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Changes to National billboard reflect strong feelings in Takapu Valley


Takapu Valley residents driving to work in Wellington each day have been passing a National Party billboard that says, or said, “Working for New Zealand”. Read more »

National’s business priorities aligned with Wellington’s needs, says John Milford

News from WECofC
The Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the National Government’s 10 highest priorities for its Business Growth Agenda as essential to continuing strong business performance and economic growth. Read more »

Labour plans 52 KiwiBuild homes in Porirua; land set aside by city council

News from NZ Labour Party
The next Labour Government will work with the Porirua City Council to develop a site to build over 50 homes as part of its KiwiBuild programme, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Read more »

Too fat? $3m to be spent on reducing obesity in Lower Hutt

News from National Party
National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes the news that Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. Read more »

Greens will build three times as many safe cycleways, says Russel Norman

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Celia Wade-Brown cycling with Russel Norman in Wellington today. Photo: Russel Norman.

News from Green Party
“The Green Party will build three times the length of safe, separated cycleways than National over the next three years,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman in Wellington today. He joined Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown to cycle the route of one of the new, planned cycleways connecting Island Bay to Wellington’s city centre. Read more »

Katherine Rich stands firm against call to resign after allegations of conflict

BusinessDesk report by Fiona Rotherham
Former National MP Katherine Rich is standing firm against a call for her to resign from the government-funded Health Promotion Agency board. Read more »

Protesters at Parliament demand “no more dirty politics”

Scoop report and photos by Elizabeth Beattie
The Kiwis for Clean Politics protest got off to a slightly rocky start as protestors and Parliament security staff clashed over protestors’ rights to hand out leaflets this afternoon. Read more »

$3.3m to upgrade Ngaio School by July

News from NZ Government
Ngaio Primary School will receive a major property upgrade worth almost $3.3 million. Read more »

Standing ovation for Nicky Hager after talk on “intolerant blogs”

Nicky Hager received a standing ovation after speaking at a Fabian Society organised event at Wellington’s St Andrews On The Terrace. Read more »

Greens promise $500m over 5 years to upgrade Wellington public transport

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News from Green Party
The Green Party will invest half a billion dollars over five years upgrading Wellington’s public transport and walking and cycling infrastructure. The policy is part of the Green Party’s vision for a vibrant, people-friendly Wellington with carbon-free public transport, and part of the Party’s broader plan for a cleaner, smarter New Zealand. Read more »

Digging the dirt for political reasons

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Turning the first sods. Peter Dunne (left) and Gerry Brownlee (right), watched by Hekia Parata, Dame Patsy Reddy and the Prime Minister (who was the first to dig up some dirt).

It was a political event, of course. The politicians today used ceremonial spades to dig up the first bits of dirt (it used to be called turning the first sod) for the construction of Transmission Gully. But this doesn’t mean that construction will start tomorrow. Read more »

Time for politicians to move on from “inappropriate” flyover, say campaigners

News from Save the Basin
The Save the Basin Campaign is telling local and national politicians it’s “time to move on” from the Transport Agency’s failed plan to build a concrete flyover at the Basin Reserve in central Wellington. Read more »

Small businesses still want less red tape – survey

Press Release – MYOB
New Zealand small businesses are still looking for policies to reduce their compliance burden, according to the latest nationwide MYOB Business Monitor survey of business owners and operators from around the country. Read more »

Winston Peters to speak on regional amalgamation threat

Press Release – Grey Power New Zealand
New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters will be speaking at a Public Meeting in Upper Hutt next week on the threat of amalgamation to the wider Wellington region. Read more »

Political satire a sellout success at Circa – extra matinees scheduled

Press Release – Circa Theatre
Is political satire still ‘a thing?’ Wellington audiences have responded with a resounding ‘yes.’ Read more »

Evidence of emails shows abuse of power, says Grant Robertson

News from NZ Labour Party
The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. Read more »

VUW students launch online site for young people’s political views

Photo: VUW

News from VUW
A group of Victoria University students are trying to reverse the trend of political disengagement by giving young people a voice. Read more »

Election EP goes live in Wellington – celebration at Newtown Bowling Club

Press Release – Powertool Records
It’s a noisy build-up to this election, that’s for sure; and a group of Powertool Records’ bands and friends are making some very lively live noise this Saturday September 6th at the Newtown Bowling Club in Wellington. Read more »

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