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Greens chose Jan Logie as candidate for Mana

News from Mana Greens
The Green Party today announce Jan Logie MP as candidate for Mana. With three terms as an MP, Jan has spent the past three years as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary, providing significant funding for domestic and sexual violence issues and helping to reshape the way survivors interact with our justice system. Read more »

Greg O’Connor off party list – aims to win election vote for second term in Ōhāriu

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Report from RNZ’s Checkpoint
It’s all or nothing this election for Labour MP Greg O’Connor, who is gambling a second term on winning the Wellington electorate of Ōhāriu – shaping up as a tight race – after taking himself off the party list. Read more »

Tracey Martin chosen as NZ First candidate for Ōhāriu

News from NZ First
New Zealand First MP Tracey Martin was today confirmed as the party’s candidate for the Ōhāriu electorate. Read more »

Celia Wade-Brown to be Green candidate in Wairarapa

The Green Party have announced former Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown as their candidate for the Wairarapa in the September elections.

Celia Wade-Brown QSO lives in the Mangatārere Valley. As Mayor of Wellington for two terms, she made the City Council a Living Wage employer and started Predator Free Wellington. Now she does predator trapping and native plant propagation on the family bush block next to the Tararua Forest Park as well as governance of not-for-profit organisations.

Ms Wade-Brown said:

“Thank you to the Wairarapa Greens for welcoming and nominating me. I am excited to help boost the Greens party vote in this large and diverse electorate. The recently announced $1 billion in the budget for jobs protecting nature is a big Green win for New Zealand.

“Many people have found the lockdown an opportunity to reflect on shared community values. Recovery is an opportunity to reset how we do things, from tourism to transport.

“For too long, over-reliance on fossil fuels, coupled with social inequality, has prevented us from addressing the key issues of climate change and a just transition to a low-carbon society in which communities and nature are equally supported to thrive.”

“This has meant over time more of us have struggled to get by, with an economy that hurts our environment, unaffordable homes, and public services that haven’t reached their full potential. It has meant that increasingly, too many people have been left behind.” `

“We are the Party most committed to tackling these issues. and have already delivered landmark wins for our climate, water, housing, and green jobs during our current term in government.”

“The Greens stand for encouraging ways of farming that protect nature and provide livelihoods. Healthy safe water is an important issue in our community.. The proposed Water Resilience Strategy must involve all groups of people in the Wairarapa: mana whenua, lifestyle blocks, farmers, forestry, urban workers, home gardeners and local government.”

“Together we can support people who suffer cold damp homes. The Greens have introduced and supported home insulation for our most vulnerable families. Our essential workers including cleaners, supermarket workers and nurses, deserve respect and a Living Wage.”

“The Green Party believe that averting climate disaster can bring the nation together like our response to Covid-19. The Greens successfully introduced the Carbon Zero Bill and are promoting better rail services as one part of the carbon response.”

“With more Greens in Parliament we can go further and faster to truly address healthy nature, inequality, our future climate and make our Covid-19 recovery a green recovery.”

James Shaw plus two: Greens announce candidates for Wellington electorates

News from Green Party
The Green Party has revealed its three candidates to contest the Wellington electorates in the forthcoming general election. Read more »

Wellington MP gets promotion in Muller’s new lineup

MP Nicola Willis

Report from RNZ
National leader Todd Muller has wasted little time in reshuffling his caucus. Among the more dramatic moves is the ascension of Wellington list MP Nicola Willis, who leapt from number 45 to 14 on the party’s list. Read more »

Not a time for increasing the rates

by Lindsay Shelton
Is it time to talk about the rates, when there are much more serious things to consider? Well, yes it is. In the pandemic emergency, many people with reduced incomes may have trouble making the payments, specially if they are going up. And there’ve been widely diverging approaches taken by our councils. Read more »

Does anyone want to pay 9.2% more?

by Lindsay Shelton
Mayor Andy Foster did the right thing to postpone today’s city council committee meeting where councillors were to be asked to approve a rates increase of 9.2 per cent. But though the meeting has been put back by two weeks – with covid-19 given as the reason – councillors will undoubtedly be discussing the rates increase today, but they’ll be away from public scrutiny in a closed workshop. Read more »

Learning leadership

Thanks to Georgina Campbell at the NZ Herald, we now know that Wellington Mayor Andy Foster is taking a $30,000 six-day leadership course in Queenstown at ratepayers’ expense. Read more »

Campaign launched to get better rail services for Kāpiti and Horowhenua

Media release from Gwynn Compton
Kāpiti Coast commuter rail advocate Gwynn Compton has launched the Kāpiti-Horowhenua Commuter Rail Campaign, which has the goal of getting the Government and regional councils to invest in an ambitious and accelerated plan to extend and expand the range of commuter rail services available to people living in Kāpiti, Horowhenua, and eventually Manawatu as well. Read more »

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