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Councillors admit bus problems, ask for more direct services and bigger buses

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Increasing the number of direct services on one of the city’s key bus routes is one of the options being considered by Metlink to improve the performance of Wellington’s new bus network. Read more »

Where’s the apology?

It seems we are expecting an apology from the Regional Council about the city’s continuing bus problems. A Wellington city councillor reported this today while she was attending a meeting of the Regional Council’s transport committee. Read more »

Regional councillors told: bus problems are “regrettable”

A staff report to Wellington regional councillors today says the bus problems were “expected” and are “regrettable.” It blames driver shortages and route changes. The report states: Read more »

Ten questions about LGWM’s plans for Wellington transport

by Tim Jones
When Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) finally releases its Recommended Programme of Investment (RPI) for transport in Wellington, a lot of questions are going to be about what gets funded, when, and who by. Read more »

The shocking bus service

The continuing bus problems continue to be the central topic of Wellington conversations. Read more »

Letting us down

Open letter from Michael Lee
Dear Regional Councillors,
You should be ashamed of yourselves for letting down the people of Wellington with this new inferior bus service. Read more »

PM welcomed back to Wellington with cheers and song

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Report from RNZ
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been greeted with cheers and song after arriving back in Wellington today. Read more »

Legal decisions and the saga of the runway extension

by Dr Sea Rotmann
Legal matters can be confounding to the layperson, to say the least, and the ongoing saga of the New Zealand’s Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) vs the Civil Aviation Authority Director and Wellington Airport (WIAL) has been more confounding than most. Read more »

Why VUW shouldn’t change its name (2) – Hugh Rennie

by Hugh Rennie QC
Victoria University of Wellington has been progressing what it calls its “name simplification” project. That title in fact relates to an intention to give VUW a new and different identity. Such a change has no justification unless it leads to consequential effects which are beneficial. Read more »

Campaigners want ombudsman to investigate bus problems

by Gilly Tompsett
Community group ReVolt Wellington is calling on the government to appoint an ombudsman and hold an inquiry into widespread chaos and disruption on Wellington’s public transport network which it blames on the failure of bus contracts signed by the Regional Council that took effect on July 15. Read more »

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