How to save money? A simple transport solution for regional councillors

by Russell Tregonning
When oral presentations of submissions to the Regional Council’s annual plan (with a proposal for a 7.9% rates increase) were heard last Wednesday, councillors asked submitters “what do you think we could do to reduce spending to allow your scheme to be funded?” Read more »

A storm in a litter tray

The Wellington City Council’s enthusiasm for curbing the nefarious activities of the capital’s moggies has generated a storm of controversy. In response to their proposed anti-cat bylaw, more than 1600 written submissions have been lodged – and so I spent a few hours trolling my way through the highways and byways of the city’s concerns (well, someone had to). Read more »

Promises, promises (the first few)

Local elections? Well, not till October. But some of Wellington’s seven mayoral candidates were starting to stake their claims last week. Read more »

Communication cut-back at council

by Ian Apperley
There are reports today that the Wellington Mayor and the city council’s Chief Executive have restricted communication between councillors and staff except via narrow, controlled channels. A foolish move in my opinion, as it could bring allegations of election rigging. Read more »

Dredging, dumping, and the threat of DDT in Oriental Bay


by Jim Mikoz
Centreport and the Wellington Regional Council must be hoping the public will be distracted by their harbour entrance dredging proposal, so that their other dredging plan doesn’t get noticed. Read more »

Is it serious? Cats, toxoplasmosis, and microchipping


One of the Wellington City Council’s justifications for its proposed anti-cat bylaw is the threat of toxoplasmosis. The council tells us it’s a disease “which can have serious health implications for humans, especially pregnant women and people with impaired immunity. New Zealand has high rates of toxoplasmosis, with more than 40% of the population infected.” Oh dear – so what’s it doing about this raging epidemic?
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In defence of dogs


by Ian Apperley
The Wellington City Council is this week ‘consulting’ with us on its animal bylaws. From dog exercise areas, to microchipping cats, getting rid of noisy roosters, and restricting other feathered and furry companions, the consultation comes at a time when mainstream media has jumped on the hysteria bandwagon that is dog attacks. Read more »

Words and contradictions

Who could you believe? When the city council and the chamber of commerce made two announcements last week about the living wage, you’d have needed a referee to resolve their contradictory claims. Read more »

A bitter pill for cyclists and walkers

by Ron Beernink
The Wellington City Council confirmed on Friday it is now looking to implement the Hutt Road improvements in stages. The key reason: to give time to sort alternative solutions for the car parking. This is a hard pill to swallow for the many cyclists and walkers on this major commuter route, who have to wait many years and were initially given the hope of an urgent start on getting a proper width separated cycling and walking paths built. Read more »

Residents challenge “haste, secrecy” and public funding for movie museum

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The Mt Victoria Residents Association has this week challenged the absence of an open tender process for the Wellington City Council’s plan to spend $134m on a building to house a conference centre and movie museum. It also states its opposition to public funding for the two projects. Read more »

Taking the (unearned) credit

Last week the Wellington City Council were celebrating the news that the city (well, the CBD) has been growing at a faster rate than the rest of the country – including Auckland’s. Which is good news for Wellingtonians, even if the Council’s link to that particular achievement looks a teensy bit tenuous. Read more »

Strathmore – a sense of sadness in a substantial community


by Ian Apperley
Strathmore gets a bad rap. Undeservedly so. Squeezed in between the airport, Miramar, Seatoun and Cook Strait, the suburb is small, sunny, friendly, and not the hot spot of trouble that it gets painted up to be by mainstream media. Read more »

Being proud of our social housing

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On the same day that the Government said it would pay for 3000 more beds for homeless people, Dave Armstrong asked an alarming question: is the Wellington City Council losing its enthusiasm for providing social housing? Read more »

Surf breaks, dredging, dumping, and the moving river of shingle

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by Jim Mikoz
When I began surfing in 1962, there was no shingle along the Eastbourne coast or at the bus garage. We had to climb down a two metre bank and walk over boulders to get to the sea to surf a popular reef break. Read more »

We know what we want

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The “letsgetwellymoving” system has come up with some pretty definite opinions from Wellingtonians. Read more »

Bus drivers join the campaign

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The campaign to keep Wellington’s trolley buses has this morning been supported by the people who drive the buses. Their union placed a full-page advertisement in the DomPost accusing the Regional Council of wanting “to go backwards, at least environmentally.” Read more »

Stepping up, for six years

by Justin Lester
When I was first elected to the Wellington City Council in 2010, the prevailing mind-set was that Wellington was facing a challenging time and the Council should batten down the hatches. Read more »

Big election issues, or trivia?

Back in the mists of time – say, 2010 or so – Wellington’s mayoralty and council hopefuls seemed inclined to campaign and then act on the big issues for the city. Such as: what was the right transport solution around the Basin Reserve? Should we have light rail on the Golden Mile? What about a shiny new convention centre? Should there be a super-city? Read more »