Politics News

Jacinda Adern names cabinet members, promises proactive government

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern last night announced her cabinet, although their portfolios will stay unknown until next week. Read more »

Greens name their Ministers

News from Green Party
The Green Party is today announcing the people who will have Ministerial and Undersecretary roles in the Labour-led government. Read more »

After the election: time to keep the trolley buses, and start planning for light rail

by Lindsay Shelton
The Regional Council has stubbornly ignored public support for the city’s trolley buses. But today it should be expected to start an urgent reconsideration of its unpopular policies, given that two of the partners in the new coalition government are on record as saying the trolley buses should be retained. Read more »

Wellington East students “empowered by big vision” of Jacinda Adern

Two students at Wellington East Girls College have been quoted in a New York Times report about Jacinda Adern becoming Prime Minister of New Zealand. Read more »

John Milford sets out three key regional issues for new government

News from Wellington CofC
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce welcomes the outcome of the negotiations to form the new government, and congratulates Labour, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

WCC reappoints Kevin Lavery as chief executive for two more years

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council has agreed to reappoint its Chief Executive Kevin Lavery, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. Read more »

All businesses should commit to being a living wage employer – economist

Press Release – Make Lemonade
Leading economic researcher BERL has challenged all businesses to become Living Wage employers to make a real difference to New Zealanders and their communities. Read more »

Alexi’s story: helping others to stay housed


by Lee-Anne Duncan of the Community Comms Collective
Sometimes it’s not just about getting housed, but about staying housed. After spending four years on the street himself, Wellington local Alexi knows what it’s like to be homeless more than most. These days, he’s a proud part of the team at the Downtown Community Ministry who offer a helping hand to taumai at risk of losing their accommodation. Read more »

Council hears views on Maclean Park

Press Release – Kapiti District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council today heard 13 submitters on the Maclean Park Draft Management Plan during a public hearing. Read more »

Koraunui Stokes Valley community hub ready to open

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The new Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub will be officially opened by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace on Friday 27 October. Read more »

Wellington looking for Safety Heroes

News from WCC
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Safety in the City awards – recognising every day super heroes that live amongst us. Read more »

The Courage to Act – conference at St Andrew’s

Press Release – St Andrews Trust
The St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society finishes its 2017 programme with a mini-conference on 3 and 4 November on the Courage to Act. Read more »

Pasifika/Māori focus for startup business ideas in Porirua

Press Release – Porirua City Council
People wanting to try their hand at launching a startup business can put their ideas and skills into action at Porirua’s Startup Weekend Pasifika. Read more »

The rise and fall of WREDA

The news that WREDA is cutting back its activities to focus on six core ambitions is a reminder of the council-owned organisation’s chequered record over its first three years. Read more »

Porirua looking for great ideas

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Share your great ideas for Porirua’s future as we review our District Plan. Read more »

Scott Court is now Hutt City’s first smokefree town centre

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Scott Court in Stokes Valley has become the Hutt Valley’s first smokefree town centre. Hutt City Council officially designated the space smokefree at a Council meeting on 10 October. Read more »

Kāpiti council meets regional council to discuss shared concerns

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council have met in Paraparaumu to discuss how they could work together to face some of the most pertinent issues facing them both. Read more »

News media merger appeal hearing starts in High Court

BusinessDesk report by Sophie Boot
New Zealand’s two largest news publishers today took their merger appeal to the High Court in Wellington, following the Commerce Commission’s rejection in May. Read more »

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