Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Westpac breached Nicky Hager’s privacy – ruling from Privacy Commissioner

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
The Privacy Commissioner has censured Westpac Banking Corp for releasing without a court order more than 10 months of bank records belonging to the Wellington political activist and journalist Nicky Hager during a police investigation into leaked information published in Hager’s 2014 pre-election book, ‘Dirty Politics’. Read more »

Lyall Bay “disinfected” after network fault causes another wastewater spillage

There’s new pollution in Lyall Bay this morning. Read more »

Council campaigning to teach young people how to avoid bad behaviour


News from WCC
‘Check Yourself’ has launched today. It’s a Wellington City Council and NZ Police collaboration urging young Wellingtonians to understand the consequences of their actions. Read more »

Lavery tells why 17 parking wardens lost their jobs; “new higher standards”

The City Council today released information about why some workers lost their jobs when the parking warden roles were brought in house. Read more »

Three northern councillors campaigning to save Tawa’s bush reserve

News from WCC
The Northern Ward Councillors will be urging their fellow councillors to support tendering for acquisition of the 36 hectare Forest of Tane, following a call from the community at a packed public meeting in Tawa this weekend. Read more »

It’s significant and valuable, but will the city council save Tawa’s bush reserve?

News from Forest and Bird
A 36 ha block of land known as Forest of Tane is being offered for sale. This block is below Colonial Knob on the western side of Tawa. It consists of about 20 ha of pine forest with a surprisingly well-developed under-storey of regenerating native bush; 16 ha of vigorous regenerating indigenous bush and a forest remnant. It is the largest block of forest in Wellington not owned by the Council. Read more »

Greens suggest extending electric rail services and commuter trains

News from Green Party
The Green Party would look at extending the electric rail line and commuter trains north of Waikanae to improve access to Wellington and relieve congestion around Ōtaki and Levin, instead of building more monster motorways. Read more »

Extra CCTV camera aims to increase safety on university walkway

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council is working with Victoria University to keep the streets leading from the university into the Wellington CBD safe. Read more »

Four lanes to the planes – not the answer

by Michael C Barnett
One of the issues identified in the Let’s Get Wellington Moving progress report is congestion on the key routes into and through the CBD, resulting in delays and unreliable journey times. It’s a problem that exists for only a few hours per day. Read more »

Vigil outside Australian High Commission for murdered asylum seeker

News from Doing Our Bit
Dozens of Wellingtonians held a vigil outside the Australian High Commission today to mark the third anniversary of the murder of Reza Berati. Berati was 23 when he was killed while detained on Manus Island by the Australian government. Read more »

Another charge dropped against peace activist; arrested for no reason

News from Peace Action Wellington
Another charge was dropped on the fourth day of the Crown’s case against 15 peace activists who protested against the 2015 Wellington Weapons Expo. Selina Van Doorn’s charge was dismissed after the Judge was shown video evidence which showed that police had violently arrested her for no reason. Read more »

Problems with temporary block wall on Paraparaumu beach

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council will be monitoring a temporary block wall at the south end of Paraparaumu Beach over the weekend. Read more »

They opened it, but not for traffic

Photo via Twitter from Transport Minister Simon Bridges

by Lindsay Shelton
I can remember when official openings were immediately followed by access for the public – into a new shop, or on to a new road. Not these days. The Kapiti Expressway was officially opened this morning. But it didn’t mean anything for motorists. Read more »

$630m, 18km Kapiti expressway officially opened – but not yet for traffic

News from NZ Government
The $630 million Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway was officially opened this morning. It is part of the Wellington Northern Corridor, one of the Government’s Roads of National Significance, identified as key to economic growth. Read more »

Voting with gritted teeth in Ohariu


by Gordon Campbell
Any social liberals left in Ohariu face something of a dilemma. Do they vote against Peter Dunne in order to change this government’s dismal policies on health, education, the environment, welfare and the economy? Or do they vote tactically for Dunne, to try and prevent Greg O’Connor – now selected as Labour’s Ohariu candidate – from becoming this country’s next Minister of Police? Read more »

Drop-in session to share plans for new Hutt cycleway

Press Release – Hutt City Council
We love cycling here in the Hutt and on Saturday 25 February we want to share our plans for a new local cycleway. Read more »

Strong opposition to seabed mining proposal at EPA hearings today

News from Kiwis Against Seabed Mining
When seabed mining hearings open in Wellington tomorrow, the strength of opposition will be apparent to the Environmental Protection Authority, said Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) today. Read more »

Coalition of six city organisations wants trolley buses to be retained

News report from Sustainable Energy Forum
At the year’s first meeting of the Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee this week, a coalition of Wellington organisations called for a professional business case study to maintain Wellington’s trolley bus network. “Wellington’s zero emission trolley fleet is a strategic asset in a city already committed to phase out its dirty fossil fuel buses” says former regional councillor Paul Bruce. Read more »

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