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It’s Labour that is Labour-lite, not The Greens

The Editor,  The Dominion Post (and Weekender),  Wellington

03/09/2020

Sue Smith (03/09) claims that the Greens have become ‘Labour-lite’, but she has it backward; Labour is Labour-lite! Read the rest of this entry »


Updated tourism letter

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland
15/05/2020

Tourism has been overplayed for years resulting in an overbalanced economy tilted toward rising CO2 emissions. Read the rest of this entry »


Land Transport Strategy (GPS) submission

Ministry of Transport
Government Policy Statement (GPS)
Land Transport Strategic Priorities (2020) – draft

The urgency and necessary direction of transport planning is not well served by including Environment (‘Environmental sustainability’ and ‘Climate Change’ as simply a ‘key outcome’. Read the rest of this entry »


Climate disagreements not generational, but cultural

The Editor
The Sunday Star Times
Auckland
26/11/2019

With all the chipping following Green MP Chloe Swarbrick’s “OK Boomer” comment we see again the climate debate playing out as a generational conflict. But in its deepest fundamentals it is not. Read the rest of this entry »


Denial is a global thing.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

13 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

David Slack (“she’ll be right”, 10 June) keeps repeating himself throughout the article to make it clear: we are so clever here in “godzone” at finding ways to deceive ourselves about how clever we are. Read the rest of this entry »


Key’s fog

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

10/12/2016

Dear Editor:

A weight seems to have been lifted off my back, somehow allowing me to stand taller and breathe easier now. The heavy fog created whenever John Key spoke to the nation has weighed heavily on the country for eight years, but now there is an opportunity for us to wake up and recreate our self-respect to face a world of climate change and increasing inequality.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 14/12/16


Wellington needs more bus routes, not tinkering and dropping routes

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

9 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

Former Regional Counsellor Daran Ponter along with current counsellor Paul Bruce took it upon themselves, maybe three years ago, to inform city residents of the proposed changes to bus routes, mostly as a warning it seemed. (“Backlash. . .”, 1 Sept.) 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 »


Speed bumps in Island Bay – here they go again?

The Editor,  The Cook St. News,  Wellington

29 August, 2016

Dear Editor:

So three of the speed bumps along The Parade in Island Bay are to be removed despite their usefulness in slowing down vehicles toward the speed limit of 30 k/hr (18/08).  Seems like another over reaction in Island Bay to limits on the use of motor vehicles.   Read the rest of this entry »


Cycleways must be an element in overall transport planning

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

07 June, 2016

Dear Editor:

G Sanderson (letters, 26 May) is right to say that cycleways should be viewed as an element of overall transport solutions. The controversial part is the priorities given to each type of transport.  Any residential area (such as Island Bay), or shopping area must put the needs of pedestrians first, then personal transport such as cycles, then public transport such as buses, and finally last the personal motor car. Read the rest of this entry »