Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
NZ cricket's bad-boy Jesse Ryder is critically injured in Christchurch Hospital after serious attack..
Jesse Ryder has had off-field drinking and behavioural problems for a number of years now. He has been out of the NZ cricket teams for a year now trying to clean up his act. But it is believed that his drinking had not led to his attack. He may well have been recognised by his assailants. His injuries include a fractured skull and collapsed lung.
Monday, March 25, 2013
The Urban Growth Strategy will go out for public consultation from 16 April to 17 May, as part of council’s Annual Plan process.
"The strategy is about growing the city over the next 20 years to make it a desirable city, with housing options that provide a range of choices for our residents and ratepayers," he says.
The first of two options has a target growth of 5000 more homes and an extra 4000 people by 2031.
This would be achieved through a combination of greenfield development catering for mixed housing - a total of 2,500 new homes, mainly in Wainuiomata and Kelson, and intensification - 2,500 new homes, in the form of infill housing comprising low- and high-rise apartments.
Option two is more ambitious, with a target of 7500 new homes and 10,000 more people by 2031. This would include similar provisions as option one but with twice as much intensification and a stronger focus on infill and multi-unit development.
Mayor Wallace says Hutt City needs to grow if it wants a sustainable future.
"Standing still means our city will lose our young people who are essential to sustainable growth.
"The question being posed in the Urban Growth Strategy is how much growth do we want and what will it look like?
"Our vision is to secure a brighter, more prosperous future for our city.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Black is back, we have got our Marmite back? Late last night supermarkets across New Zealand were filled with thousands of jars of the black stuff for the first time in 12 months. Earthquakes devastated the factory in Christchurch two years ago. Now its hot buttered toast and thickly spread Marmite. Life is good again!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Beyond the HuttRiver - New Zealand today..: Former All Black coach speaks out on climate chang...: r Wayne Smith sees himself among a group of 'concerned people who want to take action'. Photo / Getty Ima...
Friday, March 8, 2013
The two Australian shipping ensigns, modified and approved by the British Admiralty, were gazetted in 1903. Source: Ralph Kelly, Flags Australia.:
Celebrations surrounding the inauguration of the new Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January in Sydney and at the opening of its first Federal Parliament on 9 May in Melbourne overshadowed Anniversary Day in 1901. Federation had been a remarkable political achievement. Colonies had jostled to protect their interests: New South Wales rivalling Victoria; and the smaller states fearing the larger states' combined political power. Led by the ANA in Victoria and the Australasian Federation League in New South Wales, the colonies chose to be self-governing within the British Empire, not independent outside it. They were Australian, but they were also British. As Parkes had reminded colonial representatives in Melbourne in 1890, 'The crimson thread of kinship runs through us all'.18 They belonged together because they shared not only a continent but also a British background. As a small white population of almost four million in a large continent far from Britain, Australians depended on the Royal Navy.
New Zealand and Fiji had both been invited to join the Australian Federation but had declined. The originally proposed name had been the Australasian Federation. But those damn kiwis were party poopers.
The story I read was that most Australian colonies and territories were assembled, apart from Western Australia and New Zealand. Cables from both were received, the Western Australian representatives were due to arrive in a few hours, but the New Zealand premier, Richard John Seddon, historically known in NZ as King Dick, informed the Australians that the NZ Government had declined to join the new Australian Federation, later to be known as the Australian Commonwealth. I wasn't aware that Fiji had been invited as well. New Zealand became a Dominion in 1901. Another story claimed an empty chair is kept for New Zealand at Commonwealth meetings in case NZ decides to change its mind and become part of the federation. Fact or just a good story? I wonder.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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