Wellington Scoop

Grass, horses, dogs and chickens

by Ian Apperley
I make no excuse for the lengthy pause between writing. Sometimes inspiration takes a holiday of its own accord, and you are left staring at a blank page. But enough of that, let me update you on the grand adventure. Read more »

The joy of singing

kapiti chorale soloists
The soloists, from left: Samuel McKeever, Olivia Sheat, LJ Crichton and Music Director Eric Sidoti.

by Norma McCallum
Here they came, marching down the aisle like the vanguard of some triumphant army – and, yes, they were in a way. The Kapiti Chorale, throughout the year since their last concert, has been part of the magnificent cohorts of singers who have kept choral music going through the chilly winter rehearsal nights, illnesses, lockdown anxieties and a year that no one could have imagined. Read more »

Is it time for commissioners?

by Ian Apperley
It seems that the Wellington City Council has managed to isolate itself from its residents, and the Shelly Bay decision has shown not only that councillors do not listen, but also that trust is so damaged it will take decades to restore. Read more »

Growing up, or regressing

by Ian Apperley
As some of you know, I’ve started working back in Wellington, at least three days a week, after some months of relative isolation on the Wairarapa farm. The last couple of weeks have been an eye-opener for me. It is hard to fathom just how much the city has changed since COVID. Read more »

Promises, promises – but nothing new at Johnsonville’s mall

Photo from WCC

by Diane Calvert
Johnsonville has been my closest main town centre for over 20 years. Promises of a local movie theatre in the 2000s made my teenage daughters and their friends incredibly happy. They are now well into adulthood living in their own properties in Johnsonville, yet no mall development whatsoever has occurred. Long standing retail has disappeared from the fading mall which has exacerbated the decline of the town centre. Read more »

A vision from the past

centreport building plans

by Lindsay Shelton
CentrePort’s new “vision” for its land on the edge of Wellington harbour is an unhappy reminder of the city council’s vision back in the 1990s. Each vision enthuses about an overload of unnecessary new buildings on public land. And the council’s vision was defeated by unprecedented opposition from the public. Read more »

Hate us? Love us?

Plenty of people have leapt to the defence of Wellington since Andrea Vance’s weekend essay about why she hates the city. Read more »

Last words from Levi

We’re late to say farewell to Leviathan, who’s given up his popular and influential Wellington blog eyeofthefish. Read more »

Saving (or demolishing) a 19th century landmark

Tramway hotel
Tramway Hotel in 1977. Photo by Charles Fearnley from Wellington Library collection.

by Gregor Thompson
Built in 1899, on the corner of Adelaide Road and Drummond Street sits a two-storey heritage-listed remnant of late Victorian commercial Italianate architecture. The hotel is the second oldest left in Wellington. Initially dubbed the Tramway Hotel because of its proximity to the Tramway Stables and Workshops, the hotel’s recent history is of inaction. Read more »

Reducing a 23% rates increase by selling the Convention Centre?

convention centre rising
The Wellington City Council’s $180m convention centre taking shape opposite Te Papa

The Wellington City Council has been considering a rates increase forecast of 23 per cent next year. Read more »