Transport: For Truck’s sake

Transport: For Truck’s sake

Motor­ways are hideous things. Need­less to say they are not built for their aes­thet­ics. Nor are they built for the acous­tics, the aroma or the vista, or their pos­it­ive impacts on land, health, hous­ing or her­it­age, or their desirab­il­ity to live near or walk along. They are not built to relieve traffic con­ges­tion: accord­ing to […]

Pre-School: Education Special 2013

Pre-School: Education Special 2013

In every ECE centre it’s the same, says Aro Val­ley Pre-School man­ager Bev Mead: “There’s a blocks corner, there’s a dress-up corner, there’s a paint corner, there’s a Play-Doh corner, there’s out­side play… the chil­dren choose what they play with, and the job for the teach­er is to see where they’re up to and developmentally […]

Kapiti’s Growing pains

Kapiti’s Growing pains

With its expan­ded air­port and express­way plans, new big-box retail­ers, rebuilt civic build­ings and new aqua centre, Par­a­pa­raumu is grow­ing. Will fur­ther devel­op­ment plans inject the area with more tour­ist dol­lars, improve com­pet­i­tion and cre­ate more oppor­tun­ity – or make it a gentri­fied bypass to Wel­ling­ton? Renée Ger­lich invest­ig­ates wheth­er Par­a­pa­raumu is being developed, or […]

The Interview: Sir Bob Jones

The Interview: Sir Bob Jones

After I arrived at prop­erty investor Bob Jones’s Lamb­ton Quay office, he first had to take me to his bal­cony to point out the ter­rible job people do on high-rise office façades. Sat­is­fied he’d made his point, he poured us each a mid-after­­noon glass of red and lit his pipe to smoke with the few […]

The Interview with Ben Timmins

The Interview with Ben Timmins

Your land­scapes are quite sub­lime – cas­cad­ing water­falls and moun­tains. I grew up in Dan­nevirke on a farm, so that’s what’s inspired a lot of my paint­ings. They do have a romantic feel. That’s how I respond to nature: it is sub­lime, serene, bal­anced and peace­ful. Zen. The whole sym­bi­os­is of these paint­ings is nature, […]

Matterhorn

Matterhorn

  This Wel­ling­ton institution’s 50-year his­tory, loc­a­tion and diverse cli­en­tele situ­ate it in the heart of Cuba Street. The Mat­ter­horn was first opened in 1963 by two Swiss broth­ers mak­ing fon­due, strogan­off and pastries served by wait­resses in Swiss maid out­fits: the trade­mark long cor­ridor ended in the nar­row café and counter area. It was […]

The Interview: Gareth Morgan

The Interview: Gareth Morgan

In late July, I had the pleas­ure of vis­it­ing Gareth Mor­gan – Wel­ling­ton eco­nom­ist, invest­ment man­ager, motor­cycle adven­turer, pub­lic com­ment­at­or and phil­an­throp­ist – at his Ori­ent­al Bay home. It was one of those bright, dewy morn­ings that seems to amp­li­fy bird­song, and there were plenty of Morgan’s beloved tūīs warb­ling around his prop­erty. When I […]

University’s games

University’s games

In March this year, Vic­tor­ia Uni­ver­sity (VUW) launched its new stu­dent ‘hub’ com­plex in Kel­burn; the fol­low­ing month cham­pagne flutes were raised in cel­eb­ra­tion of VUW’s rank­ing as the num­ber one New Zea­l­and uni­ver­sity. But among fraud alleg­a­tions, a depart­ing vice-chan­cel­lor and a strug­gling stu­dent uni­on, Renée Ger­lich dis­cov­ers plenty of toil and trouble beneath […]