The Eye of the Fish



Walking into the Embassy, I didn’t know what to expect. It was opening night, before all the Oscars hype, but there was a buzz in the air – literally an audible hum. Clearly others had heard something, but if so, they were keeping schtumm – first night at the movies but packed to the rafters […]

Holden’ on, Holden gone


I’m not sure how I feel about Holden leaving a sinking ship – with their announcement that they are leaving their brand behind. Its probably been a foregone conclusion since they stopped production of the Commodore back in 2017 – along with Ford stopping production of their big Falcons in Australia as well. I remember […]

Congestion “free”?


Congestion “free” – really? Is there such a thing? Can we reach that state? Should we aim to reach that state? Here’s an example, just in from London, which as we all know is the capital of a small country quite some distance north of here…. London famously introduced a congestion charge about 17 years […]

Wuhan flu


I’ve been a bit quiet lately, not because I have the Wuhan Flu (no – god forbid it comes here!), but because the weather has been gorgeous where I am, and I simply can’t be arsed to tap away on a computer inside while the sun blazes away outside. And besides, you guys have been […]

New infrastructure


I’ve been a bit quiet lately but this is something that we have all been waiting for. Yes, it is the start of the election bribe season, or perhaps it is truly the best time in the world financial cycle to borrow money, but regardless, today Grant Robertson has announced a series of big infrastructure […]

Our hopes for the 2020s


I’ve not done this before: I’m not a needy kind of Fish – but following on from the last post, where readers were proposing their hopes for the decade ahead, I thought that the Eye of the Fish should also do the same. So here goes. What have I got to say? Read on… Rapid […]

Previewing the Next decade


So here’s to the 2020s: the years ahead. What do you want to happen? What do you think will happen? Once again, in a cheeky form of reverence, I’m going to use the Greater Auckland blog as a template for what we are doing here in Wellington – so the headlines all refer to AKL […]

Reviewing the Decade


As we round out not only the year but also the decade, I’ve also decided to join the ranks of other end of decade reviews. What have we accomplished in Wellington and how are we doing overall? Following the lead of the Greater Auckland blog (former Transport Blog), I’ll divide this post into sections on […]



It’s Christmas time – it must be mid-summer as the pohutukawa are flowering, the storms are raging, and the norwester winds are blowing a (severe) gale. We need some good news and some bright and happy images of a successful architectural outcome. So, as a Christmas Special, here’s some pics of a partially finished Erskine […]