Archive for the 'Politics' Category

City Council highly commended for housing upgrade and town belt

News from WCC
Two Wellington City Council teams were highly commended when the International Association of Public Participation named the best in Australasia at its annual Core Values awards event in Sydney on Wednesday. Read more »

A rugby scrum of drunks

On the same day that the new Health Minister praised Wellington Hospital for processing patients more rapidly in its emergency department, a doctor from the same department said that rowdy late-night drunks are scaring patients away. Read more »

“Outside the law;” Nicky Hager challenging police seizure of his documents

News release from Terrace Chambers
Nicky Hager’s home in Wellington was searched by police on 2 October. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources. Read more »

Access to Parliament Buildings restricted after shootings in Canada

Access to Parliament Buildings is to be reduced to two entry points, after today’s shootings in Ottawa. Read more »

Warning to Todd Energy and Shell after illegal drilling breaches new law

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an October 10 document released yesterday by the Green Party. Read more »

30 protestors demonstrate at oil and gas expo in New Plymouth

News release from Climate Justice Taranaki
About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth’s biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium. They surrounded the venue entrance over the lunch break holding placards and chanting, leaving many of the expo attendees too uncomfortable to exit the building. Read more »

Kapiti councillors told to leave chief executive’s performance review

Press Release – Jackie Elliott
This morning Crs David Scott and Jackie Elliott were asked to leave a council committee meeting convened for the performance review of chief executive Pat Dougherty. Read more »

Wanganui to celebrate the centenary of its unique Dublin Street Bridge

News from Wanganui District Council

Images courtesy of H&A Memories Collection

There is to be a public celebration of the centenary of the Dublin Street Bridge. It was opened on 3 November 1914 “for traffic, trams, vehiculars, and the people of Wanganui.” Read more »

Health Minister praises Wellington Hospital for progress in emergency department

The new minister of health Jonathan Coleman visited Wellington Hospital today and praised the local health board for making “great progress” in reaching the government’s target for shorter stays in its emergency department. Read more »

89% of Wellingtonians proud of their city, but 74% of us see a problem with alcohol

A “quality of life” survey released today shows that 89 per cent of Wellingtonians are proud of their city’s look and feel. But 74 per cent of them perceive alcohol and drugs as “a bit of a problem” or worse. The survey was released on the same day that the police were challenging city council policies about liquor sales in the CBD. Read more »

Police vs councillors

The feud between the police and Wellington city councillors was in its second day yesterday. Read more »

Porirua residents happier and more satisfied, says city’s deputy mayor

News from Porirua City Council
Porirua residents continue to be happy and enjoy a great quality of life, according to the latest bi-annual Quality of Life survey. The results reveal one in eight Porirua residents (84%) felt they had a good or extremely good quality of life over the past year. Read more »

12 million train passengers – Auckland beats Wellington, for the first time

News from Auckland Transport
Auckland has pulled ahead of Wellington for train patronage – for the first time. In the year to September, Aucklanders made 12 million passenger trips – a record. In the same period, 11.9 million passengers used Wellington’s trains. Read more »

Wellington students say Joyce’s 80% subsidy claim is “simply not true”

Press Release – VUWSA
Wellington students are calling on the Minister of Tertiary Education, Steven Joyce, to go back to class and check his maths after he suggested that the government subsidises 80% of tuition costs. Read more »

NZTA to help pay for new cycleways and walking paths in Upper Hutt

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
The Upper Hutt City Council have announced approval from the New Zealand Transport Agency to fund the development of new and improved cycle ways and walking paths across the city. Read more »

‘Unmanageable workloads;’ million hours of unpaid overtime by public servants

News from PSA
A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue. Read more »

Jock Phillips, Jack Lasenby and Ian Wedde win awards for literary achievement

Wellington writers have dominated this year’s Prime Minister’s awards for literary achievement, which were announced this morning. The awards are to be presented to Jock Phillips, Jack Lasenby and Ian Wedde. Read more »

MCH staff congratulate Jock Phillips: PM’s award this week, retiring next week

Press Release – Ministry For Culture And Heritage
Staff at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage are delighted to see their colleague Jock Phillips recognised for his achievement in receiving the 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement for Non-fiction, says Lewis Holden, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Read more »

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