Wellington Scoop

Light rail by 2027: proven, low risk and fast


Fit Wellington, stating the case for its Scenario A+, says that mass transit in Wellington City as proposed by LGWM is necessary but not sufficient. Read more »

Time to build light rail “urgently,” say Greens


The Wellington Central branch of the Greens has told LGWM that it supports Scenario A, which prioritises public transport, walking and cycling in the central city. But it wants more support for these modes of travel – “this is what the public supported loud and clear in the early LGWM consultation.” The Greens’ submission states: Read more »

Train chaos follows six months of rail failures – who’s responsible?

Photo: Patrick Morgan

In the midst of a heatwave, Wellington’s trains ground to a halt yesterday because of a major power outage. The result was chaos as thousands struggled to get home in the heat and traffic congestion, with delays and restrictions lasting well into this morning. This is the latest in a series of management failures and operational disasters that have plagued the network over the last six months or more. Read more »

Residents want better public transport and liveability

The Mt Victoria Residents Association has told the LGWM planners that none of their scenarios appears to fully reflect the principles which have been developed for transport improvements in Wellington, particularly those regarding climate change, health and the environment. Read more »

Living Streets wants a friendlier environment for pedestrians

Living Streets Aotearoa has told LGWM that Wellington has the highest, and increasing, rate of adults walking to work in New Zealand. It says there is nothing ‘broke’ about Wellington from a walking perspective but it could be much better with even more people out enjoying walking, by reducing the frustrations for commuter walkers among others (e.g. at road crossings). Read more »

All-new CBD biking networks – Cycle Aware’s proposal to LGWM

Cycle Aware Wellington has told the LGWM planners that it wants a higher priority for public transport and active transport than for driving. Here is its submission:
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Civic Trust: priority for public transport, walking, cycling

The Wellington Civic Trust has joined other city organisations in telling Let’s Get Welly Moving that Scenario A would enable a more liveable city if priority was given to public transport, walking, cycling and open space. Accordingly, the Trust supports Scenario A+ (Scenario A plus the installation of a light rail system). This is what the Trust has stated in its submission to LGWM: Read more »

People, not cars – Save the Basin states the case for urban design


The Save the Basin Campaign has this week released its submission to the Let’s Get Welly Moving process on its four proposed scenarios for Wellington transport. It focuses on the Basin Reserve as a valued part of Wellington heritage, identity and urban design, and supports transport proposals that do not imperil that role and enhance Wellington’s status as a liveable city designed to meet the needs of people, not cars. Read more »

Buildings on their minds



by Lindsay Shelton
When Wellington city councillors meet for the first time this year (their first meeting isn’t till February 7), they should be ready to spend a large part of their agenda reviewing problematic building projects. A lot of money is at risk. Read more »

Our housing crisis – and the unintended consequences

by Ian Apperley
There is no doubt that we are having some huge issues with housing in Wellington. Finding somewhere to live is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive. Read more »