasia Pol. The show was developed […]

Euthanasia advocate acquitted of aiding suicide in Rita Angus home

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:39:05 +0000

Photo: RNZ News from RNZ A Wellington euthanasia advocate has been acquitted of involvement in another woman’s suicide. Susan Austen has also been found not guilty on one count of illegally importing the Class C controlled drug, pentobarbitone into New Zealand but guilty on two other counts of importing the drug. The death of Annemarie […]

Former Collegiate music teacher jailed for sex crimes

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:56:07 +0000

News from RNZ A former Wanganui Collegiate music teacher found guilty of historical sex crimes has been jailed for six years. Trevor Ian Gibbs was convicted on five charges of doing an indecent act on a boy and one of sodomy, after a week-long trial in December. Judge Richard McIlraith said the 72-year-old had taken […]

Lower Hutt equal pay champion named New Zealander of the Year

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:42:22 +0000

Wellington.Scoop Lower Hutt equal pay campaigner Kristine Bartlett has been named New Zealander of the Year. News freom E tū E tū is thrilled for our equal pay hero Kristine Bartlett who last night was named New Zealander of the Year. It’s a huge honour and richly deserved, says Yvette Taylor, E tū Equal Pay […]

Retirement village company’s earnings up by 44 per cent

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:32:12 +0000

BusinessDesk report by Tina Morrison The Wellington-based retirement village developer and operator Summerset Group lifted annual earnings 44 per cent, ahead of its forecast, after it built more units and improved its margins. Underlying earnings, which excludes property revaluations, increased to $81.7 million in calendar 2017, from $56.6 million in 2016, the company said in […]

Homeless people to move as work starts on fixing Civic Square pools

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:58:12 +0000

Photo: WCC News from Wellington City Council As part of the upgrade of Civic Square, the refurbishment of the decorative pools beside the City Library starts on Monday. The pool membrane is being repaired and the pool will be filled with water once this work is completed. Work is expected to take up to 4 […]

Man charged with assaulting taxi driver on Christmas Eve

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:36:09 +0000

News from NZ Police A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with assaulting a Lower Hutt taxi driver on Christmas Eve. Following enquiries by a team of investigators in Lower Hutt, the man was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of assault and one of wilful damage. He is due to appear in […]

Russell McVeagh commissioning independent external review

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:33:36 +0000

News from Russell McVeagh Russell McVeagh’s Board and Partners have reflected on the events of two years ago and the recent media coverage relating to those events. What happened in the summer of 2015/16 was completely unacceptable. The brave actions of the young women who spoke out, resulted in the Board and managing partners taking […]

I told you so

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:17:43 +0000

by Brent Efford The ‘revelation’ that the promised Wrightspeed conversion of the dumped trolleybuses is in serious trouble, with no guarantee the vehicles will be rolled out in the capital, will cause plenty of people in the sustainable transport advocates community to say “I told you so.” The idea that a drive system only ever […]

Rob Cameron – a personal obituary

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:00:37 +0000

by Pattrick Smellie The last time I heard from Rob Cameron was out of the blue, just before Christmas. I was hard up against a deadline, but Rob’s familiar bark commanded a good half hour, after which I was left in no doubt that he thought Xero’s decision to de-list from the New Zealand stock […]