Will evidence and reason prevail?

OPINION PIECE by Jane O'Loughlin, convenor of LIVE WELLington.

Very soon Chris Bishop, the Minister for RMA Reform, will announce his decision on the Wellington District Plan.

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Wellington City Council spends $1.7 million on experts then rejects their findings


22 April 2024

The Wellington City Council spent over $1.7 million on a set of experts to hear submissions on the District Plan, and then went on to ignore their key findings.

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Wellington’s District Plan debate: It’s got that 80s vibe and not in a good way


It may not be dressed in fluoro lycra, but sometimes the furore over Wellington’s District Plan feels like the 80s all over again, say LIVE WELLington convenor Jane O'Loughlin.

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Living with Earthquake Risk - have we got it right?

(27/11/24) The ongoing frustration of trying to meet earthquake building standards was evident at a meeting we hosted on 22 February 2024 at St Peter’s Church on Willis. Here's our report of the meeting.

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New Basin Reserve housing precinct warrants careful design

News that ‘a housing and urban growth precinct’ will be part of the new developments around Wellington’s Basin Reserve has been welcomed by LIVE WELLington.

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The rise and fall of the housing market

Just two years ago the housing market was in a frenzy, with properties going for silly money. 
But now it’s the opposite.  For property manager Phil Kelliher, this was vividly illustrated when he noticed a large property in Mt Victoria listed for nearly one million dollars less than its RV.
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Kāinga Ora spends $800,000 to influence Wellington District Plan

Kāinga Ora has spent $800,000 hiring a vast team of lawyers, planners and architects to influence the outcome of the Wellington District Plan, drowning out local voices, says Wellington community and urban design advocacy group LIVE WELLington.

“Citizens who know and love their city and neighborhood attempt to get involved in the District Plan process however we struggle to compete with highly paid lawyers and planners flown in from other cities to argue for inappropriate planning rules that are not conducive to a liveable city,” says LIVE WELLington convenor Jane O’Loughlin.

The panel of Independent Commissioners at Wellington District Plan hearings (left) are well outnumbered by Kāinga Ora’s legal and planning team (right).

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Wellington’s new council – what does it mean for housing and planning?

With a new Wellington city council now in place, it’s time to examine the views of our new councillors on urban form, housing and a liveable city.

During the election, the excellent website asked candidates around the country to submit their policies and priorities under a range of headings, including ‘housing and planning’.  Using this, LIVE WELLington has extracted the policies of our new Wellington City councillors.  This summary table is available here, and our analysis follows.

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10 reasons to support character

So much has changed since the Wellington City Council voted in June 2021 to strip demolition protection from more than two-thirds of the city's character areas.

LIVE WELLington argues it's time for a re-think, and to strike a better balance.  We provided this letter to Wellington councillors, in the lead up to the notification of the proposed District Plan on 23 June 2022.

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Wellingtonians support retention of more character areas

A survey of Wellingtonians has found that while there is support for increasing density in the inner city suburbs, it must be done with care, and there is considerable unease about the Wellington City Council’s plans to remove protections for pre-1930s houses in the inner city suburbs.

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