Shelly Bay


PHOTO: STUFF COMPOSITE IMAGE Director Sir Peter Jackson has slammed Wellington City Council and Mayor Justin Lester on his public Facebook page over the $500m development planned for Shelly Bay in Miramar.

OPINION: This column is largely concerned with the Bay of Shelly, and from its words a reader may discover much of its character and a little of its history.

Many years ago, when Whataitai the taniwha swam in the harbour and the buses all ran on time, the beautiful Bay of Shelly was inhabited by peaceable natives.

But then the Shire of Wellington was settled, and the natives were sent away to less salubrious places. Wellingtonians are very like humans except their skin is windblown, and their public buildings end up costing thrice as much as they predict.