A walk to the park

This is a guest post by reader Roeland Schoukens. This block between Hobson Street, Cook Street, Nelson Street and Wellesley Street is home to about 3,000 people on 3 hectares. (Overall the population density of the city centre is much lower, with about 33,000 people on 4 km².…
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The Emissions Reduction Plan

This is a guest post by sustainable transport and accessibility advocate Tim Adriaansen. Yesterday we received two important and related announcements from Central Government: The first Emissions Reduction Plan, which sets out the pathway Aotearoa will follow to meet our emissions budgets through to 2035 and; Details of the Climate Emergency Response Fund which will be included in Budget 2022, to be announced on Thursday.…
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Committing to the CAM-PBC

This is a guest post by sustainable transport and accessibility advocate Tim Adriaansen. Today, Auckland Council’s Planning Committee is set to endorse the Cycling and Micromobility Programme Business Case (or CAM-PBC), which establishes 3 possible investment pathways for cycling in Auckland: The first is a $306 million programme which is currently funded under the Regional Land Transport Plan and is expected to deliver 45km of protected cycleways, including 4 focus areas.…
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Unpicking the method behind Council’s SCA assessments

This is a guest post by Anna Michels. Anna is an Urban Designer at HUE in Tāmaki Makaurau. Auckland Council has released its proposed changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan in response to Central Government directions under the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) and incorporating the Medium Density Residential Standard (MDRS) within the Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters Bill that was passed at the end of 2021.…
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Regional Public Transport

This is a guest post by Paul Callister. Featured image: the Southerner Service at Dunedin Railway Station, via Save Our Trains on Twitter. In November 2021, over 100 elected officials representing local and regional councils from Northland to Bluff sent an open letter to the Minister of Transport, Michael Wood.…
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Delivering Climate Action in Auckland

This is a guest post from the Office of the Mayor of Auckland. Consultation on Auckland Council’s proposed Annual Budget for 2022/23 opened on 28 February and runs until 28 March. The centrepiece of the budget is a proposal for a Climate Action Package that, with co-funding from the government, would allocate more than $1 billion over the next 10 years for a range of initiatives to reduce emissions and the impact of climate change.…
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“No, Minister”

This is a guest post by sustainable transport and accessibility advocate Tim Adriaansen Following the Liberate the Lane rally on May 30th last year, Transport Minister Michael Wood wrote to Waka Kotahi Chair Brian Roche, requesting the transport agency investigate options to trial walking and cycling across the Auckland Harbour Bridge.…
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