There's no such thing as a free lunch, unless you're a Wellington City councillor.
Six years after Andy Foster led moves as a councillor to scrap catered lunches at committee meetings - saving ratepayers $40,000 - the new mayor has now decided to reinstate them. He said the backflip followed pressure from councillors, while also promising to spend less on the midday spread than previous councils. "People felt when you didn't have lunches provided on days when you were working through [into the afternoon], councillors tended to disappear all over the place to get lunch. It reduced team bonding." What do you think- should councillors get lunch provided?
5.4% Absoultely5.4% Complete
24.8% Only if it's a modest spread24.8% Complete
69.8% No way69.8% Complete
The Melbourne Cup can be seen as an excuse for people to dress to the nines and get so drunk that they often miss seeing the races.
The physical and psychological pain these horses suffer is immense, with the movement against horse racing growing as animal welfare advocates call for change. What do you think? Should horse racing be banned? Vote in the poll below.
30% Definitely - it’s inhumane30% Complete
14.4% No - it’s a bit of harmless fun14.4% Complete
4% I don’t have an opinion4% Complete
51.7% Only for those found guilty of abuse51.7% Complete
In town over Christmas? So are we. We’ll be running special timetables on buses, trains and ferries from Monday 23 December to Sunday 5 January, so please double-check before you travel. Your normal weekday services will resume on Monday 6 January.
If you’re travelling by bus or train to visit family and friends on Christmas Day, you can ride FREE.
Thanks for travelling with us throughout the year. For details visit metlink.org.nz or call 0800 801 700.