Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Eight applicants challenge TPPA secrecy, seek ruling from High Court

Media release from Professor Jane Kelsey
Papers were filed in the High Court in Wellington today seeking an urgent judicial review of Trade Minister Tim Groser’s blanket refusal to release any TPPA documents sought in a comprehensive Official Information Act request made by University of Auckland law Professor Jane Kelsey in January this year. Read more »

Unemployment rises nationally, but falls to 5.6% in Wellington

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
New Zealand’s jobless rate rose in the second quarter, as the number of new jobs created failed to keep pace with an expanding working population driven by record migration. However Wellington’s unemployment rate went down, falling to to 5.6 percent from 6 percent in the March quarter. Read more »

Buses, but not so rapidly

by Lindsay Shelton
Will the latest developments in planning a new Wellington bus system provide the rapid transit that was originally promised? Read more »

$11m, but it’s not okay for cyclists

by Lindsay Shelton
I thought I’d write about issues with the new $11million Victoria Street, but the Dompost got in first. Read more »

Dawn service and afternoon service – two chances to remember Chunuk Bair

There’ll be two services in Wellington on Saturday to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the battle for Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli. A dawn service is being organised by the city council. An afternoon service is being organised by the government. Here are the two official announcements. Read more »

Rally at Parliament to support meatworkers’ strike at 8 AFFCO plants

News from Meatworkers’ Union
A rally at Parliament next Tuesday will support 1000 members of the New Zealand Meat Workers Union at eight AFFCO plants in the North Island who have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action next week. Read more »

Porirua’s 50th anniversary awards dinner will honour 50 people

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Tickets are now on sale for the 50th Anniversary Awards Dinner at Te Rauparaha Arena on Saturday 3 October. Read more »

Researchers to study the state of te reo Maori in homes and communities

Press Release – NZCER
Researchers will be gathering in Wellington tomorrow for a hui before heading out across Aotearoa New Zealand to begin an important new study of the Maori language. Read more »

New cycle lane in Victoria Street to be blessed and monitored for safety

cycleway vic st aug 2015
Photo via Twitter from Andrew W Burns

News from WCC
Victoria Street’s new cycleway opens today, delivering another section of Wellington’s planned $90 million cycle network. Read more »

Foresters to discuss a national policy

Press Release – New Zealand Institute of Forestry
Over 100 forest sector stakeholders are gathering in Wellington next week to discuss developing a national forest policy. They want the policy to be accepted and used by the forestry sector — and for it to guide the Government’s thinking on forestry. Read more »

Money offered for Upper Hutt’s creative communities

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Round two of the Creative Communities Scheme funding is now open for applications for Upper Hutt residents and community groups. The fund aims to inspire communities to create great arts projects of all descriptions, and is available for any project that provides opportunities for local communities to engage with, and participate in arts activities. This is a fund that is administered twice a year by the Upper Hutt City Council on behalf of Creative New Zealand. Read more »

Air, soil and water quality identified in environmental snapshot

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The current state of the environment can be seen at a glance with the release of the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s latest Environmental Science Annual Summary Report today. Read more »

The council and the longer runway

by Dr Sea Rotmann
Over the last couple of months two important developments occurred regarding the proposed Wellington Airport runway extension: Read more »

Children’s art for peace at library

News from WCC
Hope for a peaceful world is the theme of Tūmanako, an art exhibition by Wellington school children to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. The exhibition in the Wellington City Library Mezzanine Floor opened today. Read more »

Beehive listed as top-category historic place – “distinctive and unique”

beehive heritagenz
Photo: Heritage NZ

News from Heritage New Zealand
New Zealand’s centre of political power, the Beehive in Wellington, has been formally recognised as a Category 1 historic place by Heritage New Zealand. Read more »

Community organisations insecure about funding and survival

Press Release – Community Network Wellington
A survey of members of Community Networks Wellington (CNW) has found that insecure funding and changes in the government’s approach to the sector are creating uncertainty for community organisations. Read more »

Bikes instead of cars for deliveries are part of city’s energy challenge

Smart Energy Challenge with Fix and Fogg and No car cargo Nocar Cargo co-founder Russell picking up a delivery from Roman at Fix and Fogg. Photo: Justine Hall, WCC.

News from WCC
The Smart Energy Challenge is a Wellington-wide collaboration that brings together businesses, community partners, entrepreneurs and the Wellington City Council to help sustainable business refine, connect, and launch their ideas for smarter energy in Wellington. Read more »

Planning of bus lanes to include “multiple modes” and cycle lanes

News from WCC
Plans for modern, faster public transport for Wellington City progressed today with two options being chosen for a rapid bus system between Wellington Railway Station, Newtown and Kilbirnie. Read more »

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