Letter: Wellington never a grey city to me

23:00, Nov 20 2012

I was disappointed to read property developer Ian Cassels' negative comments on Wellington, particularly in its earlier years (Your Weekend, Nov 17-18).

I've lived in Wellington most of my life and always found many interesting things to do, such as shows, movies, plays, open spaces to visit, and the seashore. Now we've also got Zealandia and Frank Kitts Park; soon we'll have a memorial park in front of the Carillon.

It's never been a grey city to me.

Unlike Mr Cassels and his partner, we spend most of our weekends in Wellington enjoying a range of things. Now, too, we have lots of restaurants and cafes, and, of course, Courtenay Place has really hotted up.

I think Mr Cassels' comments are driven more by his business interests - that is, selling inner- city apartments - than by reality.

We enjoy living in our suburban home, with green space and flowers around it, trees and a vegetable garden. That's much more enjoyable than being cooped up on the Nth floor of a multi- storey apartment block - or even than Waikanae.

PETER GRAHAM

Paparangi

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