Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Walking the talk on climate change – march from Civic Square to Parliament

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Photo via Twitter from Mariam Parwaiz

Wellington today joined the world-wide campaign of people’s climate marches, on the eve of the Paris conference which will try to agree on measures to deal with the dangers of climate change. Read more »

Facts, or spin, about the runway

by Sea Rotmann
We hoped this week that TV One News would give us the chance to provide some counter to the big bunch of airport spin that was headlined on Tuesday. That was unfortunately not the case. However the pilots and the airline association have come out with serious doubts and concerns about extending the runway, following the airport’s dump of 27 impact reports. Read more »

Flag change is vital: beverage seller describes experience in Seoul

News from Shott Beverages
Wellington company Shott Beverages says the cost of New Zealand retaining a flag virtually identical to Australia’s far outweighs the cost of changing it. Read more »

North-westerly winds blow skylight off roof of Upper Hutt pool

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Swimmers and staff at Upper Hutt’s H2O Xtream were stunned when the skylight within the roof lifted today in high winds. Read more »

$50,000 to help clean the streets after city festivals and events

News from WCC
Wellington has increased its commitment to reducing rubbish and waste with almost $50,000 from the Waste Minimisation Seed Fund. Wellington events such as the Newtown Festival, CubaDupa and the Island Bay Festival have received funding to improve recycling efforts and help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Read more »

Council seeking a camping strategy; Happy Valley still a possible site

One day after two councillors released conflicting reports on their decision about camping grounds, the city council has come up with an official version: the council has decided it needs a strategy about camping. It also seems that Happy Valley is still on the list of possible camping grounds. Read more »

Yes or no? What did the council decide about the Happy Valley camping ground?

Did they or didn’t they? Two councillors last night released conflicting reports on the city council’s decision about a camping ground in Happy Valley. It’s a controversial plan, opposed by local residents. But what happened at yesterday’s council meeting? Read more »

Cheaper bus fares start this weekend

News from WCC
Bus fares will be cheaper every weekend from this Saturday till Sunday 20 December on GO Wellington or Newlands Coach Services buses – with $1 fares for one zone of travel, and a $2 adult fare or $1.50 child fare for two or three zones. Read more »

Getting things going in Kilbirnie: plan for businesses to help pay for improvements

News from WCC
Kilbirnie’s proposed business improvement district is a step closer after a decision this week by the Wellington City Council’s Economic Growth and Arts Committee. Read more »

Reducing sediment: the most significant threat to Porirua Harbour

Press Release – Porirua City Council
The Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and Catchment Joint Committee tonight endorsed a sediment reduction plan for the harbour catchment. Read more »

Advertising 20 new council jobs in Porirua – a changing environment

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Following the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Porirua City Council has refreshed its leadership and organisational structure with a number of positions being advertised this weekend. Read more »

Turakina Maori Girls’ College to be closed – “dire financial situation”

News from NZ Government
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that Turakina Māori Girls’ College will close on 27 January. Read more »

Mangapapa Stream wins improvement award

Press Release – Horizons Regional Council
The Mangapapa Stream near Woodville has been recognised as the second most improved waterway for dissolved inorganic nitrogen at this year’s New Zealand River Awards. Read more »

Extending the runway: one truck every minute, for ten hours every day

by Lindsay Shelton
The brutal reality of constructing a longer runway at Wellington Airport is revealed in one of the 27 reports that were published this week. It provides startling details of the number of trucks-with-trailers that will be needed to carry rocks through the city for the reclamation – one every minute, for ten hours every weekday. Read more »

Christian council praises city council’s living wage policy

Press Release – NZ Council of Christian Social Services
The Wellington City Council’s commitment to intuiting a Living Wage has won praise from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services at their annual meeting. Read more »

In only five years? The airport’s runway campaign reaches new heights

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by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington Airport’s overpowering campaign in support of extending its runway has reached new heights this morning, with this advertisement showing flights from here to … almost everywhere. Read more »

NZ will benefit by $2billion from longer runway, claims airport report

airport longer runway

Media release from Wellington Airport
Wellington Airport today released draft reports which assess the effects of the runway extension project, including a Benefit Cost Analysis which predicts a net economic benefit for the country of $2 billion, and commenced the start of public consultation. Read more »

John Milford agrees on economic benefits from longer runway

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce welcomes the economic impact report on extending the airport runway which shows great benefits for the city, the region and for New Zealand. Read more »

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