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61 Molesworth Street

On the left is the illustrative depiction of the new building’s exterior. This is shown in relation to the Cathedral bell tower.

The Thorndon Residents Association has been invited to comment on the Covid 19 Recovery (Fast Track Consulting) Referred Projects Order 2020 Schedule for 55 – 61 Molesworth Street. This is a newly planned building is by Prime Property. The building present on the site prior to this plan was demolished due to earthquake damage. The scope of this project is to construct a 12-storey office building that includes retail or café space, a lobby, loading bays, and basement carpark.

The Association has submitted a set of questions before its final formal submission is authored and submitted.If you wish to comment on the application, please complete the form return it to the EPA by email to  , or by post or in person.

Details of the development application are available on the Environmental Protection Authority’s fast-track consenting pages:

Your comments must be returned to the EPA no later than 22 July 2021.

Council votes to make Thorndon Quay safer for cyclists

Wellington City Council’s Pūroro Āmua Planning and Environment Committee voted today to replace angle car parking with parallel car parking along Thorndon Quay.

Click here to read more.

Wellington City Council Notice 18th June 2021

This is just a heads up to let you know that last night Council Papers presenting the city’s Spatial Plan went live on the website. Councillors will be discussing these at the Planning and Environment Committee on 24 June.

Thanks again for all your input and support during this process. Once the final plan and summary documents are finalised, we’ll make any adjustments needed and send you a link to the final material.

Feedback on the draft Spatial Plan told us that people are looking for a vibrant, liveable city. There was lots of focus on intensifying housing, the natural environment, caring for the city’s unique character, and making sure our city’s infrastructure is up for the job. We listened carefully to all the feedback and have made some changes as a result. You’ll see a good overview of the themes and changes in the summary document.

Ngā mihi – Clare and the team

More information:

Click here to read the Spatial Plan Online Document (draft: subject to change pending Council approval 24 June 2021). This contains mapping/info about the proposed changes in the inner city suburbs.

Click here to listen to the interview on RNZ Morning Report – Wellington Mayor expecting debate over latest spatial plan.

Spatial Plan + District Plan Review

TRA AGM 2021 – a presentation by Liam Hodgetts

To view and download the slide presentation, click here or on the image below.

Thorndon Quay – Consultation on Major Changes

Have your say on significant road layout changes proposed for Thorndon Quay.

There has been a dialogue running for many years on a wide range of options for improving Thorndon Quay. Now a proposal exists on preferred changes intended to improve safety, prioritise bus journeys and provide better facilities for cycling and walking.

The latest consultation period opened 9.00am 11 May and finishes 5.00pm 8 June 2021.
Please submit your feedback by filling out an online form at This can also be accessed through the page.

Besides the obvious impacts on businesses in the Quay, the Association notes the potential for consequences for residents beyond this key arterial route in/out of the city. A phased approach is to commence with changing the parking layout on Thorndon Quay from angled parking to parallel parking. With the reduction in parking spaces it is acknowledged that this could have wider flow-on impacts.

It is claimed that consideration has been given to the impact of reduced parking during stadium events, including parking demand in areas like Hobson Street, Hobson Crescent, Moturoa Street, etc where there could be an increase in complaints for inconsiderate parking. It is acknowledged that parking will continue to be in high demand for major events and that further encouragement of public transport use is an option to offset this demand. However the proposal claims that ‘Good parking management is currently in place to protect the parking needs of Thorndon. These parking management measures will be investigated further if stadium event parking demands create inconvenience to the Thorndon community past these boundaries.’

More is revealed here:
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Our city is growing. The District Plan is up for review. The decisions we make now will shape the way we live, for decades

In the next 30 years Wellington will be home to 50,000 to 80,000 more people. That’s going to have a big impact on where, and how we live.

At Council, it’s our job to make sure our city has a diverse range of housing. People want to live in communities that are safe from earthquakes and rising sea-levels, in a city that is green, compact, inclusive, and vibrant.

What is Planning for Growth?

Planning for Growth is a project about the people of Wellington and bringing the things we love and value about our city into the conversation about how we plan for the city’s future growth. Planning for Growth builds on the goals from Our City Tomorrow and includes the development of a Spatial Plan for the City as well as a full review of the Wellington City District Plan. Both of which will impact and shape Wellington’s urban environment

Community Engagement Schedule

WCC feedback on the Draft Spatial Plan  (closed 5 October 2020)

The Association made a submission on the Wellington City Council’s draft spatial plan.

Click these links to read the COVER LETTER and SUBMISSION from TRA.


The spatial plan underpins key policy directions. It influences zoning and the District Plan and guides Council’s investment in transport, community facilities, infrastructure, etc.

The draft Spatial Plan suggests potential significant changes for parts (or all) of Thorndon e.g.
proposed change from Inner Residential to Central Area District Plan zone.

Read more here

The map below shows the extent of ‘eastern’ Thorndon proposed to be re-zoned as ‘Central Area’.

Thorndon is NZ’s oldest suburb. It has been carefully planned as an ‘inner city’ suburb and this has helped maintain the special feel of the place, at the gateway into city. (Central City tab)

Keep Wellington’s Character

Keep Wellington’s Character campaign video in which urban historian Ben Schrader and concerned Wellingtonian Sue Elliot share their view about the proposal on the future of Wellington city and for its residents.

Wellington Girls’ College

As part of the redevelopment project at Wellington Girls’ College, contractors will shortly begin construction on a temporary village for teaching and learning, to be located on the College’s field.

You may have noticed the establishment of safety fencing around the field, before construction works scale up in July.

Contractors will be accessing the site through the gates on Hobson Street, so you may notice an increase in heavy vehicle movement in the area, as well as some related traffic management measures. The two existing on-street parking spaces directly outside the access gate will be removed, and there may be some impacts to other on-street parking for short periods while large items are delivered to the site, but these will be managed on a case by case basis. We expect the majority of work on the temporary village to be complete by mid-September.

We are of course working to minimise the impact on local residents while carrying out this necessary work. We appreciate your support and understanding as we continue the school’s redevelopment.

If you have any questions or concerns about traffic management, please email site manager Paul Wilkinson at or by calling him on 021 324 696.

If you’d like to discuss the project in general, please don’t hesitate to contact .

Representatives from the Thorndon Residents Association recently attended the Our City Tomorrow community workshop and below is the presentation from the workshop. All feedback from the workshop is currently being analysed by Council officers and TRA will keep the community informed of progress.


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