Flashback Saturday: Good Density

This post was originally published by Heidi in July 2019. (Credit for above image: Point and Miller) Promoting density is critical to avoid locking in sprawling, inefficient and climate-vulnerable modes of growth, but the kind of density matters. ‘Good density’ means functionally and socially mixed neighbourhoods with access to green spaces, comfortable, affordable, and climate-smart housing for all, and high-quality public transport networks.…
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Weekly Roundup 12-August-2022

Kia ora koutou mā, happy Friday and hope you’re doing well. Here’s some roundup goodness for you to enjoy over the weekend. The week in Greater Auckland On Tuesday, Matt revived the light rail debate, with a comprehensive list of points explaining the benefits of surface light rail, and asking if a different route would work better for the tunneled version.…
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Weekly Roundup 05-August-2022

Tēnā koutou and welcome to the first weekly roundup of August/Here-turi-kōkā. Cover image: Auckland’s newest TBM gets sent underground in style. The week in Greater Auckland Monday’s post broke down the VKT reduction targets in the Emissions Reduction Plan. On Tuesday, Scott shared a Coalition for More Homes letter asking Council why planning for [underground] Light Rail appears to be getting in the way of denser housing where it’s needed on the Isthmus.…
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Flashback Saturday: Road Building Brouhaha

This post by Matt was originally published in July 2019. It reads particularly interestingly when you consider six months later the government announced the NZ Upgrade Programme. Over the last week there’s been a flurry of discussion in the media about the country’s transport priorities following the publication of a letter by the government’s Business Advisory Council (BAC).…
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Weekly roundup 29-July-2022

It’s that time of the week again, and it’s the last weekly roundup for July. We are truly over the hump of winter! Cover image: an Auckland Sunrise, by Jordan Carter The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Matt wrote about Waka Kotahi’s decision to fund the increased cost of the Ngauranga to Petone seawall-with-a-bike-lane ‘cycleway’ project.…
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How To Fix Cars

Header image by Mehdi Azizi Yesterday on Twitter, Dutch planner/ engineer (and friend of Greater Auckland) Lennart Nout asked an intriguing question about cars… OK so you're the head of the organisation that regulates cars. Which rules do you impose?1. Maximum weight of 2.000 kg for EVs.2.…
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Weekly Roundup 22-July-2022

Kia ora and welcome to the end of a stormy week… expect heatwaves in this roundup, there’s been so much weather this week that we couldn’t not talk about it. The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Matt covered both the ownership change for Auckland ferries, and the Government’s extension of the fuel tax reduction and public transport discount.…
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Flashback Saturday: Road to Zero – the new road safety strategy

This post by Matt was originally published in July 2019 Last week Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter released for consultation a draft of a new road safety strategy for New Zealand – known as “Road to Zero”. The Minister’s foreword to the strategy outlines the “case for change” in a pretty compelling way: Across New Zealand, more than one person is killed every day and seven others are seriously injured in road crashes.…
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