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How slow can they go?

by Lindsay Shelton
Back in 2008, the need for an off-road cycleway between Petone and Ngauranga was being described as “urgent.” The urgency was clear because a prominent cyclist had been killed at the Petone roundabout. We had a reminder of the urgency this week, when another cyclist was injured. Read more »

Open letter to Justin Lester: time to make the city better for pedestrians

To Justin Lester,
Deputy Mayor of Wellington.
Dear Justin,

In Thursday’s Dominion Post you lamented the failure of your colleagues to agree to reduce the speed limit on a few CBD streets to 30km/hr. From my point of view as a pedestrian advocate, this is a victory rather than a defeat. Read more »

Surprised and aghast – but where’s Plan B for the Basin?

by Mike Mellor
From media reports there’s a sense that the Regional Council is surprised and aghast at the Board of Inquiry decision to reject the Basin flyover. The council should have had a “Plan B” at the ready as a normal management precaution for a work of this scale. Read more »

What went wrong? CBD speed limits stay the same for a second time

by PCGM
In a marathon session last night, the Wellington City Council voted down the proposal to reduce the speed limit on selected CBD streets to 30km/hr. It was a defeat for Transport portfolio leader Andy Foster. Read more »

Cycleways versus car parks

by Maximus
Cyclists are, at all times, at danger of getting hurt, maimed and killed by clashes with motored vehicles unless they are in completely separated bicycle lanes. You might think therefore, that given the chance, any sane resident in Wellington would leap at the chance of a network of cycle routes being planned through Wellington. Read more »

Measuring the flyover hysteria index

by PCGM
Since the Board of Inquiry declined the Basin Reserve flyover, the usual suspects have claimed that all manner of calamities would befall the city. We’ve seen forecasts of everything from collapsing investment to cancelled projects and 7,000 less homes. So to bring some order to the chaos we’ve assembled all the prognostications into a helpful guide … the wellington.scoop Hysteria Index™. Read more »

Don’t stop the cycleway

by Regan Dooley
At its meeting on Wednesday, the Wellington City Council will vote on a motion lodged by Councillors Nicola Young and Paul Eagle that could delay the development of the Island Bay Cycle Way (Section 1 of the full route to the city) indefinitely. Read more »

Pioneering at Pigfish and Hannah’s

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by Lindsay Shelton
A restaurant which didn’t exist a week ago, and which will be gone at the end of next week, has been attracting full houses every night to a new space at the back of Prefab in Jessie Street. It’s Pigfish, created by Rachel Taulelei and Martin Bosley with Rob Wilkinson of Prefab – which has come from nowhere to achieve enviable success. Read more »

Scaremongering – the vanishing houses

by PCGM
Friday’s Dominion Post was breathless with the claim that the lack of a Basin Reserve flyover will somehow cause “at least two years’ delays” to essential Wellington transport projects. This wasn’t just restricted to roading – it would, reported the newspaper guilelessly, also cast into doubt the future of 7,000 new homes. Read more »

Concrete wastelands on the waterfront

Wellington.Scoop
Two city councillors showed confused thinking during yesterday’s debate that approved another new building for the waterfront. Read more »

$10million in exchange for demolition?

Wellington.Scoop
Wealthy developer Mark Dunatschik has offered to pay $5m to help strengthen St Gerard’s, and another $5m to help strengthen St Mary of the Angel’s. But there’s a condition. He’ll write the cheques only if he’s allowed to demolish the heritage Harcourts Building in Lambton Quay. Read more »

Five myths about the Island Bay cycleway

by Regan Dooley
One of the biggest issues in the debate about the proposed Island Bay Cycle Way (Section 1 of the full cycle route to the city, from Shorland Park to Wakefield Park) has been a lack of understanding about the real pros and cons of the cycleway. Here’s an analysis of five of the most common myths. Read more »

“This building should not be there at all”

kumutoto - aug 2014
Willis Bond

by Mary Munro
Waterfront Watch notes with interest the re-designed building planned for Site 10 on North Kumutoto. The main concern of Waterfront Watch, and most of those who submitted to the city council in opposition, is that this building should not be there at all. Read more »

More buses or less buses? A problem with truthiness at the regional council

by PCGM
Nicky Hager isn’t the only one uncovering dodgy dealings through email – we’ve recently come into possession of a couple of documents that seem to indicate the Greater Wellington Regional Council might have a problem with truthiness. Read more »

Trapped in the convention centre

by PCGM
The shiny new council-supported convention centre is designed to bring lots more people into Wellington, apparently helping to add vibrancy and turnover to the local economy. So far, so good – it’s the business plan of every convention centre in the Western world, even if it turns out that many of the benefits can be extensively over-sold by their promoters. Read more »

The council states its reasons for supporting the convention centre

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Wellington.Scoop
There are four more days for Wellingtonians to tell the city council what they think about the plan for the council to support the creation of a new convention centre opposite Te Papa. Read more »

The reasons why the convention centre plans must be improved

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Wellington.Scoop
Wellington architectural critic Maximus is calling for improvements to the plan for a Hilton Hotel and Convention Centre opposite Te Papa. Read more »

My 45 film festival awards

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by Lindsay Shelton
I’ve been going to the Wellington Film Festival for every one of its 43 years, from before it was re-branded as the NZ International Film Festival. So I’m (again) claiming the right to offer my own personal festival awards. Read more »

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