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$1.5b plan for 2000 new KiwiBuild homes, and 2900 renewed state houses, in Porirua

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The Eastern Porirua regeneration will transform the suburbs of Ranui, Cannons Creek, Waitangirua and Ascot Park. The partnership with Ngāti Toa in the west will renew public housing in Titihi Bay, Mana and Tawa. Click on image for larger version.

News from NZ Government
Thousands of families will enjoy new state homes, affordable KiwiBuild and market homes under a plan to revitalise eastern Porirua as the Government continues to tackle the housing crisis. Read more »

The unhelpfulness of help desks

by Michael Barnett
I experienced more than my fair share of angst last week. Not that my day to day living is causing me grief – life on the home front is fine, daughter Amy is doing great things, my daily exercise routine at the Freyberg Pool followed by coffee and a chat with the staff at Bernie’s Café all help to keep me on an even keel. No, what got me in a tiz was frustration with the world of corporates, bureaucracies and their infernal online help desks. Read more »

Smart transport – Melbourne shows us how it should be done

by Ian Apperley
I’ve been watching the hundreds of thousands of words and scores of articles chronicling the disaster that is Wellington transport. I’m an analyst by trade, so it’s fascinating to watch. It’s also incredibly frustrating to see the same issues play out again and again. Read more »

Home insurance through the roof

by Lindsay Shelton
Till two years ago, we’d never paid more than $2000 for insuring our Brooklyn house and its contents. Last year, the cost went up to $3000, which didn’t seem too surprising after the 2016 earthquakes. But when the bill arrived this year, the increase was beyond belief. Read more »

Promises, promises … a Trustpower deal that went wrong

by Michael Barnett
A year ago a young man, iPad in hand, walked past the window of my Wellington home. He noticed I was in and came to the door, knocked and I invited him in. He said he was from Trustpower and he invited me sign up to a bundled package of power, phone and internet services. The rates and discount being offered for power supply were better than that of my then supplier. Read more »

Claims, counter-claims, and a rogue MP on the tiles

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Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Wellington.Scoop
The claims and counter-claims at Parliament yesterday afternoon – involving what RNZ is describing this morning as a “rogue MP” – have given a burst of energy to New Zealand’s political journalists. Read more »

Ten years of diesel buses – ten years of increased emissions

By Gillian Tompsett
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released this week calling for a steep cut in CO2 emissions within 12 years to avoid irreversible climate change, highlights the shortsighted and incompetent leadership of Wellington’s Regional Council, which scrapped the trolley bus network in November without a clear plan to replace them with an equivalent or better carbon-free bus fleet. Read more »

PHOTOS: Carmen’s birthday marked with rainbow crossing

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Wellington.Scoop report and photos by Roy Murphy
About 500 people celebrated LGBT culture at Wellington’s Cuba Mall today. A rainbow-hued pedestrian crossing was officially opened by mayor Justin Lester. Read more »

Coming soon: a sense of loss

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Wellington.Scoop
The enormity of what Wellington is losing becomes clear when you read Heritage New Zealand’s official listings about the convent building at Erskine College (above; now being demolished), and all the buildings at the former teachers college in Karori (five of them are to be demolished.) They all have number one categories, but this isn’t enough to save them. Read more »

Hubs and spokes: the design flaws of the new bus network

by Lim Leong
Here is the plain English version of why a hub and spoke transport network will never work in Wellington without an underlying support infrastructure. I invite you to compare what US consultant Jarrett Walker said with what I am saying, and see which version makes more sense. Read more »