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The future for light rail

by John Rankin
Wellington’s public transport through the CBD needs four lanes — two for buses and two for rapid transit, of which the most cost-effective option is probably light rail. Read more »

Labour candidate wants ferries between Wellington and Petone

Press Release – Ginny Anderson
“I’ve supported re-opening the Petone Wharf since it was closed and this is just another great reason to make it happen as soon as we can. The proposed use by the ferry service could potentially help pay the costs of repair,” says Ginny Anderson, the Labour candidate for Hutt South. Read more »

Average rates going up by 3.3%; less than expected because of “efficiencies”

News from WCC
Despite over $5 million in emergency spending due to the November earthquake, Wellington’s average rates will increase by just 3.3 per cent this year, rather than the 5.1 per cent originally forecast in the Council’s long term plan, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. Read more »

Rate increase is “slap in the face for ratepayers,” says Taxpayers Union

News from Taxpayers Union
Taxpayers’ Union staff had to check it wasn’t April-fool’s day when they received Wellington Mayor Justin Lester’s media release about rate hikes in wellington of “just” 3.3% this afternoon. Read more »

CofC applauds rates rise restraint

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The Wellington Council has done well to keep the 2016/17 rates increase to 3.3 per cent, in light of the many pressures put on spending, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Council pushing for “thousands of new homes” on fringes of Wellington

News from WCC
The Capital will look at ways to encourage the development of thousands of new homes on the city fringes over the next ten years, says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. Read more »

Wellington Electricity (owned in Hong Kong) losing more money – debt of $733m

BusinessDesk report by Jonathan Underhill
Wellington Electricity Distribution Network has extended its run of losses since the utility was acquired by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing in 2008, although the 2016 result was the smallest loss to date. Read more »

Gone: the BRT illusion

by Brent Efford
I avoid the Wellington Regional Council these days, such is my loathing for its institutional dishonesty and its prioritising of cars before public transport in its planning processes. Read more »

Chinese mayors coming to Wellington for forum in December

News from LGNZ
Local Government New Zealand is delighted to be hosting the second New Zealand China Mayoral Forum in Wellington this year, following the successful inaugural event of 2015. Read more »

Chinese Premier’s visit to Wellington plans greater co-operation, stronger ties

Xinhua photo

Report from Xinhua News Agency
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Wellington today for an official visit to New Zealand, the first to the Oceanian country since he took office as Chinese premier in 2013. Read more »

$500,000 will take Wellington’s culture “to the next level,” says the mayor

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington’s arts and culture scene is to receive a half a million dollar boost. Read more »

Needed: leadership, and accountability

by Ian Apperley
As we near the six-month point after last year’s local elections, Wellington is in strange shape. While we hear that city councillors and the mayor have found some new common ground and are working better together than the last council, the city has seen almost zero progress on some fronts and embarrassment from some key allies. Read more »

Airline pilots to continue fight for safety zone on extended airport runway

News from NZALPA
The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) board today announced it will fund and fight to maintain the recent Court of Appeal decision for the Director of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reconsider his review of the 90-metre safety area for an extended Wellington Airport runway. Read more »

Airport delays runway extension hearing, appeals to Supreme Court on safety ruling

News from Guardians of the Bays
Residents and ratepayers group Guardians of the Bays has welcomed the news that Wellington Airport will postpone the progression of its runway extension resource consent in the Environment Court. Read more »

Is “Welly Moving” getting us moving?


by Brent Efford
The Lets Get Wellington Moving project – touted as a fresh look at Wellington’s transport issues – is unfortunately magnifying the qualms that some of us are starting to feel about the whole exercise. Read more »

Ceremony (and blessing) starts $9m redevelopment of Thorndon School


Lunchtime at Thorndon School was different today – there was a ceremony to launch construction of the school’s $9 million redevelopment. Read more »

Kapiti planning for the year ahead

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
From next week, Kāpiti Coast District Council will be seeking feedback from locals on the plans for the coming year. Read more »

MP campaigning for mobile blackspot funding

Press Release – Chris Bishop
National List MP based in Hutt South Chris Bishop MP today launched a campaign to get mobile coverage in the Catchpool and Orongorongo valleys in Rimutaka Forest Park. (see Read more »

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