Elections News

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 »

Voting starts for Tawa by-election

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Tawa Community Board has a vacancy for a member as a result of Jill Day being elected as a northern ward member of the Wellington City Council in last October’s local body elections. Read more »

The year ends with cordons


by Lindsay Shelton
The cordons in Courtenay Place and Tory Street are a daily reminder that the November earthquake has had a bigger effect on Wellington than anyone at first expected. Read more »

Paul Eagle for Rongotai?

by Ian Apperley
There’ve long been rumours that Paul Eagle would contest the Rongotai seat for Labour, particularly since the local elections where he appeared to step back in line with Labour and support Justin Lester into the mayoralty, opening the way for a political appointment such as he’s reported to be considering today. Read more »

An uphill battle for light rail

Wellington’s light rail advocates are welcoming the news that the government is looking at funding light rail between the North Shore and the Airport in Auckland. They rightly point out that this could be a step-change in how public transport projects are funded – by making light rail eligible for the same 100% central government funding as motorways, thus putting trains on the same footing as cars. But the hope that the change of direction might signal support for a Wellington light rail system looks misplaced. Read more »

Annette King not standing for Rongotai – new Labour candidate to be sought

Reports today say that veteran Labour MP Annette King has decided not to stand for election in her Rongotai electorate next year. Instead, she will be a List-only candidate. Read more »

Goals and plans, but where’s the progress?

by Ian Apperley
In the last few years, the long-term goals of the Wellington City Council have changed year on year. But nearly 18 months after “Our Ten Year Plan” was introduced, very little has progressed. What’s happened to the city’s major projects? Read more »

New PM doesn’t expect protest vote; his deputy says everyone’s incredible

Report from BusinessDesk by Sophie Boot
Bill English and Paula Bennett were this morning voted in as prime minister and deputy PM by the National Party’s caucus and have since been sworn in by the governor general. Read more »

Mayoral summit discussing vision, feedback and ideas for the future

News from WCC
The Wellington Summit is being held on Friday morning – a meeting of over 100 key Wellington business and community leaders to discuss the future of the city. Read more »

Will they roll over and accept him?

by Gordon Campbell
The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. Read more »

PM resigning next week; refers to family pressures and “nothing left in the tank”

pm resigns

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice. Read more »

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