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  1. Claire, 24. November 2020, 10:26

    There has been a lot of rubbish written about Wellington recently. It is a campaign around the DSP. And the lack of housing. This is a problem in in all cities in NZ. And in the last twenty years has not been addressed by Govt or councils. Blaming a city and the people who own homes there is childish. People who live here and love it know different.

  2. Stephanie Rodgers, 24. November 2020, 10:31

    Love this line from Henry Cooke’s latest: “We already have a museum; we need a lot more houses.” [via twitter]

  3. Toni, 24. November 2020, 11:15

    As much as I truly love Wellington I despair about its future.

  4. luke, 24. November 2020, 13:17

    I love Wellington and I miss it but the reasons I left don’t look like they are changing anytime soon. Namely continued car dependance and the short airport runway limiting a connection to the rest of the world. LGWM is all about delaying everything u until it’s politically viable to just build more roads.

  5. bsmith, 24. November 2020, 14:47

    @luke, whether you like it or not, people/cities need roads … now and for the foreseeable future, which is why wgtn is suffering, in that the roads that are being built, lead people out of the city. This council is dysfunctional, and to even mention a rates rise of 20 odd per cent (even though they were fishing), in this day and age, is a slap in the face for the remaining residents (who will slowly drift northwards)

  6. Dave B, 24. November 2020, 21:52

    @ bsmith. Wellington is suffering from too much traffic, not too few roads. There are already enough roads to service most needs away from peak periods. The peak periods are best dealt with by providing better alternatives to driving for the many journeys that can be made by other means. We need to get out of the mindset that ‘whatever the problem, the answer is more roads’.

  7. Henry Filth, 25. November 2020, 3:34

    Sure baited a lot of clicks over there on Stuff. The hayseeds got up on their hind legs right on cue.

  8. bsmith, 25. November 2020, 11:14

    @dave b, I think the mindset, that lets all take public transport, is half the reason Wgtn is in the state it’s in. By now we should have had a decent road to the airport/hospital etc. People won’t use public transport, as it doesn’t service their needs. And let’s face it, why would I use public transport, when today is a classic example: I’ll catch the bus … ummm no I won’t, bus drivers are in stop work meetings.

  9. Peter Steven, 25. November 2020, 13:44

    bsmith: 49% of commuters coming into the city from north of Wellington use public transport. Seems to service their needs just fine?

  10. Cr Daran Ponter, 25. November 2020, 19:59

    bssmith: A few hours in the off-peak once every 6 to 12 months for a stop work meeting … and that’s the reason you don’t use public transport?

  11. Northland, 25. November 2020, 23:02

    Cr Ponter – if you would like people to be effusive about the Wellington public transport system, it would have helped if the GWRC hadn’t inflicted such disasters as the 2018 bustastrophe on them, whereby not only was a colossal amount of ratepayer money wasted, but also services on key routes were measurably reduced.

  12. Morris Oxford, 26. November 2020, 9:03

    I remember that Karori’s peak hour services in the morning were cut from eighteen to ten.

  13. Dave B, 26. November 2020, 18:32

    @ Northland, Morris Oxford – The bustastrophe (and scrapping of the trolleybuses) were driven by the previous administration under Laidlaw, Donaldson, Swain etc. They have since been ousted. One would like to believe that the present incumbents (Ponter, Blakeley etc) would not have acted so ill-advisedly if they had been in charge then, and would not do so now.