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 »


Curiouser and curiouser in Island Bay

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a WCC councillor Paul Eagle had always seemed to support every whim in Island Bay without offering cautionary insights. As the rhetoric over car parking and the cycleway heated up last year, reaching ‘Tea Party’ (read Donald Trump) proportions, there he was nodding his head. Read the rest of this entry »

Four modes of local residential transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

02 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

Transport is Wellington’s most important issue these days. The transport system needs to be re-invented to prepare for a sustainable future.  It should be no different for Island Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

Island Bay’s car cult uprising

The Editor

The Cook Strait News,  Wellington,  28 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

Isabella Wishart (CSN 24/08) says she is perplexed by Chloe Bisley-Wright’s letter to the Cook Strait News, but then goes beyond perplexity in aggressively connecting ‘cyclist’ with ‘unable to begin to see other (perspectives)’.

I have no trouble understanding either perspective with the Tea Party – type (read Donald Trump) uprising in Island Bay continuing unabated in 2017 after it began in 2016. This is the car cult mentality which is strong nationwide but has seldom reached the surface to the extent it has in Island Bay.  Ms Bisley-Wright may or may not understand that the car cult is not to be challenged, in ‘Kings New Clothes’ fashion, but in apparent ‘childlike’ honesty (sorry, Chloe) is simply describing what she is hearing.

Where will the next car cult Tea Party uprising pop up in New Zealand? Perhaps the next neighbourhood that has the temerity to actually build a transport option that is a local alternative to the car cult?


Richard Keller

published 31/08/2017



Island Bay discussion is about cars, not a ‘cycleway’

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

21 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

In Island Bay they are still trying to hide behind the term ‘cycleway’ in their transport discussions. ‘Cycleway’ is no more than a code word.  What they are, and have always been, talking about is cars.  Read the rest of this entry »

Island Bay uproar is still about cars, not a cycleway

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

06 May, 2017

Dear Editor:

An Island Bay resident was this week quoted in the daily paper about the growing number of cars parked on the streets throughout the village. He says most families have two cars and some even more (as many as five).  What has been happening in Island Bay? Read the rest of this entry »

Thanks to Nikki Papatsoumas of Cook Strait News

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23 January, 2017

Dear Editor:

Thanks to Nikki Papatsoumas for her insight and efforts on Cook Strait News. The coverage of the local body elections in 2016 was second to none when other local media coverage was generally mediocre. Read the rest of this entry »