Category Archives: Electorate News


Government to sell 168 Wellington state homes

The Government plans to sell-off 168 state houses in the Wellington region despite more than 400 families desperate for homes, Labour’s MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins says. “Answers to written questions from Labour show the Government considers these 168 state homes are ‘surplus’ to its requirements and will be sold off over the next three […]

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Upper Hutt

Amalgamation proposal removes ‘local’ from local government

The Local Government Commission have clearly ignored the overwhelming feedback from local residents opposing the creation of a Wellington Super City and have instead done the National government’s bidding in recommending amalgamation against the wishes of the affected communities, Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins says. “Survey after survey, submission after submission, meeting after meeting, local residents […]

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Uh Fire

Upper Hutt Fire Brigade turns 100

The Upper Hutt Fire Brigade recently celebrated 100 years of service to the local community. A parade through the centre of Upper Hutt provided local residents with the chance to see some of the various fire engines and equipment that has been used over the past century, and current and former members of the brigade gathered at Trentham racecourse for a variety of celebrations. The Upper […]

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Technology Class

Rimutaka to lose tech teachers

Pupils at Rimutaka’s three intermediate schools will be the losers if teaching jobs under the Government’s plans to increase class sizes. The Government announced as part of last week’s budget that technology staff numbers will now be incorporated into the schools teacher-student ratios. “The changes alter the way specialist staff, including technology teachers, are funded […]

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Aged Care

Hipkins supports striking rest home workers

The exceptional care that the staff at Elderslea and other Oceania-operated rest homes provide for the elderly needs to be recognised fairly, says Chris Hipkins, the Member of Parliament for Rimutaka. “This morning 1500 nurses, healthcare assistants and support staff employed by Oceania, the largest rest home operator in the country, took strike action around […]

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