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Wildly optimistic about population growth

by Ben Schrader
The Draft Spatial Plan’s presumption that Wellington’s population is going to increase by 80,000 over the next 30 years is wildly optimistic. Read more »

In it together – rethinking the city’s economy

by Diane Calvert
When discussing the city’s economic future with a local iwi business leader, his phrase “he waka eke noa” (we are in this waka together) struck a chord with me. This collegial approach amongst our many business and social leaders existed pre-Covid-19 and it’s our city’s key weapon in coming out the other side of Covid-19, even stronger. Read more »

Why bother with consultation?

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by Benoit Pette
In August last year, Wellington started a journey called ‘Planning for Growth,’ asking how the District Plan should be amended to make room for the expected growth of the city in the next 30 years. A city wide consultation was undertaken: Read more »

Hidden and ignored: the 2013 report on the Central Library

by Helene Ritchie
In May this year, while researching my submission to the Wellington City Council requesting re-opening of the Central Library, I unearthed a 2013 report commissioned by council staff and written by the reputable firm of Holmes consulting engineers who had been asked to “evaluate the likely seismic performance of the existing Wellington City Library Building.” Read more »

What will they do about parking?

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council announced a new parking policy this week. But it left us in the dark by failing to give any details of what the changes will be. Read more »

Officially approved: pollution of Titahi Bay

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by Michelle Laurenson
A group of concerned Titahi Bay residents have been working since May last year to create awareness about the risk to public health and the damage being caused to the environment due to an aged network with not-fit-for-purpose pumps, pipes and a Wastewater Treatment Plant located 900m from a popular recreational beach and a significant regional surf-break.
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Saving a hall and its history

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By Gregor Thompson
The Titahi Bay Marines Hall, built in 1942 as a recreational hall for US soldiers stationed in New Zealand during World War II, has stood empty since 2012 due to structural issues. Read more »

Covid-19: PM visits ESR scientists in Porirua

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by Jacinda Ardern
Visited the team at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research in Porirua yesterday. They’ve been doing an incredible job for us throughout covid-19 by processing and analysing things like genome sequencing, which helps us to tell whether covid cases are linked or not. Read more »

Going up, again and again

by Lindsay Shelton
For everyone who’s having to pay next month’s 5 per cent rates increase to the Wellington City Council, a reminder that last year Andy Foster forecast an increase of 48 per cent over the next ten years. Read more »

City council confirms preference for strengthening Central Library

The Wellington City Council has responded to questions from Inner City Wellington that were set out in an open letter on August 4. ICW was concerned about lack of clarity in the consultation document for the Central Library. Following are the ICW concerns and questions, with the council’s response in bold. Read more »

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