Archive for September, 2012

Lanes on Great North Road changing as $1.4b Waterview Connection progresses

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency
Completion of Auckland’s Western Ring Route marks a significant milestone tonight with the start of enabling works at Waterview at the northern end of the Waterview Connection project.   Read more »

Auckland On Water Boat Show reports sales of several million dollars

Press Release – Auckland On Water Boat Show
The 2012 Auckland On Water Boat Show has seen boating fans mark the start of summer by enthusiastically purchasing everything from shackles, lifejackets, electronic equipment and fishing rods to motor yachts worth several million dollars. Read more »

New decade begins with new Grey Lynn premises for Recreate NZ

Press Release – Recreate NZ
Auckland kids were given the opportunity to spend time with Labour Party leader David Shearer when he made a special appearance for children and young adults with disabilities on Saturday night. Read more »

Taupo turns it on for Duathlon Nationals

Press Release – Triathlon New Zealand
Conditions proved almost perfect for the Contact National Duathlon Championships and the National School Duathlon Championships at Taupo Motorsport Park today, with the day dawning cool and foggy but soon clearing to blue skies and warm temperatures for the close to 500 participants. Read more »

Beetle blitzes the best

Press Release – Equestrian Sports New Zealand
Lisa Coupe is more than happy with the efforts of her nine-year-old gelding Bates Amaretto MVNZ who just notched his second grand prix win of the season at the Dunstan Rotorua Spring Show today. Read more »

Murder inquiry: woman’s body found on farm identified as Rae Portman

News from NZ Police
The body located at the Ardmore property has been formally identified as that of Rae Colleen Portman. Read more »

Woman knocked unconscious during handbag theft in Manurewa carpark

News from NZ Police
A woman was knocked unconscious during a handbag theft this morning at the parade of shops on Great South Road Manurewa at the junction with Kerrs Road (next to Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre). Read more »

Man attacks woman outside Warkworth swimming pool – vicious, say police

News from NZ Police
A woman in her 20s was attacked on Thursday night as she left the Mahurangi College swimming pool on the intersection of Woodcocks Road and State Highway 1 at Warkworth. Read more »

Navy warships back in Devonport after world’s largest naval exercise

News from NZ Defence Force
Two Royal New Zealand Navy warships returned home to Devonport today from a four-month deployment which reinforced the Navy’s role as an integral member of the Asia-Pacific security community. Read more »

PHOTO: Jaquie Brown leads Britomart flash mob for paid parental leave


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Press Release – 26 for Babies
Jaquie Brown of TV show ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ led a flashmob of “…anyone who has a baby or has been a baby” in Britomart station to ride the trains on Friday morning. The group asked Aucklanders to “Get on Board” and support the extension of paid parental leave to 26 weeks. Read more »

Hewitt in reach of world title heading to Auckland

Press Release – Triathlon New Zealand
Andrea Hewitt will go into the season-ending Barfoot & Thompson ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland on Labour Weekend in 4th place on the world rankings and with a shot at winning the world title after finishing 11th at the latest round in Yokohama this morning. Read more »

After overnight thefts from 26 parked cars, Rodney police arrest two men

News from NZ Police
Rodney Police last night arrested two men after a spate of thefts from 26 cars overnight in the Red Beach and Whangaparoa areas. Most of the vehicles were parked on suburban streets or up driveways and various items were stolen. Read more »

Why the rush for the resource management deal?

Opinion by Grant Gillon
Rushed and detrimental decisions could be the result of Auckland Council’s planned reduction in public consultation over the Unitary Plan. Read more »

“I apologise to Mr Dotcom. I apologise to New Zealanders” – Prime Minister

Auckland.Scoop
Prime Minister John Key has apologised to Kim Dotcom for unlawful surveillance carried out by the Government Communications Security Bureau. Read more »

Tourism Holdings’ $69.5m merger with rivals is ‘compelling’, adviser says

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
The $69.5m merger of Auckland-based Tourism Holdings with rivals United Campervans and KEA Campers offers “compelling” opportunities to cut costs, according to the independent adviser’s report. Read more »

Dorchester agrees to buy EC Credit for $18.5m

Report from BusinessDesk
Dorchester Pacific, the Auckland company which avoided failure in 2010 by convincing investors to accept a debt-for-equity swap, has agreed to buy debt collection company EC Credit Control from its owner-manager for $18.5 million in cash, stock and earn-outs. Read more »

Zintel to delist, settles with VeriFone for more than $22m

Report from BusinessDesk
Zintel Group has reached an amicable settlement with VeriFone that was sparked by the loss of its exclusive deal with the US company. News of the settlement comes in time for Zintel’s annual meeting in Auckland today, where shareholders are voting on delisting and liquidating the company. Read more »

Serious crash closes intersection in Manukau

News from NZ Police at 10.10am
Police and Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious collision at the cross intersection of Ti Irirangi , Botany and Ti Rakau Drive. Read more »

Creative NZ to invest $3m for 600-seat Waterfront Theatre in Wynyard Quarter

Press Release – Creative New Zealand
Creative New Zealand is joining other investors to realise a new centre for the performing arts in central Auckland by agreeing to invest $3 million over two years in The Waterfront Theatre Project. Read more »

$21m allocated for new social housing in Auckland

Press Release – New Zealand Government
Housing Minister Phil Heatley has released the Social Housing Fund Allocation Plan, setting out how the $104.1 million allocated in this year’s Budget will be spent on funding non-government housing providers over the next three years. Read more »

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