There's a malaise spreading around Wellington. Partly it's the weather, partly the poor performance of our various sports teams, but the underlying issue is that the city is not going anywhere.
We don't have a clear sense of direction any more, and the things that made us good in the 90s aren't delivering us a competitive edge anymore.
We no longer have the dominance we once had a city of culture. We are still strong but Auckland is now contesting in a way it didn't even a few years ago.
We are no longer the events capital - many other cities have good events and while we do the Sevens, WOW, Festival of the Arts, the Fringe and the like well, again, we don't dominate like we did.