Belonging in the Capital

How do we feel connected in a new city? For new residents in Aotearoa, friendly third places can be hard to find. Guest poster Alina shares her experience searching for belonging in her new home, and has tips for others new to Wellington. “What would be your biggest ask?” This recent question took me by…

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Building social cohesion: spaces that bring us together

As Aotearoa’s Muslim community reels from the Christchurch mosque terrorism, and the rest of us ask uncomfortably “what led to this?”, it’s worth reflecting on the role that our everyday physical environments play in inoculating our communities.

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Cut off: the severance effect of busy roads

Tried to get from the waterfront to the city lately? Or had to use a “pedestrian refuge” to move around your local shops? Severance is a side-effect of big infrastructure in urban areas, and it’s something we need to know about. As we learn the Inner City Bypass has worked out as a loss to…

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Do we need to think differently about transport funding?

As new research finds “failure to deliver” from one of Wellington’s most costly recent transport investments, Greater Auckland’s Matt Lowrie asks and answers…

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Walk This Way

We love walking. Especially on Walk2WorkDay!

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We’re walking here!

Wellington is the premier place to walk in New Zealand. Ellen Blake of Living Streets Aotearoa invites us all to Walk To Work Day today 13th March –  you’ll be in good company on the footpaths!

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“Shared Responsibility” messaging ignores our Basic Human Responsibilities – to look out for the more vulnerable among us.

Maybe it’s all the out-of-towners, wandering our streets… but we’re noticing how our streets prioritise “rights and obligations” for people when in vehicles and when not. Thanks to reader Kerry for tipping us off to this great post from Ontario blogger Mr Bikes A Bunch.

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PARK(ing) Day: streets of potential

Today’s PARK(ing) Day, when single on-street carparks transform to real parks and suddenly become useful to hundreds of people. Have you seen them all?

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Get Welly Moving… How About Staying Put?

Kathleen Wright puts forward the case for ditching the commute into town and working locally. And, even saving the city some infrastructure costs.

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It’s not our business: the latest in the saga of integrated ticketing in Wellington

As the Airport Flyer starts refusing Snapper (and RTI), we read today the textual embodiment of a shrug from the responsible organisation. Why is it so hard for us do one ticket to ride? A sorry saga Way back in 2008 Snapper launched for buses only. (Over the subsequent few years in Wellington they would…

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