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Andy vs Justin: Part Two (with AI)

by Ian Apperley
If you are reading these articles, then you are a political junkie on some level, have an interest in local politics, and are far more likely to vote on what you research. You’re more likely to educate yourself on candidates, what they stand for, and then make an informed decision to vote. Read more »

Andy vs Justin: Part One

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by Ian Apperley
As the Wellington election gets down to the wire, let’s face it, most of the voting will be done and dusted the night that election packs arrive in mailboxes. The campaign trail is getting a little tense and weird. I see quite a lot of gritted teeth, strange outbursts on social media, hyper-sensitivity to issues (did you see how fast Simon Woolf ran after that Botanic Garden naming misstep?), and stress. Read more »

The mayoral race: first predictions

by Ian Apperley
With just a few weeks until voting closes, there is no clear picture of who will take the Wellington Mayoral chains. While Justin Lester has key advantages, other contenders could help to topple him. Read more »

Save the Basin recommends four mayoral candidates

News from Save the Basin Campaign
The Save the Basin Campaign today named its preferred candidates for Wellington Mayor and other local body positions, based on responses received to a survey sent to all candidates. In alphabetical order, the mayoral candidates who are most likely to realise Save the Basin’s vision for the Basin Reserve and environs are Jenny Condie, Norbert Hausberg, Conor Hill and Justin Lester. Read more »

Andy Foster: Climate change policies and action

by Andy Foster
There is no question that our footprint on the Planet is too great. In June, the Council declared a Climate Emergency. At my suggestion we also declared an Ecological Emergency, as far as I am aware the first Council to do that. Read more »

Andy Foster: New housing plan for unpopular football ground

by Andy Foster
This week I’ve released an innovative and researched proposal to put housing on Happy Valley Park, and use the $24 – 29 million estimated proceeds for a wide range of environmental and sporting benefits. Read more »

Norbert Hausberg: Independence, or not, in the mayoral campaign

by Norbert Hausberg
As a candidate for Mayor, trucking around the meetings with the other mayoral hopefuls is interesting in many ways. Read more »

Diane Calvert: Grieving for the Library; and planning for retail

by Diane Calvert
The closure of the central library was a shock to us all. The decision was made swiftly in the best interests of both Council’s staff and visiting public. It was a sudden and the grieving process is still underway, from disbelief, sadness, anger, acceptance through to hope. Read more »

Brian Dawson: Getting real about renting

by Brian Dawson
To some, what the city council is doing around housing may lack the sexiness of a snappy title (Let’s Get Wellington … Housed?), billions of dollars pegged to delivery or the high drama of the battle for Shelly Bay, but I am proud of the inroads that we as a council have made into housing this triennium. Read more »

A petition: abolish the Regional Council

by Curtis Nixon
If you are as sick as I am of the bustastrophe caused by the Regional Council’s mis-management, made worse by their refusal to listen to the voices of everyday commuters and travellers, then I ask you to support my petition to the Local Government Commission to abolish the council. Read more »