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Submission to GWRC on bus driver contract

To the GWRC – You have an obligation to ensure that bus drivers who are affected by your decision to change contractors do not lose their jobs or have their incomes reduced. Next year you will be standing to represent us and our communities. You need to show good faith now by protecting these drivers and their families.

It’s bad enough that you have shown the Council’s desperation so openly with your aggressively irrational removal of the trolley busses which had another perhaps 15 years of usefulness.  Treating the drivers honestly and respectfully would be chance for you to both make a comeback towards fairness, and to put the irrationality of the trolley decision into the background.  Do you want to continue to look desperate?

Sincerely,
Richard Keller
Lyall Bay

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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


new battery buses uncomfortable

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

26 March, 2018

Dear Editor:

At the Kilbirnie Festival (11 March) I took the opportunity to test ride in the new battery buses. The ride seemed uncomfortable and I had trouble staying in my seat while cornering.  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 »


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.


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