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School gate parking wars! The battles continue – do we actually enjoy it?

Guest poster Ben T writes: we love our kids, so we…behave at our worst, and endanger them where they congregate every day – often spoiling rare time together. And no-one seems capable of calling out what’s behind it all.

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POP QUIZ: Which should we obsess expensively about? MOULD or METH?

One of them kills and debilitates thousands of Kiwis a year, especially the young.  It’s got simple solutions that don’t require expensive consultancy services.

The other causes nasty harm on a much smaller scale, but has a delightfully thrilling moral stink that’s seductively adjacent to beneficiary-bashing for those inclined that way.

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Regional fuel taxes

Wellington’s councillors recently asked the government for permission to use a regional fuel tax to help pay for our transport infrastructure improvements.  Guest author Taximan muses on the true costs of transport, and on the odds our leaders would spend more money well.

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Get your local on: last chance Wellington!

All our towns are being shaped his year by a boring sounding but extremely important document: their Long Term Plan. It’s really important to have your say on the last one still open –  it’s even worth missing a few minutes of fave TV.

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“Of course it’s worth it, they’ve said we’ll save 25 minutes at peak”

Travel times are at the heart of transport business cases. Business cases are how bureaucrats decide what’s worth spending your money on and what’s not (before politics), and we invest billions of public dollars every year on transport according to business cases. You’d hope they’ve got fundamentally sensible calculations of benefit to the nation… but do they?
Harriet Gale of Greater Auckland points out some big questions regarding how we do our sums.

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Having your say

2018 is definitely the Wellington region’s Year of Transport which means it’s also the Year Of People Talking About Transport.  Talk Wellington takes a couple of recent developments and wonders how well our models are working. 

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Get your local on: last chance, Wellington!

All our towns are being shaped his year by a boring sounding but extremely important document: their Long Term Plan. It’s really important to have your say on the last one still open –  it’s even worth missing a few minutes of MAFS.

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Cities through different eyes

If you could go around as a different gender for a while – like Robin Williams’ character in Mrs Doubtfire  – you’d have a different experience of your city. Because they’re mainly designed and run by men, cities tend not to work so well for those who aren’t. But that’s not how it’s going to be in…

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Weekend reading 3.3.18

In this weekend’s food for thought: more news about blimmin’ Scandinavians doing it right. 

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Whose is that land? That’s Māori land

Māori land is a fascinating feature of New Zealand, and now you can see where it all is. Talk Wellington loves anything that sheds light on important and confusing areas… and we really love maps! 

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