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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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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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(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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That tree: What did it ever do for you?  

Do you have trees in the street you live? Or at the place you work?  Are they big or small? Your answers may say something about your quality of life   Some research out of the States shows some really interesting insights about trees in urban areas.   There’s a great quote from the researcher,…

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