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    • Some January-February happenings
      • It’s always busy at this time of year but there’s an extra lot happening right now! Talk Wellington tries to keep up with this roundup, and please add things we’ve missed… Congestion charging may finally get on the local agenda: Wellington mayor asks councillors to vote to lobby Government for it (amongst many other cost-cutting,...

    • Regular people, change and Wellington: the District Plan and the movement
      • Of course 2024’s first Urbanerds gathering had to be about Wellington’s battle for a District Plan that lets the city evolve. In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of the evening featuring A City for People, the War for Wellington and record turnout of new faces! Urbanerds co-host Matt McCallum welcomed folks and introduced...

    • Why density though?
      • Answered by A City For People’s Luke Sommervell, to attendees of March 2024 gathering of Wellington Urbanerds. Why density? Why now? It’s a conversation that has come up recently, a lot. Young people are flocking to places like Melbourne, Sydney, and London. And raving about trains, trams, apartment living with the same level of excitement...

    • Pukehinau-Lambton citizens: do the vote thing!
      • From time to time there’s a byelection and it’s easy to get distracted and not vote. In Wellington, right now, that could well mean lots of regrets. Here’s a few tips to make it easy for those with a byelection to vote in! While it was done for the general election, the Talk Wellington Sniff...

    • Come together: diversity, discourse and the magic of place
      • Our national day is a pretext to be deliberate about our big, important conversations – our constitution, our identities, our senses of fairness. But all public celebrations let us indulge in a quiet, everyday magic… Waitangi Day lets us celebrate our constitutional biculturalism and our demographic multiculturalism – with bands, picnics, dancers, hāngī, public art demos, speeches, skateboarding competitions, plant...

    • Summer happenings
      • Urbanism never sleeps… and despite NZ’s traditional shut-down and quiet period over the summer, it’s been a big time! Here’s some urbanism-relevant stuff you may have missed (and please add stuff we’ve missed – especially from Porirua, the Hutt valley and Kāpiti!) Just before Christmas: The new Transport Minister cancelled central funding for a slate...

    • Summer, sun, socialising – speeding?
      • Summer! With loads more people outdoors, it’s more obvious how local streets are performing for their communities. Here’s some tips for local citizens to seize the opportunity for some productive local conversation about driving speeds. As more of us want to get to cool parks, al fresco dining spots, beaches and other destinations outdoors, and...

    • A good place: functioning? Liveable? Loveable??
      • For decades we’ve taken a prosaic approach to our towns and cities, focussing on physical infrastructure, and, recently “liveable” places. What could we see through a lens of “loveable” places? Is a loveable place different from a liveable one? Does a place’s loveability compensate for some basic things being broken? Consultancy firm GHD has come...

    • Wellington’s Future Development Strategy: your submission guide (quick!)
      • Our region’s Future Development Strategy will say what big, important stuff goes where, setting the course for our towns and cities for decades. A Talk Wellington reader lays out why it matters, and how to submit – ASAP! This post contains some introductory information, and then a submission guide based on the Talk Wellington kaupapa....

    • Listening recommendations! Housing and climate
      • Two killer podcast recommendations: a great myth busted, and some hard facts reiterated Both of these deserve their own “Review” post so if you’re keen to pen something please sing out! The great housing supply myth Also known as the conventional wisdom of “housing is incredibly expensive because there’s a supply shortage so we just need...

    • A tool to prevent gentrification?
      • Everyone wants their neighbourhood to be a better place to live, but how do you avoid the fundamental laws of the market forcing people out who’ve often lived and loved there for generations? One tool can help… Gentrification. It’s one of the few genuinely bad things about the otherwise process of making nicer places to...

    • City future-making: get amongst it this Thursday!
      • Another great local thing to light up your post-election world Every election season, regardless of your views of the parties, it’s easy to feel a bit disempowered: it’s all about the Heavy Hitters making grand gestures about how they’ll change our country. So it’s worth remembering that whatever the flavour of central government, the most...

    • Vote your power for better urban New Zealand!
      • For your empowered voting enjoyment… We hear at Talk Wellington that you our readers appreciate us being really unequivocal and evidence-based about urban policy and whether it’ll make for fairer, more sustainable, more prosperous towns and cities and people. We’re into it, whoever’s proposing it! So, dear urban citizens of Te Upoko o te Ika and 84%...

    • It’s a news roundup!
      • There’s just been a lot happening in the Wellington region in the last few weeks. Here’s stuff that may’ve slipped past your nose… In no particular order… It’s actually real! The Golden Mile revitalisation is officially underway! Cities and neighbourhoods: they’re complex ecosystems, they’re always changing – nice piece on incomings and outgoings in Te...

    • City space: for some, for all, for a while: great event this Tuesday
      • LettingSpace was an extraordinary phenomenon and there’s now a book about it. So first: enjoy learning about LettingSpace, and then: go to the book launch! It’s good for everyone when street-facing commercial property in city centres is actively used – because vacanct premises are the lowkey Dementors of street life, chilling the soul and sucking...

    • Taxes, rates, value and land: Common Ground Aotearoa
      • Rates, taxes and whatnots: are there better options than New Zealand’s current system of getting money to fund public services like pipes? Post from Common Ground Aotearoa, nerdy advocates for a better way Principles of taxation and how our rates system stacks up Principles of taxation When determining how to raise revenue, governments should try...

    • Rainy day watching and listening fun
      • Some great city-building watching and listening we’ve been enjoying… PODCAST: Infrastructure construction, and how to f*ck up (spoiler: it’s quite easy!) There’s (rightfully) lots of noise at the moment about New Zealand’s staggering infrastructure deficit, and some really big talk about what big infrastructure things politicians promise they’ll build for us (especially the kinds of...

    • Countering misinformation & disinformation in our communities: power yourself up!
      • False information is really, *really* unhealthy and, unsurprisingly, it’s infiltrating the public discourse around even the most “no brainer” city changes. There’s now training to power yourself up to help inoculate your community conversations! Lots of objectively good city stuff is experiencing false information – from the ancient, physics-and-physiology-based concept of 15-minute neighbourhoods, to good-practice...

    • Don’t be resigned to renting being rubbish. It needn’t be!
      • Just your regular reminder that the munted way we do some things in New Zealand isn’t Just How It is. And, in fact, being better is straightforward! This is from a recent, generally cheerful update on the state of NZ’s housing market, where Ged Cann reports on a NZ Herald investigation of the impact of...

    • Teeny local businesses…and what we need to make them common again
      • “Residential” zoning has a lot to answer for, including that thing where you have to get in the car and drive 10 minutes to fetch… anything. Little hyper-local neighbourhood businesses are great for 1,000 reasons so how do we let them come back? For a lovely summary of why tiny neighbourhood businessess are the best,...

    • Public health & low carbon transport: what parties said
      • While the relationship between these might seem obvious to readers of Talk Wellington, public health researchers thought they’d ask political parties about this directly, and see what they said. The results are… We recently discovered that there’s a Public Health Communication Centre – how very useful! They’re doing a graet public service this election year:...

    • Q: Is your city any good? A: Depends how green it is
      • “Why are you moving to That City?” “Well, a few reasons …but mostly it’s just greener than all the others we were considering” This is an interesting piece, arguing that cities are being increasingly defined by their sustainability and greenness. This was surprising as we’d only relaly thought of cities being “defined” fairly traditional definitions...

    • Let’s be less rubbish about waste – have your say pronto!
      • This one almost got away on us: the Wellington Regional Waste Management and Minimisation Plan needs your shove – closing Friday 5pm! There’s a lot of good intention in there and it’s badly needed. We are a bit rubbish about waste in New Zealand, including Wellington region. At the Southern Landfill, which has probably the...

    • Better trains for Te Upoko o te Ika? Tune in!
      • Wellington’s metropolitan (suburban) rail upgrade has been a long time coming, and a long time in the delivering. Tune in to a livestream Thursday 31st August to hear more. It’ll be a combined effort with Horizons Manawatū District Council as the outer parts of Te Upoko o te Ika are the focus of the talk:...

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