Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Prince of Wales to visit Tawa College, Duchess to see Te Whaea and SPCA

News from NZ Government
Prime Minister John Key today released details of the six-day visit to New Zealand next month by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. It will be the Prince’s ninth visit and the Duchess’s second. Read more »

Regional Council promising “action and awareness” to fight climate change

News from GWRC
The Greater Wellington Regional Council has adopted a climate change strategy focused on strengthening the long-term resilience and sustainability of the Wellington region through action and awareness. Read more »

Staying the night at the airport

airport hotel

Why stay the night at the airport, when it’s only a quick trip into town? Read more »

Another bargain for Willis Bond

kumutoto another view

by Lindsay Shelton
The usual secrecy surrounds the latest deal made by Willis Bond to lease prime waterfront land from the Wellington City Council. But a small amount of information can be found. Read more »

Protestors march to Parliament and speak against sales of state houses

Photo by Olexander Barnes

Scoop report by Robert Kelly
The State Housing Action Network led a protest march through Wellington today against the sale of state housing by the Government. Read more »

New building on North Queens Wharf approved by Environment Court

building new kumutoto

The Environment Court has approved the plans for a new five-storey building on the Waterloo Quay frontage of North Queens Wharf. The building will be 22.4m high, with rooftop structures rising up to 26.25m. Read more »

Five-storey building will transform its waterfront site, says ‘pleased’ Celia

News from WCC
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Councillor Andy Foster have welcomed the Environment Court’s approval for the construction of a five-storey building on the North Kumutoto area of Wellington’s waterfront and the redevelopment of the public areas nearby. Read more »

Not so secret?

basin from nzta

Since we identified secrecy surrounding the new round of planning traffic changes at the Basin Reserve, there’s been a small start to revealing what’s going on, with information posted online about the first (and only) meeting of the governance group. Read more »

Council flies the five flags

celia and flags
Photo: Celia Wade-Brown

News from WCC
The five flag options in the upcoming referendum were hoisted in unison on the Wellington Town Hall at noon today. Read more »

Five nations coming to Wellington to discuss activities in space

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Ministry of Defence will host the annual Combined Space Operations (CSpO) Principals meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Wellington. Read more »

Holocaust film series at Lighthouse

Press Release – Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut New Zealand and the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand present a three-week cinematic reflection on the impact of the Holocaust across generations, cultures and countries. Read more »

Metlink launches new website – simpler, quicker, better than old one

metlink website

News from Wellington Regional Council
Public transport journeys around greater Wellington will get easier with the launch of Metlink’s new website on Saturday. The new website – – will put real time transport information at passengers’ fingertips so people can easily plan and adjust their journeys. The new website works across desktops, tablets and smartphones, replacing existing Metlink desktop and mobile websites. Read more »

Future uncertain for regional council

There’s a new player in the prolonged process of trying to change the structure of local government in Wellington. Sir Wira Gardiner, appointed less than three months ago to chair the Local Government Commission, has ‘met with’ all the mayors. And the Commission says things are different now. Read more »

More trains, more seats, less noise promised for Johnsonville trains

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
More reliable services, more choice of travel times and more seats are in store for Johnsonville Line commuters. Read more »

Councillors approve fast-tracking housing development for Shelly Bay

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee today recommended that Shelly Bay become a Special Housing Area. Read more »

Death of Kāpiti mayoress Vicki Church

Press Release – Kāpiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti Mayoress Vicki Church, nee McCarthy, died today in Wellington Hospital after a two-year battle with cancer. Read more »

40th anniversary of Maori land march – exhibition at National Library

News from National Library
Traffic into Wellington came to a standstill as thousands of Māori and Pākehā streamed along the motorway into the capital on 13 October 1975, concluding the Māori land march to parliament. Read more »

New teaching resource to help diversity

Press Release – University of Auckland
Inside Out, a video-based teaching resource created in partnership by University of Auckland’s Dr John Fenaughty, Curative, and RainbowYouth, is to be launched to the Wellington community at Parliament on Tuesday. Read more »

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