The Government’s War on Auckland

The government has launched a war against Auckland, seemingly determined to take away the city’s choice for how our transport network is built and funded. Combined with other recent decisions, this will leave Aucklanders with less choice in how we get around, more congestion, higher emissions with higher numbers death and serious injuries than we should have.…
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Councillors: Sell the Downtown Carpark

Discussion around the sale of the Downtown Carpark has been heating up again lately, and it likely all comes to a head tomorrow when Council will effectively decide on whether to sell it or not. The previous council’s Finance and Performance Committee approved starting the sale process back in December 2020, in large part due to the impact COVID had on council’s finances.…
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Book Review: Paved Paradise

This is a guest post from George Weeks reviewing the book Paved Paradise by Henry Grabar (Penguin, 2023) To the uninitiated, a book on car parking sounds like the dullest, greyest topic in the entire world. Trust me: It isn’t. This is a serious page-turner, with forays into architecture, psychology, economics, city management and organised crime.…
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The Stadium Debate Again

Auckland’s seemingly ever ongoing stadium debate is about to kick off again with the council putting out a Request for Expressions of Interest for what they call “Auckland Main Stadium”. This isn’t actually about building something but is part of efforts of a council working group to narrow down the options, including some of the many proposals that have been suggested over the years.…
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A vision for the Waterfront

While we’re underwhelmed by the vision announced on Sunday of a roads first harbour crossing, far more interesting is the vision for the waterfront being pushed by Mayor Wayne Brown and the council that was released last week. At a series of confidential workshops, council staff, independent advisors Flagstaff Partners, GHD Engineering and Eke Panuku discussed the draft findings of land release options for waterfront land.…
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Weekly Roundup 28-April-2023

Welcome to the last Friday in April… that month went fast, eh? Settle in for a read of stories that caught our eye this week. The Week in Greater Auckland Another short work week with Anzac Day in the mix creating another welcome long weekend, so just two posts: On Wednesday, Matt looked at the options for the Onehunga line Thursday’s post was a guest article by Darren Davis and Malcolm McCracken, on the (rolling) tragedy of passenger rail in the lower North Island AWHC Consultation At the end of March, Waka Kotahi launched a consultation on a future harbour crossing with a variety of bridge and tunnel options presented, with some potentially costing an eye-watering $25 billion.…
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Avondale Open Streets – Success

This is a guest post by Jessica Rose, an Avondale resident. Last weekend Avondale town centre was host to the first Open Streets event in Tamaki Makaurau since 2016. Closing Great North Road to cars, while opening it to people. This is a long time between drinks, considering Open Streets usually take the form of a series of regular events over consecutive weekends.…
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Weekly Roundup 03-March-2023

Tēnā koutou. It’s MARCH!! Thanks for stopping by, summer, you were… chaotic. Header image: the bicycle club of the Holy Sepulchre on Khyber Pass Road. Image via Twitter. The week in Greater Auckland Tempted to rename this section ‘the week in Auckland Transport’ because our posts had a real AT focus this week – and a lot happened.…
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