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It’s unanimous: Regional Council votes for living wage

News from Sue Kedgley
The Wellington Regional Council today unanimously adopted Councillor Sue Kedgley’s her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. Read more »

Living wage decision “fantastic” for low income families, say campaigners

News from Living Wage Aotearoa
The Living Wage movement in the Wellington region has applauded Wellington Regional councillors for committing to becoming a living wage council today. Read more »

Dame Patsy sworn in as NZ’s 21st Governor-General

govgen swearing
Photo via Twitter from Andrew Little

News from NZ Government
Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as Governor-General on Parliament’s forecourt at 11.45am this morning. Read more »

NINE SCOOP IMAGES: Dame Patsy becomes the Governor-General

Scoop photos by Liana Pantaleo

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Are councils redundant?

by Ian Apperley
Up till yesterday, only 10,980 Wellingtonians had voted. The last local election saw a 40.85% return with 55,716 voting papers returned. So it’s looking like this year could have an even lower return. Read more »

Final council meeting live on-line, then a mayoral portrait will be unveiled

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Tonight’s full meeting of the Wellington City Council (starting 5.30pm) will be live-streamed on the council’s website – Read more »

Free of what capital?

by Norbert Hausberg
The new slogan is out – pest free capital, predator free. I would prefer a free public transport capital. Or even better a CO2 free capital. Maybe a car free capital? How about a motorway free capital? A waste free capital? Read more »

Council funding arrangements “above reproach” – Lavery responds to critics

Media release from WCC
Wellington City Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery says he is surprised at today’s Dominion Post report regarding the Singapore Airlines deal, and comments relating to his performance that have been carried in the past few hours by the DomPost. Read more »

Justin announces post-election summit to make consensus plans for growth

News from Justin Lester
Wellington mayoral candidate Justin Lester has announced his intention to hold a post election summit within six weeks of the local body elections to build consensus around a plan to grow Wellington under his mayoralty. Read more »

Council diversity … not only gender

by Diane Calvert
There are only eleven women (out of a total of 40 candidates) standing for the Wellington City Council – somewhat surprising given Wellington has had a woman mayor for the past 12 years and there are already five sitting woman councillors. Hopefully the success rate of women elected across 15 seats will be greater than 25%. Read more »

Eradicating rats and stoats from Miramar – start of predator-free capital project

free of preds

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and the Next Foundation today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. Read more »

“Ambitious, achievable:” Justin will make predator-free plan his top priority

News from Justin Lester
Mayoral candidate Justin Lester is promising to make the plan for Wellington to become predator free the top environmental priority of his first term, saying it’s good for native birds, wildlife and the climate. Read more »

Urban predator hunter signed up for partnership

Press Release – The NEXT Foundation
NEXT Foundation is delighted to announce a new partnership to support communities becoming predator free – it has engaged Wellingtonian Kelvin Hastie as the NEXT Predator Free Community Champion. Read more »

Pest-free plan shows “vision and commitment”

Press Release – Goodnature
“Incredible vision and commitment from WCC, GWRC and the Next Foundation has been shown in taking this world-leading step to make our Capital city pest free,” said Stu Barr, Founder and Director of Goodnature. Read more »

Jo seeking urgent, creative and pragmatic Basin roading plan

News from Jo Coughlan
Mayoral candidate Jo Coughlan today pledged to prioritise a creative and pragmatic solution to congestion problems at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

$6m surplus shows rates freeze can be delivered, says Nicola

News from Nicola Young
A rates freeze for Wellingtonians can be delivered, with no impact on core services, judging by the City Council’s $6million surplus for 2015/16, says mayoral candidate Nicola Young. Read more »

Successes, failures, and propaganda

by Ian Apperley
The Wellington City Council has just released its annual report and it makes for interesting reading. It is, once again, along with the accompanying press release, a masterful exercise in propaganda.
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Rugby gift: city council to be given hand-carved taiaha

Press Release – Wellington City Council
At the full Wellington City Council meeting on Wednesday, the city will be presented with a specially designed Taiaha as part of the lead up to the DHL NZ British & Irish Lions Series matches in Wellington next year. Read more »

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