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“Getting NZTA back on track” – five new board members appointed

News from NZ Government
Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board. Read more »

The mayoral race: first predictions

by Ian Apperley
With just a few weeks until voting closes, there is no clear picture of who will take the Wellington Mayoral chains. While Justin Lester has key advantages, other contenders could help to topple him. Read more »

Save the Basin recommends four mayoral candidates

News from Save the Basin Campaign
The Save the Basin Campaign today named its preferred candidates for Wellington Mayor and other local body positions, based on responses received to a survey sent to all candidates. In alphabetical order, the mayoral candidates who are most likely to realise Save the Basin’s vision for the Basin Reserve and environs are Jenny Condie, Norbert Hausberg, Conor Hill and Justin Lester. Read more »

Survey confirms lack of buses and hub problems in eastern suburbs

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Findings from the Eastern suburbs bus network review community sessions were tabled at the Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee today. Read more »

Andy Foster: Climate change policies and action

by Andy Foster
There is no question that our footprint on the Planet is too great. In June, the Council declared a Climate Emergency. At my suggestion we also declared an Ecological Emergency, as far as I am aware the first Council to do that. Read more »

Candidate finds gap between rhetoric and reality at CCDHB

Media release from Letitia Isa
The Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) has been labelled ‘NATO’ (no action, talk only) when it comes to child mental health, with just 0.6 full time staff (24 hours per week) for inpatient child psychology and just 0.8 full time staff (32 hours per week) for outpatient child psychology. Read more »

CofC wants councils to make ‘hard calls’ – including two more tunnels and caps on rates

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Wellington City and the greater region are facing some very real challenges that local government leaders must address – that’s the message from Wellington Chamber’s pre-election report that has been released today. Read more »

Porirua CofC hosting mayoral debate

Press Release – Porirua Chamber of Commerce
The Porirua Chamber of Commerce is tonight hosting a Mayoral debate for candidates, ahead of the upcoming election. “The Chamber’s mayoral debate is a great chance for voters to quiz the parties on the issues facing Porirua,” says Heather Hutchings, Porirua Chamber of Commerce Chair. Read more »

Excluded by RNZ, three mayoral candidates organise their own debate

Media release from Dr Jenny Condie, Conor Hill and Norbert Hausberg
In a full field of mayoral candidates for Wellington City, RNZ have made the controversial decision to broadcast a debate featuring only sitting councillors. Read more »

Conor Hill announces mayoral plan for step change to fix Wellington’s housing

Media release from Conor Hill
Wellington mayoral candidate Conor Hill today announced his full housing package, including both social housing initiatives and plans to make it easier and cheaper for people to build homes. Read more »

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