Wellington Scoop

Taking pest control into their own hands


by Gregor Thompson
An estimated 25 million native birds are killed by pests, rodents and domestic pets annually, an astonishing statistic if you consider the already limited populations. Seatoun boys Tait Burge, Hugo Reeve and Claude Ramsden Bradley have been concerned with the depleting populations of native birds for some time so have set up a self-funded project to help. Read more »

Work starts on $15m upgrade for Airport’s terminal building

News from Wellington Airport
Wellington Airport has begun preliminary demolition ahead of a $15 million upgrade of the airport’s main terminal building. Read more »

Diesel buses, noise and pollution – thwarting local democracy

by Gilly Tompsett
In two weeks, Wellingtonians will start to feel the full environmental impact of a new, high-frequency, predominantly diesel bus network. That’s thanks to a government agency’s ability to override the Wellington Regional Council’s publically-consulted Long Term Transport Plan (2014) that identified diesel as “the cheapest” and least desirable option for the city. Read more »

Limiting film subsidies? Govt getting conflicting advice

The New Zealand Herald is this weekend raising issues about the government’s subsidies to New Zealand’s international film productions which, says the newspaper, are based mainly in Wellington. Read more »

Film Festival announces 154 features from 35 countries

Blaze directed by Ethan Hawke

News from NZIFF
The full programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington has been launched this evening. 154 feature-length films from 35 countries will screen over 17 days beginning on Friday 27 July. Read more »

Island Bay cycleway: an open letter to a lawyer

This open letter was sent yesterday to the Island Bay Residents’ Association’s lawyer Con Anastasiou.
Kia ora Con,
I understand you are acting on behalf of the Island Bay Residents’ Association (IBRA) who are seeking a judicial review of the Wellington City Council’s decision-making in regard to the Island Bay Cycleway. I’m writing to you as an IBRA member in order to raise some concerns that I think you need to be aware of before you advise the IBRA committee about whether or not to proceed. Read more »

Enough bus drivers?

Have they found the forty missing bus drivers? We’ve heard nothing more from Tranzurban (aka Tranzit) since they told us twelve days ago that there was a shortage of drivers for their new Wellington bus contracts which start next month. Read more »

“It’s all go now!” $4m boost to fund-raising for music centre

News from VUW
Plans by Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and the Wellington City Council to create a national centre of musical excellence in central Wellington have taken another leap forward. Read more »

Co-operative housing – the example from Scandinavia

by Wendy Armitage
Inner City Wellington’s second seminar in a series of three on “Living Environments for Our City Tomorrow” was fully booked last night, and the attendees were treated to a stimulating presentation and discussion by Dr Morten Gjerde, Head of Architecture at Victoria University. Read more »

Paying up

It’s that time of the year when we get to compare all the rates increases. Read more »