Wellington Scoop

Avoiding a flyover at the Basin

by Tim Jones
For a long time, since the final defeat of the Basin Reserve flyover proposal in 2015, all we’ve had to go on are private assurances that whatever plans eventually emerged would not include a new Basin Reserve flyover. But it’s taken until the past few weeks, with the release of a slew of Let’s Get Wellington Moving reports and technical documents, to get some idea of what those plans entail. Read more »

The costs of strengthening, vs the need for buyouts

by Geraldine Murphy
Inner City Wellington (ICW) has launched a second petition on Parliament’s website calling for a review of the earthquake-prone building provisions in the Building Act 2004, in response to the June public meeting. Read more »

Strengthen or demolish: petition seeks help for apartment owners


by Geraldine Murphy
Following last month’s public meeting of residential owners in earthquake-prone buildings, Inner City Wellington has launched an online petition on Parliament’s website calling for the Government to provide comprehensive financial, technical and advisory support interventions for residential owners. Read more »

Getting control of all those vehicles

In the last couple of articles we’ve been exploring how Wellington can meet the goals set out in the City Council’s Te Atakura – First to Zero climate response strategy. The document underlines the importance of addressing the climate breakdown by decreasing our carbon emissions, and puts tangible goals in place – a 10% reduction by 2020, 43% by 2030, 68% by 2040 and a big fat zero by 2050. Read more »

Getting to zero on transport

It’s apparent from the Wellington City Council’s Te Atakura – First to Zero strategy that we need to make large-scale cuts to our carbon emissions from transport. It’s equally apparent from the same document that the current plan isn’t going to get us there. Read more »

VUW – a name change by stealth


by Hugh Rennie
If you feel that VUW’s Council and Vice Chancellor are the gift that keeps on giving, read on… Read more »

Making the grade on climate change

Fresh from the Wellington City Council’s declaration of a climate change and ecological emergency, there’s a new sense of urgency in getting to grips with the city’s emissions. So a quick tour around the WCC’s strategy is in order, to see whether we’re actually going to make that much-needed goal of being zero carbon by 2050. Spoiler alert: not on the current WCC trajectory. Read more »

Blaming everyone else

by Lindsay Shelton
We learnt last week that the Regional Council is blaming everyone except itself for the continuing problems with Wellington buses. Read more »

Why we should do what Auckland has done

by Guy Marriage
If we continue to leave the Regional Council (a bunch of out-of-their-depth councillors with no training in transport solutions) involved in organising a valid transport solution for Wellington, they will never achieve a decent end result – or even start along that path. Read more »

Moving slowly


by Lindsay Shelton
Let’s Get Wellington Moving, now in its fourth year, is continuing to move … slowly. It has reached agreement on a “vision:” the need to move more people through the city with fewer private motor vehicles, and the need to spend money on better public transport, walking and cycling. But there are few specifics. Read more »