Wellington Scoop

Moa Pointers, the runway extension, the Environment Court


by Sea Rotmann
A few years ago, I wrote about what it means to be a Moa Pointer. As much as I waxed lyrically about the “best sunset spot in town” and our amazing, if often endangered natural taonga, I have to highlight my prescience when writing these words: “Not going through the fast-tracked board of inquiry process is an admission that they know they would fail. Going through the more protracted Environment Court hearings has nothing to do with a ‘more open and transparent process’ and everything with buying themselves time and bleeding the opponents dry due to the high costs associated with fighting a project like this through the Court. It also means many more years of this existential threat hanging over our heads, which is stressful in many ways – emotionally, financially and physically.” Read more »

Making the right choice in Stebbings Valley


by Kate Spencer for Talk Wellington
The Wellington City Council is developing a brand new suburb in Upper Stebbings Valley. But it shouldn’t be another stab at big cookie-cutter houses in a dormitory suburb. It should be about building a community, not just a place to sleep. Read more »

Wellington councillors vote to pay $154m for convention centre

News from WCC
Wellington City Councillors have voted to proceed with a Five Greenstar Convention and Exhibition Centre (CEC) which will give a major boost to the local economy, create hundreds of jobs and provide stimulus for further regeneration in that part of the city. Read more »

How much will the losses be?

by Ian Apperley
Convention centres were important during the Industrial Revolution. The glory days of convention centres started in 1851 with Britain’s “Crystal Palace.” Yet 167 years later, the Wellington City Council is still trying to sell us one of them, and it appears, again, to be suffering significant optimism bias. Read more »

Trying, trying and trying again


by Lindsay Shelton
When Wellington city councillors vote next Thursday on whether to spend $154m on a convention centre, it’ll be the city’s fourth attempt to green light what is an expensive and controversial project, and the fourth version of the plan. Read more »

Lester and Lavery back $154m convention centre


News from WCC
The Wellington City Council will next week decide whether to proceed with a new Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will consider a proposal that the centre be developed on Council-owned land on Cable Street, opposite Te Papa, at a cost of $154.3million. Read more »

Berhampore, we have a problem


by Regan Dooley
The Berhampore shops on Adelaide Road might be the trickiest part to get right in the entire Newtown Connections consultation. Read more »

Changing the name of VUW – and the law

by Sir Kenneth Keith
My principal reason [for supporting the petition asking for proper consultation with members of a university before the name of any university is changed] is that the proposed change is needed to create clarity in the legal position and thereby avoid unnecessary litigation. Read more »

Seven days to say what you think about new bike lanes


by Patrick Morgan, Cycle Aware Wellington
In the last census, one in 11 people in Berhampore travelled by bike. But there are zero bike lanes, making the streets a hostile place. That will change soon. Read more »

Appeal Court rejects plan for new development at Shelly Bay


News from Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal today released its judgment in Enterprise Miramar Peninsula Inc v Wellington City Council. The Court allowed the appeal and quashed a decision granting resource consents for a significant development at Shelly Bay, Wellington. Read more »