Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

P2G: three options, three time-frames

by T. Duran
The NZ Transport Agency has released some new modelling information about the Petone to Grenada link road. There are now three options on the table: Read more »

IMAGES: 40,000 cram new memorial park for 100th anniversary Dawn Service

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Photo: Alastair Thompson

A crowd estimated to be 40,000 filled Wellington’s new War Memorial Park and overflowed from it this morning for the Anzac Dawn Service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Read more »

Why were we there?

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Photo: G.V. Tedin

Suddenly, Wellington has a new park that’s attracting enormous numbers of people. This was the crowd last night. Read more »

No consultation, no analysis, no logic

by Richard Brown
Consultation on the Petone to Grenada link road and the north of Tawa options seems to have been a catch cry, not a serious exercise, for the NZ Transport Agency. Read more »

Glorification or commemoration; a moving, disorienting exhibition at Te Papa

Scoop review (and photos) by Francis Cook
Te Papa and Weta Workshop have worked together to create an impressive Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War exhibition which skirts the edges of glorification and commemoration to deliver an experience both moving and disorienting. Read more »

Spending more, spending less

The issue of a shortage of money for Te Papa has been confused by the opening of the two new exhibitions about the First World War. There’s been plenty of money for them – a spend of $18million has been reported. Yet Te Papa is facing a deficit of almost $6million. Read more »

Taking it seriously: the Island Bay cycleway

by Regan Dooley
Feedback on the Wellington City Council’s long-term plan, plus record numbers of people commuting by bike, suggest that some councillors will need to start taking cycling a lot more seriously if they are going to deliver on public expectations. Read more »

How can we support the runway, when we don’t know how much it’ll cost?

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by Dr Sea Rotmann
In light of the looming Long Term Plan submissions due today, our citizens’ group the Guardians of the Bays have kept delving deeper into the various questions about lengthening the airport runway which should be answered before the Council decides to sign us up to huge generational debt, rate hikes and asset sales. Read more »

People versus cars – unnecessary conflict on the new Memorial Park

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by Reuben Ferguson
The almost-perfect Pukeahu-Memorial Park has taken a step backward with the re-opening of the Tory Street-Tasman Street connection, resulting in a predictable influx of cars and trucks through this urban oasis. Read more »

Rex is right about the Town Hall

Rex is right about the Town Hall. Read more »

Why NZTA road would wreck Takapu Valley

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The 700 hectare Takapu Valley is a pristine steep narrow rural valley with abundant native birdlife and bush remnants. Rare native falcons visit to hunt. Kereru use the valley as a link between Belmont Regional Park and Porirua Reserves. The loss of Takapu Valley to a motorway link road would be one of the largest green space losses in Wellington for a long time. Read more »

Unfortunate reductionism by NZTA

by Thomas Lumley
If you have to make a decision with several options, each with different types of positive and negative effects, it’s going to be hard. Techniques for breaking down complex decisions into sets of simpler questions are very valuable, but it’s important that the way you break down the problem and recombine the answers fits with how you answer the simpler questions. Read more »

Blackmail and (more) threats from NZTA

Criticism of the NZ Transport Agency peaked this week when Ohariu MP Peter Dunne said it was dealing in blackmail by telling Wellington city councillors they had to choose between two unwanted roading options. Read more »

An unwanted road: time to dump NZTA board and senior management?

by Peter Dunne
The worst and most arrogant public service dinosaurs are quasi-government bodies who somehow think that the Government’s policies do not apply to them, and that they can just carry on doing what they have always done. The worst, by a country mile and then some, is the New Zealand Transport Agency.
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Flattening a lawn and adding a garden

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Rearranging Frank Kitts Park at a cost of $5.5million is one of the biggest items of expenditure in the City Council’s latest three-year plan for the Wellington waterfront. Read more »

“Unsound assumptions” for spending $90m

The Wellington City Council’s plan to spend $90million to help pay for a longer runway at the airport is facing damning criticism from airline operators. Read more »

Where’s a business plan to support the mayors’ runway enthusiasm?

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Studio Pacific Architecture

by Ian Apperley
Wellingtonians are a funny bunch. We hate change yet we want change. We are prepared to lampoon anyone who promotes a change, or anyone who is perceived to be slowing change down. Case in point. A massive negative reaction to a new, I thought clever, design for the airport control tower. Can’t have that mate, it’s weird. Case number two, a negative reaction to anyone who asks questions about the airport extension. Just get on with it mate, stop being weird. Read more »

Keeping it lively

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The World Cup cricket has ended. But this shouldn’t bring an end to the rejuvenation of Civic Square that was created for the tournament. Read more »

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