response to Scoop article on Wellington transport (10 July)Posted: July 12, 2017
The elephant in the room as we are all aware, I suppose, is that the Hutt and Kapiti suburbs primarily look on Wellington CBD as an impediment to getting to the airport. The GWRC is made up of a majority of Hutt and Kapiti councillors so we see the silent effects of this airport fixation. Until the discussion engages this bigger picture it is unlikely to change much for Wellington. Of course, the issue of air travel, tourism (in and out), and carbon emissions is not simply a larger picture but an ideological/cultural phenomenon and so more difficult to resolve.