Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Andy Foster: how to make Wellington a city where more people are cycling

by Andy Foster
Transport is almost always deeply divisive, and certainly so in Wellington. Arguments rage in the community and around the council table over roading, public transport, and in recent months particularly over cycling. Read more »

Fifty body-painted Island Bay residents ride in support of new cycleway

bodypainted cyclists

News from Generation Zero
Fifty local residents took part in a body-painted bike ride this morning to show support for the Island Bay Cycleway going ahead. Read more »

Getting a cycleway started, or stopped

The Government yesterday announced plans to spend $37million building new urban cycleways. But Wellington isn’t getting any of the money.
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$4.5m to build new separated cycleway over Wainuiomata Hill

News from NZ Government
A cycleway over the Wainuiomata Hill will be one of the first projects to receive support from the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme. Read more »

Use a little less water … or else

News from WCC
Wellington’s sensational summer weather and lack of rain is beginning to take a toll on regional water supplies – so we’re encouraging everyone to use a little less and water gardens wisely. Read more »

Hutt residents warned about danger of Australian amalgamation ‘disease’

Press Release – Hands Off The Hutt
Hands off the Hutt says Lower Hutt residents should listen to the warnings of a Queensland group who say amalgamation will have disastrous consequences for the region. Read more »

After nine years, Russel Norman standing down as Greens’ co-leader

Photo via Twitter: Ken Spagnolo

News from Green Party
Green Party Co-leader and Wellington MP Dr Russel Norman announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM. Read more »

Nick Leggett wants canopy-free conversations at barbecue on Monday

News from Porirua City Council
Mayor Nick Leggett is calling on his community to come to a free barbecue in the new canopy-free city centre this Monday. Read more »

Specialists oppose plans to privatise hospital’s laboratory services

Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
“Pathologists and infection control specialists working in the Wellington region’s public hospital laboratories are expressing strong concern about possible privatisation of the laboratory service and the clinical risks that will arise if privatisation goes ahead,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Read more »

Security firm patrolling ‘extremely dangerous’ area of Mana Road Bridge

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Concern for swimmers and boaties in the Mana Road Bridge area of the Porirua Harbour has prompted the Wellington Regional Harbour Master to increase monitoring and security in the area. Read more »

Is there a vision for cycling in Wellington? If so, it’s time to get something done

by Regan Dooley
At an extraordinary council meeting next Tuesday, the Wellington City Council will discuss a notice of motion that could delay the start of work on Stage 1 of the Island Bay to CBD cycleway indefinitely and maybe even put the entire project at risk of being canned. Read more »

More supercity opinions wanted: only 89 public submissions received so far

News from Dept of Internal Affairs
A new information brochure has been produced to encourage and assist public submissions on the proposal for local government reorganisation in the Wellington region. Read more »

Poison warning: two rivers unsafe for swimming because of toxic algae

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Toxic algae warnings have been put in place on parts of the Hutt and Ruamāhanga Rivers. Read more »

Cut off by Transmission Gully: new farm hub opens at Belmont Regional Park

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
A new farm hub constructed at Belmont Regional Park will assure the viability of farming on the park and provide a new point of interest for visitors. Read more »

Some retailers angry about Bond Street’s new look, says Cr Peck

News release from Mark Peck
Wellington City Councillor Mark Peck says he has been contacted by some retailers who are angry that the “pop-up feel good” in Bond Street is an unwelcome attack on their ability to trade and discriminatory in the extreme. Read more »

PHOTOS: polka dots on Bond Street, with entertainment and lounging

Photo via Twitter by Nicola Young

News from WCC
Bond Street has been transformed this week to energise and attract more people. Read more »

Propagandising and slow clapping – supercity opponents state their case(s)

Opposition to the supercity proposals continues to be strongly stated. In the NZ Listener this week, amalgamation is described as a “coalition of the unwilling.” And at a meeting in Carterton last week, hecklers slow-clapped Fran Wilde as she spoke in favour of the supercity plan which she is so strongly supporting. Read more »

Six hours of entertainment on the waterfront for Waitangi Day

News from WCC
Celebrate Te Rā o Waitangi at Waitangi Park on Wellington’s waterfront with music, kai, Māori arts and crafts and kapa haka. Read more »

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