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Welly should 'embrace weirdness'

Dominion Post, 25 October, 2012

Youth speaker at the 2012 Rotary Forum and Victoria University student William Guzzo told the forum that the future of Wellington hinged on encouraging those with different talents and ideas to thrive to help Wellington differentiate itself from other centres. Read more.


Call for capital to 'embrace weirdness'

Dominion Post, 26 October, 2012

Forum speaker and former Kiwibank chief executive Sam Knowles hoped Wellington would be a place where his children and grandchildren would want to work, without having to go to Australia or Auckland. Read more.


2012 Rotary Forum gains valuable support from the Wellington Company and Dominion Post

28 September, 2012

The Wellington Company joins the Rotary Forum as a valued Gold Sponsor – thank you Ian Cassels, The Wellington Company CEO. And the Dominion Post has agreed to support the one-day event as an associate partner, joining with the club and Victoria University of Wellington. Read more.


Wellington risks becoming a backwater

Stuff, 7 September, 2012

The Wellington region is struggling to maintain its competitive advantage as the centre of economic gravity moves to Auckland and Wellington risks becoming a "backwater" according to former prime minister Sir Geoffery Palmer. Read more.


What do you want from your council?

Dominion Post, 1 August, 2012

Forum keynote speaker Sir Geoffrey Palmer writes an opinion piece noting that many people think local government is a bore and as a result they tend to ignore it. However, he suggests, regardless of what we think, local government is important. It is the government closest to us and it delivers services vital to our survival and quality of life. Read more.


Canterbury quake to be with us forever

The Press, 23 October, 2011

A digital archive of people's earthquake experiences will be officially launched this week. Ceismic [] will draw together stories, images and documents about the Canterbury quakes that have been collected by a consortium of organisations, including Canterbury University, the National Library, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Te Papa, Canterbury Museum and New Zealand on Screen. Read more.


'End of the earth' was 45 mins away'

Dominion Post, 19 October, 2011

Allan Freeth's presentation to the Rotary Forum on 18 October had Stuff's James Weir write that "TelstraClear was just 45 minutes away from Armageddon. TelstraClear apparently came that close to losing its South Island phone network at one point after the February quake in Canterbury. Read more.


Bollard highlights costs of safety

NZ Herald, 19 October, 2011

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard warned the 18 October conference that safety standards, such as seismic strengthening, can result in significant costs for an economy that linger long after the risks they aim to address have occurred. Read more.


Bollard warns against quake 'over regulation'

NZ Herald, 19 October, 2011

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard tells the 18 October conference that New Zealand needs to avoid a costly regulatory over-reaction to the Christchurch earthquakes. Read more.


Bollard says NZ quake rebuild to stoke growth, inflation, 18 October, 2011

Reconstruction from quakes in Canterbury should provide significant stimulus in the medium term, said Alan Bollard in his speech to the Rotary Club of Wellington organised conference. He indicated that it will boost growth and inflation pressures, signaling probable interest increases. Read more.


Wellington can learn from Canterbury quakes

Stuff, 18 October, 2011

Alan Bollard’s speech to the 18 October Rotary Forum said that Canterbury's experience had shown that events like major earthquakes have many unpredictabilities and uncertainties. Wellington businesses should get ready for earthquakes that may be a rolling set of shocks and a long period of aftershocks, rather than a short sharp event. Read more.


Lingering seismic instability of Christchurch quakes is main difference from impact of quakes in other countries

Gareth Vaughan in, 18 October, 2011

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard warned at the 18 October Rotary Forum conference that a long running period of after-shocks can cause ongoing damage to land and buildings, plus continued disruption, delay assessment, and slow reconstruction. Read more.


Bollard warns against quake over-reaction

TV3 News, 18 October, 2011

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard tells the 18 October conference that disaster preparedness was necessary but not without cost. Read more.


Bollard warns about NZ's risk management

Rob Hosking in NBR, 18 October, 2011

Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard tells the 18 October conference that New Zealand needs to improve its disaster planning and risk management, and that New Zealand’s approach to disaster planning needs to pay closer heed to the country’s unique vulnerabilities. Read more.


Reserve Bank would relocate if quake hit

Stuff, 18 October, 2011

Allan Bollard revealed at the 18 October Rotary Forum conference that the Reserve Bank has plans to relocate to Auckland if a devastating quake hits Wellington. Read more.


Delays to rebuilding in Christchurch will help to reduce pressures on inflation

Radio New Zealand News, 6.40pm, 18 October, 2011

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard spoke about the lessons learnt from the Christchurch earthquake at the 18 October conference and noted the earthquake rebuild is likely to cost $20 billion and boost economic growth by 1% to 2% in the medium term. Read more.


Reserve Bank would relocate if quake hit

Stuff, 18 October, 2011

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard is reported as saying at the 18 October Forum that "institutions should focus on preparedness, competency, leadership, delegation and resilience rather than detailed plans for specific situations that may not repeat themselves." Read more.


Reserve Bank’s building quake resistant, but it might be inaccessible, says Bollard

Press Release in Scoop, 18 October, 2011

A seismic assessment of the Reserve Bank’s main office in Wellington has found that the building would withstand an earthquake greater than the Christchurch earthquake. Read more.


Seismic risk raises major questions for Wellington

Rotary Club of Wellington Press Release in Scoop, 10 October, 2011

Are Wellington’s businesses and organisations prepared for the trauma of a major earthquake? What would happen if your organisation could not function properly? What can you do to prepare when your organisation’s survival is important and you’d have responsibilities for staff and family to deal with? Read more.


Rotary helps earthquake victims in Christchurch

Rotary Press Release in Scoop, 4 March 2011

In response to the devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on February 22, members of Rotary – one of the largest humanitarian service organisations in the world – are assisting victims of the disaster and mobilizing resources for long-term recovery. Read more.

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