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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 »

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Response to Scoop article on public transport in Wellington.

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.


Response on Scoop article by Infratil on bus tendering and driver wages and conditions in Wellington

One must always bring the Regional Council into the forefront of this type of discussion.  Note that the Regional Council is dominated by the suburbs, generally known as The Hutt and Kapiti, but most transport issues involve Wellington City which is in the minority at the Regional Council.  The Regional Council has been out to get the City for some time because – well, we all know why but it is a taboo subject to actually mention in polite political discussions.


Submission on the Airport Corporation’s application to extend the runway

The suggestion to extend the runway at Wellington airport will be seen in the global context of climate disruption. There will need to be less tourism and less air travel in a carbon constrained world.   Read the rest of this entry »


Response to “From the Hood : The Second Time as Farce” on Scoop

It seems surreal, the politics of today. Trump, Brexit, Key, “four lanes to the airport”. Read the rest of this entry »


Nuclear-Free Wellington sign is back!

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

12 April, 2016

Dear Editor:

What a nice surprize to see the old “Welcome to Wellington – A Nuclear Free City” sign (or a very good replica of the original) pop up recently in its former place beside the road from the airport. Read the rest of this entry »


Airport extension remains an act of desperation

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

30 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

The airport company predictably uses rosy passenger projections in its analysis of economic benefits from the runway extension.  But those projections are fantasy.  A sustainable future will require less air travel, not more.  Any improvement in fuel efficiency will never be enough by itself. Read the rest of this entry »