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A second year in the country

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by Ian Apperley
We are well into the second year of our rural adventure, having left the confines of the city and bought in rural Carterton. While I still (reluctantly) have one foot in the city, travelling into Wellington by train one or two days a week for work, life continues apace at Three Fires managed by my partner K as full time farm manager. Read more »

Tākina: costs, risks, and co-operation

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by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council is being remarkably forthcoming this week, with details of a plan for its new Tākina Convention Centre to be operated by Te Papa, its neighbour (and till now its competitor) across the road. . Read more »

No decisions, but 4 more options

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LGWM is continuing its indecisiveness for a sixth year, with four transport options to be announced next week. According to the NZ Herald, all the options include a new Mt Victoria Tunnel, and three of the options include grade separation at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

What’s wrong with the systems?

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Opinion by Your Bay Your Say
For three years, Your Bay Your Say has brought awareness and transparency to the Titahi Bay and Porirua community about the not-fit-for-purpose Porirua Wastewater Treatment Plant, where there’ve been numerous malfunctions, bypasses for UV cleaning, and overflows of partially treated and raw sewage in heavy rain that discharge 700m from the popular Titahi Bay beach. Read more »

A $170m deal that has turned sour

When Wellington Water signed a ten year $170m deal with the French company Veolia to run the region’s four wastewater plants, it said the contract marked the start of “a new and exciting focus on managing wastewater for Wellingtonians.” Two years later, that focus has changed, and Wellington Water now says “the wastewater treatment plants are not being operated to a standard that we would expect.” Read more »

Warm, healthy, and historic


Rachel Paschoalin’s PhD research at Victoria University looks at how renovation guidelines can create warmer and drier historic buildings. Her research investigates how to sympathetically retrofit historic buildings to reduce their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions so that they can continue our heritage, protect the climate, and serve their communities. Read more »

Making it happen … with changes

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by Claire Mabey
I’ve had Janis Joplin’s song ‘Piece of My Heart’ on repeat lately. Playing songs on repeat helps me concentrate and this one of Janis’ fits my current mood. I had expected I’d probably have to write this. But even while we have Covid contingencies to last us another decade, it isn’t until you have to start drawing the lines that the plan starts to hit you around the head. Read more »

Fighting the takeover of the golf course

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Wellington Airport’s plan to take over the golf course became known almost two years ago. Read more »

Piano player comes home

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by Harry Hodgman
My last memory of Wellington before moving to Melbourne was performing three consecutive concerts at Tuatara The Third Eye, the final gig being about twelve hours before my one-way flight to Melbourne. Read more »

Much worse, and sooner

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Photo: Marten Rabarts

by Kerry Wood
Wellington’s weather has been wild recently, and we need to be aware of the consequences: much worse, too soon. A recent NIWA press release quotes Dr Scott Stephens, NIWA’s Chief Scientist for Coasts and Estuaries: Read more »

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