LGWM, second Mt Vic tunnel, and LGWHACC

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

21 May, 2019

Dear Editor:

Let’s Get Wellington Honest About Climate Change. I’d like to think that LGWM would get over its outdated enthusiasm for a second traffic tunnel at Mt Victoria.  To suggest a second vehicle tunnel is to give the impression fossil fuel use reduction is not really as urgent as it is.  To combine a second tunnel and a light rail system, even with a sudden rush of climate change concern from some politicians and others, may seem similar to using methadone to suppress heroin addiction, but in this case there will be no significant suppression of the stubborn long term obsession with the personal motor car as long as there is a second traffic tunnel.


Richard Keller

published 23 May



No second vehicle tunnel!

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

14 May, 2019

Dear Editor:

The most important result from the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project should be that there is no second vehicle tunnel. Read the rest of this entry »

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.


Richard Keller

published 26/04/2018

Submission to Let’s Get Wellington Moving

These paragraphs were used in creating my submission (on their form) to the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project.

Scenario A is the place to start and finish. Getting people onto public transport is the top priority.  Providing better public transport must happen.  Light Rail would be the centre of those improvements.   This should be referred to as “Scenario A+”. Read the rest of this entry »

Wellington transport misfires were to promote the ‘super city’ under Wilde

30 June, 2015

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

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 »