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Problem solved

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Wellington.Scoop
It’s taken the Cricket World Cup to show Wellington how to solve the problem of the under-used emptiness of Civic Square. Read more »

Court rules Health Board broke the law, underpaid Kapiti home care worker

News from Service and Food Workers Union
Over 35,000 home care relief workers have gained the right to the minimum wage and holidays through a case won by the Service and Food Workers Union in the Employment Court in Wellington yesterday. Read more »

Brook Barrington to run MFAT, after controversial re-structuring

News from BusinessDesk
Brook Barrington has been named chief executive of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, returning to a department where he had worked for 20 years before taking on senior roles in Defence and Justice. Read more »

Urgent legislation will cancel MPs’ “disproportionate” 3.5% pay rise

News from NZ Government
Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. Read more »

Public servants watch MPs’ pay rise, want “decent” pay increases

News from PSA
The Public Service Association says the changes to MP pay announced today by John Key cannot be used to justify withholding decent pay movement for public servants. Read more »

Going up, again

Wellington.Scoop
The city council’s habit with the rates is first to announce a high percentage increase and then, a few months later, to congratulate itself on reducing the amount of the increase. Will it be the same this year? Read more »

Fire under control at Silverstream Landfill

News from Hutt City Council
A fire at the Silverstream Landfill that was discovered in the early hours of this morning has been contained. Read more »

Pop up native forest in Bond Street tomorrow – with free giveaway trees

News from WCC
Wellingtonians are in for a surprise on their daily commute – the City Council is bringing the bush to the city for a day to launch Parks Week (7-15 March). Read more »

Health boards fail to provide privatisation analysis, say specialists

Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
“The three Wellington regional district health boards driving public hospital laboratories toward privatisation have failed dismally to provide any good financial analysis of the benefits of going down this path,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Read more »

Conservation fund now open to Pōneke/ Wellington projects

Press Release – Department of Conservation
The second round of the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund (CCPF) is now open. Read more »

Trees and trains and the long-term plan

Wellington.Scoop
On the same day that train services between Wellington and the Kapiti coast were halted by a fallen tree, it was ironic to read some of the key ambitions of the Wellington Regional Council. Read more »

Speed networking for top students

News from WCC
Wellington students who were recognised for exemplary community spirit by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown’s Absolutely Positively Student Awards will meet civic leaders next week in an event with a difference. Read more »

Cheaper electricity? Wellington line charges to be cut by 10 per cent from April

News from Wellington Electricity Lines Limited
Wellington Electricity Lines Limited, the electricity lines company for the Wellington region, has today confirmed a reduction in their line charges that will take effect from 1 April. Read more »

Water shortage worsens: sprinkler ban looms as Wellington rivers run low

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News from Wellington Water
Increased garden watering restrictions are looming as the region’s dry summer continues. Read more »

Wellingtonians launch campaign against ‘vocal minority’s’ supercity scheme

News from Best Little Capital
A group of Wellingtonians have launched a campaign to resist the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s scheme to amalgamate Wellington’s existing councils. The group, Best Little Capital, has been formed by Wellingtonians Michael Moughan and Digby Livingston. Read more »

Hutt and Wairarapa councils share concerns on supercity plans

Joint Press Release
The Councils of Carterton District, Hutt City, Masterton District and South Wairarapa have submitted a joint response to the Local Government Commission’s draft proposal for reorganisation in the Wellington region. Read more »

“High cost, high risk;” Hutt council tells Commission to drop supercity plan

News from Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council has told the Local Government Commission that its proposal for a supercity is a “high cost, high risk” option. It recommends the Commission drop the plan and leaves the region’s cities to work out their own efficient arrangements. Read more »

Fran Wilde promises “a big prize” as she continues her supercity campaign

by Lindsay Shelton
No surprise that Fran Wilde refers to a Hutt Chamber of Commerce survey when she writes in the DomPost this morning in support of a supercity. It’s the only survey that isn’t opposing the current amalgamation plans. Read more »

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