Why is it so hard for New Zealand to not do roads?

This is article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Promises were made, promises were not delivered, and now we find ourselves back where we started, in a fashion. Whether it is light rail in Auckland, Let’s Get Wellington Moving, or mass rapid transit in Christchurch, progress on major public transport projects in … Continue reading Why is it so hard for New Zealand to not do roads?

Population Growth in Christchurch and Wellington

I wrote previously about Christchurch and Wellington populations. This is a follow up post with maps showing exactly where the growth occurred in both cities between 2013 and 2018. The concentric circles are 5km apart. The dark blue zones show where growth of over 200 people per square kilometre occurred, white zones are less than … Continue reading Population Growth in Christchurch and Wellington

Christchurch versus Wellington

Who is bigger, Christchurch or Wellington? A series of recent articles tried to answer this (here, here and here). My initial reaction was "this is a terrible argument to get involved in - who cares?". But as I read more into it I'm starting to think it is actually important. Decisions in New Zealand are … Continue reading Christchurch versus Wellington

Did Canterbury get Screwed? – What’s Going on with Transport Funding in the Region

This article first appeared at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. So what happened? The Government announced billions of dollars in transport infrastructure funding last week, perhaps one of the single biggest in New Zealand’s history! Mostly it was roads, in a throw back to the RoNS programme, but there was some rail and … Continue reading Did Canterbury get Screwed? – What’s Going on with Transport Funding in the Region

2019, 2020 and Beyond!

Everyone seems to be penning their reviews of 2019 and their hopes for 2020 at the moment. Brendon Harre went even further and tried to look ahead to 2030. I thought I'd chuck my 2 cents in as well. Three big highlights from 2019 were: Government passing the Zero Carbon Bill with cross-party support. I … Continue reading 2019, 2020 and Beyond!

Some observations: Christchurch

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Over the Christmas break I undertook a trip to Christchurch, where I got to use the bus system quite a bit as well as generally travel about the wider metropolitan area by bus, car, and on my feet. It was an interesting trip as … Continue reading Some observations: Christchurch

Farewell 2010s (aka a transport decade in review – and a new decade in preview)

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. As 2019 rolls into 2020, one thing is clear; I feel dreadfully old. It used to be that the changing of a decade was a momentous occasion, yet the last one seemed to be only a few years ago. Even more depressing is – … Continue reading Farewell 2010s (aka a transport decade in review – and a new decade in preview)