Priorities for transport planning

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

02 February, 2019

Dear Editor:

As the cycleway conversation continues in Cook Strait News we should keep in mind that we are in a period of transition and transportation organization will not remain the same as it has been, including in the older inner suburbs like Kilbirnie (even Island Bay!). Read the rest of this entry »


‘Bikeway Bother’ is really car park bother.

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

21 January, 2019

Dear Editor:

Jo Morris (Bikeway Bother, 17/1) provocatively says the cycling project ‘is driven by ideology’ but the article deftly avoids the I-word after that, with parking still the main (only, really) focus of this typical cycleway opponents narrative. Read the rest of this entry »

EU not the ‘bully’ that Jane Clifton claims it is.

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

14 January, 2019

Hello The Listener,

Jane Clifton awards her ‘Bully of the Year’ to the European Union for its response to the UK’s Brexit vote. But the UK was asking for it.  Brexit is a desperate attempt to preserve the image of the empire, the British Empire of by gone days.  Read the rest of this entry »

‘Vice’ gives impetus to explore where the ‘murk’ comes from

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

06 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jeff Weiss’ Washington Post article (SST Escape, 30 December) on the movie ‘Vice’ and its director, Adam McKay, is a joy, at once informative, entertaining, and hard hitting. But while my wife and I thought the movie itself was close to that we wondered if it had really made it clear what McKay was trying to say about Cheney. Read the rest of this entry »

Danielle McLaughlin misses on the Brazil election and ‘corruption’

The Editor, The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland,  08 January, 2019


Attn: Danielle McLaughlin

Dear Editor:

Danielle McLaughlin’s look at ‘populism’ (30 December) repeats a careless misinterpretation of the Brazilian election. The Workers Party was not accused of corruption in the sense of money corruption.  There was no evidence, or even any clear accusation, of individuals of the Workers Party benefiting financially.   By contrast the opposition (victorious) party had several prominent members in court defending such money corruption charges.  So you have it precisely backwards.  Very careless of you.  Might you look to clarify this in your column?

The kind of ‘corruption’ which the opposition was referring to is similar to references by Donald Trump who you so frequently discredit. So there is an inconsistency there in your characterization of ‘corruption’.   The kind of ‘corruption’ which Trump and Bolsonaro are referring to is the use of public money for public projects; they have similar ideas of what public money should be used for, with less tax on the rich.  This has traditionally been viewed as a political contest.  But to the desperate right wing, which knows their ideology is dead in a world searching for sustainability, it has become a pseudo-religious contest of existential threat, hence they grasp the term ‘corruption’ for themselves.


Richard Keller


Wellington Suburban Newspapers apparently going strong in 2019

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

04 January, 2019

Dear Editor:

It is great to see WSN General Manager Stephan van Rensburg extoll the benefits of an independent local news media covering local news. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Wellington First’ and ‘Save Our Parks’

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

20 December, 2018

Dear Editor:

Steve Behrendt (CSN 13/12) understandably does “not understand why almost every decision made regarding buses worsens service” after observing the Airport Flyer’s stop has been move 125 meters further away from the baggage dropoff.  But it’s worse than that in general regarding attempts to move from cars toward public transport. Read the rest of this entry »