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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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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 »


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 »


Our superior Jane has ‘still got it’ as the Mother Superior in ‘Nunsense’.

Hi Friends,

Yes, Jane has ‘still got it’ as the Mother Superior in a new locally produced Wing It production of the musical comedy, Nunsense.  Opening to great reviews Tuesday, the show goes until 10 February at the Gryphon Theatre on Ghuznee St.  (see link below to iTicket for times, dates, and tickets) Read the rest of this entry »


Car parking on Crawford Road Kilbirnie needs another look

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

11 December, 2017

Dear Editor:

Crawford Road is the main road between Kilbirnie and Newtown. Bus and other traffic relies on that route.  It seems time to reconsider whether car parking is a good idea on Crawford Road.  As transport in Wellington is re-invented for the future there may a better combination of facilities on Crawford Road in which there are fewer of no car parks.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 18/01/18


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 »


response to Scoop / Congestion Free Wellington article

Still, most of the discussion here is about moving traffic faster.  This is the wrong priority and if that priority persists then the majority Hutt / Kapiti influence on Regional Council will pounce on more and more lanes and expressways and again Wellington City needs for mass transit (trolleys now and light rail later) will surely be out onto the back burner again.  Be warned; this is the ‘post truth era’, the former rationales are not the dominant form of thinking and pushing any more.