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Kapiti councillors vote to be carbon zero by 2025

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is to become carbon zero by 2025, following a unanimous vote at today’s Council meeting. Read more »

Kapiti candidate announces climate change action plan

Media release from Gwynn Compton
Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton has announced a plan for real action to tackle the climate change challenge facing the Kāpiti Coast, including the ambitious goal of the Kāpiti Coast being net carbon neutral by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the rest of New Zealand. Read more »

Hutt candidate offers kerbside recycling

Press Release – Campbell Barry
People living across the Hutt will benefit from a modern and fit for purpose kerbside recycling system under a plan announced by Hutt City Mayoral candidate Campbell Barry today. Read more »

“Not clear when or if the LGWM plan will get us moving”

News from Infrastructure NZ
“Agreement on a 20 year long term transport plan for Wellington to create a liveable, walkable CBD connected by rapid transit looks promising, but needs to be further developed and accelerated ,” says Stephen Selwood, CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand. Read more »

VUW students’ president, 22, standing for city council in Lambton

Report from Ian Apperley
The Victoria University Students’ Association president Tamatha Paul has launched her campaign to become a city councillor in the Lambton Ward. Read more »

A recipe for insurance disaster?

by Jenny Condie
The Wellington City Council is planning how to accommodate 80,000 new residents in Wellington over the next 30 years. Meanwhile, home owners in Wellington are facing insurance premiums up to three times higher this year. Justin Lester’s response was to summon insurance companies to a mayoral forum, presumably for a stern talking to. It’s an understandable response, but is the problem simply a case of corporate greed? Read more »

Mayor expects “transformational” transport project for Wellington

Report from RNZ
Wellington mayor Justin Lester has hinted that a multimillion-dollar government-backed transport project is on the cards for Wellington. Read more »

Mayor’s campaign to focus on homelessness, CBD, and refugees

Press Release – Justin Lester
Mayoral candidate Justin Lester yesterday launched his campaign and introduced his Labour team for the October local government elections. The campaign will focus on addressing homelessness, creating a people-focused CBD and a Welcome Home package for refugees. Read more »

Mayor congratulated for refugee initiative

Press Release – ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum
ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum commends Mayor Justin Lester for his ‘Welcome Home’ policy, which would give new former refugees free access to a range of Wellington activities and services. Read more »

Labour team launches campaign for October’s city council elections

News from NZ Labour Party
Labour’s team running for the Wellington City Council launched their campaign alongside Justin Lester’s mayoral campaign launch yesterday. Labour is contesting each of the five wards as well as the mayoralty in October’s local government elections, and will be running an energetic campaign focused on direct conversations with voters. Read more »

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