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Dave Armstrong satirically on WCC Library discussion

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

29/07/2020

Dave Armstrong’s satirical depiction of the Library conversation (28/07) at WCC as an argument over bikkies hits the mark.  Read the rest of this entry »


Transmission Gully – version 5

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
08/06/2020

Now it’s the possibility of a Plan B for Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project, that of getting in different contractors for much of the remaining work. Read the rest of this entry »


Transmission Gully – and yet again

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
29/05/2020

Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project is in the news again with a possibility of layoffs compounding a lack of specialist skills lost during the lockdown. Read the rest of this entry »


Transmission Gully (again)

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
22/05/2020

Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project was apparently mooted as far back as the 70s when the question of sustainability of road building was ignored. Read the rest of this entry »


Transmission Gully’s real reason to be.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland
06/05/2020

Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project has always aimed primarily at thumbing the nose at the known fundamental need to significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels by curtailing automobile use (sometimes wrongly referred to as ‘anti-car’). Read the rest of this entry »


Wellington councils should not rely on suggestions of ‘officials’

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
22/04/2020

WCC Cr Diane Calvert says they should follow WCC official’s advice on council funding response to the Covid-19 crisis. But the ‘officials’ of both WCC and WGRC are where our society’s neo-liberal desperation has settled. These are the officials (GWRC) who advised the bus changes, and who (WCC) advised simply locking up the library without a plan even though it had experienced no earthquake damage. And where did the decision to remove the electric trolley buses replacing them with diesel come from. And then there is the new giant white-elephant-in-waiting, the convention centre (dubbed Conven-19 by writer Dave Armstrong).

Cr Paul rightly says all councillors were elected on their merits in their own constituencies. To disrespect other councillors such as Calvert has done in this case illuminates the frustration and arrogance that she and the other neo-liberals feel now that they (and Mayor Foster for that matter) seem to be in the minority on council now.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller


What is bias of WCC staff?

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
18/12/ 2019

Dear Editor:

Dave Armstrong (17/12) is right to note that the ‘bureaucrats’ (council staff) who came up with the plan for the bus changes (‘bustastrophy’) are still intact. Not much has been said about that advice, nor the background and inclinations of those who provide so-called ‘expert’ advice. Read the rest of this entry »


Any resilience discussion must be within climate change perspective

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
05/12/ 2019

Dear Editor:

Resilience is in the discussion these days, thankfully, though the earthquake resilience report released this week (DomPost 03/12) has more the look of the past than the future. Read the rest of this entry »


Public Library demolition suggestion over the top

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
17 June, 2019

Dear Editor:

Angela Foster (3 June Opinion) gives a wonderful defence of the importance of public buildings, especially the Public Library which startlingly is being considered for demolition in the face of its merits and popularity. Then she responsibly goes on to describe a perhaps ‘inconvenient’ fact that building construction is a very high contributor to CO2 emissions.
What I’m not hearing from anyone, however, is what kind of damage the Library had sustained from the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes. Two recently constructed public buildings, Statistics House and Defence House were damaged so severely they had to be abandoned (are they still standing, even?). Argosy Property is making a $39M insurance claim for its Waterloo Quay property. Was there no damage to the Library? Surely with no or little damage public safety can be enhanced by upgrade. What the demolition suggestion looks like is more an attack on the very concept of public service buildings. Not new, but more boldly visible than ever before.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller

published 19/06/19


Emergency infrastructure in port more important than ferries

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

04 December, 2018

Dear Editor:

The most important aspect of any rebuild of the port area in Wellington (CSN, 28/11) should be directed toward resiliency and the construction of emergency facilities in the wider Wellington region. The ferry port should be a part of this planning, not separate from it.  Read the rest of this entry »