Venue was the prob­lem

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I write with re­gard to your cov­er­age of the Have Your Say on Welling­ton and district pub­lic trans­port meet­ing held on April 16, and the sub­se­quent let­ter from Alan Wick­ens (April 29).

My rea­son for not at­tend­ing was not just the weather, though it was a fac­tor. The real rea­son so few people at­tended was the venue.

Some people I spoke to on the buses did not even know where Gear Home­stead was.

Who­ever chose this venue has ob­vi­ously never used pub­lic trans­port to get there.

To get to Gear Home­stead from Can­nons Creek in­volves two bus trips. Firstly the 220 bus from Can­nons Creek at 6.19pm ar­riv­ing War­spite Ave op­po­site Tairangi School at 6.27pm, wait at a bus stop with no shel­ter for the 230 bus at 7.15pm, ar­riv­ing at Aotea Col­lege by 7.22pm, and walk in the dark to the Home­stead.

Al­ter­na­tively, you could do a 25-minute walk from Desert Gold bus stop to Gear Home­stead.

How I would have got home was an­other story.

People liv­ing in Ti­tahi Bay or Tawa would have needed to take ei­ther a bus or train to Porirua and then the 230 bus.

I was ap­palled that any­one would waste ratepay­ers’ money choos­ing this venue for a pub­lic trans­port meet­ing. Maybe more people would have at­tended if it had been held in Pataka.

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