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I have no idea why, but we appear to have elected someone who likes to use his thumb. Perhaps over-use his thumb. So, i think it only right to feature the Thumb in all its glory. See if you can find a photo of young Christopher without a thumbs up. They’re rare… Don’t believe me? Read on… And if you think I’m barking up the wrong…

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As I write, and possibly while you read, we are still on Voting Day, although this awful weather will probably keep many people away from the voting stations. I voted, walking to my local school, and there was only 2 others there voting in the seats in front of me – from memory, last time, there were dozens of people. This time: crickets chirped and tumbleweed…

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In all the fun and fuss over things like the Election, the country’s love affair / hatred of Winston (there is something very 1984 about Winston being the BiG Brother watching over us / controlling our every move), we (well, me) may have taken our eye off the ball. Well, not the ball, but the Hutt. It seems that the Hutt has fully adopted the MDRS…

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As far as cost blowouts go, this is a big one, and heads should roll. We here at the Fish have written about the old Town Hall a few times over the years, and last time we wrote we noted that “Since the town hall was closed in 2013 for strengthening, the cost of the project has gone from $43m, to $60m, to $90m. The final…

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You may have noticed that there is a general election coming up, and the amount of hot air increasing from all sides. Billed as the battle of the Chrises (Chris’s? Chrisis? Crisis?), I’d venture that it is a lot more serious than just a two-way stand-off of Chris H vs Chris L – its actually a Mexican stand-off with Chris B in it as well, and…

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Talk about a NewsFlash ! Wow – the Shelly Bay development, that no-one seemed to like or want, has just been cancelled. Not postponed, or sidelined, or put on the backburner for a while – the developer Ian Cassells has sold the site to everyone’s favourite hobbit, Lord Jackson of Underhill. No, seriously folks, that is big news, and I think probably also fantastic news as…

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(Updated – see more info at end of post). In a recent news story on The Post, which may not have appeared on the Stuff, there was an article on a proposed new building on Customhouse Quay in Wellington. You may (or may not) have seen it, as Post seems to be splitting / abandoning Stuff, as their two websites now become very different beasts –…

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The Architectural Centre was founded in Wellington in 1946 and set off at a cracking pace – starting architecture and town planning schools, mounting the era-defining project Te Aro Replanned and launching its journal Design Review within its first two or three years. It was the foundation stone of Wellington modernism. Over the years it has been a forum for the likes of Plishke, Cranko, Sutch, Gatley, Athfield, Walker,…

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In the news today, the Post reports that Kapiti Council have agreed on new Density rules for their larger urban areas. That will mean that Paraparaumu will heavily densify in the centre, while Waikanae and Paekakariki will be allowed to densify to slightly lower heights. I imagine that this will cause quite a ruckus. “The new changes mean buildings up to 15 storeys would be enabled…

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Sad news, but not entirely unexpected. Friedrich (Fritz) Eisenhofer has passed away, at the splendid ripe old age of 96. NZIA has sent out a small note of his funeral, but to be honest he deserves a bloody great big obituary – and probably a book as well – and I’m probably not the person to do this. Many of you will have known him better…