48 days ago

Nine minutes of fireworks cost cash-strapped council $175,000

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Do you support the council paying for fireworks?
Wellington City Council spent more than $175,000 on a fireworks display that exploded over a city facing a funding crisis, a rates hike, and a range of controversial cuts.
The council is considering a rates rise of up to 17 per cent and is scrambling to save money as it deals with a wave of big costs such as ageing pipes, a Central Library refit, and the Let’s Get Wellington Moving transport package.
The council last week ditched an idea, proposed by Mayor Andy Foster, to save $120,000 in the coming year by getting rid of a programme of free pool entry for under-fives. But others remaining in the queue for possible cuts include a new Chinese gardens, cutting of some library funding for books, and some capital replacements.

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40 minutes ago

Long-Term Plan community engagement tour

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

We're are going to be out and about the community for the rest of the month talking to people about our Long-Term Plan.

It's a great chance for you to come along, ask your burning questions and have your say on the future of the city.

Check out our full schedule to see when we're in your neck of the woods at www.letstalk.wellington.govt.nz...

1 hour ago

Two new Whittaker's flavours

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Are you going to try the two new Whittaker's flavours, Carrot Cake and Strawberries and Waffles
Twenty cents from every block sold going to Whānau Āwhina Plunket.
Whittaker’s Carrot Cake and Strawberries and Waffles blocks will be available in supermarkets nationwide from Monday 19 April.

2 hours ago

Polluter to be fined

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

The Wellington City Council is prosecuting a driver who allegedly polluted the south coast.

"The irresponsible actions of a driver not securing their load last Friday resulted in thousands of polystyrene balls scattered around the south coast, devastating for the environment and marine life, and frustrating the affected communities. We identified the offender thanks to eagle-eyed locals, and have started the process of fining him $200."