Myths and facts about the runway

by Andy Foster
It is absolutely fair to make sure that people have facts and not myths in front of them, when discussing the airport’s plan to extend its runway. Unfortunately yesterday’s release from the Guardians of the Bays doesn’t do that in respect of two of its assertions. Read more »

A great idea, till you ask difficult questions

by Matthew Plummer
It’s the start of city council election season in Wellington, and I thought I’d look at some of the big campaign ideas doing the rounds. First up: beware of any politician who pledges to build a new 10,000-12,000 seat indoor stadium. It sounds like a great idea, until you ask some difficult questions.
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Cycling off the edge of the world

by Ian Apperley
The Eastern Suburbs Cycleway consultation launched today. Only it didn’t. At the time of writing, no one could find anywhere online either to read the proposed documentation or put in a formal submission. Read more »

The real cost of losing our trolley buses

Last week at United Nations Headquarters in New York, representatives from 175 nations signed the Paris Agreement, the international framework negotiated barely five months ago to restrict global warming to less than 2 degrees. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry added his signature with his two-year-old granddaughter on his knee. Read more »

Unscrapping the trolley buses?

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What’s going on? The Regional Council keeps insisting that it’s going to scrap all Wellington’s trolley buses next year. But Infratil has just announced a different plan – it’s going to replace their engines with something that it’s calling “electric powertrain technology.” Read more »

Wellington in context

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Photo: GNS Science

by Ian Apperley
I’ve been watching the mayoral candidates for Wellington get to grips with each other and with the election that is coming. It reminds me of the 90s, the Royal Rumble sponsored by the World Wrestling Federation. Posturing, rushes at the ring, feints, chairs, and loud roaring intimidation. Read more »

What a difference – no buses

by Lindsay Shelton
The CBD was transformed today – by the absence of buses. What a difference this made in Lambton Quay and in Willis Street and in Manners Street. Read more »

Targetting the moggies

The Wellington City Council’s new anti-cat bylaw is now out for consultation – and it’s a stinker. Read more »

Listening first, and avoiding conflict

by Lindsay Shelton
There are two kinds of consultation in Wellington this month. One offers a plan that’s already been designed, and seeks comments on it. The other has no pre-prepared plan, but first asks what people want. Only after the question has been answered will planning be started. Read more »

A quick win? But not yet at the Basin

by Lindsay Shelton
Have you noticed if some of Wellington’s maladjusted traffic lights are working better in the CBD this week? Such improvements have been agreed as a preliminary part of the process that’s gearing up to re-plan city transport after the defeat of the flyover. Read more »

Why are they taking so long … the future of the Town Hall

by Lindsay Shelton
Many of us who are concerned about the Wellington Town Hall were encouraged when Mayor Celia Wade-Brown stated that strengthening work would be starting this year. But it seems she was getting ahead of things when she made that claim. Read more »

Nick Leggett becomes sixth candidate for Wellington mayoralty

It’s official, at last. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett announced via Twitter this morning that he will be joining the contest to become Mayor of Wellington. He’s the sixth candidate. Read more »

TEN PHOTOS: Brooklyn’s big new wind turbine is completed

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Wellington.Scoop report and photos by John Shaw
On a hill high above Brooklyn, work was completed this morning on Meridian Energy’s huge new Enercon E44 wind turbine – which is almost twice as high as the 22-year-old model that it has replaced. Meridian staff worked all night to assemble the blades on the 77 metre high structure which has replaced the familiar 45 metre prototype. Read more »

The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and our increasing electricity charges

In a week when politicians are questioning trust accounts that arrived in Auckland via Panama, Wellingtonians should be thinking instead about a company with connections in the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands – and how it has a direct effect on our daily lives. Read more »

The election and the runway

by Sea Rotmann
We now have five candidates contesting the mayoral election, and four of them are gung-ho supporters of the city council’s hand-out to fossil fuel giant Infratil. Read more »

Second time around

by Lindsay Shelton
After seven years when the Transport Agency, supported by the Regional Council, was notorious for ignoring Wellingtonians as it kept planning the Basin flyover, there’s now a new attitude. Both organisations are saying they want to be listeners instead of dictators. Read more »

And now there are five

by Ian Apperley
The expression “throw your hat in the ring” dates back from the early 19th century when the public at a boxing match would throw their hats into the ring to signal their intention to fight. So far five mayoral candidates have thrown their hats into the Wellington ring, with the expectation of more to come. With every new candidate who steps up to the fight, Celia Wade-Brown is more likely to retain her mayoralty. Read more »

Celia, Justin, Nicola, and now Jo

One day before Justin Lester launches his campaign for the mayoralty, Jo Coughlan has announced that she’s decided to enter the popularity contest as well. That makes four candidates so far, and more expected. Read more »