Regional Access

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan Imagine a New Zealand where you can… knock off work and escape the city for a long weekend, without having to drive on dangerous roads, bleary-eyed from a week at work… grow old in your hometown, knowing that even if you become too disabled to drive, heading to the nearest large centre for a doctor’s visit isn’t a transport hassle… take the overnight train to Wellington for business, so you can stick to your no-flying commitments without it eating into your working week… travel to regional tournaments safely by public transport (while teammates are still gaining experience as drivers)… visit grandchildren in other regions travelling on high quality buses equipped with onboard toilets and fast wifi, enjoying vegan and gluten free options at refreshment stops… have seamless door to door travel between cities and small towns using a mix of trains, buses and electric vehicles, with the help of accessible technology… This is the New Zealand we’ll enjoy if vague calls to “Take Action on the Climate” are heeded.…
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Zero Carbon

Silver Pine* Businesses in New Zealand compete on a playing field that undercharges for pollution and thus disadvantages low-carbon and environmentally-friendly practice. Similarly, business-as-usual mindsets hinder low-carbon and environmentally-friendly transport and land use plans. We need strong climate law to break through to progressive action.…
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The “Progressive NIMBY” conundrum

A recent Huffington Post article shines a light on a rather surprising political battleground in many cities around the world – seemingly progressive residents going feral against change in their neighbourhoods. In May 2018, a public meeting in a wealthy enclave of one of America’s most progressive cities devolved into a two-hour temper tantrum as longtime residents incensed about a proposed tax to fund homeless services shouted down its proponents.…
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Auckland Declares a Climate Emergency, but is it enough?

Yesterday the Auckland Council unanimously agreed to declare a climate emergency, joining other cities in New Zealand and around the world in doing so. “By unanimously voting to declare a climate emergency we are signalling the council’s intention to put climate change at the front and centre of our decision making,” says Mayor Phil Goff Today, members of Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee voted to join a growing community of cities around the world who have formally and publicly recognised the urgency for action on climate change by declaring a climate emergency.…
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June-19 AT Board meeting

Today the Auckland Transport board meet again and as usual, here are the highlights from the papers. Closed Agenda Like last month, there is little of interest on the closed agenda. The only thing worth noting is it appears we’re soon to hear more about the plans for the transport networks in the greenfield growth areas that were consulted on last year.…
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Let’s Get Welly Moving released

Yesterday the Government released a package of investments to improve Wellington’s transport system over the next 20 years – known as the “Let’s Get Welly Moving” project. Phil Twyford said our Government is tackling the long-term issues and this 20 year plan is a step change for transport in Wellington.…
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