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  • The housing crisis debates: here we are again

    The final spatial plan is not yet officially back in front of the City Council, but already, Wellington social media are back to firing war zones. The “debates” have again fallen into a battle of cliches, where everyone is accusing everyone else of being a selfish privileged boomer or a developer pawn. It seems impossible …

  • The Final Spatial Plan has been released

    Throughout all of 2020, a consultation was at the heart of passionate arguments. The Draft Spatial Plan was the second stage of a year-long program of work called “Planning for Growth”, a program designed to prepare Wellington to cater for a significant influx of new residents. Some said 30,000 were expected over the next decades, …

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  • A green Long Term Plan

    Last Thursday, the Wellington City Council voted on the Long Term Plan.. One of the most salient points was the budget allocated to build a complete cycling network across the city. A whopping $226m will be spent over the next 10 years, with a fourth of it spent during the next 3 years. That’s very …

  • An airport expansion, no matter what

    For many years, Wellington Airport has been making plans for expansion. In its 2040 master plan, it talks about the runway extension though this has faced fierce and, to some extent, successful opposition. The airport is also looking at expanding towards the East, over the golf course. It managed to buy half of it and …

  • The runway extension show, edition 2021

    Earlier this year, the Wellington City Council started discussing the Long Term Plan which went out for consultation in April-May. While preparing the draft, one point received a significant amount of scrutiny: the zombie runway extension. It’s a zombie because everyone believes it’s dead, but the airport tries to keep it alive. It’s also a …