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Cycle workshops aim to empower women

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Cycling workshops for migrant, former refugee and low income women are coming to local communities with an aim to empower people with a safe, low cost form of transport. Read more »

Translation issues for structural steel on new 20-storey apartment block


RNZ report by Phil Pennington
The builders of a high-rise block of apartments in central Wellington resisted getting translations of important Chinese quality control documents. Emails newly released to RNZ show the Wellington City Council dropped its demand for the translations after the steel supplier complained about the cost, and the project director suggested blanking out all the Chinese text. Read more »

Australian company buys Mana Coach Services, takes control of 66 Metlink buses

Press Release – Metlink
Metlink welcomes news today that Transdev Australasia have agreed on terms to acquire Mana Coach Services. The agreement, subject to regulatory approvals, means Transdev will be responsible for the 66 buses and Metlink bus services that will continue to be operated by Mana in the Wellington Region. Read more »

Coming soon: bustastrophe 2


by Glen Smith
Till the recent network changes, Wellington had a bus system that consisted almost entirely of ‘direct’ bus routes. People travelled on a bus which continued all the way without transfer to the CBD (or beyond in many cases) with many buses sharing a common route for part of the journey. This design served Wellington well for decades. Read more »

Coffey’s mayoral launch unveils new plan for Porirua Station


Press Release – Ana Coffey
Ambitious plans for a new development at Porirua Station were shared at the Porirua Mayoral Launch for ‘Ana Coffey tonight. Coffey, a Porirua City Councillor of nine years, and Jonathan Custance, an award winning designer and Porirua local, revealed a bold vision for Porirua that aligned with many of Coffey’s campaign policies. Read more »

Shelly Bay review: councillors concerned about cost

Report from RNZ
Two Wellington city councillors have raised concerns that the costs of a review of the council’s decision-making for the Shelly Bay development will balloon. Read more »

Air Chathams celebrates one year flying to Paraparaumu

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council and Air Chathams have today celebrated a year of flying Kāpiti skies. The airline, which undertook its first commercial flight from Kāpiti on 20 August 2018, has welcomed over 40,000 passengers on approximately 1472 flights between Auckland and Paraparaumu over the last 12 months. Read more »

Greens want better pay for bus drivers, plus express bus to airport


News from Green Party
Green candidates for Wellington City’s local elections are set to release their transport policies, with proposals to address the driver shortage with better pay and conditions for drivers and a public express bus from the railway station to the Eastern suburbs and airport. Read more »

Way ahead of us – we should be copying Auckland

While it’s true that Wellington is the coolest little capital on the planet and that you can’t beat the place on any of our many good days, it’s instructive to get out once in a while and see how other cities are shaping up. The big surprise: Auckland is a long way ahead of us in public transport. Read more »

Community boards want a stop to water bottling from Waiwhetu aquifer

Report from RNZ by Emma Hatton
Three Lower Hutt community boards will this week demand that the Wellington Regional Council stop all water bottling consents from the Waiwhetu aquifer. Read more »

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