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Oriental Bay in Shelly Bay


by Lindsay Shelton
The redevelopment plan for Shelly Bay seems designed to turn the long-neglected waterfront area into a clone of Oriental Parade. Read more »

“Incessant roar” from new expressway; unhappy residents want NZTA to curb noise

Press Release – Expressway Noise Action Group
A new community group has been formed by residents who are hurting from the noise of the new Kapiti expressway. : Read more »

DomPost/Herald merger would be “nuts,” warns VUW lecturer

Pacific Media Watch report Mackenzie Smith
Academics at a conference on the future of the New Zealand media have warned that a merger of NZME and Fairfax will spell disaster for the media ecosystem. Read more »

Auckland to Wellington: nine hours and $1000 with Uber

News from Blue Bubble
The “nine-hour straight” $1000 Uber fare from Auckland to Wellington at the end of a driver’s shift was a risk to public safety, says Blue Bubble CEO Bob Wilkinson. Read more »

Kapiti businesses want extra interchange from new expressway

News from Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce
Finance and Infrastructure Minister Steven Joyce has signalled his support for a new interchange servicing the Peka Peka and Te Horo communities, as part of the next stage of the Kapiti Expressway. Read more »

First public charger in Upper Hutt

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy has today opened the first public electric vehicle charging station in the city. Read more »

Build your own emergency kit, advises WREMO

Press Release – WREMO
Consumer New Zealand’s report released today gives sound advice around buying emergency kits says Wellington Regional Controller Bruce Pepperell. Read more »

50 vendors signed up for Kapiti Food Fair

Press Release – Kapiti Food Fair
The Kapiti Food Fair opened for vendor registration in April and already 50 sites have been booked. Read more »

“We’re the infrastructure government;” Steven Joyce promises to spend $11b more

Finance Minister Steven Joyce spoke today about the government’s commitment to infrastructure spending, including the expressways being built north of Wellington. He said the government is planning a big increase in this spending. Read more »

Govt is “playing with numbers,” says Grant Robertson

News from NZ Labour Party
Steven Joyce’s much vaunted pre-Budget speech is an underwhelming response to the infrastructure deficit National has created, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. Read more »

Extra spend welcomed by CofC

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Business welcomes the extra spend on infrastructure asignalled for this year’s Budget by Finance Minister Steven Joyce today, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Along the harbour’s edge … but when?


by Lindsay Shelton
Consultation began this week on plans for a harbour cycleway that was urgently needed in 2008 and was supposed to have been completed by 2015. Read more »

Amora Hotel closing for refurbishment, reopening next year

Press Release – Amora Hotel Wellington
Wellington’s Amora Hotel will temporarily close its doors on 27 May to undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment of all rooms and public areas. Read more »

After Kapiti allegations, PSA offers support for sexually-harassed workers

News from PSA
The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is aware of allegations made against a councillor at Kapiti Coast District Council. Read more »

800 postcards supporting more refugees given to Peter Dunne

News from Action Station
in Wellington today, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees. Read more »

In house – changing their minds about how to get more houses

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council is changing its mind again about having some of its decisions made at arms-length by the directors of an independent council-controlled organisation. This time, it doesn’t like its idea of establishing an Urban Development Agency. Read more »

Training organisations to campaign about skills shortages

Press Release – At Your Service Aotearoa
The four industry training organisations (ITOs) that deliver on and off-job training to New Zealand’s burgeoning service sector workforce have joined forces to issue a call to arms over mounting skills shortages. Read more »

Trade Aid celebration in new store

News from Trade Aid
New Zealanders have helped 511,520 talented people around the world improve their lives through fair trade over the last year, and Trade Aid is having a celebration to say thank you. New Zealand’s oldest and largest fair trade organisation is celebrating World Fair Trade Day on Saturday, 13th May with a variety of events in its Wellington store to demonstrate how people’s lives are changed through fair trade supply chains. Read more »

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