Elections News

After the election: time to keep the trolley buses, and start planning for light rail

by Lindsay Shelton
The Regional Council has stubbornly ignored public support for the city’s trolley buses. But today it should be expected to start an urgent reconsideration of its unpopular policies, given that two of the partners in the new coalition government are on record as saying the trolley buses should be retained. Read more »

John Milford sets out three key regional issues for new government

News from Wellington CofC
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce welcomes the outcome of the negotiations to form the new government, and congratulates Labour, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. Read more »

Island Bay lawyer chosen as Labour candidate for council by-election


News from NZ Labour Party
The Labour Party has selected lawyer, mother of three and Island Bay resident Fleur Fitzsimons as its candidate to replace Paul Eagle as the councillor for the Southern Ward on the Wellington City Council. Read more »

Deciding new government, but NZ First won’t name its board members

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
Two days after undertaking to release a list of the board of the New Zealand First party board, its president Brent Catchpole has changed his mind. Several members of a group that leader Winston Peters says will be consulted tomorrow on the formation of the next government do not want their names in public, he says. Read more »

Mayor’s reshuffle: new responsibilities for five city councillors

News from WCC
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has completed a reshuffle of councillor portfolios following Paul Eagle’s election to Parliament and resignation from Council. Read more »

After final results are announced: Nicola Willis is no longer an MP

After the final results were announced this afternoon, the Wellington Central electorate has two MPs instead of three. Read more »

Post-election talks start in Wellington

News from NZ First
New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party this morning and the Labour Party this afternoon. Read more »

New deputy mayor excited to lead Wellington delegation to Canberra

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington’s new Deputy Mayor will spearhead a Wellington delegation to Canberra this week, cementing the sister city relationship formed last year. Read more »

Who wants to be a city councillor? Nominations open for Paul Eagle’s seat

News from WCC
Nominations opened today for candidates to stand for the Wellington City Council in the Southern Ward. A by-election will be held to fill the seat vacated by Councillor Paul Eagle who was elected MP for Rongotai last weekend Read more »

Wellington’s new deputy mayor has less than a year’s experience on the council

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has appointed a first-time councillor as his new deputy. Read more »

Hutt South gets four MPs, Wainui backs Labour

Press Release – Ginny Anderson
Hutt South voters are the winners at this year’s General Election, with four local MPs due to represent them in Parliament. Read more »

Who’ll be our new deputy mayor?

Who’ll be the next deputy mayor of Wellington? Paul Eagle is now the Labour MP for Rongotai (with a majority of over 8000) so he’ll be resigning any day. His election is no surprise, giving Justin Lester plenty of time to make a shortlist of councillors who could take over the job. Read more »

Labour’s Greg O’Connor wins Ohariu, National’s Chris Bishop wins Hutt South

Tonight’s election results show that Labour has won the Ohariu electorate (formerly held by United Future) and National has taken Hutt South (formerly a Labour seat.). Read more »

Campaigning on the street


by Lindsay Shelton
There aren’t any election billboards in our Brooklyn street, But even without them, the election campaign has repeatedly reached us. Read more »

Full re-build of Wainui High School promised, at cost of up to $20million

News from NZ Labour Party
Labour will deliver a better future for education in Hutt South with the allocation of up to $20 million for a full rebuild of Wainuiomata High School, says Leader of the Opposition Leader Jacinda Ardern. Read more »

Wellington students state pre-election concerns about education policies

News from Inspiration Education Ltd
Wellington high school students want policymakers to bring more life skills, mental health services and balanced workloads to the classroom. Read more »

Hopeful? Excited? Angry? Afraid? Election poll surveys voters’ feelings

News from Horizon Research
Rarely published polling on how main party leaders are making New Zealanders feel may reveal what’s behind “Jacindamania”. Read more »

Wellington Central candidate representing migrants and refugees

Press Release – Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC
Gayaal Iddamalgoda, Wellington Central candidate for the Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign, says that a vote for him will send a pro-migrant signal to the major parties. Read more »

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