Wellington Scoop

Why we love Frank Kitts Park

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by Alana Bowman
As many times as you walk along the edge of Wellington Harbour, the green expanse of Frank Kitts Park always comes as a surprise. Read more »

The council isn’t selling shoes

Cr Fleur Fitzsimons has had encouraging feedback from across the political spectrum since she criticised last week’s external review of the Wellington City Council’s communications and engagement functions. The review recommends a “refreshed corporate identity” for the council, but Cr Fitzsimons says this makes the council seem as if it is “a corporation with something to sell, like a sneakers brand or an insurance company.” Read more »

Centralism vs localism

by Felicity Wong
The Wellington City Council is consulting on its plan for “status quo plus one:” retaining its current electoral system and introducing a new Māori ward. The system of electing ward councillors is important because of the tension between centralism and localism. Read more »

Will $3.1billion get us moving?

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by Lindsay Shelton
When the NZTA announced yesterday that it wants to spend a “forecast investment” of $3.1billion over the next three years to get Wellington moving, it may have been acknowledging the immobility of the six-year-old “Let’s Get Wellington Moving” group (with the unfortunate name), which has had the same aim, without success.
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Rethinking the airport barrier

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by Glen Smith
Despite being surrounded by high hills, Wellington is fortunate to have an international airport that is under 10km from its CBD, with flight approaches over Cook Strait to the south and just missing the Newland hills to the north. The drawback is the runway which forms a major physical barrier over 2km long between the city and the airport terminal and the growing population of over 20,000 residents who live east of the airport on Miramar Peninsula. Read more »

Memories of a 1970s Miramar teenager


by Stephen Moore
I’m a 61-year-old who was raised in Newtown until 1976, then lived in Miramar, Lyall Bay and Hataitai. I have never lived anywhere else. Read more »

Lockdown, and history

by Lindsay Shelton
Level 4 life has been so quiet in my suburb that there’s almost nothing to write about. Read more »

Keeping active during lockdown

by Associate Professor Susanna Every-Palmer, Psychiatrist and Head of Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Wellington
For those feeling stressed and anxious at the moment – don’t be hard on yourself. You’ve been designed to feel this way. Throughout human evolution, natural selection has favoured those who get anxious and take evasive action against perceived threats. However, while this is an excellent survival strategy when faced with a hungry predator it’s not helpful with a protracted threat that we have limited control over – like COVID-19. Read more »

Attacked for wearing a mask

by Ben Strang of RNZ
On Tuesday night, five hours before the restrictions were about to snap into place, I was tasked with talking to people on the streets of Wellington about the impending lockdown. Read more »

Waking up to lockdown

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by Kirsty Frame of RNZ
For the first time in 15 months, Wellington woke up to a lockdown this morning. Read more »