Wellington Scoop

Debate on Central Library, after councillors told to keep quiet

The Wellington City Council meets this morning to take decisions about strengthening the Central Library, after a report that councillors received an email from the Mayor telling them not to express opinions about the Library. Read more »

Worse for pedestrians, easier for cars – a wrong decision for Hataitai

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by Mike Mellor
The Wellington City Council is proposing to build a mountable roundabout at the intersection of Hataitai’s shopping centre, which it says will increase pedestrian safety – but it provides no information to support this. The new layout will in fact make things harder for pedestrians (who will have to walk out of their way to get to the re-positioned crossings) and easier for vehicles. Read more »

Our first two weeks outside Parliament

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by Tim Musson
On July 13th, three of us began a hunger strike here in Wellington: David Goldsmith (52), Robin Treadwell (66), and me, Tim Musson (50). Robin’s from Waiheke Island; David and I bussed up from Ōtautahi (Christchurch). Sadly, Robin had to leave on her second day to be by her mother’s bedside. We send our love. Read more »

The law and the Library

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by Andy Foster
Our Central Library is hugely missed by so many of us, a place to go, to be, without cost or expectation, a place to learn, a place to find adventure in the pages of a good book, a place that added life to Te Ngakau Civic Square – the heart of our city. There is strong demand ‘to just reopen it.’ Read more »

The rumours are true

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by Lindsay Shelton
The rumours are true. For ages, people have been telling me that the city council has been talking to developers about privatising the Central Library building. Each time, I’ve responded with doubt. But this week the plan has become public – and Councillor Fitzsimons who heads the council’s library portfolio says the news has surprised her. Read more »

Why we need both

by Glen Smith
The debate over the Quays vs the Golden Mile for a public transport route is irrelevant – we need both. Read more »

A trespassed council, and absent councillors

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by Ian Apperley
Trouble in paradise, with our South Wairarapa neighbour trespassing the Wellington Regional Council from his property. Conservationist Neil Hayes placed a trespass notice on the Council because, he said, it had abandoned a major trapping programme on his land, which includes the Taumata (Gretel) Lagoon, a wetland that is home to endangered and rare birds. Read more »

High-rise apartments – a covid concern in the central city

by Inner City Wellington
The recent outbreak of community transmission of Covid-19 in Melbourne has highlighted the cruise ship type risks of dealing with a pandemic in high-rise apartments. The cramped space in common areas – entrance ways and corridors, lifts and stairways in particular – make physical distancing difficult. We do not want a situation like that in Melbourne to develop here. Read more »

Demolition during a housing shortage

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by James Fraser
It is beyond belief that demolition of two apartment buildings owned by the government’s NZ Transport Agency on Wellington Road in Kilbirnie is to go ahead this month without any political comment or scrutiny. Read more »

What they’re not telling us about what’s on in Wellington

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Photo from WREDA

by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington’s regional economic agency has been spending a lot of its post-lockdown energy promoting restaurants. And more recently highlighting the number of tickets sold for three events. But strangely left out of its promotions are some of the city’s most important and popular cultural activities. Read more »