Archive for January, 2015

Building activity reaches record high

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Building and Housing Minister, Dr Nick Smith, has welcomed todays release of the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand which showed $14.6 billion of building work consented in 2014 the highest ever. Read more »

Government’s urban cycleways plans are not enough

Press Release – Green Party

The urban cycling infrastructure projects announced today are not enough to prevent costly injuries to cyclists and encourage commuters and school children to cycle, The Green Party said today. Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter … Read more »

Air New Zealand brings back $29 Night Rider service

Press Release – Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is offering its Night Rider service again and this time the deals will extend to regional New Zealand destinations. From 20 February, for a limited time, every seat on an additional late night service on selected regional and trunk … Read more »

Korero Mai Ki Ahau: The Burqua Issue

Press Release – Waatea News

Ngapuhi maverick David Rankin grabbed headlines this week with a call for a ban at Waitangi on anyone wearing the burqa, a traditional head covering for some Muslim women. Read more »

Bishop welcomes $4.5 million for Wainuiomata Hill Cycleway

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in the Hutt Valley Chris Bishop is delighted that the Wainuiomata Hill Cycleway will be one of the first projects to receive support from the Governments Urban Cycleways Programme. Read more »

Government’s housing failure puts pressure on Reserve Bank

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Governments failure to take action on the housing crisis has put pressure on the Reserve Bank Governor who has to deal with a rampaging housing market and low inflation at the same time, says Labours Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. … Read more »

Tri-Lamb Group working to put lamb on the menu in the US

Press Release – Beef And Lamb NZ

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is working together with its sheep farming counterparts from the US and Australia to get Americans eating more lamb. B+LNZs Central South Island Director Anne Munro has just been at the annual Tri-Lamb Group conference … Read more »

Auckland Weekly Traffic Bulletin – 1 – 7 February 2015

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency

30 January 2015 | NZ Transport Agency – Auckland OVERNIGHT MOTORWAY CLOSURES 1 February 7 February 2015 Read more »

Pacific jobseeker numbers fall

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Working-age Pacific people recorded the largest fall in work-ready jobseeker numbers over the last year, new statistics show. Read more »

Hastings City Growers Market to extend opening hours

Press Release – Hastings City Business Association

Hastings District Council have today approved an extension to the road closure of Heretaunga Street East allowing the Hastings City Growers Market to extend its opening hours to midday every Saturday morning. The new operational hours will be a slightly … Read more »

New Government Funding for Dunedin Cycleways

Press Release – Dunedin City Council

Dunedin, 30 January 2015 Work on Dunedins cycleways is set to get a boost with the Minister of Transport Simon Bridges announcing the DCC is to receive an additional $570,000 to fund cycle projects. Read more »

Specially-dressed aircraft spread the love of cricket

Press Release – Emirates Airlines

With just two weeks to go until the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Emirates airline has unveiled the first of its aircraft that will feature the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 logo, flying initially to Australia and New Zealand as well as other … Read more »

Right diet helps cows keep their cool

Press Release – Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Choosing the right supplementary feed can help farmers turn down the heat in their cows digestive systems as hot, humid summer conditions increase the risk of heat stress in herds. Read more »

Biopharma innovators gain accelerator successes

Press Release – University of Auckland

Two innovative University of Auckland medical research graduates are semi-finalists in an international business start-up competition with their new biopharma company. Read more »

$3000 fine for false container declaration

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Conflicting declarations on the contents of a container arriving from China saw an Auckland woman fined in the Manukau District Court on 27 January 2015. Xin Sun, 34, of Glen Eden Auckland, earlier pleaded guilty to a charge laid by the Ministry for … Read more »

Hikoi Opposing Deep Sea Oil Endorsed by Hapū Leaders

Press Release – Statoil Out

Today northern Maori environmental activists released details of a hikoi that will converge in Kawakawa before heading to Waitangi to co-incide with Government politicians arrival on Waitangi Day. The focus of the hikoi is in opposition to Statoils seismic … Read more »

First set of Urban Cycleways projects announced

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced the first $37 million worth of cycleway projects to be rolled out across the country as part of the Governments Urban Cycleways Programme. Read more »

Watch out for kids as schools start back

Press Release – Automobile Association

The AA is reminding all drivers to be extra careful as schools start for 2015. Many primary schools will be starting on Monday, so the roads will be busy in the mornings and afternoons with schoolkids and parents. Read more »

Development authority needs private sector expertise

Press Release – Property Council Of New Zealand

A clear purpose is needed for any development authority established to help speed up the Christchurch rebuild, according to Property Council. Its South Island Branch President Jo McDonald said that in principle, a well-structured authority with private … Read more »

Planting a winner – how to protect farm waterways

Press Release – Dairy NZ

Planting a winner how to protect farm waterways How to get the best results from planting waterways and avoid the common pitfalls will be the focus of a DairyNZ and Tatua field day on February 13 at the Tatua farm in Tatuanui. Representatives … Read more »

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