Archive for the 'Elections' Category

Five VUW academics to answer questions on election issues

News from VUW
Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures a third term? These questions and more will be part of a five-week course about the 2014 New Zealand election, run by Victoria University of Wellington’s Continuing Education programme. Read more »

Labour will pay for Capital Connection commuter service, promise MPs

News from Labour Party
The next Labour government will ensure the future of the Capital Connection by funding it on a similar basis to other commuter rail services, say Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Phil Twyford and Labour’s MP for Palmerston North Iain Lees-Galloway. Read more »

National names list MP as Wellington Central candidate

News from NZ National Party
The National Party has announced List MP and former diplomat Paul Foster-Bell will be its candidate for the Wellington Central electorate at the 2014 General Election. Read more »

Greens’ Rimutaka candidate helps shape bill championing internet freedoms

News from Green Party
Championing Internet rights and freedoms, the Green Party has today launched New Zealand’s first ever crowdsourced Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill. With her unique background and experience in human rights law and ICT, Green Party candidate for Rimutaka, Susanne Ruthven, helped Gareth Hughes MP to shape this Bill. Read more »

Results of Pacific Advisory Group elections

News from WCC
The results of elections for Wellington City Council’s Pacific Advisory Group have now been finalised. Read more »

Tweeting the news

by Lindsay Shelton
Twitter has played a big role in spreading the news about changes at Scoop. Read more »

Reports from Wellington elections – donations and expenses

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Under section 112A of the Local Electoral Act 2001, candidates who stand for local election have to supply details of their expenses and the electoral donations they’ve received. To view the candidates’ returns for electoral donations and expenses, select their names below. Read more »

Five into one: Commission proposes one mayor and one council for Hawke’s Bay

Press Release – Local Government Commission
A proposal designed to lift the performance of Hawke’s Bay by providing strong leadership through integrated local government is now open to public submission. The Commission has released its draft proposal, after considering applications from the community and from local authorities and conducting wide consultation. The Commission is proposing a ‘whole of Hawke’s Bay’ approach involving one council supported by a layer of boards which would have the power to represent established communities. Read more »

Hey Peter – electorate message to Ohariu MP

A third “Hey Peter” billboard has been put on display in Johnsonville. Read more »

A little capital with big ambitions … opportunity to make a difference

by Celia Wade-Brown
Wellington is a little capital with big ambitions. I want to talk about Wellington’s past, present and future. Read more »

Aiming to be inclusive and decisive, mayor creates 4 new committees for council

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown’s new committee structure for the Wellington City Council has been released today. The mayor says the new structure is designed to be inclusive at both a political and community level, and will facilitate quality decision making. Read more »

35-year-old mother of four named as deputy mayor of Porirua City

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Nick Leggett, New Zealand’s youngest mayor of New Zealand’s youngest city, has today announced the appointment of 35-year-old councillor ‘Ana Coffey as deputy mayor; together, the youngest mayoral team in the country. Read more »

Justin Lester named as deputy mayor – “willing to work … with all councillors”


News from WCC
Justin Lester will be appointed as Wellington City’s new Deputy Mayor, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown announced today. Read more »

A new sustainable deputy mayor


The new Celia Wade-Brown era has begun with her choice of 34-year-old Johnsonville councillor Justin Lester as her new deputy mayor. Read more »

Celia Wade-Brown increases her majority; Helene Ritchie keeps her seat

News from Wellington City Council
The remaining 650 special votes in the Wellington City Council elections have been qualified and counted and there have been no changes to the results from election day. Read more »

Porirua deputy mayor defeated in final count

Press Release – Porirua City Council
After adding special votes to the final tally, the Registrar of Electors has confirmed the new Council for Porirua City. Read more »

The woman who wishes she was mayor

Raewyn Bleakley seems to wish that she was the mayor. This has been obvious in eight of her (many) recent press releases, and is most obvious in her extraordinarily dictatorial article today in the DomPost. Read more »

Ray Wallace, with 18,000 majority, promises “steady hand” for Hutt City

News from Hutt City Council
Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace says he will continue to keep a steady hand on city finances while promoting new enterprise and community development after being returned with the highest majority ever for a contested Lower Hutt mayoralty. Read more »

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