The Eye of the Fish


Rogue review


So: what did you get up to over the holidays? Relax by the beach? Climb a high mountain? Forget about work? Demolish a building? Watch Star Wars at the cinema? Watch Back to the Future on TV? Was it all, perhaps, strangely familiar? It was, perhaps, for me, the strangest Christmas, composed of mixtures of […]


Outta here !

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It’s Christmas once again, and we’re on a break. Let’s face it, no one reads a website when it is sunny outside, and no one much is reading this blog any more anyway, so despite the newsy things we could write about, like the architect being announced for the new Chinese Embassy at the Basin […]


The birth and death of ICI: 61 Molesworth


It’s not just Bunny Walters and ZsaZsa Gabor that have gone to meet their maker in the last few days – it is the building at 61 Molesworth St that is quickly shuffling off this mortal coil. They say that modern buildings have a 50 year life span – Zsa Zsa got to 99, Bunny […]


Too Soon? : Delayed reflection on Wellington’s rapid reopening


“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts! Or, is it?!” proclaimed no one in the furore which surrounded Wellington’s rapid reopening after the 7.8 Kaikoura quake. Well. I think someone should have. With the dust firmly settled – at least for now – from last month’s earthquake, it is timely to note […]


Centreport: the sea gives and the sea takes away


Down at the old Harbour Board building this week for the launch of the Wellington City Council Heritage Index (an excellent resource, long overdue, and very welcome), we were in the Boardroom of the old Harbour Board, with ancient faces staring down at us disapprovingly. There we were, mostly women, and on the walls, old, […]




This. We need this for Wellington. Thanks to the wonderful TransportBlog in Auckland for bring that to my attention. We need a dedicated action group for Wellington to reclaim our city from the grip of the motorcar. The WCC, the GWRC, and the NZTA started off with “Get Welly Moving” but they appear to have […]


Chase – the demolition


Following last week’s large earthquake in Kaikoura (now uprated to 7.8, which is a sizeable monster), a number of buildings in Wellington have been cordoned off, and so far, three buildings have been slated for demolition. They are: the former ICI House (designed by Stephenson & Turner, constructed 1962-65) in 61 Molesworth St. the Statistics […]


NO Red Zone


Following on from the previous post singing the praises of the structural engineers inspecting our buildings in the heart of the capital, this post is almost the opposite: don’t let anyone “Red Zone” our city. I’m not sure who is even promoting the idea, but it is not one to be taken lightly. Yes, we […]

City engineers inspect buildings in the central business district in Wellington on early November 14, 2016, following an earthquake centred some 90 kilometres (57 miles) north of New Zealand's South Island city of Christchurch. 
A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand early November 14, the US Geological Survey said, prompting a tsunami warning and knocking out power and phone services in many parts of the country.  / AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

Hero Engineers


Engineers sometimes get a bad press, but I think it is worth singing their praises today. While we have all been huddled inside by the fire (or, if you don’t have a fire, then huddled by the cat), our Structural Engineering buddies have been slogging it out, going round town, inspecting buildings. Late at night, […]