Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Scoop Images: Not A Waterfront Compromise


http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/0002/26d370100cc2009cca82.jpeg
Mayor Mark Blumsky reading his statement – behind him in white is Deputy Mayor Kerry Prendergast, at far right is councillor Alec Shaw.


http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/0002/d5553d119feb0a96903b.jpeg
The Mayor answers questions, at left is Labour Councillor Sue Piper who is to be responsible for a new public consultation on waterfront issues.


http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/0002/14459101a3bd3a7ce526.jpeg
A show of unity – the Wellington Alive/Labour coalition were out in force to support the Mayor in his latest attempt to regain control of the waterfront debate.


Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky this morning made a statement to the people of Wellington on the controversial issue of “Variation 17” and on development on the waterfront. He said he wanted to find the middle ground between a paddock and a wall.

Opponents of the council's plans for the waterfront have dubbed Variation 17 the "Great Wall of Wellington".

Today the Mayor proposed a “People’s Waterfront Charter” which is designed to remove the heat and angst from the waterfront debate.

At this afternoon’s emergency council meeting on the waterfront the Wellington Alive/Labour coalition will propose an extension of the period for submissions on the waterfront till May 7.

In addition the council will undertake another public consultation towards making a council submission to the planning process fro the waterfront.

Questioned on whether his latest moves were a compromise the Mayor said they were the “right thing to do”.

Earlier this morning Waterfront Watch suggested that if the Mayor was seeking a compromise, it might have been sensible to consult with interested parties before making an announcement.

Asked about this the Mayor replied that Waterfront Watch had been far from inclusive when holding its public meeting in the Town Hall last week.

RELATED LINKS

FULL TEXT: The Mayor’s Announcement:
- Draft People's Waterfront Charter
- Mayor Blumsky: Statement To The People Of Wgtn
- Mayor Seeks Middle Ground No Wall; No Paddock

Earlier Related Scoop Photo Stories:
- Our Place - Te Papa - Surrounded!
- Wellington’s Civic Revolution


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Kavanaugh Case And Women’s Suffrage

On suffrage day when – reportedly – we celebrate women winning a political voice, and ensuring that their voices are heard, respected, and acted upon, despite all the attempts to ignore and silence them. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Are Only Old People Likely To Vote For Simon Bridges?

Around the world, young people seem to be gravitating to left wing policies and parties, leaving the old to prop up the conservative parties... the size of the gap suggests there’s more involved to this evolution than the usual clichés about the young being idealistic and the old being more realistic. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Fuss Over The PM’s Pacific Forum Trip

Truly, the abuse being levelled at PM Jacinda Ardern for doing her job at the Pacific Islands Forum shows just how much – and on how many levels – Ardern seems to enrage a goodly number of citizens. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On MP Pay And The REAL P.C. Danger Zone

There has never been anything remotely credible about the way parliamentarians would paint themselves as the helpless victims of the Remuneration Authority when it came to their pay increases... More>>