Archive for October, 2011

Auckland’s biggest problem: Joyce’s bad decisions, says Greenpeace

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand
Auckland planners must account for the realities of the 21st century, rather than clinging to the car-based dreams of the 1950s, if the city is to prosper and improve its liveability, says Greenpeace New Zealand in a submission to be made today on Auckland’s Draft Plan. Read more »

Where’s the money coming from? Property owners question draft Auckland Plan

Press Release: Property Council Of New Zealand
Auckland Council’s draft Auckland Plan cannot be endorsed without Government support, achievable targets for intensification, an implementation plan and an explanation of how capital projects will be funded. Read more »

Auckland academic sees advantages in election poll using coffee beans

Press Release – Muffin Break
A consumer poll that involves voters putting coffee beans in plastic holders has advantages over traditional polling methodologies, says a top academic expert. Read more »

German Shepherds wanted for training as Auckland police dogs

Press Release – New Zealand Police
The Auckland Police Dog Section is in need of at least two German Shepherd dogs to enter its training programme to become Police dogs. Read more »

Searchers with police dog find three trampers missing overnight in Waitakeres

Press Release – New Zealand Police
At about 9pm last night, three trampers were reported missing in the Waitakere Ranges, west of Auckland. Read more »

Young driver critically injured after jumping from bridge while fleeing from police

A young driver running away from the police is in Waikato Hospital in critical condition after jumping from a bridge and falling 20 metres. Read more »

Next year’s CRC Speedshow will feature 50th anniversary of hot rods

Press Release – The Expo Group
The 2012 running of CRC Speedshow in Auckland will feature a special national hot rod show as the New Zealand Hot Rod Association celebrates its 50th anniversary at the annual automotive and motorsport expo. Read more »

$1m grant to Auckland professor to study management of colorectal cancer

Press Release – Health Research Council
Announced today by the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall and the Minister of Science and Innovation, Dr Wayne Mapp, the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Ministry of Health have made a joint commitment to co-invest in three new cancer research projects. Read more »

Deal of the Year award goes to investors in Tegel Foods

Press Release – NZ Private Equity and Venture Capital Ass
The New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (NZVCA) has announced the winner of the inaugural NZVCA awards that recognises outstanding performance in the private equity industry. Read more »

Workshops to make it easier for builders to apply for licenses

Press Release – Designers Institute of NZ
Department of Building & Housing – Want to make getting licensed easier?

Come to a licensing workshop. Read more »

Labour backs Auckland’s city rail link with $1.2b, will cancel “holiday highway”

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party
Labour will cancel the ‘holiday highway’ to fund Auckland’s essential City Rail Link, says Labour Leader Phil Goff. Launching Labour’s Transport policy in Auckland yesterday with Transport Spokesperson Shane Jones and Auckland MPs, Phil Goff said Aucklanders are overwhelmingly in favour of the rail link proposal. Read more »

Sue Bradford asks: why won’t Paula Bennett take part in Waitakere debates?

Press Release – Mana Party
Mana’s Waitakere candidate Sue Bradford says Paula Bennett appears to be running away from public debates with her. Read more »

Auckland’s new VIctoria Park Tunnel awarded top fire-safety rating

Press Release: News A Plenty
The partial opening of the new Victoria Park Tunnel in Auckland has opened the door on a new era of sophistication for the fire-safety industry in New Zealand. Read more »

Collaboration, added-value and food innovation – for discussion at hui

Press Release – Poutama Trust
Collaboration among Maori, added-value and innovation in food are the themes for a hui to be held in Auckland tomorrow. Read more »

Auckland University organising symposium on Māori Economic Development

Press Release – Auckland University
Key Māori economic development influencers and experts, including Whaimutu Dewes and Professor Graham Smith, will speak at a symposium hosted by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) this month. Read more »

Auckland 3D visualisation company secures investment from consortium

Press Release – Nextspace
Auckland 3D visualisation company Nextspace has today secured investment capital to further develop and export its interactive Visual City technology to the world. Read more »

More oil on shores of Matakana Island, new clean-up efforts begin

Press Release – Maritime New Zealand
Iwi and New Zealand Defence Force personnel will this morning focus clean up efforts on Matakana Island, after reports of more oil arriving on shore. Read more »

More than 1000 tonnes of oil pumped from Rena, only 360 tonnes to go

News from Maritime NZ
More than 1000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has now been pumped from the stricken container vessel Rena, leaving about 360 tonnes left to be removed from the starboard 5 tank. Read more »

“Marathon, not sprint;” more volunteers needed to clean up Bay of Plenty beaches

News from Maritime NZ
More volunteer clean ups of the coastline have been organised for today. “It looks like its going to be a beautiful day in the bay, so it would be fantastic to see as many people out there as possible to give us a hand,” said Maritime NZ’s on-scene commander Nick Quinn.

He also reiterated previous requests for the public not to drive on the beaches or in the sand dunes. “Vehicles make the matter worse because they spread contamination from oil on their tyres, creating secondary oiling, and they compress surface oil into the sand where it gets buried. By driving through sand dunes to avoid getting oil on their vehicles, drivers are threatening an already fragile ecological environment.”

News from Maritime NZ – October 29
More volunteers are being called on to support the Rena oil spill response effort, with four cleanup events carried out today on Bay of Plenty beaches. Read more »

They ran, or walked, from Devonport over the Bridge to Victoria Park

More than 15,500 people participated in today’s adidas Auckland Marathon, from Devonport over the Harbour Bridge to Victoria Park. Read more »

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