Archive for the 'Elections' Category

Jo’s white elephant

by Lindsay Shelton
Jo Coughlan’s green brochure tells me she wants to build a new “covered arena” seating 10,000 to 12,000 people. It’s an idea that’s been around for years, with no proof that such a building would have sufficient users to justify its enormous cost. Read more »

Jo Coughlan states her case for opposing “wasteful expenditure” on light rail

News from Jo Coughlan
“Renewed talk about the need for investment in light rail for Wellington comes as a surprise and would cost a huge amount of money and be a white elephant within a very few years,” Mayoral Candidate Jo Coughlan said today. Read more »

Jack Yan endorses Jo Coughlan

News from JY&A Media
Former Wellington mayoral candidate Jack Yan says he is endorsing Jo Coughlan in this year’s race. Read more »

Two absurd plans from Jo

by Lindsay Shelton
I’ve received a green election brochure from Jo Coughlan. In it, she says that if she becomes mayor she will “put Wellington’s film industry on the global map.” It’s an absurd statement. Read more »

Transport issues: Here’s Johnny

Wellington.Scoop
We’ve been asking mayoral candidates to tell us their views about transport issues in the city. The questions were prepared by the Transporting Wellington blog. Here’s the eighth response, from Johnny Overton.
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Residents’ leader Graeme Sawyer launches campaign for city council seat

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News release from Graeme Sawyer
Graeme Sawyer, a long-time president of a high-profile Northern Ward residents group, has launched his campaign to win a Wellington City Council seat on October 8. Read more »

Transport issues: Andy Foster

Wellington.Scoop
We’ve been asking mayoral candidates to tell us their views about transport issues in the city. The questions were prepared by the Transporting Wellington blog. Here’s the seventh response, from Andy Foster.
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Candidates at the edge of the world. Part 4 – Onslow-Western

by Ian Apperley
Karori and surrounds. A strange place. Frequently covered in cloud, you can see the northerly coming there first. Grey clouds scudding around the hill tops. One road in. One road out. Read more »

Candidates at the edge of the world. Part 3 – Lambton Ward

by Ian Apperley
The business of running the city takes place within the Lambton Ward. A dense CBD with increasing apartment dwellers boasts a significant proportion of the city’s population. In the past term, councillors Young and Pannett have made their mark, while Labour’s Mark Peck fell toward the end, resigning after making a lot of noise, with little progress. Read more »

Start planning now for light rail by 2026, say councillors and candidates

Joint news release
Light Rail should be put back on the agenda for the mix of the Wellington region’s transport solutions. It must be evaluated with other transport options in the ‘Ngauranga to the Airport’ corridor study, and the ‘GetWellingtonMoving’ project led by the Regional Council, the Wellington City Council and the Transport Agency. If planning is started now, light rail could be operating by 2026 at the end of the bus contracts to be signed next year. Read more »

Mayoral campaign: more interest in light rail, less confidence in longer runway

Wellington.Scoop
Who’d have thought that light rail would be an election issue again? Two elections ago, it was one of the key planks of Celia Wade-Brown’s campaign. After her plans came to nothing, the subject seemed to vanish from the political conversation. But now it’s back. Read more »

Transport issues: Jo Coughlan

Wellington.Scoop
We’ve been asking mayoral candidates to tell us their views about transport issues in the city. The questions were prepared by the Transporting Wellington blog. Here’s the sixth response, from Jo Coughlan. Read more »

What makes a good councillor?

by Troy Mihaka
What makes a good city councillor? What qualities should we seek in our public officials and how do we decide for whom to vote, so we can be sure hat Wellington is in safe hands. Before we all forget about the City Council until the next election. Read more »

Election scorecard – week 6

by PCGM
As we get closer to Polling Day (or rather, the day when you can send back your postal votes) the prospects of the Wellington mayoral contenders are becoming clearer and clearer. Read more »

Lambton Quay without vehicles – at last, it’s being investigated

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by Lindsay Shelton
Who’d have thought that pedestrianisation of Lambton Quay would be officially investigated at the request of our elected councillors? Not however at the request of the city council. The plan has come from the regional council. Read more »

CofC urges voting in local elections

Press Release – Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce
Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce & Industry is urging its members and business community stakeholders to make sure they have their say in the 2016 local election. Read more »

Newtown residents to question candidates for southern ward

News from Newtown Residents Association
There’ll be a focus on candidates for the Wellington City Council’s southern ward at a Meet the Candidates forum in Newtown on Tuesday 13 September. Read more »

Movie Museum: having the debate in public, and saving money to pay the $15m

by Andy Foster
This morning the City Council will make a big decision, to agree to proceed with the Film Museum and Convention Centre. It’s a relatively straightforward decision, unlike others of the Council ‘big economic projects’. Read more »

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