Posts by Joshua Arbury

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  • Hard News: The Waterview Bore,

    A few comments:

    1) Yes the tunnel goes underneath the waterfall (maybe not directly) and underneath Oakley Creek. Very little impact there.

    2) The Avondale-Southdown railway line may actually be needed (or at least the western section of it) a bit earlier than was previously thought. It'd be a pretty cheap extension to the rail network post CRL that could generate significant rail patronage. So I think we should expect a two-track railway line through there in the future. Pak N Save is just outside the rail designation.

    3) Waterview Connection was always promoted as the "last piece of the motorway network". It will be particularly interesting whether that stays true over time or not

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It's not funny because it's…,

    Also surprising that Brownlee doesn't want to do business cases for walking/cycling projects or for NZTA to investigate the economic impact of urban form from a transport perspective.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It's not funny because it's…,

    The "Levin to Wellington Airport" Wellington Northern Corridor suggests that there's a decent chance the Otaki to Levin section is/was part if that project.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It was a munted year,

    "It was a munted year."

    Yep, it sure was.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Dear Labour Caucus,

    Whoever wins the leadership battle, I hope like he'll it is because Labour MPs think that's the person who can win the next election, not because it's a mate or there's a promise of a plum job. Another 2 terms of National would really hurt the country.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Election #11: Notings,

    Fair point on semantics Graeme.

    I realise some Green voters hate Labour as much as National/Act/UF. I just wonder whether it's still not getting through that vote splitting is fine.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Election #11: Notings,

    Also interesting too see that if everyone who voted Garth Hughes had voted for Chauvel then he would have won Ohariu. Also all those Parker/Hay votes in Epsom would have elected Goldsmith and kept Banks out.

    Lefties really need to learn how to vote strategically.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    A vote here for earthquake or #eqnz . I suspect in 20 years time that's how we'll look back at 2011. What a mad year.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Next Labour Leader,

    It's no surprise that Shearer is underdone. Heck he has only been an MP for two and a half years. I am sure he will learn.

    Labour need someone who can be seen as a Prime Minister in waiting. Just like Key was before the 2008 election. I think Shearer is that person.

    Main reason: he does a better John Key than Key himself does. And I mean that in a good way (great life story, likeable etc.)

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Democracy Night, in reply to BenWilson,

    I respectfully disagree that Auckland Central wouldn't benefit much from the City Rail Link. While the project's benefits are felt all around Auckland, they are felt most strongly in the city centre as without the project all the streets will be flooded with buses and cars by 2025 at the latest. We're literally talking wall to wall buses on Albert, Fanshawe & Symonds streets at peak times.

    The CRL is also utterly critical for the City Centre Master Plan to happen. In terms of benefitting residents - remember that something like 20,000 people now live in the CBD. A pity it seems that hardly any of them vote though.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 231 posts Report Reply

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