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Trees and trains and the long-term plan

On the same day that train services between Wellington and the Kapiti coast were halted by a fallen tree, it was ironic to read some of the key ambitions of the Wellington Regional Council. Read more »

Cheaper electricity? Wellington line charges to be cut by 10 per cent from April

News from Wellington Electricity Lines Limited
Wellington Electricity Lines Limited, the electricity lines company for the Wellington region, has today confirmed a reduction in their line charges that will take effect from 1 April. Read more »

Wellingtonians launch campaign against ‘vocal minority’s’ supercity scheme

News from Best Little Capital
A group of Wellingtonians have launched a campaign to resist the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s scheme to amalgamate Wellington’s existing councils. The group, Best Little Capital, has been formed by Wellingtonians Michael Moughan and Digby Livingston. Read more »

Fran Wilde promises “a big prize” as she continues her supercity campaign

by Lindsay Shelton
No surprise that Fran Wilde refers to a Hutt Chamber of Commerce survey when she writes in the DomPost this morning in support of a supercity. It’s the only survey that isn’t opposing the current amalgamation plans. Read more »

Train services resume on Kapiti line after power lines repaired and tree removed

Photo: KiwiRail

Tranz Metro advised tonight that train services were resuming on the Kapiti line, more than 24 hours after yesterday’s damage caused to power lines by a fallen tree. Read more »

Public transport fares to stay unchanged; more users and more investment wanted

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Greater Wellington Regional Council yesterday voted to continue its public transport fare freeze for another year, including it into its Draft 10 Year Plan. Read more »

Not listening: ‘out of touch’ Regional Council cutting student bus service

Press Release – Victoria University Students Association
The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) is deeply disappointed that the Greater Wellington Regional Council decided to proceed with cutting the number 18 bus route today – a key service connecting campuses. Read more »

Bus services reduced for annual meeting of drivers’ union

Press Release – NZ Bus
GO Wellington and Valley Flyer bus services will be disrupted on Friday due to a scheduled Annual General Meeting of the Tramways Union. Read more »

Infrastructure group says supercity will improve decision-making

News from NZCID
“Reorganising local governance across the Wellington region will improve democratic decision-making by giving the new Greater Wellington Council and Local Boards the tools to engage with residents and deliver on their expectations for infrastructure, community and regulatory services,” says the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development in its submission to the Local Government Commission. Read more »

Wellington City Council joins calls for benefits from free trade deal

News from Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council has voted to join nine other councils around the country in urging the Government to ensure the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Agreement (TPPA) protects New Zealand’s interests and does not jeopardise the country’s sovereign rights. Read more »

Wellington IT consultancy finalist for Microsoft partner awards

Press Release – IT Engine
Wellington IT consultancy IT Engine today joins the finalist ranking for the Innovation Technology for Good Citizenship category in the Microsoft Partner Awards, 2015. Read more »

Garden conference at Te Papa aims to inspire new green thumbs

Press Release – New Zealand Recreation Association
Gardening practitioners and the next generation of green thumbs will be inspired by experts from Australia and New Zealand at the ‘Up the Garden Path’ conference in Wellington next week. Read more »

Money stolen via card-skimming device fitted in KiwiBank Courtenay Place ATM

BusinessDesk report by Suze Metherell
Kiwibank, the government owned lender and subsidiary of New Zealand Post, has taken urgent action and frozen some customer accounts after two of its ATMS, including one in Courtenay Place, were fitted with card skimming devices and funds were taken offshore. Read more »

Public opinion: against the supercity

Public opinion on both sides of the harbour is clearly against the supercity plan. Results of a Neilsen survey released yesterday by the Wellington City Council are much the same as the results of two surveys carried out in the Hutt Valley. A majority in both cities doesn’t want amalgamation. Read more »

Jonathan Brough moves from Weta to Hawkes Bay, joins EIT

Press Release – Eastern Institute of Technology
Having created movie magic at Weta Workshop for 14 years, newly-appointed EIT lecturer and technician Jonathan Brough is now passing on his model-making and set design skills to ideaschool’s screen production students. Read more »

Safety workshops for older drivers

Press Release – Hutt City Council
A new series of ‘Staying Safe’ workshops during March and April will help senior drivers brush up on road rules. Read more »

Substantial opposition to Wellington supercity – results of Neilsen survey

News from Wellington City Council
There is strong opposition to the Local Government Commission’s proposed ‘two-tier’ amalgamated local authority across the Wellington region, a survey commissioned by Wellington City Council has found. Read more »

Hutt businesses undecided on supercity, but ‘balance unfavourable’

News from Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce
A Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce business survey released today shows that its members are undecided on the benefits the Local Government Commission’s supercity proposal will have on their businesses. Read more »

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