Wellington Scoop

Differences in character

St Gerard's Monastery - Exterior

by Conor Hill
Wellington’s Draft Spatial Plan is now out for consultation. One of the bones of contention is some proposed changes to the city’s pre-1930s character areas – the inner suburbs of Mt Cook, Mt Victoria, Thorndon, Newtown, Aro and Berhampore. One of the most interesting things about these areas is their architectural diversity. Read more »

What’s in a name?

convention centre front door

by Lindsay Shelton
Last week’s announcement of Tākina as the new name for the new Conference Centre has brought a lively discussion about its relevance. Read more »

Transport plans: the good, the bad and the ugly


by Conor Hill
National released its transport package for Wellington and the Hutt Valley last week. Everything in it is familiar to anyone following Wellington transport plans, but it’s worth a look. Read more »

Creating communities, not demolishing old homes

by Roland Sapsford
Some thirty years ago, faced with urban sprawl and an exploding volume of traffic, parents who were too scared to let their children walk or cycle alone and the lack of quality housing, people around the globe asked if a different future was possible for cities. Read more »

Delayed till 2023: Convention Centre to be named Tākina – it’ll be iconic, says mayor

convention centre latest Aug 2020

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington city councillors will next week be asked to approve ‘Tākina’ as the name for the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre that’s now being built. Read more »

The best density?

by Benoit Pette
The Wellington City Council is today debating the Spatial Plan – how Wellington can accommodate the 50,000 to 80,000 more residents expected in years to come. The vote will decide where and by how much higher new buildings should be built in Wellington. Read more »

Let’s Get Wellington Moving – what went wrong

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Opinion from NZ National Party
The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project (LGWM) was commenced with good intentions in 2016 by the National-led Government alongside local government in Wellington. The aim was to let bygones be bygones, figure out what Wellingtonians wanted, gain as much consensus as possible amongst key agencies, and design an integrated package that looked at the needs of the city as a whole rather than on a project-by-project basis. Read more »

Lack of clarity and information in Library consultation document

by Inner City Wellington
Inner City Wellington (ICW) has found a number of issues in the Central Library Consultation document where information is not clear, making it difficult to objectively determine which option to choose. We are seeking clarification publicly as we believe it will not only be beneficial to us in making our submission, but also to others. Read more »

Threat to heritage buildings in our character areas

character areas

by Felicity Wong of Historic Places Wellington
Historic Places Wellington is concerned about plans that will allow the demolition of large numbers of heritage and character buildings in Wellington City – plans that are being rushed out while people are focused on the general election. Read more »

Demolishing our heritage


Victoria University is refusing to accept the importance of the Gordon Wilson Flats on The Terrace. Read more »