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The rest of us against Auckland?

by George Eden, in Auckland
I’m writing this from the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau, in the middle of the fourth lockdown the City of Sails has had to endure. I’m working at the “home office” – the little table under the window – while I listen to the fractious kids and their stressed parents next door, trying to get some work done to meet a deadline. It’s business as usual in Auckland, while the rest of the country continues on oblivious to the real costs of fighting the pandemic. Read more »

13.5% rates increase, more borrowing, and possible asset sales

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Wellington city councillors are being asked to approve a rates increase of 13.5 per cent when they meet on Thursday. Read more »

Saving the Civic Centre, or destroying it

Open letter from Helene Ritchie to the Wellington Mayor and City Councillors
I write with a degree of alarm and anger over your proposals for the Central Library and Te Ngakau/Civic Centre. I am urgently asking you to amend the draft LTP at your meeting on Thursday. Read more »

Issues of democracy and governance

by Helene Ritchie
If there is one matter that the Wellington City Council and the public are united on today, it is a desire for the mayor and councillors to be find a way to focus without distraction on the major issues confronting the city and the council. Read more »

Who chooses independence?

Wellington.Scoop
Before Andy Foster yesterday chose the reviewer to carry out an independent review of governance at the Wellington City Council, former deputy mayor Jill Day had challenged him on the process. Read more »

Changing governance for an elected council

Statement from Mayor Andy Foster
It has become apparent we have arrived at a crossroad that requires us to make a significant change in our governance. The time to do that is now. Read more »

Investigation of Library decision; request to Auditor-General

Letter from Cr Fleur Fitzsimons to the Auditor-General
Dear Mr Ryan,
I am a Wellington City Councillor with portfolio responsibility for libraries. I request that you investigate a rather irregular resolution made by the Council’s Annual Plan/Long Term Plan Committee meeting on 18 February regarding the future of the Wellington Central Library building. The Annual Plan/Long Term Plan Committee is a committee of the Wellington City Council. Read more »

LGWM: failing its health check

An open letter from Brent Efford to the Wellington Regional Council
Dear Daran, Roger, Thomas, Josh, Penny, Glenda, David, Jenny, Chris, Ken, Prue, Ros and Adrienne
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Confusion about the Library

by Helene Ritchie
The Wellington City Council is very confused. The mayor and councillors don’t seem to know what they resolved at the Council meeting yesterday. I hesitate to say this, but it is evident that they don’t know what they are doing. Read more »

Keeping our character

by Felicity Wong
The official numbers are in. An overwhelming majority of Wellingtonians reject losing the character of their city in planning changes ordered by Phil Twyford when he was Minister of Urban Development. Read more »