Wellington Scoop

Exhausted, frustrated – 5 years seeking help against discrimination

Anjum Rahman, spokesperson for the Islamic Women’s Council of NZ

By Anjum Rahman
How does a heart break? Does it shatter into a million pieces? Does it split into two aching, throbbing halves? Does it break with a low keening wail or an earth-shattering scream of pain? Read more »

“Not the New Zealand that any of us know” – PM

The Prime Minister in Christchurch. Photo from Christchurch City Council

Media release from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at 3.30pm
Many of you will know that this morning a contingent of community leaders met together at a refugee centre in Christchurch. It was an important opportunity for us to share the grief of New Zealanders directly with those who have experienced so much loss. Read more »

Where’s the “electric future” for our buses?


by Gillian Tompsett
By sanctioning the purchase of new diesel buses, the Greater Wellington Regional Council continues to undermine the government’s cornerstone strategic commitment to environmentally sustainable public transport systems that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »

Insuring, and paying for it

by Lindsay Shelton
It was six months ago that I discovered IAG wanted to get out of the home insurance business in Wellington. So this week’s news wasn’t a surprise. Read more »

Flattening the park, in spite of all the opposition


by Alana Bowman
The legal fight to stop the rebuilding of Frank Kitts Park is over, and Wellington city councillors and Mayor Justin Lester are continuing with their plans to destroy the green amphitheatre and flatten the park. Read more »

Airport Flyer: questions and answers


by Daran Ponter
I get quite a few questions/knocks about the Airport Flyer. It’s a good service – frequent, relatively quick, and comfortable. But people have been raising issues recently. including: Read more »

Moving? How about staying put?

by Kathleen Wright
Forget about Getting Wellington Moving. We should think more about how workers can stay put and build more resilient and sustainable communities in the places where they live. Read more »

A double standard on pollution


The Wellington City Council is no doubt serious about its plans to extend the city’s ban on smoking. But it can’t escape suggestions of a double standard. Read more »

Buses, trains and time – what’s really happening


by Alex MacGibbon
You and I owe a lot to geeky people who spend their leisure time hunting down data, parsing and interpreting it, and producing insights – all in The Public Good. Read more »

The first woman law partner – 100 years ago

One of the first women in the legal profession in New Zealand, Lyra Taylor was admitted to the bar in 1918 and became a partner in a Wellington law firm the following year.

by Tracey Cross
International Women’s Day is a day to take stock. Since the 1990s, more women than men have been graduating in law, but the profession has dragged the chain in accommodating women in senior roles. That is changing, which is something to celebrate. In fact, DLA Piper New Zealand can look back on a century of celebration. We made a woman partner in Wellington 100 years ago. Read more »