Archive for the 'Politics' Category

“Unfit for the job:” Andrew Little calls for Iain Rennie to be stood down from SSC

News from TVNZ
The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. Read more »

Muhammad Rizalman pleads not guilty to burglary and assault charges

The Malaysian diplomat charged with burglary and assault pleaded not guilty when he re-appeared in court in Wellington this morning. Read more »

The dinosaur attitude of NZ Bus

by Ian Apperley
I have been holding off writing this, in the faint hope that someone would be able to convince New Zealand Bus in Wellington to adopt a position deserving of the 21st Century, as opposed to the monopolistic behaviour they appear to be displaying. Let’s face it, everyone has tried to get them to join the latest century, but they remain stubbornly stuck in the past. Read more »

7.5km barrier of wire rope planned to reduce collisions on Haywards Hill

News from NZTA
The NZ Transport Agency, with Upper Hutt City Council, Porirua City Council and Hutt City Council, are hosting information days tomorrow and next Thursday about the proposed $30m upgrade to the high-crash State Highway 58 route. Read more »

Wellington’s innovative trolley bus wire system wins recognition for safety

News from Wellington City Council
An “innovative and ingenious” electrical fault protection project that greatly enhances safety for workers and members of the public near trolley bus overhead wires has landed Wellington Cable Car Limited (WCCL) a spot as a finalist in the prestigious IPENZ New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards (NZEE). Read more »

Wellington’s new Chinese Garden planned for completion by end of 2016

News from WCC

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A Chinese Garden proposed for the Wellington Waterfront will be a symbol of the strong relationship shared between Wellington and its partner cities and regions in China, said Mayor Celia Wade-Brown today. Read more »

Business people from Xiamen visiting Wellington with Chinese President

News from WCC
Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Liu Keqing visits Wellington today and tomorrow as part of the Chinese President’s visit to New Zealand. Read more »

Doctors warn: lab privatisation threatens safety of patient care in Wellington

News from ASMS
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is so concerned by plans to privatise the public hospital laboratories at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals in the greater Wellington region that it is taking steps to alert local mayors, district health board chairs and chief executives to the possible consequences. Read more »

Ten new agreements with China signed during PM’s talks with Xi Jinping

News from NZ Government
Prime Minister John Key held successful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wellington today. Read more »

President of China arrives at Government House for state welcome

Photo via Twitter from Audrey Young

News from NZ Government
The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan arrived at Government House in Wellington this morning for a state welcome and lunch. Read more »

Dance, theatre, festivals – council paying out $109,000 to 26 organisations

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council this week agreed to pay $109,000 to 26 organisations from the capital’s arts and culture community – community festivals, WW100 commemorative projects, and theatre and dance groups will all be benefitting from grants. Read more »

Three into one

One day after praising his “stellar lineup” of WREDA board members, chairman Peter Biggs talked about choosing an inaugural chief executive – but not necessarily one of the three from the organisations which are to be merged into the new super body. Read more »

DoC restructuring has failed, say Greens; “less efficient than before”

News from Green Party
The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National’s severe funding cuts has been revealed as a failure, the Green Party said today. Read more »

City Council wins sustainable business award for renewables innovation

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council won the Renewables Innovation Award at the NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards in Auckland last night. Read more »

Lego gets it


How do we know we’ve reached a tipping point for protected bikelanes? When Lego gets it….But though Lego gets it, the Wellington City Council’s Victoria Street plans show that it still has some catching up to do. Read more »

EPA reports increasing “struggle” to find independent experts

BusinessDesk report by Jonathan Underhill
The Wellington-based Environmental Protection Agency says it struggles to find enough independent experts in a small country where many people have professional links with industry or environmental groups and may have to consider the appointment of permanent ‘commissioners’. Read more »

Grant Robertson congratulates Andrew Little on leadership election

News from NZ Labour Party
Wellington Central Labour MP Grant Robertson has congratulated Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the Labour Party. Read more »

Second hackathon will focus on council/residents’ consultation

Report by Ian Apperley
Version One of Hack your City saw several ideas coming out after only two days of work by a bunch of enthusiasts. We’re already planning the next Wellington Civic Hackathon and we are reasonably sure that we’ll be setting our sights on the challenge of consultation between Council and residents. Wheels are in motion, word is spreading, and registration has started. With three months to go, it’s tight, but Wellington’s Civic Hackathon V2.0 planning is underway. Read more »

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