Category Archives: NZ Transport

Letter to the Editor: Auckland Harbour Biking Lane — The BFD

Dear Editor I live in Greenlane and watched as the Auckland Council took perfectly usable footpaths and turned them into cycle lanes. These footpaths were used daily by walkers walking to and from Cornwall Park. They were also shared together with cyclists who respected each other’s right to use these paths. Now these paths are…

via Letter to the Editor: Auckland Harbour Biking Lane — The BFD

Thanks to the Left Auckland Is Being Left behind — The BFD

A new business case released this week by the NZTA (New Zealand Tossers Association) recommends a new $5 billion rail tunnel be built within the next twenty years and before any additional roading network. THIS IS INSANE! What planet are these people living on? They don’t seem to have the slightest notion of why Auckland…

via Thanks to the Left Auckland Is Being Left behind — The BFD

Govt wants Aucklanders to wait over 20 years for a second road harbour crossing — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: Transport experts did not believe a new road connection to ease congestion on the ageing Harbour Bridge would be needed until mid to late 2040 – 10 years after the rail tunnel. So at least 20 more years of massive congestion. Tags: Auckland Harbour Bridge

via Govt wants Aucklanders to wait over 20 years for a second road harbour crossing — Kiwiblog

Heavy marijuana users who started young drive differently — even while not stoned, study says — Family First NZ

 

Boston Globe 14 January 2020Family First Comment: “People who started using marijuana heavily before they were 16 exhibit poorer driving performance than those who abstain — even when they’re not high, according to a new study that underlines the risks of adolescent cannabis consumption.” People who started using marijuana heavily before they were 16 exhibit poorer…

via Heavy marijuana users who started young drive differently — even while not stoned, study says — Family First NZ

Road Maggots Throw Tanty After Bishop Says ‘Make Cycle Lanes Compulsory’ — The BFD

 

Oh no! Road maggots, I mean ‘cycling enthusiasts‘, are up in arms over National MP Chris Bishop’s suggestion that cycle lanes be made compulsory. A suggestion which really is a bit of a no-brainer, but still, road maggots are angry. One News reports. Cycling advocates are furious at National Party suggestions they should be forced…

via Road Maggots Throw Tanty After Bishop Says ‘Make Cycle Lanes Compulsory’ — The BFD

It Is NOT the Petrol Companies Doing the ‘Fleecing’ — The BFD

 

When the Government justifies its petrol taxes as essential for transport infrastructure it could be seen as a legitimate vindication for the horrendous gouging of the motorists’ wallets. After all, if we want good safe roads they come at a cost. At least that’s the line of BS we are expected to swallow. Of course,…

via It Is NOT the Petrol Companies Doing the ‘Fleecing’ — The BFD

New Monthly Series – Light Rail — Kiwiblog

 

Labour made a very explicit promise in the election. No only would they do light rail all the way to the airport, but they would complete the first 13 kms to Mt Roskill within four years. The black line shows the pro-rata distance each month. To be on track they would have done 6 kms…

via New Monthly Series – Light Rail — Kiwiblog

Cormack says Twyford must go — Kiwiblog

David Cormack writes: In the lead-up to the 2017 election there were two major policies of Labour’s that people seemed really enthusiastic about; KiwiBuild and the new rail system to go in Auckland. Twyford, for reasons that are now entirely unclear, was given responsibility for both. Boundless enthusiasm, confidence and some might say smugness poured forth…

via Cormack says Twyford must go — Kiwiblog

Another Labour promise in crisis — Kiwiblog

Thomas Coughlan at Stuff reports: Another flagship Labour policy, Auckland’s light rail, is in crisis as deep divisions are revealed over a potential cost blowout of billions of dollars amid delays.Firms involved in the project say the problems have cost them millions of dollars and are wrecking New Zealand’s business reputation. So a total clusterf**k. Newly…

via Another Labour promise in crisis — Kiwiblog

JAG Blocked Public Submissions Opposed to Her Car Tax — The BFD

 

An OIA has revealed that Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter dumped at least 1000 public submissions from New Zealanders who were against her government’s Car tax proposal. Documents released under the Official Information Act have shown that JAG’s ministry blocked New Zealanders from submitting on the car feebate proposal from a website set up…

via JAG Blocked Public Submissions Opposed to Her Car Tax — The BFD

The fleecer in chief — Kiwiblog

HDPA writes: And, since the PM told us we’re being fleeced, it’s added more tax with a 3.5 per cent increase in the petrol tax this year.So, it’s hard to believe, isn’t it?If we’re really being fleeced, then surely a government that really felt that would alleviate the pain and drop away some of that…

via The fleecer in chief — Kiwiblog

NZTA doubles no of spin doctors — Kiwiblog

Chris Bishop released: Phil Twyford is clearly more concerned about his public image than he is about improving the transport network given the number of NZTA spin doctors has almost doubled since he became its Minister, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says.Information released to National shows the number of fulltime equivalent employees (FTEs), working in…

via NZTA doubles no of spin doctors — Kiwiblog

Mike Hosking & the PM on the JAG letter — The BFD | Media

Mike: The Julie Anne Genter letter to Phil Twyford. Do you know what’s in it? PM: ah im argh haven’t seen it. But it’s not unusual that argh umm you know there will be decisions over whether or not documents should be released that expose you know umm argh issues umm decisions before they’re made…

via Mike Hosking & the PM on the JAG letter — The BFD | Media

Why the claims Genter just used the wrong letterhead are pitiful — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: The Associate Transport Minister will also be looking to spruce up her stationery to avoid confusion over whether she’s corresponding in her ministerial capacity or as a transport spokesperson for the Green Party.The letter Genter sent to Transport Minister Phil Twyford in March this year regarding Let’s Get Wellington Moving has landed…

via Why the claims Genter just used the wrong letterhead are pitiful — Kiwiblog

Ardern’s ‘Game Changer’ is Another Broken Promise — The BFD | Media

 

Two years on from the prime minister’s pledge to have light rail from Auckland’s CBD to Mt Roskill within four years, the project is on the fast track to nowhere. All the signs point to this being yet another broken election promise from Labour. Jacinda Ardern said her slow tram down Dominion Road would be…

via Ardern’s ‘Game Changer’ is Another Broken Promise — The BFD | Media

Transport, Traffic & Twyford — The BFD | Media

Dear Minister Twyford, Recently we had occasion to call into our granddaughter in Botany on our way to Parnell. We departed Chapel Road at 4.50pm and arrived in Parnell at 6.35pm, one and three-quarter hours later. We could have had a trip to Hamilton and back to Huntly in that timeframe. My commuting gave me…

via Transport, Traffic & Twyford — The BFD | Media

The truth emerges — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: The Green Party confidence and supply agreement would have been put in jeopardy if a watered down Let’s Get Wellington Moving wasn’t accepted, city councillors claim.A number of Wellington city councillors have revealed to Stuff the behind-the-scenes conversations that pushed the mass transport deal over the line in council chambers.It comes as the Chief Ombudsman investigates Associate Transport…

via The truth emerges — Kiwiblog

What are they hiding? — Kiwiblog

Barry Soper writes: Did The Greens actually have buy-in to the promise by Jacinda Ardern to make her Government the most transparent ever?If they did then they’re not living up to her promise. … It’s the Cabinet door that appears to be firmly locked when it comes to the influence exerted by the Greens in…

via What are they hiding? — Kiwiblog

Release the secret letter! — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: A National MP is calling on the government to release the contents of a letter about Let’s Get Wellington Moving he claims pushed the construction of a second Mt Victoria Tunnel back 10 years.However, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter, who sent the letter to Minister of Transport Phil Twyford on March 26 this year, says…

via Release the secret letter! — Kiwiblog

Motorists paying more tax for less spend on roads — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Petrol taxes and road user charges rise on Monday – the second of the Government’s three planned increases in this term.Petrol is up 3.5c a litre – around 4c when GST is included – and road user charges are up 5.5 per cent.The rises were first announced by Transport Minister Phil Twyford in June 2018.…

via Motorists paying more tax for less spend on roads — Kiwiblog

Safer Speeds = lower speed limits — Your NZ

If road speeds were limited to 0 there would be no accidents. With speed limits up 100 kph there are quite a few accidents and deaths and injuries. If road speeds were decreased there would likely be fewer accidents and deaths. So how low should they go? RNZ: Speed limits reduction proposal wins local support, […]

via Safer Speeds = lower speed limits — Your NZ

Auckland rail link budget jumps $1 billion — Your NZ

The same day it was announced that a means of getting additional tax revenue was being ruled out – the CGT backdown – another announcement that a a project committed to will cost another $1 billion more than budgeted. RNZ: Billion-dollar increase in cost of Auckland’s City Rail Link The cost of building Auckland’s City […]

via Auckland rail link budget jumps $1 billion — Your NZ

More on the Jones interference — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Regional Development Minister Shane Jones raised NZ Transport Agency’s case against a Northland trucking company with the chief executive of the regulator. If the Government had any standards he would be sacked as Associate Transport Minister. You do not talk to your agencies on such matters. This is effectively trying to influence a…

via More on the Jones interference — Kiwiblog

Road maggot wants cars to slow down — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

It seems that some road maggots aren’t satisfied with the cycle lanes they never use. Now one of them is demanding that we all slow down for them. Quote. Quote:A man who was injured after he was knocked off his bike at a busy Auckland intersection has hit out at what called a culture of…

via Road maggot wants cars to slow down — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

All aboard for the socialist utopia — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

This is where socialists always go wrong, they think they know best how to run a business…in this case a clapped out, narrow-gauge dinosaur of a business that has had its best days and even then it never made any money. Quote. Newly released documents show the government forced KiwiRail to backtrack on its decision…

via All aboard for the socialist utopia — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Phil Twyford takes mean and petty to a whole new level — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

The Government is refusing to refund Road User Charges for truckies helping farmers in the aftermath of the Tasman fires. The Nelson Fires Hay Convoy has been organising hundreds of bales of hay for fire-affected farms – and paying for it out of their own pockets. Around 236 tonnes of donated hay has come up…

via Phil Twyford takes mean and petty to a whole new level — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

‘Let’s do this’ Ardern promise for light rail now ‘let’s do this later, if NZ First let us’ — Your NZ

Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has admitted that a Labour promise for a light rail line in Auckland to be completed by 2021 will not be kept, but he says that the Jacinda Ardern promise was made before she was Prime Minister. Newshub: Jacinda Ardern breaks the first promise she made as Labour leader The […]

via ‘Let’s do this’ Ardern promise for light rail now ‘let’s do this later, if NZ First let us’ — Your NZ

$1.4 billion spending announced to make roads safer, reduce deaths — Your NZ

 

Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter have announced a $1.4 billion, three-year programme to make New Zealand’s highest risk roads safer. They haven’t said where the money is coming from. The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kilometres of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like […]

via $1.4 billion spending announced to make roads safer, reduce deaths — Your NZ

And now they’re coming for your speed limits — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

A few weeks ago I did a post on what the Vision Zero ideology might mean to the motoring public here in little-ole-NZ. In that article, I mused that crazy speed limit reductions were on the horizon. Quote. What the hardcore Vision Zeroists want, is a maximum speed limit of 30km/h anywhere that you might come across…

via And now they’re coming for your speed limits — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media