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Interns join News

Two Wintec journalism students – Benjamin Wilson and Ricky Lam – have joined the News team this week on an internship. Watch out for their work in coming weeks.

Nyriad moves out

Supercomputing startup Nyriad has moved from its Lakewood premises in Cambridge to Innovation Park in Hamilton and switched its global headquarters from New Zealand to the United States. Nyriad is launching the industry’s first storage solutions based on a new architecture that redefines how data is stored. At its height two years ago, the company employed 90 people from its Cambridge headquarters. Nyriad was founded in 2014 by Cambridge entrepreneur Matthew Simmons, who was chief executive until October last year.

CCTV upgrade

A new $30,000 closed circuit television camera will be installed in Leamington so police and neighbourhood support groups can monitor unsavoury after-hours activity. A new fixed licence number plate recognition camera will also go up at the northern entrance to Victoria (High-Level) Bridge costing $12,750. It is part of a district-wide $75,000 three-year commitment to district security by Waipā District Council.

Mayor off sick

Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk has been covering for mayor Jim Mylchreest the past few days while he has been on sick leave. The News understands Mylchreest, who in August announced he would stand for mayor again next year, has a chest infection and laryngitis. Earlier this year he had a stroke but insisted it would not affect his ability to lead the council for a fourth term.

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