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Andy vs Justin: Part Two (with AI)

by Ian Apperley
If you are reading these articles, then you are a political junkie on some level, have an interest in local politics, and are far more likely to vote on what you research. You’re more likely to educate yourself on candidates, what they stand for, and then make an informed decision to vote. Read more »

$5.6m to plan new Melling interchange, including new bridge and train station

News from NZTA
The Melling transport improvements project is to be jointly consented as part of the RiverLink partnership between the NZ Transport Agency, the Wellington Regional Council and the Hutt City Council, Transport Agency Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight announced today. Read more »

Justin Lester reveals $21,000 in campaign donations; no details from Andy Foster

Report from RNZ
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has revealed how much he’s had donated to his mayoral campaign. However, his main opponent, Andy Foster, is still refusing to say how much Sir Peter Jackson has stumped up in a bid to get him the mayoral chains. Read more »

Jenny Condie reveals campaign donations

by Jenny Condie
I welcome Justin Lester’s announcement that he will be joining me in releasing details of his campaign donations prior to the election. Read more »

Conor Hill announces climate change package

Media release from Conor Hill
Wellington mayoral candidate Conor Hill today released an honest, fair and ambitious plan to reduce Wellington’s carbon emissions. Read more »

It’s official – it’s time to vote

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The voting period for the 2019 local government elections is officially underway and the Regional Council is encouraging people to help shape our region’s future by voting. Read more »

Easier to vote in Kāpiti this year

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
There’ll be more options for the way Kāpiti voters can have their say in this year’s local elections, which start today. This includes a local mobile voting service once the recommended postal deadline is past and a drop off point at Wellington Railway Station. Read more »

Hutt City introduces mixed representation voting model

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Voting documents for this year’s local elections will start arriving in mail boxes from today and voters have until midday on 12 October to make their vote count. Read more »

Forest & Bird Youth Wellington urges Wellingtonians to vote

Press Release – Forest And Bird
Forest & Bird Youth Wellington is urging all Wellingtonians to carefully consider the environmental policies and attitudes of their local candidates when voting in the local elections. Read more »

Andy vs Justin: Part One

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RNZ photo

by Ian Apperley
As the Wellington election gets down to the wire, let’s face it, most of the voting will be done and dusted the night that election packs arrive in mailboxes. The campaign trail is getting a little tense and weird. I see quite a lot of gritted teeth, strange outbursts on social media, hyper-sensitivity to issues (did you see how fast Simon Woolf ran after that Botanic Garden naming misstep?), and stress. Read more »

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