Wellington Scoop

Lockdown at Wellington High School after threat on social media; teenager faces charges in court

high school

Police were called to an emergency at Wellington High School this morning. The school was placed on lockdown for an hour, with armed officers reported to be in police cars outside the school. Read more »

Hate us? Love us?

Plenty of people have leapt to the defence of Wellington since Andrea Vance’s weekend essay about why she hates the city. Read more »

Last words from Levi

We’re late to say farewell to Leviathan, who’s given up his popular and influential Wellington blog eyeofthefish. Read more »

Saving (or demolishing) a 19th century landmark

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Tramway Hotel in 1977. Photo by Charles Fearnley from Wellington Library collection.

by Gregor Thompson
Built in 1899, on the corner of Adelaide Road and Drummond Street sits a two-storey heritage-listed remnant of late Victorian commercial Italianate architecture. The hotel is the second oldest left in Wellington. Initially dubbed the Tramway Hotel because of its proximity to the Tramway Stables and Workshops, the hotel’s recent history is of inaction. Read more »

Reducing a 23% rates increase by selling the Convention Centre?

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The Wellington City Council’s $180m convention centre taking shape opposite Te Papa

The Wellington City Council has been considering a rates increase forecast of 23 per cent next year. Read more »

Why I voted for Shelly Bay (2)

by Cr Jenny Condie
For those who oppose the development at Shelly Bay, the Wellington City Council decision last week was a blow that has left them feeling hurt and disappointed. I have been asked several times for an explanation of why I voted in support of the sale and lease of council land, particularly given I was on record in an Enterprise Miramar survey during the election campaign as being against the development. Read more »

Why I voted for Shelly Bay (1)

by Cr Teri O’Neill
My duty is to the Eastern ward people, to young people – and personally as a pākēha councillor, my duty is to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. This has been a very difficult decision to make – I know that my decision will have disappointed people but I am proud to support mana whenua and I stand by my decision. Read more »

City Council confirms sale of its land for development at Shelly Bay

shelly bay artists impression of development

The Wellington City Council tonight voted to confirm the sale of a small piece of land that it owns at Shelly Bay – which is wanted as part of a controversial new housing development. Read more »

Mystery solved – what’s missing at Carrara Park


by James Barber
Kei whea te wharepaku? Now that the big question of the US presidency has been resolved, we can focus on the smaller things at home. Read more »

The masking and scanning challenge

by Dr Dougal Sutherland, Clinical Psychologist, Victoria University of Wellington and Umbrella Wellbeing
Old habits die hard. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. These proverbs ring true for us as we encounter a new community cluster of Covid-19. Put simply, Kiwis aren’t in the habit of wearing face-masks or scanning-into restaurants and shops we visit. We have seen some spikes in these behaviours but they appear to be temporary changes in our behaviour promoted by a change in how real we perceive the threat of the virus. Read more »