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All electric? But when?

by Lindsay Shelton
2025? 2030? 2050? Wellington has been given conflicting forecasts for when we can expect to be rid of the city’s polluting fleet of diesel buses. Read more »

Andy’s first 21 days


by Ian Apperley
It’s time to have a look back over the last three weeks to see what our new Mayor has been up to. After a bit of a slow start caused by recount uncertainty, the new Wellington City Council has kicked into life and begun the process of stating intentions, creating straw men, and kicking off conversations. Wellington may not be moving, but Andy Foster certainly has been, along with some of his councillors. Read more »

Capitulating to the airport

by Ian Apperley
In recent weeks Wellington Airport has released more plans to expand, by paving over paradise at the golf course and taking over the old Miramar South School land to build more infrastructure. And that’s just the near-term plans, with the long-term plans guaranteed to provoke outrage and protest, but not laid out in their latest announcement. Read more »

Movie Museum and second tunnel on the new mayor’s agenda


Report from RNZ by Harry Lock
A new movie museum and prioritising a second Mt Victoria tunnel are firmly on the agenda for Wellington’s new mayor. In a speech this morning to the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Andy Foster outlined his vision for the city over the next three years. Read more »

What next for the Library? Civic Square?

by Lindsay Shelton
Mayor Andy Foster has this week given us a couple of encouraging timelines about progress on resolving some of the most serious challenges facing his council. Read more »

After a second tunnel – four lanes through Hataitai


by Lindsay Shelton
Reports that new mayor Andy Foster wants to prioritise a second Mt Victoria Tunnel have reminded me that eight years ago the local community was concerned to discover that a second tunnel would require the four-laning of Ruahine Street. Read more »

Face to face: two councils meet to plan close working relationship

News from WCC
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster says the Wellington City Council looks forward to a close working relationship with the Wellington Regional Council as they tackle issues facing the city. The two councils met today so that new and old Councillors, and senior management, could meet face to face. Read more »

By-election for Petone Community Board

News from Hutt City Council
A by-election is to be held to fill a vacancy on the Petone Community Board following the election of a former member to the Hutt City Council last month. An election was not required for the Petone Community Board at the triennial elections as there were only a sufficient number of candidates to fill the available positions. Read more »

Gareth Hughes leaving Parliament after ten years

RNZ photo

Green Party list MP Gareth Hughes today announced that he will be leaving Parliament next year. Read more »

Regional council names committees and chairs – Roger Blakeley heading transport

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council today published details of its proposed committee structure for the triennium, ahead of its Council meeting on 20 November. Read more »

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