Keep in mind that the GWRC has majority suburb (Hutt, Kapiti) membership. Cr Donaldson is anathema to Wellington and should be sacked for the vandalism she has led, but she is representing the suburbs not Wellington. The burbs are pressing their resentment at Wellington City being a hindrance to them getting to the airport easily. Mayor Lester should take the lead in fighting back but seems to be acting more a regional mayor than a Wellington mayor.
Still, most of the discussion here is about moving traffic faster. This is the wrong priority and if that priority persists then the majority Hutt / Kapiti influence on Regional Council will pounce on more and more lanes and expressways and again Wellington City needs for mass transit (trolleys now and light rail later) will surely be out onto the back burner again. Be warned; this is the ‘post truth era’, the former rationales are not the dominant form of thinking and pushing any more.
30 June, 2015
The Editor, The Wellingtonian
The editorial writer of the 18th (Fran Wilde’s Contribution) must be a great fan of the so-called Airport Master Plan, or is nostalgic for the days when Fran Wilde was leading liberal social change in Wellington to say, “there is nothing to support the notion. . .” that “Wilde wanted a super-city so she could be its leader.” He should be looking at what has been happening in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »