Wellington Scoop

Archive for March, 2010

Fletchers chasing final payment for building Wellington’s Holiday Inn

The Fletcher Construction Group has served a creditor’s application on the failed company for which it built Wellington’s new $100million Holiday Inn in Featherston Street. Read more »

Wellington Airport backing down from its Wellywood sign, wants ‘alternative ideas’

Wellington Airport is backing down from its much-derided decision to build a sign saying “Wellywood” on the Miramar peninsula. It announced today that it has decided to seek “alternative ideas.” Political issues seem to be a part of the backdown. Today’s statement from the airport company says the decision was made “after discussing the issue with Mayor Kerry Prendergast,” who had voted in favour of the sign in her capacity as a Board member of the airport company but who seems to have been surprised by the strength of public opposition. Read more »

Wellywood decision shows “power of the people”

Media release – JY&A Media
Mayoral candidate Jack Yan says he is delighted that Wellington Airport has backed down from erecting a ‘Wellywood’ sign on the Miramar cutting. ‘This shows the power of the people. The majority of Wellingtonians are against the sign. It’s a victory to those who took their time to voice their opinions at Facebook and elsewhere that Wellington Airport realizes the strength of public opinion,’ he says.
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Wellingtonians protest at wind energy conference

Five Wellington people protested yesterday outside the Palmerston North Convention Centre where the New Zealand Wind Energy Association was holding its annual conference. Read more »

The politics of urinating

When Sir Anthony Hopkins (playing Burt Munro) urinated on his lemon tree in The World’s Fastest Indian, everyone was charmed and the movie went on to become an international success. When a Sunday newspaper ran a sleazy report claiming that an Auckland mayor had urinated behind a tree, people claimed to be shocked. And now the Wellington City Council has joined the fray, stating that “urinating” is one of the reasons why it needs to ban drinking in public places anytime anywhere in Wellington. Read more »

They’ve closed some passing lanes for Easter

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency
With traffic expected to be heavy over the Easter Weekend, NZTA is advising motorists to plan ahead to avoid expected delays.

During peak travel times, NZTA will be closing the SH 1 northbound passing lanes at Waikanae and Te Horo and the southbound passing lane north of Otaki. Read more »

Armageddon ended yesterday

Press Release – Paul Blomfield
The 40th Armageddon Expo explodes into Wellington this Easter Friday to Sunday at the TSB Arena with three days of action packed entertainment celebrating the good, the bad and the nerdy of the sci-fi, gaming, anime and more. Read more »

Easter liquor laws “out-dated, farcical,” says Wellington Hospitality Association

Media release – Hospitality Association of New Zealand
New Zealand’s out-dated and farcical liquor laws need reform to allow Wellington’s hospitality operators to meet the needs of their community, says Adam Cunningham, President of the Wellington Branch of the Hospitality Association. Read more »

SCOOP IMAGES: Mining protest at Parliament

Scoop images by Rory MacKinnon

“Our wind is fierce/Our sunshine’s strong/Mining in parks/will not go on!”

The chant boomed across Parliament’s grounds as 500 people gathered today to protest against Government plans to allow mining in Schedule 4 protected conservation lands. Read more »

Another chance for the Basin

The Mount Victoria community has been expecting consultation about roading changes around the Basin Reserve since last October. But yesterday, consultation was postponed again. The delay means there’s more time for the Architectural Centre’s innovative cut-and-cover plan (above) to get some serious consideration. Read more »

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