Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Politicians place symbolic poppies on tunnel wall under War Memorial Park

tunnel poppies
Photo: MCH and NZTA

News from NZ Government
Prime Minister John Key, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson today laid the last of 273 symbolic decorative poppies on the wall of the newly named Arras Tunnel, which runs underneath the National War Memorial Park site. Read more »

Council spending $200,000 to help strengthen 11 heritage buildings

News from WCC
Eleven heritage building owners will receive over $200,000 from the Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive fund. The Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee has approved the funding toward seismic strengthening work and preserving the heritage characteristics of each building. Read more »

On the waterfront: another private building on public land

by Mary Munro
The Wellington City Council last week voted 11 to four in favour of allowing an office block to be built on Site 10 at North Kumutoto, and granting a 125-year land lease to Willis Bond and Co. Waterfront Watch remains deeply concerned about these decisions. Read more »

$34,000 to restore wetland at Paekakariki; 200 volunteers committed

News from NZ Government
The Government is to provide a $34,000 Community Conservation Partnership Fund grant over two years to support the work of the Whareroa Guardians to restore the Ramaroa Wetland and for a new track to the Ti Kouka Rocks. Read more »

Justice Minister Judith Collins resigns from Cabinet – PM’s announcement

Key re resignation

Scoop report and photo by Jeremy Wilkinson
The Minister of Justice Judith Collins has today resigned from the Cabinet because of allegations that she tried to undermine a senior civil servant through a blog. Read more »

“Far more serious allegations” lead to Judith Collins resignation

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
Prime Minister John Key has been handed a cast-iron excuse to rid his government of its troublesome Justice Minister Judith Collins, using an email supplied anonymously to his office at Parliament yesterday which appears to show Collins conspiring with the Whaleoil blog run by National Party activist Cameron Slater to unseat the then head of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley, in 2011. Read more »

Evidence in Judith Collins’ office must be protected, says David Cunliffe

News from NZ Labour Party
Evidence crucial to any inquiry into actions by Judith Collins and other National ministers and staff must be protected from being destroyed, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Read more »

Adam Feeley was strong head of Serious Fraud Office, says Iain Rennie

News from State Services Commission
“The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister’s Office over the last 24 hours on the issue of the former chief executive of the Serious Fraud Office,” said State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today. Read more »

The cycleway that hasn’t been built – how slow can they go?

by Lindsay Shelton
Back in 2008, the need for an off-road cycleway between Petone and Ngauranga was being described as “urgent.” The urgency was clear because a prominent cyclist had been killed at the Petone roundabout. We had a reminder of the urgency this week, when another cyclist was injured. Read more »

Accolades for local heroes on Thursday

Press Release – Wellington Airport Community Awards
Quick-thinking teenagers, brave first-aiders, resolute pedestrian advocates and a special 6-year-old are just a few of the remarkable Wellingtonians who will be honoured for going above-and-beyond to help keep their fellow Capital residents safe. Read more »

Kiwibank profit hits $100 million; after 12 years, it has 860,000 customers

Report from BusinessDesk by Paul McBeth
Kiwibank, the state-owned lender, lifted its annual profit 3 percent as it widened net interest margins, and is looking to start paying dividends to its owner in the next three years. Net profit rose to $100 million in the 12 months ended June 30 from $97 million a year earlier, the Wellington-based bank said in a statement. Read more »

March against National today

Press Release: TPPA Action – Wellington
Thousands of people will march and rally at ‘National is not our Future’ events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa from 1:00 pm for a march along the waterfront to Parliament with an expected arrival at 1.45pm. Read more »

Open letter to Justin Lester: time to make the city better for pedestrians

To Justin Lester,
Deputy Mayor of Wellington.
Dear Justin,

In Thursday’s Dominion Post you lamented the failure of your colleagues to agree to reduce the speed limit on a few CBD streets to 30km/hr. From my point of view as a pedestrian advocate, this is a victory rather than a defeat. Read more »

Surprised and aghast – but where’s Plan B for the Basin?

by Mike Mellor
From media reports there’s a sense that the Regional Council is surprised and aghast at the Board of Inquiry decision to reject the Basin flyover. The council should have had a “Plan B” at the ready as a normal management precaution for a work of this scale. Read more »

9/11 exhibition returns to Wellington

Press Release – 911 Truth for Aotearoa
There has never been a more appropriate time to re-visit the events of 9/11. Read more »

What went wrong? CBD speed limits stay the same for a second time

by PCGM
In a marathon session last night, the Wellington City Council voted down the proposal to reduce the speed limit on selected CBD streets to 30km/hr. It was a defeat for Transport portfolio leader Andy Foster. Read more »

Cycleway from Island Bay gets a second go-ahead from city councillors;

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Wellington.Scoop
The cycleway from Island Bay’s Shorland Park to Wakefield Park was given a second go-ahead by Wellington city councillors yesterday. Read more »

Cycleways versus car parks

by Maximus
Cyclists are, at all times, at danger of getting hurt, maimed and killed by clashes with motored vehicles unless they are in completely separated bicycle lanes. You might think therefore, that given the chance, any sane resident in Wellington would leap at the chance of a network of cycle routes being planned through Wellington. Read more »

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