Wellington Scoop

Report card: Justin and his council


As we await the arrival of Santa and the opportunities a new year will bring, it’s useful to review the year just gone. How did the Wellington City Council do in 2017? Are they deserving of a pat on the back and the school prize, or are they being sent home with “must try harder” on their report card? Read more »

Brutal but beautiful


by Elizabeth Cox
The Karori Teacher’s College campus is a complex designed by the celebrated Wellington architect William Toomath between 1963 and 1977, and is considered to be the best ensemble of Brutalist architecture in New Zealand. But this week’s sale of the site by Victoria University has ended the possibility of continuing public ownership. Read more »

Let’s get Wellington really moving

FIT Wellington / David Randall Peters

by Michael Barnett
FIT Wellington has done much work in identifying feasible routes for light rail connecting the Wellington Railway Station with the Airport, and we consider a viable route exists that avoids the potential mode conflicts at the Basin Reserve. We now call on Wellingtonians to tell the powers that be that the time has come for future proofed, sustainable, efficient, desirable mass rapid transit. That solution isn’t BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), it is LR (Light Rail). WLR (Wellington Light Rail) is the future that Wellington deserves and you need to ask for it, now! Read more »

A nightmare before Christmas


by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington’s Movie Museum and Convention Centre were supposed to be opening next year. But construction of the building hasn’t started. And, after an unprecedented attack from Peter Jackson, it now seems to be doomed. Read more »

19th century life – fascinating discoveries in Newtown


by Mary O’Keeffe
Late last year a series of pre-1900 cottages, two-storey villas and commercial buildings located in Normanby Street, Donald McLean Street and Riddiford Street in Newtown were demolished to allow construction of the new Salvation Army building. Read more »

Saving water with meters


by Norma McCallum
‘Be so good they can’t ignore you’, said actor Steve Martin. Well, it seems as if the same might be said of the Kapiti District’s once controversial water meters. Read more »

After 36 years, still waiting for access to Trelissick Park

Photo: Barry Durrant

by Peter Reimann
Lying within the valley between Ngaio and Wadestown, Trelissick Park is a wonderful neighbourhood asset with high usage by locals and visitors. But the only access from Wadestown and Highland Park on the south side is from the bottom of Hanover Street, whereas there are six entrances from Crofton Downs, Ngaio, and Kaiwharawhara Road on the north side. Read more »

Ignored no longer: the restoration of Tanera Gully


By Denis Asher
One of Wellington’s many north-south fault-lines, Tanera Gully is one of a growing list of central city restoration projects. Read more »

Scoop Dogs investigate: graffiti replacing roses and rosemary


by Neil Douglas
The City Council’s bare earth policy is encouraging Wellington’s graffiti artists and costing rate-payers. Scoop Dogs Henry and Harriet sniffed out this big new Asian meal (?) tag on their morning walk around Thorndon. Read more »

Saving the Basin, again

by Tim Jones
I read some interesting news over the weekend. John Milford, the chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce (who’s been a major supporter of a Basin Reserve flyover) says his organisation plans to churn out hundreds of submissions to the Let’s Get Welly Moving process. Read more »