Policies heading in opposite directions – trolley buses versus climate change

A few weeks ago the Wellington Regional Council opened its climate change strategy for public input and suggestions. In the Council’s own words, “as well as planning for and adapting to the effects of climate change, we also want to ensure we are doing all we can to mitigate climate change by addressing greenhouse gas emissions.” Read more »

A diatribe against nimbys and democracy

Just when you thought no one could get more hysterical, John Milford has joined the group who are distressed about the rejection of the Basin flyover.
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Will heads roll over flyover rejection?

The Board of Inquiry’s decision to decline consent for the Transport Agency flyover at the Basin Reserve has caused ripples of rejoicing and recrimination to spread across Wellington. Some are overjoyed, whilst others are predicting doom for us all. According to the losing faction, the concrete abutments of the flyover were carrying not just the cars, but also the weight of Wellington’s entire future as a capital. Read more »

Pain, cost and embarrassment … because the Transport Agency didn’t listen

by Patrick McCombs
The NZ Transport Agency would have saved themselves a lot of pain, cost, and embarrassment if they had listened more to Mt Victoria residents. The Board of Inquiry did not turn down the application because the engineers can’t build a decent bridge, but because they adopted tunnel vision (excuse the pun) on their wish for an elevated road, and demonstrated that they do not have the skills to carry out a proper public consultation. Read more »

Many congratulations on flyover victory, but none from the city council

Cyclists have welcomed it. The country’s largest walking group has welcomed it. MPs from Labour, the Greens and NZ First have welcomed it. Local residents have welcomed it. But local body politicians aren’t joining in the chorus of congratulations in response to the flyover decision. Nick Leggett is devastated. Fran Wilde sees it as a hugely disappointing setback. Wayne Guppy says it’s catastrophic. (Are they prone to hyperbole in Upper Hutt?) Read more »

Cancelled, declined: board of inquiry rejects Basin flyover by 3 to 1 majority


News release from EPA
The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street. Read more »

Rejection of flyover “the only logical decision, based on evidence”

by Joanna Newman
The Save the Basin Campaign congratulates the Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry for declining approvals for the proposed Basin Reserve flyover. Read more »

More than five years’ opposition to the Basin Reserve flyover

by Lindsay Shelton
Since Wellington.Scoop was established five and a half years ago, we have published more than 250 reports and articles about the Transport Agency’s plan for a flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, and the substantial community opposition to this plan. Read more »

Why must they replace the kerbs?

The elusively observant Maximus (on eyeofthefish) has bravely identified wasteful spending by the Wellington City Council – its continuing obsession about replacing kerbs with the same again. Read more »

Rallies support Palestinians who are being killed, and Israelis who are killing them

With civilian casualties in Gaza reaching high numbers, there were two demonstrations in Wellington today – one (above) in support of the people of Gaza who are being killed, the other in support of Israel whose army is killing them. Read more »

Keeping women safe; rape culture and the government’s response

by Tania Billingsley
I feel that people have been assuming that my idea of justice is to have Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman found guilty in a New Zealand court. While this is an important part of justice being done, my main reason for wanting it is not for my own sense of satisfaction but to keep other women safe. Read more »

Sir Jerry and the historic creche

There’s controversy over the intervention by the Governor-General to approve the shifting of the historic Home of Compassion creche from its original position alongside the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Communication breakdown

The Regional Council put the rates up last week. But there’s no mention of the decision on its website. The website does however announce the controversial new public transport plans. But the most controversial part, scrapping trolley buses, is mentioned in only six words, with no acknowledgement of public concerns. Read more »

United in support of trolley buses: the bus company and the bus drivers

With its decision to scrap trolley buses in 2017, the Regional Council has created anxiety not only the bus company but also for the city’s bus drivers. Read more »

Life in the fast lane

On the same day that the mayor signed a deal with the government to fast-track more affordable housing in Wellington, her city council agreed to fast-track approval for a new convention centre that will need a $2m annual subsidy from ratepayers. Read more »

Should we pay the Hilton $2million a year to run a convention centre?

convention centre

The Wellington City Council’s announcement of its plan for a convention centre, in partnership with a wealthy US hotel chain, predicts benefits for city businesses. It also lists the annual cost to be paid by ratepayers. Read more »

Riddled with errors and contradictions – Regional Council’s public transport plan

by Kerry Wood
Like the Spine Study before it, the Regional Council’s Public Transport Plan (PTP) is riddled with errors and contradictions, and will inevitably fail to meet expectations. The public transport plan objective, Go where people want to go at the times they want to travel, is empty rhetoric. Read more »

Trolley buses – why they should stay

Everyone loves cycleways. Councillors were 100% in support when they voted for this year’s expenditure, so the sudden burst of criticism is a surprise. Trolley buses, however, have never had 100% support. But they do have authoritative defenders. Whose arguments are being ignored by the Regional Council with its stubborn decision to scrap them in three years. Read more »