Elections News

250 Johnsonville people express concern about their mall

Press Release from Greg O’Connor
“The fact that 250 people turned out on a cold winter’s night to express their concern about the lack of development on the Johnsonville Mall is evidence of the depth of feeling on the matter in the northern suburbs,” says Labour Ōhāriu candidate Greg O’Connor. Read more »

The runway extension and the drop in international travellers

by Dr. Sea Rotmann
Wellington Airport have released their full-year results, reporting a drop in international passengers by nearly 9,000 people. Read more »

$300m in Budget to help film industry

News from NZ Government
$303.9 million is to be allocated in the Budget to support the continuation of the New Zealand screen industry production grants, both globally and domestically. Read more »

Public meeting on deterioration of Johnsonville Mall

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party
“There is a considerable degree of frustration with the lack of progress and development at the Johnsonville Mall, and we are holding a public meeting to give residents the opportunity to have their say,” Ōhāriu candidate Greg O’Connor said today. Read more »

National is committed to Wellington’s resilient future, says candidate

News from National Party
National’s Wellington Central candidate Nicola Willis says National’s resilience focus and commitment to a low-debt track means the Government would be able to afford to rebuild Wellington should the city suffer a large earthquake. Read more »

Wellington needs Labour’s housing plan, says Rimutaka MP

News from NZ Labour Party
As the price of the average house in Wellington passes $600,000, the need for Labour’s plan to build affordable houses is getting more urgent, says Labour MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins. Read more »

Euon Murrell is thrilled to be National candidate for Mana electorate

News from National Party
National’s candidate for Mana at the 2017 General Election will be Euon Murrell. Read more »

“We’re the infrastructure government;” Steven Joyce promises to spend $11b more

Finance Minister Steven Joyce spoke today about the government’s commitment to infrastructure spending, including the expressways being built north of Wellington. He said the government is planning a big increase in this spending. Read more »

Govt is “playing with numbers,” says Grant Robertson

News from NZ Labour Party
Steven Joyce’s much vaunted pre-Budget speech is an underwhelming response to the infrastructure deficit National has created, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. Read more »

Gerry Brownlee coming to Kapiti

Press Release – Kapiti Coast Chamber Of Commerce
Steven Joyce will make his first visit to Kapiti as Finance Minister next week to speak to Kapiti businesses, ahead of his first Budget in May. Read more »

Labour will build 400 new homes in Hutt Valley, promises Andrew Little

News from Labour Party
Labour will build a mix of 400 state houses and affordable KiwiBuild homes in the Hutt Valley in its first term in government to tackle the housing crisis there, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. Read more »

62 more police will make Wellington safer, says Nicola Willis

News from National Party
Police Commissioner Mike Bush today announced details of the Government’s $503 million Safer Communities package which includes 62 new frontline officers for Wellington, on top of the 776 already employed. Read more »

Scoop crowd-funding event with Nicky Hager as one of the speakers

News from Scoop
We invite you to a Scoop crowdfunding campaign event with speakers and a Panel Discussion on innovative ideas and solutions for our future.
7 April from 7pm – 10pm @ 17 Tory St, Wellington
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Labour candidate wants ferries to Petone – to reduce traffic on SH2


Press Release – NZ Labour Party
“I’ve supported re-opening the Petone Wharf since it was closed and the proposed use by the ferry service could potentially help pay the costs of repairing the wharf,” says Ginny Anderson, the Labour candidate for Hutt South. Read more »

Needed: leadership, and accountability

by Ian Apperley
As we near the six-month point after last year’s local elections, Wellington is in strange shape. While we hear that city councillors and the mayor have found some new common ground and are working better together than the last council, the city has seen almost zero progress on some fronts and embarrassment from some key allies. Read more »

From three councils to one: new plan for local government in Wairarapa

News from Local Government Commission
The Local Government Commission is calling for submissions on a draft proposal to change the structure of councils in the Wairarapa. The proposal – for one combined Wairarapa District Council – follows extensive collaborative work by the Commission and the Wairarapa councils, with the public, in developing options for local government in the district. Read more »

Dunne condemns “disgraceful, despicable” pamphlets distributed in Ohariu

News from United First NZ Party
Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has condemned pamphlets being distributed in the Ohariu electorate by a group called the Rolling Thunder as “disgraceful, despicable racist bigotry.” Read more »

Candidate delighted by purchase of forest

Press Release – Greg O’Connor
“As one of the 200 people who attended the public meeting, and also having spent time in the forest, I am absolutely delighted for Tawa and indeed the people of Wellington that the Forest of Tane will now officially be preserved as an asset for current and future generations” Ohariu Labour candidate Greg O’Connor said. Read more »

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