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Candidates at the edge of the world. Part 6 – Northern

by Ian Appersley
The Northern ward covers an immense area including all of Ohariu, Johnsonville, Newlands, the Takapu Valley, Tawa, and everything in between. Given land availability and the average price of existing homes, the ward is likely to be the fastest growing in the Wellington City region. Six candidates are standing for a total of three seats and have some complex issues to deal with. Read more »

Jo’s white elephant

by Lindsay Shelton
Jo Coughlan’s green brochure tells me she wants to build a new “covered arena” seating 10,000 to 12,000 people. It’s an idea that’s been around for years, with no proof that such a building would have sufficient users to justify its enormous cost. Read more »

Two absurd plans from Jo

by Lindsay Shelton
I’ve received a green election brochure from Jo Coughlan. In it, she says that if she becomes mayor she will “put Wellington’s film industry on the global map.” It’s an absurd statement. Read more »

Transport issues: Here’s Johnny

Wellington.Scoop
We’ve been asking mayoral candidates to tell us their views about transport issues in the city. The questions were prepared by the Transporting Wellington blog. Here’s the eighth response, from Johnny Overton.
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Transport issues: Andy Foster

Wellington.Scoop
We’ve been asking mayoral candidates to tell us their views about transport issues in the city. The questions were prepared by the Transporting Wellington blog. Here’s the seventh response, from Andy Foster.
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Candidates at the edge of the world. Part 4 – Onslow-Western

by Ian Apperley
Karori and surrounds. A strange place. Frequently covered in cloud, you can see the northerly coming there first. Grey clouds scudding around the hill tops. One road in. One road out. Read more »

Candidates at the edge of the world. Part 3 – Lambton Ward

by Ian Apperley
The business of running the city takes place within the Lambton Ward. A dense CBD with increasing apartment dwellers boasts a significant proportion of the city’s population. In the past term, councillors Young and Pannett have made their mark, while Labour’s Mark Peck fell toward the end, resigning after making a lot of noise, with little progress. Read more »

Mayoral campaign: more interest in light rail, less confidence in longer runway

Wellington.Scoop
Who’d have thought that light rail would be an election issue again? Two elections ago, it was one of the key planks of Celia Wade-Brown’s campaign. After her plans came to nothing, the subject seemed to vanish from the political conversation. But now it’s back. Read more »

Transport issues: Jo Coughlan

Wellington.Scoop
We’ve been asking mayoral candidates to tell us their views about transport issues in the city. The questions were prepared by the Transporting Wellington blog. Here’s the sixth response, from Jo Coughlan. Read more »

What makes a good councillor?

by Troy Mihaka
What makes a good city councillor? What qualities should we seek in our public officials and how do we decide for whom to vote, so we can be sure hat Wellington is in safe hands. Before we all forget about the City Council until the next election. Read more »

Election scorecard – week 6

by PCGM
As we get closer to Polling Day (or rather, the day when you can send back your postal votes) the prospects of the Wellington mayoral contenders are becoming clearer and clearer. Read more »

Lambton Quay without vehicles – at last, it’s being investigated

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by Lindsay Shelton
Who’d have thought that pedestrianisation of Lambton Quay would be officially investigated at the request of our elected councillors? Not however at the request of the city council. The plan has come from the regional council. Read more »

Councillors (all but 3 of them) vote for more Movie Museum secrecy

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Wellington.Scoop report by Lindsay Shelton
It took Wellington city councillors less than 30 minutes this morning to decide that today’s decision-making about the $150m building for the Movie Museum and Convention Centre should be held in secret. They were told that the commercial interests of Willis Bond and Peter Jackson’s Movie Museum Ltd had to be protected. Read more »

They’re being asked to spend $150m of our money, in secret

by Lindsay Shelton
The public will be kept out today when Wellington city councillors are asked to vote on increasing their spending to $150million for the building to house Peter Jackson’s Movie Museum and a Convention Centre. Not only will the public be excluded from the discussion and from the voting, but there’s no information – not a word – in the council’s agenda papers. Read more »

Candidates at the edge of the world. Part 2 – the Eastern ward

by Ian Apperley
The Eastern Ward is facing some of the most election-worthy issues in all of Wellington. Encompassing Roseneath to Lyall Bay, Strathmore to Seatoun, and Miramar, the ward is plagued by poor traffic, an airport who wants a corporate handout to fund a project which will destroy a heritage area, and parking that has got out of control. Read more »

Transport issues: Helene Ritchie

Wellington.Scoop
We’ve been asking mayoral candidates to tell us their views about transport issues in the city. The questions were prepared by the Transporting Wellington blog. Here’s the fifth response, from Helene Ritchie.
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Candidates at the edge of the world. Part one – the mayoralty

by Ian Apperley
The die is cast, the candidates have been nominated, and the great game for the next Wellington City Council begins in earnest. Over the next few weeks, they’ll promise, cajole, debate, threaten, and fight their way to get your tick. I thought I’d take a look at a few of the newbies entering the fray, before going back to start looking at combinations and “dream teams.” Read more »

Transport issues: Nick Leggett

Wellington.Scoop
We’ve been asking mayoral candidates to tell us their views about transport issues in the city. The questions were prepared with the Transporting Wellington blog. Here’s the fourth response, from Nick Leggett.
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