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Mayoral summit discussing vision, feedback and ideas for the future

News from WCC
The Wellington Summit is being held on Friday morning – a meeting of over 100 key Wellington business and community leaders to discuss the future of the city. Read more »

Will they roll over and accept him?

by Gordon Campbell
The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. Read more »

PM resigning next week; refers to family pressures and “nothing left in the tank”

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Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice. Read more »

Greens choose Teall Crossen as next year’s Rongotai candidate

Press Release – Green Party
The Green Party candidate for Rongotai is Teall Crossen after a hotly contested competition for the seat. Read more »

One new building … well, actually two

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by Lindsay Shelton
Parliament’s Speaker announced yesterday that there’s to be a new building behind Parliament House to provide offices for MPs and their staff. But then he released images showing that not just one but two new buildings are to be constructed. Read more »

Saving the Paramount

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by Lindsay Shelton
There’s dismay in Wellington’s film and cultural community over the news that the Paramount Cinema is for sale and could be replaced by a small hotel. Stopping such a plan must be a major challenge for Mayor Lester in his new self-appointed role of leader of the city’s arts and culture. Read more »

Begging for it, or giving it away

The Wellington City Council has been showing some unusual attitudes to money in recent days. Read more »

Gareth Morgan launches new political party to fight mediocrity

Wellington philanthropist Gareth Morgan has launched a new political party. He announced it this morning and said it is “a rebellion against the politics of mediocrity”. Read more »

Changes to rules for election advertising – now online as well as TV and radio

News from NZ Government
The Broadcasting (Election Programmes and Election Advertising) Amendment Bill, recently introduced to the House by Justice and Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams, yesterday received its first reading. Read more »

Mayor’s strategy session aiming for three-year “unified vision”

News from WCC
Mayor Justin Lester is leading a two-day strategic planning session with councillors and senior managers this week to agree on a unified vision for the council for the next three years. Read more »

New, young, and digital

by Ian Apperley
Wellington has a new, young, tech-savvy Mayor. After two terms of a rather lacklustre approach to the technology industry, it’s good to see a renewed focus on what is an incredibly important part of the city’s economy. Read more »

Kapiti’s new mayor focusing on collaboration and transparency

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The committee structure and key appointments for the 2016-19 Kāpiti Coast District Council have been confirmed, paving the way for the work of the new Council to begin in earnest. Read more »

Virginia Andersen to be Labour candidate for Hutt South next year

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News from NZ Labour Party
Virginia Andersen has been selected as the Hutt South Labour Party candidate in the 2017 General Election. Read more »

Looking for solutions: Wellington’s six top transport challenges

Transport is the perennial contentious issue in the capital. From court cases about the Basin Reserve to arguments over the Island Bay cycleway, barely a mayoral term goes by without some part of the community up in arms about transport issues. This time around, new councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman has the transport portfolio, and has inherited a whole collection of long-running challenges. Read more »

Mike Tana chooses Samoan deputy mayor, new committees, for Porirua

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Mayor Mike Tana today announced the appointment of the Deputy Mayor, committee Chairs and a new committee structure for Porirua City Council, following the inauguration ceremony of the new council last night at Pātaka. Read more »

Ray Wallace appoints deputy

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Lower Hutt’s Councillors were officially sworn in tonight, at the first meeting of the Council that will serve till October 2019. Read more »

From euphoria to hard work: swearing-in day for councillors

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The handover of power: from Celia Wade-Brown to Justin Lester

News from Wellington CofC
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce congratulates city councillors and regional councillors on their swearing-in today. Read more »

Housing crisis? What housing crisis?

There’s a perception around town that the capital’s property market is on the verge of a boom, and that the city may need to act fast to prevent the sort of housing affordability crisis that has enveloped Auckland (and by extension, the National government). It’s sufficiently concerning that newbie mayor Justin Lester has created a Housing Task Force to look at housing affordability and availability, and has appointed deputy mayor Paul Eagle as leader of the newly-created Housing portfolio. Read more »

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