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CofC not surprised that business confidence has fallen

Press Release – Business Central
Business confidence has plummeted to record lows, according to a survey by the Wellington Regional Chambers of Commerce and Business Central. Read more »

Appeal Court supports ban on seabed mining off Taranaki coast

Report from RNZ
A mining company has lost a bid to overturn a decision preventing it from mining millions of tonnes of ironsands off the coast of Taranaki. Read more »

The covid-19 narrative, part 2 – the Ministry’s scrambled memo

by Tom Frewen
When we come out the other side of this pandemic emergency — as we surely will — we will look back and see one of its benefits was a much overdue shake-up of the country’s news media. Read more »

City Council facing revenue shortfall of $60m-$70m; it may borrow to avoid a rates increase

by Andy Foster
Today is going to be a huge day for the Wellington City Council, so I want to give you all an update on where we’re at. I’m going into a workshop this afternoon with councillors and senior management to discuss our Pandemic Response and Recovery Plan. Read more »

What can we afford? Covid-19 and the financial toll on Wellington

by Conor Hill
The news at the moment is all covid-19. Along with everything else, it will take a massive financial toll on councils around the country and Wellington in particular. Read more »

CofC likes rates deferral idea

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The proposals considered at today’s Wellington City Council meeting are the start of what the city needs, says the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Read more »

AirNZ cuts 95% of domestic flights – Wgtn to Auckland once a day

Report from RNZ
Air New Zealand is reducing its domestic schedule by 95 percent while the country is in lockdown. Read more »

Councillors discuss “pandemic package” at workshop

by Andy Foster
A lot of Wellington businesses are hurting from the covid-19 pandemic, especially in sectors which have been closed by the lockdown. Sadly that means a lot of people have lost their jobs or had hours reduced. Many people are looking to the City Council to make some big moves in terms of softening the economic blow for local businesses and ratepayers. We absolutely get that, and we’re working on it. Read more »

Not a time for increasing the rates

by Lindsay Shelton
Is it time to talk about the rates, when there are much more serious things to consider? Well, yes it is. In the pandemic emergency, many people with reduced incomes may have trouble making the payments, specially if they are going up. And there’ve been widely diverging approaches taken by our councils. Read more »

Skinny Jump available through Upper Hutt Libraries

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
Upper Hutt Libraries is teaming up with Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa to offer Skinny Jump.Skinny Jump (previously Spark Jump) is designed for households at risk of digital exclusion and who don’t have a broadband connection, participants receive a free Wi-Fi modem and 30 GB of data for $5 on the pre-pay service with no fixed contract. Read more »

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