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We are a fledgling blog that was created to continue the legacy of Tom Beard’s superb WellUrban. Our aim is to further discourse on Wellington’s urban environment, as well to as report on the other aspects of life in the capital. Tom has set certainly high standards for us, and we wish him all the best in his new position.

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      • Dunajtschik demolition a done deal?
        • 2 May 2014
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        • News just in via the Stuff website that Mark Dunajtschik has won his appeal in the High Court against the Environment Court. But it does not mean that Mr D has the right to go out and demolish the building straight away – instead, a rehearing has been ordered. This legal stuff is exhausting, and expensive. With the amount that Mr D has spent on the legal costs so far, you might think that he could quite easily have just strengthened the building instead.
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        • Grey Street, Wellington Central, Wellington, 6012, New Zealand/Aotearoa (OpenStreetMap)


      • Congestion choking
        • 2 Sep 2013
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        • The DomPost today reported that an Opus report on possible future road congestion, was completed in December (now 9 months ago), but has “not yet reached the Regional Council table” ie Greater Wellington. Despite having been produced by Opus, who are completely independent of GWRC, and despite it having somehow been sat on or mysteriously [...]
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      • Petone hotel
        • 29 Aug 2013
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        • I’m unsure about this. Is it right? Is it in the right place? Is it the right building in the right place? So many questions, so few answers. The architects / architectural designers are Design Club, and there are refererences to local pa in the palisading, local tukutuku weaving in the cladding, and a ships [...]
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        • Petone, New Zealand (OpenStreetMap)


      • Eq200
        • 1 Aug 2013
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        • There have been hundreds of earthquakes, if not thousands, in the days following last week’s Seddonator (TM name courtesy of Eye of the Fish, conflation of Seddon and Dominator). A nice little wobbly number just then (11.10am) prompted me to go to the Geonet website and check – it was a 4.9 in the middle of the Cook Strait again – or, as Geonet say, 30km east of Seddon. There’s something big going on down there, even if the one remaining resident of Seddon could only just be bothered to report it in.
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      • Liftshaft
        • 25 Jul 2013
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        • Looks like Luke’s Lane Liftshaft is likely to lay down after a long period of lonesome inactivity. Apparently it is leaning in an alarming manner – anything off vertical rings alarm bells in our vertically oriented city – and this last remnant of the 80s is due to be axed.
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        • Lukes Lane, Te Aro, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand/Aotearoa


      • Earthquake: over-reaction?
        • 21 Jul 2013
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        • Whilst I am fully aware that was a nasty series of shakes on Sunday evening, and indeed over the last few days, I’m very disappointed in the over-reaction of the media to this seismic event. RadioNZ reported that a building in Featherston St had a collapsed concrete facade – I don’t know about you, but I thought “Crikey! If a concrete facade can collapse, then what about the brick facades in Cuba St!” – and so I set off to find out which building had collapsed. As it turns out, none of them.
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      • Super or not?
        • 7 Jul 2013
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        • The news Last week that the Ghuznee St development “Ink” is to go ahead but without the accompanying New World mini-supermarket is probably a good thing. It has taken a long time to resolve itself though, with negotiations taking place over the last few years, and various proposals for different schemes in different forms. At [...]
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        • Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand/Aotearoa


      • Casino Royale (with cheese)
        • 30 Jun 2013
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        • I mentioned this project in passing the other day, in a post about the return of the cranes to the city skyline, and thought its worth having a bit of a closer look at it this morning. I’ve been sneaking off into Moore Wilson’s car park to take photos every so often, and so this first photo is from a few months back, when just a skeletal framework is showing. There is, to my eye anyway, something quite beautiful about the clear simplicity of the structure on this building: there’s an insitu concrete wall, and then there’s some steelwork. The columns are relatively small and slender – the work is being done by the concrete wall, and so all these babies have to do is cope with gravity.
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        • Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand/Aotearoa


      • Unreal estate
        • 23 Jun 2013
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        • Do Estate agents live on the same planet as us? Have a look at this: Immaculate Investment Tidy Price This is an extremely well presented investment or home for the discerning purchaser, offering two double bedrooms and a location that will see you conveniently placed for all necessities. Close to transport, shopping and the city, [...]
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        • Newtown, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand (OpenStreetMap)


      • Storm
        • 22 Jun 2013
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        • Well, wouldn’t you know it – the storm of the century in Wellington, and I’m not there to see it. From all accounts, it was a real doozy – I’m glad to hear that Wellington has pulled through, even if various seaside properties are minus fences and stretches of roads. Best quote for me came from that bloke in Lyall Bay, who was quoted as saying “you think you’ve got a fence, and then you don’t” which for some reason I found very funny. I was a little distressed to hear of some of my fellow fish found flapping their last across a stretch of highway though.
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        • Lyall Bay, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand/Aotearoa (OpenStreetMap)


      • Basin Pavilion and Spine Study
        • 18 Jun 2013
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        • I did have a small post scheduled for tomorrow morning, but the release of both of these today sort of takes precedence! It never rains, but it pours! Seems kind of appropriate, considering the weather we have been having lately. So: seeing as the Basin Reserve “mitigation” study / blatant bribe to the Reserve Trust has been released, and the Passenger Transport Spine study, and the material for the EPA from NZTA have all been released today (there is no coincidence here, it’s all been carefully planned out), and that’s just al too much for me to post on – I thought I’d just throw it open for you to comment on.
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        • Basin Reserve, Dufferin Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, 6021, New Zealand (OpenStreetMap)


      • Halfway House
        • 29 May 2013
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        • I’m quite interested in New Zealand’s old architecture, particularly those old colonial buildings that we haven’t preserved much of, but can still be found. So I went to Glenside, near Tawa to see an old colonial house. Apparently the suburb of Glenside used to be called ‘Halfway’ back in the day because it was located [...]
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        • Middleton Road, Grenada Village, Glenside, Wellington, 6037, New Zealand/Aotearoa


      • Flyover for Lambton Quay
        • 31 Mar 2013
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        • In a surprising piece of breaking news today, we have just heard that the results of the Wellington Public Transport Spine study have been announced, and the end result will no doubt surprise some people. In line with Wellington City Council’s new found love for Flyovers, as approved by Councilor Andy Foster at a recent [...]
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        • Lambton Quay, Wellington Central, Wellington, 6012, New Zealand/Aotearoa


      • Flyover vote
        • 20 Mar 2013
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        • Later today the Council will vote on their support of the flyover. Related to this, an interesting tidbit came out yesterday and almost slipped me by: “Steps to move state highway traffic off Vivian St are among measures needed to ease the impact of a Basin Reserve flyover, Wellington City Council says.” Holy-moly. That’s new. Up until now some Councilors have been willing to admit privately that the way the Ngauranga to Airport “strategy” completely ignores Vivien Street is absurd. But the Council in an official capacity has, as far as I know, never said anything to this effect before.
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        • Basin Reserve, Dufferin Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, 6021, New Zealand (OpenStreetMap)


      • Harcourts decision
        • 26 Feb 2013
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        • For those that are interested, the following is the text of the final paragraphs of the decision on the Harcourts building: (302) In the end, for the reasons we have outlined, we have concluded that the demolition of the Harcourts building would not constitute sustainable management of an important physical resource, namely a heritage building [...]
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        • Grey Street, Wellington Central, Wellington, 6012, New Zealand/Aotearoa (OpenStreetMap)


      • Demolition not the Answer
        • 25 Feb 2013
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        • So: the results are out from the Commissioners: Mark Dunajtschik may not demolish the “Harcourts” building. That’s an interesting result – and opposite to that recommended by the Council’s own planning officers – and Mr Dunajtschik is furious. We wrote about it here, and also here, and this decision sets out quite clearly that demolition [...]
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        • Grey Street, Wellington Central, Wellington, 6012, New Zealand/Aotearoa (OpenStreetMap)


      • New WCC Website
        • 20 Feb 2013
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        • Well blow me down – the Council has a new website. Well done! I was just looking at the old one yesterday, thinking how tawdry it was looking – and today a brand spanking new website has popped up – colourful and more interactive.
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      • Motorway Patrol
        • 13 Dec 2012
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        • I’ve been really impressed by the pace of construction of the sparkly-new bypass-of-the-bypass since I’ve got back. Apparently this started in late October, and as I walked by today the road was just about ready for sealing. The new NZTA website doesn’t seem to offer any drawings or maps of this, so for those who haven’t had the chance to see it, I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago to give you an impression of the route.
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        • Buckle Street, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington Region, 6011, Aotearoa New Zealand


      • Premiere
        • 28 Nov 2012
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        • Yesterday, like the majority of Wellingtonians it seems, I went down to Courtenay Place to see a piece of long red carpet. Not that I really got to see much of the actual carpet of course – standing several rows back behind layers of sweaty little hobbit fans, I mainly had a good view of the back of people’s heads. Nothing wrong with that, of course, the back of some people’s heads are quite nice. Especially if they have hair, and aren’t all warty.
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        • Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington Region, 6011, New Zealand


      • Where the #$%& are the bike lanes already?
        • 26 Nov 2012
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        • We’ve had a bicycle-mad mayor for two years now and I don’t think I’ve seen one new bike lane, or any real indication that the council still even gives two hoots about cyclists and pedestrians. In fact our transport planning has just become, frankly, bizarre. For example our city council, regional council, and NZTA apparatchiks seem to think it’s a suitable use of millions of dollars of public money to tack on a dubious pedestrian-walkway-cum-cycleway to the Basin Reserve flyover, so that we can walk and cycle from the tunnel to the bypass. You know, because there’s such a huge amount of people walking and cycling around the city rather than to the city. It’s a route that is barely used for obvious reasons and will remain that way, even if they do actually fix the cycleway so that it is a proper cycleway and not just some bike-shaped-stencils painted onto a sidewalk*.
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        • Basin Reserve, Dufferin Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, 6021, New Zealand (OpenStreetMap)


      • More Dunajtschik
        • 22 Oct 2012
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        • Regarding the old Temperance and General Building on Lambton Quay – known to next to no-one as the Harcourts building. Submissions on it’s proposed demolition are due in a week – by the end of the month. It is a crunch point for Wellingtonians – should a building owner be allowed to demolish their building [...]
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        • Grey Street, Wellington Central, Wellington, Wellington Region, 6012, New Zealand


      • Moore turret
        • 8 Oct 2012
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        • At last: a return to what this blog was set up to do – a review of a local building. This one is really aimed at keeping DavidP happy, who has undoubtedly noted this progressing along. It is not quite finished yet, but is forming a much needed edge to the formerly neglected corner of [...]
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        • College Street, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington Region, 6011, New Zealand



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