Politics News

Treaty Times 30 presentation at Upper Hutt Library

Press Release – NZSTI
On Thursday 11 May, on behalf of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI), the organisers of the Treaty Times Thirty project will present the book The Treaty Times Thirty to Mayor Wayne Guppy at a public event at the Upper Hutt City Library at 6pm. Read more »

12-year-old will help teach politicians how to code

Press Release – Nanogirl
Twelve-year-old Amelia Lockley will be taking a day off from school on May 8 and flying down to Parliament to teach New Zealand’s political leaders how to code, and to share the importance of teaching coding to all young New Zealanders. Read more »

Build roads, the traffic will come

by Michael C Barnett
As Let’s Get Wellington Moving continues its consultation on potential transport interventions, there’s a growing suspicion that the Transport Agency is not being entirely transparent. Is its bias toward roading driven by a desire to please its political masters? Or are there statutory limitations that stop it committing major investment into infrastructure such as light rail? Maybe a bit of both. Read more »

Is Hutt City’s 2.3% rates increase the region’s lowest?

News from Hutt City Council
Nearly 600 submissions on the Council’s 2017-2018 Annual Plan have been received since the calling for submissions on 28 March. Submissions close at 5pm on Friday. Read more »

Peace activists lay wreath in memory of dead civilians

News from Peace Action Wellington
Peace Action Wellington and friends will be joining 2017 ANZAC events in Wellington to remember six civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2010, allegedly by the New Zealand SAS. Peace Action Wellington and friends will honour the civilians who were killed and call for an end to war with a solemn, respectful stand at the dawn service at Pukeahu and by laying a wreath at the Cenotaph at 9am. Read more »

Treaty of Waitangi moved from Archives to National Library

News from NZ Government
Three of New Zealand’s most precious constitutional documents were moved to a new location in a unique ceremonial procession in Wellington overnight. Read more »

More concerns about safety of Hutt water supply, so chlorination continuing

News from Wellington Regional Council
Chlorination of Lower Hutt’s water supply is to continue while investigations into the source of recent positive E.coli test results are underway. Read more »

Wellington scientists first to march in global political event

News from PSA
New Zealand scientists were the first in the world to take part in the Global March for Science today. Read more »

New wetland and sand dunes planned to improve Porirua Harbour

News from Porirua Harbour
A major project to protect and enhance Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour will include the creation of a new wetland and sand dune area. Read more »

Defence Force civilian staff on strike; “low confidence in leadership”

News from PSA
Civilian staff of the New Zealand Defence Force in Wellington were on strike for two hours this morning, over the NZDF’s refusal to negotiate their pay as part of a new collective employment agreement. Read more »

More than 400 people suggest new names for old SH1 through Kapiti

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
More than 400 people have put forward suggestions for re-naming State Highway 1 in Kapiti once it becomes a local road. Read more »

Wanted: 450 road builders

The Wainui saddle – part of the route of Transmission Gully. NZTA photo.

Not only are there hundreds of job vacancies on the $850 million Tranmission Gully project. There have also been difficulties in retaining some workers. Read more »

Call to action for Maori education

News from NZ Government
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura ā Iwi, Te Akatea, and iwi representatives were given a call to action today when Education Minister Hekia Parata launched a strategy to future-proof Māori-medium education. Read more »

$900,000 will provide two new classrooms for Waikanae School

News from NZ Government
Around $900,000 will be invested to provide Waikanae School with two new modular classrooms. Read more »

Gerry Brownlee coming to Kapiti

Press Release – Kapiti Coast Chamber Of Commerce
Steven Joyce will make his first visit to Kapiti as Finance Minister next week to speak to Kapiti businesses, ahead of his first Budget in May. Read more »

“Historic moment:” pay-rise for 55,000 low-paid women workers in health sector

Kristine Bartlett. Photo: First Union.

News from NZ Government
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced that some of the health sector’s lowest paid workers will share in a $2 billion pay equity settlement over five years. Read more »

Plan to reduce rubbish going to landfill could bring collection of unwanted food

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington residents are being encouraged to give their thoughts on plans to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the city’s landfill by a third – including a proposal to look at the pros and cons of providing kerbside food and garden waste collections. Read more »

Congestion, and a hidden agenda


by Michael C Barnett
The increased peak-hour congestion and longer travel times on the new Kapiti Expressway should not be surprising. Read more »

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