Archive for March, 2012

Auckland tag footballers caught in conflict

Te Waha Nui report by Sam Kelway
League taggers in Auckland are being made to pick between two competing associations, thanks to sanctions forbidding involvement in both.

Auckland taggers are being told to join one association but not the other. Photo: supplied.

Two tag organisations, New Zealand Tag Football Inc. (NZTFI) and Tag20 Rugby (T20) are both formerly part of Kiwitag, but are in dispute over a rule imposed by NZTFI.

NZTFI recently said any individual who played for a non-affiliated club would forfeit their right to play under NZTFI.

Claude Lusitini, development officer for NZTFI and former chairman for Kiwitag, says the memo arose for a number of reasons. He says the game, which arrived here in 1992, is the game NZTFI plays today. Tag20 is playing a brand new game, he says. Read more »

World land-speed record challenger to star at Speedshow in July

Press Release – The Expo Group
Jetblack, the New Zealand-led challenge for the world land speed record, is bringing their full-size concept car to CRC Speedshow in July. Read more »

150 arrests, 291 charges, after Bay of Plenty drug raids

News from NZ Police
One hundred and fifty people have been arrested across the Bay of Plenty in a District wide Police operation targeting the cultivation of cannabis, and the distribution and manufacture of illicit drugs, such as methamphetamine. Read more »

Gok Wan has health issues, postpones trip to Westfield shopping malls

Press Release – Westfield NZ Ltd
Westfield New Zealand has today announced that UK style icon Gok Wan’s trip to Australia and New Zealand next month has been postponed due to health issues. Read more »

Last chance for tertiary students to renew HOP cards

Press Release – Auckland Transport
Tertiary student HOP card holders have one more day to renew the concession on their HOP cards in order to continue to receive a tertiary student discounted fare. Read more »

80 young people coming to Bahai race unity conference in Manurewa

News from NZ Police
Eighty young people from around the country will gather in Manurewa tomorrow (Saturday) for the annual Race Unity Conference. The conference is organised by the New Zealand Baha’i community, with support from NZ Police, the Human Rights Commission and the Office of Ethnic Affairs. Read more »

Man charged with assaulting teenager at Victoria Park skate park

News from NZ Police
Auckland Police have today charged a 48 year old man in relation to an assault on a 15 year old boy at the Victoria Park skate park in the weekend. He will be appearing in Auckland District Court on Monday. Read more »

Man arrested in Auckland, charged with murdering woman in Christchurch

News from NZ Police
A 24-year old unemployed man was interviewed in Auckland this morning and charged with the kidnapping and the murder of Ngatai Lynnette Manning (commonly known as Mellory Manning). Read more »

Conchords announce second Arena show, after pre-sale tickets sell out for first show

News from Flight of the Conchords
Breaking records in super-sonic speed, Flight of the Conchords’ first Vector Arena show has sold out the pre-sale ticket allocation this morning, prompting promoters to add a second Vector show on Friday 29 June. Read more »

Auckland prepares for the arrival of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck

Press Release – Royal Easter Show
One of the world’s biggest stars is winging his way to Auckland to appear at the All New Coca-Cola Easter Show from Thursday April 5th until Monday April 9th at the ASB Showgrounds. Read more »

Rethink Possible Worlds: encore performances at Basement Theatre

Press Release – The Big reTHiNK
If you missed it during Mental Health Awareness Week – now is your chance to get along to reTHiNK Possible Worlds for the encore performances at The Basement Theatre. Read more »

Facebook comes to St Matthew’s Easter billboard

Press Release – St Matthew in the City

St Matthew-in-the-City’s Easter billboard appears to be a traditional image of the crucifixion but upon closer inspection it is a shared image on Facebook with only one like and it is by Judas Iscariot.
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Employment Court finds striking unionists’ case is “seriously arguable”

Press Release – Maritime Union of New Zealand
The Maritime Union of New Zealand welcomes the Employment Court’s written reasons, released today, for granting an injunction stopping the Ports of Auckland contracting out. Read more »

International unionists to talk to wharfies collecting first pay in five weeks

Press Release – Maritime Union of New Zealand
Teal Park
2.45 pm today
Wharfies gathering this afternoon to collect their first pay in five weeks will be addressed by International Transport Federation President Paddy Crumlin and Frank Leys, secretary of the dockers section of the ITF. Read more »

195 union members collect pay from Ports of Auckland

Press Release – Ports of Auckland
195 MUNZ members came to the Port this afternoon to accept the company’s offer of a week’s pay while issues around any return to work are decided in the Employment Court. The number was less than expected. Read more »

Union meets Len Brown, distances itself from protests outside council meeting

Press Release – Maritime Union of New Zealand
The Maritime Union of New Zealand has distanced itself from protests outside today’s meeting of Auckland Council. Read more »

Council adopts plan for radical change and growth and “transformational shifts”

Press Release – Auckland Council
The Auckland Plan is a 30-year strategy embracing radical change and growth as Auckland embarks on the journey to become the world’s most liveable city. Read more »

Fletcher: Auckland will become unaffordable, not more liveable

Press Release – Christine Fletcher
News that a majority of councillors voted not to include affordability in the context of costs imposed by council for the Auckland Plan will make Auckland unaffordable, said C&R Leader Christine Fletcher, and Cr Cameron Brewer, representing key independent councillors. Read more »

Thornton: Auckland Plan useless without an affordability plan

Press Release – David Thornton, founder of
The nationwide campaign to replace the present system of council rates with a fairer system which reflects ability to pay and value for money
Today’s Auckland Council meeting to approve the 30-year Auckland Plan could well leave ratepayers totally unmoved and confused – plans for everything, but no plan for making all these dreams affordable to the ratepayers of today and tomorrow. Read more »

AUT University names its new Chancellor

Press Release – AUT University
The Council of Auckland University of Technology has announced the election of John Maasland as the Chancellor of the University. Read more »

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