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 I’d like to think that LGWM would get over its outdated enthusiasm for a second traffic tunnel at Mt Victoria.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 »

Westland and Coromandel instinctively know changes required to combat climate change will be fundamentally challenging

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland

08 April, 2019

Dear Editor:

So often, the climate inaction debate rests on the assertion that it is a generational dispute. But in its deepest fundamentals it is not.  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 »

Taranaki needs to catch up

18 April 2018

Taranaki Daily News
PO Box 444
New Plymouth 4340

Dear Editor:

New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom says not granting off-shore oil exploration licences was ‘a kick in the stomach’.   Why is there such surprize evident in those words?  Where has he been? Read the rest of this entry »

Will the Labour led government ask for an independent inquiry into the SAS in Bamyan Province?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

7 March, 2018

Dear Editor:

The scale of cultural changes required to contain climate disruption is fundamental and terrifying to people of most political persuasions.   National won the last election (a continuing 44% vote) primarily because it had been so persistent in doing nothing significant about climate change, thus blunting that terror.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bikelash? – new creative forms of cognitive dissonance

The Editor, The Listener,

Private Bag 92512, Wellesley St.,  Auckland 1141

24 February, 2018

Dear Editor,

In Island Bay, Wellington, there was consultation on the bikeway over many months, and people in Wellington and elsewhere generally have heard about the coming of cycleways for years. But as Kathryn King of Auckland Transport put it kindly about their cycleways, “we didn’t perhaps hear from all the people who now have concerns”. Indeed.  The catalyst for the bikelash in Island Bay was, if I may use the vernacular, Council finally got around to building the bloody thing.  Read the rest of this entry »