Central Leader - - Letters -

Re­fer­ring to Tolls on hori­zon (Cen­tral Leader, Au­gust 29) John Banks calls Auck­land’s econ­omy “splut­ter­ing” as if that’s a bad thing.

Per­haps we are just mov­ing to an econ­omy based on sus­tain­abil­ity rather than un­sus­tain­able growth. It seems to me that a boom­ing econ­omy is the way we hurt most the en­vi­ron­ment in which we live and breathe.

Surely fo­cus­ing on pub­lic trans­port for all will ben­e­fit the re­gion far more than an­other av­enue packed with pol­lu­tion and noise.

An­other tax is yet an­other way of shift­ing pub­lic own­er­ship into pri­vate pock­et­books.

Look at the money spent on Queen St on be­half of the busi­ness com­mu­nity. Look at the money go­ing into Eden Park on be­half of the rugby board.

Ac­tu­ally John, peo­ple don’t have a lot of money to part with th­ese days, is that what you mean by splut­ter­ing? An­other tax won’t fix that.

We in the Western­ised world have got to re­alise that the way we want to live is im­pos­si­ble. Con­sumerism is un­sus­tain­able. Per­haps a splut­ter­ing econ­omy is na­ture’s way of say­ing enough is enough. MIKE HOW­ELL

Mt Roskil

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