Taking Maori Lead

Hutt News, 25th February 2014

The government’s flagship innovation agency has appointed its first general manager of Maori economy.  Callaghan Innovation, formerly IRL, said Hemi Rolleston will be its first general manager of Maori economy and will start the job on March 3. (more…)

Link to Ease Petone Pinch

The Dominion Post, 18th February 2014


NZTA NEW WAY: One option for the proposed Tawa Link Rd.

A Petone-Grenada Link road is being touted as a game- changer, not just for moving traffic east-west in the region but potentially altering where people choose to work.

The road and a modern interchange at Petone, with a combined price tag of as much as $250 million, will take traffic up the steep slope immediately south of Korokoro, with connections to Grenada and Tawa, and on to the still-to-be-built Transmission Gully highway. (more…)

Recliner Boosts Design Company

The Dominion Post, 17th February 2014

A Wellington company’s office chair design was worth nearly $60 million in the United States last year.

But it is taking its work from the office to the lounge, as it eyes new designs in the “traditional and established” recliner market. (more…)

Capital to Lose 32 Jobs in Boxes Shift

Stuff Website, 15th February 2014

Wellington cardboard box maker Charta Packaging is cutting 32 jobs from its manufacturing base in Seaview, and moving the work to Auckland, according to the Engineers Union. (more…)

Speed limit scrap revving up

24 September 2013

A scrap has broken out between the Petone Community Board and councillors over the speed limit on Seaview Rd.

The board believes there is no need to reduce the 70kmph limit to 50kmph.
Its view is based on submissions from locals and a belief that council traffic engineer Bryan Sparey told them the road is safe, and reducing the limit could not be justified.

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New tenants move in as trucking depot rejigged

24 September 2013
Lower Hutt property development company Balanced Investments has bought the former Mainfreight depot in Seaview and has already secured two major tenants.

Director Mike McCombie said the property, which had a 2010 rating value of $8.7 million, was being purchased for $5m with settlement scheduled for the end of the month. (more…)

Basil Jones Metal Spinners

19 August 2013

You might not have heard of Wellington bloke Basil Jones, but he probably made something in your house.

It could be in the hot water cupboard or the pantry, and it’s almost certain the last time you ordered a pizza it was cooked on one of the trays he designed.

Basil Jones

EXPORT ORDER: Basil Jones with part of a large Australian export order of pizza base tins.

Jones has been spinning metal for more than 50 years. He just got his first large export order, more than 12 times the size of his last “large” order.

His Seaview company, Basil Jones Metal Spinners, supplies pizza base baking dishes to most of the major franchise pizza companies in New Zealand.

Read more of this article about Basil Jones on Stuff.co.nz