Welcome to Friday. Here are a few stories that stood out this week.

The Week in Greater Auckland

Great North Inaction

Hayden Donnell has written a number of fantastic pieces on Auckland urban issues along with the culture problems at the likes of AT. He’s done another fantastic one for Metro Magazine which is now available. It focuses on how a very small group of anti-cycleway protesters and politicians were able to delay the Great North Rd improvements for eight months, during which they came close to getting the whole project cancelled, despite otherwise near unanimous support for it from across the community.

Transport advocates see Great North Rd as a case study for AT’s well-documented bias towards inaction and endless consultation. They say it shows how politicians can use dubious financial constraints to undermine projects they oppose on ideological grounds. But in the eyes of many of the project’s supporters, it’s also a lesson in how a small number of sufficiently vehement activists can take advantage of local government’s risk aversion. When asked why a popular, majority-government-fund- ed, shovel-ready, long-overdue project has been beset by seemingly endless delay, Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa ward councillor Julie Fairey pauses a second, then sighs. “There’s a Margaret Mead quote: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has’,” she says. “That works in both directions. It works for the better and for the worse.”

In this system, if you shout long and loud enough, you can sometimes drown out everyone else.

The whole thing is well worth a read.

Why not Waiheke

Last year Auckland Transport announced changes to ferry services following a deal with Fullers. It saw the Devonport route finally coming under their control in the same way that buses, trains and most other ferry routes operate. However, Waiheke was excluded and remains a fully commercially operated route. Those two routes were exempted from normal PT contracting rules by the previous government and Auckland had asked the government to remove that exemption but they had encouraged a negotiated outcome.

However, it appears that following that deal, a report to Waka Kotahi recommended there was a case for change in the status of Waiheke ferries.

In August 2022, consultant Barry Kidd was engaged to assess the situation and concluded that “there is a strong case for changing the status of the Waiheke Ferry Service from exempt to contracted”.

His report stated that Auckland Transport (AT) had consistently identified the service as integral to the region’s public transport network and for many island residents was their only transport link to Auckland City with access to employment, tertiary education and training, and medical services.

Residents had not been able to take advantage of public transport discounts, including a 50% discount for community service cardholders.

However, the report warned that residents’ concerns may not be solved by removing the exemption, which “may in fact exacerbate some of them”.

Fare reductions were likely to increase demand, particularly over summer weekends, when there were already capacity issues.

RPTP Emissions

Todd Niall at Stuff highlighted at the start of the week how AT’s RPTP falls short on climate emissions.

Auckland’s new public transport plan seeks to increase patronage by 50% in the next eight years, with more low-carbon travel, but falls far short of what the city’s own emissions reduction plan requires.

The Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) has a goal of 150 million boardings by 2031, but the council’s Transport Emission Reduction Pathway (TERP) says a target of 550 million will be needed by 2030.

The RPTP is a statutory plan required to be agreed between the council and transports co-funder the government, and the latest draft iteration from 2023-31 will reignite debate on planning for change that don’t deliver climate action goals.

And, in a follow-up story, he looked at the urgency with which the Mayor is (or isn’t) ensuring Auckland delivers on climate promises made in South Korea just a couple of months ago:

AT is still working out how to devise a plan, let alone implement one, and quite how or when this gap between a majority – but not unanimous – political enthusiasm for TERP will come face to face with AT’s leadership is not clear.

One approach clearly not taken, is for AT to create an urgent implementation plan, and then point out the funding gap, so that the politicians can help them address it.

Brown put his signature to a document in Busan which pledged “active leadership in resolving climate change issues”.

The mayor will need to demonstrate soon that he is serious at home, about delivering promises made abroad.

That didn’t take long

It seems Auckland’s newest motorway already has a problem:

Waka Kotahi claims the multi-million dollar Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway is resilient and safe despite needing a major patch-up just a month after opening due to a landslide that is still moving.

It is a problem the Transport Agency knew about before the ribbon was even cut on the $880 million project.

Cracks have appeared in concrete barriers after recent storms reactivated a known slip. Reports obtained by RNZ show the earth is moving towards the carriageway at a stop-start rate at times exceeding 30cm a week.

London’s Elizabeth Line beats forecasts

Overseas we’re starting to see some public transport use in some cities recover strongly, some are now even exceeding pre-pandemic levels. In London, usage is back to nearly 90% of what it was before COVID and interestingly, numbers for the new Elizabeth line are showing usage ahead of even their optimistic post-pandemic predictions.

Ahead of an Elizabeth line committee meeting next week, Transport for London (TfL) says that the Elizabeth line is now beating post-pandemic passenger number forecasts. In its first full year of operation, the Elizabeth line carried just over 150 million passenger journeys, and although passenger demand is below pre-pandemic forecasts it’s above a range of post-pandemic projections.

Pre-Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Elizabeth line Passenger Projections and First Year Actual Passenger Journeys (millions) (c) TfL

The line is averaging around 3.5 million journeys each week, with the busiest week on the railway peaking at over 4.1 million journeys. Assuming nothing else, then they expect this year to carry around 170 million passenger journeys and could reach 200 million a year if post-pandemic recovery continues.

Maybe one day soon we’ll be able to start claiming near pre-pandemic levels of PT usage.

From the ‘tell us you don’t ride a bike without saying you don’t ride a bike” files

The Herald reports:

Rotorua’s MP has slammed a mandate that could lead to speeds on the majority of the city’s urban streets being set to 30km/h, claiming “a child on a pushbike would be breaking the law”.

Rotorua Lakes Council has opened public consultation on its draft Speed Management Plan 2023. It describes in its consultation document that while people can have a say on some proposals, it could not change the national mandate for the speed to be 30km/h around schools.

The rule was part of the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Road to Zero initiative and aimed to set “appropriate” speeds around schools. Schools and the council could determine this area, whether it was a road running past a school gate or a wider area including roads with a “higher volume of active-mode travel”, the agency’s website said.

Graph of the week

Tying in with Heidi’s post about the Future Development Strategy, this graph shared by Wellington Regional Councillor Thomas Nash helpfully lays out the cost of urban sprawl to the average ratepayer:

Screenshot of tweet by Cr Thomas Nash. Text reads: "Expanding cities outwards - or “smashing urban boundaries” as National puts it - degrades water quality and locks in higher transport [emissions]. But even if you disregard water and climate, policies that encourage greenfields are a money drain for residents because they drive rates higher." Image is a bar graph showing the net fiscal impact of additional households by density - indicating that, on the basis of rates revenue after infrastructure depreciation and finance costs, greenfields are a net cost to society whereas medium and high density are a net positive to society.

Let’s talk about potholes

There’s been a lot of talk about potholes recently – a relatable topic that highlights a whole lot of other issues around climate and road maintenance funding priorities.

The Spinoff has a good piece on everything you always wanted to know about potholes but were afraid to ask… although not quite everything – two additional details worth knowing are firstly that in order to fix potholes properly, you need a stretch of good weather (something that’s increasingly in short supply).

And, as per this tweet by Cr Richard Hills: a key part of the picture is that road maintenance budgets were frozen for a significant stretch in order to fund major roading projects. Which is an unsustainable approach, as we’re discovering.
A tweet by Councillor Richard Hills, including a graph showing how road maintenance funding flatlined under the National Government and has been significantly raised since.

Via Twitter, this cartoon by Stuff’s Sharon Murdoch puts potholes into broader perspective:

A cartoon by Sharon Murdoch, contrasting a deadly mushroom cloud of climate impacts with a rain-puddle pothole.

Hate potholes? Support bike lanes, as this on-it tweet suggests:

A tweet by Lucas Campbell that reads: "A bicycle would need to travel on a road 160,000 times to cause as much wear and tear as a single motor vehicle trip. Hate constant road construction/ Advocate for better cycling infrastructure in your city!"

Future-oriented development

Lastly, some cheerier stories to wrap up with…

Breaking news Friday 11.20am: the Reshaping Streets rules have just come through. These updates will empower Councils to more easily modify and test changes to streets, including things like community play streets and events, as well as trialling different layouts so people can experience them in real time. See also this coverage by Stuff.

First, this video story highlights some really clever before-and-after images by photographer Brian Donovan of various locations around Auckland, and lends a longer-term frame to many of our discussions here. You can see Brian’s “then-and-now” images online here, as well as a whole lot of fascinating images he’s taken over the years, like this one of motorway construction through Grafton Gully, part of a set.

Photograph by Brian Donovan taken in 1973, showing the construction of Grafton Gully motorway.

Oh hey, did somebody say before-and-after? You know we love them. Here’s one. Eight months, $11.5m. Over to you, Auckland Transport…
Screenshot of a tweet by Coby Lefko, 21 July 2023. Text reads: "Lancaster, CA transformed its downtown in just 8 months by redesigning it's main street from a mini-highway to a tree-lined boulevard.  For the cost of just $11.5M, the project has generated $273M in economic output since 2010, creating 800 jobs, and nearly doubling tax revenue!" Images show the before, a stark five lanes plus two parking lanes of tarmac, and the after, with new trees down the middle, and safer crossings. It's a lot nicer and looks a lot cooler in every sense.

Children are the future…

Here’s a nice video by AT looking at the positive outcomes of its safe speeds zone around an inner-city school. Kids, parents and schools are great advocates, especially when given tangible improvements to speak to, rather than endless consultations and promises of jam tomorrow. Next task: fix those red-light runners and improve walking and biking safety at intersections and side streets. But you have to start somewhere, right?

Meanwhile, in weather-beaten Central Hawke’s Bay, councils are catching up on local street changes to make it safer to walk and bike to school, and to get around neighbourhoods safely:

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council chief executive Doug Tate says while recovery from Cyclone Gabrielle remains a priority, the Streets for People and Transport Choices programmes can now slowly be reactivated.

“We’re seeing first-hand the impact of our changing climate – Cyclone Gabrielle followed the wettest winter on record. Both the Streets for People and Transport Choices programmes encourage safer, healthier active ways to get around, helping to reduce emissions.

“We would never be able to afford these programmes on our own, especially not now, so we’re grateful to Waka Kotahi for funding and ongoing support.”

And here’s an inspiring read about Sophie Howe, currently visiting New Zealand: she’s the Welsh civil servant whose job it is to speak for those who aren’t here yet, “the world’s only Future Generations Commissioner, representing the interests of unborn generations”:

Howe might be best known for standing up to the Welsh government’s plans to spend £1.4 billion (NZ$2.9B) building a 14-mile stretch of motorway.

“We’re in a climate emergency, and we need to reduce our emissions from transport. It impacts the health of current and future generations, in terms of high levels of air pollution,” she said. “We’re continuing to invest in an old solution and never getting to the root cause.”

The commissioner asked the Welsh parliament, the Senedd, to justify the motorway extension between the cities of Cardiff and Bristol. The politicians found that difficult to do, Howe said.

“They cancelled it, and then reformed the entire transport strategy for Wales. Investing in roads is now at the bottom of the list… safer routes for walking and cycling is at the top,” she said.
“The [political] system discounts the interests of future generations. It operates in silos and works on the basis of short-term political cycles. It’s no wonder… away from the arenas like COP [the annual UN climate summits], that what we promised doesn’t play out. Although reforming governance and systems of decision-making sounds boring, to me it’s the absolutely critical missing element,” Howe said.

“It’s quite a brave government that’s going to set up an institution to tell them when they get things wrong.”

To win over politicians and the public to green solutions, Howe recommends highlighting the positives – such as the beauty and sense of community that comes when busy roads and car parks are replaced with tree-lined footpaths, cycleways and public spaces.

Howe acknowledged there’s a bit of guesswork in the job. “The unborn don’t talk to me very often,” she joked.

But there’s plenty of data and projections – from climate science to economic trends – to understand the challenges of the future. She regularly asked living citizens about what they want to leave to their grandchildren.

“It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s probably the best one we’ve got.”

Have a good weekend.

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  1. “That didn’t, take long”, points to the pitfalls of a PPE arrangement, it smacks of corner cutting, to save costs,and no resilience built in for adverse weather events,no doubt ruled ” out of scope” in the contract. Holding the contractor liable for repairs for years ,is pointless,when the original design is flawed.
    What it will do though ,is make any further extension north,a hard sell,as apparently ground conditions are much more challenging.
    “Tell us you don’t ride a bike”, l could make my Strava, (bike speeds) stats available,but they would make ,pretty grim reading, even in full “lycra clad” mode,with a tail wind,averaging 20kph is hard work.What commuting vehicle drivers should do, in modern vehicles ,is look at their average speeds and litres per km,they will also make grim reading.

    1. “Slip sliding away….” (if you’re old enough to remember).
      And we all sympathise with Todd McClay, worried about all the schoolchildren on bikes being targeted by Police speed checks, forcing their parents to drive them to school…. How can you call it “common sense” when it’s either not common or it’s not sense?
      Happy weekend, and Filter that Traffic!

      1. The fullers CEO has been quoted recently saying that the lack of certainty on the PTOM exemption is making it hard for them to plan. As fullers can opt out of the exemption the decision is totally within their control.

  2. California frequently faces droughts, so perhaps palm trees should have been avoided in that Lancaster streetscape (Los Angeles is replacing their palm trees with native trees to save water). Otherwise great though!

    1. I’ve seen this across LA with new landscaping, it’s a lot more succulents/cacti and other drought-friendly plants.

      The palm tree / brand positioning experiment can likely be deemed a success.

  3. I would like to see Shanan Halbert bragging the same way about PT funding rather than highways. In my view both PT and highways are in worse shape than in the 2015/18 ‘National period’ he’s reffering to. So I would gladly come back to that. Thanks Sharan

    1. Nice beat up on Shanon Halbert, but it’s a bit difficult to brag about PT when a global pandemic has scared people off being stuck in a poorly ventilated bus with 50 other passengers, when it’s much more convenient and cleaner to sit in a car.
      I’m sure Shanon is very keen on PT, but that doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t want our roads to be safe and without pot holes.
      Don’t forget – this blog and it’s sister, Bike Auckland were heavily critical of the Northern Pathway – especially before your friends at Skypath got paid for IP that was never going to be used – so who are you to bitch about non road spending?

      1. it’ll be a bit difficult to brag about the “comfort” and the “convenience” of cars when in 100 years time we will be struggling to grow food in the face of loss of farming land and mass extinction of 50% of all plant and animal life, dying in heatwaves and natural disasters, and well on our way to extinction ourselves.

        Your “comfort” now is at the price of any chance of comfort or prosperity the human race ever had going forwards.

        1. OK Doomer
          But why would plants die out when they live off CO2?
          Are you a scientist or just an alarmist based on ‘stuff’ you read on the internet?
          Humans are quite resilient and the chances of survival are a lot higher than you might imagine.
          The World will End sounds a lot like yesterday’s news. According to Greta, we should already be dead

        2. Oh my bad, you are so correct. It’s not like plants would die because they can’t cope with too-high temperatures that high atmospheric CO2 brings. It’s not like plants would die if a formerly wet environment turned desert dry, when their environment changes too fast for them to adapt. It’s not like the last time CO2 was in such high concentrations in the atmosphere it took millions of years for it to rise to those levels, instead of the decades it’s taken to skyrocket today. It’s not like plants would get exposed to diseases. It’s not like animals would die off when they can’t depend on the plants they need to eat and hide in and survive. It’s not like we’re destroying natural habitats for dairy farms and sprawling suburbs every single day around the world.

          You utter imbecile. No wonder you petrol-huffing fools can’t comprehend the suicidal idiocy of your ideology, all your pea-sized brains are capable of comprehending is “DURR HURR HOT WEATHER NICE FOR DA BEACH”.

          All the more satisfying to watch you squeal when crops fail, when you start to starve and suffer at the hands of your OWN actions, when you have noone left to blame because you’re a selfish self-centred pig who can’t take accountability. Enjoy your own hell, Henry.

        3. Because atmosphere-bound CO2 is not the only thing plants need, Henry.
          Please ask people in Esk Valley why their harvest was below average recently when there is plenty of CO2 in the atmosphere and their crops had also plenty of water. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

        4. And maybe if you’re convinced plants breathe CO2 and need nothing else to survive, you should shut yourself in a chamber of pure carbon dioxide – you’ve got the intelligence of a limp stick of celery. Ta-ta.

        5. Are you feeling better now? I hope you didn’t blister your fingers as you bashed that out on your keyboard.
          Instead of the doom and gloom, you should stop panicking and remember that we are the alpha predator. The reason why we are the only humans on the planet is because we were smarter than the dumb ones that hid in caves when they heard thunder.
          If we accept that too much CO2 in the atmosphere is going to cause all these problems, then all we need to do is bring my it back down to Earth. The world has been cycling CO2 in this way for centuries and while for sure the burning of hydrocarbons has accelerated it up, we sure as hell can also accelerate bringing it back down.
          Running around the internet screaming that the world is ending is bat soup stupid. You are not a scientist, nor do you work in any capacity in the scientific world. You are just a hysterical hypocrite on the internet.
          Rather than complaining about hydrocarbons, if you were smarter you would be more worried about what we replace them with when we run out of oil. Fortunately for us, the same science that will capture the CO2 will also recycle it by attaching it to Hydrogen to create long chain hydrocarbons.
          As for the plants specifically, the interim solution would be greenhouses and irrigation – even kids would know that.
          Anyway – hope your hands are feeling better soon x

        6. The User Guidelines say, “We do not tolerate climate denial. There is a lot to discuss about how to reduce emissions. Comments about whether we need to – or denying the urgency, scale or morality of climate action required – are unwelcome. Relitigating settled science can waste people’s effort and energy, delaying action and demotivating our readers.”

          GA, please delete “Henry F”‘s trolling.

        7. Henry – oh i have no doubt the Earth will be just peachy after homo sapiens own actions drive them to extinction. Millions of years of plant and basic animal life before the sun enters its red giant phase – a balanced system, the way it should be.

          No sentient life can evolve past an industrial age. That is the truth of the Great Filter. The ruthless individualism of survival instinct cannot be weaned away fast enough, and ambitious individuals carry on that trait to the detriment of a collective civilization. This leads to an imbalance: overuse of resources, destruction of natural habitats (90% of New Zealand’s original forests destroyed in favour of mostly dairy farms and forestries: think about that). Addiction for monetary profit and “progress” quickly becomes unsustainable, and leaders oppress and silence and discriminate against those who point out the injustice of the system and propose better, more balanced ways

          So there are no alien species that ever achieve interstellar travel, nor will we. We shall kill ourselves off in the next few centuries, or return to our animal roots as civilization collapses. That will enable Earth’s ecosystems to find a new balance, though it may take millennia. It will also be a just punishment to the criminal species homo sapiens which has knowingly caused the sixth mass extinction.

          You should accept the Great Filter, and take peace in it. Balance will return, and we are not the ones who should benefit from it, for our goals are contrary to balance. Know that the Universe is full of life, and nature, but sentience is an evil.

        8. Heidi, I am not denying climate change, I am questioning if it’s a human extinction event.
          I thought you were leaving this blog? Why do you keep posting?

        9. So Nihilist, you are really just wanted to stay in the 1600’s? Along with the regrettable loss of native forests also came medicine, education, security and a whole host of improvements that are associated with modern day.
          I’m assuming you’re just ranting about capitalism, but the way you go about it makes me wonder if you should be up so late on a Sunday – School tomorrow morning my little friend.

        10. also “improvements”? don’t make me laugh. life expectancy is starting to decrease. the cost of living crisis is worsening thanks to private sector capitalists who continue to get richer and see their profits rise. the COVID pandemic-endemic could likely lead to over a third of the world’s population with some form of long term illness or disability, and given that the permafrost is melting and unlocking diseases and viruses from the Ice Age PLUS the risk of superviruses becoming immune to vaccinations and antibiotics, our selfish dumb-as-rocks population who refuse to wear masks anymore is about to get struck down even harder.

          I can tell you’re a privileged old sod who doesn’t recognize their luxuries aren’t accessible to many. Indeed it’s clear the establishment refuses to recognize the existence of lower-income people; the abundance of advertising for expensive holidays and consumeristic products makes it blatantly clear the establishment expects us all to be Upper Middle Class to contribute to their collective money addiction.

          But not to worry, your generation’s pollution will soon make us all equal when society collapses from shortages of living essentials, or when the oppressed struggling people have had enough, or maybe when a solar flare wipes out the electronics that underpin modern capitalism. Personally i’m hoping for a mass suicide event, that would send a message to our privatized overlords

        11. and henry, if you want to tell me i need to “relax” and “see the positive in life” i would like to invite you to cram a garden rake up your posterior. i shall not be ignorant of the horrors going on that your ilk like to pretend isn’t happening or quietly support; the genocide of nature; the nazi-level oppression of the gay and trans communities in the US and UK, the insane ramblings and actions of celebrities and billionaires going unpunished, the eroding of the communal nature of humanity and our arts and culture for the sake of profit addiction. Maybe it’s only the ones who don’t benefit or are actively punished by this system who can see how utterly wrong it is. maybe the wisest among us are the drunkards and thiefs in the streets and those who choose to end their life asap and escape this madness.

          you’ll get your just desserts, all of you. everything you hold dear will be stripped from you by your own deeds, and you will suffer for it.

      2. Eh, people take the pandemic as an excuse to not ride the bus but happily go to supermarkets, other stores, bars, concerts, all sort of events without wearing a mask. If people would still be concerned about the pandemic or getting sick in general, you would see a lot more masks.

      3. In what was is this not supportive of the Northern Pathway?:

        “This bridge needs to be understood in terms of its importance in the networks… The level of work required to make walking and micromobility safe and pleasant is so significant it will require a complete change in transport focus.

        So where does a new active bridge across the Waitemata Harbour fit into the rebuilding of our active networks?

        First, it is simply part of the mitigation required. The city failed its people when it opened up a new part of the city to live in – the North Shore – without giving them a walking and cycling connection. This lack of access needs repair.

        Secondly, in the five years until it is completed, we need to be building the networks that will connect to it. Fanshawe St and Northcote need immediate attention, of course. But also, extensively, the networks throughout the whole city need building quickly.

        Thirdly, the transport budget should be split between repairing these networks for active travel, and on public transport…”


        As for “being paid for IP that was never going to be used”… I guess WK knew its value when they requested it. The laws and principles of IP ownership don’t change just because you’d prefer not to value the owner or the design.

        1. Just some of the comments on this blog about The Northern Pathway. No wonder the Government thought everyone on this blog was a fluffy bunny.
          The cycling/walking only bridge was hands-down one of the dumbest ideas to ever come out of Wellington in a long time

          The least surprising news ever, just seemed like a terribly thought out idea to begin with.

          This was an epic and colossal failure by all involved, from the Minister to the Ministry to Waka Kotahi.

          I knew the bike bridge was doomed the day it was announced when Mrs mfwic, who supports practically every liberal cause, was outraged and said she would protest against this appalling waste of money. If they can’t carry people like her with them then they have no chance. Her main and only objection was wasting such a sum on the overprivileged of the shore

          I was on the Northern Pathway team for much of this project and I am quietly relieved the project died.

      4. what about you, henry? sounds to me like the caretakers at your nursing home should be carting you off to bed.

        i believe it would have been better had homo sapiens never evolved, quite frankly. Better to have never had such an unnatural, rapid and harmful disruption of the balance of the environment. Nature is better regulated by the long-term cycles and events that do occur – volcanic eruptions, asteroid impacts, Milankovich cycles that is all part of the natural back-and-forth.

        The disgusting rape of huge expanses of forest and natural ecosystems, greedy extraction of finite material resources, and parasitic expansion and development without ever giving anything meaningful in return back to the planet we pillage is something the universe could very happily have done without. No doubt balance will be restored, once the capitalist death cult that we are kills ourselves off; but the suffering and mass extinctions and tremendous damage to the way nature should have been ought to have been done without.

        maybe i’m the only one on this planet sane enough to see the truth. a genocide-committing species that is the direct cause of thousands of species going extinct and more to come should be subject to punishment; and arguably the sentence for any sort of genocide should be the death penalty. So don’t worry Henry, I’ll do my part, and one day you will too.

        1. I’m sorry that you wished you were born a dolphin, but the fact is that you are a shark – just like the rest of us.
          I’m sure you have done your share of consuming resources and even your internet time would not be possible without using oil products and other finite resources, often provided through child labor.
          It’s not a perfect world, but it’s the one we have, yelling that the sky is falling on our heads isn’t going to change anything.
          I empathise with your good intentions, but they are impractical and ignoring the vast benefits that economic activity and human inventiveness have provided.
          I’m glad we are not shivering in caves with the monkeys and deep down – so are you.
          I 100% agree with you that we are over consuming and I am very committed to circular economics, but dude – for your own sake and I really mean this – don’t get so worked up. We are not going to die out from climate change. It’s an asteroid or Covid 20 that will kill us all.

        2. this is what i will never understand about homo sapiens. this egotistical refusal to admit that our actions against the environment could have very dire consequences. the sheer projection of the boomers and gen xers in claiming “young people never take responsiblity” – well, we learned it from you, gramps.

          Your clinging to your precious establishment system won’t change the fact that up to half of all plant and animal life forms will not survive the 3 degrees global warming that will inevitably happen by 2100. That natural disasters and heat waves will worsen. That without functioning oceanic currents or the Amazon rainforest, with algae blooms and deforestation the concentration of O2 in the atmosphere could decrease. Even if we do survive we will be diminished to animals once more. There will be no space colonisation, nor the resources for it. If we survive we shall have to start again from pre-civilisation, and likely make the same mistakes as the same animalistic ambitious types seize power and overabuse Earth’s finite resources again – which is why our extinction will be better for the overall balance of things.

          But you’re right. The sooner we all die the better – an asteroid to put it to a quick end, not years of drawn out suffering and continued refusal to make any positive change because how dare Musk and Bezos’s profit margins be threatened.

        3. and don’t pretend to be sympathetic to make yourself look reasonable. Damaging the planet we live on to appease the addict-delusions of the rich is the opposite of reasonable. I don’t expect a status quo bootlicker like yourself to understand though.

        4. Are you a racist as well as ageist?
          When Chloe Swarbrick wrongly called Todd Muller a Boomer (stealing the term from Israel), she should have been thrown out of parliament for the comment. What is the difference between ageism, sexism or racism? While you may think you’re being a little clever with your’ ‘gramps’ comment, it’s both wrong (I’m 34) and insulting. Imagine Todd had been Māori and Chloe had said ‘OK Nxxer’’ or gay and she had said ‘OK fag’.
          Would you still try and parrot her?
          There is little difference between any sort of prejudice and while I just think you’re an idiot, perhaps you will think twice about it before making your next snide comment.
          As for the rest of your rant – pfft – you paint such a bleak picture and yet you have no real evidence or do you seem to have any knowledge or understanding about science.
          May I suggest that instead of seeing Barbie this weekend, you go watch Oppenheimer. You might realise that humans are the real Gods. If we can unleash such levels of destruction, we can certainly science our way to climate control.

        5. Henry, I suggest you read up on how much more complex the climate is compared to a nuclear bomb. There is no easy way to engineer ourselves out of this. The easiest way by far to prevent (more and worse) catastrophes is to limit CO2 emissions and that proves to be very hard already.

  4. Yesterday the 22nd July the Te Huia from what understand ran back to Hamilton empty , so why-O-why didn’t they take passengers to Hamilton on it as it’s not able to go to either Westfield or the Strand ??? , thenit came back to Papakura empty also , as it these 2 trips could have generated income for it .

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