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Election scorecard: week 3

Wellington’s mayoral campaign moved up another notch last week, with a fifth councillor throwing his hat into the ring, allegations of Labour Party dirty politics, and a large helping of schadenfreude from a disaffected and departing council employee. It’s proving to be the most interesting campaign in recent memory. Read more »

Economic leadership is key to keeping up, says Jo Coughlan

Press Release – Jo Coughlan
Mayoral candidate Jo Coughlan is singing Wellington’s economic praises ahead of this evening’s official launch of the new David Jones store on Lambton Quay. Read more »

Iona for deputy mayor?

A recent tweet alerted us to a possibility that had yet to occur to the wellington.scoop brains trust – that left-leaning Green councillor Iona Pannett might well be Wellington’s next deputy mayor, assuming incumbent Celia Wade-Brown gets re-elected. The logic seems curiously inescapable – and goes like this. Read more »

Jo Coughlan pleased that PM is copying her predator-free policy

Press Release – Jo Coughlan
Mayoral candidate Jo Coughlan welcomed today’s announcement by Prime Minister John Key that the Government wants to make New Zealand pest free by 2050. Read more »

Trevor Mallard not standing again – aiming to be Parliament’s Speaker

Hutt MP Trevor Mallard has announced that he will not be seeking re-election for his Hutt South electorate. Instead, he is campaigning to be Speaker of Parliament. Read more »

Leap forward on Kapiti Coast

Press Release – Gavin Welsh
“Economic development has taken a bold leap forward on the Kapiti Coast,” says Kapiti Mayoral candidate Gavin Welsh. Read more »

A vote of no confidence?

Today’s announcement that Andy Foster is joining the ranks of disaffected councillors seeking the mayoralty has underlined how bad things have become at the Wellington City Council – it’s become a free-for-all to displace Celia Wade-Brown. Read more »

And now there are eight; new mayoral candidate says leadership lacking

Councillor Andy Foster has decided to enter the contest for the Wellington mayoralty. He’s now the eighth candidate, following Helene Ritchie’s weekend decision to become the seventh candidate. Read more »

Eight mayoral candidates great for democracy, says John Milford

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Wellington Chamber of Commerce says having eight candidates standing for the city’s mayoralty is great for democracy and should make for a fascinating election campaign. Read more »

Campaign calling for student-friendly policies from council candidates

News from VUWSA
Today, Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) launched the Student Friendly Wellington website, as part of their Student Friendly Wellington campaign – an initiative that will help make Wellington a place where students thrive, not just survive. Read more »

Mayoral election race – a launch, IT competitiveness, a change of heart

Congratulations, Wellington – we’ve managed to get through a week of the mayoral election campaign without the Island Bay Cycleway being mentioned once, which makes a refreshing change. Instead, we had Nick Leggett’s full-noise campaign launch, more duelling press releases from Justin Lester and Jo Coughlan, a change of heart from Nicola Young, plus council veteran Helene Ritchie throwing her hat into the ring. Let’s dive right in. Read more »

Kapiti mayor welcomes broadcaster as council candidate

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Incumbent Mayor Ross Church is welcoming the decision of distinguished broadcaster John Howson to stand for Council. Read more »

Greens launch public transport action plan – discounted fares, free wi-fi

Press Release – Green Party
Heavily discounted public transport fares, free Wi-Fi in all transport hubs in Wellington, electric bus and car fleets, and more central city and suburban green spaces will be at the top of the agenda if the Green Party’s Wellington local government candidates are re-elected. Read more »

Jo Coughlan confirms ‘mayor only’ campaign – “focus on leading the city”

Press Release – Jo Coughlan
Wellington Mayoral candidate Jo Coughlan today confirmed she will only be standing as a mayoral candidate and not as a candidate for the Onslow Western Ward. This follows advertisements calling for nominations in local government elections which opened on Friday. Read more »

Deadline expiring, but Miramar’s parking problems continue

Miramar has a parking problem – thanks in large part to Wellington International Airport, in which the city council is a major shareholder. In an attempt to avoid the outrageous parking fees at the airport, motorists have taken to cluttering Miramar streets, leaving little-to-no legal parking for residents. Read more »

Term limits suggested: Helene Ritchie on list of NZ’s longest-serving councillors

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union
The Taxpayers’ Union is suggesting that term limits for local councillors may be a way to bring fresh thinking into local government. It is releasing a table of New Zealand’s longest-serving politicians, which shows the turnover of local councillors varies greatly. Read more »

“Experience counts.” Helene Ritchie joining contest for mayoralty


News from Helene Ritchie
Wellington’s first woman deputy mayor, first Labour Leader (Wellington City Council) and longest serving councillor has nominated to be mayor of Wellington. She will be standing as an Independent as she has done since she returned to the City Council in 1998. Helene was Chair of the Airport Authority for 8 years, and today holds the natural environment portfolio. Read more »

Nurses’ leader standing for DHB – “health is my sole focus, not a sideline”

News from Grant Brookes
As nominations open for this year’s local elections, New Zealand Nurses Organisation President Grant Brookes today announced his intention to stand for the Capital & Coast District Health Board. Read more »

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