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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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Students and cities: a lively, lovely, messy symbiosis

They’re baaaaack!  This coming week, students are pouring back into  our region’s universities, polytechs and training institutions.  Yes there’s more raucousness, but as Beth Goodwin observes, these populations are generally good for our towns and cities.

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Wellington train brain strain

“You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone”: Tuesday’s peak-hour train outage gave Wellingtonians another opportunity to appreciate our trains – and gets guest author Head of the Fish pondering the unhelpful ways the region runs trains

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Let’s Get Wellington Moving 2: Voices from the Lands Out of Scope

Talk Wellington looks at how Let’s Get Wellington Moving deals with 82,000 of the people in the CBD every day. Spoiler alert:  they come from north of Ngauranga…. so sorry folks, you’re out of scope.  

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Big brands, small towns

Big-brand retail in Wellington is generating bad news for Ōtaki and good news for Tawa.  But there’s more to it than meets the eye.        Ōtaki is mostly known (by the rest of the region) as an outlet shopping destination, or the place you stop for 20 minutes on your roadtrip to stretch…

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