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Getting things done: Diane Calvert and Simon Woolf seek re-election

Joint media release
Wellington city councillors Diane Calvert and Simon Woolf have formally announced their respective intentions to seek re-election to Wellington City Council at this year’s local government elections. Read more »

Challenging the mayor

With local elections only nine months away, no surprise that a mayoral candidate has emerged offering “fresh leadership.” Read more »

Light rail – on the wrong track?

by Brent Efford
Whether 2019 brings any real progress towards light rail and the essential ultimate achievement of a complete rail transit spine serving all of greater Wellington remains very much up in the air, with signs that the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project may be headed down the wrong rail transit track. Read more »

“Timid” response to cancellation of Peka Peka interchange

Media release from Gwynn Compton
Kāpiti mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton says the New Zealand Transport Agency’s decision to cancel the Peka Peka interchange is frustrating and has called out Mayor Gurunathan’s timid response to the news as not good enough. Read more »

Kapiti mayoral challenger promises fresh leadership

Report from Kapiti Independent
Paraparaumu resident Gwynn Compton has launched the first electoral challege to Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan. Mr Compton is standing for Mayor, and as a Districtwide Councillor, in this year’s Council election. He says he will bring fresh leadership and a community-led approach to the Kāpiti Coast. Read more »

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

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 »

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