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Old December 15th, 2011, 01:07 PM   #121
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Great photo.It had changed a bit when I worked there in the '70s.
No AMP building,across the road from Stout St. or Pastral(?) House,opp the courts building,where NZ Post (was L V Martins) is now.
Any 'now' photos from the same aspect ?
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Old December 16th, 2011, 03:01 AM   #122
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Wellington hits new high in Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future survey

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Oriental Bay Wellington New Zealand by the-family, on Flickr

Wellington has scored highly in a survey of Asia-Pacific ‘Cities of the Future’. Wellington rates highly in the fDiIntelligence.com business friendliness category, being placed eighth in the top 10 cities, ahead of Melbourne and Sydney and two places behind Auckland (sixth). The capital is also ranked second in the quality of living index – ahead of Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Gold Coast. fDiIntelligence is a specialist division of The Financial Times Ltd, based in London and established to provide insight into globalisation and foreign direct investment. fDi Magazine claims to be the world's premier publication for the business of globalisation, while fDiIntellifgence.com is the online home of the magazine.

The business-friendly criteria includes the number of days it takes to start a business, ease of doing business and the number of companies in high-tech manufacturing and the knowledge-based sector (per 100,000 population). Quality of life criteria includes income per-capita, access to clean water, life expectancy, unemployment rate and the percentage of the population with a tertiary education. Wellington City Council’s Economy Portfolio Leader, Councillor Jo Coughlan, says the city’s economic development strategy – approved at today’s City Council meeting – will help push Wellington further up the ladder. She says the goal is for Wellington to make the top 10 in the overall and the economic potential categories.

Cr Coughlan says Wellington is starting to get a reputation as an innovative city that is ideal for investing and doing business. She says the Council’s economic development strategy outlines an aggressive plan to attract talent, business and investment to Wellington that will put the economy on a sustainable and more diverse footing. “We need long-haul direct flights to Asia and an aggressive marketing campaign to promote Wellington as a destination for business investment,” says Cr Coughlan. “A stronger focus on retaining businesses that are already here and investing in infrastructure and amenities are all essential if we are to drive our economy forward.”
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Old December 17th, 2011, 01:33 AM   #123
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''Smart City: 2040"

http://www.wellington.govt.nz/projec...ngton2040.html
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Old January 6th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #124
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Wellington is a great city and at the moment is having to undergo significant restructuring due to cuts in the public sector. While an aim of 10,000 new jobs in the next few years is ambitious and hopefully achieveable. If plans to fast track airport extensions eventuate, Wellington is going to be forced to reinvent itself as a more international city. What does Wellington need to do this? A new casino which has been mentioned would be along those lines. Any ideas? New film studios.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:46 AM   #125
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The film industry is a huge one. After the Hobbit is over, there will be a lot of trained, skilled people ready for the next project. And a lot of collateral too - transport, catering, admin etc...

I think a casino and also some high end retail/duty free stuff would appeal to Asian tourists, many of whom pass through without doing too much.

Maybe a music festival - which could be outside of the CBD - might attract people and become an annual event.

I definitely think a world class Lord of the Rings exhibition/museum should be permanent in Wellington. It could have exhibits from WETA, simulators (Be hobbits or Gollum in that sensory suit!) gift shops, a Hobbit pub etc.... it should be absolutely milked.

And continue doing what Wellington is good at: food, cafe culture, the arts. Copy Melbourne to some extent, but keep an eye on Sydney too which still gets more visitors.

Most of this is about tourism. In terms of business, extending the airport and light rail to it, are a must. Industries supporting the film business too - and why not try to win some big TV series, which are more reliable steady work - e.g. things like A Game of Thrones.

Some tax incentives like an enterprise zone to encourage private companies to choose Wellington. Big international banks, law firms and accountancies provide high paid jobs, the money of which filters into the city.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 12:06 PM   #126
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Wellington needed a good kick up the backside for being too dependent on the Public Service sector. While the cuts hurt a lot, and current growth(if any growth at all) in Wellington at the moment is terrible, it presents a good chance for the city to focus/promote other things, like..

*Web development? IT companies, digital technology, that sort of thing. There's plenty of office space available and good infrastructure already in place. Trademe is based in Welly, Sidhe Interactive etc

*TVNZ has just left Avalon studios for Auckland so now we have a great big purpose built TV/Film complex sitting there begging to be used. Promote the shit out of it.

*Keep kissing Peter Jacksons ass. He's incredibly loyal to Wellington and done many great things for the city. Don't f**k that up.

*Build that new indoor events arena that's been talked about for god knows. TSB arena is a joke.

*Runway extension

etc etc.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 11:08 PM   #127
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Awesome news, we always stay at The Museum Hotel and the award is well deserved


The Museum Hotel in Wellington has been chosen as Travelers' Choice 2012 Winner in luxury accommodation by Trip Advisor - best Art Hotel in the World.

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Old January 27th, 2012, 11:50 AM   #128
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Welly architecture icon Roger Walker finally has an official web site up. Check out his current projects, and a few what-could-have-beens...

http://www.rogerwalker.co.nz

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Old January 27th, 2012, 05:59 PM   #129
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What a load of old tat.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 01:00 PM   #130
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What a load of old tat.
Please explain?
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Old January 30th, 2012, 12:35 PM   #131
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It looks like a junk shop or an auction house.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 01:50 PM   #132
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It looks like a junk shop or an auction house.
I thought you were talking about the Roger Walker projects, and I completely agreed.

The Museum Hotel however - it's cool, it's a human environment, at least in my opinion (and some others by the look of things) - I think it's great.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 02:07 PM   #133
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I was talkin' about the hotel.It looks like they have got hold of any old stuff and threw it into the room.It looks 'cheap',trying to be something it isn't,stylish.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #134
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I was talkin' about the hotel.It looks like they have got hold of any old stuff and threw it into the room.It looks 'cheap',trying to be something it isn't,stylish.
Each to their own. There seem to be a lot of people who like it - Trip Advisor has gazillions of reviews, including many real ones; I don't think winning the award was a fluke
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It looks as if Wellywood is going to have two great Directors


Hollywood director James Cameron has bought two Wairarapa farms and intends to move to the area with his family. Cameron, whose films include Titanic, Avatar and the first two Terminator movies, has bought the blocks totalling 1066ha Western Lake Road, in south Wairarapa, Overseas Investment Office records show. He bought 817.75ha from Pounui Holdings Ltd, owned by William and Annette Shaw, and a further 248.94ha from the Rob and Heather McCreary Trust, whose trustees are listed as Allan Walter Newman, Heather Marion McCreary and Thomas Rob McCreary. "James F Cameron and his family intend to reside indefinitely in New Zealand and are acquiring the property to reside on and operate as a working farm,'' the records of each property said. It was not known how much Cameron paid for the properties.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 10:25 AM   #136
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Walking past the Courtenay Pl/Taranaki St public space, the old gents' underground toilet is finally being bowled for a coffee/pizza stop.

Work starts on century-old toilets

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More than a century since they opened and more than a decade since closing down, work is under way to transform some notorious Courtenay Place toilets into a pizza, coffee and gelato bar.

The same team that owns restaurants Scopa in Cuba St, Duke Carvell's in Swan Lane and Crazy Horse in Willis St are involved in building the kiosk, designed by Athfield Architects, near the corner of Taranaki St and Courtenay Place.

The footprint of the disused toilets will remain essentially the same, with the serving and cooking area in the existing garden, and pizza oven and remaining kitchen area over the old bathrooms.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 11:43 PM   #137
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Good, about time
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Old February 8th, 2012, 02:35 AM   #138
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10 Waterloo Quay proposal

http://youtu.be/iL-h9cGbVWY

http://www.wellingtonwaterfront.co.n...aces/index.htm
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Old February 8th, 2012, 03:24 AM   #139
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Nice!!
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Old February 8th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #140
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Soooo Wellington, pure class.
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