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Wellington Party says second Mt Victoria tunnel is overdue

Media release from Wellington Party
Wellington’s newest local body political party, the Wellington Party, welcomes the news that if returned to Government, the National Party will accelerate the construction work on the proposed duplicate Mt Victoria tunnel. Read more »

Hutt Council agrees to replace Naenae Pool, and backs changes to waste and recycling

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Better managing waste and recycling across Lower Hutt, and replacing Naenae Pool alongside a plan to reinvigorate the town centre, were agreed as two key priorities by Hutt City Council at a meeting last night. Read more »

All electric? But when? (2)


A possibly quicker timeline for electric buses in Wellington has emerged via an exchange of tweets. Read more »

Nicola Willis launches petition for second Mt Victoria Tunnel

Media release from NZ National Party
The National Party is today launching a petition to bring forward construction of a second Mt Victoria tunnel as part of a balanced transport plan for the capital, Wellington-based National MP Nicola Willis says. Read more »

All electric? But when?

by Lindsay Shelton
2025? 2030? 2050? Wellington has been given conflicting forecasts for when we can expect to be rid of the city’s polluting fleet of diesel buses. Read more »

Andy’s first 21 days


by Ian Apperley
It’s time to have a look back over the last three weeks to see what our new Mayor has been up to. After a bit of a slow start caused by recount uncertainty, the new Wellington City Council has kicked into life and begun the process of stating intentions, creating straw men, and kicking off conversations. Wellington may not be moving, but Andy Foster certainly has been, along with some of his councillors. Read more »

Capitulating to the airport

by Ian Apperley
In recent weeks Wellington Airport has released more plans to expand, by paving over paradise at the golf course and taking over the old Miramar South School land to build more infrastructure. And that’s just the near-term plans, with the long-term plans guaranteed to provoke outrage and protest, but not laid out in their latest announcement. Read more »

Movie Museum and second tunnel on the new mayor’s agenda


Report from RNZ by Harry Lock
A new movie museum and prioritising a second Mt Victoria tunnel are firmly on the agenda for Wellington’s new mayor. In a speech this morning to the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Andy Foster outlined his vision for the city over the next three years. Read more »

What next for the Library? Civic Square?

by Lindsay Shelton
Mayor Andy Foster has this week given us a couple of encouraging timelines about progress on resolving some of the most serious challenges facing his council. Read more »

After a second tunnel – four lanes through Hataitai


by Lindsay Shelton
Reports that new mayor Andy Foster wants to prioritise a second Mt Victoria Tunnel have reminded me that eight years ago the local community was concerned to discover that a second tunnel would require the four-laning of Ruahine Street. Read more »

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