Wellington Scoop

Keeping our distance

by Andy Foster
Today I went for a run in my neighbourhood and I was delighted to see everyone keeping a good wide berth from each other. Yes there was still some interaction – people were waving and saying gidday – but everyone was making sure to keep a good distance, generally on the opposite side of the road. Read more »


by Lindsay Shelton
Remember only two weeks ago when Wellington had only one case of covid-19. Wellington’s first case was New Zealand’s seventh, and it was the first outside Auckland. Read more »

Strange days, with time to think

Wellington this morning. Photo from Jonathan Mitchell/RNZ

by Ian Apperley
These are extraordinary days we live in. You’ll be waking up this morning to the first day of a national lockdown, a lockdown that may last some weeks or longer. Life then takes a dramatic turn for each one of us, but one that has echoes of the past and a hope for a very different future once this is over. Read more »

Pandemic: What the WCC could (and should) be doing

The rapidly-spreading COVID-19 crisis is busy tearing up all the rule books of our daily lives and our economy. The Wellington City Council has announced pool and library closures and a range of other measures designed to slow the virus, but what else could they do? Here at the wellington.scoop global HQ, our crack team has been brainstorming some helpful ideas for how we can help hold the economic damage at bay, and we think WCC definitely has a role to play. Read more »

Concert FM: anatomy of a blunder – part four

by Tom Frewen
Driving north on SH1 up the Kapiti Coast on Tuesday afternoon, I had to switch the car radio over to AM in order to listen to Parliament debating the Government’s Covid-19 emergency economic package. Read more »

Concert FM: anatomy of a blunder – part three

by Tom Frewen
“By the way, Jane,” says RNZ’s Paul Thompson to NZ on Air’s Jane Wrightson in a CEO-to-CEO aside at a meeting “regarding another matter … next week we’ll be making a start on getting rid of Concert FM and firing all its presenters.” Those would not have been his actual words, of course. Read more »

From France via Townsville and Brisbane … to Wellington

by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington has its first case of coronavirus (now called covid-19.) We’ve been able to track it because the patient himself has told us all the details. Read more »

Concert FM: anatomy of a blunder – part two

by Tom Frewen
I stumbled across Rutherford Ward’s name by accident while fact-checking (dread phrase!) the dubious claim in Spark’s new television commercial that Ernest Rutherford invented radio communications. Read more »

Learning leadership

Thanks to Georgina Campbell at the NZ Herald, we now know that Wellington Mayor Andy Foster is taking a $30,000 six-day leadership course in Queenstown at ratepayers’ expense. Read more »

Concert FM: anatomy of a blunder – part one

by Tom Frewen
The most shocking revelation in the background papers outlining RNZ’s proposal to replace Concert FM with a multi-platform youth music service is not the arrogance of a public broadcaster’s board and management acting as its owners — although that’s bad enough — it is the evidence that the person ultimately responsible, Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi, clearly didn’t have his feet on the pedals of his portfolio and may not have even been on the bike. Read more »