Pedestrian Power
Jan08

Pedestrian Power

By Bridget Gourlay   Wellington’s Golden Mile is getting a bit of a re-jig, but its future 10 or 20 years from now is what’s being actively debated as it’s one of the main issues in this year’s local body election. Property tycoon Sir Bob Jones says he will put up a mayoral candidate on the platform of an exclusively pedestrian boulevard. This means no buses and no trams, just pedestrians and possibly a...

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Fifteen Percent

By Kate Pierson   In New Zealand, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the figure 12.5 percent have long gone hand in hand — but that’s all about to change. The 2010 Budget announcement that GST will rise to 15 percent effective from October 1, confirmed the speculatory whispers preceding this legislative adjustment. And, going by the influx of public protests and the flash of political claws in the democratic arena, this decision...

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Wonder On The Waterfront
Jan08

Wonder On The Waterfront

Wellington Westpac Stadium is where the worlds of rugby, rock and recreation collide to form a cultural and social entertainment realm like no other. It is the zone in which the presence of international personalities attracted by the stadium’s world-class facilities, draws in multicultural crowds, that line the walls like an international tapestry.  And if the stadium’s walls could talk, no doubt they would have many a colourful...

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Investing in Food’s Future

By Bridget Gourlay   The Bay of Plenty has long been called the ‘fruit bowl’ of the country with significant kiwifruit, avocado, apple and feijoa plantings injecting millions into the national economy each year. Harnessing the economic power of this industry and ensuring it’s not neglecting emerging trends is the goal of industry group Food Bay of Plenty. One issue worth tackling is that the nutrients of fresh...

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Centre Of Attention

By Kate Pierson   It’s all about the pulling power. No, we’re not making reference to James Bond’s lady luring charisma, or any provocative or sensational gimmicks to command attention. Pulling power in this context is all about the strategic ambitions of one civic association striving to introduce a cultural campaign with magnetism. Working actively with the Hamilton City Council, on behalf of central business...

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Lost In Translation
Jan08

Lost In Translation

By Kate Pierson C u 2mo @ skool l8rz Was that acronym loaded, abbreviation based, colloquial communication lost on you? Did you find yourself, through squinted eyes, having to dissect each particle of meaning in order to translate the full idea of this chatspeak? Fear not, you’re not the only one on whom these code words are lost in translation. But if the global prevalence of this form of communication is a tell-tale sign of...

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