Next Steps for Greater Auckland

We have had an amazingly successful 12 months here at Greater Auckland. Just over a year ago we launched our rebranded site, which still looks fantastic. We continue to be grateful to everyone who made our redesign possible, particularly Sandfield for the website and to Cornelius from Frontier for the design.…
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Flashback Saturday: “The end of Auckland’s old growth model”

Every Saturday we dig into the archives for an interesting read. This post was originally published in May 2016. The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development’s public shark-jumping exercise the other week got me thinking. While their flagship policy of a new megabillion eastern tunnel project is a bit mad, their report does a reasonable job of diagnosing one of the core problems facing Auckland.…
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Flashback Monday: Arguing for sprawl with “strategic misrepresentations”

We normally have “flashback” posts on Saturdays, but as it’s a public holiday here’s another treat from the archives. This post by Peter Nunns was published in December 2014. A number of recent posts have taken a look at some of the “strategic misrepresentations” that people have used to argue for a sprawled-out, roads-focused Auckland.…
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Flashback Saturday: Will the proposed Waitemata Harbour Crossing be good for drivers?

This post was first published by Patrick in January 2016. There are many reasons to be concerned about the plan to add more road lanes across Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour: from the extreme cost of building such big tunnels and interchanges [$5-$6 billion and four times as much as just building rail tunnels], to the undesirable flooding of city streets and North Shore local roads with even more cars, to the increase in air pollution and carbon emission this will create, the loss of valuable city land to expanded on and off ramps and parking structures, to the impact on the harbour of exhaust stacks and a supersized motorway on the Shore, to the pressure this will put on the rest of the motorway system particularly through the narrow throat of Spaghetti Junction.…
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Flashback – EMU production photos

This post was originally published 5 years ago, in March 2013. The first of what I’m sure will be our superb new electric trains is under construction in Spain. The body shell for the first of the carriages has been completed and have already taken a trip to the paint shop to get its colours with details like logo added later in the process.…
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