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Wellington conservation programme named best in NZ

Press Release – Wellington City Council
A Wellington City Council programme which has involved tens of thousands of people in pest trapping, weeding, planting and conservation work has been recognised as the best council-led environmental programme in the country. Read more »

TechnologyOne future-proofs shared services for government

Press Release – TechnologyOne
Leading enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) company >TechnologyOne (ASX:TNE) announced today that it had successfully delivered its Human Resources and Payroll (HRP) software as a service solution that automates pay for New Zealand government employees and contractors across three agencies.

The five-year SaaS deal with New Zealand’s Central Agency for Shared Services (CASS) will service the Treasury (which operates CASS), State Services Commission and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, in what is the first contract for a cloud-first, mobile-first payroll solution designed to reduce risk, improve capability and achieve a cost-effective “as-a-service” model.

TechnologyOne Chief Executive Officer Edward Chung said the company is going from strength to strength delivering SaaS solutions for government agencies globally.

“The Treasury, with its fellow CASS agencies, brings our growing stable of Software as a Service customers to eighteen, and in New Zealand joins WorkSafe New Zealand, and Statistics New Zealand,” Mr Chung said.

“TechnologyOne’s SaaS ticked all the boxes for CASS. Our cloud-based software that is agile, progressive, fit-for-purpose and configurable off-the-shelf, was delivered on time and on budget,” he said.

“The remarkably fast uptake of our SaaS from government agencies in Australia and New Zealand reflects that our SaaS offering mirrors those governments’ focus on security and sophisticated enterprise SaaS requirements; and that we have the track record to deliver it.

“Our true multi-tenanted SaaS platform delivers unprecedented economies of scale – providing high performing software reliably and securely, with a highly available infrastructure that has redundancy built-in at every level.

“The trust we have built with the New Zealand Treasury over 6 years providing finance solutions shows how we can leverage a 99% customer retention rate into a strong SaaS growth engine that keeps our customers ahead of the technology curve,” Mr Chung said.

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Wellington leads call for national approach to waste management

News from WCC
Councils around the country are overwhelmingly backing Wellington’s call for a game-changer in the way the country deals with rubbish going to landfill. Read more »

Another restructuring at Te Papa – jobs may be lost

Report from RNZ
Staff at Te Papa say they have been left in the dark about why the national museum is being restructured again. Read more »

Raíl workers slam ´cynical´ KiwiRail for replacing electric trains with diesel

Media release from RMTU
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union says its members are laughing at the idea KiwiRail belongs in a ‘Climate Leaders Coalition’. Read more »

49 people take up rates remission offer on new Wellington homes

News from Wellington City Council
Nearly 50 new home builds in Wellington in the last year have taken advantage of a new rates remission incentive introduced by Mayor Justin Lester. Read more »

Some buses late during morning commute with new contractor

Report from RNZ
Wairarapa bus company Transit took over the contract for most of Wellington’s bus routes on Sunday but its first real test was during this morning’s commute.
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Learning about super cycleways from Birmingham


by Glen Smith
The picture above comes from proposals in Birmingham where ‘six cycle lane schemes have been scrapped in favour of two segregated superhighways.’ A local councillor explained that “this is a real change in direction. We had individuals and groups telling us we are not delivering the right infrastructure which makes people feel safe using it. And we will get better results by providing high-quality, high-capacity cycle routes.” Read more »

Minor road closure for Tutanekai Street roadworks

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising Paraparaumu road users that on Tuesday 17 July, a section of Tutanekai Street will be closed to vehicles to allow urgent works to be carried out on the corner of Tutanekai Street and Arawhata Road. Read more »

Will there be enough bus drivers?

A month ago, TransUrban (also known as Tranzit) said they were still forty drivers short for their new bus service. Then two days ago, the situation seemed to have got worse. Read more »

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