Elections News

Candidate delighted by purchase of forest

Press Release – Greg O’Connor
“As one of the 200 people who attended the public meeting, and also having spent time in the forest, I am absolutely delighted for Tawa and indeed the people of Wellington that the Forest of Tane will now officially be preserved as an asset for current and future generations” Ohariu Labour candidate Greg O’Connor said. Read more »

Migrant group names candidate for Wellington Central

Press Release – Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC
Newly formed political group Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign (MARRC) has announced they will run a candidate in Wellington Central. Gayaal Iddamalgoda, a legal organiser for First Union, will stand for migrant and refugee rights. Read more »

National names businesswoman and mother of 4 as Wellington candidate

News from NZ National Party
Nicola Willis has been selected by National to contest the Wellington Central electorate at the 2017 General Election. Ms Willis is a born and raised Wellingtonian, mother of four, and businesswoman, having previously held senior leadership roles at Fonterra. Read more »

Housing to be discussed at Labour Party meeting in Petone

News from NZ Labour Party
Labour’s Hutt South candidate Ginny Andersen and MP Trevor Mallard are hosting a public meeting to discuss housing in the Hutt Valley next Monday at 7pm. Read more »

Annette King leaving politics; supports Jacinda Adern as new deputy leader

News from NZ Labour Party
“After some reflection, I have decided to step down from the Deputy Leader’s position in the Labour Party,” said Rongotai MP Annette King today. Read more »

Annette King “made an indelible mark,” says Paul Eagle


News from Paul Eagle
Labour’s Annette King has made an indelible mark on New Zealand politics and society and her legacy will be remembered for years to come, says the Labour candidate for Rongotai Paul Eagle. Read more »

Orange guy at O-Week

Press Release – Electoral Commission
Enrolment teams will be at orientation events helping students get enrolled and ready to vote in this year’s General Election. Read more »

Paul Foster-Bell leaving Parliament; doesn’t want selection contest for Wellington

News from NZ National Party
List MP Paul Foster-Bell has announced he will not contest the selection for Wellington Central and will stand down from Parliament at the 2017 General Election. Read more »

Counting the houses


It’s a popular political habit – to include existing work in announcements of new programmes. And so it was yesterday when Justin Lester announced “at least 750 new units” of social and affordable housing plan. His total included 105 units that are already being built at his council’s Arlington site. Read more »

Voting with gritted teeth in Ohariu


by Gordon Campbell
Any social liberals left in Ohariu face something of a dilemma. Do they vote against Peter Dunne in order to change this government’s dismal policies on health, education, the environment, welfare and the economy? Or do they vote tactically for Dunne, to try and prevent Greg O’Connor – now selected as Labour’s Ohariu candidate – from becoming this country’s next Minister of Police? Read more »

No Greens candidate in Ohariu – “priority is changing the government”

News from Green Party
The Green Party has decided to not stand a candidate in the Ōhāriu electorate for the 2017 general election. Read more »

Greg O’Connor committed to defeating Peter Dunne in Ohariu electorate

News from NZ Labour Party
“Having won the hotly contested nomination to be the Labour Party candidate for Ōhāriu, I now look forward to focusing on the battle ahead to win the seat back for Labour,” the newly selected Labour Party candidate, Greg O’Connor said today. Read more »

Housing, health and transport: critical Rongotai election issues for Paul Eagle

News from NZ Labour Party
The New Zealand Labour Party is pleased to confirm Paul Eagle as its candidate for Rongotai for this year’s General Election. More than 100 party members turned up to hear Eagle give his confirmation speech as the sole nominee for Rongotai. Read more »

Who’ll be the new deputy mayor?

Who’ll be the next deputy mayor of Wellington? Paul Eagle, now officially the Labour candidate for Annette King’s Rongotai electorate (with its 9000 majority), says he won’t resign from the council till he’s won the seat. As that seems fairly certain, Justin Lester will soon be needing to make a shortlist of names who could take over the job. Read more »

Green candidates launch Hutt campaign

News from NZ Green Party
It was standing room only as Green Party co-leaders James Shaw and Metiria Turei joined Rimutaka candidate Stefan Grand-Meyer and Hutt South candidate Susanne Ruthven at the Hutt Greens campaign launch at the Dowse on Thursday. Read more »

Tawa by-election – only 14% have voted so far

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Tawa voters are urged to hurry up and cast their votes to choose a new member for the Tawa Community Board before it’s too late. Read more »

Greg O’Connor wants to be Labour candidate in Ohariu, promises fresh approach

Media release from Greg O’Connor
Former Police Association President Greg O’Connor this week confirmed he is seeking the Labour Party nomination to stand in the Ohariu Seat. Read more »

Greens choose constitutional lawyer as candidate for Hutt South

News from Green Party
The Green Party has selected constitutional lawyer Susanne Ruthven as their candidate for the Hutt South electorate. Susanne Ruthven has strong roots in Lower Hutt. Born and bred in the valley, she now lives in Maungaraki with her husband and four young children. Read more »

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