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Just when you thought you’d soon be riding on a real city cycleway …

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by Regan Dooley
Just when you thought it might be over, the Island Bay cycleway saga rolls on – with another attempt by a group of city councillors to delay construction.
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A year of achievement for the city’s natural environment

by Helene Ritchie
2014 has been an especially good and focused year for me as a City Councillor and Health Board member, for my natural environment portfolio, for my Ward, the Northern Ward, and the city as a whole. My main focus is always: my Ward, the city, and my portfolio with an emphasis on being creative, assertive, vigilant, persuasive, thorough and strategic. Read more »

Lengthening the runway: $3m, so far, from the council to the airport company

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Wellington City Councillors (but not all of them) have voted to give another $2million to the airport company, to help it continue making plans for a longer runway. Read more »

Scrapping trolley buses; one of the silliest decisions of the year

by Paul Bruce and Sue Kedgley
We were elected as Green Councillors to the Wellington Regional Council just over a year ago, so we thought we would report on some of the highlights, successes and failures of our past year on the Council. Read more »

Losing our appetite for events?

by Lindsay Shelton
Who do you believe? The chief executive of NZ Rugby? Or the awkwardly-named Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment? Read more »

At last: new life for the town hall, and an overdue fix for civic square

by Lindsay Shelton
Let’s be pleased that the city council is developing a plan for strengthening the Town Hall without blowing its budget. And let’s be even more pleased that the plan includes long-overdue schemes for making better use of Civic Square – which has too often been an empty space. Read more »

Amalgamation – already?

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by Lindsay Shelton
This big advertisement on Saturday offers a new job that will be responsible for solving all the region’s problems. It seeks someone to run a new regional organisation. And you thought that amalgamation hadn’t yet begun. Read more »

Supercity: seven reasons why we’ll be voting against it

by Ian Apperley
Amalgamation! The saviour of us all! Yes? Wait, how much? When Auckland City was amalgamated, the promises that were made were not, in my opinion, delivered. Worse, the cost of things went up terribly. Let’s go back a bit here. Read more »

Supercity: for and against

Here’s what they’re saying about the proposal for a supercity. Only one mayor is in favour of the plan, plus Fran Wilde of course. Read more »

Supercity needs mix of practical/visionary

by Alan Smith
The Local Government amalgamation preference is out; due process follows. May facts and opportunities drive the outcome. It’s all about realising the potential of Wellington. So leadership is the key – not dominance, but that best mix of the practical and the visionary. Read more »

Wishing for a longer runway

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Photo: Connect Wellington

BusinessDesk journalist Pattrick Smellie has today spelled out the case against the highly-publicised plans for spending $300million to extend the runway at Wellington Airport. Read more »

Any time after the 18th will be too late

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by Mary Munro
Thursday December 18 at 4.30pm is the deadline for submissions on the applications for resource consent for the North Kumutoto Precinct Project on the Wellington waterfront. Read more »

Mayors in control of major roading plans

Big decisions on future roading projects in Wellington will be taken today by a committee of twelve people. Eight of them are mayors. Read more »

Competing, retaining, attracting

As the finish line approaches for the city council’s campaign to create 10,000 new jobs, two people have been saying different things about what Wellington should be doing. A professor said the city needs to attract more skilled residents. An architect said the city needs to attract new businesses. Read more »

The silence of the lambs councillors

A majority of our city councillors in Wellington will be ending the year as silently as they began it. But not all of them. Read more »

Dunajtschik does the right thing

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Harcourts Building owner and would-be demolisher Mark Dunajtschik is in the news again today, with an announcement that his Lambton Quay building will be “brought back to its former glory”. Read more »

The dinosaur attitude of NZ Bus

by Ian Apperley
I have been holding off writing this, in the faint hope that someone would be able to convince New Zealand Bus in Wellington to adopt a position deserving of the 21st Century, as opposed to the monopolistic behaviour they appear to be displaying. Let’s face it, everyone has tried to get them to join the latest century, but they remain stubbornly stuck in the past. Read more »

Three into one

One day after praising his “stellar lineup” of WREDA board members, chairman Peter Biggs talked about choosing an inaugural chief executive – but not necessarily one of the three from the organisations which are to be merged into the new super body. Read more »

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