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Nominees for Tawa Community Board by-election

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp has announced the five nominees for the Tawa Community Board by-election. Read more »

GWRC extends search for new CE, after chair withdraws application for job

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is seeking a new chief executive, and today it announced that it has extended the advertising period till April 2. Read more »

Democracy and ideology

by Ray Chung
Do we have a dysfunctional Council or is it democracy in action? Read more »

Issues of democracy and governance

by Helene Ritchie
If there is one matter that the Wellington City Council and the public are united on today, it is a desire for the mayor and councillors to be find a way to focus without distraction on the major issues confronting the city and the council. Read more »

Who chooses independence?

Before Andy Foster yesterday chose the reviewer to carry out an independent review of governance at the Wellington City Council, former deputy mayor Jill Day had challenged him on the process. Read more »

Unions want councillors to stand against privatisation of public assets

Media release from Unions Wellington
Unions Wellington wishes to express its support for councilors voting to protect public assets such as the library. We are not concerned with ‘dysfunction’ in council driven by political differences, but we are very concerned by last minute maneuvering by council staff and the Mayor against the previously expressed wishes of the full council against asset sales. Read more »

What can we afford?

by Lindsay Shelton
I was out of town last week, up in the Coromandel hoping to take a break from Wellington issues. I chose the wrong week – almost every day of the holiday was interrupted by surprising or even disturbing headlines from the capital. Read more »

Jill Day moves to establish Māori ward in Wellington

Report from RNZ
A Wellington City Councillor has filed a motion to establish a Māori ward for the city at the next election. Read more »

After flooding, Porirua mayor wants to double city’s water infrastructure

Report from Michelle Laurenson
Porirua Mayor Anita Baker today announced a proposal to double the city’s spending on its water infrastructure in its next long term plan. Newstalk ZB reported that she said Porirua City’s infrastructure is outdated and the recent flooding in Plimmerton proves it needs urgent repairs. This is good news for Plimmerton, but does she have the money? And, what about Titahi Bay that has twice been flooded by sewage? Read more »

All I want for Christmas

by Conor Hill
I might be a little bit late to the party, but well done Labour on such a convincing election win. Now the handbrake is off, we get to see what they’ll deliver for Wellington. My Christmas wishlist is long, but today I’m going to focus on two specific requests – building a new master-planned community in eastern Wellington, and extending income-related rents to council housing tenants. Read more »

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