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The Big Smoke

Ben Schrader and the Big Smoke

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I’ve been reading The Big Smoke recently, historian Ben Schrader‘s epic tome on the history of the urban scene in New Zealand – at least from 1840 till 1920. Hopefully, Schrader will now work on a sequel, from 1921 to 2021. Not that far away! It is an excellent book, well worth the purchase price, [...]


Mansions of the Gods


I was looking back at a box of old books the other day, when I came across my collection of Tintin and Asterix books. Graphic novels, if you were to ask me now, but just comic books back then. A valuable learning aid for puns (either subtle or brutal) and in my case, French, as [...]


Rewi Thompson RIP


Sadly, very sadly, Rewi Thompson has passed away. An architect, a mentor, a professor at Auckland University, Rewi was of Ngati Porou and Ngati Raukawa lineage, but was also just an incredibly nice, friendly guy. I don’t think I ever heard him say a bad word about anyone. Having met him a few times, I [...]


Hello Justin


A week is a long time in politics. Celia is gone, Justin is in, Colin Craig is ancient history, and Goff’s off to head up the supercity. The last WCC crop of Councillors was, let’s be honest, a bag full of fruitcakes, with the frankly barmy Helene Ritchie, the reptilian repellent Mark Peck who, frankly, [...]


Farewell Celia


Following on from Transportblog’s farewell to their outgoing Mayor Len Brown, it seems only appropriate that the Eye of the Fish take a similar lead and post a farewell to Celia Wade-Brown, who has also exiled herself to the ether. Unlike Auckland, where it seems almost certain that they know who they will get next [...]


Regional councillors and Health Boards


Dull headline but vitally important topic, that is getting next to no media attention. What do you know about people standing for the Wellington Regional Council, and even more importantly: what do you know about the people standing for the Capiti and Coast District Health Board? I confess, in the words of the immortal Corporal [...]


London’s burning

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While you’ve been sleeping, London has been burning down. Yes, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, on 4th September 1666, the City of London have been doing a whole series of events around the Great Fire, and on their Sunday night – our Monday morning – they’re going to burn [...]


Balancing Bungy


Making news today is a proposal by Architecture Workshop for a giant platform suspended out over the harbour, thus: It is audacious, to say the least, and probably stronger words are necessary: amazing, visionary, and stark raving bonkers also spring to mind. Chris Kelly, the resident auteur of Architecture Workshop, is one of Wellington’s finest [...]


Four way stop


At Eye of the Fish, we feature the big issues concerning Wellington. Like the Film Museum, the Basin Bridge, and ummm, others. We leave other mildly successful blogs like Transport Blog to discuss things like Auckland’s Unitary Plan, or their city’s woeful transport problems involving $2 billion worth of rail tunnels, while we discuss the [...]