Wellington Scoop

Undergrounding – why is it forgotten?

Photo: RNZ

by Lindsay Shelton
As Chorus work their way through the streets of Wellington, trenching the new fast fibre, it’s evident that a major opportunity has been lost – the chance to underground the cables that hang so messily between our power poles. Read more »

Booking the invisible building


WREDA’s enthusiasm for Wellington knows no bounds. It’s taking bookings for the city council’s new convention centre, in spite of the fact that construction hasn’t started. Read more »

Bus drivers vs Tranzit: a standoff on pay and conditions


The union representing bus drivers says it’s “no secret” that it’s gearing up for strike action over the pay and conditions being offered by Tranzit, who take over 60 per cent of Wellington bus services in June. Read more »

Opportunity in Karori: a new inter-generational community


by Christine McCarthy
Ryman Healthcare’s purchase of the former Wellington Teachers Training College campus in Karori is a chance for an innovative adaptive reuse of the site. The campus is well-known in architectural circles for its comprehensive Brutalist design and smart organisation of the buildings on the undulating site. Read more »

Why ratepayers shouldn’t have to pay for challenging the council

by Simon Woolf
This month I was prompted to write to Councillors and Officers in response to a Councillor requesting that the City Council seek costs, as a result of the Frank Kitts Environment Court Appeal decision. Read more »

Council wants $25m government funding for its convention centre


The Wellington City Council has asked the Government for $25m towards the cost of its proposed Convention Centre, which is planned for the top floor of a building that will also house Peter Jackson’s Movie Museum. Read more »

Making us famous?

by Ian Apperley
The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency popped back into view last week with an article by their new Chief Executive published by Stuff. However, it didn’t answer any questions about the agency, nor did it provide any information on where WREDA is heading. Read more »

Doubling up at WREDA

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency has created a new job – it wants to employ someone who can persuade more events to use the city’s venues. The new recruit will be titled Major Events Attraction Manager. But the responsibilities are strangely similar to jobs that already exist in two departments of WREDA. Read more »

Crushing our modernist heritage


by Ben Schrader
The news that Ryman Healthcare will soon get Wellington City Council permission to demolish much of the 1960s Karori Campus is a crushing blow to Wellington’s Modernist heritage. Heritage New Zealand is proposing that it be listed as a Category 1 historic place. There are relatively few Category 1 buildings in Wellington – they’re very hard to get – so the proposal is a rare honour for the city. Read more »

Barriers to light rail – they’re imaginary or mythical

by Kerry Wood
My two earlier articles showed that light rail is potentially the best value for public transport in Wellington, and that it must be well-integrated with bus services. This article shows why the barriers to light rail are much lower than many people believe (Global Research survey, for LGWM, 2018). Read more »