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Six candidates debate Kāpiti infrastructure

Press Release – Kapiti Coast Chamber Of Commerce
Delivering world-class infrastructure to Kāpiti was the hot topic of discussion at the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce’s Business Debate ahead of the General Election. Read more »

More electrification for Kapiti Line – Green Party

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Media release from Gwynn Compton
Kāpiti Coast commuter rail campaigner Gwynn Compton has welcomed the announcement from Green Party co-leader James Shaw that, if elected to Government, the Green Party will make electrification of the Wellington rail network between Waikanae and Ōtaki a top priority, with work to begin in the next term. Read more »

Writ is signed by Dame Patsy, starting countdown to next month’s general election

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News from Election Commission
Today is writ day, a milestone on the election calendar when the formal writ is issued for the 2020 General Election to be held. At Government House in Wellington today, the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy signed the writ directing the Electoral Commission to conduct the General Election on Saturday 17 October. Advance voting starts in New Zealand on Saturday 3 October. Read more »

Water pistols and politics at Aro Valley election debate

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RNZ Report and photos from Hamish Cardwell
Water pistols were deployed and hecklers encouraged at the famously raucous Aro Valley candidate debate in Wellington last night. Strict social distancing made the Wellington Central debate a slightly more subdued affair than normal, but there was still plenty more entertainment than your average campaign event. Read more »

James Shaw starts campaigning, with debate at VUW

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Report from RNZ
Green Party co-leader James Shaw has made his first public appearance since the Green School saga, to kick off election campaigning in Wellington. Read more »

Ōtaki, Mana Candidates to state their case for Kāpiti

Press Release – Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce
The future of Kāpiti Airport and electrification of rail from Waikanae to Ōtaki will be put to candidates for both the Mana and Ōtaki Electorates at the Kāpiti Chamber’s General Election Business Debate on September 16, 2020. Read more »

Dissolution of Parliament moves inside, with no public audience

Report from RNZ
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, one of the shortest dissolutions of a New Zealand parliament in recent times took place in Wellington this morning. Read more »

Teenagers ask court to lower the voting age

Report from RNZ
“Let us vote” is the plea from 16- and 17 year-olds who have today taken their case to the High Court in Wellington. Read more »

Shovel ready infrastructure – Levin gets $25m to start new residential development

Press Release – Horowhenua District Council
A funding boost is fast tracking infrastructure for the largest residential development in the history of Horowhenua. Horowhenua Mayor Bernie Wanden has welcomed Government investment that will fast-track the development of residential land to the southeast of Levin. Read more »

Transport plans: the good, the bad and the ugly


by Conor Hill
National released its transport package for Wellington and the Hutt Valley last week. Everything in it is familiar to anyone following Wellington transport plans, but it’s worth a look. Read more »

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