The council argues against heritage

by Lindsay Shelton
I never thought the Wellington City Council would ever demand that any of the city’s heritage values and views should be ignored. But it happened last week in the High Court. Read more »

Ambitions and promises

Wellington’s new regional economic development agency doesn’t yet have a chief executive or a phone number, but it does have a statement of intent. Read more »

Wearing cameras and deterring aggression

by Lindsay Shelton
If you’re planning to get aggressive in the streets of Lower Hutt, then the Hutt City Council knows how to get you under control. Its secret – wearable video cameras. Read more »

Blank cheques from the council

by Stan Andis
As we were going to be overseas during part of Wellington’s Long Term Plan consultation period, I eagerly awaited the availability of the documents. Read more »

After 45 days, comments are back

Thank you for your patience. We are happy to tell you that our comments system is up and running again, after an inexplicable 45 day collapse. Read more »

Everything you need to know about the flyover appeal

by Tim Jones
The New Zealand Transport Agency’s appeal against the Board of Inquiry decision to decline resource consent for a Basin Reserve flyover starts at the High Court next Monday (20 July) and you’re encouraged to attend. Read more »

Have you supported the fight against the Transport Agency’s flyover plan?


Opposition to the Transport Agency’s stubborn plan to build a two-lane one-way concrete flyover – 320metres long – alongside the Basin Reserve will be argued in the High Court in a couple of weeks, with a hearing starting on July 20 and scheduled to last for ten days. Read more »

Bluster, obfuscation and flimflam

by Keith Johnson
Mayor Wade-Brown’s article yesterday in the DomPost (city council is a $6 a day per person bargain) is, in her manner, strong on style and weak in substance, with a good dose of bluster, obfuscation and flimflam. She is cut between telling us how weak growth has been in the city over the last few years and how marvelous the city has been and how wonderfully the Wellington City Council has performed. Read more »

More than a month without you

by Lindsay Shelton
We continue to be embarrassed and frustrated by the failure of our comments system. Read more »

What have you chosen?

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by Lindsay Shelton
You should now have made your bookings for the NZ International Film’s Wellington season which starts on July 24 in eight city cinemas. Read more »

Miscalculations in the Regional Council’s large-budget planning

by Paul Bruce
The Regional Council’s Long Term Plan contains a number of large budget items which do not contribute towards the Wellington region’s resilience or sustainability. Read more »

Can you afford the increase in rates?

by Lindsay Shelton
If you’re confident that your income will be increasing every year for the next ten years, then you won’t be worried about the Wellington City Council’s intention to increase the rates every year for the same period. However if your income is staying the same or going down, then you should be concerned. Read more »

Grossly misleading … the claims about increasing rates and borrowing

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by Keith Johnson
It was disappointing that an otherwise excellent and provocative article last week about curbing rates increases, by John Milford of the Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, was marred by an obvious statistical error that allowed the Wellington City Council to claim that Milford’s figures were ‘grossly misleading’. Read more »

What have they decided about rates increases – 6.1%? 4.5%? 3.8%?

by Lindsay Shelton
Is the Wellington City Council being deliberately misleading about rates increases? Announcing this week’s approval of its long-term plan, the council named two different percentages for rates increases. But both were averages. And a councillor today revealed a higher figure – a rates increase of 6.1 per cent this year, which the council failed to mention. Read more »

Skewed priorities, and a 6.1% rates increase – the ten-year plan is analysed

by Helene Ritchie
The Wellington City Council’s rates hike of 6.1 per cent this year is too high. Priorities are skewed in the wrong direction towards vanity projects for political expediency, and a disproportionate amount of “growth-economic” funds and projects. Read more »

“Socking the ratepayers” with higher rates

by Nicola Young
I’m broadly in agreement with the proposals of the city council’s Long Term Plan, with a few exceptions. I’m concerned about the rate increase, and its effect on our ratepayers. Read more »

Greenpeace activists unfurl anti-pollution banner on roof of Parliament

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Photo: Russel Norman

Greenpeace activists succeeded in hanging a banner on the top of Parliament Buildings this morning – with a message about the Prime Minister’s attitude to pollution. Read more »

Cyclists congratulate councillors on unanimous support for cycleway plan

by James Burgess
Cycle Aware Wellington is very pleased that the Wellington City Council today approved both the city’s Cycling Framework and the Island Bay Cycleway. We congratulate the councillors and council officers on their hard work. Read more »