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Lambton – the Golden Smile

Wellington has long been quietly smug about our best-in-NZ public transport. It’s time to make it really bear dividends for Wellington City.  Guest author Guy M has been walking, photographing and thinking.  Let’s Get Wellington Moving  is a great idea, but it seems a little slow on progress. We’re assured that behind the scenes, great…

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“Let’s go for a walk!” But where?

Whether you’re hearing “Let’s go for a walk!”  from someone excitable with four legs, or two, or both, it’s surprisingly hard to know where it’s OK to have the kids and the family dog.  A Wellington mapper and data geek has come to the rescue. Here is data geek (and dog-lover and runner) Aimee Whitcroft’s…

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As good as it gets

Naenae is, in many ways, a microcosm of contemporary New Zealand.  Guest author Annanonymous writes about what you see in Naenae as an outsider, and what that means for all of us.  This article was originally posted on  THE END IS NAENAE, 7 MAY 2017   It’s about nine years since our family moved to…

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It’s gonna get intense!

  Wellington is finally starting to acknowledge how badly it needs more intense development. Isabella hopes we don’t have to suffer a Welly version of Auckland’s toxicity to achieve a good balance of density.   The Wellington City Mayor’s Housing Taskforce report is just out and it’s got some great stuff. While it misses an…

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Ocean vs locals (vs localism?)

Councils and ratepayers are grappling with coastal erosion. Coastal processes are complex, earthquakes add extra urgency, the stakes are high. TalkWellington wonder: are we expecting too much from local communities and local government? Looking out of the train along the Paekakariki Escarpment, Wellington’s tectonic and coastal origins hit you in the eye.  The Pukerua Fault…

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Pronouncing History: place names in Kāpiti

Being at home in a landscape includes seeing the full story of its history reflected, not just one side. Scoop Wellington’s Lindsay Shelton reckons Kāpiti has taken an important, symbolic step.  This article is cross-posted with permission from Scoop Wellington A working party of iwi representatives and a local historian have come up with a…

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One Year hurry up for Cuba Street

What’s happened with earthquake strengthening our beloved fragile heritage buildings in Cuba St? EyeoftheFish asks – and gets an answer This article is cross-posted with permission from EyeoftheFish. It’s taken over 5 years since the first Canterbury quake for some actual real action to be taken on strengthening, and not before time. Now that the laws…

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Facing towards our water

Why do we love being near water? The best bits of Wellington’s towns bring people to water, and Riverlink is now turning Lower Hutt’s face to Te Awa Kairangi. The Hutt River, Te Awa Kairangi, has been engineered hard over the last century to reduce the frequency of flooding (and massively raising the stakes).  Despite…

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Waterproofing Wellington

You’d be forgiven for thinking Wellingtonians are determined to spend more time knee-deep in water.  TalkWellington looks at why our places are likely to flood more, and ways we can stop it. It rains quite a lot in Wellington, and floods quite a lot. And it’s very likely to rain harder in the near future…

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Getting around: Who wants what?

Wellington’s getting a lot of big new roads. TalkWellington, looking at Auckland, wonders if it’s wholly good news for Wellington’s future. So many new roads!  They include what’s currently the nation’s single largest earthworks project, Transmission Gully. Most of them are funded by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA). These roads will have a huge impact…

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