Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Who will prevail in the mayoral race?

It’s just about election season for all the aspiring mayoral candidates in Wellington, so before the first flyers start rolling through our letterboxes and supporters in branded t-shirts start randomly smiling at us on Lambton Quay, we thought it was time to take an early look at how the race is shaping up. Read more »

Wellington defeats Auckland, wins schools’ debating champs,

Press Release – New Zealand Schools Debating Championships
Wellington has defeated Auckland to win the 2016 Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Champs, in the Grand Final held at Parliament this afternoon. Read more »

“Best of its kind:” top ranking for Hutt City Council’s website

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Hutt City Council’s website is the best of its kind in the Wellington region and one of the five best council websites in the country. Read more »

Horowhenua upgrading to prepare for traffic from new expressway

Press Release – Horowhenua District Council
A significant amount of work is on the Horowhenua District Council’s agenda for the coming year. Read more »

Electric vehicle car park (three hours free) a first for Hutt motorists

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The region’s first electric vehicle charging station on public land has been set up by the Hutt City Council. Read more »

How to save money? A simple transport solution for regional councillors

by Russell Tregonning
When oral presentations of submissions to the Regional Council’s annual plan (with a proposal for a 7.9% rates increase) were heard last Wednesday, councillors asked submitters “what do you think we could do to reduce spending to allow your scheme to be funded?” Read more »

A storm in a litter tray

The Wellington City Council’s enthusiasm for curbing the nefarious activities of the capital’s moggies has generated a storm of controversy. In response to their proposed anti-cat bylaw, more than 1600 written submissions have been lodged – and so I spent a few hours trolling my way through the highways and byways of the city’s concerns (well, someone had to). Read more »

Man charged with arson after incident outside Parliament

News from NZ Police
The man who was arrested yesterday after an incident at Parliament has been charged with arson. Read more »

Media merger moves to next stage, with formal application

News from Commerce Commission
The Commerce Commission has received an application from Wilson and Horton Limited (trading as NZME) and Fairfax NZ Limited seeking authorisation to merge their media operations in New Zealand. Read more »

Māori and Moriori remains welcomed to marae at Te Papa

Press Release – Te Papa
The remains of sixty Māori and Moriori individuals, returned from museums and private collections, have been welcomed onto Te Papa’s marae today. Read more »

New exhibit added to Peter Jackson’s Great War exhibition

Press Release – The Great War Exhibition
A new exhibit at Wellington’s The Great War Exhibition opens on Tuesday, marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland – the pivotal naval battle of the First World War. Read more »

City councillors to finalise budget for second year of Long-term Plan

News from Wellington City Council
The Capital City’s plan to encourage economic growth, foster stronger partnerships with communities and forge a more resilient city has reached an important phase, with Wellington City Councillors ready to finalise the budget. Read more »

More money for improving water quality welcomed by Chris Laidlaw

News from Wellington Regional Council
Chris Laidlaw, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council says a new $100 million contestable fund announced in the Budget to help clean up water ways is extremely welcome. Read more »

Celia Wade-Brown hopes for government money for urban development

News from Wellington City Council
“The Budget’s announcement of a National Policy Statement (NPS) on Urban Development could support urban renewal in areas like Wellington’s Adelaide Road,” says Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Read more »

40% increase in non-residential Wellington building projects

News from Wellington City Council
A significant increase in Wellington commercial building activity in the March quarter is reported by Infometrics in its latest Quarterly Economic Monitor report (attached). Read more »

CofC wants review of Sevens policies

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Confirmation that the Sevens tournament will stay in Wellington for at least three more years is great news, says Chamber Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Festival – selling 180,000 tickets – generated $100m, say economists

Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal ‘Rite of Spring’ at NZ Festival

Press Release – New Zealand Festival
Economic analysts BERL estimate the New Zealand Festival generated an economic impact in excess of $100 million for Wellington this year. Read more »

Evening of theatre and debate on the age of youth justice

Press Release – JustSpeak
Join us on 9 June for an evening of theatre and debate on the age of youth justice. Read more »

Next Page »