The Wellingtonista

Random stuff about Wellington since 2005

Party Together

by Tom October 21, 2014

The election may be done and dusted, and a new Parliament sworn in, but the post mortems will continue in many political circles. We now have detailed voting records from every booth in the country, and while some aspects of booth data are problematic (see the technical notes below for some provisos), it’s the finest level of electoral data we […]

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Fancy times at a fancy hotel

by Joanna October 17, 2014

Wellington does not have a lot of very big big hotels. I believe the Rydges has the most guestrooms (at 280), and the mayor was misquoted in the Dominion Post as saying Wellington has no five star hotels – a fact the Bolton and the Museum Art Hotel would probably take umbrage with. In fact, […]

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World Homeless Day

by Sue Tyler October 9, 2014

Today is ‪‎World Homeless Day‬, when we often find ourselves asking, what can I do to help those in my own city who are experiencing homelessness? One practical way you can help is by giving or encouraging people to give to DCM Wellington – Each year DCM works with over 800 people in Wellington. – […]

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New nosh

by Heather C October 7, 2014

There’s a few new eating places of prominence opened or opening shortly for your (mostly) carnivorous pleasure. Poneke have opened beneath the new Clyde Quay apartments – a marriage between Mojo (usual café ambience and cabinet fare) and Martin Bosley (meals). I’m not completely sold on the price points (especially for the small plates), but […]

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The Hutt gets a new market

by Joanna October 3, 2014

I know we make fun of the Hutt (except for the ‘ista members who actually live there and really quite like it, of course).  We tease it and call it names, similar to how we might treat a sibling, but just like our pain in the ass older brother, when they do cool things we […]

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Zig-zag Texts

by Tom October 2, 2014

Bridget Williams Books publishes a series called BWB Texts, “short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers”, and two new ones will be launched next Thursday at Unity Books. Martin Edmond’s Barefoot Years recounts childhood memories of life near Ohakune, while Thorndon: Wellington and Home, My Katherine Mansfield Project by Kirsty Gunn (Rain, The Big Music) will be of […]

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World of Wearable Arts Season

by Sue Tyler October 1, 2014

I’ve heard the complaints; World of Wearable Arts – WOW is for women of a certain age and is far too expensive. I’d not been to the show before so I couldn’t confirm or deny, but oh wow are those people wrong. To start with WOW to me was two experiences seamless melded together, and also […]

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Three shows in Wellington (until October 4)

by librarykris October 1, 2014

There are three shows on in Wellington this week that are absolutely worth your time and money. An unseasonable fall of snow at Circa Theatre, and God-Belly and Everything is surrounded by water at BATS Theatre. I feel like An unseasonable fall of snow should come with a content warning however that would give away […]

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Miramar is hacking and wants all the developers

by Guest September 30, 2014

Wellington is running its first Civic Hackathon the first weekend of November to tackle transport issues in and around Eastern Suburbs and the wider city. The Hack Miramar folks have got a bunch of people involved already and they’ve got spots open if you want to join in and they’re looking for freaks, geeks, and […]

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Get Informed About Resource Consents

by Tom September 30, 2014

It’s a common complaint: “how could the Council let people build that, and not even notify anyone?” That’s partly down to a misunderstanding of what “notification” means under the RMA: it’s not just about letting people know, but also the start of a long and complex process involving hearings, lawyers and possible appeals, and it only occurs […]

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