Wellington Scoop

Planning for the market to decide

by Felicity Wong
Wellingtonians are concerned about the ‘top-down’ free-market approach to urban planning. The Government has effectively imposed high-density rezoning on communities from above, with limited potential for exemptions, under the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD). Read more »

Porirua Harbour’s sewage time bomb

RNZ photo by Harry Lock

After sewage spilled into Porirua Harbour three times in the last two weeks, Wellington Water’s chief wastewater advisor has described the situation as “a time bomb.” Read more »

Crossing Cobham Drive


by Ellen Blake of Living Streets Aotearoa
I’m asking for your support of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving proposal for a new pedestrian crossing along Cobham Drive in Wellington near the airport, and for safer speeds along State Highway 1, also known as Ruahine St, Cobham Drive and Calabar Street. Read more »

Health Board promises 27 more vaccination centres by the end of this week

News from CCDHB
Twenty-seven new vaccination centres will be opening this week and next week, based in medical practices in Wellington, Porirua and the Kāpiti Coast. Read more »

Waiting no longer

by Lindsay Shelton
Less than 24 hours after publication of Monday’s article about covid vaccination delays in Wellington, I received a text message with an invitation to book a jab. I was quick to respond. Read more »

Waiting to be vaccinated

by Lindsay Shelton
A consignment of 370,000 Pfizer doses arrived in New Zealand yesterday. But it’s hard to believe that this will do much to reduce the evident shortage of vaccines in Wellington, where our health board said two weeks ago it was preparing to vaccinate 200,000 people.
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Protecting the town belt (again)

by Helene Ritchie
The Wellington City Council wants to turn our Town Belt into an amusement park so that the city can be “revitalised.” If the council is successful, there will be nothing stopping a music festival, a beer festival, and a host of “vibrant” activities attacking our city’s most precious natural environment, in pursuit of the mighty dollar. Read more »

New virus outbreak is wake-up call

by Professor Graham Le Gros
The overwhelming effects on New Zealand’s paediatric emergency care from the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) outbreak in New Zealand infants and the elderly is an important ‘wake up call’ of how vulnerable health systems are to serious infectious diseases that get into communities of susceptible people. Read more »

Authors beware

by Christine Dann
New Zealand authors beware – the National Library is establishing a precedent for breaching your copyright. Read more »

Real books vs pixels

by Christine Dann
The National Librarian Rachel Esson told us at the end of last month: “We are now in advanced discussions with an overseas digitisation partner.” Read more »