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Sad news today – Megan Wraight has died. She had been fighting cancer for some time. Megan, a tough Aussie Kiwi battler and Wellington’s best Landscape designer – heck, I’m going to say New Zealand’s best, even Australasia’s best – she gave the dreaded big C a hard fight, just as she gave everything a hard fight along the way. She’s going to be hugely missed….

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You’ll all be aware of the recent central Government dictat that New Zealand stop using greenfield land and instead learn to densify. This is a Very Big Thing for little old Aotearoa. We’re a country that still thinks of itself as a rural paradise, a land where the Quarter Acre Half Gallon Pavlova Paradise is still a thing (thanks Austin Mitchell). Actually, section sizes haven’t been…

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The Government has just released a revised National Policy Statement on Urban Design – which will affect the look of our major cities and the way they work. It comes into effect on 20 August 2020, just in time for the incoming Government. This is a big one – the NPS-UD was last updated in 2016 under the Nats, and so this is the first time…

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I hadn’t realised that time is moving so fast, but LGWM wants feedback on their proposals by Friday. That’s in just 3 days time. So go, click here and submit your feedback now. There are posters and hoardings all up and down the Golden Mile about this, so hopefully thousands of regular GM walkers, shoppers, workers, bussers, and travellers have put their input into the machine…

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At long last the Consultation begins. There are five options – two knock-down and rebuild options and three keep-the-existing-building options. “Low level remediation” which gives it another 35 years, “Mid level remediation” which should reach another 42 years, and the Council’s Preferred option “High level remediation” which should give Wellingtonians another 50 years at least. Only New build options will get more than that – estimated…

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Here at The Eye of the Fish World HeadQuarters tower building, we overlook our sweet wee metropolis and purvey the scene daily. We’ve been keen for some time to see what the LGWM team has been up to, and it is exhausting to have to creep along at the snails pace they set. Still: the city asked for a thorough, careful job to be done, with…

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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 in a small town on the edge of nowhere, completely alone,…

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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 time to look at Manners and Willis. Option 1 – Reduced…

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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 three simple variants (Do Nothing is not an option). Option 1…

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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. Early Interventions engagement report Golden Mile project Golden Mile Vision –…