Politics News

50 per cent more earthworks needed for Transmission Gully; extra costs an issue

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s environment committee wants an update on the $850million Transmission Gully project, after learning consents for the 27-kilometre four-lane highway underestimated earthworks by 50 percent. Read more »

Campaigning on the street


by Lindsay Shelton
There aren’t any election billboards in our Brooklyn street, But even without them, the election campaign has repeatedly reached us. Read more »

Councillors vote to build houses and reform city housing policies

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has today voted unanimously to undertake the largest reform of the city’s housing policies in decades. Read more »

Wellington students state pre-election concerns about education policies

News from Inspiration Education Ltd
Wellington high school students want policymakers to bring more life skills, mental health services and balanced workloads to the classroom. Read more »

Hopeful? Excited? Angry? Afraid? Election poll surveys voters’ feelings

News from Horizon Research
Rarely published polling on how main party leaders are making New Zealanders feel may reveal what’s behind “Jacindamania”. Read more »

Wellington Central candidate representing migrants and refugees

Press Release – Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC
Gayaal Iddamalgoda, Wellington Central candidate for the Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign, says that a vote for him will send a pro-migrant signal to the major parties. Read more »

GPs’ letter shows failure of mental health services in Wgtn, says Jacinda Adern

News from NZ Labour Party
A letter of complaint by medical practitioners to the Ministry of Health and Capital and Coast District Health Board underlines how badly patients are being let down by mental health services in Wellington, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern. Read more »

First resource consent sought for $150m movie museum

The first of two resource consent applications for the Movie Museum and Convention Centre was lodged today by the Wellington City Council, which has agreed to pay $150m to construct the new building opposite Te Papa. Read more »

Climate change, diesel trains, and flawed logic on the main trunk line


by Roger Blakeley, Bob Norman, Alex Gray and Keith Flinders
Leaked documents show that KiwiRail’s decision last December to replace electric locomotives on the electrified section of the North Island Main Trunk (NIMT) with diesel locomotives was based on flawed logic and justified by misleading information. Read more »

Third day of cancelled flights because of jet fuel shortage at Auckland Airport

For a third day today, Air New Zealand has cancelled some flights between Wellington and Auckland because of the jet fuel shortage at Auckland Airport. The shortage has been caused by damage to the pipeline from the Marsden Point oil refinery; repairs to the pipeline will take till the middle of next week. Read more »

Author reading Milk Island aloud on election day

Press Release – Lawrence and Gibson
Lawrence & Gibson author Rhydian Thomas will be reading his entire debut novel, Milk Island, aloud at the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington and online via livestream on Election Day 2017. Read more »

Air New Zealand refuelling wide-body long-haul planes in Wellington

News from Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is beginning to refuel wide-body long-haul aircraft at Wellington International Airport as it continues to respond to fuel restrictions imposed following the temporary shut-down of Refining New Zealand’s pipeline to Auckland. Read more »

Rail needed for safe jetfuel transport, says union

Media release from RMTU
The debacle surrounding the Marsden Point refinery gas pipeline is totally unacceptable in a first world nation. Where was plan B from the National led Government? Read more »

Anti-rail tactics for the election

Painting by Wallace Trickett, owned by the Light Rail Transit Assn. Click here for large version.

by Brent Efford
In the final days before Saturday’s general election, the National Party has reverted to its old anti-rail tactics. Read more »

PSA national secretaries vote with their daughters on Suffrage Day

Press Release – PSA
PSA national secretaries Erin Polaczuk and Glenn Barclay are today advance voting for the 2017 election alongside their daughters, with equal pay and fairness in mind on the 124th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Read more »

Getting rid of the trolley buses – still time to stop the scandal


by Glen Smith
More than a month ago I wrote to Chris Laidlaw, chairman of the Wellington Regional Council, requesting information relating to his Council’s decision to dismantle our electric bus system. Despite having a legal obligation (under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act) to reply within 20 working days, no reply has been received. Read more »

Peace activists renew criticism of next month’s weapons expo

News from Peace Action Wellington
Peace Action Wellington (PAW) is today releasing a short film in response to the arms industry’s attack on our campaign against war profiteering in Aotearoa. Read more »

Final leg of marine pollution mural tour

Press Release – Make Lemonade
Queenstown based artist Tess Sheerin has almost completed the final leg of her five-city giant mural of New Zealand to highlight marine pollution. Read more »

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