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New records for house prices in Porirua and Upper Hutt

Press Release – Trademe
Winter has failed to take the heat out of the New Zealand property market and as temperatures dropped in June property prices rose, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Wellington continues to be a stand out as property prices in the capital keep rising. Read more »

From blogging to campaigning

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Campaign launch photo by Georgina Campbell from Twitter

by Conor Hill
My mayoral campaign started out as a blog last year. The idea was to write about what could make Wellington better, particularly its housing and transport. People started taking the title seriously, so I did too. Three weeks ago I wrote a post asking people what they thought of me running. The general feeling was very positive, and a number of people offered specific help, which was very humbling. Read more »

Re-electing Daran and Roger

by Chris Calvi-Freeman
Three of the five regional councillors from the Wellington city constituency will not be standing again in October. That leaves room for at least three new faces with new ideas and energies around the regional council table. Undoubtedly, one of their main priorities will be to get the bus network back to a reliable and fit-for-purpose state, as quickly as possible. Not an easy job! Read more »

She won’t spray and walk away

by Lindsay Shelton
On the same day that Barbara Donaldson announced she will be standing again for the Regional Council, an on-line survey showed 91 per cent dissatisfaction with the new bus system for which she’s responsible as chair of the council’s transport committee. Read more »

Online survey: 91% say new bus service is worse than before

Media release from Cr Calvert and Cr Woolf
Wellington city councillors Diane Calvert and Simon Woolf have announced the results of their own online survey of bus patrons focusing on the Karori service (commuter peak period). The survey was conducted in May over a three week period and there were 468 respondents with 49% from Karori. Results were collected and analysed independently. Read more »

Chris Laidlaw leaving regional council after 12 years

Report from RNZ
Wellington’s regional council chair Chris Laidlaw has confirmed he won’t run in the local body elections this October. Mr Laidlaw has been chair of the regional council since 2015 when the then-chair Fran Wilde resigned. He was first voted on to the council in 2007. Read more »

Regional council wants to be part of climate solution

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council is calling for the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill to be changed to allow greater input from local government. Read more »

Singapore Airlines to add extra weekly flight from Wellington

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News from Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines today announced it will increase the number of services between Wellington and Singapore via Melbourne, from 1 January, subject to regulatory approval. Read more »

Compelling, but costly

by PCGM
At the heart of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving debate is the question about what is the best mass transit solution for Wellington’s southern reaches: is it a slam-dunk for light rail as its advocates claim, or would some other technology (Bendy buses? Trackless trams? Flying cars? Individual hover-boards?) be a better bet? Read more »

Demonstration in Willis Street opposes oil drilling by OMV

Press Release – Oil Free Wellington
Why are companies still drilling for oil off the coast of Aotearoa? That’s the question being asked by climate justice group Oil Free Wellington. Read more »

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