Wellington Region

Even Fran Wilde realises she has her snout in too many troughs

Fran Wilde is a legendary trougher.

But she is calling quits on her time at the trough.

Former MP, Wellington mayor and regional councillor Fran Wilde is calling time on political life this weekend.

She stepped down as chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council in June last year after nine of the 13 councillors asked her to stand aside.   Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

People don’t want to live in Wellington. As John Key said, it’s a dying city

Not being facetious at all, but with prices dropping in Wellington, it becomes the perfect location for first home buyers, immigrants and refugees.  Absolutely, positively.

House prices in Wellington are dropping, with an average home heading down towards half a million dollars.

Wellington is the only major centre to see a drop in the Realestate.co.nz survey of asking prices, which saw an average Auckland home jump by more than $200,000 in two years.

In the first half of 2013, the average Wellington home was listed for $526,722. Fast-forward to the same period of 2015 and the average house in the capital was listed for $512,258 – a 2.75 per cent drop.

However, not every is buying into the figures.    Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Green Mayor invites, promotes investment in Wellington from people with Chinky sounding names and companies

Someone has gone off the reservation.

The extension of Wellington Airport and housing projects in Shelly Bay are among the investment projects on the table when a delegation of business and Wellington City Council leaders visited China last week.

The council’s economic growth committee chair, Councillor Jo Coughlan, signed a memorandum of understanding with Fu Wah Properties and Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) during the visit.

It establishes a partnership to explore funding for proposals for Wellington International Airport’s expansion and hotel, a convention centre and hotel and housing developments in Shelly Bay.

The council owns 34 percent of the airport and infrastructure investor Infratil owns 66 percent and the projects have been mooted but not finalised.   Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Hopefully all the road maggots will move to Wellington

The Wellington City Council has in recent months, in conjunction with the Greater Wellington Regional Council cancelled the Basin Flyover, wants to consider congestion tolls in Wellington and now is devoting more that $100 million to an integrated series of cycle routes….none of which will actually help with congestion.

Worse they seem to be lumbering taxpayers from other regions for the bill.

After plenty of big talk about changing the face of cycling in Wellington, the council has written a big cheque to match.

The Wellington City Council has agreed to spend $101 million on new cycle lanes across the capital over the next 20 years, with $30m being spent in the first three years to really get the programme going.

Wellington’s ‘Master Plan’ for cycling, which was approved by the council’s transport and urban development committee on Wednesday, identifies the CBD, eastern suburbs and the route between the railway station and Ngauranga as the first areas for development.    Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Is Fran Wilde making a comeback via proxy?

A couple of weeks back Fran Wilde was pushed out of the chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

She is very annoyed by that and personally blames the deputy chair Barbara Donaldson for her demise.

It was expected that Barbara Donaldson would take the role of chairperson of the council, talk was either her or Paul Swain, but a wrinkle in that plan has occurred.

A number of calls to the tip line suggest Fran Wilde is attempting to making a comeback by a very circuitous route.

It seems Fran Wilde has managed to convince Chris Laidlaw to put his name forward for the chair position, causing a run off situation to arise.

Chris Laidlaw is widely regarded as being tits when it comes to governance and effectiveness. So it seems that Wilde’s machiavellian plan to regain the chair is predicated on Chris Laidlaw delivering up his usual ham fisted efforts at governance.

It is thought that Wilde thinks that if Laidlaw does his expected poor job, then people would prefer a return to her leadership to fix the expected mess that Laidlaw will leave behind.

It all seems a little…well…un-transparent.  Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd

Palmerston North train commuters still have their hands out bludging

Palmerston North train commuters still have their hands out bludging

It is not just the halfwitted Auckland Council who are raising rates at 10%, the Greater Wellington Regional Council is doing the same. And for similar silly reasons to Auckland.

Wellington region ratepayers are poised to write a $550,000 cheque to keep the Capital Connection commuter train alive for the next five years.Greater Wellington Regional Council will vote on Tuesday whether to alter its long-term plan to include a five-year lifeline for the beleaguered weekday service between Wellington and Palmerston North.

The funding is one of a number of proposed tweaks to the council’s draft 2015-25 plan, which includes an average annual rates increase of 9.8 per cent – or about $38 for the average home – for the 2015-16 financial year.

Yes that’s right, the Greater Wellington Regional Council is paying a subsidy to the inmates of Palmerston North who want to leave every day for work.

Lord knows why, anyone with any sense would leave Palmerston North to pay their own way.   Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Another of Len Brown’s legacies: scaring the crap out of Greater Wellington

I always said that you could defeat any proposed city merger in the rest of New Zealand by uttering just two words: Len. Brown.

And so it has come to pass with the prospect of a super city (snigger) in Wellington being kicked to touch.

The Local Government Commission is scrapping its plan to merge the region’s nine councils into one Greater Wellington Council.

The proposal suggested combining the Upper Hutt, Hutt City, Wellington City, Porirua, Kapiti, Carterton, Masterton, South Wairarapa and the Great Wellington Regional Council.

The super council would have had a mayor and a governing body of 21 members voted in from eight newly defined wards. The city of Wellington would have been split into three wards, and underneath would be eight local boards.

But the Local Government Commission has thrown out the idea and is heading back to the drawing board.

Chief executive officer Sandra Preston said there was little support for one council for the entire region but there was an appetite for some form of local government shake up.   Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Maybe they have heard of the Mabo Decision

The halfwits at the Greater Wellington Regional Council were attempting to “compulsorily acquire” some lifestyle blocks so they could build a dodgy socialist dam on the Mangatarere Stream in the Wairarapa.

It now seems that they have actually heard of the Mabo Decision and aren’t proceeding with this dam.

Maybe they read New Zealand’s favourite political blog and worked out that they were ‘dreaming’ if they thought this was a good idea. This is from April last year.

Sometimes you just have to wonder about how stupid people are.

Landowners in the Mangatarere Valley in Wairarapa say the Public Works Act may be used to forcibly acquire their homes for a private irrigation dam.

The Mangatarere site near Carterton is one of five being investigated by Wellington Regional Council but the council says private investors will build and own the large dam if it goes ahead.

Mike Bennet, who has a property in the valley, says they have been told their land could be taken using the Public Works Act, but he can’t believe the Act can be used as a tool for private investors.

But Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the Act can be used for private interests if there’s a wider public good.

He said shareholders who take the risk, get paid dividends, but in projects such as electricity, the wider community benefits

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Surely this is a kickback?

The Taxpayers’ Union have revealed a rather troubling payment to a listed company.

The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning why Upper Hutt City Council is trumpeting a $36,000 ‘economic development’ grant to BurgerFuel, a listed company, to establish a BurgerFuel in Upper Hutt. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“This is possibly the most ridiculous example of corporate welfare we’ve seen yet. You work hard, you pay your rates, and Upper Hutt City spends it on a burger joint.” Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

How about that public transport?

Yesterday Julie Anne Genter was using a little bit of rain to push her political agenda and suggesting the solution to our problems was more public transport.

Now I’m not sure about anyone else but that public transport solution hasn’t worked so well for Wellingtonians this morning:

Commuters planning on travelling within the Wellington region tomorrow morning have been advised to consider alternatives to their usual morning commute.

The suspension of train services until at least midday tomorrow is likely to result in congestion on the roads.

The NZ Transport Agency is advising Wellingtonians that the best way to steer clear of congestion is to plan around it and work from home, travel outside of peak times or commute on foot or bike.

Commuters are advised that before making travel decisions tomorrow, they should check the Metservice website and check traffic conditions online at www.nzta.govt.nz, www.tfw.govt.nz, or on the @nztawgtn twitter feed.

Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.