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Hutt City introduces mixed representation voting model

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Voting documents for this year’s local elections will start arriving in mail boxes from today and voters have until midday on 12 October to make their vote count. Read more »

Forest & Bird Youth Wellington urges Wellingtonians to vote

Press Release – Forest And Bird
Forest & Bird Youth Wellington is urging all Wellingtonians to carefully consider the environmental policies and attitudes of their local candidates when voting in the local elections. Read more »

Andy vs Justin: Part One

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RNZ photo

by Ian Apperley
As the Wellington election gets down to the wire, let’s face it, most of the voting will be done and dusted the night that election packs arrive in mailboxes. The campaign trail is getting a little tense and weird. I see quite a lot of gritted teeth, strange outbursts on social media, hyper-sensitivity to issues (did you see how fast Simon Woolf ran after that Botanic Garden naming misstep?), and stress. Read more »

Regional Council defends farming on ancient wetland in QE11 Park

Report from RNZ
The Greater Wellington Regional Council is defending its decision to lease out almost 200 hectares of wetlands to a farming company. Read more »

“Getting NZTA back on track” – five new board members appointed

News from NZ Government
Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board. Read more »

Weltec and Whitireia staff fight “irresponsible” job cuts, save 20 jobs

Press Release – Tertiary Education Union
TEU members at WelTec and Whitireia stood up to ensure quality and accessible education for communities across the Wellington region but are demanding better from their Chief Executive, management, their Commissioner, and the government. Read more »

New homelessness service to receive help from Hutt council

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council will provide a one-off grant to help Wellington City Mission set-up transitional housing in Lower Hutt for homeless people. Read more »

The mayoral race: first predictions

by Ian Apperley
With just a few weeks until voting closes, there is no clear picture of who will take the Wellington Mayoral chains. While Justin Lester has key advantages, other contenders could help to topple him. Read more »

City Mission creating connections to sport

Press Release – Wellington City Mission
The Wellington City Mission has been facilitating conversations and creating connections in a bid to break down the barriers to sport, resulting in the opening of a new Community Sports Bank. Read more »

Save the Basin recommends four mayoral candidates

News from Save the Basin Campaign
The Save the Basin Campaign today named its preferred candidates for Wellington Mayor and other local body positions, based on responses received to a survey sent to all candidates. In alphabetical order, the mayoral candidates who are most likely to realise Save the Basin’s vision for the Basin Reserve and environs are Jenny Condie, Norbert Hausberg, Conor Hill and Justin Lester. Read more »

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