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Banner above Midland Park protests at oil exploration in Northland

News from Oil Free Wellington

Today members of Oil Free Wellington targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading ‘Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil’ to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil’s New Zealand office is located. The Norwegian oil company has been granted 15 year exploration permits off the coast of Northland. Read more »

Back to the (museum) future

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Confused? Te Papa is short of money, with a deficit reported as being $8m. Yet the government is investigating the idea of creating a second national museum in Wellington. Read more »

Teachers say draft legislation is sloppy, will unleash a monster

Press Release – Post Primary Teachers Association
The legislation around the government’s EDUCANZ body is so sloppy it is impossible to know what kind of monster will eventually be unleashed, says PPTA president Angela Roberts. Read more »

Black Sticks to play Japan and Australia in Kāpiti

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Hockey New Zealand has announced the Black Sticks will play two matches against Japan at the Kapiti Sports Turf in Paraparaumu on 21/22 November. Read more »

Kevin Lavery ‘exceeds expectations,’ council gives him a 2 per cent pay rise

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council’s Performance Review Committee has completed its annual review of the performance of Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery and it says his performance has exceeded expectations in his first year. Read more »

Live from the city council – full direct coverage of tonight’s meeting

News from WCC
Forget the mainstream TV news shows – if you want to watch drama, a bit of humour, and real democracy in action – as it happens – then you can watch full live coverage of this evening’s meeting of the Wellington City Council – starting at 5.30pm. Read more »

Specialists and doctors oppose privatisation of hospital lab services

News release from Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is worried that public hospital managers are poised to privatise all or part of the hospital laboratories that look after the health needs of the greater Wellington region. Read more »

Rally supporting Hong Kong at Chinese Embassy in Wellington today

News release from Bevan Chuang
A rally supporting the rights for universal suffrage and the democratic rights of Hong Kong will take place on Wednesday at 1pm outside the Chinese Embassy in Wellington. Read more »

Carol Hirschfeld leaving Maori TV, joining Radio New Zealand

News from RadioNZ
Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson has announced that Carol Hirschfeld, the former General Manager Production for Maori TV, is to join Radio New Zealand as Head of Content and Radio New Zealand Networks Presentation Manager, John Howson, has been appointed to the new role as Head of Radio. Read more »

“We managed to keep costs low:” Regional Council reports on its work

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Greater Wellington Regional Council 2013/14 Annual Report, adopted today, highlights the wide variety of the work undertaken by the council. Read more »

Re-cycled Christmas trees – exhibition planned in Hutt CBD

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council has teamed up with Te Omanga Hospice to bring the first Recycled Christmas Tree exhibition to the region. Read more »

‘Kiwifruit Claim’ in High Court will allege biosecurity officials were negligent

Press Release – Exceltium
Kiwifruit growers have today joined forces to hold Biosecurity NZ accountable in the courts for its negligence in allowing 2010’s Psa outbreak that devastated New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry and exports. Read more »

Cloud-based Social Pinpoint software now accepting ideas for Hackathon

News from Hack Wellington
Social Pinpoint have donated their Cloud-based software to the Miramar Hackathon project. Read more »

Peter Dunne to be Minister outside Cabinet, part of United Future deal

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Scoop photo by Elizabeth Beattie

News from NZ Government
National Party Leader John Key today announced that Ohariu MP Peter Dunne is to be appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation. He will be a Minister outside Cabinet. Read more »

Protecting the Town Belt, or not

by David Lee
The latest draft of the Town Belt Bill will go before the Wellington City Council on Tuesday. Promoted as offering better protection for the Town Belt, in reality the Bill would change the Town Belt’s long-standing status and give more power to council officials. This would make it easier for them to facilitate development projects in the Town Belt, compromising its remaining open space. Read more »

“I can unify the Labour Party,” says leadership contender Grant Robertson

“I’m the person who can unify the Labour Party,” said Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q&A programme this morning. It was his first interview since he announced that he will be running for leadership of the party. Read more »

Grant Robertson to run for leadership of Labour Party: “revitalise … renew”


Popular Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson last night announced that he will be putting his name forward for leadership of the Labour Party. Here’s the announcement from his Facebook page. Read more »

Labour leadership: Grant Robertson taking time to reflect

News release from Grant Robertson MP
“In response to numerous media inquiries, I would like to reiterate that I respect David Cunliffe’s statement that he is taking time to reflect and take soundings in light of the election result and discussions at Caucus on Tuesday,” said Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson yesterday. Read more »

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