Wellington Scoop

Rates going up by 4.3% or 3.9% ? And no free weekend parking

In another preview of the Wellington City Council’s ten-year plan, Mayor Justin Lester says a rates increase has been set at 4.3 per cent but he wants to bring it down to 3.9 percent. He also wants to start charging for weekend parking – but at a reduced rate – as a way of keeping rates down. Read more »

The council’s ten year spend: $280m, $230m, $127m, $27.7m

The mayor has been drip-feeding us with items from his proposed ten-year budget, and the biggest item so far is $280m for resilience. No one could disagree with the need for resilience. Read more »

Crowds on waterfront for wakas, choirs, kapa haka

Photo: Katie Shaw

News from NZ Festival
A mass assembly of waka hourua (twin-hulled ocean-going waka) from around the Pacific and Aotearoa arrived in Wellington Harbour at dusk tonight, opening the New Zealand Festival with a spectacular Waka Odyssey. Read more »

I told you so

by Brent Efford
The ‘revelation’ that the promised Wrightspeed conversion of the dumped trolleybuses is in serious trouble, with no guarantee the vehicles will be rolled out in the capital, will cause plenty of people in the sustainable transport advocates community to say “I told you so.” Read more »

Rob Cameron – a personal obituary

by Pattrick Smellie
The last time I heard from Rob Cameron was out of the blue, just before Christmas. Read more »

A day of delays on SH1 after storm damages road and seawall


State Highway One was closed between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki early this morning because of storm damage – the high tide was washing across both lanes. One lane was reopened at 7am, with stop/go traffic control in place and very long delays in both directions. Read more »

Sex and the law

Concerned comments from women have been the key response to this week’s report of sexual harassment at one of Wellington’s biggest law firms. Read more »

Who’s to blame? How to change?

It hasn’t been a very good couple of years for Wellington’s public transport system. Our low-carbon trolley buses are sitting in the scrap-yard along with their cable infrastructure, the rail system has been plagued with failures and strikes, and the grandiose plans for electric buses and light rail and bus rapid transit are still firmly lodged in the file marked “pipe dreams”. Read more »

Rita Hayworth on the big screen


One of the many delights of the Wellington Film Society’s 72nd season, which begins on Monday week, will be to see Rita Hayworth as Gilda in the legendary 1946 film noir directed by Charles Vidor. And, like all the society’s films this year, it’ll be shown on the big screen at the Embassy Theatre. Read more »

A letter from a train (after getting on a bus, eventually)

An open letter to Chris Laidlaw from Feargus ORaghallaigh
Dear Chris Laidlaw,

You are the boss of the Regional Council, the ‘Big Chief’ as they say in ‘Westerns’ (or used to). I live with my partner Trish under your extended chieftainship: we are ‘Coasters’ out on Kapiti’s ‘golden coast’. I have a bone. Read more »