Archive for the ‘RANTING’ Category

Planners’ Screw-ups

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Ever wondered why the terminal is on the wrong side of the runway? (more…)

The Destruction of Christchurch

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

I don’t think I have ever been as appalled as I am appalled right now. Christchurch is – it is hard to put this into words – Christchurch is a disaster zone. A monumental blunder. A series of giant mistakes one after another. An appalling bureaucratic mess. A system out of control. An unnecessary destruction of property. A triumph of bland and pointless over passion. A destruction of a culture, and a systematic cleansing of memory and background. An appalling waste of energy. The death of a city. I’m saddened, despondent, and really really amazed at how stupid and cretinous the authorities in Christchurch can be.

CERA has turned out to be a force for evil destruction, not a force for good.

There have been many moments that I have despaired about in the whole debacle over Canterbury and their earthquakes, especially involving the Cathedral, but this is nothing like the mess that is the Cranmer Courts. It has been on again, off again, for weeks now: recently it was saved, not it is being destroyed once more. It is a national shame, a scar on our reputation, and I am appalled.

Basin voting

Friday, October 7th, 2011


Well, the Council have voted on the city’s official position with respect to central government’s proposed traffic improvements near the Basin Reserve.


Are Auckland Learning From Us?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

With the launch of the Centre City Plan discussion document, has Auckland shown that it is more prepared than Wellington to put in place some realistic 21st Century, urban design thinking? (more…)

Overpass: Dream or reality?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I love a beautiful and well considered bridge!

Foster's Millau viaduct is so beautiful it is as if it floats on the clouds!

Indeed, the designers amongst us imagine them as streamlined and un-cluttered, perhaps with translucent edge zones, no barriers or signs, no streetlights, slender support structures that simply branch out of the ground… (more…)

Peak Oil, Peak Car, and Resilient Cities…

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Sure it was ‘only’ an aspirational vision, but way back in 2007, there was this idea that we might become the first carbon neutral capital in the world – big promises to be sure, but just how are we doing… (more…)

Traffic Congestion, Part 2: To build or not to build…

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Apparently that isn’t the question – according to our NZTA experts, yet I can’t help but wonder why the latter option (not to build), hasn’t been a part of NZTA investigations. (more…)