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Moa Pointers, the runway extension, the Environment Court


by Sea Rotmann
A few years ago, I wrote about what it means to be a Moa Pointer. As much as I waxed lyrically about the “best sunset spot in town” and our amazing, if often endangered natural taonga, I have to highlight my prescience when writing these words: “Not going through the fast-tracked board of inquiry process is an admission that they know they would fail. Going through the more protracted Environment Court hearings has nothing to do with a ‘more open and transparent process’ and everything with buying themselves time and bleeding the opponents dry due to the high costs associated with fighting a project like this through the Court. It also means many more years of this existential threat hanging over our heads, which is stressful in many ways – emotionally, financially and physically.” Read more »

“No satisfactory outcome” for runway extension, says Judge

Report from RNZ
There will be no satisfactory outcome when a final decision on the Wellington Airport extension resource consent is released, an Environment Court judge has said. Read more »

A Saturday Metlink story

by Feargus ORaghallaigh
Metlink, Metlink, Metlink,
How wonderful you are.
Guru, Justin, not that you’re responsible but yes, good on’ya (anyway).
And my old friend, Regional Chris. Ya dun us proud today.
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600 Lime electric scooters have arrived in the Hutt Valley

News from Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council
The Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt Councils have issued a permit to allow e-scooters to operate in locations across the Hutt Valley. The e-scooters are the first of their kind in the Wellington region and will operate in most parts of Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. Read more »

Making the right choice in Stebbings Valley


by Kate Spencer for Talk Wellington
The Wellington City Council is developing a brand new suburb in Upper Stebbings Valley. But it shouldn’t be another stab at big cookie-cutter houses in a dormitory suburb. It should be about building a community, not just a place to sleep. Read more »

Brakes applied to pay increases for public service bosses

News from NZ Government
Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today welcomed the 2018 State Sector Pay Report, which shows pay increases for chief executives are slowing. Read more »

Wellington councillors vote to pay $154m for convention centre

News from WCC
Wellington City Councillors have voted to proceed with a Five Greenstar Convention and Exhibition Centre (CEC) which will give a major boost to the local economy, create hundreds of jobs and provide stimulus for further regeneration in that part of the city. Read more »

CofC says new convention centre will have “halo effect”

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The Wellington City Council’s decision today to proceed with a $179 million convention and exhibition centre across from Te Papa is great news for the city’s economy, says the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Read more »

Three days of strikes at Air New Zealand called off; negotiations reach agreement

News from AirNZ
Air New Zealand is pleased that an agreement has been reached with the unions representing its aircraft maintenance and logistics workers including the lifting of strike notices that threatened to disrupt travel for 120,000 customers over the three busiest travel days of the year. Read more »

Strategy vital to manage Porirua growth

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua City’s population is likely to grow by 25,000 with an additional 10,000 homes over the next 30 years with significant changes in land use following the completion of Transmission Gully Motorway and other large scale projects planned for the city. Read more »

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