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Integrating light rail and buses


by Kerry Wood
Justin Lester’s statement that things are “looking good” for light rail comes only a few days after I wrote why light rail is affordable for Wellington. But affordable isn’t enough. Another essential is good integration with buses, difficult in Wellington because of the ‘pinch-point’ between the Old Bank and the waterfront. Read more »

One project starts, the other languishes


by Lindsay Shelton
Confusing messages about two of the Wellington City Council’s biggest projects. Construction of its long-delayed Movie Museum with a Convention Centre on top has not yet started, though the project has a contractor. Down the road at the Town Hall, long-delayed work has begun at last, though no contractor has been chosen. Read more »

Smart transport – throwing out the old rules

by Ian Apperley
As I wrote last time, I think that Wellington transport solutions are lacking. I’d go as far to say they are unimaginative, stuck in the 20th century, and boring. So, what does Smart Transport look like? Read more »

Light rail – why it’s affordable


by Kerry Wood
The Global Research report commissioned by LGWM notes that some respondents “…think that Wellington is too small and lacks population density for [light rail] to be economically viable.” The obvious reason is costly rail tracks. However, overseas experience shows that, on busier routes, light rail is usually cheaper than buses, all things considered. The reason is lower operating costs. Read more »

Consultation questions – frustrating, restrictive, slanted

by Wendy Armitage
Inner City Wellington questions the rationale behind the WCC’s 10-year Plan pre-consultation questionnaire that has been posted on their website. Completing the questionnaire becomes an increasingly frustrating experience with restrictive and slanted questioning. Read more »

Taking the dog for a ride


by Lindsay Shelton
Another big decision from the Regional Council. The people who decided to get rid of the trolley buses have now decided that we’ll be allowed to take dogs on their trains and buses. Read more »

Art, again


by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington regained its “capital of culture” title at the weekend, when Te Papa re-opened its art gallery. For too many weeks it’s been embarrassingly impossible to explain to visitors why the city’s two biggest art galleries have both been closed. Read more »

Setting priorities – the need to focus on things we care about

by Ian Apperley
Over the past few weeks we’ve been subjected to the City Council Spin Machine pumping out PR press releases that coat tail on the achievements of others, are propaganda for the Long-Term Plan “consultation” and are worded to ensure no negative publicity is generated. Read more »

LGWM: it wasn’t a referendum, but the results are clear


by Lindsay Shelton
Now that LGWM has released the results of its public feedback, let’s remember: the preferences are not votes – it isn’t a referendum. Many people who selected a preference also wanted changes to their preferred scenario. Read more »

Making a difference: women’s rights at the council

by Diane Calvert
International Women’s Day last week celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and raised awareness of issues that women still face, in particular a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Read more »

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