LGWM, second Mt Vic tunnel, and LGWHACC

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

21 May, 2019

Dear Editor:

Let’s Get Wellington Honest About Climate Change. I’d like to think that LGWM would get over its outdated enthusiasm for a second traffic tunnel at Mt Victoria.  To suggest a second vehicle tunnel is to give the impression fossil fuel use reduction is not really as urgent as it is.  To combine a second tunnel and a light rail system, even with a sudden rush of climate change concern from some politicians and others, may seem similar to using methadone to suppress heroin addiction, but in this case there will be no significant suppression of the stubborn long term obsession with the personal motor car as long as there is a second traffic tunnel.


Richard Keller

published 23 May



No Second Traffic Tunnel at Mt. Victoria!!

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

18 May, 2019

Dear Editor:

Let’s Get Wellington Honest About Climate Change.   Read the rest of this entry »

We need to respect deep cultural influences newly revealed in the Post Truth Era

The Editor,  The Weekender of the Dominion Post,  Wellington

02 April, 2019

Dear Editor:

Saturday Weekender’s (30/3) Insight article by Andrea Vance is only one of several in the media these days noticing that cultures old and new seem to be at the heart of the narrative of various groups defining ‘who they are’.

Vance casually makes fun of ‘Thor worship’ and points out dangers of it but that begs a deeper discussion of the dangers arisen from our own cultural heritage.

Culture has a big influence in the development of any individual though our ego sometimes hides it from us. (Note that my thesaurus says the antonym of the word ‘culture’ is ‘ignorance’.)

But in times of fundamental change like today, necessitated by climate change and the growing threat of nuclear weapons, unprecedented realizations arise naturally (with extraordinary discomfort!) from that which was hidden.

We should look at institutional manifestations of our cultural history that are dangerous. The media is concentrating now on the racist history of British colonialism.  But there are many manifestations and the most mainstream, hence perhaps the most insidious, is holding economic growth in GDP as the centre of our political and economic planning.  This kind of growth is killing the planet and reveals an international cult mentality much more dangerous than Thor worship.

Richard Keller


Denialism still at the forefront of climate thinking in NZ

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

21 March, 2019

Hello The Dom Post,

PM Ardern has said that climate change is NZ’s current equivalent ‘nuclear free’ issue and that future generations will judge today on that basis. Yet, as Mike Joy pointed out (20 March – lack of urgency) little is being done here in Aotearoa or around the western world. Read the rest of this entry »

Learn from ‘bypass’?

The Editor

The Dominion Post,  Wellington,  14 March, 2019

Hello The Dom Post,

Roland Sapsford (Inner-city bypass, 12 March) is quoted as saying coyly, “Couldn’t happen again, right?” thinking of the recently published analysis that benefits did not justify the costs of the bypass. 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 »

Even with much different leadership, Nats polling remains the same. Why?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

18 December, 2018

Dear Editor:

The New Zealand electorate is often characterized as a sensible one which uses a rule of thumb test: Is this or that political party capable of getting on with it.  But eight years of a PM who said nothing of significance during that whole time (John Key) should lead us to wonder what the electorate today thinks is sensible. Read the rest of this entry »