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Airport still wants to expand

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

Ken Mulholland understandably is concerned about the future of the Miramar Golf Club and also potential loss of a noise buffer for nearby residences from the threat of an Airport expansion. But the larger concern should be that the Airport plans to expand at all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time for introspection on Wellington Transport

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

08 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

When ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ first put out its options for transport changes a while back it seemed to be promoting the whole package which sounded to me like ‘Transport Plan on Steroids.’ Not good; this is a time for action based on introspection not panic. 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 »


Response to Michael Barnett’s Wellington transport article on Scoop

Informative and inspired analysis of NZTA again, Michael.  Thanks.  But you still don’t address the public support for the roading program and air travel.  While Wellington City has a reasonably progressive attitude toward transport, the suburbs see the City primarily as a barrier to getting to the airport.  Why support for more roads and air travel is so irrational, even desperate, is a question that must be addressed if we are to have the right discussions and do the right thing to sort out transport.

09/03/2017


Thanks to Nikki Papatsoumas of Cook Strait News

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23 January, 2017

Dear Editor:

Thanks to Nikki Papatsoumas for her insight and efforts on Cook Strait News. The coverage of the local body elections in 2016 was second to none when other local media coverage was generally mediocre. Read the rest of this entry »


Runway extension suggestion is a sign of desperation

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

11 August, 2016

Dear Editor:

With the deadline for submissions on the airport runway extension Friday (12th) it would be useful to examine this issue in the larger context.

The suggestion to extend the runway at Wellington airport will be seen in the global context of climate disruption. There will need to be less tourism and less air travel in a carbon constrained world. Read the rest of this entry »


Submission on the Airport Corporation’s application to extend the runway

The suggestion to extend the runway at Wellington airport will be seen in the global context of climate disruption. There will need to be less tourism and less air travel in a carbon constrained world.   Read the rest of this entry »