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Let’s get Wellington really moving

FIT Wellington / David Randall Peters

by Michael Barnett
FIT Wellington has done much work in identifying feasible routes for light rail connecting the Wellington Railway Station with the Airport, and we consider a viable route exists that avoids the potential mode conflicts at the Basin Reserve. We now call on Wellingtonians to tell the powers that be that the time has come for future proofed, sustainable, efficient, desirable mass rapid transit. That solution isn’t BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), it is LR (Light Rail). WLR (Wellington Light Rail) is the future that Wellington deserves and you need to ask for it, now! Read more »

A nightmare before Christmas


by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington’s Movie Museum and Convention Centre were supposed to be opening next year. But construction of the building hasn’t started. And, after an unprecedented attack from Peter Jackson, it now seems to be doomed. Read more »

19th century life – fascinating discoveries in Newtown


by Mary O’Keeffe
Late last year a series of pre-1900 cottages, two-storey villas and commercial buildings located in Normanby Street, Donald McLean Street and Riddiford Street in Newtown were demolished to allow construction of the new Salvation Army building. Read more »

Saving water with meters


by Norma McCallum
‘Be so good they can’t ignore you’, said actor Steve Martin. Well, it seems as if the same might be said of the Kapiti District’s once controversial water meters. Read more »

Ignored no longer: the restoration of Tanera Gully


By Denis Asher
One of Wellington’s many north-south fault-lines, Tanera Gully is one of a growing list of central city restoration projects. Read more »

Scoop Dogs investigate: graffiti replacing roses and rosemary


by Neil Douglas
The City Council’s bare earth policy is encouraging Wellington’s graffiti artists and costing rate-payers. Scoop Dogs Henry and Harriet sniffed out this big new Asian meal (?) tag on their morning walk around Thorndon. Read more »

Saving the Basin, again

by Tim Jones
I read some interesting news over the weekend. John Milford, the chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce (who’s been a major supporter of a Basin Reserve flyover) says his organisation plans to churn out hundreds of submissions to the Let’s Get Welly Moving process. Read more »

Credible, or incredible?


A new report shows the danger of decisions that are based on unreliable and overblown forecasts. Read more »

Wrong decision on trolley buses

More evidence this week to show that the Regional Council’s decision to scrap Wellington’s trolley buses was unwise and illtimed – the plan to convert the old trolleys into electric hybrids has run into trouble. Read more »

Chaos on the tracks

Not content with creating chaos across the Wellington train network from the last strike, it appeared today that all parties were doubling down on industrial action – with another train strike announced for Friday. And against this backdrop, stories are coming out about cancellations and maintenance problems creating chaos on the Wairarapa line. Read more »

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