Archive for August, 2011

Auckland eye surgeon comes to aid of Kiwis with poor sight

Press Release – Acumen Republic

A leading Auckland eye surgeon is set to introduce a new surgical procedure that could help thousands of Kiwis affected by failing eyesight. Read more »

Aucklanders appointed to Tertiary Education Commission Board

Press Release – New Zealand Government
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has appointed Dr Judith Johnston as a Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Commission.

Dr Johnston, who has been appointed for a period of three years, will replace Deidre Dale whose term expired on 31 August 2010.

“Judith is a highly capable individual who has had extensive governance experience,” Minister Joyce said.

“She has been a partner at Unisys Corporation and is former Chief Information Officer at the Ministry of Justice. Judith has also held roles as a Teaching Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Auckland and University of Waikato, and was Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

Minister Joyce has also reappointed Robin Hapi and Pauline Winter, who have been Commissioners of the TEC since 2007 and 2009 respectively, for further terms of two years each.

“Robin and Pauline have both made a strong contribution to the TEC board since their initial appointments and I look forward to working with them further,” the Minister said.

Minister Joyce also extended his thanks to Deidre Dale for her services as Commissioner. “The TEC has gained significantly from the experience of Deidre and I am grateful for the valuable contributions she has made.”

Biographical details of the appointees
Judith Johnston is an independent management consultant with senior executive level experience in both the public and private sectors. She has previously been a partner at Unisys Corporation and Chief Information Officer at the Ministry of Justice.

Pauline Winter is the Director of Pasifika Advancement at AUT in Auckland. She chairs the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women and the OMEGA Trust – a new migrant employment initiative of the Committee for Auckland. Ms Winter was awarded a QSO in 2008.

Robin Hapi has been the Chief Executive of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission and the Chief Executive of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited, as well as holding senior positions in the Housing New Zealand Corporation, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Department of Labour.

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Greenpeace responds to open letter from Sealord

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand
Greenpeace responds to an open letter from Sealord’s lawyers Russell McVeagh
Auckland 30.8.11: Greenpeace stand behind all of the statements we have made regarding Sealord’s tuna sourcing. Read more »

Roadside Stories: Listen for Unique Tales of Aotearoa NZ

Press Release – Ministry For Culture And Heritage

Roadside Stories – an entertaining, free audio guide designed for domestic and international tourists – launches today to coincide with Rugby World Cup 2011 as part of the REAL New Zealand festival. Read more »

Auckland skipper convicted and fined $5000 for ignoring safety rules on Hauraki Gulf

Press Release – Maritime New Zealand
An experienced Auckland skipper has been convicted and fined more than $5000 for deliberately ignoring basic maritime safety rules designed to ensure vessels do not collide on the water. Read more »

NZ Post gets over-excited about its haka coin

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Press Release – New Zealand Post
It’s a moment which sends heart rates racing, and can bring tears of pride to the eyes of even the manliest of men. A rallying cry – in defiance of death itself – which rears up over the deafening cacophony of a screaming stadium full of fans – then drowns all else out as it rises to its crescendo. Read more »

Performance at Waitemata DHB’s emergency departments shows significant improvement

Press Release – Waitemata District Health Board
The Waitemata District Health Board has seen a dramatic improvement in the performance of its emergency departments over the last quarter. Read more »

Auckland measles update: 117 confirmed cases

Press Release – Auckland Regional Public Health Service
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service can confirm:
• 117 confirmed cases of measles in the Auckland region as of this morning
• Two contacts are in quarantine
• Nine cases have required hospitalisation during this outbreak
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Iconic New Plymouth bridge and coastal walkway win roading award

Press Release – Roading New Zealand
New Plymouth’s stunning Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and Coastal Walkway Extension was last night honoured as the best new road project, taking out the Roading New Zealand Supreme Award in the 2011 Roading Excellence Awards. Read more »

Seven gold medals in a week for Coopers Creek

Press Release – Coopers Creek
Most wineries would be happy with just one Gold Medal, so Coopers Creek Vineyard is delighted to have secured seven Gold Medals from two top-ranked wine competitions in less than a week. Read more »

More free composting courses for Aucklanders

Press Release – Auckland Council

Auckland Council is increasing the availability of free composting courses so more Aucklanders can learn how easy it is to put their food and garden waste to good work, rather than sending it to landfills. Read more »

Education symposium to discuss national standards

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington

Educational researchers, assessment experts and educators will be meeting to discuss national standards and educational assessment practices at a national symposium this week. The Symposium on Assessment and Learner Outcomes is being hosted at Rutherford … Read more »

Temepara George joins Sky Sport’s netball commentators

Press Release – Sky TV
Sky Sport are delighted to announce recently retired Silver Fern Temepara George as part of their Netball presenting team for the upcoming two test series against England in October. Read more »

37 people charged after two-week ‘tinnie house’ crackdown

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Over the past two weeks officers across Counties Manukau executed 36 warrants on drug dealing houses as part of an ongoing effort to combat drugs and disrupt organised crime groups. Read more »

Celebrate Tongan Language Week at Unitec

Press Release – UNITEC

Join us for a special screening of two iconic Tongan films at Unitec on Tuesday, 6 September as part of Tongan Language Week, which runs from 4 – 10 September. Read more »

Cafe Scientifique to focus on what makes animals happy

Press Release – Waikato University

Animal welfare issues and concerns are heavily influenced by what people think animals need. Many people think that good welfare is synonymous with happiness, and that this can be achieved if animals are permitted to behave naturally and move about … Read more »

Annah Stretton: Living Dolls – Sinisterly pretty

Press Release – Annah Stretton

Annah Stretton takes a trip down memory lane with her latest collection amplifying the beloved dress up clothes for the favourite dolls from our childhood in Living Dolls, to be launched at Air New Zealand Fashion Week 2011 tonight. Read more »

YMCA Auckland empowering teens through fashion

Press Release – YMCA

The Y’s Raise Up youth team’s Walk the Line fashion show run entirely by teenagers; sold out in 2010 Read more »

Contemporary dance’s next generation on show at Unitec

Press Release – UNITEC

The arrival of Spring coincides with Unitec department of performing and screen arts’s annual contemporary dance season. Choreofest 2011: Te Mahuru (Spring) Contemporary Dance Season is a stimulating dance triptych of unique and innovative student works … Read more »

Youthtown Celebrates Children’s Literacy

Press Release – Youthtown

Youthtown got behind the Auckland Storylines Festival in the weekend to celebrate all things pertaining to children’s literature and book illustration. Read more »

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