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Crowds on waterfront for festival’s opening night with waka fleet, choirs, kapa haka

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Photo: Katie Shaw

News from NZ Festival
A mass assembly of waka hourua (twin-hulled ocean-going waka) from around the Pacific and Aotearoa arrived in Wellington Harbour at dusk tonight, opening the New Zealand Festival with a spectacular Waka Odyssey. Read more »

I told you so

by Brent Efford
The ‘revelation’ that the promised Wrightspeed conversion of the dumped trolleybuses is in serious trouble, with no guarantee the vehicles will be rolled out in the capital, will cause plenty of people in the sustainable transport advocates community to say “I told you so.” Read more »

Rob Cameron – a personal obituary

by Pattrick Smellie
The last time I heard from Rob Cameron was out of the blue, just before Christmas. Read more »

A day of delays on SH1 after storm damages road and seawall

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Wellington.Scoop
State Highway One was closed between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki early this morning because of storm damage – the high tide was washing across both lanes. One lane was reopened at 7am, with stop/go traffic control in place and very long delays in both directions. Read more »

Terry Gilliam’s brilliant ‘Brazil’ at the film society on Monday

Review by Howard Davis


Harry Tuttle: Bloody paperwork, huh?
Sam Lowry: I suppose one has to expect a certain amount.
Harry Tuttle: Why? I came into this game for the action, the excitement. Go anywhere, travel light, get in, get out, wherever there’s trouble, a man alone. Now they got the whole country sectioned off, you can’t make a move without a form.

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Sex and the law

Wellington.Scoop
Concerned comments from women have been the key response to this week’s report of sexual harassment at one of Wellington’s biggest law firms. Read more »

Who’s to blame? How to change?

by PCGM
It hasn’t been a very good couple of years for Wellington’s public transport system. Our low-carbon trolley buses are sitting in the scrap-yard along with their cable infrastructure, the rail system has been plagued with failures and strikes, and the grandiose plans for electric buses and light rail and bus rapid transit are still firmly lodged in the file marked “pipe dreams”. Read more »

Rita Hayworth on the big screen

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Wellington.Scoop
One of the many delights of the Wellington Film Society’s 72nd season, which begins on Monday week, will be to see Rita Hayworth as Gilda in the legendary 1946 film noir directed by Charles Vidor. And, like all the society’s films this year, it’ll be shown on the big screen at the Embassy Theatre. Read more »

A letter from a train (after getting on a bus, eventually)

An open letter to Chris Laidlaw from Feargus ORaghallaigh
Dear Chris Laidlaw,

You are the boss of the Regional Council, the ‘Big Chief’ as they say in ‘Westerns’ (or used to). I live with my partner Trish under your extended chieftainship: we are ‘Coasters’ out on Kapiti’s ‘golden coast’. I have a bone. Read more »

The holiday is over

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by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington city councillors end their long summer holiday today, with the first council meeting of 2018. Read more »