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Johnsonville left out in the cold

by Kerry Wood
The Regional Council is consulting on a new public transport hub at Johnsonville. After seeing the papers, I didn’t bother: no adequate options and no opportunity for debate. Read more »

Bill’s 38th film festival

by Lindsay Shelton
The film festival which begins in Wellington next week will be the 38th annual event that director Bill Gosden has curated – it’s a record of extraordinary growth and success. Read more »

Missing every opportunity to improve public transport

The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project has been garnering headlines about its alternative approaches to addressing some of the capital’s transport woes. Front and centre: restricting parking so that bringing a car into the CBD is less attractive and people migrate to public transport. As it turns out, the city has already been doing this – so it’s a crying shame that the Greater Wellington Regional Council has squandered the recent opportunity that circumstances have handed them, to the detriment of Wellington. Read more »

Electric bus, with 3 tonnes of batteries, tested in Ngauranga Gorge


by Roger Blakeley
Regional Councillors were yesterday taken on a bus tour with NZ Bus CE Zane Fulljames. It started with a smooth ride on a full battery electric bus, an 8 year-old bus converted with batteries weighing 3 tonnes, and being used to gather data on how a fully electric vehicle performs. Read more »

Council planning another waterfront building, but it can’t explain why


by Lindsay Shelton
The city council is proposing another big new building on the Wellington waterfront – without being able to explain why it is needed. Read more »

Trolley buses, light rail, and votes

NZ First should pick up some extra votes in Wellington after the news that its policy for the elections supports retention of trolley buses and light rail to the airport. Read more »

More roads and slower travel – why Wellington mustn’t copy Auckland

by Michael C Barnett
As a teenager in the late 1950s I attended Wellington College, commuting from Eastbourne to the city by bus. My bus would leave the Eastbourne terminus at 8am, travel around the eastern bays, along the Petone esplanade, then head south along the Hutt Road all the way to Thorndon, arriving at the Wellington railway station at 8 30am, give or take a minute. A travel time of 30 minutes. Read more »

Third time lucky?


by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington City Councillors have now voted three times to save and strengthen the Town Hall, which has been closed since 2013. All three votes have been unanimous. But nothing resulted from the first two. The third vote was last week. Will it bring results this time? Read more »

Ranking the rates increases

by Lindsay Shelton
Which city council is planning the smallest rates increase this year? Read more »

Vital questions ignored in Let’s Get Welly Moving’s long list of scenarios

by Tim Jones
The Save the Basin Campaign welcomes the public release of Let’s Get Welly Moving’s long list of scenarios for the future of Wellington transport. But we are concerned that some vital questions appear to have been ignored during the assessment process. Read more »

Why Wellington’s buses need better timetables and connections

by Kerry Wood
The Regional Council has timekeeping problems on Wellington’s buses (25 May) but what about the timetables themselves? Good timetables and connections are vital to the quality system the council is seeking, and will be even more important when new timetables are introduced next year. Read more »

Wellington welcome for rare visit by US Secretary of State

by Gordon Campbell
A visit to this country by a serving US Secretary of State is such a rare event that Rex Tillerson will be welcomed in style in Wellington today – even though the former ExxonMobil CEO could fairly be described as the least influential person in decades to hold the post. These days, the State Department is but a shadow of what it was only six months ago. Read more »

Ignoring events, or supporting them

by Lindsay Shelton
The city council needs to broaden its view of the events that are important for Wellington. Read more »

It’s washing away – why aren’t they saving Pukerua Bay’s coastline?


by Jim Mikoz
Why is the Porirua City Council letting the Pukerua Bay coastline wash into the sea? Read more »

Keeping the buses on time

by Kerry Wood
The Regional Council recently claimed that its buses run 99.9% on time, but only 99.7% run at all. There was nothing to define ‘on-time’, but it seems to be starting, or maybe completing, a run within ten minutes of scheduled time (or both?). The figures suggest that ‘on-time’ includes ‘early’. Read more »

A delay that hasn’t been announced

by Lindsay Shelton
It was strange yesterday to read opinions from the Chamber of Commerce about a Let’s Get Welly Moving decision that hasn’t been announced. Read more »

The wonderful interior of the Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand


by David Batchelor
Built in 1924, the Museum Stand is a staple of the Basin Reserve’s cricket heritage. However, the Wellington City Council’s plan to redevelop the Basin has the demolition ball looming over its future. Read more »

Saving Joe’s Place as well as St Gerard’s


by Marian Evans
St Gerard’s Monastery, high on the hill above Wellington’s Oriental Bay, is yellow-stickered: the Wellington City Council has assessed it as earthquake-prone. Its owners, the Institute for World Evangelisation – International Catholic Programme of Evangelisation, have fifteen years to strengthen or demolish it. Read more »

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