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Claims, counter-claims, and a rogue MP on the tiles

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Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Wellington.Scoop
The claims and counter-claims at Parliament yesterday afternoon – involving what RNZ is describing this morning as a “rogue MP” – have given a burst of energy to New Zealand’s political journalists. Read more »

TOP starts again from the bottom

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Report and photos by Roy Murphy
About 50 members of the Opportunities Party meeting in Wellington last night gave their reaction to Gareth Morgan’s decision to disband the party. They ranged from “disappointed” to “absolutely gutted”. Geoff Simmons said: “The reaction made him realize that the party was bigger than he was. He handed it all over to us.” Read more »

Changing the Regional Council – or keeping the status quo

Wellington.Scoop
Dissatisfaction with the ‘Greater’ Wellington Regional Council – including suggestions that it should be abolished because of its bus system failures – has coincided with a representational review that the council is now carrying out. It seems happy with how things are, and is proposing no changes in representation for next year’s elections. But not everyone would agree with retaining the status quo. Read more »

Where’s Barbara Donaldson?

by PCGM
The fallout from the design and implementation of the bus network goes on and on. At the first of several public meetings, disgruntled bus users expressed their lack of enthusiasm for the new routes and new timetables. A majority seem keen for a return to the good old days – that halcyon time less than a couple of months ago, when it didn’t take three buses and two long waits to cross the city. Read more »

Regional Council criticized for treatment of bus drivers

Report from RNZ
The wheels fell off at a launch for new electric buses after the environment minister publicly called out the Greater Wellington Regional Council over its treatments of bus drivers.
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The council’s ten year spend: $280m, $230m, $127m, $27.7m

Wellington.Scoop
The mayor has been drip-feeding us with items from his proposed ten-year budget, and the biggest item so far is $280m for resilience. No one could disagree with the need for resilience. Read more »

Who’s to blame? How to change?

by PCGM
It hasn’t been a very good couple of years for Wellington’s public transport system. Our low-carbon trolley buses are sitting in the scrap-yard along with their cable infrastructure, the rail system has been plagued with failures and strikes, and the grandiose plans for electric buses and light rail and bus rapid transit are still firmly lodged in the file marked “pipe dreams”. Read more »

Buildings on their minds

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by Lindsay Shelton
When Wellington city councillors meet for the first time this year (their first meeting isn’t till February 7), they should be ready to spend a large part of their agenda reviewing problematic building projects. A lot of money is at risk. Read more »

Labour’s Fleur Fitzsimons elected as southern ward councillor

News from WCC
Fleur Fitzsimons has been elected as the new councillor to fill the vacant seat in the Wellington City Council’s Southern Ward. The results of the by-election were announced this afternoon. Read more »

Report card: Justin and his council

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by PCGM
As we await the arrival of Santa and the opportunities a new year will bring, it’s useful to review the year just gone. How did the Wellington City Council do in 2017? Are they deserving of a pat on the back and the school prize, or are they being sent home with “must try harder” on their report card? Read more »

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