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Voters get chance to grill local candidates on Wellington transport

Press Release – The Traffic Jam
With transport set to be the big issue in this year’s local elections, the Traffic Jam podcast is running two meetings to help voters decide which candidates will get Wellington out of gridlock.

On Wednesday 18th September, Regional and City Council candidates standing in central, western and northern suburbs, will put forward their solutions to Wellington’s transport woes at the Loaves and Fishes Hall on Molesworth Street.

The following Wednesday, 25th September, it’s the turn of candidates standing in the city’s southern and eastern suburbs to set out their policies in the Matairangi Room, upstairs in the ASB Sports Centre in Rongotai.

“As an issue, transport is bigger than any one suburb or residential meeting” says Traffic Jam podcaster and RNZ evening host, Bryan Crump. “I reckon it’s worth devoting a couple of meetings to”

“From the Bustastrophe to the trains, from cycleways to the Basin Reserve and the Mt Victoria Tunnel, people want to know where candidates stand on these key issues”.

“Some bus users, angry with the new system, want to get rid of all the regional councillors who oversaw its introduction. But who are you going to replace them with?”

“Meanwhile, Wellington City Council is talking about making more room on the roads for buses, bikers and pedestrians, but who’s going to give up parking spaces to allow that to happen?”

Well known South Wellington writer and Dominion Post commentator, Dave Armstrong, will chair the Southern and Eastern Suburbs meeting, which kicks off at the ASB Sports Centre at 6.30pm.

Bryan Crump will chair the Central, North and Western suburbs meeting, which starts at the Loaves and Fishes at 6pm.

“Dave’s written a lot about the new bus system for the Dominion Post as he’s experienced a lot of its failings first hand,” says Crump.

“If you want to make sure your votes go to the right candidates as Wellington moves into the next decade, you can’t afford to miss these meetings.”

The dates again:

Meeting one: For central, northern and western suburb voters. Wednesday September 18th; 6.00 to 8.30pm. Loaves and Fishes Hall (next to the Anglican Cathedral in Molesworth Street). MC: Bryan Crump.

Meeting two: For voters in the southern and eastern suburbs. Wednesday, September 25th, 6.30 to 9.00pm. Upstairs Matairangi meeting room, ASB Sports Centre, Rongotai. MC: Dave Armstrong.

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  1. Goofy, 16. August 2019, 11:48

    None of the candidates are experienced in or skilled in traffic management. Look for examples at bustastrophe, bungled cycle-lanes and trains. Why bother to meet and ask whether they plan to follow the Council agenda?

  2. Filosofos, 16. August 2019, 21:28

    Who said skills in traffic management were a pre-requisite for candidates? A better pre-requisite would be for all candidates (especially the younger ones) to familiarise themselves with all the light rail studies of the 1990s, starting with the ground-breaking Superlink study. The Johnsonville line is unsuited to heavy rail anyway, and would make a great starter line for light rail through the Golden Mile to the eastern suburbs and the airport. You wouldn’t need to spend big bucks on a new depot either (just use the existing Matangi depot).

  3. Goofy, 17. August 2019, 10:31

    If a Councilor is going to be making major decisions on traffic management for the whole city I sure as hell want them to be intelligent and I want them to be knowledgeable about what it is they are making a decision on. Its a shame we don’t have that – one of the big reasons why the Council falls short in the decision making processes (or rather we see indecision and bad decisions) coupled with the puppeteers’ influence.

  4. Chris Calvi-Freeman, 17. August 2019, 13:02

    Hey Goofy, I am “experienced in and skilled at traffic management”. I am a transport planning professional with nearly 40 years of relevant experience in Wellington, Sydney and London, including involvement with transport and traffic management for two successful Olympic Games. I can talk the same language and debate technical issues with council sustainable transport planners and traffic engineers. Before returning to New Zealand in 2014 I was head of transport at the London Borough of Hounslow – population similar to Wellington city.

  5. TrevorH, 18. August 2019, 8:06

    We need people who understand core governance principles on the WCC and GWRC, rather than “experts” in particular disciplines who may not be able to see the bigger picture beyond their own necessarily limited experience. Councillors should understand strategic thinking, they should be able to interpret financial reports, they should be adept at risk management and they should have an appreciation of their obligations to the community as a whole, not just noisy special interest groups. They should also display a modicum of common sense which is something that has been sadly missing in action these past three years.