RMA Amendment Bill Submission

Here’s my submission on the RMA Amendment Bill. Might be a chance to speak at a select committee too! I make this submission in general opposition to the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Bill. There are some aspects of the bill that I support, but in general I oppose it on the grounds that it will lead to significant adverse effects on the environment and reduce the opportunity for the public to be involved in protecting the environment.…
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A Good Day

Today is a very good day for Auckland. Firstly, it’s Leila’s birthday – happy birthday! Secondly, the Royal Commission has recommended a single city for Auckland’s local government future. It has also recommended some excellent stuff for public transport. Everything is available to read here.…
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The Importance of Integrated Ticketing

If one thing annoys me more than anything else in all the transport announcements we’ve seen over the past week or two – removal of the regional petrol tax, creation of a national petrol tax, news the government will pay for Auckland’s new electric trains, unsurprising news that the government is investing billions in state highways at the cost of everything else – it has been what has happened to Auckland’s integrated ticketing project.…
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Jim Hopkins – the 1950s man

I just about choked on my coffee this morning while reading Jim Hopkins’ opinion piece: Supporters of rail are on the wrong road. With such proclamations as “…the fact there’s more voters in one Auckland electorate than there are in the entire South Island” I was certain this was just a joke, some funny sarcasm perhaps in there to just show what dinosaurs the supporters of roads-centric transportation policies are.…
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The Public Transport Roller-Coaster

Wow. What a crazy few days for public transport in Auckland. Firstly, on Friday we get what appears to be the worst news possible from Wellington, that the Regional Fuel Tax is likely to be scrapped. As electrification of the rail system, integrated ticketing, new ferry wharves and the PenLink road all depend upon regional fuel tax money, this threw everyone into a spin about how these things would be paid for.…
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