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Justin Lester “likely” to seek recount

Justin Lester has decided to seek a recount of the close Wellington mayoralty vote, according to a Newshub report. Read more »

Andy Foster confirmed as mayor, defeating Justin Lester by 62 votes

News from WCC
Andy Foster has been confirmed as Mayor of Wellington by a majority of 62 votes in the final results of the Wellington City elections, released today. Read more »

Defeated Porirua mayor wants investigation into leaked emails

Report from RNZ
The defeated Porirua mayor Mike Tana is demanding an independent investigation into leaked emails about his spending, which he believes destroyed his chance of re-election. Read more »

New Porirua mayor says she is working to trim costs

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Anita Baker has been confirmed as Porirua City’s new Mayor in final results released last night. Read more »

Murderer sentenced to life in prison after killing Karori woman with mallet


Report from RNZ
Joseph William Borton has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 19 years for murdering a woman with a mallet in Wellington earlier this year. He was also sentenced for sexually assaulting the woman’s daughter. Borton, 31, pleaded guilty to both charges in August. Read more »

Passengers evacuated after threat on interislander ferry

News from NZ Police
Cordons are being stood down following police enquiries after a reported threat on the Kaitaki interisland ferry. Read more »

Median Wellington rents up more than 10% to $530 a week

Press Release – Trade Me Limited
Tenants around the country are facing tough competition and increasing rents after the number of enquiries on rental listings rose 17 per cent nationwide in the last year, according to the latest Trade Me Rental Price Index. Read more »

Laurie Anderson to be a guest curator at next year’s arts festival

The Festival of the Arts has announced that Laurie Anderson will be a guest curator for next year’s event in Wellington. Marnie Karmelita, Creative Director, writes about her. Read more »

LGWM seeking specialists to write a business case for Golden Mile improvements


News from LGWM
The first ‘request for tender’, for the Golden Mile business case, has now closed and we expect to award this contract in early November. This will be followed by the contract for the Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road business case. Read more »

Average Wellington salaries now highest in NZ

News from SEEK
The SEEK Employment Trend Report, focussing on job advertising, candidate availability and salary trends, shows that the average Wellington salary saw an increase in the last 12 months of 4.5% to $89,309 – the highest in the country. While job advertising growth continues to boom with an increase of 9.2%. Read more »

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