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Claims, counter-claims, and a rogue MP on the tiles

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The claims and counter-claims at Parliament yesterday afternoon – involving what RNZ is describing this morning as a “rogue MP” – have given a burst of energy to New Zealand’s political journalists. Read more »

Ten years of diesel buses – ten years of increased emissions

By Gillian Tompsett
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released this week calling for a steep cut in CO2 emissions within 12 years to avoid irreversible climate change, highlights the shortsighted and incompetent leadership of Wellington’s Regional Council, which scrapped the trolley bus network in November without a clear plan to replace them with an equivalent or better carbon-free bus fleet. Read more »

Coming soon: a sense of loss

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The enormity of what Wellington is losing becomes clear when you read Heritage New Zealand’s official listings about the convent building at Erskine College (above; now being demolished), and all the buildings at the former teachers college in Karori (five of them are to be demolished.) They all have number one categories, but this isn’t enough to save them. Read more »

Hubs and spokes: the design flaws of the new bus network

by Lim Leong
Here is the plain English version of why a hub and spoke transport network will never work in Wellington without an underlying support infrastructure. I invite you to compare what US consultant Jarrett Walker said with what I am saying, and see which version makes more sense. Read more »

Has John Milford missed the bus?

by Michael Barnett
In a recent article, Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford commented on the Government’s transport investment programme and said “it has mostly missed the bus.” He went on to extol the virtues of the previous government’s Roads of National Significance. Read more »

Keeping a promise: electric locomotives on the main trunk line

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by Dr Roger Blakeley
This advertisement from the Rail and Maritime Transport Union is part of a continuing campaign by many people who are deeply concerned about KiwiRail’s decision to scrap electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk (NIMT) and replace them with diesels. Read more »

Farewell to a heritage building

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by Elizabeth Cox
Well the scaffold is up, and the main college building is coming down. Read more »

The deadline, and the shrinking list

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by Elizabeth Cox
A major deadline has been reached in Wellington, but a showdown seems to have been narrowly averted.
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Bus strike plans: picket lines and an alternative service

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by Roy Murphy
Yesterday’s stopwork meeting of bus drivers not only voted to strike – it also made plans for the strike. The strikers will set up picket lines to prevent the companies from using their buses. At the same time they plan to set up their own alternative bus service for a gold coin donation in all areas affected by the strike. The money will be used to pay for the buses, with any extra going into the strike fund. The buses will run over the pre-July routes. Read more »

How to fix the buses

by Roy Murphy
The Regional Council made four serious and basic errors in the new design for Wellington buses. Thinking that hubs are a solution, thinking they’d save money by taking the cheapest bids, thinking they had to accept whatever vehicles the operators wanted to use, and thinking that cutting out the people who run the transport (the bus drivers) would result in better solutions. Read more »

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