Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

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 »

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 »

Words, or a lack of them

The resignation of chair Fran Wilde is a major change for the Wellington Regional Council. But maybe the council is in denial – there’s nothing about the announcement on its website. Not a word. Read more »

The reason for Fran Wilde’s resignation: a no confidence letter from 9 councillors

The protective blackout curtains have been dragged back from the Wellington Regional Council today, with revelations from DomPost reporter Andrea O’Neil about why chair Fran Wilde announced her resignation at the weekend. Read more »

15 days without your comments

by Lindsay Shelton
Since Wellington.Scoop began more than six years ago, comments from readers have been an integral part of what we publish. So it’s embarrassing for us that our comments system has failed for the last 15 days. Read more »

Cannabis floodgates have not been opened, promises Peter Dunne

by Peter Dunne
This week I approved the use of a medicinal cannabis product (actually a hemp derivative) in the case of a critically ill Wellington teenager. Read more »

Frankenstein supercity put to death

by Ian Apperley
The Local Government Commission’s proposed Frankenstein of a supercity stretching from Masterton to Miramar has been put to death before it could rampage through the countryside killing peasants and mangling livestock. The beast isn’t quite dead yet, body parts may have escaped to attempt a Version 2.0, but for now we are safe. Read more »

A super duper city

by Helene Ritchie
As long ago as April 2009, I wrote that Wellington was already a super duper city. For the next six years I continued to write submissions and articles addressing different aspects of why we do not need s super city like Auckland’s. And this week the powers that be agreed. There will be no Wellington supercity. Read more »

James Shaw snatches Greens co-leadership from veteran MP Kevin Hague

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Report from BusinessDesk by Pattrick Smellie
First term Wellington-based Member of Parliament James Shaw has snatched the male co-leadership of the Green Party, beating out veteran MP Kevin Hague for the post and saying he believed the Green Party could attract support from people who have been “holding their noses and voting for National.” Read more »

$90million, but only if …..

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Photo: Infratil

When city councillors this week reconfirmed their decision that the city should pay $90million towards the unknown cost of extending the airport runway into Cook Strait, some pre-conditions had been added. The key one: that an international airline should have committed to using the runway, before the council hands over the money. Read more »

A second vote for strengthening the Town Hall – so when does the work start?

by Lindsay Shelton
There’ll be general approval that the city council has voted, again, to strengthen the Wellington Town Hall. But some of the details remain vague. And you have to wonder why the council needed to have a second vote for something they’d agreed to do two years ago. Read more »

The scandal of the Town Hall – closed for eight years?

by Helene Ritchie
According to a timetable received by councillors this week, Wellington’s Town hall is to be closed for at least eight years. The issue is not that it should be opened immediately but that strengthening should be immediately continued without delay. Read more »

The rain, the drains, the buses

by Ian Apperley
A week or so after 30 year, 50 year, 80 year, and 100 year rain events, no answers are forthcoming about why the city was shutdown because of a slip and a large puddle. Nor are any answers forthcoming on what the Wellington City Council in particular is going to do about the woeful state of its storm water. It’s a shambles and, in the middle of all of this, emergency management was really nowhere to be seen. Read more »

Tales from the floods

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Subway becomes swimming pool at Petone Station yesterday

So many stories from yesterday’s heavy weather. Read more »

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