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Chris Bishop campaigning for student fares; $30 a day is “big barrier”

News from National Party
National List MP based in Hutt South Chris Bishop has launched a petition calling on Greater Wellington Regional Council to support fairer fares for tertiary students.

“I’m backing the campaign for fairer fares because it will really help Hutt Valley tertiary students,” says Mr Bishop.

“Last month I presented the case for fairer fares to the Wellington Regional Council with a group of Victoria University students.

“As I told the councillors, a student travelling from Wainuiomata to the Kelburn campus can pay nearly $20 per day in public transport costs, and that’s after Snapper card discounts.

“The cost of travel is a big barrier between students and further education. We can do better,” says Mr Bishop.

At present Wellington is an outlier within New Zealand and internationally, with most comparable cities providing very cheap or heavily discounted public transport fares to tertiary students. Tertiary discounts in Auckland are around 38-40%, Dunedin’s discount is 25%, and Christchurch has a very low flat fare structure that makes it affordable for students.

“This is the right thing to do for our students, who, after all, contribute around $2bn to the regional economy,” says Mr Bishop.

People backing the campaign can sign up at It will be passed on to the Greater Wellington Regional Council which is currently consulting on its annual plan and considering the issue of tertiary student fares.

Brutal by design, brutal by decision


by Diane Calvert
The irony is not lost. Karori Campus (the old Teachers College) is among the best examples of the “Brutalist” style of architecture in New Zealand. To some people this type of building may well seem austere and cold. To some of us it is just like the decisions now being made on its future. Read more »

Commemorating Anzac day at Te Papa

Press Release – Te Papa

Michael Hall 2015 © Te Papa. Lieutenant Colonel Percival Fenwick 1

Visiting Te Papa’s Gallipoli: The scale of our war exhibition is a fitting way to commemorate our fallen servicemen and women this Anzac Day. Read more »

Karori locals invited to help develop a vision and a community plan

News from WCC
Karori residents and businesses will have the opportunity to take an active role in helping to plan their suburb’s future. The Wellington City Council’s City Strategy Committee this week agreed the Council would provide support to help the people of Wellington’s largest suburb develop a long-term vision for the area and a Karori community plan. Read more »

Warmer, drier, healthier: upgraded Kotuku apartments are home to 114 people


Cutting cake: (left to right): Vicki McLaren, former City Housing Manager; Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle; Annette King, MP for Rongotai; tenant Rob Jamieson; Mayor Justin Lester.

News from WCC
Residents at the Kotuku Apartments in Kilbirnie are now enjoying warmer, drier, and healthier homes thanks to the Council’s Housing Upgrade Programme. Read more »

100 people send suggestions for renaming old SH1 on Kapiti coast

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
More than 100 people have put forward suggestions for renaming the old State Highway 1 (SH1). Read more »

Post-earthquake issues: “no such thing as business as usual,” says Chris Laidlaw

News Release from Greater Wellington Regional Council
There is no such thing as business as usual in Wellington following the November earthquake, says Regional Council Chair Chris Laidlaw. Read more »

Inner city residents meeting on Tuesday to discuss earthquake issues

News from ICA
Following the Kaikoura quake in November, Wellington’s inner city ground to a halt, some parts taking longer to recover than others. It was clear that the city wasn’t perhaps as resilient as it should be. Read more »

Untreated sewage discharged from Moa Point – for two hours

Press Release – Wellington Water
There was a discharge of untreated wastewater from the Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant last night, due to equipment failure. The discharge occurred at the short outfall pipe near the Dog Pound. Read more »

Auckland’s water crisis – why it’s not likely to happen here

Press Release – Wellington Water
Auckland’s current water crisis begs the question, could a severe weather event result in a similar problem for our area? Thankfully, the answer is that it’s unlikely due to how we source and manage our water. Read more »

Hutt MP welcomes family violence law

Press Release – Chris Bishop
National List MP based in Hutt South Chris Bishop has welcomed the introduction of legislation that overhauls New Zealand’s family violence laws. Read more »

Wellington unveils roadmap to promote urban resilience

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington today unveils Resilient Wellington, a comprehensive strategic roadmap to promote urban resilience in New Zealand’s capital city. Read more »

From three councils to one: new plan for local government in Wairarapa

News from Local Government Commission
The Local Government Commission is calling for submissions on a draft proposal to change the structure of councils in the Wairarapa. The proposal – for one combined Wairarapa District Council – follows extensive collaborative work by the Commission and the Wairarapa councils, with the public, in developing options for local government in the district. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – now


by Michael C Barnett
As Wellington waits for the Transport Agency to reveal its scenarios for the Let’s Get Wellington Moving process, it’s worth acknowledging that interim measures could be implemented now, to reduce what is essentially peak-hour traffic congestion problem along the road corridors leading into the city, along Karo Drive and at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Rates discount extended to first apartments as well as first houses

News from WCC
Mayor Justin Lester has announced that a $5000 rates discount for first-home builders will take effect from July 1 and is being extended to cover new apartments. Read more »

What’s being planned at the Basin?

by Tim Jones
After a quiet 2016, Wellington transport issues – including possible new proposals for the area around the Basin Reserve – are about to hit the headlines again, as the covers come off Let’s Get Welly Moving’s transport plans. Read more »

Mayor seeks options to pay for tourism

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The $1.4 billion dollar cost of new infrastructure to support the tourism boom shows new funding options are needed to avoid ratepayers being forced to bear the full cost alone, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says. Read more »

15,000 signatures on petition seeking moratorium on exporting water

Photo: Liana Pantaleo

News from NZ Water Forum
A 15,000 strong petition that calls on the government to place a moratorium on freshwater exports was presented to parliament today. Read more »

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