Telecom will revitalise Wellington CBD
Fry Up was delighted to be invited along to the opening of Telecom’s Wellington branch office earlier this week.
Prime Minister John Key and, naturally, outgoing Telecom CEO Paul Reynolds presided over the official opening of ‘Telecom Central’, which was combined with a Christmas networking function.
Ian Cassels, director of the building’s developer, the Wellington Company, expressed the hope that the relocation of almost 2000 staff into Telecom Central from various Telecom sites on the outer edge of the city would be the start of a revitalisation of Wellington’s commercial heart. Even government agencies might consider emulating Telecom and moving their offices closer to the centre, he suggested.
John Key, with predictable references to the great business and educational stimulus that the government-assisted Ultra Fast Broadband network would bring to the country, unveiled the standard plaque in the lobby.
The building looks smart. The rear entrance on Boulcott Street has lost the appearance of a muddy building site and its columns are smartly faced with marble and brushed metal. There’s still a bit of bare plywood partitioning inside but even the back-stairs (the scruffiest part of many an office building) are nothing for Telecom to be ashamed of
A retail shop forms part of the front entrance, on Willis Street.
We will optimistically assume the large van bearing the name of a well-known pesticide company (see above), which pulled into the building as we approached was part of a preventative maintenance programme. The Liquor King van that arrived immediately afterwards was much smaller; it may just have been picking up the empties from the opening celebration.
To the naked eye, it's a blur, but when filmed with a video camera a complex animation is revealed.
Hat tip: gizmodo.com
A force for good
Following the London riots in August, UK prime minister David Cameron announced he was considering a ban on social networking, in consultation with Scotland Yard and UK intelligence agences.
According to Cameron, social networks were being used by criminals to coordinate their activity.
But according to a University of Manchester study, twitter was used to mobilise the post-riot clean-up, and it was actually a force for good, not for bad.