Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Where’s a business plan to support the mayors’ runway enthusiasm?

leaning tower
Studio Pacific Architecture

by Ian Apperley
Wellingtonians are a funny bunch. We hate change yet we want change. We are prepared to lampoon anyone who promotes a change, or anyone who is perceived to be slowing change down. Case in point. A massive negative reaction to a new, I thought clever, design for the airport control tower. Can’t have that mate, it’s weird. Case number two, a negative reaction to anyone who asks questions about the airport extension. Just get on with it mate, stop being weird. Read more »

90 cent increase in allowance is “worst April Fools’ joke,” says student leader

News from VUWSA
Today’s increase of 90 cents per week to the Student Loan and Allowance schemes is a joke, and does not meet the increased cost of living faced by students, says the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA). Read more »

Peak-hour tow-truck will be testing plan to prevent SH1 traffic jams

News from NZTA
The Transport Agency will today be starting a two-month trial of an emergency response vehicle (tow truck) on Wellington’s urban motorway to help prevent traffic jams caused by blocked lanes. Read more »

Chips get the chop: no deep frying at new Taita community centre

Press Release – Hutt City Council
When the new Taita Sport & Community Centre opens later this year no deep fryers will be allowed. Read more »

Keeping it lively

civicsq 2

The World Cup cricket has ended. But this shouldn’t bring an end to the rejuvenation of Civic Square that was created for the tournament. Read more »

Ghost buses, and real-time failings

Fran Wilde says the city’s real-time bus information system is working reliably. But Dave Armstrong writes about waiting for eight “due” buses that never arrived. Who do you believe? Read more »

Employers welcome simpler tax system; ‘time is money,” says Milford

News from WECofC
Moves to simplify and moderne the tax system have been welcomed by the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. Read more »

More noise from aircraft – Brooklyn residents seek reasons for changes

flight path

Brooklyn residents have been reporting an increase in noise from aircraft flying over their suburb. Read more »

Offers wanted for oil and gas exploration off coasts of Wellington and Wairarapa


BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
A total of seven new areas will be opened up to oil and gas exploration under its block offer tendering system, as the New Zealand government seeks to concentrate activity in a few strategically chosen areas. Read more »

Risks of deep-sea oil drilling “too great,” say Wellington campaigners

Media release from Oil Free Wellington
Oil exploration sites are now almost twice the size of New Zealand. Block Offer 2015 is yet another colossal leap in the wrong direction. Read more »

Oil drilling threatens Maui’s dolphins, mammal sanctuary, forest park

Media release from Green Party
The Government’s block offer announcement of an area almost twice the size of New Zealand and including the home of the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin and other protected conservation areas is further evidence of how out of touch they’ve become, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Easter Egg hunt at Premier House

Press Release – Weltec
12 lucky children will be chasing around Premier House in Wellington this Wednesday trying to beat the Prime Minister as they go head to head on an Extraordinary Easter Egg Hunt. Read more »

3 months to complete Victoria St upgrade; 55 trees to be planted in June

Photo: WCC

News from WCC
Work starting at Volunteer Corner in Victoria Street this week is the first step in creating another little inner city park – and a sign the street transformation project is on the home stretch. Read more »

Don’t pay the airport, say ratepayers

The Wellington City Council’s website shows substantial opposition to the council’s plan to give $90million to the Wellington Airport company to help pay for a longer runway. Two days after Mayor Wade-Brown gave her support in principle for making the payment, the website shows 58 per cent opposition to such a gift. Read more »

We’ll pay the airport, say the mayors

Can it be true? Celia and Ray and Wayne and Nick and the other regional mayors have agreed that they’ll pay “up to” half the cost of extending the runway at Wellington Airport. Read more »

Mayors agree: “compelling case” to pay $150m for longer runway

News from WCC
The Wellington region Mayoral Forum has given a significant boost to planning for a 350-metre extension to Wellington Airport’s runway. Read more »

Mark Beehre’s Photospace exhibition traces gay lives since law reform

Press Release – Photospace Gallery
A new exhibition by a Wellington artist uses photographs and oral histories to tell the stories of queer men born since gay sex was legalised in New Zealand almost 30 years ago. Read more »

Doctors want new DG of Health to deal with local DHBs’ “significant failings”

News Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists welcomes the appointment of Chai Chuah as Chief Executive and Director-General of the Ministry of Health. Read more »

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