April 2019 update – see below. 

Why talk about towns? 

Our urban environments and transport systems are hugely influential over our lives, and we should be able to shape them too so they work better for everyone.

Quality information is what makes ordinary people into city-shaping forces for good. (and yes, it works). But for the past few years Wellington’s supply of quality information about transport and urban form has been patchy at best. This isn’t OK: towns and cities are too important.

Good city-shaping information and ideas need to be a regular part of Wellington’s mainstream information diet, so we can shape the places we live. 

Talk Wellington stepped into that gap.

The Talk Wellington kaupapa is about fuelling and fostering good discussion and accessible, intelligent debate so that we as citizens can better influence leaders’ decisions, and each other’s, in shaping our streets, neighbourhoods, towns.

Right across our region, 2018-19 has been a big year for transport.

So we’ve been focussing on that, culminating in our Saturday series in the Dominion Post / Stuff.  But urban form and transport go hand in hand, so you’ll also find more content about homes, town layouts, development and so on

Update, April 2019

Talk Wellington was conceived with a two-phase life.  The first two-and-a-bit years of our life have been about proving the concept of our tiny but mighty social enterprise as a vehicle for mainstreaming good city-shaping information and ideas. This phase has been predominantly self-funded by our convenor Isabella Cawthorn.

The second phase was to be a Talk Wellington that operated at mainstream scale, independent of one person’s savings account, funded instead by public-spirited individuals and organisations who believed in a better Wellington region through better public kōrero and action.

Since our big fundraiser in November 2018, dozens of individual people have stepped up, with a core of about 15 donating regularly.

But corporate sponsorship has failed.  We achieved only about a twelfth of the sponsorship we needed to run at mainstream scale (info on that here).

As of 15 April 2019, Talk Wellington will cease our striving to be a part of the mainstream Wellington information diet. 

This has been a really tough decision and has caused much heartache.

But while we’re reducing our scale, we’re still alive and kicking!

What happens now?