Your article on Auckland’s trains ( Auckland City Harbour News, June 12) revealed why this form of transport is where it is and why the outlook isn’t great.
Affecting the present and the future is the governance structure that sees no less than six organisations, each running an aspect of the train service.
One for the tracks, one for the trains, one for the stations, one for the timetables. Surely this could be streamlined and the performance improved.
Then there is the map of the network, that shows that it really doesn’t deserve the description, covering only a small part of the city, and full of dead ends.
And, lastly, the mayor’s comment ‘‘I want to make Auckland’s (transport system) the most modern in the world’’.
This shows he has no grasp of the reality of the situation.
The foundations of good public transport systems were laid in the first half of the 20th century, and we missed that boat. Our best bet now would be to go for an improved bus system that would benefit all quarters of the city. air hostesses, social media platforms. We need to bring attention to another kind of hate speech, happening on our streets.
Earlier this month I dared to talk to a man begging on Queen St. When I say dared, it didn’t feel like that to me. But it certainly seemed like it to the man who harassed me. ‘‘Don’t pay him any attention,’’ he scolded me. ‘‘He’s not worth your time. He’s made his own choices to end up in this situation.’’
I was horrified. How dare anyone talk to me like this? And, even worse, how dare anyone talk about the man next to me like he was doing? This is hate speech. It’s worse than hate speech. The clear message was: ‘‘This person is not a person. This person does not exist.’’
As if that wasn’t enough, a minute later, the man walked off as council workers came down the street. He wasn’t fast enough – as he put his rubbish in the bin the council staff demanded he give them his sign.
I was shaken by the way Aucklanders treat their fellow citizens. I found it degrading. And I wondered how anyone treated in such an humiliating, disrespectful way on a daily basis feels.
They might be used to it. But it might be one more kick that makes it yet harder to get up.