Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

Staying the night at the airport

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Why stay the night at the airport, when it’s only a quick trip into town? Read more »

Another bargain for Willis Bond

by Lindsay Shelton
The usual secrecy surrounds the latest deal made by Willis Bond to lease prime waterfront land from the Wellington City Council. But a small amount of information can be found. Read more »

Not so secret?

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Since we identified secrecy surrounding the new round of planning traffic changes at the Basin Reserve, there’s been a small start to revealing what’s going on, with information posted online about the first (and only) meeting of the governance group. Read more »

Future uncertain for regional council

There’s a new player in the prolonged process of trying to change the structure of local government in Wellington. Sir Wira Gardiner, appointed less than three months ago to chair the Local Government Commission, has ‘met with’ all the mayors. And the Commission says things are different now. Read more »

Serco – first the prisons, and now it wants to run the trains

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As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. Read more »

Open home at empty houses

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by Ian Apperley
The Mana Newtown Housing Group held an “Open Home” today at 26 Strathmore Avenue, one of the apparently abandoned and empty State Houses in the Eastern Suburbs. It was a bid to highlight what they see as continued pressure by government on our most vulnerable. Read more »

Closed and empty: time to reopen a significant city building

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by Rachel Underwood
During the recent celebration of Wellington’s 150 years as the nation’s capital, one of the few disappointments was that Turnbull House was not featured nor open. The sign on the front door simply said ” closed to public.” Read more »

Planning a white elephant

by Lindsay Shelton
This week’s release of cheap seats ($99) for AC/DC at the Stadium is a reminder that there’s only a limited number of touring groups who are able to ask and obtain high prices for their shows. Read more »

The billionaire and the rubbish tip

by Lindsay Shelton
Were you surprised to learn that the smelly rubbish tip in Porirua is run by a company that’s owned by one of the wealthiest men in the world? Read more »

The mayors will decide?

by Lindsay Shelton
While planning to change the roads at Basin Reserve continues as secretively as ever, the region’s mayors have started some secret meetings of their own – to decide how local government should be restructured after the massive rejection of amalgamation. Read more »

After 170 years, greater protection, and enhancement, for Town Belt

by Helene Ritchie
The Wellington Town Belt Bill as an Act will be an historic piece of legislation, designed over five years of consultation over the preceding management plan, drafting instructions and the Bill. Hundreds of Wellingtonians have fought to ensure greater protection, enhancement and management of the Town Belt for future generations. Read more »

No excuse for their continuing secrecy

by Lindsay Shelton
After the open public processes at the Board of Inquiry and the High Court, it is shameful that local politicians are working behind closed doors to discuss the next stage of planning roads around the Basin Reserve. They should have nothing to hide. Read more »

Town Belt takeover

by David Lee
Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson is dismissive of Action for Environment’s claim that the Wellington Town Belt Bill will override the Town Belt Deed, the governing document which gifted the land to the people of Wellington. Read more »

A good month for film books

by Lindsay Shelton
It’s a good month for Wellington books about the New Zealand film industry. Read more »

Protecting the south coast; residents challenge approval for 13 new houses

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by Coral Hyam
The Friends of Houghton Valley are fundraising to pay for a judicial review of the Wellington City Council’s decision to grant a non-notified resource consent for a development of thirteen houses at 215 Houghton Bay Road, on the boundary of the Te Raekaihau Park Reserve. Read more »

He’s right, they’re wrong

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A doomed cause. That’s the correct verdict today from the DomPost, assessing the threat of court action against the Island Bay cycleway. Read more »

It takes two?

by Lindsay Shelton
Less than a month after the Wellington City Council rewarded its chief executive for his revitalised economic strategy, the city has welcomed a second chief executive with a similar responsibility. Read more »

Move over Kevin, here comes Chris

by Lindsay Shelton
The newly-arrived boss of the newly-created Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency aims to listen, learn and lead. His mission is to create economic growth, and he’ll be starting with the city’s international education sector, which he says has underperformed. Read more »

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