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Dawn ceremony blesses 104 new social housing apartments

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News from WCC
Te Māra apartments – 104 new social housing units built by the Wellington City Council – were blessed in a dawn ceremony today. The units – ranging between one and four bedrooms – occupy part of the former Arlington Apartments site in Mount Cook, the Council’s largest social housing site. Read more »

How to describe the bus failures?

by Lindsay Shelton
An omni-shambles or a bustastrophe? Those have been the two most memorable descriptions of Wellington’s continuing bus problems. Read more »

Council lighting up landmarks for suffrage anniversary

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council will be lighting up popular landmarks around the city as part of its planned celebrations of Suffrage 125 this week. Read more »

New sign highlights te reo Māori name of waterfront lagoon


From left, Port Nicholson Block Deputy Chairman Peter Jackson, Wellington Deputy Mayor Jill Day and Tenths Trust Chairman Morrie Love, with the new sign at Whairepo Lagoon. Photo: Wellington City Council

News from Wellington City Council
Confusion about the name of Wellington’s waterfront lagoon will be no more, with Whairepo Lagoon now etched into the landscape. Read more »

MPs to question Regional Council about bus “omni-shambles”

Report from RNZ
Wellington’s council and transport bosses are being hauled into Parliament for a “please explain” over the city’s bus problems. There is to be a briefing to the transport and infrastructure select committee. Read more »

Below market rate: council to lease 35 new inner-city apartments for essential workers

News from WCC
A New Zealand-first model to help bring more affordable and quality rental accommodation to the central city has been unveiled in Wellington. The apartment conversion deal is aimed at allowing key workers to live in the city. The Wellington City Council and The Wellington Company (TWC) have entered a 15-year agreement which will see TWC convert Freemason House, 95-201 Willis Street, into 35 apartments. Read more »

Helicopter moves 155 tonnes of gravel on to damaged trail

News from Porirua City Council
The buzzing of a helicopter above Rangituhi/Colonial Knob this week was good news for residents and visitors to Porirua. The Wellington Helicopters chopper moved 155 tonnes of gravel on to Te Awa Utiwai trail, repairing damage caused by winter weather and extremely high usage. Read more »

Wellington peace activists in court for Weapons Expo protest

News from Peace Action Network
Two peace activists will face a three-day trial beginning on Monday at the Wellington District Court. Defendants Adi Leason, of the Waihopai Three, and Gary Chiles are charged with obstructing a public way. The charges were brought after a protest against the military weapons industry at the annual Weapons Expo, which was held at the Westpac Stadium in October. Read more »

Speaker complains about dead native birds on steps of Parliament

News from NZ Government
The Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard has today laid a formal complaint with Police and the Department of Conservation regarding an action on Parliament grounds on Wednesday. Read more »

Changing the Regional Council – or keeping the status quo

Wellington.Scoop
Dissatisfaction with the ‘Greater’ Wellington Regional Council – including suggestions that it should be abolished because of its bus system failures – has coincided with a representational review that the council is now carrying out. It seems happy with how things are, and is proposing no changes in representation for next year’s elections. But not everyone would agree with retaining the status quo. Read more »

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