Wellington Scoop

Forty years of film festivals – death of Bill Gosden

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by Lindsay Shelton
Bill Gosden, who died in Wellington this week at the age of 66, expanded the Wellington Film Festival to become the New Zealand International Film Festival, a national celebration of cinema which is one of the country’s biggest annual cultural events. Read more »

A ride that could be ruined

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by Patrick Morgan
Biking around the bays is a stunning ride. But it could be ruined if traffic trebles. Cyclists will be forced off the road. Read more »

Five years of not getting us moving

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by Lindsay Shelton
There was another reminder last week that Let’s Get Wellington Moving is mis-named. Announcing that public feedback from 2000 people on changes to Wellington’s Golden Mile had overwhelmingly backed the “transform” option, it said: “The next step … is to identify a preferred option.” Read more »

The Adelaide Road solution

Adelaide Road in the future
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By Gregor Thompson
Perhaps the most perennial point of contention from the rather hostile spatial plan episode was Adelaide Road. A lot of people, often heritage advocates, couldn’t accept why it was necessary to allow demolition of homes in Newtown or Berhampore while down the road and closer to town several vacant sites sat idle on the main transport route. Read more »

Quick action needed to curb rising house prices

by Craig Palmer
Quick and incisive action is urgently needed if the incoming government is to curb rising house prices, particularly in Wellington. Read more »

Councillors vote to strengthen and reopen Wellington’s Central Library

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The Wellington City Council today decided to strengthen the earthquake-risk central library to the highest standard. All councillors voted in favour of strengthening the Athfield-designed building – with the work forecast to cost between $160 and $180 million. Read more »

Golden Mile feedback: strong support for significant changes

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The results of LGWM’s public feedback on changes to Wellington’s Golden Mile changes have overwhelmingly backed the most radical of the three proposed options – the ‘Transform’ plan which bans cars, widens footpaths, adds cycle lanes, and closes some side streets to through traffic. But LGWM – ever cautious – is not yet committing to this plan. Read more »

Track-sharing – how to extend the rail network across the CBD

by Glen Smith
Wellington is fortunate to have a high-quality dedicated rail network north of the city dating back to the 1800s. It services over 14 million trips annually and attracts over 40% of weekday peak time commuters entering the CBD from the north. However its effectiveness is hampered by the line terminating at the northern end of the city, with only 15% of rail passengers transferring to buses to continue their journey. As a result, rail only really services the northern part of the CBD. Read more »

Rebranding Karori, from Auckland

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by Andrea Skews
The Karori Residents Association has recently become aware that an Auckland manager, hired by the Karori Business Association to manage the Business Improvement District (BID), has engaged a branding person to create a brand for Karori. Read more »

Why sewage shouldn’t be buried in the landfill

by Ali Forrest and Angela Wilson
As residents of Ōwhiro Bay and of Wellington, we are looking for an integrated approach to waste. We would like to see joined-up thinking and a regional strategy for the whole waste cycle. A forward-looking capital city must lead the way. We should change our thinking and treat waste as a resource rather than a problem to dump. Read more »