Archive for October, 2011

Helicopters searching for missing fisherman in Manukau Harbour

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Auckland Police are searching for a missing fisherman in Manukau Harbour behind the Auckland International Airport. Read more »

Gas supply restored to all customers by midday

Press Release – New Zealand Government
Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata, says all gas consumers should have their supply restored by midday following a gas leak on the Maui pipeline five days ago. Read more »

National promises to spend more money on Auckland transport

Press Release – New Zealand National Party
The National Party will continue to build on its track record of delivering promptly on the transport projects needed to get our largest city moving – socially and economically. Read more »

National’s transport plan favours roads, ignores trains and buses, say Greens

Press Release – Green Party
National’s Auckland transport policy confirms they won’t listen to Auckland’s pleas for a vibrant city with better buses and trains, said the Green Party today. Read more »

Congestion down 10% as Victoria Park Tunnel opens, claims Joyce

Press Release – New Zealand Government
The opening of the Victoria Park Tunnel will bring huge gains for Auckland and the wider New Zealand economy, through reduced congestion and faster, more reliable journey times, says Transport Minister Steven Joyce Read more »

Alison Holst coming to Auckland with her 100th book

Press Release – Hyndman Publishing

Celebrating Dame Alison Holst’s 100th Book

Alison Holst’s name regularly occurs on most trusted, most Googled and bestseller lists and this November sees the publication of her 100th book. But it’s not a cookbook this time, it’s a memoir. Read more »

Last day today for NZ’s biggest pulp culture show at ASB Showgrounds

Press Release – Armageddon Expo
The largest pulp culture event of the year has arrived in Auckland for four days of gaming, entertainment and more mind altering exhibits than you can poke an All Spark at. Read more »

24 dragons coming to Vector Arena in April

Press Release – VisaEntertainment
From the people who brought you Walking with Dinosaurs- The Arena Spectacular, comes How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, opening at Vector Arena in April 2012. Read more »

7.75% rates increase for Howick is “stinging,” says local board chairman

Press Release – Howick Local Board
The Mayor, Len Brown has launched a stinging 7.75% rates rise on Howick Residents, says Local Board Chairman Michael Williams. Read more »

Rates increase will shock Howick, Pakuranga and Botany residents, says Quax

Press Release – Dick Quax
Many Howick, Pakuranga and Botany residents will be shocked to learn that their rates will be going up by over 11 per cent, almost three times the rate of inflation. Read more »

Ratepayers should object to their new valuations, says lobby group

Press Release – NoMoreRates.Com
Auckland Council rates increases plus re-valuations combine to threaten huge rate rises for many Auckland ratepayers from next year. Home-owners should object to the new valuations. Voters should demand legislation to curb rate increases. Read more »

Mayor’s low rates promise very disingenuous, says councillor

Press Release – Councillor Cameron Brewer
Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s promise to keep rate increases at the rate of inflation has turned out to be very disingenuous, says Auckland Councillor for Orakei, Cameron Brewer, commenting on the Auckland Council’s draft 2012 – 2022 Long Term Plan. Read more »

Auckland Council lists its achievements, with net deficit of $110m

Press Release – Auckland Council
The Auckland Council’s annual report, for its first eight months since establishment, has been adopted by the council’s governing body. Read more »

‘Free’ swimming pools will cost miles more than $5.5m, says councillor

Press Release – Cameron Brewer
Universal free public access to Auckland Council’s 24 swimming pools will cost a lot more than is being claimed by Mayor Len Brown, says Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer.

“The Mayor’s telling everyone that free entry to the region’s 24 pools will cost ratepayers $5.5 million. Yet it cost ratepayers $6.7m to keep six pools free last year in Manukau alone.

“If it already costs ratepayers over $1m per free pool in Manukau, then it’s going to cost a lot more than $5.5m to keep 24 pools free region-wide.

“The Mayor is trying to hook everyone in by banding around the $5.5m figure, but his own experience in Manukau shows it could possibly be five times more expensive.

“What’s more, a universal free swimming pool policy would bring significant added costs to Auckland’s 24 swimming complexes, such as the need for bigger changing facilities, more staff, and overall much more on-going maintenance,” says Cameron Brewer

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NZ Herald increases readers to 1.3m a week, reports Neilsen survey

Press Release – APN New Zealand
Extensive coverage of the Canterbury earthquake and build up for the Rugby World Cup helped The New Zealand Herald increase its weekly brand audience by 41,000 in the latest Nielsen readership survey. Read more »

Gas emergency: disruption insurance may not include Maui pipeline break

Report from BusinessDesk by Pattrick Smellie
Businesses expecting to claim on business interruption insurance policies for losses caused by this week’s Maui gas pipeline break may be in for a “rude awakening”, says veteran insurance risk consultant John Sloan. Read more »

Uneven impact of gas emergency shows review needed, says CofC

Press Release – Auckland Chamber of Commerce
The uneven impact of the Maui gas pipeline failure on businesses and services suggests a review and update is required, says Auckland Chamber of Commerce head Michael Barnett. Read more »

After second grounding, Maori Party calls for inquiry into coastal cargo shipping

Press Release – The Maori Party
MP for Waiariki, Te Ururoa Flavell, supports the call for an inquiry into coastal cargo shipping following another incident in which a container ship has run aground at Mount Maunganui Read more »

Another container ship in trouble off Tauranga, refloated after hitting rocks

News from Maritime NZ at 11.40am
A small container ship struck the north-west rocks at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour this morning, the Regional Harbourmaster has confirmed. The Schelder Trader is now safe and securely anchored and is not aground. There are no reports of injuries, damage to the vessel or any oil spill. Read more »

Past halfway: 882 tonnes of oil pumped from Rena; two of five tanks now empty

News from Maritime NZ
A total of 882 tonnes of oil had been pumped off the Rena at 2pm this afternoon. This leaves 515 tonnes still to be removed. Two of the ship’s five fuel tanks are now empty and pumping is continuing from tanks in the engine room. Read more »

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