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No drinking allowed at Easter movies – unless you’re eating as well


by Kate Larkindale
I thought it was important that all our Penthouse customers know what is happening over Easter weekend. The new liquor licensing laws that came into effect in December are making it so we are not permitted to sell alcohol on Good Friday or Easter Sunday unless you are at the cinema for a meal (and that’s not just a bowl of fries, apparently). Read more »

A tale of two cinemas

by Lindsay Shelton
A second cinema has been affected by city council actions (or lack of them). Read more »

Is the council abandoning Takapu Valley?

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Will the Wellington City Council defend the people of the Takapu Valley against the Transport Agency’s sudden threat to bulldoze a highway through their rural community? You’d expect the council (and the mayor) would want to defend such an area. But there’s no sign that the council is willing to take a stand. Read more »

“We are surprised” at change of Petone to Grenada route, says councillor

by Andy Foster
I’ve been asked to set out the Wellington City Council’s position on the proposed Petone – Grenada road. The council has not yet formally discussed the NZ Transport Agency’s current proposals, though there have been internal discussions and the northern ward councillors and I have attended a number of resident meetings in Tawa including the very well attended one earlier this week. Read more »

Takapu Valley vs Transport Agency

Takapu-Valley panorama

The Transport Agency is under attack from several local communities. But the Agency does not have a record of being willing to listen to community concerns. Read more »

Shared opinions? The council is suspicious

by Alana Bowman
The Environment Court criticised the Wellington City Council in 2012 for ignoring the advice of Waterfront Watch which it said was “a key party to the formulation of waterfront policy [and was] excluded from consultation.” But now, Waterfront Watch need feel ignored by the council no longer. Read more »

The high social cost of Autopia

by Jaqs Clarke
Autopia was first coined in the 60s to describe Los Angeles and the urban phenomena of building a city around private automobiles. While Autopia is most clearly evident in the Auckland landscape, its tentacular reach has spread down the North Island, to the Kapiti Coast and – perhaps – to the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Town belt: not for sale

by Sarah Free
Glad to say that Council last night passed ( 9 to 6) an amendment moved by Helene Ritchie and seconded by myself, to remove a potentially confusing and somewhat ambiguous option to negotiate/sell Town Belt Land in anticipation of it being compulsorily acquired under the Public Works Act. Read more »

Can town belt land be taken for a road?

Two different approaches to controlling the town belt are being debated by Wellington city councillors at a meeting tonight. Read more »

At last, the locals talk about the flyover

If the Basin Flyover inquiry has seemed till now to be hearing a disproportionate amount of concern about the welfare of cricketers, things have changed at last with local people starting to give evidence about their concerns. Read more »

Cinema and art

Photo from IMA Brisbane

This towering helical steel structure is one of the astonishing surprises in the Simon Starling ‘in speculum’ exhibition now at the City Gallery. Read more »

Destroying a valley with a four-lane expressway

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Photo from Transport Blog

The Auckland-based Transport Blog has raised serious concerns about the surprising and unwelcome plan to build a four-lane expressway through the Takapu Valley. Read more »

The council didn’t want an empty site – but that’s what it got

Six years ago the city council said it didn’t want a large empty building site in Mt Cook. It was a meaningless statement. A year later the council got what it didn’t want, when the Boys Institute swimming pool was demolished to make way for a supermarket. It was a pointless demolition. The site has been empty ever since. Read more »

NZ’s most dangerous intersections – but we’re on the list only 4 times

Wellington has missed out on being named in a top ten list. As it’s a list of New Zealand’s most dangerous intersections, we should be pleased. But when you expand the list to 100, it’s a different story. Read more »

Remembering Ernie Abbott: 30th anniversary of Trades Hall bombing

by Helen Kelly
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Trades Hall bombing in Wellington. The bomb killed Ernie Abbott, President of the Wellington Caretakers and Cleaners Union. No one has ever been charged with Ernie’s murder. Read more »

Using the rates to fight the ratepayers

There were two reminders last week of the Wellington City Council’s sad habit of using ratepayers’ money to fight the ratepayers. Read more »

Traffic improvements = more traffic lanes

For those of us who aren’t paying attention to what’s happening on the inner city bypass, one of Wellington’s leading bloggers has done some pertinent observing for us. Read more »

The city council and the film business

Mural at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar, used in WCC advertisement

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council sent me a delusional twitter yesterday. The message was clear. The twitter told me that the council has decided to create a film industry in Miramar. Read more »

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