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Iona for deputy mayor?

A recent tweet alerted us to a possibility that had yet to occur to the wellington.scoop brains trust – that left-leaning Green councillor Iona Pannett might well be Wellington’s next deputy mayor, assuming incumbent Celia Wade-Brown gets re-elected. The logic seems curiously inescapable – and goes like this. Read more »

Runway extension: less than three weeks for submissions to Environment Court

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by Sea Rotmann
We have less than three weeks for submissions to the Environment Court opposing Wellington Airport’s proposed runway extension into Cook Strait. Read more »

Kerry Prendergast wins award for excellence in local government

News from Local Government New Zealand
Kerry Prendergast is the winner of a local government Excellence Award for her commitment to local government. Ms Prendergast was awarded the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Government at the LGNZ conference in Dunedin today. The awards, now in their third year, recognise and celebrate the outstanding leadership role local government plays within communities. Read more »

Trevor Mallard not standing again – aiming to be Parliament’s Speaker

Hutt MP Trevor Mallard has announced that he will not be seeking re-election for his Hutt South electorate. Instead, he is campaigning to be Speaker of Parliament. Read more »

Students tell tertiary sector to respond to industry trends

Press Release – Victoria University Students Association
Jacinta Gulasekharam, Academic Vice President from Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA), today outlined why students desire an equitable approach to education at Voices from Tertiary Education, a two-day symposium organised by the Tertiary Education Union. Read more »

Making Wellington great: Architectural Centre names 70th birthday awards

News from Architectural Centre
To commemorate its 70th anniversary on the 23rd July, the Architectural Centre announced a number of awards at its 70th birthday party last night at Wellington Museum. The awards recognised many in the architectural and design community for their contributions to Wellington’s built environment over the last 70 years. Read more »

Wellington signs education exchange agreement with sister city in China

News from WCC
Wellington has signed a formal Education Exchange Agreement with Xiamen city in Fujian Province, China. The two internationally-focused cities, both coastal cities ringed by hills, will celebrate the 30th year of their Sister-City relationship next year. Read more »

Leap forward on Kapiti Coast

Press Release – Gavin Welsh
“Economic development has taken a bold leap forward on the Kapiti Coast,” says Kapiti Mayoral candidate Gavin Welsh. Read more »

Porirua closes Aquatic Centre after health concerns

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua City Council closed its Arena Aquatic Centre this afternoon after confirmation today of five cases of cryptosporidiosis were linked to the pool. Read more »

Attempt at stifling dissent? Two-week trial for peace activists

News from Peace Action Wellington
Heavy-handed policing of peace activists arrested on minor charges at last year’s arms fair in Wellington will see 30 police witnesses called at a trial lasting two weeks. Read more »

Hutt Youth Awards open for nominations

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Youth Awards open for nominations on Monday with the start of the new school term, Chris Bishop MP (Chair of the Organising Committee) announced today. Read more »

Why students should get discounted fares

by Paul Bruce
Wellingtonians love our city. Now we are going to make it even better with one ticket for all services, smarter capped weekly and daily fares, and the youth 50% discount extending to tertiary students. Read more »

Fraud investigation at Ministry of Transport – public money missing

News from NZ Labour Party
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money have gone missing and the Minister of Transport Simon Bridges must come clean after the Labour Party revealed that a senior manager is being investigated for serious fraud, says Labour’s transport spokesperson Sue Moroney. Read more »

A vote of no confidence?

Today’s announcement that Andy Foster is joining the ranks of disaffected councillors seeking the mayoralty has underlined how bad things have become at the Wellington City Council – it’s become a free-for-all to displace Celia Wade-Brown. Read more »

And now there are eight; new mayoral candidate says leadership lacking

Councillor Andy Foster has decided to enter the contest for the Wellington mayoralty. He’s now the eighth candidate, following Helene Ritchie’s weekend decision to become the seventh candidate. Read more »

Eight mayoral candidates great for democracy, says John Milford

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Wellington Chamber of Commerce says having eight candidates standing for the city’s mayoralty is great for democracy and should make for a fascinating election campaign. Read more »

Prendergast deserves huge thanks for amazing dedication, says Milford

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Kerry Prendergast deserves huge thanks for the contribution she has made to the city, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

$3m cable car upgrade taking two extra weeks – reopening August 15

News from WCC
The return to service of Wellington’s cable car will be delayed by two weeks – the first trips for members of the public will now be on 15 August, rather than 1 August. Read more »

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