GWRC needs to consult Wellington on trolley buses and low carbon transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

18 July, 2017

Dear Editor:

John Lawes observation that the GWRC consultation options for bus stop relocation lacks detailed descriptions reinforces my notion that this consultation is intended mainly to be a distraction, leaving the most important decisions out of the consultation process. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »

Education for a future requires the Humanities and the Arts

The Editor, The Dominion Post,  Wellington

19 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

The article on the future of work as examined in the DomPost of 3 Sept (Life in the Machine Age) does at the end express that the reality of the coming “Age” is not primarily about machines after all, as Grant Robertson explains, “It’s collaboration, creativity, dealing with complex problems and understanding ethical dimensions”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mayor Wade-Brown is unable to accept the desperation in front of her.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

05 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

The reason why Mayor Wade-Brown (Dom Post Weekend, 3 Sept) can so shallowly misrepresent mayoral candidate Jo Coughlan’s “four lanes to the planes” campaign slogan is that she refuses to respect the open desperation evident in it. 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 »

Submission on Draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2014

29 April, 2014

FreePost 3156 Greater Wellington Regional Council PO Box 11646 Wellington 6142

 Submitted by:

Richard Keller


Draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2014

 There are three main criteria which should be applied to the Public Transport Plan:

Any Wellington transport plan must be designed primarily around the needs of pedestrians.

  • Decreased carbon emissions as part of a larger climate change prevention and effects mediation program (decrease or eliminate fossil fuel use in public transport).
  • Increased bus and train services with a corresponding increase in investment in public transport (more person-km capacity) with funds transferred from the government’s bloated highway fund. Adopting a plan for implementing light rail should be a priority.

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