Wellington Scoop

Hub and spoke, or point to point?

by Lim Leong
A good public transport network design will invariably involve many design tradeoffs. The key difference between a good, an average, and a bad designer lies in his/her ability to pick the right tradeoff under the shadow of political influence. Make no mistake, politics always plays a part on how a decision is made. Take the Wellington bus network as a real example. Read more »

Growing up and blowing up with Geoff Murphy


by Heperi Mita
My earliest memory of my father Geoff Murphy is of him blowing up a house in Ponsonby for his film Never Say Die. I think I was only about 4 years old at the time, but that’s the kind of thing that leaves an enduring impression on a young boy. Read more »

John O’Shea and the emergence of a New Zealand film industry

John O’Shea (left) and Roger Mirams in 1954. Pacific Films Photo Collection, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.

John Reid’s long-awaited book “Whatever It Takes,” about the ground-breaking Wellington film company Pacific Films and its visionary producer John O’Shea, is published today. In these two extracts from Chapter 2, Reid writes about the beginnings of the company’s first feature film ‘Broken Barrier’ (Pacific’s three features were the only feature films made in New Zealand in 30 years) and its remarkable release. Read more »

Bill Murray in Wellington: on being Irish Catholic, feeling alone


Bill Murray combines with Berlin cellist Jan Vogler in Wellington tonight to present New Worlds, a lively night of music and words. Murray performs American poetry and prose including works by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain and Walt Whitman, melded with music by the likes of Bach, Bernstein, and Gershwin. Listening to the duo’s album New Worlds, we can expect Huck Finn. In honour of Murray’s performance at Michael Fowler Centre, we e-debut Alexander Bisley’s rare interview with him. Read more »

David Byrne: a mesmerizing and entrancing evening

Photo: Paul Wellman

Scoop Review by Howard Davis
Scotch-born singer-songwriter David Byrne starts each show on his latest world tour stroking a pink brain as he sits alone at a table in a gray three-button suit singing a song called Here from his latest album American Utopia. It is the only splash of colour on an otherwise barren stage, encircled by shimmering beaded curtains. Read more »

Three choices for bike lanes through Newtown and Berhampore


The Wellington City Council’s transport planners have today released three options for bike lanes and related street changes through Newtown and Berhampore. Read more »

“Highly unconventional:” she’s music teacher of the year


Report from RNZ‘s Upbeat
“Highly unconventional” is how Elizabeth Sneyd describes her own teaching methods. “If you saw me on one single occasion you’d probably think ‘goodness me, the kids are just larking around, like that’s going to produce any results,” she tells Mark Amery. Read more »

Tea party for Wairarapa tree crop 40th anniversary

Eric Cairns inspecting a carob tree.

by Eric Cairns and Neil Douglas
The Wairarapa Tree Crop Association will be 40 years old on Saturday November 24. To celebrate we are having an afternoon tea party with fruit and nut cakes and some competitions. We will be remembering our past members, our achievements and our experiences. We will be letting the ‘sap flow’ and encouraging budding new members to join and secure our association’s next 40 years. Read more »

Why prisoners should have the right to vote

by Christine McCarthy
During the recent royal visit to Wellington, Meghan Markle applauded New Zealand for giving women the right to vote 125 years ago. It was a moment we were all rightly proud of, her words fitting recognition of a country that was also an original signatory to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its commitment to “universal and equal suffrage.” Despite this, not all New Zealanders have the right to vote. We deny this universal human right to people in prison, and we have been doing this, in different ways, for more than 125 years. Read more »

A less than great journey


by Lindsay Shelton
We took one of KiwiRail’s Great Journeys at the weekend – the much-promoted Northern Explorer which runs three times a week from Auckland to Wellington. The experience was okay, but it fell a bit short of the promised greatness. Read more »