Archive for the 'Politics' Category

The airport’s ridiculous parking fees – and the consequences for its neighbours

by Ian Apperley
I flew to Nelson with a friend this week for work and pleasure. We were there for just over 24 hours, and as he lives in the Wairarapa he drove. “I’ll pick you up and park at the airport” he said. Then he called back and said “Do you mind if I park outside your place overnight? The parking fees are ridiculous.” Read more »

Resilience (1): some bizarre ideas

You’d expect that this week’s announcement from the Wellington City Council about $300,000 funding “with a strong focus on developing resilience” would be a welcome step in the right direction – until you read the bizarre list of initiatives that have been given ratepayer handouts. Read more »

Resilience (2): an art, not art

by Ian Apperley
The Wellington City Council trumpeted this week that its latest funding allocations were focusing on further developing resilience in the city. This sounded appropriate given recent events along with other problems the city faces every time it rains or the traffic gets busy. However, unpicking the council’s news release, it seemed that very little money was being spent on resilience at all. Read more »

After 3 weeks, they’ve decided: Reading car park is “not safe,” must be demolished


The Wellington City Council announced yesterday afternoon that the car parking building in Tory Street, alongside the Reading Cinema complex at Courtenay Central, is to be demolished because of earthquake damage on 14 November. Read more »

61 Molesworth Street demolition only one-third completed

Report and photos by Liana Pantaleo
This morning, it was eerily quiet at 61 Molesworth Street, with few people around. I could see some workers on the site, but not the usual crew around the barrier fences. The building looks maybe about one third demolished. Read more »

Council spends $300,000 to focus on resilience

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council’s Grants Subcommittee has approved over $300,000 in funding to 61 recipients from a range of applications across heritage, the arts and culture, and community groups – with a strong focus on further developing resilience. Read more »

Mayoral summit discussing vision, feedback and ideas for the future

News from WCC
The Wellington Summit is being held on Friday morning – a meeting of over 100 key Wellington business and community leaders to discuss the future of the city. Read more »

Councillors vote for cheaper weekend bus fares till Christmas

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has voted unanimously to support cheaper weekend bus fares for Wellingtonians over the Christmas period. The fares began last weekend. Read more »

“All recommendations implemented” says council after report on 2 Melling crashes

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council (GWRC) welcomes the report by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission into the incidents at Melling Station in April 2013 and May 2014 and says all of the safety recommendations made to KiwiRail by the Commission have been implemented. Read more »

Opportunities to share thoughts with Kapiti Council

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Over the next few months, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is keen to hear from residents on a range of projects, strategies and bylaws being developed or reviewed. Read more »

Mayor gets power to demand results of post-quake building inspections

News from WCC
Mayor Justin Lester has today been given the ability to give notice of a statutory ‘local transition period’ for Wellington that gives the City Council’s Recovery Manager powers to compel building owners to share the results of building inspections with the Council. Read more »

Ten post-quake questions for Justin Lester


by Lindsay Shelton
In the days after the mid-November earthquake, the Wellington City Council was exemplary with daily, even twice-daily information releases. But its openness lasted for only a week. Since then, it’s stopped telling us what’s going on in the city. Leaving many unanswered questions. Here are ten of them, for Mayor Justin Lester to answer. Read more »

Threat of land sale by VUW: Karori campaigning to save kindergarten

Press Release – Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens
The Karori community is rallying behind a campaign to save Campbell Kindergarten and Karori Kids childcare service while Victoria University is threatening to sell the land from under them. Read more »

Enforcing the rules, even after a quake


I’ve been reading that the earthquake has left Wellington without about 3,000 carparks, primarily due to parking building closures in the CBD. And coupled with the dislocation as businesses and government agencies are displaced from closed office buildings, there’s been noticeable pressure on parking. But rather than taking steps to ease the problem, the Wellington City Council has been rigidly enforcing time limits and issuing tickets. In short, putting revenue ahead of recovery. Read more »

Will they roll over and accept him?

by Gordon Campbell
The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. Read more »

PM resigning next week; refers to family pressures and “nothing left in the tank”

pm resigns

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice. Read more »

Second week of demolition in Molesworth Street – it looks like slow progress

Scoop report and photos by Liana Pantaleo
It’s been over a week since work began to demolish the earthquake-damaged building in Wellington; the expectation was that the job would be completed within 10-14 days (“weather permitting”). Read more »

Free advice: earthquake recovery shop opens on Lambton Quay

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council’s one-stop-shop Earthquake Recovery Information Centre (Eric) will be opened by the Mayor Justin Lester at 1pm on Tuesday. Read more »

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