Third time lucky?


by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington City Councillors have now voted three times to save and strengthen the Town Hall, which has been closed since 2013. All three votes have been unanimous. But nothing resulted from the first two. The third vote was last week. Will it bring results this time? Read more »

Ranking the rates increases

by Lindsay Shelton
Which city council is planning the smallest rates increase this year? Read more »

Vital questions ignored in Let’s Get Welly Moving’s long list of scenarios

by Tim Jones
The Save the Basin Campaign welcomes the public release of Let’s Get Welly Moving’s long list of scenarios for the future of Wellington transport. But we are concerned that some vital questions appear to have been ignored during the assessment process. Read more »

Why Wellington’s buses need better timetables and connections

by Kerry Wood
The Regional Council has timekeeping problems on Wellington’s buses (25 May) but what about the timetables themselves? Good timetables and connections are vital to the quality system the council is seeking, and will be even more important when new timetables are introduced next year. Read more »

Wellington welcome for rare visit by US Secretary of State

by Gordon Campbell
A visit to this country by a serving US Secretary of State is such a rare event that Rex Tillerson will be welcomed in style in Wellington today – even though the former ExxonMobil CEO could fairly be described as the least influential person in decades to hold the post. These days, the State Department is but a shadow of what it was only six months ago. Read more »

Ignoring events, or supporting them

by Lindsay Shelton
The city council needs to broaden its view of the events that are important for Wellington. Read more »

It’s washing away – why aren’t they saving Pukerua Bay’s coastline?


by Jim Mikoz
Why is the Porirua City Council letting the Pukerua Bay coastline wash into the sea? Read more »

Keeping the buses on time

by Kerry Wood
The Regional Council recently claimed that its buses run 99.9% on time, but only 99.7% run at all. There was nothing to define ‘on-time’, but it seems to be starting, or maybe completing, a run within ten minutes of scheduled time (or both?). The figures suggest that ‘on-time’ includes ‘early’. Read more »

A delay that hasn’t been announced

by Lindsay Shelton
It was strange yesterday to read opinions from the Chamber of Commerce about a Let’s Get Welly Moving decision that hasn’t been announced. Read more »

The wonderful interior of the Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand


by David Batchelor
Built in 1924, the Museum Stand is a staple of the Basin Reserve’s cricket heritage. However, the Wellington City Council’s plan to redevelop the Basin has the demolition ball looming over its future. Read more »

Saving Joe’s Place as well as St Gerard’s


by Marian Evans
St Gerard’s Monastery, high on the hill above Wellington’s Oriental Bay, is yellow-stickered: the Wellington City Council has assessed it as earthquake-prone. Its owners, the Institute for World Evangelisation – International Catholic Programme of Evangelisation, have fifteen years to strengthen or demolish it. Read more »

It’s called the Peka Peka expressway – but it doesn’t take you to Peka Peka

by Lindsay Shelton
I thought I’d drive to Peka Peka a few days ago. So I confidently headed north on the new Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway. Bad mistake. The expressway doesn’t stop at Peka Peka. Read more »

The runway extension and the drop in international travellers

by Dr. Sea Rotmann
Wellington Airport have released their full-year results, reporting a drop in international passengers by nearly 9,000 people. Read more »

The Ombudsman, the council, and transparency

by Ian Apperley
A long running issue with the Wellington City Council’s lack of transparency has been highlighted this week by two rulings from the Ombudsman. Read more »

The annual plan, with missing projects

by Ian Apperley
The Wellington City Council’s annual plan is out for public consultation. Putting aside the usual marketing and rhetoric, it makes for interesting reading. On face value, it appears that some large projects have been effectively parked for the next fiscal year. Read more »

Is this the end for WREDA?

by Ian Apperley
Dark days indeed for Wellington’s Regional Economic Development Agency. The trouble started a few months back with the Wellington City Council calling into question the results from the agency, and has escalated in the past two weeks with business asking questions of the organisation. Read more »

Access for everyone?


by Lindsay Shelton
I’ve been talking with a Wellington couple who argue, convincingly, that city council facilities should be kept available for all citizens, without preference being given to a few. Their personal experience backs up their concern. Read more »

Seeking more (uncontaminated) water

by Jim Mikoz
There are two major issues to be dealt with if drilling for freshwater succeeds in finding a new aquifer under Wellington Harbour. Read more »