I obviously need to be careful what I say about this given I work for the Council, but thanks for the analysis Russell – very interesting. I always enjoy reading Simon Wilson’s articles on Auckland and the Council, it’s obvious that he attends enough Council meetings and talks to enough people to make insightful comments about what’s going on.
I think one key point highlighted by a number of these issues is that local government decisions often don’t fall neatly into a left/right dichotomy. Some do (e.g. the size of the Uniform Annual General Charge) but many don’t. The Unitary Plan in particular comes to mind, but others like the City Rail Link don’t lend themselves to a left/right division.
It will be interesting going forward in the future to see whether the current type of Council stays in place or whether you see more of a shift to how the old Auckland City Council tended to operate.
As a 9 year old kid I sat in the terraces watching the 1992 world cup semi final slip from our grasp thanks to Inzaman. We felt so confident that we were chanting "we're going to Melbourne" as the required run rate went up to levels that just weren't successfully chased back then. The experience hurt for years and years.
Yesterday I was back in nearly the same spot. With my Dad yet again. We couldn't bring ourselves to think of 92 let alone mention it. But it was there in our minds for sure.
As it got closer the passion of the crowd was crazy. We all stood at the start of the last over and screamed our lungs out. "Come on!!!!!!!"
Then when Elliott hit the winning runs such a wave of emotion. Everyone was jumping and screaming, I've never seen it or felt it before. It was redemption for 92 and we were so proud to beat such a champion team.
If there's one person more than any other I'm pleased for though it's Martin Crowe. He's now seen McCullum's 300 in Wellington last year avenge his 299 and yesterday's game avenge the 92 semi final that I know he felt so gutted about.
Now let's go win this damn cup!
Pleased to see Andrew's earlier comment about kids and voting. Had my 10 year old daughter tick the boxes for me for the third election running. Just like I used to tick the boxes for my Dad.
An important part of parenting in my books.
I assume the professionals have this covered but are the stages in use simultaneously really far enough apart to avoid annoying mixing of sound?
Heh. I remember playing lunch time soccer with Joel Little at Western Springs in the late 90s. Awesome when people you knew as a kid are super successful.
I am sure someone can clarify this issue, but it seems that the point of the GCSB Bill is to give the GCSB powers to do what the SIS and Police do now (rather than focusing on international issues). In that case why are we OK with the SIS and Police spying on us, but not the GCSB? Does the GCSB have much better technology or something?
It's frustrating how "mode oriented" public transport debates often are. Buses, trains, ferries and even trams all do different things and it's almost certain we need all of them to complement each other and create a world class PT system for Auckland.
Take a look at somewhere like Vancouver. It has a relatively small rail system (similar to Auckland in terms of km and number of stations) but it's rail that does the real hard work of the system carrying around 140m trips (generally long ones) a year.
That "core" provided by rail lets Vancouver run an excellent bus system by letting buses do what they do best (shorter trips on lower demand corridors).
Roger, yes the section from Dominion Road to Onehunga is very difficult and expensive. The section between Dominion Road and the Western Line is easy and cheap and with new stations at Stoddard Road and Dominion Road could be a really nifty little addition to the rail network - one that takes advantage of the capacity opened up by CRL.
Something like this: http://transportblog.co.nz/2011/11/21/the-avondale-mt-roskill-spur/
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
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.