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Response to Scoop Wellington chain on plans for the public library

The purpose (in the larger cultural/historical picture) of closing or even demolishing the library (and also building a giant white elephant convention centre) was (is still) to destroy the very concept of a ‘public’ library. Read the rest of this entry »


Reply to Scoop, Public Library article by Helene Ritchie

Thanks Helene (Ritchie),
The current elected council would surely be amenable to a stabilize / open process for the Library. Read the rest of this entry »


Transmission Gully (again)

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
22/05/2020

Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project was apparently mooted as far back as the 70s when the question of sustainability of road building was ignored. Read the rest of this entry »


Mayor Foster needs to get serious about stopping Conven-19

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Hello Mayor Foster,

Dave Armstrong’s creation of the Conven-19 moniker for the proposed convention centre captures the threat of it to the future of the City of Wellington. Read the rest of this entry »


Water privatization still on the cards

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
13/03/ 2020

Dear Editor:

In Dave Armstrong’s rambling discussion of water in Wellington (10/3) he does recall that there was fear that water supply would be privatized in what I would call the ‘there is no other way’ neo-liberal hysteria of the 80s/90s introduced by the Labour government then carried on by National. What we need to understand is that the neo-liberal has quietly settled in and the threat remains. The overriding mentality is still money over conservation. Primarily water meters would still be used as a tool to privatization. Armstrong mentions that Iona Pannett is one who still fears privatization. Keep in mind that Pannett is and was a Green which has not been neo-liberal, unlike Labour and National.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller

 

published 23/03/20  ??


The absurdity of Barbara Donaldson as GWRC chair approaches

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
05 September, 2019

Dear Editor:

Hey Dave, (Armstrong, 03/09) I think it was satirist song writer Tom Lehrer, who had a penchant for alliteration (“Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”), that said he retired from satire after Henry Kissinger was awarded co-winner of the Noble Peace Prize. Read the rest of this entry »


Giving up on buses?

The Editor
The Dominion Post
Wellington
25 August, 2019

Dear Editor:

“Giving up on buses” is a useful headline (Damian George, 20 Aug). The kind of confused rationale evident along with the subsequent irrational bus schedules we have been saddled with are consistent with an observation that in the grand scheme the changes were meant to discredit public transport in order to deflect the growing pressure to reduce the total domination of the personal motor car. Read the rest of this entry »


Public Library demolition suggestion over the top

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
17 June, 2019

Dear Editor:

Angela Foster (3 June Opinion) gives a wonderful defence of the importance of public buildings, especially the Public Library which startlingly is being considered for demolition in the face of its merits and popularity. Then she responsibly goes on to describe a perhaps ‘inconvenient’ fact that building construction is a very high contributor to CO2 emissions.
What I’m not hearing from anyone, however, is what kind of damage the Library had sustained from the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes. Two recently constructed public buildings, Statistics House and Defence House were damaged so severely they had to be abandoned (are they still standing, even?). Argosy Property is making a $39M insurance claim for its Waterloo Quay property. Was there no damage to the Library? Surely with no or little damage public safety can be enhanced by upgrade. What the demolition suggestion looks like is more an attack on the very concept of public service buildings. Not new, but more boldly visible than ever before.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller

published 19/06/19


No Second Traffic Tunnel at Mt. Victoria!!

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

18 May, 2019

Dear Editor:

Let’s Get Wellington Honest About Climate Change.   Read the rest of this entry »


Preoccupation with GDP growth a sign of the existential challenge of our time.

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

04 May, 2019

Dear Editor:

Some anthropologists (e.g. Australian Jared Diamond) have noted that past cultures have had to deal with existential challenges where it was necessary to change in fundamental ways in order to survive, even thrive. Read the rest of this entry »