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Steven’s little helpers

by Peter Brooks
Steven Joyce has the two Labour councillors, Leonie Gill and Paul Eagle, to thank for ensuring that the Wellington end of his State Highway One Road of National Significance bulldozes on. If Councillors Gill and Eagle had not sided with Kerry’s old team, the Mayor might have led the city into a more realistic and purposeful partnership with the NZ Transport Agency on the Ngauranga to airport corridor exercise.

Both councillors have legitimate concerns. Both southern and eastern wards suffer from the so-called choke point at the Basin Reserve. Maybe they have reason to believe that their constituents’ demand for private transport is price inelastic – that no matter what the fuel price per litre, the private car journey will be a daily event.

But Bryan Pepperell, who has perhaps rather more claim to an understanding of the needs of the Southern Ward, believes that fuel costs will change habits. And Councillor Foster pointed out to the meeting that vehicle journeys had already plateaued.

Councillor Eagle has a chance to rethink the situation, because he will be one of the four council representatives on the NZTA committee which will manage the public consultation. He will be able to hear first hand what the public think.

Maybe Steven Joyce will need to find another little helper after Paul Eagle has absorbed the views of the wider public and thought more deeply about the need to make public investments which will address the very challenging needs of a low carbon future.

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1 comment:

  1. Sridhar, 28. April 2011, 17:50

    “Maybe Steven Joyce will need to find another little helper after Paul Eagle has absorbed the views of the wider public “. Stephen then can rely on Ian McKinnon and John Morrison terrorising some of the less knowing councillors to submit to their views.