Wind, Water, Heart!

Some news recently bought a smile to my dial. Mercury Energy has pushed the “go” button on a major new wind farm near Palmerston North; work begins in August and the farm will start operating from late 2020. Mercury has committed to the construction of the first 33 of 60 consented wind turbines at Turitea near Palmerston North, representing a key milestone in New Zealand’s renewable energy development.…
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The NZTA is in Disarray – Part 2

The biggest challenge Auckland and the rest of the country face with transport these days is not the policy, as that aspect is generally in a fairly good space with the likes of ATAP and the current Government Policy Statement. Instead the challenge now is in delivery to ensure that the projects needed to implement those plans and policies happen in a timely manner, or happen at all.…
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Freeze the fares

This is a guest post from Leroy Beckett, Auckland Director for Generation Zero Earlier this year, Auckland Transport announced that they would increase public transport fares to comply with NZTA’s farebox recovery policy, which requires 50% of operational costs to be covered by fares.…
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Addressing Climate Change Through the Transport Budget

ATAP is pretty fresh. But I think even now, what we now know today, compared to a year ago, even just one year ago, on ATAP, is vastly different. If we were doing ATAP today we’d be doing it even with more transit focus and more PT focus and more active focus… I think we need to be more dynamic with our planning documents – Chris Darby, speaking at the Auckland Climate Conference on 18 March 2019 How we plan for our future in the face of climate change was the subject of several climate conferences and symposiums last week.…
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The NZTA is in Disarray

In recent months we’ve become increasingly concerned about the performance of the NZTA. In particular that they appear to have come down with a case of organisational constipation. The NZTAs central role in the transport industry as both a builder but also a part funder of local government projects means it’s critical that they are operating well but more recently it appears there’s simply not much coming out.…
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The Climate Action Plan

How can Aucklanders contribute to solving the climate crisis? Perhaps our strength lies in community; a crisis like this could work to align interests towards a common goal. Last year, Auckland Council launched an online Ideas Hub, which is a way for residents to share ideas and see what others are thinking.…
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Remove the FBT from public transport

Yesterday the government’s Tax Working Group released their final report of recommendations for changing our tax system. While the media have fixated on the prospect of Capital Gains Tax, a quick skim through the report threw up something quite relevant to many of the discussions we have and is something we’ve suggested before too.…
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