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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.

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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.


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


Curiouser and curiouser in Island Bay

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a WCC councillor Paul Eagle had always seemed to support every whim in Island Bay without offering cautionary insights. As the rhetoric over car parking and the cycleway heated up last year, reaching ‘Tea Party’ (read Donald Trump) proportions, there he was nodding his head. Read the rest of this entry »


What can Mayor Lester do about the Weapons Expo?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

01 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

Mayor Justin Lester should be congratulated for commenting that the ‘Weapons Expo’ this month should not be welcome at WCC facilities because it doesn’t fit with Wellington as a ‘peace city’. 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 »


Why is enthusiasm enough?

14 April, 2015

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

Given that there has been no cost benefit analysis done for the proposed airport runway extension, along with the silence from the Wellington City Council and the Airport about doing one, their enthusiasm for the runway extension seems to be based primarily on – their enthusiasm! Read the rest of this entry »