Fixing facades and parapets – compulsorily

About 300 high risk buildings are to be targetted by yesterday’s government announcement that unreinforced masonry facades and parapets must be secured within 12 months. Read more »

Affordable housing (2): why can’t we control it?

by Ian Apperley
Why can’t we control affordable housing? The problem is that no one central authority controls house affordability. It needs the co-ordination of groups that are often at odds with each other and with the citizens of New Zealand as well. Read more »

Affordable housing (1): is it affordable?

by Ian Apperley
Get ready for it. It’s election year, and that means that we are going to have politicians of all walks selling us promises in the hope that we’ll vote for them. One of the big issues will be housing. Wellington’s new Mayor and several councillors have already promised housing measures. The reality is, they can’t deliver on it. Nor can the national politicians. Read more »

Trucks and trains and ships – and quakes

by Michael C Barnett
The recent Kaikoura earthquakes, and and other climate-related events, highlight the apparent fragility of New Zealand’s transport infrastructure. Read more »

Priorities, resilience, and costs

by Ian Apperley
News on a few fronts this week, with reports on Wellington City Council priorities for 2017, while the council also starts to boil the frog on earthquake measures. Read more »

Taking the fun out of the Sevens

by Ian Apperley
The Sevens organisers and the city council are bullish about the Sevens. They think that 15,000 seats being filled, if they can indeed be filled, is just fine and dandy. Despite the fact that means there are 20,000 seats left empty. Read more »

Up or down, the same result

by Lindsay Shelton
The results of two Wellington business confidence surveys were released this week. One went up. One went down. Yet the results were almost identical. Read more »

“High priority” but nothing to show for it


by Lindsay Shelton
Justin Lester said this week it is “a high priority to bring the Town Hall back into action as soon as possible.” But he didn’t give any evidence to connect his words with any real plans. Read more »

Bob’s beggars and Celia’s tattoo

Bob Jones and Celia Wade-Brown have been in the news this week … beggars and a tattoo have been the talking points. Read more »

Too late to save the Sevens?

by Ian Apperley
There are signs that the Sevens Wellington brand is dying. After last year’s dismal turnout, this year isn’t looking much better. It may be too late to save this event, and the city should be considering moving on rather than flogging a dead horse. Read more »

Bigger and more expensive in Los Angeles – with all costs paid by George Lucas


by Lindsay Shelton
Peter Jackson’s Movie Museum in Wellington is facing competition from Star Wars creator George Lucas, who this week announced a billion dollar movie museum to be built in Los Angeles. Read more »

Why trolley buses shouldn’t be withdrawn this year


by Mike Flinn
The Wellington Regional Council intends that trolley buses will be withdrawn this year, regardless of the fact that they could continue in service till between 2019 and 2024. Read more »

Saving the Green, moving the Garden


by Wendy Armitage
Now that 2017 is upon us we have a new mayor and council who, during the elections, made it clear that being more transparent and consultative would be on the agenda. Read more »

The year ends with cordons


by Lindsay Shelton
The cordons in Courtenay Place and Tory Street are a daily reminder that the November earthquake has had a bigger effect on Wellington than anyone at first expected. Read more »

An absurd Christmas mistake – nine days with no trains to the beaches

by Lindsay Shelton
Who’s to blame for cancelling trains to the beaches during the peak summer season? Read more »

Happy Christmas


Wishing a Happy Christmas to everyone who follows and supports Wellington.Scoop, with special gratitude to our contributors and all who join in the many diverse dialogues about our favourite city.

Memories of Erskine – derelict and vandalised, or redeveloped and restored


by Nicola Young
Erskine College has been a prominent feature in Island Bay for over 100 years. Now the city council has given resource consent for redevelopment – to include a $7m restoration of the chapel, and a $30million complex of 94 terraced houses and apartments – but the plan is being challenged by a group that wants the convent building to be saved as well. Read more »

A city of loyalty and smiles

by Sarah Bennett and Lee Slater
More a big village than a ritzy capital, Wellington inspires fervent loyalty and brims with community spirit. It breeds random smilers, direction offerers and bus-driver thankers. It’s got a little bit of magic, and a whole lot of soul – and no matter how long you stay here, we’re sure you’ll share in it. Read more »