Politics News

Ten double-decker electric buses starting service in Wellington next year

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Wellington commuters will be able to travel on ten electric buses next year after the Regional Council signed contracts today with preferred tenderers Tranzit and Uzabus. Read more »

UV treatment to enable Buick Street taps to be turned on again

Press Release – Wellington Water
Hutt Valley residents and others in the Wellington region with a taste for water drawn straight from the Waiwhetu Aquifer will soon be able to get their preferred drop from the Buick Street taps in Petone. Read more »

Achieving impossible dreams for Wellington; first speakers named for Forum

News from Rotary Forum
Wellington will keep cruising along as is unless we put more cells on the solar panel, have more connection in our communities and more action in our voices. Want to see what fired up and passionate people talking about their impossible dream for Wellington looks like? What it feels like? Read more »

Climate declaration aims for national movement

News from Paul Bruce
The Wellington launch of a climate change declaration initiative will be held on Sunday from 3 to 5pm at the Preservatorium – Cafe and Cannery, 39 Webb Street (corner Torrens and Webb St) Read more »

$3.2million upgrade of Berhampore hockey stadium completed

News from Wellington City Council
A $3.2 million upgrade of the National Hockey Stadium in Berhampore is complete, with the new third artificial turf to be officially opened by Wellington Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle on Saturday. Read more »

John Milford pleased that mayors are collaborating on major issues

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The leaders of the Wellington region’s main territorial authorities are to be congratulated on the way they are working together on major issues, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Too high? 5.7 per cent rates increase planned for Kāpiti Coast residents

Press Release – Kapiti District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council today agreed on the contents of the annual plan for 2017/18, which will result in an average rates increase of 5.7%. Read more »

Day of Justice for cleaners and security guards

Press Release – E Tu
E tū says great strides have been taken in winning fairer wages for cleaners and security guards, but there is still a lot more to do. Read more »

Tranzit plans pay rise for Wellington bus drivers, but no penal rates

Press Release – Tranzit
Labour leader Andrew Little has missed the bus on pay and working conditions for Wellington bus drivers, says Tranzit Group – preferred bidder for the city’s bus services. Read more »

Lombard laneway upgrade aims at rejuvenation

News from WCC
Work starts this week on a major upgrade of Lombard Street, Denton Park, and Bond Street in the central city. Read more »

Two more penguins killed by dog; prosecution possible, warns council

News from Wellington City Council
Another dog attack resulting in the death of two penguins has highlighted the importance of careful supervision of dogs – even in off-leash exercise areas. Read more »

Painting a Cuba Street wall to eradicate graffiti and give environmental message

Press Release – Keep NZ Beautiful
A wall at 153 Cuba Street is to get a make-over with an environmental message this week thanks to the Paint New Zealand Beautiful initiative run by Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Read more »

Why Wellington’s buses need better timetables and connections

by Kerry Wood
The Regional Council has timekeeping problems on Wellington’s buses (25 May) but what about the timetables themselves? Good timetables and connections are vital to the quality system the council is seeking, and will be even more important when new timetables are introduced next year. Read more »

Mt Cook walkway closed because old house in danger of collapse

News from Wellington City Council
The city council closed a popular Mt Cook walkway over the weekend because of the risk that a dilapidated and earthquake-damaged house might collapse in strong winds or a moderate quake. Read more »

Mayor hands out reusable shopping bags to shoppers at Countdown

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester will be stationed at the Love Food Hate Waste stall at the Countdown supermarket in Newtown tomorrow afternoon to give out reusable shopping bags to shoppers. Read more »

Reservoir planned for Prince of Wales Park – three years to build it

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington Water Ltd has applied under the Wellington Town Belt Act (2016) to construct a new water reservoir at Prince of Wales Park on the Town Belt. Read more »

Wainuiomata Sportsville gets $4.8m from Hutt council

Press Release – Sportsville
Sport brings people together, it teaches kids key life skills, it keeps youth out of trouble, brings families together and it keeps elderly active and healthy. Read more »

Waterloo Quay reduced to one lane (north and south) for rail crossing repairs

News from Wellington City Council
A section of Waterloo Quay will be reduced to one lane northbound and southbound from 8pm this Sunday to 4am on Monday to allow KiwiRail to undertake urgent repairs to a rail crossing adjacent to the Westpac Stadium. Read more »

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