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Three Peace Moments – our history and our future

Three Peace Moments – our history and our future

This week is often referred to as “Peace Week” and this year on 11th November it is the 100th anniversary of the armistice of WW1 which ended most of the fighting in Europe making it especially notable.  Disgracefully, the various peace treaties which followed the armistice did little to settle the continent into a period of reconstruction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Letter to PM Arden on the P-8A warplane

17 October, 2018

Jacinda Ardern,  Prime Minister

Parliament Buildings,  Wellington

Hello Ms Ardern:

Spending an extra $1B+ on a warplane (Boeing P-8A) while claiming there is not enough money for necessary pay increases for nurses and teachers, to name but two, is not a good look for a Labour government.  Read the rest of this entry »


Preposterous for insurance companies to claim they can determine typical dollar assessments for earthquake risk.

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

21 August, 2018

Dear Editor:

Recently I’ve been reading self professed rebels among economics academics Steven Keen (Debunking Economics, Zed Books) and Mervyn King (The End of Alchemy, Little Brown) who both note that the 2007/9 subprime mortgage crisis was brought about by confusing short term investments (with known risks) and long term investments (which confront the ‘unknowable’). Read the rest of this entry »


Wellington bus changes a distraction from needed expansion

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Now that the changes to the bus schedules have had a week in place it would be helpful to remember that these changes were originally touted to be an improvement of service with no increase in funding. Read the rest of this entry »


LGWM a ‘plan on steroids’

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

18 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

When ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ first put out their options for transport changes a while back they seemed to be promoting the whole package which sounded to me like ‘Transport Plan on Steroids.’ Not good; this is a time for action based on introspection not panic. Read the rest of this entry »


Time for introspection on Wellington Transport

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

08 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

When ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ first put out its options for transport changes a while back it seemed to be promoting the whole package which sounded to me like ‘Transport Plan on Steroids.’ Not good; this is a time for action based on introspection not panic. 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.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 26/04/2018