For cyclists: a framework but not a plan, and no date for starting work

by Regan Dooley
The draft Wellington Cycling Framework that will be discussed at the council meeting on Thursday is a good document that outlines key principles to guide decision-making on building new cycleways in the city. It includes a high-level network map. But it is not a plan and doesn’t pretend to be. Read more »

P2G: three options, three time-frames

by T. Duran
The NZ Transport Agency has released some new modelling information about the Petone to Grenada link road. There are now three options on the table: Read more »

IMAGES: 40,000 cram new memorial park for 100th anniversary Dawn Service

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Photo: Alastair Thompson

Wellington.Scoop
A crowd estimated to be 40,000 filled Wellington’s new War Memorial Park and overflowed from it this morning for the Anzac Dawn Service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Read more »

Why were we there?

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Photo: G.V. Tedin

Wellington.Scoop
Suddenly, Wellington has a new park that’s attracting enormous numbers of people. This was the crowd last night. Read more »

No consultation, no analysis, no logic

by Richard Brown
Consultation on the Petone to Grenada link road and the north of Tawa options seems to have been a catch cry, not a serious exercise, for the NZ Transport Agency. Read more »

Glorification or commemoration; a moving, disorienting exhibition at Te Papa

Scoop review (and photos) by Francis Cook
Te Papa and Weta Workshop have worked together to create an impressive Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War exhibition which skirts the edges of glorification and commemoration to deliver an experience both moving and disorienting. Read more »

Charms and delights, but …

Scoop review and photos by Francis Cook
Is Peter Jackson incapable of removing his own personal brand of twee novelty even when it comes to war commemoration? The new exhibition in the Old Dominion Museum building, costing an estimated $10 million, will charm and delight but ultimately leave you uninformed and unmoved. Read more »

Spending more, spending less

Wellington.Scoop
The issue of a shortage of money for Te Papa has been confused by the opening of the two new exhibitions about the First World War. There’s been plenty of money for them – a spend of $18million has been reported. Yet Te Papa is facing a deficit of almost $6million. Read more »

Taking it seriously: the Island Bay cycleway

by Regan Dooley
Feedback on the Wellington City Council’s long-term plan, plus record numbers of people commuting by bike, suggest that some councillors will need to start taking cycling a lot more seriously if they are going to deliver on public expectations. Read more »

How can we support the runway, when we don’t know how much it’ll cost?

airport from moa point

by Dr Sea Rotmann
In light of the looming Long Term Plan submissions due today, our citizens’ group the Guardians of the Bays have kept delving deeper into the various questions about lengthening the airport runway which should be answered before the Council decides to sign us up to huge generational debt, rate hikes and asset sales. Read more »

People versus cars – unnecessary conflict on the new Memorial Park

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by Reuben Ferguson
The almost-perfect Pukeahu-Memorial Park has taken a step backward with the re-opening of the Tory Street-Tasman Street connection, resulting in a predictable influx of cars and trucks through this urban oasis. Read more »

Rex is right about the Town Hall

Wellington.Scoop
Rex is right about the Town Hall. Read more »

Why do four councillors want the road?

Wellington.Scoop
A majority of Wellington city councillors have been decisive in refusing to support a road through the rural Takapu Valley. But four councillors didn’t accept the strength of community opposition to the plan. They refused to vote against the road. Read more »

Rebuff to NZTA: city councillors oppose plans for Takapu Valley and Tawa roading

Wellington.Scoop
City councillors voted today that they agreed “neither the widening of State Highway 1 at Tawa nor a major road through Takapu Valley” should be part of the planned Petone to Grenada roading proposal. They voted (though not unanimously) that both proposals were rejected by the city council. Read more »

Why NZTA road would wreck Takapu Valley

takapu valley and dog

Wellington.Scoop
The 700 hectare Takapu Valley is a pristine steep narrow rural valley with abundant native birdlife and bush remnants. Rare native falcons visit to hunt. Kereru use the valley as a link between Belmont Regional Park and Porirua Reserves. The loss of Takapu Valley to a motorway link road would be one of the largest green space losses in Wellington for a long time. Read more »

Unfortunate reductionism by NZTA

by Thomas Lumley
If you have to make a decision with several options, each with different types of positive and negative effects, it’s going to be hard. Techniques for breaking down complex decisions into sets of simpler questions are very valuable, but it’s important that the way you break down the problem and recombine the answers fits with how you answer the simpler questions. Read more »

Blackmail and (more) threats from NZTA

Wellington.Scoop
Criticism of the NZ Transport Agency peaked this week when Ohariu MP Peter Dunne said it was dealing in blackmail by telling Wellington city councillors they had to choose between two unwanted roading options. Read more »

An unwanted road: time to dump NZTA board and senior management?

by Peter Dunne
The worst and most arrogant public service dinosaurs are quasi-government bodies who somehow think that the Government’s policies do not apply to them, and that they can just carry on doing what they have always done. The worst, by a country mile and then some, is the New Zealand Transport Agency.
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