Just writing to express disappointment at the slant and tone of your report (Auckland City Harbour News, January 16) on the accident that killed a motorcyclist on Allendale Rd.
The emphasis on inconvenience of traffic to residents seemed to take precedence over the fact that a man was killed.
There was no mention of the need for car drivers to drive slowly to their drive entrance, stop as necessary, before moving on to the road.
To merely beep before pulling out of driveways, as your report inferred was the current method for residents to create awareness, shows a complete disregard for other road and path users while also contravening the official road code. Furthermore many often reverse out making it virtually impossible for them to see other users until it is too late.
Having, as a pedestrian, narrowly escaped injury a number of times from cars speeding out of driveways on Mt Albert Rd and Owairaka Ave, I do hope the police investigation is thorough and appropriate action taken if the car driver is found to have been negligent. SH20 motorway route have yet again been thrown into unacceptable uncertainty.
The decision by new Transport Minister Steven Joyce to review the tunnel and motorway options for the SH20 link between Mt Roskill and Waterview once again puts the affected communities in a state of anxiety and uncertainty.
Owairaka, Mt Albert, Avondale and Waterview residents have suffered years of stress and argument over the route and form of this motorway, and thought that the decision by Transit to opt for a tunnel provided them with assurance and the ability to get on with their lives.
Now everyone’s lives are once again on hold while yet more reports are written on other motorway options that have already been canvassed and rejected by Transit in the last few years.
We’ve suffered years without proper facilities like parks, children’s playgrounds, recreation features, toilet blocks because of indecision over the nature of this motorway, and now the minister wants it all to start again.
This stop-start, yesno Third World-style planning is completely unacceptable for communities who want to get on with their lives, and improve their properties and neighbourhoods without the threat of everything being bulldozed and turned into tarseal.
It’s just a pity that the minister isn’t reviewing the building of this motorway against the overwhelming desire of Aucklanders for a modern public transport system which is so lacking across our region. the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
I support a new name chance. All other large stadia around the world have corporate sponsorship rights for either new structures or part refurbishment.
The name Eden Park will have little meaning if there is a growing financial gap towards the cup series start.
Truly, sentiment will have little to do with the future.
Seeing the smart, new, rising columns says to me that the mish-mash of previous, ugly, small stands’ days are truly over.
Welcome to the real world, rugby and cricket stalwarts together.