Chinese money? Chinese workers?

The Wellington City Council seems pleased with a memorandum of understanding that it has signed in Beijing. The signing ceremony took place in front of a banner stating “Wellington Airport Expansion Project Signing Ceremony.” A photo shows the banner behind Councillor Jo Coughlan, who sits between the bosses of a Chinese property development company and a Chinese construction company as the three of them exchange signatures. Read more »

Secrecy is not the answer – six people meet to plan Basin changes

by Lindsay Shelton
A secretive six-member group has made a move to decide on the next stage of roading changes at the Basin Reserve. But it’s indefensible that a majority of the group’s six members were supporters of the twice-rejected flyover plan. Read more »

Build motorways, prepare for more cars

What will be the result of completing Transmission Gully and the new motorway that’s being bulldozed through the quiet towns of the Kapiti Coast? Yes, you may be able to get to Levin in half the time. But worse: the new expressways are expected to bring over 11,000 more cars into the CBD – that’s 20 per cent more than now – every morning. Read more »

Offers they can’t refuse?

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council wants us to know that it’s seeking Chinese investors to pay for three of its pet projects. Read more »

The refugees in Strathmore Park, and why we need to take more

by Ian Apperley
My friend is upset. She is Assyrian and has been talking to her aunt in Baghdad and things are not going well. They are trapped inside a suburb the size of Strathmore Park and if they move outside they are likely to be shot. Read more »

Going into reverse at the Basin

The decision rejecting the Basin flyover contained significant errors of law which could constrain progress, claimed the Transport Agency in its appeal. The High Court, however, ruled that there were no such errors. The Agency then reversed its stance. Read more »

Covering the waterfront

by Patrick McCombs
Last month’s Environment Court hearing about a five-storey office building on the campervan park opposite the Post Office building has highlighted the potential for more buildings on the waterfront. Read more »

Cabinet’s choice: three of the four flags were designed by Wellingtonians

The government’s Flag Consideration Panel today announced four flag designs that voters will rank in a postal referendum between 20 November and 11 December. Three of the four chosen flags were designed by Wellingtonians. Read more »

“Life is hell:” the fate of 9 families next to the Kapiti expressway construction site

by K Gurunathan
I urge the NZ Transport Agency to seriously look into the purchase of about nine properties significantly affected by construction of the Kapiti Expressway. Read more »

Managing it, or losing it

harbour porirua
Photo: PCC

by Jim Mikoz
If we don’t get better management of the Porirua Harbour, we will be the last generation to use it. Read more »

Washing cars and polluting the harbour

by Lindsay Shelton
I thought everyone knew about the dire state of Porirua Harbour, and the brave and belated attempts to reduce its pollution. But not, apparently, three people who say they don’t agree with a bylaw to stop the harbour being polluted through the stormwater drains. Read more »

What to do at the Basin? And who’ll be making the decisions?

basin panorama

by Lindsay Shelton
You thought the Transport Agency made all the roading decisions? Not according to the DomPost, which reports the Prime Minister as saying: “We need to find a solution …. I just don’t have answers to it at the moment.”
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Restructuring the Transport Agency

by Peter Dunne
Like many residents of Wellington, I was delighted when the High Court ruled that the appeal by the Transport Agency against the flyover alongside the Basin Reserve was to be rejected. And I want to say that this is the time to drop this crazy idea. Read more »

MIB, not BRT

by Nicola Young
Our bus service is in crisis, due to the failed and confused leadership of the two regional authorities responsible – the Regional Council and the City Council. Read more »

Back in court, on waterfront issues

kumutoto precinct plan

by Patrick McCombs
Waterfront Watch is back in the Environment Court today, contesting another building on the waterfront. The 5-storey office building is proposed for the site opposite the Post Office building on Waterloo Quay that’s currently used for campervans. Read more »

Seven years of community opposition, and the defeat of the Transport Agency

by Lindsay Shelton
Friday’s second rejection of the Basin flyover comes at the end of almost seven years’ community campaigning against the plan. Seven years when the Transport Agency persisted in ignoring the community, and eventually persuaded the city council to do the same. Read more »

High Court rejects Transport Agency’s bid to get approval for Basin flyover


The High Court today dismissed the NZ Transport Agency’s attempt to overturn the rejection of its controversial plan to build a 300-metre concrete flyover alongside the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Fixing public transport, from the inside

by Lindsay Shelton
Wellingtonians who are dubious about some of the Transport Agency’s decisions have a chance to change things, from the inside. You can apply for a job with the Agency … but be quick, because applications close today. Read more »