Dirty Politics: Nicky Hager’s new book on the Key Government launched at Unity

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Nicky Hager at the book launch. Twitter photo by Adam Bennett

News from Craig Potton Publishing
Nicky Hager’s new book was launched tonight at Unity Books in downtown Wellington. The book is not about the Snowden documents; Mr Hager said publicly months ago that he was not writing a book on that subject. Read more »

Trapped in the convention centre

by PCGM
The shiny new council-supported convention centre is designed to bring lots more people into Wellington, apparently helping to add vibrancy and turnover to the local economy. So far, so good – it’s the business plan of every convention centre in the Western world, even if it turns out that many of the benefits can be extensively over-sold by their promoters. Read more »

The council states its reasons for supporting the convention centre

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Wellington.Scoop
There are four more days for Wellingtonians to tell the city council what they think about the plan for the council to support the creation of a new convention centre opposite Te Papa. Read more »

The reasons why the convention centre plans must be improved

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Wellington.Scoop
Wellington architectural critic Maximus is calling for improvements to the plan for a Hilton Hotel and Convention Centre opposite Te Papa. Read more »

My 45 film festival awards

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by Lindsay Shelton
I’ve been going to the Wellington Film Festival for every one of its 43 years, from before it was re-branded as the NZ International Film Festival. So I’m (again) claiming the right to offer my own personal festival awards. Read more »

Gerry Brownlee and the flyover

by PCGM
As the days tick away on the Transport Agency’s statutory timeframe to appeal against the Basin Reserve flyover decision, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the National government would step in and legislate. Read more »

Real time and real problems – a response to Fran Wilde

by Kerry Wood
Fran Wilde wants to refute (I think she means deny) comments about her Regional Council’s Real Time Information system (RTI). She seems to be meeting resistance. Read more »

Fran Wilde: real time information “operates reliably… glitch resolved”

by Fran Wilde
I wish to refute a series of comments about Real Time Information made via Twitter by the editor of Wellington.scoop, over the last 24 hours. Read more »

Politics, consultation, and the cycleway

by PCGM
The Wellington City Council has come under pressure over its consultation process on the Island Bay cycleway. Opponents are claiming that one of the options – simply preserving the status quo – wasn’t even on the table, despite the route from Island Bay to the city not having a history of cycling deaths or injuries. Read more »

Light rail instead of a flyover: we need Plan B, because there’s no Planet B

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by Brent Efford
The board of inquiry rejection of the flyover on the north side of Wellington’s Basin Reserve – the sort of highway structure that more advanced cities overseas are tearing down, often in favour of light rail – has unleashed a Chicken Licken torrent of catastrophising and hand-wringing. Read more »

The lady, the beast, and the show people

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The Lady from Shanghai – Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth

by Lindsay Shelton
A film festival audience in the Embassy this week was happily carried away by the inspired madness of Orson Welles’ 1947 thriller The Lady from Shanghai. It was a perfectly restored film, which looked brand new. Read more »

What’s going on at Te Papa?

Wellington.Scoop
“What’s going on at Te Papa?” is a question that’s asked from time to time by many people, including Wellington art collectors and critics Jim and Mary Barr. They’re asking it again this morning. Read more »

Meeting the locals at the film festival

by Lindsay Shelton
Local film-makers have dominated the first week of the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington. Read more »

Transmission Gully – big profits to be made

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Wellington.Scoop
Who’ll be making big profits from the $1billion Transmission Gully project? The answer – mainly overseas investors. Read more »

Policies heading in opposite directions – trolley buses versus climate change

by PCGM
A few weeks ago the Wellington Regional Council opened its climate change strategy for public input and suggestions. In the Council’s own words, “as well as planning for and adapting to the effects of climate change, we also want to ensure we are doing all we can to mitigate climate change by addressing greenhouse gas emissions.” Read more »

A diatribe against nimbys and democracy

Wellington.Scoop
Just when you thought no one could get more hysterical, John Milford has joined the group who are distressed about the rejection of the Basin flyover.
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Will heads roll over flyover rejection?

by PCGM
The Board of Inquiry’s decision to decline consent for the Transport Agency flyover at the Basin Reserve has caused ripples of rejoicing and recrimination to spread across Wellington. Some are overjoyed, whilst others are predicting doom for us all. According to the losing faction, the concrete abutments of the flyover were carrying not just the cars, but also the weight of Wellington’s entire future as a capital. Read more »

Pain, cost and embarrassment … because the Transport Agency didn’t listen

by Patrick McCombs
The NZ Transport Agency would have saved themselves a lot of pain, cost, and embarrassment if they had listened more to Mt Victoria residents. The Board of Inquiry did not turn down the application because the engineers can’t build a decent bridge, but because they adopted tunnel vision (excuse the pun) on their wish for an elevated road, and demonstrated that they do not have the skills to carry out a proper public consultation. Read more »