Chock-full buses, long delays to the airport and chaos downtown: Transport planning in Auckland is a complete bloody mess and most of the big things needed to fix the problems are delayed or are being ignored altogether. Why are we putting up with this, asks Simon Wilson.
The Spinoff Auckland editor Simon Wilson loathed Wednesday night's Rufus Wainwright concert. But onwards: this weekend at the Auckland Arts Festival looks to be full of wonders.
Mayor Phil Goff is likely to lose the vote at council for one of his signature policies: the "bed tax that isn't a bed tax", otherwise known as the targeted accommodation rate he wants to charge hotels and motels. It will be embarrassing for him and, far worse, it'll put a $30 million hole in his budget.
And there’s more to come. With 10 days still to run, Simon Wilson takes stock of the Auckland Arts Festival. The rain came down and you had to be a hardy …
If you see only one show in the Auckland Arts Festival, says Simon Wilson, make it The Encounter. Its short run starts tonight. Every arts festival has a special show. It …
In the Arts Festival play Cellfish a drama teacher invites a bunch of prisoners to do a Shakespeare class – and it’s not why you think, says Simon Wilson.
How come there’s still no publicly available business case for the government’s next big transport priority in Auckland – the East-West expressway that will cut Onehunga off from the foreshore? Simon Wilson reports from Council.
On his first day as editor of The Spinoff's new Auckland section, Simon Wilson talks to the people gearing up for the opening of the Auckland Arts Festival tomorrow and shares his own top 10 can't-miss shows.
The War for Auckland was the most exciting thing we've ever done, and we hated shutting it down. Now, with the support of Heart of the City, we’re launching a new full-time section dedicated to Auckland. Former Metro editor Simon Wilson, who has joined us as editor of The Spinoff Auckland, nails up his colours.
The party with the most to do after Saturday's by-election is the Greens. But the party that came out of the weekend in the worst shape may turn out to be Act, writes Simon Wilson