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Mayoral candidate backs thriving communities, not urban sprawl

Media release from Conor Hill
Wellington mayoral candidate Conor Hill today released his thriving communities policy with the aim of creating vibrant suburbs rather than urban sprawl. Read more »

Sham trams, wishful thinking and the Zhuzhou experiment

by Brent Efford
Last month’s forum on ‘trackless trams’ was clearly no friend of rail, light or heavy. Read more »

Simon Marsh not standing again for WCC; “nine years is enough”


Media release from Simon Marsh
Simon “Swampy” Marsh is stepping down as a Wellington City Councillor after nine years representing the Eastern Ward. “I have always lived by the mantra that you move on from something while you are still on top of it” Marsh said. “Nine years is long enough, the role of Councillor should not be a job for life. This city deserves a continual refresh of ideas and faces from within council, it’s time for a change.” Read more »

McKinnon, Marsh will be missed on councils, says CofC

Press Release – Business Central – Wellington
The Wellington region business community will lose two key advocates when regional councillor Ian McKinnon and city councillor Simon ‘Swampy’ Marsh step down at the local body elections, says the Chamber of Commerce. Read more »

CofC wants “business savvy and community minded” candidates for the elections

Press Release – Wellington Chamber of Commerce
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Wellingtonians to consider standing in the upcoming Local Government 2019 elections. Read more »

Saving and strengthening the Library – early access is possible, at less cost, says engineer

A packed public meeting last night heard a leading architect and a leading structural engineer insist that Wellington’s Central Library can be strengthened and reopened. And they estimated a cost considerably less than the $100million stated by Mayor Justin Lester at the weekend. Read more »

Justin Lester commits to retaining the Library building, “unless there is absolutely no way…”

Media release from Justin Lester and Fleur Fitzsimons
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons are today releasing the Wellington Libraries Charter, outlining commitments and priorities for protecting the important role of libraries in our communities. Read more »

Two new parties … three mayoral candidates


The election campaign has begun. In Wellington, not one but two new political parties say they’ll be naming candidates for the city council. And there’s an independent candidate challenging mayor Justin Lester. In Lower Hutt, Ray Wallace is being challenged for the mayoralty by Councillor Campbell Barry. And in Kapiti, Gwynn Compton has launched an active campaign full of specifics about how he would run the coastal community more effectively than Mayor K Gurunathan. Read more »

Gwynn Compton announces ambitious transport plan

Press Release – Gwynn Compton
Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton has unveiled an ambitious transport plan that would see Kāpiti’s communities better connected with each other as well as the rest of the Wellington region. Read more »

Overcoming a crisis of confidence

by Ben Schrader
A recent article by Ian Apperley and also a DomPost feature about Wellington’s general malaise suggests to me that the city is experiencing one of its periodic crises of confidence. These have been a feature of the city’s life since its colonial founding and have included the exodus of settlers after the 1848 earthquake, the 1932 Depression riots, and the botched 1990 sesquicentenary (when the city became a national laughing stock). Read more »

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