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“Refresh” of bus timetables will improve reliability, says Daran Ponter

News from Wellington Regional Council
Metlink is refreshing its Wellington City bus timetables from Sunday, to improve reliability and better match customer demand with available driver and bus resources amid national driver shortages. Regional Council Chair Daran Ponter says in the lead up to these changes, 14 Tranzurban operated services that were suspended are now reinstated. Read more »

Andy Foster reviews his first 100 days

Report from RNZ
Asked about his first hundred days, Wellington’s new Mayor Andy Foster said that while the recount was a bit of a distraction, he got stuck into the job straight away, with the first decision being to appoint a new chief executive. Read more »

120-year-old sewage pipe rescues overflow from 90-year-old pipe

Wellington Scoop
The sewage tunnel that collapsed under the CBD last week was dug by hand in the 1930s. Read more »

Regional Council wants a climate adviser (part time only)

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Following its declaration of a climate emergency, the Regional Council will further sharpen its focus on addressing climate issues by appointing a climate specialist to advise its newly-formed climate change committee. Read more »

Jackson’s companies paid $30,000 to help Foster’s mayoral campaign

Report from RNZ
Electoral returns released today show that companies linked to Sir Peter Jackson donated $30,000 to the election campaign of Wellington mayor Andy Foster. Read more »

Increasing traffic, rising prices, and flights of fancy

by Ian Apperley
A bumbling year for the pre-election Wellington City Council. Transport, housing, Shelly Bay, the airport expansionism, and climate change were all hot topics, and little progress was made. Instead, the city was off on flights of fancy with the election effectively stopping any movement forward for months. Read more »

Wellington Party says second Mt Victoria tunnel is overdue

Media release from Wellington Party
Wellington’s newest local body political party, the Wellington Party, welcomes the news that if returned to Government, the National Party will accelerate the construction work on the proposed duplicate Mt Victoria tunnel. Read more »

Hutt Council agrees to replace Naenae Pool, and backs changes to waste and recycling

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Better managing waste and recycling across Lower Hutt, and replacing Naenae Pool alongside a plan to reinvigorate the town centre, were agreed as two key priorities by Hutt City Council at a meeting last night. Read more »

All electric? But when? (2)


A possibly quicker timeline for electric buses in Wellington has emerged via an exchange of tweets. Read more »

Nicola Willis launches petition for second Mt Victoria Tunnel

Media release from NZ National Party
The National Party is today launching a petition to bring forward construction of a second Mt Victoria tunnel as part of a balanced transport plan for the capital, Wellington-based National MP Nicola Willis says. Read more »

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