Resilience opportunity using the coastPosted: January 23, 2016
The Editor, The Wellingtonian, Wellington
07 January, 2016
Resilience in possible disaster situations has been one justification given for a new highway through Transmission Gully. But that area has fault lines and could not be relied upon in a major earthquake situation. The highway is primarily a sop to those wishing to hold on to the anachronistic dominance of the motorcar; there are better ways to address Wellington’s transport needs.
An apparently ignored reality of Wellington is that New Zealand is an island. The coast around Wellington is an underused resource in resilience planning – storage of emergency supplies, temporary docking facilities, and probably more. Sea transport is the least carbon intensive means of transport, even better than rail, much better than vehicular. Its underuse makes it attractive for current development. Why do we not hear about that?