Archive for April, 2013

Transport document will cause public confusion, say five councillors

Opinion from Councillors Wood, Quax, Brewer, Penrose, and Stewart
The hype around the alternative transport funding document released today by Mayor Len Brown is an attempt to divert Aucklanders’ attention away from the Unitary Plan which is also out for discussion and consultation and will only add to public confusion, says a group of five Auckland councillors. Read more »

Government should read, and consider, transport report, says Labour

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party
Transport Minster Gerry Brownlee should give Aucklanders a chance to have their say on the future of their transport network before dictating what funding options should be ruled in or out, Labour says. Read more »

Mayor welcomes two options on paying for city’s new transport needs

Press Release – Auckland – Office of the Mayor
Mayor Len Brown has welcomed a discussion document from the Consensus Building Group on funding Auckland’s transport future. Read more »

Doing nothing is not an option for transport, says infrastructure council

Press Release – NZ Council for Infrastructure Development
“Aucklanders wanting a better transport system should carefully consider and provide feedback on the options set out in the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report launched today,” says Stephen Selwood Chief Executive of the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development. Read more »

Plenty of money for transport projects, without new taxes, say Greens

Press Release – Green Party
The government has plenty of money to help fund smart transport projects like Auckland’s City Rail Link without the Council needing to impose new taxes, Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today. Read more »

Everyone must pay, not only motorists, says AA

Press Release – Automobile Association
The AA has welcomed the release today of the Consensus Building Group’s public discussion document – Funding Auckland’s Transport Future. AA spokesperson, Simon Lambourne, says the AA participated constructively in the consensus process. Read more »

Pacific Media Centre hosts World Press Freedom Day

Press Release – Pacific Media Centre
A leading Australian journalism law professor and freedom of the press advocate will give New Zealand’s inaugural UNESCO World Press Freedom Day lecture at AUT University on Friday. Read more »

Alternative transport funding a political stunt, says Quax

Press Release – Dick Quax

Monday, 29 April 2013

Alternative Transport Funding Just a Political Stunt

According to Councillor Dick Quax, the hype around the alternative funding document for Auckland transport released today is nothing more than a political stunt by Mayor Len Brown to divert Aucklander’s attention away from the Unitary Plan which is also out for discussion and consultation. Read more »

Waitemata health services move into new Waipareira whanau centre

Press Release – Waitemata District Health Board
The co-location of Waitemata District Health Board Services to Waipareira’s Whanau Centre shows how government and non-government agencies can work together to do what’s best for the community. Read more »

High Court rules that Coroner’s decision on Piha drowning was ‘unreasonable’

Press Release – New Zealand High Court
Full judgment: Carroll_v_Coroners_Court_.pdf


[2013] NZHC 906
UNDER the Judicature Amendment Act 1972
IN THE MATTER OF a decision made by Coroner Peter Ryan following an inquest into the death of Iraena Rama Te Awhina Asher
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Auckland beaches endangered by deep sea drilling, say Greens

Press Release – Green Party
The Government is putting Auckland’s popular and pristine west coast beaches at risk of an oil spill from dangerous deep sea drilling, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Telecom buys local data centre firm for $96.5m, as it lays off staff

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Telecom Corp, the country’s biggest telecommunications company, has bought local data centre firm Revera for $96.5 million as it looks to get greater coverage in the cloud and build IT services. Read more »

Packed houses and big laughs for start of comedy festival

Press Release – NZ International Comedy Festival
Comedy revellers came out in their thousands as the weekend marked the opening of the 21st NZ International Comedy Festival. Both Auckland’s annual Comedy Gala and Wellington’s First Laughs saw packed houses, along with the fifteen sell-out shows that opened throughout the City of Sails. Read more »

Vector gets approval to spend $63m buying Contact’s gas metering business

Report from BusinessDesk
Auckland-based Vector has won regulatory clearance to acquire Contact Energy’s gas metering business for $63 million in a deal that merges the two largest suppliers of metering services on the North Island’s reticulated natural gas distribution network. Read more »

Give Auckland a chance to breathe, says Andrew Williams

Press Release – New Zealand First Party
Auckland should restrict its artificial population growth and be given a chance to breathe before embarking on more expensive “patchwork” infrastructure projects, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Roller derby: Auckland vs Christchurch

Press Release – Auckland Roller Derby
Auckland Roller Derby is too good to miss, and the city’s blue and white skaters are kicking their 2013 season off with a doozie of a game against Christchurch’s Dead End Derby. Read more »

Visiting journalism law professor to talk at AUT about free speech

Press Release – AUT University
A leading Australian journalism law professor and freedom of the press advocate will give New Zealand’s inaugural UNESCO World Press Freedom Day lecture at AUT University next week. Read more »

Mum’s the Word at concert in Mt Albert mansion

Press Release – Historic Places Trust
A group of Auckland classical singers and musicians will come together to perform a special concert of music for mothers at Alberton, the Mt Albert mansion cared for by the NZ Historic Places Trust. Read more »

Future farmers gearing up to compete at Kumeu showgrounds

Press Release – Young Farmers
In just over two weeks the future generation of young farmers will be put through their paces at the Grand Final for the AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg Competitions held at Kumeu Showgrounds Auckland, Friday 17th May. Read more »

Sonido de Latinaotearoa from Auckland’s favourite Latin trio

Press Release – Havaianas

From Auckland’s favourite live Latin trio comes Sonido de Latinaotearoa.  Read more »

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