The Eye of the Fish

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Ennio Morricone passed away recently – a name I suspect that is reasonably well-known to this readership. If you’re not familiar with his work: he was a composer, of film scores, and particularly good at haunting, ghostly music for films like spaghetti Westerns. Unbeknownst to you lot, I spent all of the lockdown shut away […]

Golden Mile – the middle


Following on from the look at the Lambton Quay end and the Courtenay Place completion of the Golden Mile, it’s worth also looking at the Options for the middle. They’re not so exciting as either end, mainly because the streets are narrow and there is not that much room to move. None the less, its […]

3 options


Like you, I’ve been sitting down reading all the millions of pages of information provided by LGWM in their first major release of proposals for Wellington. They’ve just been talking about the Golden Mile so far, and they have narrowed the thinking down from 256 options down to 21 options and then later to just […]

Let’s Get Consultation Started


At long last LGWM have uploaded some of their work for the Public to look at and consult on. There is literally so much stuff to read and so little time to get consultation back, that all I’m going to do here is to publish some links now, and then more analysis and commentary later. […]



Great news for NZ magazine lovers and architecture aesthetes alike – Here is now here. It’s landed – silky smooth paper, great art direction, quality paper, cute ‘n quirky new design. The man to thank for this is the freshly shaven Simon Farrell-Green who took the plunge, armed only with an ageing MacBook and an […]

Te Ara Tupua


One of Wellington’s long-desired and much awaited projects is apparently to get underway as part of the Government’s shovel-ready infrastructure projects: Te Ara Tupua, aka the Ngauranga to Petone Cycleway. It isn’t going to have to go through the usual lengthy Resource Consent process which I would normally be very supportive of – this is […]

Ghost ships


Ghost ships have been sighted in Wellington Harbour this morning – faint blue outlines of something, lurking beneath the waves…. Is it a relic from a bygone era? If so, why haven’t we seen the wreck before? There have been many shipwrecks in Whanganui-a-Tara over the years, of course, with at least 8 wrecks out […]

Going shopping


Today I’m taking a different tack to the Eye of the Fish. I’m going for a walk down a shopping street, in the spirit of some retail therapy. My TV blew up last night – the sound still goes, but the picture doesn’t – and what is the use of a TV without a picture? […]

Nameless, Placeless, Timeless


With the rest of the world locked up and getting bored out of their tree, its just a few countries like us that are starting to truly get out and about without masks. We’re lucky beyond belief. Now we can go out and party carefully – or stay in and party hard. Meanwhile, the toppling […]