Archive for December, 2011

Dominion Finance receivership nears end; returns no more than 25 cents per dollar

Report from BusinessDesk by Jonathan Underhill
Dominion Finance Group, the failed Auckland finance company whose principals are facing theft charges, is nearing the end of its receivership with all but the lowest-quality properties yet to be realised. Read more »

The union is winning the war of words on the Auckland waterfront

There’s a war of words on Auckland’s waterfront this week. The victors so far are the Maritime Union, which has released three statements in three days, two of them offering to lift its strike notices for the new year, if only … Read more »

Union again offers to lift its strike notice, but wants good faith from management

News from Maritime Union of NZ
Maritime Union of New Zealand National President Garry Parsloe says a major stumbling block in the current industrial dispute at Ports of Auckland is the contracting out of work covered in a signed collective employment agreement between the parties.

He says the Union is prepared to lift its strike notice in the new year, but needed an indication of good faith from management. Read more »

Union says it could lift its strike notices if port employers would bargain in good faith

Press Release: Maritime Union of New Zealand
The Maritime Union says strike notices at the Ports of Auckland for January 2012 could be lifted if management move from their entrenched position over casualisation and start bargaining in good faith. Read more »

Trucking boss confused about Ports of Auckland productivity, says union

Press Release – Maritime Union of New Zealand
The Maritime Union says a trucking firm boss is confused about productivity issues at the Ports of Auckland and publicly invites him to come down and speak to workers at the port to clear up his misconceptions. Read more »

Auckland’s Boxing Day sales up 4.8 per cent

Press Release – Paymark EFTPOS
After a month of consistently positive transaction growth retailers have enjoyed a final Christmas bonus with the value of Boxing Day transactions around the country up 6.9 per cent year-on-year. The Auckland increase was up 4.8 per cent. Read more »

Train services have stopped, station upgrades and track improvements have started

Press Release – Auckland Transport
While most Aucklanders are enjoying their Christmas holidays, train stations and other parts of the rail network are getting an upgrade. Read more »

Woman pedestrian hit by courier van and killed on SH1 north of Hamilton

News from NZ Police
Waikato Police say Christmas will probably never be the same again for two families following the death of a pedestrian on a busy road north of Hamilton overnight. Read more »

After 4 years, Stratos is off the air – “no longer financially viable,” says co-founder

News release from Stratos
Stratos Television, the Auckland-based free-to-air, nationwide broadcaster has switched off after four years of serving up real public service broadcasting to a growing number of New Zealanders. Read more »

Whangamata triathlon the next step to a full life for 40-year-old

Press Release – Triathlon New Zealand
Dreydon Sobanja had sunk to a dangerous low before deciding to turn it all around with the help of triathlon and will take the next step in that life changing process when he competes at the Contact Tri Series in Whangamata on January 3rd. Read more »

Dan’s day at Cemetery Circuit, but Stroud’s fourth tri-series

Press Release – Suzuki International Tri-Series
Australian Daniel Stauffer gave New Zealand’s best motorcycle racers a quick riding lesson during the final round of the Suzuki Tri-Series at the Cemetery Circuit on Boxing Day. Read more »

Kyle Larson takes opening round of midget series at Western Springs

Press Release – BB Media
American Kyle Larson has taken victory in the opening round of the Crowne Plaza International Midget series, held on boxing night at Western Springs Speedway. Larson held out New Zealand’s Michael Pickens and Australian Nathan Smee who rounded out a truly international podium. Read more »

Happy Christmas, but not for everyone

Happy Christmas for most of us, but not for everyone this year. Read more »

Passenger critically injured when two cars collide on SH1 in Kawakawa

News from NZ Police at 4.20pm
There’s been a two-car collision on SH1 in Kawakawa in the Far North. The two vehicles were travelling in opposite directions and one appears to have veered onto the path of the other. Read more »

Driver thrown from vehicle and killed when car hits totara tree

A driver was killed south of Auckland this morning when a car drifted off the road and hit a tree. Read more »

Woman killed in collision between her car and a light truck

News from NZ Police
There has been a fatal crash on State Highway 3 south of Waitara in Taranaki. A woman is dead after a car and a light truck collided near the intersection of Richmond Road shortly after midday today. Read more »

25-year-old man hit by train and killed in Te Kuiti; delays on main trunk line

News from NZ Police
A man was hit by a train and killed in Te Kuiti at about 1.33 this morning. Read more »

Four-car crash south of Wellsford; an hour of delays to northbound traffic

News from NZ Police at 8.32am
Police are attending a four-car crash in the Dome Valley just south of Wellsford. Read more »

Waikato Police find “treasure trove” of stolen property, and 630 cannabis plants

News from NZ Police
Eastern Waikato Police have delivered a significant Christmas present to the Waihi community after discovering a major cannabis growing operation and a large scale receiving ring. Read more »

Auckland’s Sherpa added to Laneway NZ lineup for January

Press Release – Laneway Festival
Local band Sherpa have been added to the Laneway NZ lineup. The Auckland 4-piece have been playing together since 2007, gaining momentum through touring NZ, releasing 2 EPs and supporting bands such as The Clean. This band is one to watch – and what a better place to do it – this Auckland Anniversary Day at Laneway Festival. Read more »

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