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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

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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 »

Wairarapa voters reject plan to merge their 3 local councils

News from Local Government Commission
The electors of Wairarapa have rejected the proposal for a combined Wairarapa District Council. Today Warwick Lampp, Electoral Officer for the Wairarapa, issued progress results of the Wairarapa reorganisation poll: with an estimated 97 per cent of the votes counted, 59 per cent of those who voted opposed the proposal; 41 per cent supported it. Read more »

Laurie Foon to receive a Local Hero award

Press Release – Laurie Foon
Southern ward by-election candidate Laurie Foon will be presented with a Kiwibank Local Hero Award on Monday night at a ceremony at The Beehive in Wellington. Read more »

Chaos on the tracks

by PCGM
Not content with creating chaos across the Wellington train network from the last strike, it appeared today that all parties were doubling down on industrial action – with another train strike announced for Friday. And against this backdrop, stories are coming out about cancellations and maintenance problems creating chaos on the Wairarapa line. Read more »

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