Politics News

Ngaio Gorge Road reopens after another slip closes it for six hours

The Ngaio Gorge Road is to reopen for traffic and pedestrians at 4pm, after being closed since mid-morning by a small slip. Here’s how today’s news developed. Read more »

National Day of Silence against homophobia and transphobia

Press Release – InsideOUT
Today thousands of students across New Zealand will take a vow of silence, to draw attention to the silence surrounding homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying in their schools and communities. Read more »

Taxpayers Union complains Andy Foster is disregarding the rules

Media release from NZ Taxpayers Union
The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Wellington City Councillor Andy Foster has made extensive use of ratepayer funded IT and communications resources as part of his efforts to stand for Parliament with New Zealand First. Read more »

Wellington introducing minimum standards for rental housing – but it’ll be voluntary

Philippa Howden-Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, and Mayor Justin Lester. Photo: University of Otago, Wellington

News from Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington. Read more »

Rental property owners want cheaper insulation and heating

News from Property Investors’ Federation
The Wellington Council is introducing a voluntary Warrant of Fitness for rental properties that they intend to make compulsory in three years. The council says that they want to raise standards and that “every Wellingtonian deserves a warm dry home”. Read more »

What’s happened to the movie museum?


by Lindsay Shelton
It’s now a year since the Wellington City Council voted to spend $150million to build Peter Jackson’s movie museum, with a convention centre on the top floor. A year later, there’s no explanation of why work hasn’t started. Read more »

Hutt campaign seeks political support for cross-valley link road

News from Cr Campbell Barry
Today alongside a number of Hutt City Councillors, we’ve launched a campaign asking Political Parties from across the spectrum to support the Cross Valley Link Road as a strategic priority for Lower Hutt. Read more »

Te Moana Road getting safer

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
Work to upgrade the intersection of Te Moana Road and Park Avenue to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and accessibility is almost complete. Read more »

Design problems cause delays for replacing seawall at Paekakariki

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council’s plans to start building the replacement seawall along The Parade in Paekākāriki this financial year have been delayed. Read more »

Getting a grip on debt: Kapiti Council reduces its spending

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kapiti Council’s Operations and Finance Committee today approved changes to the capital expenditure programme for the 2017/18 financial year, reducing it to a level that better reflects the amount of work that can realistically be delivered within a year. Read more »

Too expensive: Waikanae stops plans for shared gallery and library

Press Release – Kapiti District Council
Plans to build a new purpose-built integrated Public Gallery and Library in Waikanae are being put on hold as the Council re-evaluates its plans. Read more »

Kāpiti Coast residents say they’re more and more satisfied

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Satisfaction of local residents with the Kapiti Coast District Council’s performance is continuing to improve. The results of the 2017 residents’ opinion survey presented at today’s Operations and Finance Committee meeting show improvement in overall satisfaction for a third year in a row. Read more »

$9m to improve buildings at Mana College

News from NZ Government
Around $9 million will be invested to redevelop Mana College in Porirua. Education Minister Nikki Kaye visited the school this morning to make the announcement, with the Prime Minister Bill English and MP Brett Hudson, a Mana College old boy and the school’s first member of parliament. Read more »

Candlelit Vigil for Water on Sunday

Press Release – Forest And Bird
One year since the Havelock North water crisis, four communities will hold a candlelit ‘Vigil for Water’ this Sunday at twilight. Read more »

Surf lifesaver delivers petition asking for operation to stop her going deaf

News from YesWeCareNZ
A 22-year-old surf life-saver going deaf today delivered a 26,643-strong petition to Parliament, calling on Bill English to give her a publically-funded cochlear implant before she goes completely deaf. Read more »

Vietnam War veterans’ commemorative service today

Press Release – NZ Returned and Services Association
New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are commemorating the fallen, remembering the war and what came after, and catching up with old comrades this Friday, and through the weekend. Read more »

Andy Foster named as NZ First candidate for Wellington Central

News from NZ First
Long-term Wellington City Councillor Andy Foster has been selected to contest the Wellington Central seat for New Zealand First at this year’s election. Read more »

Porirua project receives $2m freshwater grant

Press Release – Porirua City Council
A wetland project designed to improve the quality of water flowing into Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and help address flooding has been given a $2 million boost by the Government. Read more »

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