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With the on­go­ing con­ges­tion on Lincoln Rd and planned mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar al­ter­ations, I be­lieve there is a sim­pler less costly so­lu­tion which could give bet­ter re­sults.

The so­lu­tion, a ring road con­sist­ing of a one-way multi lane Lincoln Rd from Swan­son Rd in­ter­sec­tion to the Tri­an­gle Rd/ Cen­tral Park Drive in­ter­sec­tion, and a one-way multi lane re­turn di­rec­tion along Cen­tral Park Drive.

The con­nect­ing in­ter­sec­tions would re­main two-way. This would in­crease peak flow ca­pac­ity in both di­rec­tions. Traf­fic lights could be re­pro­grammed to elim­i­nate op­pos­ing traf­fic needs there­fore speed­ing up wait­ing time at lights. Turning at junc­tions on Lincoln Rd and Cen­tral Park Drive would be safer and quicker.

There would be less re­build­ing needed, less money spent, and less time to achieve the changes. BRIAN BAI­LEY



Self-styled pas­tor Lo­gan

Robertson is a very silly man. Does he not re­alise that if all women were at home bak­ing cakes, not only would the obe­sity prob­lem es­ca­late, but main hos­pi­tals, schools re­tire­ment homes, shops, of­fices and fac­to­ries would close down due to lack of staff and of­fice blocks would not be cleaned or can­teens pro­vided meals. The days when an av­er­age fam­ily could sur­vive on one in­come are long gone.


New Lynn


Today I made a spe­cial ef­fort to at­tend the Na­tional Party cam­paign launch in Waitakere and was dis­mayed to not be al­lowed through the gate. The se­cu­rity guards were only let­ting in ‘ap­proved peo­ple’ with paper tick­ets. Ap­par­ently these were or­dered on­line in ad­vance, but this was not stated in the hourly Ra­dio NZ news bul­letins which acted as free ad­ver­tis­ing for the event. I thought it was for any­one in­ter­ested in hear­ing the Na­tional Party politi­cians present their poli­cies, pre­sum­ably to at­tract vot­ers. Thus, I was sur­prised to be un­able to get a ticket at the door of the Henderson sta­dium which holds 3000 peo­ple and was far from full.

I stood at the gate for over an hour in the cold grey wind, in silent con­tem­pla­tion or chat­ting with the guards and po­lice. The ra­tio­nale was to not al­low pro­test­ers into the event, but I was there alone as a mem­ber of the pub­lic try­ing to un­der­stand the Na­tional Party po­si­tion. This strict ex­clu­sion of peo­ple is surely coun­ter­pro­duc­tive with hos­tile se­cu­rity to con­trol and sep­a­rate peo­ple into rigid camps. A friend at­tempted to get me a ticket from a friend inside the sta­dium but to no avail. It was par­tic­u­larly odd that par­ents who had tick­ets, were not al­lowed to bring their child in without a sep­a­rate ticket.

This was so dif­fer­ent from my po­lit­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence last Sun­day in the city at the Labour Party cam­paign launch. Although the town hall was full there was a wel­com­ing over­flow the­atre where I could watch the whole show and be part of some­thing mean­ing­ful for the peo­ple of Aotearoa. Se­cu­rity and po­lice were not ob­struc­tive. After­wards, the politi­cians in­clud­ing the leader Jacinda Ardern mixed in a re­laxed man­ner with the crowd in Aotea Square. This is the New Zealand I want to be part of. LAU­RIE ROSS

West Auck­land Peace Group


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Na­tional Party leader Bill English.

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