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.
Thanks Michael for again calling out the ‘road and transport planners’ (engineers) for their desperate promotion of more roads in a time when it is clear to all that radical reductions of carbon emissions is a top priority. Of course the engineers are counting on the continuing support for their plans from the Kapiti and Hutt suburbs who continue to see Wellington city primarily as an obstacle in getting to the airport.
Thanks particularly for the detail in suggested changes. For me, it would be useful to see diagrams. Do you have any?
Perhaps ‘wonderland’ is a bit beyond reasonable expectations, however, so have a think about that.
Hiawatha – praise for percussion from composer, Robert Hanson
On 1 May, 2016 the Kapiti Chorale performed Robert Hanson’s (Chicago, USA) ‘epic oratorio’, Hiawatha, based on Longfellow’s poem, Song of Hiawatha. This involved an orchestra of 25 or so including four percussionists. Read the rest of this entry »