Wellington Scoop

Pedestrians vs cars

golden mile traffic free dream
Stantiall’s Studio Ltd

Wellington city councillor Tamatha Paul is leading a new attempt to ban cars from inner city streets. Such plans have been around for more than a decade, but till now they’ve brought no result. Read more »

They’re not planning a fourth lane on Wellington Road?

footpath on wellington road

Has there been a change of policy about completing “four lanes to the planes”? It seems so, from the expensive work that NZTA has been doing to improve the little-used footpath alongside the three lanes of State Highway 1 on Wellington Road in Kilbirnie. Read more »

Choosing expansion for the Central Library

library option 3a

This 17-storey tower on top of the Central Library is one of three options for the building to be considered by Wellington city councillors at a meeting next week. The options are included in a paper in which staff make recommendations about “building print optimisation and sustainability options.” Read more »

Activities and open space in Civic Square

civic square another look

The Wellington City Council’s draft framework for redeveloping Te Ngākau Civic Square states that as a significant central public space, Te Ngākau must support the provision of high-quality green public space in the central area. Here’s more from the draft framework: Read more »

Deciding on the future of Civic Square

civic square council drawing

by Helene Ritchie
I mourn the loss of what was until recently our magnificent inviting active world class Civic Centre. It is first and foremost the people’s place, a public amenity, not private property or property to be privatised. Read more »

Bringing life back to Civic Square

civic square perfect ex expedia

by Andy Foster
Te Ngakau – Civic Precinct should be the beating heart of our city – a place for events, music, entertainment, relaxation, casual fun, protests, celebrations; a place that reflects our heritage and our stories, a beautiful, flexible, resilient, connected place to enjoy and be proud of – a place for everyone, a place for life! Read more »

Treatment needed for Emergency Department


by James Hollings
The accident happened about 9.10 on a Sunday morning, two weeks ago now. One minute we were chatting in the sunshine on the grass at Kilbirnie Park. Next minute we were on the way to hospital. One of our children was injured, and paramedics told us we had to go to Wellington Hospital emergency department immediately. Read more »

70 NZ Bus cancellations “not good enough”

Opinion from Metlink
Passengers travelling on Metlink services operated by NZ Bus experienced almost 70 last-minute cancellations on Wednesday. Metlink General Manager Scott Gallacher said the recent service from NZ Bus simply wasn’t good enough. Read more »

Getting change by making trouble

by Eugene Doyle
I want to talk about the role that activists like me have in triggering real change in the water sector. I want to share the stresses, some of the tactics and the way people like me think, all in the hope that it will encourage water sector executives, council staff and political leaders to work more constructively with us. But, first, a bit of context … Read more »

Missing the buses: why so many cancellations?

by Roger Blakeley
We know how disruptive bus cancellations are across the network. This is a response to readers who have been asking what is causing the cancellations and what is Metlink doing to stop them. Read more »