“Sunshine, views and public space are under threat on Wellington’s waterfront by development plans,” said Alliance
Environment Spokesperson Phillida Bunkle.
Today Phillida Bunkle launched a campaign to raise public awareness of Wellington City Council’s plan to develop the
city’s waterfront. The Council is proposing changes to Wellington’s Proposed District Plan in what is called Variation
17. She was joined by City Councillors Mary Varnham and Stephanie Cook.
“Most Wellingtonians don’t know about Variation 17. They don’t know what is planned for their waterfront. This is the
biggest violation of democracy in the citys history. Opnce this plan goes through the public will never have a say
again. Yet most have no idea what is in store for them.
“It is the duty of the council to keep people informed and they haven’t done so in the detail people need for informed
decision making,” said Phillida Bunkle.
The Wellington City Council’s Variation 17 includes:
Construction of a wall of more than twenty buildings (Up to a height of 46 metres/ten storeys, half again as high as
The deletion of half of Frank Kitts Park to allow for building development
Removal of protection of sunlight on public spaces, to allow tall buildings
Removal of the Queens Chains and the construction of buildings right to the water’s edge
The blocking or narrowing of eight viewshafts from the inner city
“I am utterly opposed to building developments on Lambton Harbour which restrict sunlight, views or public space. Our
waterfront is a priceless heritage which is ours to protect not to sell.”
“If Variation 17 gets through there will be no turning back. Developers won’t need resource consents to turn parks into
millionaires apartments or office blocks. The people of Wellington will never have a voice on the waterfront again.”
“This is the most undemocratic initiative put forward by any council in Wellington’s history. It is truly incredible
that it is being done in such a way as to limit public knowledge and participation. It is terrible that this has been
done with the votes of Labour Councillors”
Phillida Bunkle and the Alliance have produced an information leaflet detailing the plans contained in Variation 17.
“Whenever I raise this issue in public people are appalled at the proposals. Most have no idea of the extent of the
“If the council had explicitly presented the proposal to the people of Wellington then I am sure they would get much
more interest and scrutiny of the development. The public has a right to know and if the council won’t tell them then I