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 Michael Barnett’s roading comments on Scoop

Thanks Michael for again calling out the ‘road and transport planners’ (engineers) for their desperate promotion of more roads in a time when it is clear to all that radical reductions of carbon emissions is a top priority.  Of course the engineers are counting on the continuing support for their plans from the Kapiti and Hutt suburbs who continue to see Wellington city primarily as an obstacle in getting to the airport.

Thanks particularly for the detail in suggested changes.  For me, it would be useful to see diagrams.   Do you have any?

Perhaps ‘wonderland’ is a bit beyond reasonable expectations, however, so have a think about that.


Airport Corporation dominant player in Wellington planning

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

24 June, 2016

Dear Editor:

The Wellington City Council is not the main player in determining the future of Wellington. Neither is Mayor Wade-Brown.  The Airport Corporation has been dominating the broad discussion for years.  Read the rest of this entry »

Motorcar infatuation leads to ‘bursts of illogic’

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

15 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

It is revealing of our times when obviously intelligent people produce bursts of illogic in discussing transport in Wellington. Read the rest of this entry »

Wellington transport misfires were to promote the ‘super city’ under Wilde

30 June, 2015

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

The editorial writer of the 18th (Fran Wilde’s Contribution) must be a great fan of the so-called Airport Master Plan, or is nostalgic for the days when Fran Wilde was leading liberal social change in Wellington to say, “there is nothing to support the notion. . .” that “Wilde wanted a super-city so she could be its leader.”   He should be looking at what has been happening in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »

NZTA threat?

22 December, 2012

The Editor, The Dominion Post

Dear Editor;

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is not the “masters of the universe” even if the agency vaguely senses it is.  NZTA chief executive Geoff Dangerfield has warned the Wellington City Council that NZTA may withhold other transport initiatives if support for the basin reserve flyover is reconsidered in a statement that Cr Iona Pannett says “could be considered threatening”.  Read the rest of this entry »