Lengthening the runway: $3m, so far, from the council to the airport company

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Wellington.Scoop
Wellington City Councillors (but not all of them) have voted to give another $2million to the airport company, to help it continue making plans for a longer runway. Read more »

Scrapping trolley buses; one of the silliest decisions of the year

by Paul Bruce and Sue Kedgley
We were elected as Green Councillors to the Wellington Regional Council just over a year ago, so we thought we would report on some of the highlights, successes and failures of our past year on the Council. Read more »

Losing our appetite for events?

by Lindsay Shelton
Who do you believe? The chief executive of NZ Rugby? Or the awkwardly-named Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment? Read more »

At last: new life for the town hall, and an overdue fix for civic square

by Lindsay Shelton
Let’s be pleased that the city council is developing a plan for strengthening the Town Hall without blowing its budget. And let’s be even more pleased that the plan includes long-overdue schemes for making better use of Civic Square – which has too often been an empty space. Read more »

Amalgamation – already?

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by Lindsay Shelton
This big advertisement on Saturday offers a new job that will be responsible for solving all the region’s problems. It seeks someone to run a new regional organisation. And you thought that amalgamation hadn’t yet begun. Read more »

Supercity: seven reasons why we’ll be voting against it

by Ian Apperley
Amalgamation! The saviour of us all! Yes? Wait, how much? When Auckland City was amalgamated, the promises that were made were not, in my opinion, delivered. Worse, the cost of things went up terribly. Let’s go back a bit here. Read more »

Supercity: for and against

Wellington.Scoop
Here’s what they’re saying about the proposal for a supercity. Only one mayor is in favour of the plan, plus Fran Wilde of course. Read more »

Supercity decision: one mayor, twenty-one councillors, and eight local boards

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Wellington.Scoop
The Local Government Commission has decided that Wellington should become a super city, with all of its nine councils being merged into one. It is recommending that the new super city should be governed by one council with a mayor and 21 councillors, advised by eight local boards. Read more »

Supercity needs mix of practical/visionary

by Alan Smith
The Local Government amalgamation preference is out; due process follows. May facts and opportunities drive the outcome. It’s all about realising the potential of Wellington. So leadership is the key – not dominance, but that best mix of the practical and the visionary. Read more »

Supercity: pros and cons

by David Walker
There are benefits and disadvantages in the regional wide amalgamation of local government bodies in Greater Wellington, as recommended by the Local Government Commission. Read more »

Wishing for a longer runway

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Photo: Connect Wellington

Wellington.Scoop
BusinessDesk journalist Pattrick Smellie has today spelled out the case against the highly-publicised plans for spending $300million to extend the runway at Wellington Airport. Read more »

Any time after the 18th will be too late

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by Mary Munro
Thursday December 18 at 4.30pm is the deadline for submissions on the applications for resource consent for the North Kumutoto Precinct Project on the Wellington waterfront. Read more »

Mayors in control of major roading plans

Wellington.Scoop
Big decisions on future roading projects in Wellington will be taken today by a committee of twelve people. Eight of them are mayors. Read more »

Competing, retaining, attracting

Wellington.Scoop
As the finish line approaches for the city council’s campaign to create 10,000 new jobs, two people have been saying different things about what Wellington should be doing. A professor said the city needs to attract more skilled residents. An architect said the city needs to attract new businesses. Read more »

The silence of the lambs councillors

Wellington.Scoop
A majority of our city councillors in Wellington will be ending the year as silently as they began it. But not all of them. Read more »

Cutting-edge design for big new science building at VUW; ready in 2017

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News from VUW
Victoria University of Wellington is expanding its Kelburn Campus with a new science teaching and research building. Read more »

Dunajtschik does the right thing

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by PCGM
Harcourts Building owner and would-be demolisher Mark Dunajtschik is in the news again today, with an announcement that his Lambton Quay building will be “brought back to its former glory”. Read more »

A song to farewell Middle Earth

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Photo: Entertainment Weekly

Wellington.Scoop
A US publication has released the first music video of the song that will be played over the closing credits of the third and final film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Read more »