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Weekend Reading 16.12.17

  Maaaate… we’re getting a bit touchy feely in this Weekend Reading: this week, being happy and having friends.  Awwwww.

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No Going Back?

Pomare’s redevelopment was “all about community engagement”, but did it ultimately serve the people who lived there? We ponder the commercial vs community pressures of public/private partnerships.     The area around Farmer Crescent in Lower Hutt was once infamous, dominated by the Mongrel Mob and scene of a 2009 stoush between the gang and…

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Weekend Reading – 29.10.17

Complement your eggs on toast this weekend with some tasty sides of future energy (it’s not that radical – the Auzzies are doing it) and the future (maybe) of Wellington city.  Mmmmm!   Get your solar on!   Cool stuff happening in the world of green energy powering cities: last month South Australia’s electricity demand…

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Weekend Reading – Saturday 21.10.17

This week TalkWellington’s had a mole at the Asian Pacific Cycle Congress (a gathering of bike-geeky types talking about how to get more people biking), held in Christchurch/Ōtautahi.   We’ll distil the most interesting morsels for you later, but for now: things that struck us comparing our Wellington region towns and the Garden City. Rebuilding after…

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Weekend Reading – Saturday 14.10.17

Buses, houses, and old stuff: this weekend’s reading is full of goodness!   “Bye bye, Leccy Bus” A small girl getting off a trolley bus ahead of me yesterday said it, and from 1st November we’ll say bye to the last vestiges of the network. From Congestion Free Wellington: “Wellington Cable Car Ltd (owned by…

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Is it just me, or is it still damp in here?

Real power can mean simply having choices to be healthier in your own home. Whare Hauora is a Wellington charity that empowers people with  detailed information about the healthiness of our homes. Living in a cold, draughty, damp house in Wellington is a period in many Wellingtonians’ lives. From warmer, drier houses we tell stories…

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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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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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(W)here’s the sunshine!

We’re past the shortest day, but the sun hunger is setting in.  TalkWellington has been fiddling with some tools for finding the sunshine – and figuring out what it’s worth. Mapping it This lovely warm-looking map is by data visualisation whizzes Dumpark, using Wellington City Council’s open data. With the “total hours” button you can…

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