Wellington Scoop

Archive for November, 2008

Basin Reserve flyover: a new campaign is born

by Lindsay Shelton

On television earlier in the evening, Wellington city councillor John Morrison, speaking as chairman of the Basin Reserve Trust, referred to them obscurely as “Johnny come latelys.” An hour later, a hundred of them stood and looked out towards the Basin Reserve through the floor to ceiling windows of the new St Joseph’s Church in Brougham Street.They were told that if a new concrete flyover was built across the northern edge of the Basin, then traffic would be raised to a height of ten metres – the same level as the heads of the tallest members of the audience. Read more »

Wellington City Council: let’s do it again

By Lindsay Shelton

A new Manners Mall. “As part of our commitment to improving the city, the Council has completed the upgrade of Manners Mall and the surrounding area.” This was the announcement in February 2004 in the Wellington City Council’s “Rates News”. The upgrade – with design input from Athfield Architects and Wraight Landscape Architects – cost $1.6million and included flashing lights in the paving and powerpoints for buskers and street performers. But less than five years later, the council doesn’t like its upgrade any more.

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Chamber welcomes freer trade commitment

The Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the commitment of Ministers at the 20th APEC Ministerial Meeting in Lima to free and open trade and investment.
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World War One exhibition at Archives NZ

Previously unseen World War One documents and artefacts are part of a new exhibition An Impressive Silence which opens at Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office this afternoon, Chief Executive and Chief Archivist, Dianne Macaskill said.
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Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

After three years, we held our last ‘first Thursday of the month’ gig at Deluxe Cafe last week. But we have preserved these legendary morning sessions forever in the form of a brand new music video, conceived, directed, shot and edited by our pal …
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