Archive for January, 2013

Shanghai travellers vote Auckland Airport as best in the world

Press Release – Tourism New Zealand
New Zealand has been named the ‘World’s Best Luxury Destination’ for affluent Chinese travellers, by the Shanghai Travelers’ Club in its 2013 Luxury Travel Awards. Auckland International Airport was also named the World’s Best Airport. Read more »

Low-decile Auckland and Kaipara primary schools to get more social workers

Press Release – New Zealand Government
A further 80 schools will be covered by the expansion of Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) when students return to classrooms from this week. Read more »

4 Mount Albert schools to benefit from extra social workers

Press Release – New Zealand National Party
“Four schools in the Mount Albert electorate will benefit from an expansion of the Government’s Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) programme” says National MP Melissa Lee. Read more »

Auckland apartments, including granny flats, drive up building consents

Report from BusinessDesk
Consents for 127 retirement village units is one feature of strong building consents data for December. They were among the 232 new apartments that received consents in December, a 57 percent rise on the same month a year ago. Read more »

Young or old? Health Board warns about risks in hot weather

Press Release – Auckland District Health Board
With warm temperatures accompanied by high humidity, it’s timely to remind Aucklanders to protect themselves from the effects of heat. Read more »

Auckland University seeks parents for trial of online Triple P positive parenting

Press Release – University of Auckland
Parents of children aged 3-4 years who exhibit inattentive and overactive behaviour are sought for a study of the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme. Read more »

IBM provides supercomputing for Auckland University researchers

Press Release – IBM
IBM today announced that it has provided extra high performance computing (HPC) capacity to the Universities of Auckland and Otago within a new collaboration called the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) that makes large-scale scientific computing more widely available to New Zealand researchers. Otago University is co-funding the latest purchase at The University of Auckland’s Centre for eResearch alongside Landcare Research. Read more »

Sensational Kronos Quartet coming to the Civic in March

Press Release – Chamber Music New Zealand
Inventive, eclectic, experimental and exhilarating – Kronos Quartet returns to Auckland in March for an Arts Festival concert to open Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2013 Kaleidoscopes season. Read more »

Conference at Eastern Beach aims to challenge Chinese young people

Press Release – New Zealand Chinese Association
New Zealand Chinese Association (NZCA) will hold its annual Leadership and Development Conference (LDC) from 3-8 February at Eastern Beach, Auckland, challenging young people’s perceptions of what it means to be Chinese today. Read more »

Alberton mansion to celebrate 150th anniversary

Press Release – Historic Places Trust – Pouhere Taonga
Alberton – the colonial-era mansion in Mt Albert now cared for by the NZ Historic Places Trust – celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Read more »

Police to remember Waitakere killings which led to formation of Armed Offenders Squad

News from NZ Police
Police will this Friday honour four officers and a civilian whose homicides led to major changes to Police tactics and the formation of the Armed Offenders Squad nearly 50 years ago. Read more »

Request to Hekia Parata: fly Māori flag at all schools

Press Release – Te Ata Tino Toa
The group that campaigned to fly the Māori flag on the Auckland Harbour Bridge wants it to be flown at all public schools. Read more »

Waikato team make Microsoft Imagine cup final

Press Release – University of Waikato
A team of University of Waikato students have made the final of the 2013 New Zealand Microsoft Imagine Cup by developing an app to help absentee-parents maintain relationships with their children. Read more »

Coca Cola, corporates and communities

Press Release – The Stanley East Company
The departing CEO of Coca Cola leaves New Zealand with the claim that Kiwis hate corporate business. Whilst the incoming CEO brings with him the latest news/advertisements that Coca Cola has joined the war on excessive calories as part of ‘healthy living’. All this fuelled with media commentators stating that ‘corporates cannot be trusted.’ Read more »

New local radio station launched – AFM 88.3FM

Press Release – Audio Foundation
The Audio Foundation is excited to announce the launch of AFM – an online and low-powered radio station (88.3FM) broadcasting from the Audio Foundation in Auckland NZ! Read more »

Sounds Aotearoa launches website portal

Press Release – Sounds Aotearoa
The website portal the ‘Sound Mixer’ was launched today by Sounds Aotearoa, to link Māori and Pacific musicians and professionals with the music industry here in New Zealand and internationally. Read more »

Mayor establishes fund to help after Pacific emergencies

Press Release – Office of the Mayor of Auckland
Mayor Len Brown has established a fund for Auckland to assist with emergency preparedness and rebuilding in the Pacific, in the wake of Cyclone Evan. Read more »

Closure of Redoubt Road Onramp, northbound

Press Release – NZTA
The NZ Transport Agency advises drivers that the Redoubt Road onramp, northbound, on Auckland’s Southern Motorway (State Highway 1) at Manukau will be closed tonight (Wednesday, 30 January) for emergency repairs to a damaged guard rail. The work will be carried out between 9pm and 5am. Read more »

Forest industry conference at airport

Press Release – Forest Industry Engineering Association
The Forest Engineering Association (FIEA) is please to announce their programme for their upcoming conference – “Residues to Revenues & CleanTECH Industry Developments”. This biennial conference series runs in Auckland on 10-11th April, at the Novotel Auckland Airport Hotel followed by the Melbourne version of the event on 15-16th at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Queens Road. Read more »

The Edge completes lineup for One Night Stand

Press Release – The Edge
The Edge One Night Stand line-up at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre on 13 March has now been completed. Read more »

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