Build roads, the traffic will come

by Michael C Barnett
As Let’s Get Wellington Moving continues its consultation on potential transport interventions, there’s a growing suspicion that the Transport Agency is not being entirely transparent. Is its bias toward roading driven by a desire to please its political masters? Or are there statutory limitations that stop it committing major investment into infrastructure such as light rail? Maybe a bit of both. Read more »

Wanted: 450 road builders

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The Wainui saddle – part of the route of Transmission Gully. NZTA photo.

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Not only are there hundreds of job vacancies on the $850 million Tranmission Gully project. There have also been difficulties in retaining some workers. Read more »

Congestion, and a hidden agenda

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by Michael C Barnett
The increased peak-hour congestion and longer travel times on the new Kapiti Expressway should not be surprising. Read more »

Free trips

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by Lindsay Shelton
During two decades when I was responsible for international promotion of the New Zealand film industry, I learnt to be cautious about people who needed to be given free tickets before they would come here. Read more »

Under the surface: they’re still talking about a flyover option

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by Tim Jones
The Let’s Get Welly Moving (LGWM) public engagement process has gone through another of its seemingly endless permutations, with a series of workshops and meetings during March and April giving participants the chance to state their priorities in areas including public transport improvements, state highway improvements, encouraging active transport (walking and cycling) and transport demand management. Read more »

Staff morale and the living wage

by Michael C Barnett
I worked for the Wellington City Council in a management role from September 1989 until January 2000. I joined at a time when the Local Government Reform Bill was enacted and I soon formed the view that the organization needed a kick up the backside. It certainly got one. Read more »

Colin McCahon’s ‘On Going Out with the Tide’

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“I sing my paintings to myself”
– Colin McCahon, 1972.

by Howard Davis
Now that the egregious excrescence of Cindy Sherman’s cos-play has finally gone the way of all flesh, Wellington’s City Gallery has mounted a extensive retrospective of Colin McCahon’s work from the 1960s and 1970s. Read more »

The church and real estate

by Lindsay Shelton
What does a Naenae church have in common with Tommy’s real estate agency? The answer: both are concerned about the shortage of houses. Read more »

Wellington needs a transport champion

by Michael C Barnett
The need for local leadership to solve Wellington’s traffic congestion problems was identified last year by then Finance Minister Bill English in a speech to business leaders in Porirua. He criticised Wellington’s lack of a ‘progressive attitude’ to transport solutions. Read more »

Dave gets it right, again

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Dave Armstrong got it right on Monday. He wrote about the moving choke point that’s causing peak-time frustration on the new Kapiti Expressway: Read more »

Just get on with it!

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by Helene Ritchie
Congratulations to the mayor for again expressing an intent to strengthen the Town Hall. The new Council should support the strengthening and just get on with it so that the Town Hall can be reopened at last. Read more »

CentrePort faces its critics

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by Lindsay Shelton
When the results of the investigation into earthquake damage to Statistics House were released on Friday, CentrePort was faced not only with criticism of a serious design flaw in its building but also with questions about why “critical” repair work had not been completed. Read more »

Death of a friend

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by Lindsay Shelton
I met Nigel Hutchinson in 1979 when he was producing Geoff Murphy’s soon-to-be-successful Goodbye Pork Pie. In my new marketing job at the Film Commission, I wanted to take the completed film to the Cannes Film Festival – it would be the first time New Zealand had participated. Read more »

Death of an actor

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by Bill Sheat
Bernard Kearns, who has died in Lower Hutt aged 92, had a long and illustrious career as an actor on stage, in films, on television and on radio. Read more »

Why we need to save the Paramount – we don’t need bedrooms or offices

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by Lindsay Shelton
There’s been consternation this week as local groups learnt that the operators of the 100-year-old Paramount cinema are not renewing their lease, and the owners of the building want to destroy the auditorium. Read more »

Doing the right thing for the Town Hall

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by Lindsay Shelton
At last, the Wellington City Council is doing the right thing to save the Town Hall, with today’s announcement by Mayor Justin Lester of a new plan that aims to strengthen the beautiful auditorium, though the work won’t be completed till 2021. Read more »

Deconstructing the city council

by Ian Apperley
It’s a question that I’ve been thinking about for a while now: “What would happen if we dissolved the Wellington City Council as it stands today?” Why? Because the Council is becoming increasingly redundant in relation to modern democracy and life. Read more »

The future for light rail

by John Rankin
Wellington’s public transport through the CBD needs four lanes — two for buses and two for rapid transit, of which the most cost-effective option is probably light rail. Read more »