Wellington Scoop

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 »

Credible, or incredible?


A new report shows the danger of decisions that are based on unreliable and overblown forecasts. Read more »

Wrong decision on trolley buses

More evidence this week to show that the Regional Council’s decision to scrap Wellington’s trolley buses was unwise and illtimed – the plan to convert the old trolleys into electric hybrids has run into trouble. Read more »

Chaos on the tracks

Not content with creating chaos across the Wellington train network from the last strike, it appeared today that all parties were doubling down on industrial action – with another train strike announced for Friday. And against this backdrop, stories are coming out about cancellations and maintenance problems creating chaos on the Wairarapa line. Read more »

Missing the smart city solutions

by Ian Apperley
In the latest debate on how to solve our traffic woes – in the form of the “Let’s Get Wellington Moving” campaign being run by the NZTA – Wellington is missing the Smart City solutions that could help deal with congestion. Read more »

They want to be told


The Regional Council says it wants us to tell them what matters. The question turns out to be part of their long-term planning process. But the council isn’t waiting for our suggestions – it has already decided what matters, and has made a list of five key priorities. Read more »

Making a better city: Labour candidate lists her aims


by Fleur Fitzsimons
I know that Wellington is a great place to live but that we can make our suburbs stronger and our city even better. Read more »

Giving back: candidate aims to make local voices heard


by Mohamud Mohamed
My main reasons for entering the by-election contest are to give something back to the community and the city that have become my home, and to represent the people of the Southern Ward in such a manner that they feel their voices are being heard in discussions where decisions are made. Read more »

Making change: candidate’s vision for Wellington


by Laurie Foon
Imagine Wellington as the smartest, coolest, most sustainable little capital in the world. This is my vision. It’s not a vision anyone can achieve alone, but I want my kids to grow up believing we stand up if we want to make change. Read more »