Opinion News

Gone: the BRT illusion

by Brent Efford
I avoid the Wellington Regional Council these days, such is my loathing for its institutional dishonesty and its prioritising of cars before public transport in its planning processes. Read more »

Needed: leadership, and accountability

by Ian Apperley
As we near the six-month point after last year’s local elections, Wellington is in strange shape. While we hear that city councillors and the mayor have found some new common ground and are working better together than the last council, the city has seen almost zero progress on some fronts and embarrassment from some key allies. Read more »

Is “Welly Moving” getting us moving?

lets-get

by Brent Efford
The Lets Get Wellington Moving project – touted as a fresh look at Wellington’s transport issues – is unfortunately magnifying the qualms that some of us are starting to feel about the whole exercise. Read more »

Seven months since the vote, but the council’s “key project” hasn’t started

movie-museum

by Lindsay Shelton
It’s now more than seven months since the Wellington City Council voted unanimously to spend $150million constructing a new building for Peter Jackson’s Movie Museum, with a Convention Centre on top. But work hasn’t started. And no one has explained the delay. Read more »

Brutal by design, brutal by decision

campus-tc

by Diane Calvert
The irony is not lost. Karori Campus (the old Teachers College) is among the best examples of the “Brutalist” style of architecture in New Zealand. To some people this type of building may well seem austere and cold. To some of us it is just like the decisions now being made on its future. Read more »

The indomitable Aro Valley cyclist

cyclist-smile
Alastair Smith at the end of the St James Cycleway.

by Sarah Bennett
In the mid-1970s a group of young New Zealanders were discussing plans for their big OE. One said he would go to Europe, buy an E-Type Jaguar, and tour the Continent in style. But another, Alastair Smith, had just read the Limits to Growth report produced by the political think-tank Club of Rome, in which dire predictions were made about the environmental impact of motoring. This was, of course, long before such effects were widely acknowledged and any moves were made to cut carbon emissions. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – now

basin2

by Michael C Barnett
As Wellington waits for the Transport Agency to reveal its scenarios for the Let’s Get Wellington Moving process, it’s worth acknowledging that interim measures could be implemented now, to reduce what is essentially peak-hour traffic congestion problem along the road corridors leading into the city, along Karo Drive and at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

What’s being planned at the Basin?

by Tim Jones
After a quiet 2016, Wellington transport issues – including possible new proposals for the area around the Basin Reserve – are about to hit the headlines again, as the covers come off Let’s Get Welly Moving’s transport plans. Read more »

Rape culture: a protest after a week of student “jokes” and threats

Wellington.Scoop
The subject of schoolboy behaviour is getting more attention every day, since the revelations from Wellington College on Tuesday. Not only from parents. Students themselves are showing concern – with plans for a protest at Parliament on Monday afternoon at 4.30. Read more »

Mission mindset and the Transport Agency

mway-2
NZTA

by Michael C Barnett
A major issue hampering the Wellington City Council and the Regional Council in their efforts to develop a sustainable and comprehensive transport system for the city and region is their placid acceptance of the NZ Transport Agency policy that focuses on new road construction as the answer to urban transport problems. Read more »

Freezing, discounting, or (next year?) increasing bus fares

by Lindsay Shelton
What are we to make of Mayor Justin Lester’s announcement that the regional council is discussing “potentially student discounts” for public transport? The mayor has also welcomed “a package of discounts for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.” But the regional council hasn’t yet made any such announcement. Read more »

Demolition in Aitken Street

aitken-street-def-house

Wellington.Scoop
At the start of last month, the owners denied that Defence House in Aitken Street would be demolished. But yesterday it was a different story. Read more »

Safety, not cost

runway-longer

Wellington.Scoop
The Court of Appeal makes the point strongly – cost is “not a predominant factor to be balanced against the requirement of promoting safety” at Wellington Airport, and cost should be of only limited relevance in determining what is feasible for safety if the runway is extended. Read more »

Saving travel time – but what will happen in the CBD?

expressway-at-te-moana-rd

by Michael C Barnett
They opened the Kapiti Expressway ahead of schedule last Friday – 18 new bridges, 16 kilometres of shared pathways for cyclists, walkers and (along most sections) horses, and 1.4 million new plants. This is the first completed section of the government’s road of national significance, ultimately stretching from Levin to the Wellington CBD and on to the Airport. Read more »

Filtering our water, and talking about it

lakes

Wellington.Scoop
Soon after the Regional Council decided it had to spend $3.3m on new filters for the water from Wellington’s two storage lakes, the council’s chairman Chris Laidlaw announced plans for for “a conversation” about water. Read more »

Counting the houses

arlington

Wellington.Scoop
It’s a popular political habit – to include existing work in announcements of new programmes. And so it was yesterday when Justin Lester announced “at least 750 new units” of social and affordable housing plan. His total included 105 units that are already being built at his council’s Arlington site. Read more »

The council’s changing priorities

Wellington.Scoop
Priorities could be changing at the Wellington City Council. Read more »

Telling them what Wellington needs

by Michael C Barnett
Last week I went to a meeting of the Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee. It meets every six weeks to debate transport issues and decide policy. If you want to say something about any item on its agenda, you can contact the Council and speak during the public participation section. Read more »

« Previous PageNext Page »