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Report card: Justin and his council


As we await the arrival of Santa and the opportunities a new year will bring, it’s useful to review the year just gone. How did the Wellington City Council do in 2017? Are they deserving of a pat on the back and the school prize, or are they being sent home with “must try harder” on their report card? Read more »

Wairarapa voters reject plan to merge their 3 local councils

News from Local Government Commission
The electors of Wairarapa have rejected the proposal for a combined Wairarapa District Council. Today Warwick Lampp, Electoral Officer for the Wairarapa, issued progress results of the Wairarapa reorganisation poll: with an estimated 97 per cent of the votes counted, 59 per cent of those who voted opposed the proposal; 41 per cent supported it. Read more »

Laurie Foon to receive a Local Hero award

Press Release – Laurie Foon
Southern ward by-election candidate Laurie Foon will be presented with a Kiwibank Local Hero Award on Monday night at a ceremony at The Beehive in Wellington. Read more »

Chaos on the tracks

Not content with creating chaos across the Wellington train network from the last strike, it appeared today that all parties were doubling down on industrial action – with another train strike announced for Friday. And against this backdrop, stories are coming out about cancellations and maintenance problems creating chaos on the Wairarapa line. Read more »

High Court dismisses Kāpiti ratepayers’ appeal against coastal plans

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council welcomes the High Court’s decision to dismiss the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) appeal. In doing so, the High Court has upheld the Environment Court’s decisions from earlier this year. Read more »

Making a better city: Labour candidate lists her aims


by Fleur Fitzsimons
I know that Wellington is a great place to live but that we can make our suburbs stronger and our city even better. Read more »

Giving back: candidate aims to make local voices heard


by Mohamud Mohamed
My main reasons for entering the by-election contest are to give something back to the community and the city that have become my home, and to represent the people of the Southern Ward in such a manner that they feel their voices are being heard in discussions where decisions are made. Read more »

Serving the community: candidate’s 7 campaign issues

by Rob Goulden
Being a councillor for me is about service to the community, and the city. Read more »

Making change: candidate’s vision for Wellington


by Laurie Foon
Imagine Wellington as the smartest, coolest, most sustainable little capital in the world. This is my vision. It’s not a vision anyone can achieve alone, but I want my kids to grow up believing we stand up if we want to make change. Read more »

Balloons and candidates in Newtown


by Lindsay Shelton
There were balloons in the hall at last night’s by-election candidates’ meeting in Newtown. Blue, red, yellow and purple. Probably not part of the political campaign. But they fitted the mood – it was a cheerful, friendly event, attended by more than 140 locals. Read more »

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