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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 Newstalk ZB reported that she said Porirua City’s infrastructure is outdated and the recent flooding in Plimmerton proves it needs urgent repairs.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 »

Waikanae ballot boxes on the move, to make voting easier

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Voting in the 2020 Waikanae Community Board by-election is being made easier with a series of “pop-up” voting stations leading up to the close of polling on 16 December. Read more »

Why I voted for Shelly Bay (2)

by Cr Jenny Condie
For those who oppose the development at Shelly Bay, the Wellington City Council decision last week was a blow that has left them feeling hurt and disappointed. I have been asked several times for an explanation of why I voted in support of the sale and lease of council land, particularly given I was on record in an Enterprise Miramar survey during the election campaign as being against the development. Read more »

New Cabinet: Grant Robertson is our new deputy Prime Minister

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Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson becomes deputy Prime Minister in the new Cabinet announced this afternoon by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. He retains his position as Finance Minister and also becomes Infrastructure Minister. Read more »

Greens and Labour sign co-operation agreement, with two Green ministers outside Cabinet

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RNZ photo

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At Parliament this morning, the Green Party and the Labour Party signed a Co-operation Agreement with a commitment to work together on child poverty, climate change, and the environment. The agreement gives the Greens two ministerial posts outside Cabinet. Read more »

A deal on Sunday? Greens reach final stages of talks with Prime Minister

Report from RNZ – October 29
The Greens and Labour are inching closer to a governing deal, with an announcement expected on Sunday. Read more »

Gatherings of three caucuses

caucus labour

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Gathering in Wellington today, the newly elected caucuses of three political parties. The biggest group (above) was all the Labour MPs who will make up the new government. Read more »

Vegetarian Society welcomes invitation for Duncan Garner to eat at Aunty Mena’s

News from NZ Vegetarian Society
The NZ Vegetarian Society has welcomed Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s invitation to take TV3’s Duncan Garner for a meal at Aunty Mena’s in Cuba Street. Read more »

Eight key areas for the new government from the Wellington CofC

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce congratulates the New Zealand Labour Party on their election win and looks forward to working closely with the next government. Read more »

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