Wellington Scoop

A dream of a library

by Helene Ritchie
I have a dream, that one day soon the mayor and councillors will declare the Wellington Central Library open again. They will have their photos taken against the elegant glassed backdrop into the Civic Centre and announce that their personal legacies have been fulfilled on behalf of the people of Wellington whom they serve. Read more »

Ghost fishing – stamping out sea litter in Wellington harbour

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by Kathryn Curzon
Descending into the Taputeranga marine reserve off Island Bay on a sunny day, I was astounded by the volume and diversity of ocean life that this much-loved dive spot supports. Inquisitive blue cod didn’t hesitate to come within inches of my dive mask, the rock pinnacles were covered in healthy kelp beds and it was easy to spot a large resident conger eel hiding from the sun. Read more »

Addicted to cars

The famous dictum of AA (no, not the motoring body, the other one) is that the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. The Wellington City Council clearly needs to take this to heart over the private motor car, the do-we-love-it-or-do-we-hate-it icon of transportation that is still at the heart of the political log-jam that has stymied the capital for decades. Read more »

E-scooters: for or against

by Dr Jenny Condie
This week the Wellington City Council has to decide whether to continue the trial of public share e-scooters. I have a number of questions I would like answered before I make this decision. Read more »

People or cars – what’s best for the CBD

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by Lindsay Shelton
The petition to make Courtenay Place vehicle free is an appealing idea. It’s been around for ages, but successive councils have failed to take it seriously. Now could be the time. Read more »

Response, recovery, and rebuilding

by Andy Foster
We are in uncharted waters. There have been many pandemics in history, but never has our modern internationalised global economy and society been quarantined in this way. Read more »

Hidden: the engineers’ report on reopening the Central Library

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by Lindsay Shelton
We were due to see the engineers’ report on the closed Central Library in February. But the Wellington City Council hasn’t released it. What are they hiding? Read more »

Fixing the buses, again

by Kerry Wood, FIT Wellington
The Regional Council is working to improve Wellington’s buses, but seems too complacent. An important new policy, from LGWM, is for more people in fewer vehicles, but (once the covid pandemic restrictions have ended) this cannot be delivered without radical change. Read more »

Making risky decisions about footpaths and cycleways

by Dr Jenny Condie
The Innovating Streets paper was hotly anticipated. My Twitter feed had been full of discussion about how cities around the world were changing their streets to support physical distancing in the age of Covid-19. Auckland Transport had already rolled out almost 17km of pop-up cycleways and were widening footpaths on High St and Queen St. What would Wellington do? Read more »

Lockdown adventure

by Helene Ritchie
I never expected it. Early March, I had surgery in Dunedin, and planned a two-week recovery with family. Then covid struck, lockdown loomed, and we had 48 hours to decide. Read more »