FASHION CONSCIOUS Wellingtonians will have the chance to indulge their passion while also supporting Breast Cancer this Thursday. “Fashion for a Cure” is being organised by the Breast Cancer Research Trust to raise money toward the 2018 deadline they set to find a cure. Marketing manager Phillipa Greene says the organisation set the 2018 date because they want to protect the next generation.
WOMEN HAVE taken out two of the top four prizes in the prestigious Wallace Art Awards, and their work will be part of an exhibition at Pataka Museum this weekend. Shigeyuki Kihara won the paramount award for her DVD, Waves of Fire.
MP AND former Black Fern Louisa Wall has added to the Human Rights Commission’s call for a woman to be included on rugby’s national governing body. Thirty percent of sports directors in New Zealand are women but the NZRFU has never had a woman on its board.
ABOUT FORTY thousand dollars is expected to be raised for the Mary Potter hospice, from the Strawberry festival in Midlands park this week. Organiser Graham Ford says the theme of this year’s annual concert is “Bigger and Brighter”.
WELLINGTONIANS WANTING to take part in conservation efforts can do it as easily as visiting the Zoo. People that purchase an “Up Close and Personal Encounter” are donating 10 per cent of the charge to support endangered animal organisations worldwide.
New Zealand is losing appeal to the Brits as a holiday destination, according to recent arrival statistics. In this year’s travel and migration figures, numbers are down a third, from over 100 thousand to only 74 thousand.
NEW ZEALAND is losing appeal to the Brits as a holiday destination, according to recent arrival statistics. In this year’s travel and migration figures, numbers are down a third, from over 100 thousand to only 74 thousand. Even emigrating to NZ is unpopular for those from the UK, with arrivals down five point seven per cent from last year.
THE HUTT City Council is backing a week long crack down by police on the use of cell phones while driving from today. Any driver caught using their phone will face an $80 fine and 20 demerit points. Hutt Valley police area commander Shane Cotter says the crackdown is intended to refocus drivers’ attention on the matter.
New Zealand First is concerned about safety at Rimutaka Prison following an incident with a prisoner and visitor trapped in a visiting booth for several hours. Corrections spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor says the prison site was compromised when a count was completed without confirming the whereabouts of the prisoner.
HUTT VALLEY residents are being asked for their views on whether there should be fewer liquor stores in neighbourhoods and whether bars and clubs should close earlier. Lower and Upper Hutt Councils are currently running a valley wide survey that asks for people’s views on alcohol consumption and availability in their communities.
COMMUNITY INPUT is being called for in Porirua East, as work continues to upgrade one of the major local parks. The Cannons Creek Ratepayers and Residents association is leading the push to upgrade Calliope park, which locals used to complain was rundown, dirty and dangerous.
MOST WELLINGTONIANS love the huge sculpture of Gandalf, that was put up above the Embassy theatre in Kent Terrace this morning (Monday, 19 Nov). It’s nine days to the premiere of the new Hobbit movie and the sculpture is already generating a lot of hype on the streets.
A RAILWAY union spokesperson says the Government’s decision to sell Hillside Rail workshop shows it doesn’t care about the manufacturing workforce. Organiser John Kerr says the recent decision to sell the Dunedin rail vehicle manufacturer shows the Government cares more about its place on the global market than it does about local workers.
Miramar is abuzz with its own build-up towards the Hobbit Premiere – and the Roxy Theatre and Coco restaurant are its focus. Co-owned by Sir Richard Taylor, the Miramar complex is adorned with Hobbit paraphernalia and it is expecting a boom in business over the summer holidays.
MOST WELLINGTONIANS love the huge sculpture of Gandalf, that was put up above the
Embassy theatre in Kent Terrace this morning (Monday, 19 Nov). It’s nine days to the premiere of the new Hobbit movie and the sculpture is already generating a lot of hype on the streets.
PORIRUA’S “POUND the Pavement” event is being held tomorrow, giving locals the opportunity to get fit and have fun.
Entrants can choose to either walk five kilometres around Aotea lagoon, or run the 11 kilometre multi-terrain track.
WELLINGTON SPORTS clubs should form partnerships with other clubs in their code, which give people with disabilities a chance to play. Handicapped basketballer, Rosie Macleod says most athletes who become paralyzed don’t know their options because there’s no contact between able and disabled sports.
A SPECIAL breed of sheep found only in the Wairarapa is being used to make costume pieces for Peter Jackson’s latest film. Stansborough Textiles owns the one-of-a-kind Stansborough Grey, whose unique grey blue wool has been used by international designers like Donna Karan and David Jones.
CONGESTION ON the Petone foreshore could be a thing of the past, if new roading improvements are successful. The Hutt City Council is planning to take out parking, and add another lane to parts of the Esplanade, to help with peak traffic flow.
A SMALL family business in Petone is making costumes for one of the biggest movies this year – the Hobbit. Stansborough Textiles is building on its success from the Lord of the Rings, to produce some prominent costume pieces, including a major part of Gandalf’s outfit.
MAORI LANGUAGE musician Mina Ripia says that there isn’t enough global recognition of music in te reo Maori – and she hopes to change that. Mina Ripia and her band WAI will be performing at the Australasian World Music Expo in Melbourne this week.
A WELLINGTON textile company is hoping the costumes they made for the Hobbit movie will be a hit with fans. Stansborough Textiles owner Barry Eldridge has just landed a contract to design costume pieces for Peter Jackson’s latest movie, using wool from sheep found nowhere else in the world – the Stansborough Grey.
THE CLOSE-KNIT Ukrainian community of Wellington is opening its doors to the public to celebrate the festival of Vyshyvanka (PRON viz-shanka). Named after an embroidered shirt traditionally passed mother to son, the festival was created to help preserve and promote the Ukraine culture in New Zealand.
WELLINGTON HOSPITAL is seeing a decrease in emergency patients who have used legal highs since legislation was passed to remove BZP from these products. Lisette Ennis-Wilson has the details.
PACIFICA CHURCHES in Wellington are sponsoring students for Weltec’s new Pacific-based carpentry courses. Chief Executive Dr Linda Sissons says ministers have got together and done a tremendous job finding scholarship hopefuls in their communities for the 34-week course.
HUTT VALLEY’S property market is following the sluggish trend of the rest of the Wellington region. Property values across the wider Wellington area are down five-point-one percent from their peak five years ago. That compares to Auckland and Christchurch, where property values have risen for the same period.
A GARDEN tour around the Wairarapa this weekend is likely to raise over one hundred thousand dollars for Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Sanctuary. Co-organiser Jo Parker says they are expecting over 600 people to visit the 14 sites on the tour.
15 MONTHS worth of hard work has finally paid for Carterton artist Rhondda Grieg, when she presents an art tribute to the local event centre this morning. In her 70s now, Rhondda Grieg was commissioned to make the huge seven by four metre wall painting for the opening of the Carterton Event centre a year ago, but she says there were just too many challenges
AN ARTIST in her seventies will present a huge seven by three-metre wall hanging to the Carterton Event Centre today , a year after it was supposed to be finished. Artist Rhonda Grieg says it took longer than expected to make because of the huge size of Perspex needed and also the difficulty to get the special art materials.
THE NATIONAL Poetry Slam final is being held in Wellington this weekend, and organisers hope it will boost the popularity of poems in New Zealand.
The competition has been running thoughout the country over the past four months. the 12 finalists will be given three minutes to present an original poem – without any props – and they’ll be judged by audience members randomly selected on the night.
CUTS TO the public sector are causing Wellington’s property market to struggle. Real Estate Institute spokesperson Euon Murrell (PRON Ewen More-rell) says many home owner’s in the capital work in the public service, a sector which has been shrinking over the last few years due to restructuring and streamlining.
INTEREST IN Wairarapa history is rising as people want to investigate where they came from. District archivist Gareth Winter says over the past five years, enquiries to the Wairarapa archives have tripled.
LAKEVIEW SCHOOL in Masterton is planning to reconnect with the local pacific community by holding a Pasifika festival. Principal Ed Hodgkinson says the local residents lost their connection with the school when it merged nine years ago and it has taken a lot of effort to bridge the school back into the community.
ABOUT ONE hundred people from Wellington, Napier and Auckland marched to the steps of Parliament today, to protest at what they claim to be “ill treatment” by Housing New Zealand. Residents from the Hutt Valley suburb of Pomare were among those protesting, after they were evicted from about ninety state houses, that were eventually demolished earlier this year.
Pacific youth will have the opportunity to attend New Zealand’s largest youth climate change summit for free in December.
Environmental organisation 350 Aotearoa are offering scholarships to Powershift, a part conference, part festival celebration of how young people can end climate change.
350’s Pacific co-ordinator Koreti Tiumalu says the scholarships are particularly aimed at large families who don’t have the money to send their youth to conferences like Powershift.
OTAGO UNIVERSITY is helping develop the Maori and Pacific health workforce by offering summer school scholarships for the first time. Wellington Campus Associate Dean Nandika Currey says the courses cover a broad range of topics that can impact on health including climate change, geography, ethics, and law.
PACIFIC YOUTH in New Zealand can raise awareness on climate change in the Islands with technology they use every day. 350 Aotearoa spokesperson Koreti Tiumalu says tools we take for granted such as the internet and social media can help give people in the islands a powerful voice on climate change.
PORIRUA’S NEIGHBOURHOOD policing team are celebrating their one year anniversary this week, a year where prevention before the problem has proved the all difference. Senior Constable Robert Gregory says there has been a lot of success in the past year, with crime rates and graffiti in and around the community dropping. Robert Gregory says they […]
PORIRUA’S FIRST-ever multi water-sports open day last year was such a huge success, they’re planning to do all over again this year. Porirua will be holding their open day on November 17th, an event aimed at promoting recreation and healthy lifestyles.
NEW ZEALANDERS employed in publishing may have the edge when looking for work overseas thanks to their versatility. Whitireia Publishing’s Rachel Lawson says workers often need to cover a range of roles because many of New Zealand’s smaller publishers can’t employ many people.
POMARE RESIDENTS are on the steps of Parliament at the moment, protesting their eviction and eventual demolition of their Housing Corp properties in Farmer’s Cresent earlier this year. The Pomare residents have joined with others from Auckland and Napier, who travelled to the Capital to protest about similar treatment by Housing Corp.
THE MERGING of two of the world’s most prominent publishing houses may be good news for the New Zealand industry. Penguin Books and Random House are combining to form the world’s largest publisher of books.
PEOPLE OF the Capital have mixed opinion when it comes to today’s Melbourne Cup. The biggest and most glamorous day on the Australian sporting calendar is hardly rating a mention on the streets of Wellington.
KIWI ACTOR and international film star Cliff Curtis says the lure of Hollywood still can’t compete with the love he has for his family. In Wellington recently to inspire local performing arts and acting students, Curtis says it’s important to have a vision and the integrity to make that vision come true.
WELLINGTONIANS HAVE had the chance to learn pole dancing from an international star – and he’s male. 24 year old American Josiah Grant has been in Wellington recently, teaching sexy flow workshops to local dancers
WHITIREIA CAMPUSES are going completely smoke-free in 2013. In a move which has been talked about for years, the polytechnic has announced it will ban smoking from all of its campuses from next year on.
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS need to have an understanding of Pacific culture if they want to work effectively with Pacific communities. Otago University’s Associate Dean Nandika Currey says being able to relate well to someone from a different cultural background is a key skill for anyone who wants to work with Pacific people.
TE REO Maori speakers can now create websites in their native language thanks to a Wellington web software company. SilverStripe launched their content management software in Te Reo Maori recently, allowing users to create their websites in Maori without translating from English first.
THOUSANDS OF animals will be invading Upper Hutt this weekend, when New Zealand’s largest pet show rolls into town. The Royal Canin expo is the most popular pet show in the country, with hundreds of different breeds of animals on display.