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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 »

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Wellingtonian District Health Board candidate ‘ratings’

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

26 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

It’s good to see the local body candidates canvassed for their positions on certain issues in the Wellingtonian and other papers. However, I have a concern about the District Health Board page in the Wellingtonian (22 Sept). Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


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 »


Eastern Ward conversation about transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

It is good to see WCC in the Eastern Ward starting a conversation about transport issues in the ward.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Wellingtonian’s trolley bus editorial seems confused.

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

15 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

The Wellingtonian’s editorial of 8/10 on trolley buses with its reference to Wellington being the last to use trolleys in “Oceania . . . and where vehicles drive on the left” seems confused. What does that have to do with anything? By the end of the editorial though it is clear that it was part of an effort to describe trolleys as “nostalgia”. Read the rest of this entry »


“Elephant in the room” in regards to the airport runway business case

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

16 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

The ‘airport runway case’ article on the front page of the Dom Post of Wednesday (14/10) mentions four items to be discussed in the business case which the airport will present to the Environment Court this month. But once again the airport leaves out the ‘elephant in the room’, namely that in the carbon constrained world of a sustainable future there will be a good bit less air travel than today. Read the rest of this entry »