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Big election issues, or trivia?

Back in the mists of time – say, 2010 or so – Wellington’s mayoralty and council hopefuls seemed inclined to campaign and then act on the big issues for the city. Such as: what was the right transport solution around the Basin Reserve? Should we have light rail on the Golden Mile? What about a shiny new convention centre? Should there be a super-city? Read more »

Jo Coughlan wants the council to buy Victoria University’s Karori campus

Press Release – Jo Coughlan
Mayoral candidate Jo Coughlan today announced that as Mayor she would urge the Wellington City Council to acquire Victoria University’s Karori Campus to secure options on the land for the future. Read more »

A great idea, till you ask difficult questions

by Matthew Plummer
It’s the start of city council election season in Wellington, and I thought I’d look at some of the big campaign ideas doing the rounds. First up: beware of any politician who pledges to build a new 10,000-12,000 seat indoor stadium. It sounds like a great idea, until you ask some difficult questions.
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Jo Coughlan makes demands about support for runway extension

Press Release – Jo Coughlan
Mayoral Candidate Jo Coughlan today said when it came to the airport runway extension, she would be weighing up Wellington’s long-term interest, not the short-term interests of airlines. And if the city did invest, it would need to be reflected in its ownership stake in the airport, not a donation. Read more »

“We can do better,” says new candidate for Onslow-Western ward

Press Release – Diane Calvert
Diane Calvert a long term resident of Khandallah has announced her candidacy for this year’s Wellington City Council elections in the Onslow-Western Ward. The Ward stretches from Makara through to Karori and ends in Broadmeadows. Read more »

Cycling off the edge of the world

by Ian Apperley
The Eastern Suburbs Cycleway consultation launched today. Only it didn’t. At the time of writing, no one could find anywhere online either to read the proposed documentation or put in a formal submission. Read more »

Ian Pike contradicts Justin Lester on plan for saving Jack Ilott Green

The deputy mayor and a council employee are at loggerheads over plans to sell Jack Ilott Green. Justin Lester today came up with a proposal which he says is a better way of raising cash than selling the small green park. But Ian Pike, the manager of a council department named City Shaper, said he disagreed with him. Read more »

Wellington in context

by air wellington
Photo: GNS Science

by Ian Apperley
I’ve been watching the mayoral candidates for Wellington get to grips with each other and with the election that is coming. It reminds me of the 90s, the Royal Rumble sponsored by the World Wrestling Federation. Posturing, rushes at the ring, feints, chairs, and loud roaring intimidation. Read more »

Leggett “gutted” by “baffling” decision to stop online voting in October

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says he’s “gutted” Cabinet has decided not to go ahead with an online voting trial, which he calls “a blow to local democracy”. Read more »

Wellington MP promoted to Labour’s tourism portfolio

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
Labour Party leader Andrew Little has promoted Wellington MP and former broadcaster Kris Faafoi to the tourism portfolio to fill a gap left by departing MP Clayton Cosgrove, who nonetheless keeps the commerce portfolio and a new ‘business outreach’ role for as long as he remains in parliament. Read more »

What a difference – no buses

by Lindsay Shelton
The CBD was transformed today – by the absence of buses. What a difference this made in Lambton Quay and in Willis Street and in Manners Street. Read more »

Independent review of cycling plans aims to retain government money

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council is partnering with the New Zealand Transport Agency to conduct an independent review of the Capital’s cycling plan. Read more »

Khandallah-Onslow residents angry about process of changing Hutt Road

Press Release – Khandallah Residents Group
Onslow residents are up in arms about poor community engagement practices once again by the Wellington City Council and city councillors. Read more »

They’re not going to ban begging, but they want government help

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council today asked the Government to acknowledge it has a key responsibility to deal with the social and economic problems contributing to the growing scourge of begging in Wellington and other cities. Read more »

Jo Coughlan wants alternative cycleways as a “lasting solution”

Press Release – Jo Coughlan
Mayoral Candidate Jo Coughlan met Minister of Transport Simon Bridges yesterday to discuss Wellington cycleways and transport issues. Read more »

New mayoral candidate (the seventh) promises anti-establishment campaign

Press Release – Patriotic Revolutionary Front
John Overton, leader of the Patriotic Revolutionary Front (PRF), has decided to contest this year’s election for Mayor of Wellington. Read more »

Nick Leggett becomes sixth candidate for Wellington mayoralty

It’s official, at last. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett announced via Twitter this morning that he will be joining the contest to become Mayor of Wellington. He’s the sixth candidate. Read more »

Jo Coughlan prioritises infrastructure improvements

Press Release – Jo Coughlan
Jo Coughlan said in response to media queries on a new candidate announcement for the Wellington mayoralty: “Any candidate who supports my commitment as Mayor to double tunnel the Mt Victoria and Terrace tunnels, along with other infrastructure and ambitious policies to make Wellington better, would be a useful councillor.” Read more »

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