Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

Dunajtschik does the right thing

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Harcourts Building owner and would-be demolisher Mark Dunajtschik is in the news again today, with an announcement that his Lambton Quay building will be “brought back to its former glory”. Read more »

The dinosaur attitude of NZ Bus

by Ian Apperley
I have been holding off writing this, in the faint hope that someone would be able to convince New Zealand Bus in Wellington to adopt a position deserving of the 21st Century, as opposed to the monopolistic behaviour they appear to be displaying. Let’s face it, everyone has tried to get them to join the latest century, but they remain stubbornly stuck in the past. Read more »

Three into one

One day after praising his “stellar lineup” of WREDA board members, chairman Peter Biggs talked about choosing an inaugural chief executive – but not necessarily one of the three from the organisations which are to be merged into the new super body. Read more »

Lego gets it


How do we know we’ve reached a tipping point for protected bikelanes? When Lego gets it….But though Lego gets it, the Wellington City Council’s Victoria Street plans show that it still has some catching up to do. Read more »

Wellington at the crossroads

by Russell Tregonning
The Transport Agency predicts that major new motorway infrastructure for Wellington City (part of its roads of national significance) will have a lifetime of about 100 years. Read more »


by Lindsay Shelton
“We are experiencing significant production issues,” said a recorded message this morning when I rang the DomPost to ask why my Saturday paper hadn’t been delivered. Read more »

Hearts and minds at Te Papa

Did you know that Te Papa’s aim is to change hearts, change minds and even to change lives? Read more »

The two of us

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by Lindsay Shelton
The 11-year-old and I were the only two people in the Dowse Art Museum when we walked through the galleries on Friday afternoon. But across town at Westfield, it was a different story – thousands of people, wandering like zombies. Read more »

Abandoned no more – a new life for a neglected 108-year-old building

Good news this morning that this abandoned century-old building on Karo Drive – designed by one of New Zealand’s most distinguished architects – is to be restored and re-used, as a new home for the Tuatara Brewery. Here’s its fascinating story, including how it was neglected for so long, which we first published back in October 2010. Read more »

Communications breakdown – the city council’s live feed fails to arrive

by Lindsay Shelton
Ninety minutes before tonight’s Wellington City Council meeting, the council emailed saying it would be live-streamed. But then something went wrong. Read more »

What’s the competition?

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Wellington city councillors, voting today on whether to commit money for a new convention centre, know that the capital is facing strong competition from similar new projects in Auckland and Christchurch. Read more »

How many convention centres do we need?

On Friday the Wellington City Council announced it had signed a deal for a convention centre in Shed 6 on the waterfront. Today councillors are being told why they should also support (and pay for) a convention centre in a new Hilton Hotel. How many convention centres do we need? Read more »

Making a difference at the Hackathon

by Ian Apperley
Thirty local Wellington technologists, experts, urban planners, transport enthusiasts, designers, application developers, mesh network builders, and sensor specialists have been giving up their weekend to make a difference at the Miramar Hackathon. Read more »

Hilton’s convention centre: we don’t know the real costs for ratepayers

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City councillors are next week being asked to support the payment of what could be more than $4m a year for twenty years to subsidise a privately-owned convention centre to be run by the Hilton hotel chain. Read more »

Using the rates to help pay for a privately-owned vanity project

by Helene Ritchie
Wellington’s proposed new convention centre is a vanity project to satisfy political egos. Read more »

“The best light” for a diplomat in court

Photographs of the Malaysian diplomat in court charged with assault were banned by a Justice of the Peace in Wellington on Saturday morning. But the ruling was pointless, as the man had already been photographed after his much-delayed return to New Zealand. Read more »

The Transport Agency gets chatty

The NZ Transport Agency has been sending some strange messages over Labour Weekend. Its Wellington twitter account seemed to have separated itself from the agency’s mission “to create transport solutions for a thriving New Zealand.” Read more »

A rugby scrum of drunks

On the same day that the new Health Minister praised Wellington Hospital for processing patients more rapidly in its emergency department, a doctor from the same department said that rowdy late-night drunks are scaring patients away. Read more »

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