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Legal issues identified to support Lecretia Seales’ wish for ‘aid in dying’

Press Release – University of Otago
There is a very strong case that existing New Zealand law does not preclude a doctor providing a mentally competent, terminally ill patient with the means to achieve a peaceful death, according to a University of Otago law professor and a US lawyer well known for advocacy for such patients. Read more »

The scandal of the Town Hall – closed for eight years? Or worse?

by Helene Ritchie
Wellington’s Town Hall is under serious threat of eventual demolition. And in any case, according to the timetable received by councillors it is to be closed for at least eight years. Read more »

Keeping the Town Hall closed: Wade-Brown and Prendergast disagree

Former mayor Kerry Prendergast has repeated her concern that the Town Hall has been “closed prematurely.” Read more »

“Not correct;” city council tells the DomPost it was wrong

The Wellington City Council today said the DominionPost had published incorrect information about the city’s housing activities. Read more »

Monolingualism no longer logical – need for new policy on languages

News from the Royal Society of New Zealand
Growing levels of diversity forecast for New Zealand make a national approach to languages more urgent, according to speakers at a Royal Society of New Zealand workshop in Wellington today. Read more »

Two Kapiti councillors challenge reappointment of Pat Dougherty

Joint media statement by Jackie Elliott and David Scott
Crs David Scott and Jackie Elliott would like to reassure the Kapiti public that we played no part whatsoever in the re-employment of KCDC Chief Executive Pat Dougherty as CE of KCDC for a further five years.

We dispute the Mayor’s media statement which starts with the words ‘Council has reappointed Pat Dougherty.’

We did not take part in his selection. We would like the public to know we had no opportunity to take part given the Mayor’s last minute bringing forward of the selection meeting, held under extraordinary special meeting conditions at the office of a private recruitment company in Wellington at an unspecified time, all to be challenged as a breach of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act or LGOIMA.

This meeting occurred while Cr Elliott was on her first leave of absence since being elected in October 2013. She says: “the last minute change of the meeting date to select a candidate while I was on leave completely thwarted my stated intention to fully represent the people of Kapiti by voting for the next CE. This, I considered to be one of the most important decisions I make in this triennium.”

“I intended to take part fully despite repeatedly being threatened by the Mayor and KCDC legal Counsel Tim Power of legal action against me personally if I voted against the incumbent CE.”

Newly elected Waikanae Ward Councillor Cr Michael Scott was on leave of absence and did not take part in this important decision. He is unavailable to comment.

Since his election, Cr David Scott has expressed the need to look at the CE employment process and re assess the high level of salaries paid nationally and voted accordingly.

The Mayor has said ‘ Pat needed to be the glue among all this change because he has so much institutional knowledge.’ It is arguable that throughout 7 years of KCDC entering unquestionably murky waters and lurching from disaster to disaster, that despite many changes in councillors, Mayors, staff and community board members, the only constant has been the presence of the same CE attempting to steer the boat.

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council – May 18
Kāpiti Coast District Council today reappointed chief executive Pat Dougherty for a further five-year term. Mr Dougherty’s previous contract was due to expire in August, seven years after he first took up the position. This was the maximum term allowed under the Local Government Act and the council was required to re-advertise the role.

Mayor Ross Church says Mr Dougherty was reappointed after a robust, widely-advertised recruitment process.

“We have appointed the candidate we believe is best placed to lead the council in delivering on our vision of a vibrant, diverse and thriving Kāpiti Coast.

“This follows a comprehensive selection process and we were very impressed by the number of high calibre applications we received. Clearly, this council and the Kāpiti Coast district are seen as desirable places to work,” says Mayor Church.

Mayor Church says Mr Dougherty’s reappointment ensured stability at a time when the council had already experienced significant change.

“In the last 18 months we have seen a new Mayor, a number of new councillors, and significant change in the senior leadership team. There’s a new vision for the district that’s guiding the development of the 2015-2035 Long Term Plan and a culture change programme focussed on making sure council is easy to do business with.

“Our decision to reappoint Pat reflects our confidence in his ability to lead the change we’re looking for.”

Mayor Church says Mr Dougherty’s remuneration remains the same and there will be a review of the key performance indicators for the chief executive, with changes likely.

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Satisfaction survey shows 86 per cent of Porirua residents are satisfied

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua residents continue to have a high level of satisfaction with most of the Council’s services, facilities and performance areas, according to the council’s residents’ satisfaction survey, carried out by Key Research earlier this year. It found an 86 per cent high satisfaction rating overall for the Council. Read more »

The rain, the drains, the buses

by Ian Apperley
A week or so after 30 year, 50 year, 80 year, and 100 year rain events, no answers are forthcoming about why the city was shutdown because of a slip and a large puddle. Nor are any answers forthcoming on what the Wellington City Council in particular is going to do about the woeful state of its storm water. It’s a shambles and, in the middle of all of this, emergency management was really nowhere to be seen. Read more »

After three severe rainstorms, Council may spend extra $8m on flood prevention

News from WCC
A proposal to bring forward $8 million in flood mitigation spending – prompted by the three severe rainstorms that have hit the capital in the past month – is to be recommended as part of Wellington City Council’s 10-year Plan. Read more »

Remains of mummified Tainui child to be returned from Austria to Te Papa

News from Te Papa
More than 100 hundred years after being taken from its burial cave, the mummified remains of a high ranking child belonging to the Tainui iwi is returning home from Austria, Te Papa announced today. Read more »

Anti-euthanasia campaigner to speak in Wellington

Press Release – Euthanasia Free NZ
Dr Kevin Yuill, author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case against Legalization and anti-euthanasia campaigner from the UK, is visiting Wellington next week to give a public lecture. Read more »

NZ and French school pupils to share histories of First World War

Press Release – Embassy of France to New Zealand
On Friday the 12th of June, students and teachers from five New Zealand schools will present projects created as part of the Shared Histories programme during a special event at the National Library of New Zealand. Read more »

Wellington honours its Crete connections

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has today honoured the Capital’s close connections with the Greek community at a wreath-laying service for the Battle of Crete. Read more »

Campaigners condemn climate change consultation at Wellington meeting

climate change mtg
Part of the crowd at tonight’s meeting in Wellington. Photo: Russell Norman

News release from Oil Free Wellington
The government is in Wellington tonight for a public meeting as part of its super-fast public consultation about New Zealand’s post 2020 emissions reduction target. It must submit this mid-year ahead of the Climate talks in Paris. Read more »

Wellington to build a FIFA Fever Pitch on Civic Square

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington is this year to be one of seven cities hosting the second biggest football tournament in the world – FIFA U-20 World Cup – and we plan to give the teams a warm welcome to the Fever Pitch in Civic Square. Read more »

New street lights for Cuba Mall will be “easier on the eye,” but first a trench

News from WCC

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Clean-up continues: Kapiti flood damage will take months to repair

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Clean-up work in the wake of flooding in Kāpiti continued over the weekend. Read more »

MPs blame Transport Agency for failing to protect Manawatu Gorge from rock falls

News release from NZ First
New Zealand First List MPs, Ron Mark and Darroch Ball, believe that underinvestment in SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge is why this key route has become vulnerable to rock fall. Read more »

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