Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Two-day civic hackathon in Miramar aiming to solve transport problems

News from Miramar Hackathon
On the 1st and 2nd of November, geeks, freaks, and residents are coming together to hack Wellington City in the heart of Miramar, Wellington’s creative suburb. Now that the elections are over we can get back to what is important, hacking the Coolest Capital in the World and starting down the path to a Smart City. Read more »

$10.9million – cost of unsuccessful proposal for Basin Reserve flyover

Radio New Zealand today reported the amount that was spent by the NZ Transport Agency on its unsuccessful plan to build a flyover alongside the Basin Reserve. Figures released to the broadcaster show the government agency spent $10.9million from 2012 until the proposal was declined earlier this year. Read more »

Dotcom’s confiscated belongings to be re-created at Adam Art Gallery

News from Adam Art Gallery

Predator sculpture, Skin-graft, Rotorua, photograph by Tracey Robinson

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. Read more »

Split personalities

Wellington voters demonstrated split personalities on Saturday, by voting for Labour MPs at the same time as they voted for the National Party. Read more »

29 new MPs coming to Parliament; induction includes role playing

News from Office of the Clerk
Parliament’s Speaker David Carter is looking forward to officially welcoming the 29 newly-elected MPs to Parliament tomorrow. Read more »

Former NZ First MP claims valuable items stolen from his Wellington office

News release from Andrew Williams
Following a complaint to Parliamentary Services on Friday, items which had been stolen from the Wellington parliamentary office of former NZ FIrst MP Andrew Williams have been recovered and returned. Read more »

British-French-German film screenings to commemorate WW1

Press Release – Goethe-Institut
Audiences in Wellington have a rare opportunity to view a series of European films which commemorate the Great War. Read more »

Wellington’s Labour MPs (and Dunne) all re-elected, but party vote goes to National

Wellington’s five Labour MPs and United Future’s Peter Dunne were all re-elected last night. But in each of their electorates, the party vote was won by National. Read more »

Wellington is “eager to work” with Key’s government, says mayor

News release from WCC
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the Capital City is eager to work with Prime Minister John Key’s cabinet and local MPs of all parties in the interests of Wellington. Read more »

Farmers expect “vital reforms” of RMA from new government

News release from Federated Farmers
An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. Read more »

Wellington economy will benefit from re-election, says John Milford

News release from Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
The re-election of a National Government is great news for the Wellington region, says Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce President John Milford. Read more »

Rally on Mt Victoria joins global call for climate change action

News release from People’s Climate March

Wellington residents today joined millions worldwide in the largest climate mobilisation in history. At 1:00 pm, residents and visitors gathered at the summit of Mt Victoria to join the world-wide call for a 100% clean future. Read more »

Censoring Shakespeare

by Lindsay Shelton
Andrew Armitage is right when he says that New Zealand’s censorship laws are “an absurd hangover.” Read more »

Services to others recognised with Hutt civic honour awards

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Judy Bishop, Vijay Chhika, Joan Hewson and Patricia McGreevy have been recognised with Hutt City’s highest commendation – a Civic Honour Award. Read more »

New ICT strategy: city agency wants to help grow high-value products

Press Release – Grow Wellington
Regional economic development agency Grow Wellington has published its regional manufacturing sector strategy aimed at developing high value manufacturing. Read more »

Porirua’s makeover begins with green astro-turf under the canopies

Press Release – Porirua City Council
A green carpet of astro-turf is to be rolled out under the canopies in the first stage of a city centre makeover. Read more »

Bikes and buses – big problem with fast-tracked $11m plan for Victoria Street

vic street

by Patrick Morgan
Expensive new plans for Victoria Street have failed to consider cyclists. Why do the concept plans show that the street will be rubbish for people on bikes? Read more »

Awards cancelled: they can’t find anyone worth honouring in Palmerston North

News from Palmerston North City Council
For the first time since the inception of the Palmerston North Civic Honour Awards, none will be awarded this year. Read more »

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