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Shared path on Hutt Road bridge to be widened – some traffic changes

Kaiwharawhara cycleway bridge

Kaiwharawhara cycleway bridge

News from Wellington City Council
Work starts on the Hutt Road next week to widen and upgrade the bridge over the Kaiwharawhara Stream – which will mean some traffic changes at off-peak times. Read more »

Zealandia named by Time magazine as one of the world’s greatest places

News from Zealandia
Zealandia has today been named one of the “greatest places” on earth, in Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019. Read more »

Mayoral candidate wants sinking lid policy for city’s poker machines

Media release from Conor Hill
Mayoral candidate Conor Hill today announced his plan to reduce the harm caused to people by problem gambling in Wellington. Hill wants to see Wellington adopt a sinking lid policy for pokie machines. Read more »

Porirua children lose free after-school music lessons and food


Report from RNZ
More than 70 young people from a low decile school area in Porirua will no longer be able to access free after school music lessons and kai following a funding cancellation. Read more »

Why Andy Foster would be a good mayor

by Ian Apperley
One of Wellington’s worst kept secrets popped out last Friday afternoon with Andy Foster announcing his run for the mayoralty with Peter Jackson in support. Read more »

Guilty man disputes facts about his attack on James Shaw

Report from RNZ
The man convicted of assaulting Green Party co-leader James Shaw reappeared in the Wellington District Court for a disputed facts hearing today. Read more »

Ian Cassels: failure to build Shelly Bay development could cost more for ratepayers

News from The Wellington Company
A failure of the proposed Shelly Bay development to go ahead could result in millions of dollars worth of ongoing costs to ratepayers. Speaking at the Wellington City Council’s City Strategy Committee meeting this morning, Ian Cassels made it clear he had no objection to councillors undertaking a review, but outlined the ways in which Wellingtonians could end up forking out of city coffers if the deal as it stands was to fall over. Read more »

Peter Jackson: sea level rise and the threat to Shelly Bay

by Peter Jackson on Facebook
The Wellington City Council’s failure to address the issue of sea level rise and storm surge impact on The Wellington Company’s planned development in Shelly Bay can only be described as negligent. Read more »

Regional Council declares climate emergency, agrees on “ambitious” plan to tackle it

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council today agreed unanimously on an ambitious package to tackle climate change, combatting the impacts already being felt across the region. Read more »

“I can and I will:” Diane Calvert promises to fix the buses


by Diane Calvert
Yes, I’m campaigning for Mayor of Wellington city. There’s a twist however: I’m not promising lots of bright shiny stuff, or things that give you a warm fuzzy feeling, or that I’ll save the world or give you a fantastic long list to make me look like Superwoman. What I am promising you is that I will deliver you a functioning bus system. Hah impossible!, you won’t get in or you can’t do it, you might say. Read more »

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