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Wellington councillors vote to pay $154m for convention centre

News from WCC
Wellington City Councillors have voted to proceed with a Five Greenstar Convention and Exhibition Centre (CEC) which will give a major boost to the local economy, create hundreds of jobs and provide stimulus for further regeneration in that part of the city. Read more »

Councils halt online voting for next year’s local body elections

News from Local Government NZ
The proposed trial of online voting in next year’s local body elections will not proceed after the working party comprised of nine councils (including Wellington) made the reluctant decision to halt the trial. Although the working party had recently selected a provider that satisfied all of the security and delivery requirements, the cost burden for the councils involved ultimately forced the decision. Read more »

Chris Finlayson leaving Parliament in January

News from National Party
National MP Chris Finlayson has confirmed he will leave Parliament in the New Year. Read more »

Labour gets in first

Wellington.Scoop
City elections next year? Well yes – on October 12 it seems. And last Sunday, Labour got in first by announcing its Wellington candidates. Read more »

No change to Hutt council representation

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Hutt City Councillors have decided to keep the current way of electing councillors and how residents are represented by community boards and panels. Read more »

Claims, counter-claims, and a rogue MP on the tiles

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Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Wellington.Scoop
The claims and counter-claims at Parliament yesterday afternoon – involving what RNZ is describing this morning as a “rogue MP” – have given a burst of energy to New Zealand’s political journalists. Read more »

TOP starts again from the bottom

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Report and photos by Roy Murphy
About 50 members of the Opportunities Party meeting in Wellington last night gave their reaction to Gareth Morgan’s decision to disband the party. They ranged from “disappointed” to “absolutely gutted”. Geoff Simmons said: “The reaction made him realize that the party was bigger than he was. He handed it all over to us.” Read more »

Changing the Regional Council – or keeping the status quo

Wellington.Scoop
Dissatisfaction with the ‘Greater’ Wellington Regional Council – including suggestions that it should be abolished because of its bus system failures – has coincided with a representational review that the council is now carrying out. It seems happy with how things are, and is proposing no changes in representation for next year’s elections. But not everyone would agree with retaining the status quo. Read more »

Where’s Barbara Donaldson?

by PCGM
The fallout from the design and implementation of the bus network goes on and on. At the first of several public meetings, disgruntled bus users expressed their lack of enthusiasm for the new routes and new timetables. A majority seem keen for a return to the good old days – that halcyon time less than a couple of months ago, when it didn’t take three buses and two long waits to cross the city. Read more »

Regional Council criticized for treatment of bus drivers

Report from RNZ
The wheels fell off at a launch for new electric buses after the environment minister publicly called out the Greater Wellington Regional Council over its treatments of bus drivers.
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