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  1. Michael Gibson, 15. November 2012, 7:54

    I wonder if the “company staff member” was the culprit responsible for trying to put people off submitting by saying that the Council was “committed to building on Sites 9 & 10”?
    Why did they say this? What sneaky stuff is going on? Why are they deliberately missing the chance to do something grand & far-sighted?
    How on earth do they think that Wellington can possible be proud of what they are proposing?

  2. Pauline Swann, 15. November 2012, 22:33

    Following on from last Wednesday and Thursday, ten more submitters today spoke very strongly against privatisation of Site 10 Kumutoto with a 4 storey “office”? block plus another building on Site 9.

    There was no shortage of ideas for recreation space, upgrade of the Campervan Park, artisans’ workshops, sports activities, a single storey iconic building to house an I-site resource centre, waterfront to be designated as a reserve not a revenue making space, Martin Jenkins’ vision of a maritime nautical theme park… Kumutoto should have minimal development: trees, landscaping, playground were just some of the suggestions…

    One can only hope that when the Officers’ report on consultation on the Design brief for Kumutoto is on the agenda for the Strategy and Policy next Thursday 22nd November that the concerns of those members of the public who made written and oral submissions are taken into account.

  3. Russell Tregonning, 17. November 2012, 18:04

    The history of Wellingtonians’ response to previous high building plans for the waterfront should have told the Council to back off with Kumutoto. The way to get the Public on-side & get popular plans is to properly consult and then put into action the majority wish. It’s not rocket science.

    The strong response to the new plans should make the Council abandon the current variation plans and start again–this time democratically.

  4. Confused, 18. November 2012, 9:55

    The Design Brief Report shows that the changes are mere tweaks, with any alternative suggestions from submitters deemed “beyond the scope of the consultation”. So it was all a waste of time for the written and the oral submitters, and the direction from the public forum for alternative uses for Sites 9 and 10. Large buildings were always the plan, no matter what. And now we read that commercial proceeds for funding the waterfront and wharf are no longer the prime reason for urban development down there.

  5. Anne Weinbrenner, 18. November 2012, 13:19

    What waterfront? If the waterfront continues to be covered with buildings, it may as well not be there. If the Kumutoto buildings are erected, anyone at street level in the CBD would have to travel all the way around to Oriental Bay to catch a glimpse of water in the harbour unless they are right at the water’s edge .

    I don’t like being “shafted” and I would no longer call Wellington a harbour city. Rather, it will be a viewshaft city. I am ashamed of hiding the harbour.

  6. Pauline Swann, 24. November 2012, 15:28

    Interesting to read (DomPost today) some comments from cruise ship visitors. One couple talked about paying $10 for a bus to the Town Hall Information Centre. Another wanted to take a harbour cruise but had no idea there was a ferry to Eastbourne! This couple also said that Port Chalmers and Picton had done a better job than Wellington in welcoming passengers. Another couple said they felt Wellington lacked strategically positioned places where people could sit down while out walking on the waterfront.

    During the consultation on the draft design plan for North Kumutoto, there were many suggestions that this area should be the Welcome to Wellington for cruise ship and other visitors. One suggestion was for a single storey iconic building to house an i-Site resource centre staffed with enthusiastic and helpful people to advise tourists about what’s going on in the city/places to visit/walks etc. Other points made were that the area needs to be landscaped to make provision for walkers and people who want to sit and enjoy our harbour and hills and shelter from sun and wind.
    The quoted tourists would not have been impressed with yet another office block providing “viewshafts!”. or as a member of TAG team talked about “glimpses” of the harbour and hills.