Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Students oppose VUW plan for unelected, undemocratic council

Press Release – VUWSA
Victoria University of Wellington’s proposed new council constitution is undemocratic, according to students. Read more »

New strategy and action plan aims to reduce pollution in Porirua Harbour

News from Porirua City Council
A revised strategy and action plan to clean up and improve our harbour was released today. Read more »

Have you supported the fight against the Transport Agency’s flyover plan?


Opposition to the Transport Agency’s stubborn plan to build a two-lane one-way concrete flyover – 320metres long – alongside the Basin Reserve will be argued in the High Court in a couple of weeks, with a hearing starting on July 20 and scheduled to last for ten days. Read more »

Sir Michael and Dame Patsy seek public help with issues for security review

Media release from Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy
The two independent reviewers appointed by the Government to examine New Zealand’s intelligence and security legislation are calling for public submissions. Read more »

Three camellias to be planted at Volunteer Corner

News from WCC
The significance of the new park on the corner of Dixon and Victoria Street will be remembered this Thursday at 1.30pm when Deputy Mayor Justin Lester and Volunteer Wellington get together to help plant some special camellias. Read more »

Big screen to show sold-out final in Shed 6

News from WCC
Wellingtonians – and our friends from the south – who missed out on tickets to watch the Hurricanes take on the Highlanders in this weekend’s Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium will be able watch it on a big screen in Shed 6 on Queens Wharf this Saturday night. Read more »

$50,000 campaign to stop drivers running red lights at city intersections

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Red-light runners in the capital are being targetted by the Wellington City Council’s Stop on Red intersection safety campaign. Read more »

Dolls’ heads and a china elephant found during work in Victoria Street

News frpm WCC
A glass inkwell, several porcelain dolls’ heads, a china elephant with a little girl riding on top and an early ginger beer bottle are among the things discovered in old wells during the Victoria Street transformation work. Read more »

Bluster, obfuscation and flimflam

by Keith Johnson
Mayor Wade-Brown’s article yesterday in the DomPost (city council is a $6 a day per person bargain) is, in her manner, strong on style and weak in substance, with a good dose of bluster, obfuscation and flimflam. She is cut between telling us how weak growth has been in the city over the last few years and how marvelous the city has been and how wonderfully the Wellington City Council has performed. Read more »

Centenary of Chunuk Bair battle to be marked at new memorial park

Press Release – WW100
“I and the Wellington Battalion go to Happy Valley tomorrow night at11.30pm. No fires, no movement… (we’ll) go out on the night of the 6th to take Chunuk Bair.” – Diary entry by William Malone on August 4 1915 at Gallipoli. Read more »

Porirua rates to increase by average 4.8% in “belt and braces” plan

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua City Council adopted its Long-term Plan tonight with a focus on getting the basics right and weighing competing priorities with limited resources to ensure a better future for Porirua. Read more »

Corruption warning: public service bypass in plan to sell state houses

News from NZ Labour Party
The Government is about to give Ministers extraordinary powers to take direct personal control of selling state houses, exempting Ministers from normal legal requirements and leaving the sale process wide open for corruption, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Read more »

Rail union supports call for KiwiRail to invest in electric, not diesel

News from RMTU
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is voicing its support for demonstrators who rallied today at the Cenotaph steps outside Parliament calling for KiwiRail to reinvest in an electric fleet. Read more »

MPs aim to make a difference with sex education in the Pacific

Press Release – UNFPA
On Monday, an open hearing was hosted in Wellington on the topic of engaging boys and men in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) initiatives, specifically looking at lessons learned from the Pacific. It was hosted by the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) which the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office (PSRO) supports. Read more »

New Johnsonville bridge near completion – “a huge and complex job”

News from WCC
Johnsonville’s new bridge, wider motorway off-ramp and improved town centre roads, cycle facilities and footpaths are expected to be finished on time in September. Read more »

Warmer and drier – VUW student accommodation being improved

News from WCC
Victoria University has joined forces with the Wellington City Council to make their student accommodation warmer, drier, and more energy efficient for Victoria University Wellington (VUW) standalone houses. Read more »

Photographic montage on scaffolding outside of Embassy Theatre

News from WCC
A photographic montage of the Embassy Theatre’s interior has been installed on the outside of the building as it undergoes a makeover, combining archival imagery with the photography of James Voller. Read more »

Miscalculations in the Regional Council’s large-budget planning

by Paul Bruce
The Regional Council’s Long Term Plan contains a number of large budget items which do not contribute towards the Wellington region’s resilience or sustainability. Read more »

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