Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Dawn Parade at Cenotaph, then Anzac service in Cathedral of St Paul

News from WCC
Wellingtonians are invited to join in the Anzac Day commemorations on Friday. Read more »

Memorial service on Sunday to mark forestry deaths

News from CTU
The NZ Council of Trade Unions is organising three major events for International Workers Memorial Day – April 28. Read more »

Localising Food Project launches on Saturday in Island Bay

Press Release – Laurence Boomert
The Localising Food Project will officially launch at the National Permaculture Conference at Tapu Te Ranga Marae, Island Bay, Wellington, this Saturday evening, at 8.10 pm. Read more »

Better lighting and CCTV camera promised for scene of sexual attacks

News from Salient
The Wellington City Council will install better lighting and a CCTV camera on the Boyd-Wilson path in response to recent attacks, but VUWSA President Sonya Clark says this is “only part of the solution.” Read more »

Greens’ Rimutaka candidate helps shape bill championing internet freedoms

News from Green Party
Championing Internet rights and freedoms, the Green Party has today launched New Zealand’s first ever crowdsourced Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill. With her unique background and experience in human rights law and ICT, Green Party candidate for Rimutaka, Susanne Ruthven, helped Gareth Hughes MP to shape this Bill. Read more »

Catering and unaffordable hire costs

“We eschew strongly the sole-provider catering model that Westpac Stadium has adopted and regard it as a major negative to fans.” Read more »

Spending $250,000 on a problem that doesn’t exist

by Kent Duston
The city council’s traffic engineers have recently proposed that the speed limit on some CBD roads be reduced to 30 km/hr. On the surface, this sounds like a good idea – after all, the laws of physics would tell us that slower crashes will equal fewer injuries. But a more detailed reading of the proposal says that it’s the dumbest way to spend $250,000 imaginable. Read more »

The council system for stopping drinking

by Lindsay Shelton
The city council was directly involved in the process that stopped a cinema selling wine or beer to moviegoers on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Read more »

No drinking allowed at Easter movies – unless you’re eating as well


by Kate Larkindale
I thought it was important that all our Penthouse customers know what is happening over Easter weekend. The new liquor licensing laws that came into effect in December are making it so we are not permitted to sell alcohol on Good Friday or Easter Sunday unless you are at the cinema for a meal (and that’s not just a bowl of fries, apparently). Read more »

Supreme Court rules against one salmon farm in Sounds, approves three others

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
The Supreme Court has upheld resource consents for three salmon farms to be developed in the Marlborough Sounds by the King Salmon company, but in an important win for the protection of “outstanding landscapes”, it has ruled against a fourth site. Read more »

PHOTOS: Flowers and puppies, rain and shine for royals’ last day in Wellington

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Twitter photo from British Royals

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were presented with flowers during their walk through Civic Square this morning. Read more »

Rates going up by average 2.49%: city’s operational spend totals $406m

News from WCC
Wellington City Councillors have agreed on the city’s budget and plans for the coming year – including an average rates increase of 2.49 percent – following strong community support during consultation. Read more »

Employers disappointed by rates increase

Press Release – Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
The Wellington City Council’s decision to increase rates is disappointing says Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Raewyn Bleakley. Read more »

A tale of two cinemas

by Lindsay Shelton
A second cinema has been affected by city council actions (or lack of them). Read more »

Loomio exceeds its crowd-funding goal of $US100,000 for new app

With less than one day remaining in its crowd-funding campaign, Wellington’s Loomio has raised more than $US108,000 – with almost 1500 people helping it to achieve 109 per cent of its goal of $US100,000. Read more »

$250,000 approved to start planning new library in Johnsonville

Media release from Councillor Helene Ritchie
A cunning political manoeuvre has ensured that the construction of a new Johnsonville library will be brought forward – with detailed design drawings and resource consent application commencing immediately. Read more »

Wellington having its first CryptoParty

Press Release – New Zealand Institute for Cryptography and Freedom
Wellington’s first CryptoParty will take place on Saturday, 26th April. Read more »

ANZAC photography exhibition will highlight common values

Press Release – Australian High Commission
Between Australia and New Zealand there is no greater unifying force than ANZAC Day. In the lead up to ANZAC Day 2014, the Australian High Commission in Wellington will open its doors to host ‘Common Values’, an ANZAC photography exhibition. Read more »

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