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The Reading mystery

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by Lindsay Shelton
I agree with Leviathan at eyeofthefish when he writes about the closure of Reading Cinemas: So far, no one is talking much sense about the Courtenay Central close-down … I can’t figure out why it should be closed down, so suddenly, from some unspecified potential seismic risk. Read more »

Bus issues: timeliness, capacity, transfers … and route changes

by Daran Ponter
To say that 2018 was a difficult year for Wellington public transport would be an understatement. The new bus network did not roll out smoothly, with frustrating issues for all concerned: timeliness, capacity issues, transferring etc. Read more »

A shrinking culture capital

by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington may claim to be the culture capital – as WREDA has branded us – but the city is now short of 6000 seats for its culture-focussed events. Read more »

The Basin: a better venue than a new arena

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by Glen Smith
In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf, the justification being that the lack of such a venue causes performers such as Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift to bypass our city. But there is a better, less costly alternative. Read more »

Vanishing points

by Lindsay Shelton
2018 was the year of the vanishing post offices. And banks. And buses. Buildings too. And views. Read more »

Slowing down to live

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by Isabella Cawthorn
As we enjoy the holiday break – which often involves road trips – let’s feel the zeitgeist and slow down to live! It definitely feels like we’re starting to have conversations about “are we driving too fast?” At last – and at the cost of more and more lives – we’re starting to talk about it. Read more »

Rori iti: how little roads can help

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by Kate Spencer
When I’m walking I hate slower pedestrians who hold me up and make me pass. Move, people! Don’t you know I have places to be? I also hate those who walk that much faster than I do, and bustle past me. Where are you going in such a hurry? Honestly. Chill out! Read more »

Chris Hipkins gets it right on VUW

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by Barrie Saunders
Education Minister Chris Hipkins made the right decision to reject the Victoria University of Wellington’s Council request to change its name to the University of Wellington. Read more »

Town Hall – more delays

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Strengthening work on the Wellington Town Hall, which was due to begin before Christmas, has been delayed till next year. Read more »

Moa Pointers, the runway extension, the Environment Court

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by Sea Rotmann
A few years ago, I wrote about what it means to be a Moa Pointer. As much as I waxed lyrically about the “best sunset spot in town” and our amazing, if often endangered natural taonga, I have to highlight my prescience when writing these words: “Not going through the fast-tracked board of inquiry process is an admission that they know they would fail. Going through the more protracted Environment Court hearings has nothing to do with a ‘more open and transparent process’ and everything with buying themselves time and bleeding the opponents dry due to the high costs associated with fighting a project like this through the Court. It also means many more years of this existential threat hanging over our heads, which is stressful in many ways – emotionally, financially and physically.” Read more »

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