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Taskforce tells city council to build thousands of new affordable homes

News from WCC
The Mayor’s Housing Taskforce has unveiled a bold new plan for fixing Wellington’s housing issues. The Taskforce’s final list of recommendations outlines ways the capital can build more homes, increase affordability, house its most vulnerable and improve the quality of existing housing. Read more »

We are not price gouging, says council about campervan report

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council is getting slammed this morning due to a piece of seriously irresponsible journalism in the DomPost regarding Lions tour campervans. This is unfair – and we’re calling out the DomPost on their story. Read more »

Film Festival announces full 162-film programme; Jane Campion to be a guest

News from NZIFF
The New Zealand International Film Festival tonight revealed the full programme for Wellington and confirmed that Jane Campion will attend Top of the Lake: China Girl. Read more »

Bus drivers facing average pay cut of $200 a week, says union

News from Wellington Tramways Union
The Fair Pay Agreements proposed by Labour can’t come quick enough for bus drivers facing an average pay cut of $200 a week under the Wellington Regional Council’s re-tendering of bus services. Read more »

Turnbull House to be strengthened and reused; Heritage NZ to control it

News from NZ Government
Two historic Wellington buildings are being transferred from DOC into the care of Heritage New Zealand from tomorrow. Read more »

House buying report: finding a value for sunshine

Press Release – MOTU
It is a truth commonly acknowledged that a house that gets more exposure to sunlight is more attractive, especially in ‘temperate’ climates like New Zealand’s. Until now, however, the value of that sunshine has not been calculated. Read more »

Pay rise for care workers next week

News from NZ Government
Care and support workers across Wellington will receive a pay rise from next week as a result of the $2 billion pay equity settlement. Read more »

“Fearful” bus drivers to meet new employers to discuss future jobs

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Finally some progress was made today to provide some certainty for Wellington’s bus drivers. Read more »

Union welcomes city council decision to pay Living Wage next month

Press Release – E tu Union
E tū, New Zealand’s largest private sector union is welcoming today’s vote by the Wellington City Council for an Annual Plan which includes a commitment to move all directly employed council workers, as well as some contractors to the full New Zealand Living Wage rate of $20.20 an hour on 1 July, with wages for other contractors also increasing as their contracts come up for renewal. Read more »

Hospital Board reports two-thirds of its staff feel positive

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Over two thirds of Capital & Coast District Health Board staff feel positively engaged according to their recent engagement survey. Read more »

Death of Bruce Stewart, builder of Tapu Te Ranga Marae at Island Bay

Press Release – The Stewart family
Tēnā koutou katoa, Rangatira Bruce Stewart QSM (of Te Arawa and Tainui descent) passed away on Wednesday morning, aged 80. Read more »

Plans to fix punctuality and capacity problems on Wairarapa trains

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council is determined to improve Wairarapa rail service. Read more »

Auditor-General writes to city council about funding of Singapore Airlines

Media release from Controller and Auditor-General
In response to queries from members of the public, we have written to the Wellington City Council regarding the funding arrangement for Singapore Airlines’ Wellington-Canberra-Singapore route: Read more »

Wellington council unanimous on annual plan with 3.3% rates increase

News from WCC
Wellington City Councillors have unanimously voted to pass this year’s annual plan, which delivers major investments while keeping rates well below forecast. Read more »

Porirua council adopts annual plan, with 4.5% rates increase

Press Release – Porirua City Council
The Porirua City Council adopted its Annual Plan tonight with a ‘steady as she goes’ budget for 2017/18. Read more »

Staying well this winter

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
With the chilly season settling in, and ambulance callouts increasing, health and emergency services are urging people to wrap up and take good care of themselves. Read more »

Police seeking burglar

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Police are seeking Eugene Cory Te Amo, 33, who has warrants to arrest for burglary offences. Read more »

NZ First wants to keep the trolley buses, and build light rail to the airport

NZ First has stated that it would retain Wellington’s trolley buses and renew the buses’ electricity supply. It also says it wants Wellington Airport served by light rail. Read more »

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