Moving Responsibility Upwards

Photo by Caleb S on Unsplash Late last year, two incidents were reported in the media of young passengers being dropped off by Ola drivers onto the motorway network. The first incident involved two teenage boys ordered out of an Ola cab on the Auckland Harbour Bridge after the driver took the wrong lane: The passengers, boys aged 16 and 17, were said to have had to run down a motorway on-ramp to get to safety.…
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2020 – The year ahead

Welcome to 2020. Following my wrap up of 2019 last week I thought it would be good to look at some of the things we can expect to see in 2020. I think 2020 is very much going to be year where there’s lots of things going on but not necessarily a lot completed as projects race against the approaching timelines of 2021 when Auckland hosts the America’s Cup and APEC.…
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Time for a Transition Fund?

With the government’s books looking healthy, about two weeks ago they announced they’d “significantly increase spending on infrastructure”. Yesterday they gave a bit more detail about that: The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand.…
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Weekly Roundup 6-Dec-19

Here’s the roundup of some of the things we didn’t yet cover this week. Dogs on Trains Back in June Auckland Transport started trialling allowing pets to travel on trains in a three-month trial. However, the rules were that animals have to be “enclosed in suitable pet carriers that are small enough to be held on the owner’s lap or stored under the seat”.…
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Moving the port

There is increasing discussion about the moving the Ports of Auckland to Northland with the latest report on it being shared with cabinet ministers. Cabinet ministers now have a copy of a report urging the government to move the Auckland port up north, but say no final decisions have been made.…
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