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Threat to South will increase with release of Aucklanders

The Editor,  The Press,  Christchurch

16/09/2020

There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South.  The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South. Read the rest of this entry »


Irony in move to Level One

There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South.  The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South.  100,000 plane tickets sold in Auckland in two hours after removal of the the need to distance on planes, trains, and busses is a startling change in movement of people which means a big change in the chance of the virus being carried around.  Look at how the virus went global so widely and so fast:  plane travel.   So called criticisms of government ‘fear mongering’ are actually open attempts by those critics to display their ignorance of the virus.  By now it is clear that the worlds of the humans and the viruses are different.  The unknowns about the spread, deadliness, and the long term effects, as well as the unknowns about vaccines, are still too potentially devastating.  As time goes by virus experts in the health field are learning more and their advice is paramount.  Interesting that Dr Bloomfield and PM Ardern have for the first time expressed differences of opinion during this phase.


The pandemic effect of coronavirus and the overheated reality of air travel – any connection?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
28/05/2020

The novel coronavirus seems to have spread around the globe about as fast as it takes a fleet of airplanes to travel around the globe. Some of those planes carried the virus to NZ. Is there any other connection between air travel and the virus, perhaps in the economic drivers which may have led to the extravagant growth of both? Read the rest of this entry »


Updated tourism letter

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland
15/05/2020

Tourism has been overplayed for years resulting in an overbalanced economy tilted toward rising CO2 emissions. Read the rest of this entry »


Environment Minister Parker must collect and publish CO2 emission reduction figures

16 March, 2020

Hon David Parker
Minister for the Environment
Parliament Buildings
Wellington

Hello Mr. Parker,

The actions taken to restrict travel to combat spread of the Coronavirus is unprecedented in New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »


Brexit marks fearful end of 500 year period of UK colonialism

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
01/11/ 2019

Dear Editor:

Joe Bennett and friend (30/10) in casual conversation discuss how close we can be to disaster or at least fundamental change of some kind, like the fall of empires. But he chooses to highlight the example of Trump’s America rather than the closer to home example of Brexit in the UK which seems to be marking regret of the final end of a 500 year period of the British Empire. Read the rest of this entry »


The absurdity of Barbara Donaldson as GWRC chair approaches

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
05 September, 2019

Dear Editor:

Hey Dave, (Armstrong, 03/09) I think it was satirist song writer Tom Lehrer, who had a penchant for alliteration (“Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”), that said he retired from satire after Henry Kissinger was awarded co-winner of the Noble Peace Prize. Read the rest of this entry »


Tourism growth promotion does not promote respect for nature or self

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

05 February, 2019

Hello The Dom Post,

Noting the ‘astonishing’ amount of waste being dumped and vandalism at Lake Waikaremoana and its Great Walk, Ngai Tuhoe management representative Tamati Kruger suggests working with local and national groups to understand the principles of respectful behavior is a better approach to reducing the problem than having a set of rules and penalties (Dom Post 4/2/19). Read the rest of this entry »


Submission to Let’s Get Wellington Moving

These paragraphs were used in creating my submission (on their form) to the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project.

Scenario A is the place to start and finish. Getting people onto public transport is the top priority.  Providing better public transport must happen.  Light Rail would be the centre of those improvements.   This should be referred to as “Scenario A+”. Read the rest of this entry »


response to Scoop article on Wellington transport (10 July)

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. Read the rest of this entry »