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City Council facing revenue shortfall of $60m-$70m; it may borrow to avoid a rates increase

by Andy Foster
Today is going to be a huge day for the Wellington City Council, so I want to give you all an update on where we’re at. I’m going into a workshop this afternoon with councillors and senior management to discuss our Pandemic Response and Recovery Plan. Read more »

What can we afford? Covid-19 and the financial toll on Wellington

by Conor Hill
The news at the moment is all covid-19. Along with everything else, it will take a massive financial toll on councils around the country and Wellington in particular. Read more »

78 cases of covid-10 in Wellington and Hutt Valley – national total now 797

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There are now 63 cases of covid-19 in the Wellington/Capital and Coast district – three more than yesterday. There are 15 cases in the Hutt Valley, one more than yesterday. The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand has risen to 797 – 89 more than yesterday. More than half of the cases are in Auckland, Waitemata, Waikato, and Southern. Read more »

Taking control of the covid-19 narrative

by Tom Frewen
“Stay tuned,” she said, winding up her first live Covid-19 alert broadcast from the Beehive on Saturday 21 March. Addressing the nation directly via live free-to-air television from her office, the Prime Minister elbowed the news media aside and took control of the Covid-19 narrative for the foreseeable future. Read more »

Not a time for increasing the rates

by Lindsay Shelton
Is it time to talk about the rates, when there are much more serious things to consider? Well, yes it is. In the pandemic emergency, many people with reduced incomes may have trouble making the payments, specially if they are going up. And there’ve been widely diverging approaches taken by our councils. Read more »

Covid ducklings

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by Val Aldridge
Look what I found on my walk today! Read more »

Changing streets, for the better

by Lindsay Shelton
We’re becoming a community. Suburban streets, usually occupied only by parked cars, are now taken over by locals on the move. Walking and greeting and keeping their distance. Read more »

Improving our streets; how to help

by Mike Mellor
As we all know these are extraordinary times, with a great deal of uncertainty. But some things are continuing: one of those (at the moment, at least) is planning for the future of transport in Wellington and the rest of the country. Read more »

Sleep: a natural tonic

by Rosie Gibson
Sleep provides a foundation for our physical and mental wellbeing. It also boosts the effectiveness of special cells involved with the body’s immune response. The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a time of acute stressors and rapid sociological changes. Losing sleep over this situation is to be expected. Read more »

Keeping our distance

by Andy Foster
Today I went for a run in my neighbourhood and I was delighted to see everyone keeping a good wide berth from each other. Yes there was still some interaction – people were waving and saying gidday – but everyone was making sure to keep a good distance, generally on the opposite side of the road. Read more »