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light rail approved by south but not north?

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23 April, 2018

Dear Editor:

I was pleased to see all of the people interviewed last week approve of the light rail option for Wellington; extraordinary consistency. Any clues why?

Was it because they were all female? Was it because they were all young(ish)?  Was it because they were all from the eastern suburbs?

It is useful to note the Wellington Regional Council has majority representation from the northern (near and far) reaches of the region and usually make major decisions for Wellington city transport which go against majority Wellington central and southern constituent choices. For a long while there has been a slow burn up there against Wellington because it lies between them and the airport.  Flyovers and tunnels for cars has become their preferred punishment for us.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 26/04/2018

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The coastline might be the best resource for Wellington disaster planning

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

30 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

The suggestion that the Cook Strait Ferry should operate off a floating dock sound brilliant and may be a sign that Wellington is finally coming to see the coastline as a good resource for resilience in disaster planning. Read the rest of this entry »


Wellingtonians for Non-Ridiculous Transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

28 November, 2017

Dear Editor:

It was satisfying to see the cover report in Cook Strait News on some down to earth common sense (Wellingtonians for Non-Ridiculous Transport, 23 Nov). Read the rest of this entry »


e-mail to Wellington mayor Justin Lester reminding him of the WCC ownership of the trolley wires

31/10/2017

Mr Mayor Lester,

The Council owns the trolley wires and they must be saved.  The Regional Council continues to push the interests of Wellington City around and have made a disastrous decision about the trolley buses.  That decision can be reversed.  Don’t let the Regional Council push WCC around.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller
Lyall Bay


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 »


GWRC needs to consult Wellington on trolley buses and low carbon transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

18 July, 2017

Dear Editor:

John Lawes observation that the GWRC consultation options for bus stop relocation lacks detailed descriptions reinforces my notion that this consultation is intended mainly to be a distraction, leaving the most important decisions out of the consultation process. 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 »