$3m/$300m: questions and (some) answers about extending the runway

airport before and after
Lyall Bay – before and after the runway extension. From Guardians of the Bays.

by Stan Andis
I only had a few hours warning that a presentation by Wellington Airport was to take place before a Wellington City Council meeting on 4 August. The topic was a long overdue update on progress relating to the airport runway extension, for which the Council has paid almost $3million. It soon became evident that there are many more oceans to cross. Read more »

Arrogance at the Transport Agency, about speeding, and the flyover

by Peter Dunne
The news that NZ Transport Agency staff had racked up 8,500 speeding infringements over a nine month period was bad enough, but the subsequent comment from the chief executive that probably no more than 50 staff were involved turned bad enough into sheer farce. Read more »

A transport revolt at the Regional Council?

by Lindsay Shelton
Regional councillors are starting to question Wellington’s latest bus plan. Does this signal a small revolt at the Regional Council? There’s even a curious statement about the plan from Chris Laidlaw, the council’s new chairman: “If we had our own choices, we would be far ahead of where we are now.” Read more »

Snow, and falling temperatures

rimutakas aug 2015

After a sunny day, tonight’s temperature will be as low as 3 degrees, according to MetService.
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Now you see them, now you don’t

bus sign 1

by Lindsay Shelton
There was a crowd of us this afternoon, waiting for a number 7 bus at the bus stop on the corner of Victoria Street (on the block which hasn’t been transformed) and Dixon Street (not only untransformed, but now a building site, with one of its pavements closed). When I arrived, the bus was due in 10 minutes. But five minutes later, it disappeared from the real-time sign. Read more »

Camping next to the tip

by Ian Apperley
After searching all over the Coolest Little Capital, the City Council has come up with a gravel car park in Happy Valley as the best spot for a campsite. Read more »

Truth or fiction at the film festival

by Lindsay Shelton
It was a breathtaking moment at the film festival. Read more »

Buses, but not so rapidly

by Lindsay Shelton
Will the latest developments in planning a new Wellington bus system provide the rapid transit that was originally promised? Read more »

$11m, but it’s not okay for cyclists

by Lindsay Shelton
I thought I’d write about issues with the new $11million Victoria Street, but the Dompost got in first. Read more »

The council and the longer runway

by Dr Sea Rotmann
Over the last couple of months two important developments occurred regarding the proposed Wellington Airport runway extension: Read more »

Silent vigil at Parliament by Pike River families concerned at workplace deaths

health and safety vigil july 2015
Twitter photo from SFWU

News from CTU
A silent vigil was set up outside Parliament last night by relatives of workers killed in the Pike River disaster, to mark the second reading today of the Government’s Health and Safety Reform Bill. Read more »

The council argues against heritage

by Lindsay Shelton
I never thought the Wellington City Council would ever demand that any of the city’s heritage values and views should be ignored. But it happened last week in the High Court. Read more »

Ambitions and promises

Wellington’s new regional economic development agency doesn’t yet have a chief executive or a phone number, but it does have a statement of intent. Read more »

Wearing cameras and deterring aggression

by Lindsay Shelton
If you’re planning to get aggressive in the streets of Lower Hutt, then the Hutt City Council knows how to get you under control. Its secret – wearable video cameras. Read more »

Blank cheques from the council

by Stan Andis
As we were going to be overseas during part of Wellington’s Long Term Plan consultation period, I eagerly awaited the availability of the documents. Read more »

After 45 days, comments are back

Thank you for your patience. We are happy to tell you that our comments system is up and running again, after an inexplicable 45 day collapse. Read more »

Everything you need to know about the flyover appeal

by Tim Jones
The New Zealand Transport Agency’s appeal against the Board of Inquiry decision to decline resource consent for a Basin Reserve flyover starts at the High Court next Monday (20 July) and you’re encouraged to attend. Read more »

Have you supported the fight against the Transport Agency’s flyover plan?


Opposition to the Transport Agency’s stubborn plan to build a two-lane one-way concrete flyover – 320metres long – alongside the Basin Reserve will be argued in the High Court in a couple of weeks, with a hearing starting on July 20 and scheduled to last for ten days. Read more »