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Hate us? Love us?

Plenty of people have leapt to the defence of Wellington since Andrea Vance’s weekend essay about why she hates the city. Read more »

Last words from Levi

We’re late to say farewell to Leviathan, who’s given up his popular and influential Wellington blog eyeofthefish. Read more »

Saving (or demolishing) a 19th century landmark

Tramway hotel
Tramway Hotel in 1977. Photo by Charles Fearnley from Wellington Library collection.

by Gregor Thompson
Built in 1899, on the corner of Adelaide Road and Drummond Street sits a two-storey heritage-listed remnant of late Victorian commercial Italianate architecture. The hotel is the second oldest left in Wellington. Initially dubbed the Tramway Hotel because of its proximity to the Tramway Stables and Workshops, the hotel’s recent history is of inaction. Read more »

Why I voted for Shelly Bay (2)

by Cr Jenny Condie
For those who oppose the development at Shelly Bay, the Wellington City Council decision last week was a blow that has left them feeling hurt and disappointed. I have been asked several times for an explanation of why I voted in support of the sale and lease of council land, particularly given I was on record in an Enterprise Miramar survey during the election campaign as being against the development. Read more »

Why I voted for Shelly Bay (1)

by Cr Teri O’Neill
My duty is to the Eastern ward people, to young people – and personally as a pākēha councillor, my duty is to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. This has been a very difficult decision to make – I know that my decision will have disappointed people but I am proud to support mana whenua and I stand by my decision. Read more »

Mystery solved – what’s missing at Carrara Park


by James Barber
Kei whea te wharepaku? Now that the big question of the US presidency has been resolved, we can focus on the smaller things at home. Read more »

The masking and scanning challenge

by Dr Dougal Sutherland, Clinical Psychologist, Victoria University of Wellington and Umbrella Wellbeing
Old habits die hard. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. These proverbs ring true for us as we encounter a new community cluster of Covid-19. Put simply, Kiwis aren’t in the habit of wearing face-masks or scanning-into restaurants and shops we visit. We have seen some spikes in these behaviours but they appear to be temporary changes in our behaviour promoted by a change in how real we perceive the threat of the virus. Read more »

Forty years of film festivals – death of Bill Gosden

bill gosden smiles at farewell

by Lindsay Shelton
Bill Gosden, who died in Wellington this week at the age of 66, expanded the Wellington Film Festival to become the New Zealand International Film Festival, a national celebration of cinema which is one of the country’s biggest annual cultural events. Read more »

A ride that could be ruined

cycling round the bays

by Patrick Morgan
Biking around the bays is a stunning ride. But it could be ruined if traffic trebles. Cyclists will be forced off the road. Read more »

Five years of not getting us moving

lgwm logo 2017

by Lindsay Shelton
There was another reminder last week that Let’s Get Wellington Moving is mis-named. Announcing that public feedback from 2000 people on changes to Wellington’s Golden Mile had overwhelmingly backed the “transform” option, it said: “The next step … is to identify a preferred option.” Read more »

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