Politics News

NZ First wants to keep the trolley buses, and build light rail to the airport

NZ First has stated that it would retain Wellington’s trolley buses and renew the buses’ electricity supply. It also says it wants Wellington Airport served by light rail. Read more »

Bus hubs in Kilbirnie and Johnsonville to be relocated – three options

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Residents of the eastern and northern suburbs are being asked for their views on where to locate new bus hubs planned for Kilbirnie and Johnsonville next year. Read more »

Appeal Court rejects Love’s bid to overturn conviction and jail sentence

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid by one-time Maori luminary Ngatata Love to overturn his conviction and jail sentence for defrauding the Wellington Tenths Trust while he was chair of the iwi body. Read more »

Rally outside High Court to support climate change hearing

News from Oil Free Wellington
A rally supporting Sarah Thomson’s climate change case against the Minister for Climate Change Issues was due to start at 9:30 am outside the Wellington High Court in Molesworth Street today. Read more »

Third time lucky?


by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington City Councillors have now voted three times to save and strengthen the Town Hall, which has been closed since 2013. All three votes have been unanimous. But nothing resulted from the first two. The third vote was last week. Will it bring results this time? Read more »

Council wants ideas for spaces in the new Johnsonville Library

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The community has helped select the design for the new Johnsonville library, now the next step is deciding what to do with its exciting and versatile spaces – and we want the public’s input again. Read more »

Northland Tunnel strengthening work taking longer than expected

News from Wellington City Council
Forty per cent of earthquake-strengthening work on the Northland Tunnel has been completed. . Read more »

After 25 crashes, new traffic lights on pedestrian crossing in Wallace Street

News from Wellington City Council
Work to change a busy zebra crossing on Wallace Street, Mount Cook into a pedestrian-operated signalised crossing starts on Sunday. Read more »

Councillors agree (again) to strengthen Town Hall; reopening 2021

News from Wellington City Council
The re-birth of the Wellington Town Hall as the earthquake-strengthened home of a national music centre was unanimously endorsed by Wellington City councillors today. Read more »

Four options for Island Bay cycleway – more consultation next month

News from WCC
A working party of Wellington City Councillors is to oversee the final engagement process and design options on the future of the Island Bay cycleway in preparation for public consultation due to commence by the end of July. Read more »

$4m to build new paths for walking and cycling along Cobham Drive


News from WCC
Walking and biking along Wellington’s Cobham Drive will be made safer and easier with new paths to be built on the harbour’s edge as part of an enhancement of the city’s eastern gateway. Read more »

Buick Street water fountain reopens, with UV unit

Press Release – Wellington Water
The Buick Street public fountain will be open again from late morning on Monday. The fountain was closed in mid-April due to water from the Waiwhetu Aquifer testing positive for E.coli for the third time in five months as well as having an increasing level of bacterial activity. Read more »

Ray Wallace wants “urgent” government support for Hutt Valley roading

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is calling on central government to show support for the region’s roading, citing increased congestion across the network and the strategic importance of efficient roads for resilience and economic growth. Read more »

Wellington Hospital’s 450 volunteers win government award

News from NZ Government
The Wellington Hospitals Volunteer Service is the overall winner of the 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards. Read more »

Regional council wants help to plant 5000 trees

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council is looking for spade aid this weekend – it wants the people of Kapiti to dig deep for the future by planting 5000 trees in Queen Elizabeth Park in just four hours. Read more »

Matariki fireworks launch winter celebrations

News from Wellington City Council
Wellingtonians and visitors will be treated to a jam-packed programme of events to celebrate the annual Māori festival and welcome the New Zealand Lions Series. Read more »

Bowel screening starts next month in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa

Press Release – Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health has welcomed the endorsement of New Zealand’s soon-to-be-implemented National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) by a world expert. Read more »

Ranking the rates increases

by Lindsay Shelton
Which city council is planning the smallest rates increase this year? Read more »

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