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Moa Pointers, the runway extension, the Environment Court

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by Sea Rotmann
A few years ago, I wrote about what it means to be a Moa Pointer. As much as I waxed lyrically about the “best sunset spot in town” and our amazing, if often endangered natural taonga, I have to highlight my prescience when writing these words: “Not going through the fast-tracked board of inquiry process is an admission that they know they would fail. Going through the more protracted Environment Court hearings has nothing to do with a ‘more open and transparent process’ and everything with buying themselves time and bleeding the opponents dry due to the high costs associated with fighting a project like this through the Court. It also means many more years of this existential threat hanging over our heads, which is stressful in many ways – emotionally, financially and physically.” Read more »

Berhampore, we have a problem

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by Regan Dooley
The Berhampore shops on Adelaide Road might be the trickiest part to get right in the entire Newtown Connections consultation. Read more »

The evidence against more motorways

by Russell Tregonning
John Milford of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce wants to ‘fix congestion choke points’ in Wellington’s urban roading system. He says this will be ‘vital to our economy’. But there’s no evidence that his solution — more motorways — will achieve either aim. Read more »

What must be changed, to fix the problems with Karori’s buses

by Mike Flinn
Last week I attended the meeting in Karori where local residents and residents from adjacent suburbs told Regional Council representatives what they thought of the new bus services. All services to Karori were criticised, including the peak-hour ones along Karori Road with full buses and extended waiting times. Read more »

More than just a bad joke: the bustastrophe and the government

by PCGM
Local MP (and ex-councillor) Paul Eagle has raised the prospect that central government will have to step in to the Wellington Regional Council’s self-made bus-tastrophe. It appears even the Beehive is running out of patience with GWRC’s inability to make the network function effectively. Read more »

25% increase: Govt announces “record transport investment” for Wellington

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Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today a record $1.9 billion investment in Wellington will deliver a safer, better connected and more resilient transport system over the next three years. Read more »

Light rail by 2028 – why we need to start now

by Kerry Wood
Wellington needs light rail, but waiting for more passengers to choose overloaded public transport is not the best way to get it. 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 »

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 »

New timetables, new buses

by Brent Efford
This coming weekend sees the biggest change to Wellington´s public transport services since, well, forever. Read more »

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