Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Mike Tana chooses Samoan deputy mayor, new committees, for Porirua

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Mayor Mike Tana today announced the appointment of the Deputy Mayor, committee Chairs and a new committee structure for Porirua City Council, following the inauguration ceremony of the new council last night at Pātaka. Read more »

South coast seawall being strengthened after 3 years of storm damage

News from WCC
One of Wellington’s oldest seawalls is being significantly upgraded to help protect a part of the south coast that has been repeatedly damaged by high seas. Read more »

Unopposed: Chris Laidlaw re-elected as chair of Regional Council

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Chris Laidlaw was re-elected unopposed as chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council at today’s inaugural meeting. Councillor Barbara Donaldson was elected deputy chair, also unopposed. Read more »

Out of work with mounting debts: a welfare system that’s failing

by Michael Barnett
For the past eight years Joe worked as a cleaner employed by a Wellington organization requiring cleaning services. Recently his employer contracted out the work to a commercial cleaner and Joe was transferred to the contractor’s payroll. Within a month he was laid off with no redundancy. Joe went to WINZ to seek assistance, but was informed he did not qualify for a benefit as his family income (his wife Lotte also works as a cleaner) was above the income threshold. Read more »

Porirua kiosk wins awards for design, colour, and architecture

Press Release – Porirua City Council
The vibrant kiosk in the city centre’s Cobham Court has won awards for design, use of colour and for its architecture in three separate competitions. Read more »

From euphoria to hard work: swearing-in day for councillors

mayor sworn in
The handover of power: from Celia Wade-Brown to Justin Lester

News from Wellington CofC
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce congratulates city councillors and regional councillors on their swearing-in today. Read more »

Salvation Army opens two new social housing units in Wellington

Press Release – Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is celebrating new steps in helping homeless New Zealanders and families battling addiction in Wellington. Read more »

Housing crisis? What housing crisis?

There’s a perception around town that the capital’s property market is on the verge of a boom, and that the city may need to act fast to prevent the sort of housing affordability crisis that has enveloped Auckland (and by extension, the National government). It’s sufficiently concerning that newbie mayor Justin Lester has created a Housing Task Force to look at housing affordability and availability, and has appointed deputy mayor Paul Eagle as leader of the newly-created Housing portfolio. Read more »

Extra buses – painted blue, not yellow – for Karori travellers

Press Release – Metlink
Karori bus customers are getting extra buses today to ease the work and school commute into the city. Read more »

Civic service tomorrow will celebrate the life and achievements of Helen Kelly

News from WCC
A civic memorial service for Helen Kelly will be held on Friday. The service will be held at the Michael Fowler Centre, starting at 1pm. Read more »

One day only – free train rides on Sunday to thank ratepayers and commuters

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Trips on all Metlink trains across the region will be free for everyone all day from 5am on Sunday. Read more »

24-hour race to find climate change solutions for Wellington

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
A 24 hour event co-hosted by Victoria University of Wellington and the Wellington City Council aims to identify new ways for Wellington to adapt to climate change. Read more »

Portfolios, expectations, overlaps

by Ian Apperley
On the face of it, the Wellington City Council’s reallocated portfolios look fresh and hopeful, a significant change to the last term. The question is how they will play out over the next term with a council that needs to get some runs on the board. Read more »

Chris Calvi-Freeman and Sarah Free take over city’s transport responsibilities

Veteran city councillor Andy Foster has lost his responsibility for the Wellington City Council’s transport portfolio. Read more »

Shuffling the portfolios

Watching new mayor Justin Lester aggressively shuffle the Wellington City Council portfolios is an interesting contrast to the softly-softly start that Celia Wade-Brown employed six years ago. Then, it was a few gentle nudges to avoid upsetting the old order too much. Now, it’s all change, as some long-standing responsibilities are reallocated. Mayor Lester is reshaping the council with a different vision. Read more »

From Andy to Chris: the city’s new and (very) experienced transport leader

Who is Chris Calvi-Freeman, the newly-elected councillor who is taking over from Andy Foster as leader of the Wellington City Council’s transport strategy and operations? His impressive experience in transport planning is detailed on his election website. Read more »

It’s legal, again: Planet Key didn’t breach electoral laws

There’ve now been two rulings confirming that the satirical “Planet Key” song written and sung by Wellington musician Darren Watson did not breach the Electoral Act. This was the reason given by the Electoral Commission when it banned the song and its music video in 2014. Read more »

Justin’s first ten days: the changes begin

by Lindsay Shelton
In the first ten days since he was elected as mayor, Justin Lester has announced two sets of decisions which will change the workings of the Wellington City Council. Read more »

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