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Independent review of Gateway project

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council has engaged consultants Martin Jenkins to undertake an independent process review of Te Uruhi – the Kāpiti Gateway Project. The review follows concerns raised by the community and elected members about how some project decisions were made and how they were communicated. Read more »

More time needed to strengthen Carillon bell tower

RNZ report by Phil Pennington
The earthquake-prone Carillon bell tower in Wellington may take more time to fix than deadlines allow. Read more »

South coast polluted by polystyrene waste – residents furious

coastal pollution
Photo by Jade Lorier

Report from RNZ by Karoline Tuckey
Residents are furious that polystyrene waste has been scattered across more than 7km of Wellington’s south coastline, including a marine reserve, and are calling on authorities to do more about such incidents. Read more »

Funding for bus drivers’ living wage – but operators want more discussion

Report from RNZ by Harry Lock
Bus drivers in Wellington are one stop closer to getting paid the living wage, but there are still some bumps in the road. Read more »

Students march to Parliament demanding stronger action on climate change

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Report from RNZ
Thousands of young people are rallying in New Zealand’s major cities today, demanding stronger action on climate change. School children – and some people older than that – started gathering at 11am this morning in Wellington’s Civic Square. Read more »

Wellington City Council adds two mana whenua members to all its committees

mana whenua vote

News from Wellington City Council
A proposal to add mana whenua representation to Wellington City Council committees later this year – with the representatives having a vote and being paid – received a majority vote to go to full Council this month at yesterday’s Strategy and Policy Committee meeting. Read more »

Choosing expansion for the Central Library

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This 17-storey tower on top of the Central Library is one of three options for the building to be considered by Wellington city councillors at a meeting next week. The options are included in a paper in which staff make recommendations about “building print optimisation and sustainability options.” Read more »

Activities and open space in Civic Square

civic square another look

The Wellington City Council’s draft framework for redeveloping Te Ngākau Civic Square states that as a significant central public space, Te Ngākau must support the provision of high-quality green public space in the central area. Here’s more from the draft framework: Read more »

Hamilton ahead of Wellington in list of world’s top smart cities

Press Release – Hamilton City Council
Hamilton City Council has been ranked 21st in the 2021 Top 50 Smart City Governments by Eden Strategy Institute. Hamilton is New Zealand’s highest placed council, ahead of Wellington (33rd) and Christchurch (43rd). Read more »

Wellington unions support School Strike For Climate

Press Release – Unions Wellington
Unions Wellington, the local regional council of trade unions, expresses its support for the upcoming School Strike for Climate. Read more »

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