Archive for August, 2019

Measles outbreak serious but majority need not worry

Press Release – Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Measles outbreak serious but majority of Aucklanders need not worry.

Auckland is experiencing a significant and ongoing outbreak of measles, with a total of 778 cases as of today, up from 759 yesterday. There have been 937 cases nationally this year. Read more »

Students Celebrate As Auckland Uni Ditches Fossil Fuels

Press Release – Fossil Free UoA

Students Celebrate As University of Auckland Ditches Fossil Fuels

31 August 2019

Yesterday, after a student-led campaign spanning more than five years, the University of Auckland committed to divest from fossil fuels. Read more »

$2 Million to tackle heart health inequities

Press Release – National Heart Foundation

$2 Million to tackle heart health inequities

The Heart Foundation and the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge have joined forces to tackle inequities in health outcomes from cardiovascular disease among Māori and Pacific people. Read more »

Dealers to pilot Firearms Buy-back channel

Press Release – New Zealand Police

As another option for handing in prohibited firearms under the Government Buy-back scheme, Police have announced a pilot for the hand-in of firearms at approved licensed Dealers – due to commence Monday, 2nd September. Read more »

Ministry of Health to prioritise measles response

Press Release – New Zealand Government

“Despite an additional 57,000 MRR vaccines administered in the last 6 months, New Zealand has not escaped the outbreak of measles occurring globally,” Associate Minister Health Julie Anne Genter said. Read more »

Auckland Council and Mayor Goff case to be heard monday

Press Release – Free Speech Coalition

The hearings in the litigation crowd-funded by the Free Speech Coalition following Mayor Phil Goff’s public claims that he de-platformed two controversial Canadian speakers from Council-owned venues, begins at the Auckland High Court on Monday at 10am. Read more »

Procurement begins for Planning and Development panel

Press Release – Queenstown Lakes District Council

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has released a request for proposal (RFP) for a Planning and Development professional services panel. The panel will assist the in-house team which includes resource consents, building consents, resource management engineering, and planning policy. Read more »

High Commissioner appointed to Solomon Islands

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Georgina Roberts as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands. Read more »

Winter Games NZ ANC Freeski Slopestyle Qualifiers

Press Release – Winter Games NZ

Cardrona, New Zealand (29 August 2019) – Today was a day for big tricks in the Big Bucks Park in the qualifying rounds of the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Freeski Slopestyle presented by Cardrona Alpine Resort at the QRC Winter Games NZ fueled by Forsyth Barr. Read more »

Vaping in Schools Highlights Need for Legislative Change

Press Release – Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

News reports that vaping is increasingly being used in schools in Auckland is cause for real concern, Hāpai Te Hauora’s CEO Selah Hart said. Read more »

Queenstown Bungy seeks clearance to acquire Taupo Bungy

Press Release – Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Queenstown Bungy Limited to acquire the bungy and swing operations in Taupo owned and operated by Taupo Bungy Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Taupo Tourism Holdings Limited. Read more »

Unitec Scoops Top Prize in Eden Arts Art Schools Award 2019

Press Release – UNITEC

Jazmin Snoswell (Elam), Oliver Cain (Unitec), Samuel Montgomery (Unitec), Arlen James (AUT), Hannah Ireland (Elam)

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Project offers unique bird’s eye view

Press Release – Auckland Council

Perch safely in the sub-canopy of a Himalayan cedar tree in Albert Park while taking in Tāmaki Makaurau from a bird’s eye view. Read more »

Early literacy success is critical to children’s wellbeing

Press Release – University of Canterbury

Early literacy success is critical to children’s wellbeing

A Better Start National Science Challenge team have been researching effective ways to accelerate early reading and writing success for children who enter school with lower levels of oral language. Read more »

Broad South Island reach for new Timaru fuel terminal

Article – BusinessDesk

Broad South Island reach for new Timaru fuel terminal

By Gavin Evans

Aug. 30 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s newest fuel importer believes the terminal it is building in Timaru will be able to supply customers across most of the South Island. Read more »

Construction work begins on major airfield expansion

Press Release – Auckland Airport

30 August 2019

Work has begun on the biggest expansion to Auckland Airport’s airfield since the 1970s.

Covering the equivalent of more than 250,000m2 or about 30 rugby fields, a new taxiway and six remote stands for parking and servicing aircraft are being built at the western end of the international terminal. Read more »

A large scale knotting sculpture at Blockhouse Bay Library

Press Release – Original Art Association

A large scale knotting sculpture at the Blockhouse Bay Library
Artist Frankie Chu wants your help to create a large scale knotting sculpture at the Blockhouse Bay Library Read more »

NZDF Hosts Multi-National Military Exercise

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

30 August 2019

NZDF Hosts Multi-National Military Exercise to Strengthen Disaster Response

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has hosted a multi-national exercise in Auckland this week to strengthen and improve humanitarian assistance operations in the South West Pacific. Read more »

Over 35,000 homes consented in July year

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The number of new homes consented reached 35,472 in the year ended July 2019, the most consented in a year since the mid-1970s, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Let’s keep measles out of the Top of the South

Press Release – Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

While increasing numbers of people are hospitalised with measles in Auckland, and the more cases are confirmed in South Island cities, the disease has not yet been confirmed in any Nelson, Tasman or Marlborough residents. Read more »

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