Author: News Wire

  • Increase in vinyl sales helps independent music stores

    VINYL represents 30% of sales for Auckland-based music retailer Real Groovy and its owner expects that percentage to increase. Growth in vinyl sales is a welcome trend for independent music retailers in New Zealand, who have seen significant increases annually in LP sales over the past four years. “Sales of new vinyl have increased five-fold…

  • Bus drivers, cyclists swap points of view

    CRAIG Bush now knows what it’s like to have a 12-tonne bus bearing down on him on the road. He’s usually the one driving the bus, but in a road-awareness workshop in Kilbirnie he got to swap the safety of his driver’s seat for a cycle saddle. “I am used to having my rear vision…

  • The New Zealand fire service is on the lookout for a few good women

    The fire service wants more diversity in its ranks and the biggest barrier appears to be a lack of self belief among women and people from ethnic minorities, reports SAMANTHA IVES: FAMILY SURPRISED: Fire-fighter Sani Aukusitino at Brooklyn Fire Station. SANI Aukusitino’s father was shocked when she told him she was going to be a fire-fighter.…

  • Roller derby skaters get serious for worlds

    THE New Zealand Roller Derby team members will be doing away with their usual costumes and donning black singlets for their world debut in Toronto. But only if they can raise the $100,000 they need to get there. The 23-strong New Zealand Roller Derby training squad needs money for flights, accommodation and uniforms to get…

  • Island Bay snorkel trail a first for Wellington

    WELLINGTON’S first snorkel trail officially opens this weekend after a year of planning. The Island Bay snorkel trail has been organised by the Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve Trust. ORANGE BUOYS:Anchored down with recycled ship chain The trail is situated on the left side of Island Bay, beyond the marine education centre, and runs for about 200 metres, marked by…

  • Sydney team takes out roller derby bout

    SYDNEY may have won, but the crowd still favoured home team Richter City All Stars in Saturday’s first international roller derby bout. Wellington supporters dressed in orange and purple flooded the arena, and when the All Stars made their entrance the crowd exploded into cheers, applause and foot stamping so hard the stands shook. Darkness fell…

  • Pacific radio station re-launches in Capital

    PACIFIC Island radio station Niu FM has begun a major re-launch in the Capital by moving into the new NZ Whitireia Media Training Centre in Cuba St. A deal signed today  by National Pacific Radio Trust chairman Tino Pereira and Whitireia CEO Don Campbell will see the station’s newly expanded Wellington operation set up in the…

  • Christian radio praying for a money miracle

    Christian radio praying for a money miracle

    Christians around New Zealand are being asked to rally around Rhema Broadcasting Group, which faces losing radio frequencies across the country  by October 1. The network of radio stations needs to raise $6.4m over and above normal operating costs, to renew the majority of its commercial radio frequency licences for the next 20 years. If…

  • Nine contenders compete in Porirua mayoral race

    AFTER more than two decades as a councillor and mayor, Jenny Brash believes it is time for a “generational shift” in leadership for Porirua. Ms Brash’s call for change was made in a Dominion Post story, and she has since endorsed candidate Nick Leggett in another story in the Kapi Mana News. “He has the right experience…

  • Welly underbelly: world’s ‘best’ brothels not what they seem

    A pair of middle-aged English women visited NZ recently to see how our version of the world’s oldest profession compares with their own. They rated it. TASHA BLACK takes her own look at our “underbelly“:THE first time, the door wouldn’t shut properly. And *Fleur didn’t know what to do with her hands. She offered the man some…

  • New campervan sites for Rugby World Cup

    WELLINGTON’s new central city campervan site – a sealed carpark on the harbour front – has just opened for business with the highest prices in the country. And Wellington City Council council is still looking for places for temporary van sites for the Rugby World Cup. NEW HOME: Tourists can stay on Wellington’s Waterfront The…

  • Have camera, will travel – life of our top rugby photographer

    Have camera, will travel. That’s been the mantra for veteran rugby photographer Peter Bush, and it’s served him well during a career which has spanned six decades. As LEE STACE finds, he has as many stories to tell as he does pictures to illustrate them. IT WAS the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Peter Bush’s…

  • Slaughter on the news-stands – why our mags are in trouble

    Magazines are in trouble. Our biggest have been steadily declining since the 80s – the rise of the internet, and a recession, have only made matters worse. Where have all the readers gone and how can publishers lure them back? DANIEL SIMMONS RITCHIE talks to the kings and queens of glossy print. THEY were the cocks of…

  • Karori hydroslides into Capital’s aquatic history

    A GROUP of Karori Normal School swimmers will slide into history on Monday when Wellington’s first hydroslide is opened by Mayor Kerry Prendergast at 10am. Construction of the $450,000 slide began last October. Karori Pool manager Royce Williams put in two overnighters to help the contractors finish the platform surface, but the extra hours were…

  • Whanganui’s Laws strikes again with meds jibe

    A MONTH after his controversial letter replying to Otaki school pupils, Michael Laws has fired off more insulting correspondence to a young person challenging his views. Lewis was part of a group who set up the template for the Wanganui Youth Council in 2005, and during that time frequently reported back to council meetings attended…

  • Lower Hutt tries bus-stop vibe to grate on young ears

    BARRY MANILOW and Bach are blaring at the central Lower Hutt bus stops in a bid by the mall, city council and police to limit the number of young people hanging out there. For the past five months, Westfield Queensgate has had speakers playing older-style, easy-listening music so that groups of youngsters don’t block the…

  • The rise and rise of blogging

    DID RIGHT-wing bloggers cost Helen Clark the last election? “Traditional” commentators ridicule the idea, but some in the blogosphere see signs that it is an influential participant in politics. FOR LONG-SERVING political journalist Colin James, blog content is “trite” and “trivial”. James – until recently a columnist for the NZ Herald,  now writing for the opposition Dominion-Post – believes…

  • Mt Vic tunnel tooting gets to pedestrians, but drivers love it

    The game of tooting in Wellington’s Mt Victoria Tunnel is annoying the pedestrians, but it seems these drivers are not going to let up. The tunnel is the shortest passage linking Wellington Central to the Eastern suburbs ,which is why most pedestrians are still taking that route. Our reporter went to find out the reactions…

  • Simon and Natalie – JFK and Jackie of New Zealand politics

    NEW National MP Simon Bridges comes to Parliament with high expectations – for himself, and from supporters, who believe there is something a little special in the handsome, well-educated Tauranga representative who peppers his conversation with enthusiastic “awesomes”. SANDRA DICKSON interviewed him:  SIMON Bridges and his fashionista wife Natalie have been dubbed the John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy…

  • From ‘Ruthanasia’ to ‘dead fish’ – I give you Helen Clark

    How will Helen Clark be remembered?  How is New Zealand different in 2008, after nine years of Labour-led governments, to the country she inherited in 1999? Often ex-Prime Ministers eventually slip into fond places in New Zealander’s memories, even if their reign was controversial.  They end up fronting international organisations, chairing commissions or fronting diplomatic postings – and often,…

  • National media muzzle frustrates local candidate

    NATIONAL Party candidates are prohibited from talking to national media, Rimutaka candidate Richard Whiteside let slip today. And for him, “It’s bloody frustrating”. He has not been allowed to talk to national media about his local polls, which he says have him in the lead in a previously safe Labour seat, also contested by high-profile…