Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Who will prevail in the mayoral race? Part five: voting tactically

The time has come when we need to talk about STV – despite how it sounds, it’s a voting system, not a disease. How you allocate your votes makes a huge difference in deciding who will be our esteemed leader in the years ahead, so how you use the complexities of STV can make a big difference to the outcome. Read more »

Extra honours for Dame Patsy, in readiness for role as Governor-General

News from NZ Government
Prime Minister John Key today announced that the Queen has approved the appointment of Dame Patsy Reddy as an Additional Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and as an Additional Companion of the Queen’s Service Order. Read more »

Symposium on electric vehicles – aiming to increase our use of them

The Regional Council and the Wellington City Council are today co-hosting an electric vehicle symposium that will bring international experts from Canada, California, the UK and Norway together with New Zealand speakers to discuss accelerating electric vehicle uptake in New Zealand. Read more »

Lanes to be closed on Paremata Bridge, but not during peak traffic hours

Press Release – Wellington Water
Wellington Water will be carrying out urgent repairs to the water main under the Paremata Bridge from Wednesday to Friday. The water main is leaking and needs repairing. Read more »

Pseudo consultation, with predetermined results

by Jeff Owens
Oh no, I hear you say, not another article about cycleways. Well you may think so but please carry on reading as this article raises something potentially much more serious within the Wellington City Council, albeit against a backdrop of cycleways. Read more »

Kapiti residents to pay 4.58 per cent increase in rates

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The FutureKāpiti Annual plan 2016/17, which sets out our programme or work for the coming year, has been approved by the Council. Read more »

Average rates increase for Hutt ratepayers will be 2.7 per cent

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council has set the rates for the 2016/17 year, with the average rates increase across all ratepayers set at 2.7%. Read more »

Construction of $25m reservoir at Prince of Wales Park could start next year

News from Wellington City Council
A 35 million litre reservoir, enough to fill 14 Olympic swimming pools and planned for a knoll above the playing fields at Prince of Wales Park, is getting closer for Wellington City. The reservoir has been in the Council’s long term plan since 2012. Read more »

$4m spent so far on strengthening south coast seawalls

New sea walls on the Wellington coastline. Breaker Bay.  Photo by Mark Coote.

New sea walls on the Wellington coastline. Breaker Bay. Photo by Mark Coote.

News from WCC
New and strengthened seawalls at Breaker Bay (above) and Island Bay are the latest in an ongoing programme of infrastructural improvements designed to help protect vulnerable parts of Wellington from severe southerly storms. Read more »

Wellington “on cusp of a recession” – claim by Labour Party

News from NZ Labour Party
Wellington is on the cusp of recession with a sharp fall in economic confidence in the latest Westpac McDermott Miller confidence survey, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark. Read more »

‘Europe Lane’ pathway named to recognise all European nations

News from Wellington City Council
On the day in which the United Kingdom votes whether to remain in the European Union, the Wellington City Council has recognised the Capital’s shared history with European nations by the naming of Europe Lane. Read more »

Waterfront Watch opposing Chinese Garden on Frank Kitts Park

News from Waterfront Watch
The Wellington City Council’s application for resource consent for the $5 million redevelopment of Frank Kitts Park has been advertised, with submissions closing on 1 July. The application with illustrations, plans and descriptions is available on the Council’s website, and a summary description is on our website. Read more »

How to run your election campaign

In the spirit of public service – and, let’s face it, also in the entirely selfish spirit of not wanting to be bored to death with tedious campaigning – we’ve compiled the ultimate campaign guide for aspiring local body politicians. We’ve consulted highly-paid consultants, talked endlessly with an army of spin doctors, and researched the latest in needlessly manipulative publicity techniques to bring you a state-of-the-art guide to winning that local body position you’ve always craved. Read more »

94 per cent of residents think the Hutt is a great place – council survey

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Hutt City Council’s annual survey of residents has shown some positive results in peoples’ attitudes to the city they live in, and how their Council is delivering. This includes 94 per cent of residents surveyed saying they think Hutt City is a great place to live. Read more »

Wellingtonians protest against Australia’s treatment of refugees

Press Release – Peace Action Wellington
Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians today blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government’s policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. Read more »

Awards for accessibility leadership and art on the south coast

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian awards for June are to celebrate two Wellingtonians making life better – and more interesting – for their fellow Capital citizens. Read more »

Earth science seminar at Te Papa in mid-July

Press Release – GNS Science
Hunting for dinosaur remains, learning about pounamu occurrence in the South Island, and looking after groundwater and geothermal resources will be among the earth science topics discussed at a day-long seminar at Te Papa on 14 July. Read more »

Saving the cable car is “a no-brainer” says John Milford

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
It’s a no-brainer that Wellington’s two councils must ensure the Cable Car is never closed down, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

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