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Giving back: candidate aims to make local voices heard

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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

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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 »

Hard to get? A rental WOF from the city council

by PCGM
On the coat-tails of reports that Wellington’s rental market is practically imploding, caught between the rock of rising demand and the hard place of investors apparently exiting the market, we wondered whether the Wellington City Council’s new rental warrant of fitness is making things better or worse. And how hard is it to get a rental WOF, really? Read more »

After cliches and putdowns, Waikanae is on its way again

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by Norma McCallum
Having fought our way through the cliched journalism (‘Waikanae- God’s Waiting Room’) and the put downs (‘Waikanae is dying’) and the ‘That expressway is going to kill the town’ remarks, Waikanae – the Little Town that Could – is on its way again. Read more »

Not only carcinogens – a bad year for public transport

by PCGM
As Wellington’s train network ground to a halt with yesterday’s strike, people were wondering – how had we got to this point? And should the Regional Council deputy chair and Regional Transport Committee chair Barbara Donaldson be taking accountability for recent public transport debacles in the capital? Read more »

Are they flyovers? No, they’re bridges

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by Lindsay Shelton
We called it a flyover. The transport planners called it a bridge – before and after it was rejected first by a Board of Inquiry and then by the High Court. And in spite of those two rejections, last night they announced not one, not two, but three options which include a bridge (or bridges?) alongside the Basin Reserve. Read more »

What they’re saying about the 24-hour train strike

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What they’re saying (or not saying) about tomorrow’s 24-hour train strike : Read more »

Balloons and candidates in Newtown

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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 »

Two years later, a second airport deal with China

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by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington now has not one but two deals with Chinese construction companies who have both agreed to work on the airport’s expansion. Will they be competing with each other? Read more »

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