Archive for the 'Elections' Category

$100,000 to help choose Wellington’s water management system

News from NZ Government
Funding of $100,000 is to be contributed for a collaborative approach to fresh water modelling in the Wellington region. The money has been given to the Wellington Regional Council from the Government’s Community Environment Fund. Read more »

Justice Minister Judith Collins resigns from Cabinet – PM’s announcement

Key re resignation

Scoop report and photo by Jeremy Wilkinson
The Minister of Justice Judith Collins has today resigned from the Cabinet because of allegations that she tried to undermine a senior civil servant through a blog. Read more »

“Far more serious allegations” lead to Judith Collins resignation

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
Prime Minister John Key has been handed a cast-iron excuse to rid his government of its troublesome Justice Minister Judith Collins, using an email supplied anonymously to his office at Parliament yesterday which appears to show Collins conspiring with the Whaleoil blog run by National Party activist Cameron Slater to unseat the then head of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley, in 2011. Read more »

March against National today

Press Release: TPPA Action – Wellington
Thousands of people will march and rally at ‘National is not our Future’ events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa from 1:00 pm for a march along the waterfront to Parliament with an expected arrival at 1.45pm. Read more »

Don’t stop the cycleway

by Regan Dooley
At its meeting on Wednesday, the Wellington City Council will vote on a motion lodged by Councillors Nicola Young and Paul Eagle that could delay the development of the Island Bay Cycle Way (Section 1 of the full route to the city) indefinitely. Read more »

Govt policy will help first-home buyers in Hutt Valley, say candidates

News release from NZ National Party
National’s candidates Lewis Holden and Chris Bishop have welcomed today’s announcement by the Prime Minister and Housing Minister that the Government is to double its support for first home buyers. Read more »

Powertool Records release ‘Election EP’ asking its listeners to vote

Press Release – Powertool Records
We at Powertool Records – and our indefatigable artists – are not a team that sits still for long, especially when something big is looming. So we’re sticking it to the ballot box with the release of ‘The Election EP’: 8 artists with few stylistic similarities, but each with a passionate request that we vote – or at least think about what this election means to you. Read more »

Hutt City planning to spend $3m more to help cycling and walking

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Hutt City Council’s Policy and Regulatory Committee has recommended that the Council should increase its investment in cycling and walking infrastructure by $3,012,000 over three years to encourage greater participation in active travel in the city. Read more »

Wellington employers release regional election manifesto with four issues

Press Release – Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce has released its election manifesto for the region ahead of its Business Election Year Debate tonight. Read more »

Regional election issues to be debated at Massey

News from Massey University
Wellington regional issues, from the flyover to extending the airport, will be in the spotlight at an election debate at Massey University’s Wellington campus on Thursday. Read more »

Laugh, think, vote: festival of political performance at Bats

Press Release – Bats Theatre
What do Winston Peters, a savage and wild barbarian, Karl Marx, and a group of dusky maidens have in common? They’re all part of #RaucousCaucus2014, a two week festival of political performance taking over BATS Theatre from the 26th of August. Read more »

Electoral Commission bans satirical song by Wellington musician

News release from Darren Watson
The Electoral Commission has told Wellington musician Darren Watson to stop selling or promoting his satirical song “Planet Key” or he may face prosecution. Read more »

Sir Geoffrey Palmer joins Mt Victoria residents at election meeting

Wellington.Scoop
More than 80 Mt Victoria residents attended an election meeting tonight – at the top table were James Shaw ( Green) Paul Foster Bell (National) Grant Robertson (Labour) and Hugh Barr ( NZ First). Read more »

Gerry Brownlee and the flyover

by PCGM
As the days tick away on the Transport Agency’s statutory timeframe to appeal against the Basin Reserve flyover decision, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the National government would step in and legislate. Read more »

Debate today on better broadcasting

News from Coalition for Better Broadcasting
An election debate on better broadcasting is to be held in Wellington on Monday. Read more »

Anna Paquin offers to help put up Russel Norman’s campaign signs

News from NewstalkZB
The Green Party’s campaign will have a touch of starpower, with actress Anna Paquin offering to help put up election billboards in Wellington. Read more »

Free green card travel for students a ‘leap forward’ says VUW student leader

News from VUWSA
Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association President Sonya Clark welcomed the release of the Green Party’s Student Transport policy today, saying it is “a leap forward in addressing the cost of transport for tertiary students.” Read more »

Election issue: quality of democracy discussed at Wellington conference

Press Release: Public Good
A well-attended conference in Wellington this weekend heard and discussed presentations which raised questions about the quality of our democracy. The conference was hosted by the St Andrews Trust for the Study of Religion and Society and Public Good and the aspirations of many organisations and the approaches they are taking to achieve a richer kind of democracy were also on the agenda. Read more »

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