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Third day of traffic delays on SH1 after NZTA changes road layout

The NZ Transport Agency introduced a new road layout on State Highway 1 north of Paekakariki at the weekend, as part of its Transmission Gully work. But the result was dismal – traffic congestion on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday, starting soon after noon and continuing till mid-evening, with an apology from the Agency. And this morning there was more of the same. The Transport Agency advised that there was “significant congestion” for southbound traffic between Raumati and Mackay’s Crossing, which didn’t start easing till mid-morning. Read more »

Town Hall – more delays


Strengthening work on the Wellington Town Hall, which was due to begin before Christmas, has been delayed till next year. Read more »

Business Central board re-elects Chair

Press Release – Business Central
Business Central is happy to announce that its board has re-elected Vaughan Renner as Chair, and has elected Jo Healey as the President of the Wellington Chamber. Read more »

Moa Pointers, the runway extension, the Environment Court


by Sea Rotmann
A few years ago, I wrote about what it means to be a Moa Pointer. As much as I waxed lyrically about the “best sunset spot in town” and our amazing, if often endangered natural taonga, I have to highlight my prescience when writing these words: “Not going through the fast-tracked board of inquiry process is an admission that they know they would fail. Going through the more protracted Environment Court hearings has nothing to do with a ‘more open and transparent process’ and everything with buying themselves time and bleeding the opponents dry due to the high costs associated with fighting a project like this through the Court. It also means many more years of this existential threat hanging over our heads, which is stressful in many ways – emotionally, financially and physically.” Read more »

“No satisfactory outcome” for runway extension, says Judge

Report from RNZ
There will be no satisfactory outcome when a final decision on the Wellington Airport extension resource consent is released, an Environment Court judge has said. Read more »

600 Lime electric scooters have arrived in the Hutt Valley

News from Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council
The Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt Councils have issued a permit to allow e-scooters to operate in locations across the Hutt Valley. The e-scooters are the first of their kind in the Wellington region and will operate in most parts of Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. Read more »

Making the right choice in Stebbings Valley


by Kate Spencer for Talk Wellington
The Wellington City Council is developing a brand new suburb in Upper Stebbings Valley. But it shouldn’t be another stab at big cookie-cutter houses in a dormitory suburb. It should be about building a community, not just a place to sleep. Read more »

Brakes applied to pay increases for public service bosses

News from NZ Government
Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today welcomed the 2018 State Sector Pay Report, which shows pay increases for chief executives are slowing. Read more »

Wellington councillors vote to pay $154m for convention centre

News from WCC
Wellington City Councillors have voted to proceed with a Five Greenstar Convention and Exhibition Centre (CEC) which will give a major boost to the local economy, create hundreds of jobs and provide stimulus for further regeneration in that part of the city. Read more »

CofC says new convention centre will have “halo effect”

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The Wellington City Council’s decision today to proceed with a $179 million convention and exhibition centre across from Te Papa is great news for the city’s economy, says the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Read more »

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