Author: Muneeb

Meet the former All Black capt and unbelievably passionate Welly Gentleman, who has enjoyed a “pint or two” in the strip, owns a slice of Courtenay Place, and feels the pinch as many are.With the mix of over-regulation, and overzealous abuse of the process of the bar licensing laws, wayward policing priorities, COVID disruptions, inflation and terrible city planning, we are where we are. Can Murray Mexted ignite other landowners to fire up and start the business-led fight back?CONTRIBUTE TO THIS STORYDo you have stories about Courtenay Place, What have you witnessed? 

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Ian Cassels is a good man, a cunning linguist and orater.Once stringing 17 words of incredible summary, together in a meeting with a 30-year foe. Verging on Sesquipedalian behaviour, but impressive, nonetheless.Cassels is a popular and well-respected Wellingtonian and is a celebrated and successful property developer and director of The Wellington Company, a property firm he leads.Starting as a cleaner of giant oil storage tanks, with his brother the two used to climb into the reservoirs and water blast the sides for 14 hours a day.Cassels has been involved in the property industry since 1990, formerly with Whats New Ltd,…

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In the ever-evolving landscape of architecture, the fusion of technology and design has opened new avenues for innovation. Among the most promising developments is the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into architectural practices. With its potential to revolutionize the field, AI offers architects a toolkit for crafting structures that are not just visually stunning but also efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective.The intersection of architecture and AI is gaining momentum worldwide, with notable advancements reported across various regions. While New Zealand has seen a gradual uptake, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the UK has reported a significant 40% increase…

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What this group in Thorndon has seen in the last two days is unbelievable, and should be unacceptable. Still, Siobhan Proctor and Barbara McKerrow of the executive leadership team at Wellington Council are rolling on, killing businesses and ruining lives in Thorndon. Are there other ways?And the work on pipes has yet to begin, and this is the first stretch of work. Proctor says  the average time of business destruction is 12 weeks. But it’s already been 24 weeks in many stretches.  Bedpost a previously successful bed retailer’s footpath was completely blocked and their trade is now down 65%. It…

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In a thrilling announcement that has stirred excitement akin to the rumblings of Mount Doom, Wellington, the beloved home of Middle Earth, braces for the return of the epic saga with two new Lord of the Rings movies slated for release. Amidst the jubilation, industry stalwart Andy Serkis is set to reprise his iconic role as Gollum while taking the helm as director for the first of the two films, scheduled to grace screens in 2026.Tentatively titled “The Hunt for Gollum,” the inaugural film will be brought to life under the watchful eye of acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson, who will…

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Nick Mills, radio host at the slowly declining Newstalk ZB, is a local family man, bar owner and sports franchise champion, having won 12 previous titles with the Saints Basketball team. Against the odds becomes a talkback host and builds a loyal audience with NewsTalk ZB, which is owned by the Herald – NZME and includes 91ZM. Although many friends of Mills say that’s not the Nick I know, we all accept this is theatre and Nick will say and take on things and topics he doesn’t agree with. It’s time for News Talk ZB to think about Mills’ performance and whether…

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Introducing the WL Umbrella Awards 2024.A short, no-fuss, high-impact ceremony, to acknowledge a single person’s outstanding and enduring contributions to the Wellington wider community.The Umberellas are for, friends, workmates & family to hear, see and celebrate remarkable feats of bravery, incredible networking and outstanding charisma that have brought extraordinary benefits to Wellington’s communities.It’s a full-on life being a high achiever, and when you’ve done it, decade after decade, Wellingtonians, WL and the Umberella network love to reflect look forward, pause and say thank you to someone for their extraordinarily hard toil.The Umbrella Award is held at lunchtime when carparks are…

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The writer has two cats and loves all cats but when native birds or any bird gets killed its not ok. At present if we feed our cats they dont hunt but miss a breakfast, all hell breaks loose and miss two its armageddon.Here is the post 500+ people commented on and 46,000 people looked at and had a think. 

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A timeline to demise.Many councilors overlooked that WCC owns The Embassy theater, effectively shooting itself in the footMany Councilors overlooked the impact on Suburban cinemas, The Roxy and Empire in Island bay. Then Wellington NZ, led by John Allen puts in a super positive cynical post promoting The Roxy a week later. Do they think the community is dumb.Councilors obviously overlooked poor results of the last few years. Nearly 1 billion. TAKINA is losing $. How much it is loosing is currently being hidden, but WL is onto it.Barbara McKerrow and WCC execs, took advice from one Real Estate agency…

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