The 2019-2022 Council Term

So the 2019 Auckland Council election results are now finalised, which means it’s a good time to ahead to what might happen over the next three years. The mayor and 16 of the 20 councillors are returning from last time, so the story will likely be one of continuation as much as change.…
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A miracle on High Street

Over the last few days the council have shown that miracles can happen, even if they’re somewhat belated, with High St finally starting to be transformed into a more people friendly space. To tie in with Art Week, the council have implemented the first stage in a trial give more space to pedestrians.…
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ATs Speed Limit change options

After months of delays, next week the Auckland Transport board are set to make a decision on the proposal to change the speed limits on 700km of roads that they consulted on earlier this year. That 700km of roads was largely in rural areas but also included the proposal to make the entire city centre 30km/h.…
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Disappearing traffic on 14th Street

We like to keep an eye on what’s going on in the world of transport overseas as it can help inform discussion of what happens here and one of the most interesting recent examples comes to us from New York. The city is well known for its subway system which in the year to the end of June carried over 2.6 billion trips but buses also play a significant role and over the same period, MTA buses carried another 700 million trips.…
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2019 Council Election Results

After months of campaigning, debates, the elections are finally over. Here are the preliminary results some may change when the final results come in. Apparently today’s votes will be added in tomorrow and special votes on Thursday. Mayor Phil Goff retains his mayoralty with 156k votes (48%) to John Tamihere’s 70k.…
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Weekly Roundup 11-Oct-19

Last week’s weekly roundup seemed popular so here it is again. CRL Open Day City Rail Link are giving 10,000 people the chance to walk through the CRL tunnels they’ve built to date. Aucklanders will have the opportunity next month to walk a section of the 3.45-kilometre-long tunnels being built for the City Rail Link project.…
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The Super Fund Light Rail Scam

The lack of delivery on Light Rail in Auckland has been a source of a lot of frustration. The most recent news was back in August when the government announced it had taken the bizarre step of pitting the NZTA and the NZ Super Fund along with their Canadian partners off against each other.…
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2019 Auckland Mayoral Election Policy Roundup

The local body elections feel like they’ve been dragging on all year but they finally to an end on Saturday. To me this election feels like there’s been a lot more heat than light and I guess I’m not the only one given that so far, we’re tracking for the lowest number of votes since Auckland was amalgamated in 2010 with as of last Friday just 15.1% of people (162k) having voted.…
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