Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Great War Exhibition is open, with ANZ as principal partner

dominion museum
Photo via Twitter by Andrew W Burns

The new Great War Exhibition, in the former Dominion Museum building behind the Carillon, was opened today by the Prime Minister and the Governor-General. With them was Sir Peter Jackson, who has had a key role in creating the exhibition. Read more »

First look at Te Papa’s $8m Gallipoli show

Scoop report and photos by Francis Cook
Te Papa today previewed its new exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War, which opens tomorrow. The exhibition was curated with help from Weta Workshop to deliver an immersive, realistic and even disorienting experience. Read more »

$3 an hour for Chinese at Hutt railway workshops? Wage records not available

News from First Union
The government must guarantee New Zealanders that Chinese engineers working on KiwiRail’s locomotives are at least receiving the minimum wage, says Rail and Maritime Transport Union spokesperson Todd Valster. Read more »

Taking it seriously: the Island Bay cycleway

by Regan Dooley
Feedback on the Wellington City Council’s long-term plan, plus record numbers of people commuting by bike, suggest that some councillors will need to start taking cycling a lot more seriously if they are going to deliver on public expectations. Read more »

How can we support the runway, when we don’t know how much it’ll cost?

by Dr Sea Rotmann
In light of the looming Long Term Plan submissions due today, our citizens’ group the Guardians of the Bays have kept delving deeper into the various questions about lengthening the airport runway which should be answered before the Council decides to sign us up to huge generational debt, rate hikes and asset sales. Read more »

Duplicity, spin and politics in Wellington’s public hospital laboratory crisis

Extract from paper to Australian Medical Association
by Ian Powell, Executive Director, NZ Assn of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs at the bottom of the North Island are involved in a huge controversy over a determined effort to have their hospital laboratories run by a private company (Healthscope), despite strong clinical advice not to go down this path. Read more »

Anzac events will disrupt CBD travel next Friday and Saturday

News from WCC
Anzac Day services and the previous day’s commemoration parade will disrupt travel around and through Wellington’s CBD next Friday and Saturday. We are expecting big crowds and people going to these events are asked to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel and get there early to avoid disappointment. Read more »

World War 1 Cook Islands soldiers remembered at Parliament

Press Release – Alfred Ngaro
National List MP Alfred Ngaro honoured the 500 Cook Islands soldiers who served under the New Zealand flag in World War One at a commemoration ceremony at Parliament today. Read more »

Gun salute to mark Queen’s birthday

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force
Personnel of the 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery will mark the 89th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with a 21-gun salute at midday on 21 April at Point Jerningham in Wellington. Read more »

Protecting tenants from damp housing – researchers uncover law from 1947

News from VUW and OUW
A law, developed in the 1940s to protect people from living in unhealthy homes, could be used to require landlords to provide housing that is free from dampness, according to researchers from Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago in Wellington. Read more »

People versus cars – unnecessary conflict on the new Memorial Park

tasman st 3

by Reuben Ferguson
The almost-perfect Pukeahu-Memorial Park has taken a step backward with the re-opening of the Tory Street-Tasman Street connection, resulting in a predictable influx of cars and trucks through this urban oasis. Read more »

China becomes “a priority” for NZFC, says Dave Gibson in Beijing

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth in Shanghai
The New Zealand Film Commission, the Wellington-based government entity tasked with supporting the local film sector, is putting more emphasis on building links to China, which local film-makers have largely ignored. Read more »

More supercity hearings next week

Press Release – Local Government NZ
The Local Government Commission will be holding more public hearings on its draft proposal for reorganisation of councils in the Wellington region. Read more »

Protest at McDonalds in Manners Street against zero-hours contracts

mcdonalds protest

Media release from Unite Union
A group of protestors took to McDonald’s in Manners Street today as part of the international fast food workers’ day of action to end zero hour contracts. Read more »

$1.2m to strengthen main route from Oriental Bay to Roseneath

News from WCC
Strengthening work is under way at the far end of Oriental Bay to safeguard the main route to Roseneath and one of the city’s more significant engineering achievements. Read more »

Rex is right about the Town Hall

Rex is right about the Town Hall. Read more »

Why do four councillors want the road?

A majority of Wellington city councillors have been decisive in refusing to support a road through the rural Takapu Valley. But four councillors didn’t accept the strength of community opposition to the plan. They refused to vote against the road. Read more »

New jobs at Parliament are “feather-bedding,” says Peter Dunne

News from United Future Party
UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne is querying five new staff positions being advertised by the Parliamentary Service. He accuses the service of “feather-bedding.” Read more »

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