Archive for the 'Politics' Category

“Life is hell:” the fate of 9 families next to the Kapiti expressway construction site

by K Gurunathan
I urge the NZ Transport Agency to seriously look into the purchase of about nine properties significantly affected by construction of the Kapiti Expressway. Read more »

Managing it, or losing it

harbour porirua
Photo: PCC

by Jim Mikoz
If we don’t get better management of the Porirua Harbour, we will be the last generation to use it. Read more »

“No choice:” midwives file pay parity discrimination case in High Court

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Photo from PSA

News from NZ College of Midwives
“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepared to file a pay parity discrimination case, on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act, in the High Court in Wellington today. Read more »

$45 to Nelson: Jetstar promises low fares, more competition on five new routes

jetstar at wgtn airport
Photo from Wellington Airport

News from Jetstar
Jetstar today unveiled its new regional network, launching low fares on five routes between Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington. Read more »

Jetstar adding 21 flights a week between Wellington and Nelson

News release from Wellington Chamber of Commerce
Wellington will benefit from new regional air services announced by Jetstar today, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Cheaper Nelson fares, a boost to business and leisure travel

News from WCC
The cheaper air service between Wellington and Nelson announced today by Jetstar will boost business and leisure travel between the two cities, says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Read more »

Palmerston North expecting more tourists with new Jetstar flights

Press Release – Palmerston North City Council
Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith is delighted Jetstar has named the city as one of its new regional destinations. Jetstar announced in Wellington this morning that Palmerston North will become one of four new regional links for the airline. Read more »

Creswick Valley residents welcome protection from Environment Court

News from Creswick Valley Residents Association
Creswick Valley residents today welcomed a decision from the Environment Court which provides for increased protection for the site at 55 – 85 Curtis Street. Read more »

PHOTOS: All Blacks named at Parliament

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Twitter photo from John Key

allblacks at parlt
Twitter photo from Andrew Little

News from All Blacks.com
The All Blacks squad for the Rugby World Cup was unveiled by New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey in front of a packed audience at Parliament in Wellington this evening. Read more »

Washing cars and polluting the harbour

by Lindsay Shelton
I thought everyone knew about the dire state of Porirua Harbour, and the brave and belated attempts to reduce its pollution. But not, apparently, three people who say they don’t agree with a bylaw to stop the harbour being polluted through the stormwater drains. Read more »

KiwiBank, with 903,000 customers, reports increased profit of $127m

BusinessDesk report by Tina Morrison
Kiwibank, the banking unit of state-owned New Zealand Post, will pay its first annual dividend after 13 years of operation, reflecting its increased size, record profits and its ability to fund its own activities. Read more »

It’s approved: Wellington Airport is getting a leaning tower

Press Release – Airways New Zealand

Resource consent has been granted for a new air traffic control tower for Wellington Airport – a building which will appear to lean into Wellington’s prevailing northerly wind. Read more »

New bus depot opened at Kaiwharawhara

Press Release – NZBus
The Minister of Transport Simon Bridges officially opened NZ Bus’ new depot in Kaiwharawhara today. The strategic location of the depot, near the Wellington Railway Station, provides operational efficiencies and complements the city’s planned network changes. Read more »

Cost-cutting threatens help for 1000 old people in Manawatu

News from PSA
The Public Service Association says cuts to MidCentral DHB funding for home management may result in less work and loss of jobs for workers who support some of Manawatu’s most vulnerable residents. Read more »

Statoil breaking rules to woo iwi by meeting in Wellington café

Press Release – Greenpeace
Norwegian oil giant Statoil has been snapped during a visit to Wellington, trying to win over individual iwi leaders rather than engaging collectively in line with its own protocols. Read more »

$434m spent on essential city services; $800m confirmed for new council projects

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council reports that there are strong financial results in its 2014 -15 Annual Report approved by the full council yesterday. Read more »

Tougher controls on car-washing to stop pollution going into Porirua Harbour

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua City Council last night passed a stormwater bylaw to control what people flush into the stormwater network to better protect Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour. Read more »

Five councils start planning how to provide emergency water supplies

Press Release – Wellington Water Committee
The Wellington Water Committee is taking a regional approach to the challenge of getting Wellington’s water network up and running after a major incident. Read more »

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