Archive for October, 2012

More uncertainty ahead for change-weary Council staff

Press Release – Public Service Association

The Public Service Association says a new local government structure for the Wellington region could make a nonsense out of current Council restructuring and pour hundreds of thousands of dollars down the drain. Read more »

Children handling animal waste in Eid-ul Azha is harmful

Article – Amir Murtaza

The involvement of young children in collecting the offal, leftover and refuse of sacrificed animals, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, has been a common sight in many cities and towns in Pakistan. It is however a very disturbing fact that poor children, … Read more »

Improving Housing Affordability – More than Planning Reform

Press Release – The New Zealand Initiative

The New Zealand Initiative welcome the government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on housing and planning but believe they are not going far enough. Read more »

AWF posts jump in sales, earnings, signals Chch rebound

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 31 (BusinessDesk) – AWF Group, the contract labour firm, posted a jump in first-half sales and earnings and said demand for its services in Christchurch are a leading indicator of a recovery in the stricken city’s construction recovery. Read more »

Final decision on residential special schools announced

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced her decision to close Salisbury School in Nelson and McKenzie Residential School in Christchurch. “After carefully considering all the information provided to me, including the responses from the … Read more »

Sporting basics focus of University Games 2013

Press Release – OUSA

The Otago University Students’ Association will lead the management of the University Sport New Zealand University Games 2013 to be held in Dunedin between April 22 – 24 2013. Read more »

Student scholarships awarded for Rena research

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Fifteen students have received scholarships to take part in the monitoring programme for Rena Recovery. The students will be acknowledged tonight at the opening of the University of Waikato Coastal Marine Field Station’s extended premises in Tauranga. Read more »

Cruise injects increasing value to New Zealand

Press Release – Cruise New Zealand

As the 2012/13 cruise season gets into full swing, a new cruise economic impact report forecasts the season’s contribution to New Zealand’s GDP at NZ$327.1 million, supporting 5633 jobs. Read more »

Strengthened skills test to improve motorcycling safety

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency

An improved and strengthened motorcycle basic handling skills test for motorcycle riders will come into force from tomorrow (1 November). NZ Transport Agency Principal Advisor Driver Testing and Training Standards Jim Furneaux says the changes to the … Read more »

Ruataniwha water storage project proceeds to consent phase

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has voted to move the Ruataniwha Water Storage Project (RWSP) forward to the resource consent application stage. This next phase will establish in detail the actual parameters under which the proposed RWSP can be considered viable … Read more »

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