The council didn’t want an empty site – but that’s what it got

Six years ago the city council said it didn’t want a large empty building site in Mt Cook. It was a meaningless statement. A year later the council got what it didn’t want, when the Boys Institute swimming pool was demolished to make way for a supermarket. It was a pointless demolition. The site has been empty ever since. Read more »

NZ’s most dangerous intersections – but we’re on the list only 4 times

Wellington has missed out on being named in a top ten list. As it’s a list of New Zealand’s most dangerous intersections, we should be pleased. But when you expand the list to 100, it’s a different story. Read more »

Remembering Ernie Abbott: 30th anniversary of Trades Hall bombing

by Helen Kelly
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Trades Hall bombing in Wellington. The bomb killed Ernie Abbott, President of the Wellington Caretakers and Cleaners Union. No one has ever been charged with Ernie’s murder. Read more »

Using the rates to fight the ratepayers

There were two reminders last week of the Wellington City Council’s sad habit of using ratepayers’ money to fight the ratepayers. Read more »

Winners and losers on the waterfront

kumutoto bldg

by David Lee
With regard to the waterfront, when is the Wellington City Council ever going to learn? It must have spent at least $200,000 on its failed attempt to exclude the public from the resource consent process on North Kumutoto with Variation 11. Now it is seriously considering a proposal for a building that exceeds the height limit permitted by the Environment Court. Read more »

Traffic improvements = more traffic lanes

For those of us who aren’t paying attention to what’s happening on the inner city bypass, one of Wellington’s leading bloggers has done some pertinent observing for us. Read more »

The city council and the film business

Mural at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar, used in WCC advertisement

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council sent me a delusional twitter yesterday. The message was clear. The twitter told me that the council has decided to create a film industry in Miramar. Read more »

Flyover inquiry gets more time, and Amy Adams disappoints herself

Amy Adams is disappointed. What’s led to her disappointment? It’s her decision as Environment Minister to give three months more time to the Board of Inquiry that’s trying to decide whether or not to allow the Transport Agency to build a flyover alongside the Basin flyover. Read more »

All change? Trolley buses, music lessons, and snake oil

After the long debate about light rail and the transport spine, yesterday’s news about the demise of Wellington’s trolley buses came as a surprise, as did the concerns stated by the company that runs them. Read more »

Census proves more of us are cycling. But where are the cycleways?

by Lindsay Shelton
The new census figures showing an extraordinary increase in the number of Wellingtonians walking and cycling to work (and a decline in the numbers who are driving) couldn’t have come at a better time. Read more »

Hey big spenders

by Lindsay Shelton
Plans for more big spending are being thrown around by our elected representatives this morning. Read more »

Faster bus travel – it was promised in 2010, now they’re promising it again

by Lindsay Shelton
There’s a credibility problem with yesterday’s decision to introduce a public transport system called Bus Rapid Transit in Wellington. The result, we are promised, will be “faster journey times through the Golden Mile.” But we’ve heard it all before. It’s exactly what the same people promised when they reopened Manners Street to buses. Read more »

Anti-rail – why the bus decision won’t make public transport more attractive

by Brent Efford
The Spine Study will do nothing to make public transport more useable and attractive for the overwhelming majority of greater Wellington residents. Read more »

Threatening and bullying – twice

by Lindsay Shelton
The threats from the Transport Agency to the Wellington City Council were raised again last week at the board of inquiry on the Basin flyover proposal. Read more »

Rivalling War and Peace – epic flyover inquiry starts its second month

by Tim Jones
The Basin “Bridge” Board of Inquiry hearing is turning into an epic to rival War and Peace, but with slightly fewer cannons. The hearing began on Monday 3 February and shows no sign of abating any time soon: it’s been a while since a full timetable was issued, but at this stage, the hearing looks likely to run into mid-April. Read more »

Seven reasons not to build a flyover at the Basin Reserve

by Tim Jones
Seven reasons why there shouldn’t be a flyover alongside the Basin Reserve. Read more »

The arguments against increasing fares

by Paul Bruce
Raising fares is hardly the way to reward new customers, much less hold on to one’s existing customer base, reduce congestion, or address the obesity epidemic. Read more »

They knew nothing about it

After we reported the city council’s secret memorandum of understanding with the Transport Agency two weeks ago, we discovered that our elected city councillors had no idea of its existence. Read more »