Archive for the 'Politics' Category

WCC breaching employment law, failing to tell staff about collective bargaining

News from PSA
The Public Service Association has applied to the Employment Relations Authority for a compliance order after the Wellington City Council breached employment law by refusing to notify staff that collective bargaining had begun. Read more »

Regional council ‘scaremongering’ over Hutt water pipes, says Ray Wallace

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace “utterly refutes” suggestions by the Local Government Commission and Greater Wellington Regional Council that a supercity is needed to deal with renewal work on the Hutt’s water infrastructure. Read more »

Who’ll run our trains? Short-list of three for new Wellington rail contract

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Greater Wellington Regional Council has finalised a short-list for the tendering of its new rail contract. Read more »

Supreme Court denies appeal against equal pay for rest home workers

BusinessDesk report by Fiona Rotherham
The Supreme Court has denied aged care provider Terranova Homes and Care, at the centre of a landmark court case paving the way for gender pay equity, leave to appeal the ruling. Read more »

Chief Archivist to review PM’s deletion of official text messages

News from Greens
The Green Party welcomes the decision by the Chief Archivist to investigate their complaint into the Prime Minister’s practice of deleting official text messages. Read more »

Auckland’s supercity four years on – a lesson for Wellington

by Mike Lee
Much was promised when the seven former local authorities and the Auckland Regional Council were disbanded/amalgamated by the National Government. Wellingtonians may be interested to know how it’s working out. I am disappointed to say: it’s not so good. Read more »

Brendon McCullum’s test 300 to be recognised with ‘keys to the city’

News from WCC
Brendon McCullum’s historic achievement to be the first New Zealander to reach 300 in a test innings will be recognised by the awarding of the ‘Keys to the City’ of Wellington. Read more »

Just when you thought you’d soon be riding on a real city cycleway …

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by Regan Dooley
Just when you thought it might be over, the Island Bay cycleway saga rolls on – with another attempt by a group of city councillors to delay construction.
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A year of achievement for the city’s natural environment

by Helene Ritchie
2014 has been an especially good and focused year for me as a City Councillor and Health Board member, for my natural environment portfolio, for my Ward, the Northern Ward, and the city as a whole. My main focus is always: my Ward, the city, and my portfolio with an emphasis on being creative, assertive, vigilant, persuasive, thorough and strategic. Read more »

Making a difference: council pays out $98,000 to 49 community groups

News from WCC
Community groups have received a total of $98,848 in grants for recreation and community projects from the Wellington City Council. Read more »

Council paying almost $2m more to help plans for longer airport runway

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Last night’s council meeting. Twitter photo from Chamber of Commerce.

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council last night voted to contribute $1.95 million to start the formal consenting process associated with the proposal to extend Wellington Airport’s runway by 350 metres. Read more »

Lengthening the runway: $3m, so far, from the council to the airport company

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Wellington.Scoop
Wellington City Councillors (but not all of them) have voted to give another $2million to the airport company, to help it continue making plans for a longer runway. Read more »

Services suspended: third day of problems on the Johnsonville line

Wellington.Scoop
Troubles and delays have been continuing for a third day on the Johnsonville line. Read more »

New bridge takes shape in Johnsonville – old one to be demolished

News from WCC
The first half of the wider new bridge being built over the railway line in Johnsonville will open to traffic from Monday 12 January following a two week operation to demolish the old one. Read more »

Scattering ashes: no charging is good news, say funeral directors

News from Funeral Directors Assn of NZ
Funeral directors are relieved that the Wellington City Council has dropped plans to charge families for permits to scatter ashes in public places. Read more »

Diverse talents on committee to care for Porirua rivers and harbours

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
A diverse and talented group of people have been chosen to help the Porirua community decide how it wants to care for and manage its rivers, harbours and coastal water into the future. Read more »

Three new directors chosen for board of Wellington Water company

Press Release – Wellington Water
Three new directors will join the Board of Wellington Water Ltd, the council-owned organisation that manages the region’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services. Read more »

New $600,000 pathway in Kilbirnie to be named after Leonie Gill

News from NZ Labour Party
Today’s decision by the Wellington City Council to name a local pathway in Kilbirnie after the late Leonie Gill, the long serving Labour Wellington City Councillor for the eastern suburbs, gets the thumbs up from Labour’s Rongotai MP Annette King, and Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle. Read more »

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