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The council’s ten year spend: $280m, $230m, $127m, $27.7m

The mayor has been drip-feeding us with items from his proposed ten-year budget, and the biggest item so far is $280m for resilience. No one could disagree with the need for resilience. Read more »

Who’s to blame? How to change?

It hasn’t been a very good couple of years for Wellington’s public transport system. Our low-carbon trolley buses are sitting in the scrap-yard along with their cable infrastructure, the rail system has been plagued with failures and strikes, and the grandiose plans for electric buses and light rail and bus rapid transit are still firmly lodged in the file marked “pipe dreams”. Read more »

Buildings on their minds



by Lindsay Shelton
When Wellington city councillors meet for the first time this year (their first meeting isn’t till February 7), they should be ready to spend a large part of their agenda reviewing problematic building projects. A lot of money is at risk. Read more »

Labour’s Fleur Fitzsimons elected as southern ward councillor

News from WCC
Fleur Fitzsimons has been elected as the new councillor to fill the vacant seat in the Wellington City Council’s Southern Ward. The results of the by-election were announced this afternoon. Read more »

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 »

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