Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

Priorities, resilience, and costs

by Ian Apperley
News on a few fronts this week, with reports on Wellington City Council priorities for 2017, while the council also starts to boil the frog on earthquake measures. Read more »

Taking the fun out of the Sevens

by Ian Apperley
The Sevens organisers and the city council are bullish about the Sevens. They think that 15,000 seats being filled, if they can indeed be filled, is just fine and dandy. Despite the fact that means there are 20,000 seats left empty. Read more »

Up or down, the same result

by Lindsay Shelton
The results of two Wellington business confidence surveys were released this week. One went up. One went down. Yet the results were almost identical. Read more »

“High priority” but nothing to show for it


by Lindsay Shelton
Justin Lester said this week it is “a high priority to bring the Town Hall back into action as soon as possible.” But he didn’t give any evidence to connect his words with any real plans. Read more »

Bob’s beggars and Celia’s tattoo

Bob Jones and Celia Wade-Brown have been in the news this week … beggars and a tattoo have been the talking points. Read more »

Too late to save the Sevens?

by Ian Apperley
There are signs that the Sevens Wellington brand is dying. After last year’s dismal turnout, this year isn’t looking much better. It may be too late to save this event, and the city should be considering moving on rather than flogging a dead horse. Read more »

Bigger and more expensive in Los Angeles – with all costs paid by George Lucas


by Lindsay Shelton
Peter Jackson’s Movie Museum in Wellington is facing competition from Star Wars creator George Lucas, who this week announced a billion dollar movie museum to be built in Los Angeles. Read more »

Why trolley buses shouldn’t be withdrawn this year


by Mike Flinn
The Wellington Regional Council intends that trolley buses will be withdrawn this year, regardless of the fact that they could continue in service till between 2019 and 2024. Read more »

Saving the Green, moving the Garden


by Wendy Armitage
Now that 2017 is upon us we have a new mayor and council who, during the elections, made it clear that being more transparent and consultative would be on the agenda. Read more »

The year ends with cordons


by Lindsay Shelton
The cordons in Courtenay Place and Tory Street are a daily reminder that the November earthquake has had a bigger effect on Wellington than anyone at first expected. Read more »

An absurd Christmas mistake – nine days with no trains to the beaches

by Lindsay Shelton
Who’s to blame for cancelling trains to the beaches during the peak summer season? Read more »

Memories of Erskine – derelict and vandalised, or redeveloped and restored


by Nicola Young
Erskine College has been a prominent feature in Island Bay for over 100 years. Now the city council has given resource consent for redevelopment – to include a $7m restoration of the chapel, and a $30million complex of 94 terraced houses and apartments – but the plan is being challenged by a group that wants the convent building to be saved as well. Read more »

A city of loyalty and smiles

by Sarah Bennett and Lee Slater
More a big village than a ritzy capital, Wellington inspires fervent loyalty and brims with community spirit. It breeds random smilers, direction offerers and bus-driver thankers. It’s got a little bit of magic, and a whole lot of soul – and no matter how long you stay here, we’re sure you’ll share in it. Read more »

Gone after 116 years


Stewart Dawsons is no longer in the shop on Stewart Dawsons Corner which it has occupied for 116 years. Read more »

Starting late in Courtenay Place

Damage to big car parking buildings in Wellington and Lower Hutt was identified days after the November earthquake. But the two city councils have progressed at very different speeds in enforcing what should be done for public safety – demolition of the unsafe building in Lower Hutt was started four weeks before work is to begin in Wellington. Read more »

Paul Eagle for Rongotai?

by Ian Apperley
There’ve long been rumours that Paul Eagle would contest the Rongotai seat for Labour, particularly since the local elections where he appeared to step back in line with Labour and support Justin Lester into the mayoralty, opening the way for a political appointment such as he’s reported to be considering today. Read more »

An uphill battle for light rail

Wellington’s light rail advocates are welcoming the news that the government is looking at funding light rail between the North Shore and the Airport in Auckland. They rightly point out that this could be a step-change in how public transport projects are funded – by making light rail eligible for the same 100% central government funding as motorways, thus putting trains on the same footing as cars. But the hope that the change of direction might signal support for a Wellington light rail system looks misplaced. Read more »

Time to question WREDA’s track record

by Ian Apperley
The Wellington City Council has at last turned its attention to the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency and has demanded better performance. It’s about time. WREDA has a track record of talk, with little action. Read more »

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